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Migrants ‘rush to cross Channel by boat before Brexit’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows people smuggling plans over Channel crossingPeople smugglers are telling migrants that they must enter the UK before "the borders shut properly" after Brexit, a BBC South East investigation found. More than 100 people, the majority claiming to be Iranian, have entered British waters in boats this month. An undercover reporter found smuggling operations were being organised at makeshift camps
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Giant inflatable Santa breaks free to hold up traffic

[ad_1] Image copyright Muhammed Fareed Image caption The inflatable Santa broke free of its moorings in Wisbech Drivers found themselves stuck in a lengthy ho-ho-hold up when a giant inflatable Santa landed on a busy road.The floating Father Christmas broke free of its moorings and drifted on to the Cromwell Road in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, blocking it in both directions at about 13:30 GMT.Taxi driver Muhammad Fareed captured the stricken Santa
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Actor Robert De Niro dines in Halifax restaurant

[ad_1] Image copyright Ricci's Place Image caption The actor is best-known for films like Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas Actor Robert De Niro swapped Hollywood for Halifax when he dined at an Italian in the West Yorkshire mill town.The star, best known for films like Taxi Driver and Goodfellas, ate at Ricci's Place before a "you talkin' to me?" moment in Leeds. De Niro later appeared at
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‘First’ James Bond 007 gun to go under the hammer

[ad_1] Image copyright Humber Ellis Image caption The original Walther PPK pistol given to James Bond at the beginning of Dr No (1962) A handgun handed to Sean Connery in the opening scenes of Dr No in 1962 is to be auctioned.The Walther PPK pistol was owned at the time by M actor Bernard Lee, who brought it on set when a prop was not available.A letter signed by Lee
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Baroness Trumpington: From Bletchley Park to the House of Lords

[ad_1] Former Tory minister and government whip Baroness Trumpington has died at the age of 96.The peer, who retired from the Lords last year, served in the Department of Health and Ministry of Agriculture in the 1980s and 1990s.Seven years ago, footage showing her making a V-sign at a fellow Tory over what she saw as a rude remark about her age went viral online.In World War Two, she worked
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Edinburgh Zoo panda Yang Guang has testicles removed

[ad_1] Image copyright RZSS Image caption Yang Guang is recovering from surgery, which took place on Saturday Edinburgh Zoo's male giant panda has had both testicles removed after tumours were discovered by keepers.Yang Guang is said to be "recovering well" from the surgery, which took place on Saturday.He had arrived at Edinburgh Zoo in 2011 with female Tian Tian as part of a conservation breeding programme, which was halted earlier
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Kiara Moore river death: Toddler ‘left for minutes’ in car

[ad_1] Image copyright Family photo Image caption Kiara Moore's parents ran an outdoor pursuits business After fearing their car had been stolen with their two-year-old daughter in, a couple then found it had rolled into a river, an inquest heard.Kiara Moore was found inside the vehicle in the River Teifi, Cardigan, in March and later pronounced dead.In recording a conclusion of misadventure, coroner Peter Brunton called it "a catastrophic event"
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Coventry supermarket death crash bus company fined £2.3m

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe bus ploughed into a Coventry branch of Sainsbury's in October 2015A bus company that ignored warnings about a driver who crashed into a supermarket, killing two people, has been fined £2.3m.Midland Red (South) Ltd admitted health and safety breaches after Kailash Chander, now 80, accelerated into a Sainsbury's in Coventry in 2015.Chander, from Leamington Spa, was found to have been
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Toddler among nine rescued from boat off Dover coast

[ad_1] Image caption More than 100 suspected Iranian migrants have reached the Kent coastline this month An 18-month-old child is among nine people rescued from a boat in the English Channel, the BBC understands. A lifeboat was called at about 04:30 GMT after the 3m-long boat was spotted by a fishing boat off Dover. A Border Force boat picked up the suspected migrants and brought them to Dover at about
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Brexit: May challenges Corbyn to live TV debate

[ad_1] Image caption TV debates have become a fixture of the campaign trail ahead of elections and big votes Theresa May has challenged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a live Brexit TV debate, insisting she's the only one with a plan for the UK's future.It comes as she travels the UK on a two-week campaign to sell her Brexit deal to the public and MPs, before the latter vote on
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Matthew Hedges: UAE jailed academic back in the UK

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA/DANIELA TEJADA Image caption Matthew Hedges has always maintained his innocence and said he had been researching his PhD The British academic jailed for spying in UAE has thanked his "brave and strong" wife for helping secure his release.Matthew Hedges, 31, landed back at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday morning after receiving a pardon.He said of his wife, Daniela Tejada: "She is so brave and strong, seeing her
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Catherine Marks on working with Kanye West and The Amazons

[ad_1] "Oh, did I mention Kanye West?" Catherine Marks asks as she lists some of the huge acts she's worked with.She hadn't. Foals, Kelly Rowland and Boy George got name-checks, but she'd neglected to mention a 3am producing session with the rapper (more on that later).Catherine is one of the top female music producers in the UK.During her career she's played a part in several platinum-selling albums and was nominated
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Devon and Somerset Fire Service chair ‘smelled of alcohol’

[ad_1] Image caption Mark Healey MBE has been told to "write a meaningful letter of apology" A fire service boss sent a threatening email, arrived at work smelling strongly of alcohol and disclosed confidential information to a third party, a hearing has been told.Mark Healey MBE, from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, also made an "aggressive telephone" call, a standards committee heard.He has been told to "write a
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Lincolnshire Anglo-Saxon cemetery burials unearthed

[ad_1] Image copyright University of Sheffield Image caption Experts said a "significant proportion of very lavish burials" belonged to women Burials of richly-dressed women interred with their jewellery and personal items have been unearthed at an Anglo-Saxon cemetery.About 20 graves dating to the fifth and sixth centuries have been found in the Lincolnshire Wolds including one containing a woman cradling a baby.The cemetery was discovered after a metal detectorist uncovered
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Mental health: Five people called Met Police 8,655 times in 2017

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Five people racked up 8,655 calls to the Metropolitan Police in 2017 - costing £70,000 to answer. What did the top five repeat callers have in common? Mental health problems. A watchdog for police forces in England and Wales released the figure to show how police have become the "default" service to deal with mental health. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue
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#GivingTuesday: Generous gestures follow shopping sprees

[ad_1] Image copyright Anawim Image caption Emily Johnson will be taking essentials to homeless women on the streets of Birmingham #GivingTuesday has been trending on social media - but what is it, where did it come from and how are people getting involved?This day of selfless acts follows the spending spree that is the long - and expensive - shopping weekend between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. People are encouraged
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‘I use Snapchat to sell sexual videos’

[ad_1] Image caption Jodie Carnall describes herself as a "Snapchat Premium girl" Snapchat is being used to sell explicit images and videos online, the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has found. Jodie Carnall says she makes £4,000 a month on the app, but it's not without a cost to her personal life, and she has been subject to online abuse."It's like a proper business," the 26-year-old says."It's like people that sing,
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Brexit deal ‘could cut UK growth by 5.5%’ by 2030

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The PM's Brexit deal could leave the economy as much as 5.5% smaller in a decade's time than it would be if the UK stayed in the EU, a study has said.And the cost to the public finances could be as much as 1.8% of GDP, said the research by the London School of Economics, King's College and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. It blamed