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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than £12.3bn was given to local authorities to pass on to eligible small businesses across England Emergency coronavirus funding for firms will go back to the Treasury at the end of the month if it is not claimed, business leaders have said. Four months after £12bn was released […]

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Image copyright Reuters Sweeping changes to England’s planning system will “be faster, but also build better quality homes”, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said. Under draft laws, first revealed on Sunday, developers will be granted “automatic” permission to build homes and schools on sites for “growth”. It follows Boris Johnson’s pledge to “build back better” […]

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Image copyright PA Image caption Geoff Pugh said he was only at the car park for 23 minutes A motorist says he was “flabbergasted” to receive a £90 parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test at a car park. Geoff Pugh, 52, was handed the penalty after taking his wife and two children for […]

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Six year-old Ayaan and Mikaeel, along with their community, have raised more than £37,000 for the Yemen crisis. With the ongoing conflict in Yemen tens of thousands of lives have been lost. An estimated 24m people, equivalent to 80% of the country’s population, are now in need of humanitarian aid to survive. The scale of […]

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Image copyright CUBG Image caption A record-breaking temperature of 38.7C (101.7F) was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden in July 2019 Climate change driven by industrial society is having an increasing impact on the UK’s weather, the Met Office says. Its annual UK report confirms that 2019 was the 12th warmest year in a series […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption Peter McCombie died in hospital on 11 July having suffered serious head injuries in the crash A man has been charged with killing a 72-year-old who was knocked down by a cyclist in London. Peter McCombie suffered serious head injuries when he was struck in Bow Road, Tower Hamlets, […]

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Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption Stella Frew was pronounced dead at the scene in Sutton on Friday A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who died after she was struck by a van. Stella Frew, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene in Tonfield Road, Sutton, south-west London, just before […]

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The Science Museum in London is reopening on 19 August after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, an exhibition opened at the site that told the stories of previous pandemics. The museum says it has started collecting objects from this latest one – such as signage and medical technology – to tell […]

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Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption The suspect is a described as a white male, wearing black bottoms, a beige jumper Police have released an image of a man wanted over a “frightening” attempted kidnap of a 16-year-old girl from a street in south-east London. The victim was grabbed from behind by the stranger on […]

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Image copyright James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam Image caption Former Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam Two former Uber drivers will face the ride-hailing giant in court on Tuesday in a case that will decide whether Uber drivers should be classed as workers or self-employed. Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar say by classing drivers […]

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