Lives at risk from faulty appliances, fire chiefs warn ministers

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Fire chiefs warn thousands of "dangerous" appliances are being used in homes, with three fires a day involving tumble dryers. 08:20, UK, Monday 21 August 2017. Grenfell Tower. Image: The blaze at Grenfell Tower in June started in a fridge-freezer. By Thousands of dangerous white goods still used in homes warns fire serviceLondon fire brigade calls for urgent action on electrical goods safetyMinisters 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'

Monday briefing: net closes on social media hate crimes

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Online hate crimes will be treated as seriously as offences committed face-to-face, the director of public prosecutions has said, drawing a link between online abuse and the extremist rallies in Charlottesville in which a woman was killed. “Whether Hate crimes: Online abuse 'as serious as face-to face'Hate crime on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to be dealt with as seriously as 'real world' offencesCrackdown on 'corrosive' online hate crimes launched by Crown Prosecution Service

Let Big Ben bong once a week for tourists, says minister ahead of bell falling silent for four years later today

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Big Ben should be allowed to "bong" once a week for tourists, a minister has said ahead of the bell falling silent for the next four years later today. Later today renovation work begins on the bell, amid a backlash from Theresa May and MPs after it Big Ben to bong for final time ahead of renovationMPs expected to gather to hear Big Ben's last bongs before repairsMPs to gather for Big Ben's bongs ahead of silencing

Electoral reform: Million votes 'wasted in broken system'

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More than a million votes - two-thirds of the total - had "no impact" on the general election result in Wales, the Electoral Reform Society has claimed. The ERS said the first-past-the-post system to elect MPs takes no account of how big their More than one million Welsh votes 'wasted': reportTactical voting surged in general election as voters tried to 'game' system, research findsWasted votes, hyper-marginals and disillusion: reform group issues damning report on election 2017

Top Swiss judge says Britain CAN stay in the single market and still escape the European Court

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A top Swiss judge today claimed Britain could keep trading inside the single market while still escaping the European Court of Justice. Carl Baudenbacher said Britain should sign up to the European Free Trade Association's court, which already Brian Monteith: Free trade is breaking down barriersMonday newspaper round-up: Brexit, mobile auction, Thomas Cook, payBrexit talks will not move on to trade by October, Slovenian PM warns

Cromer disorder: Pubs shut as seaside town 'in lockdown'

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A seaside town reportedly went into "lockdown" on Saturday night as disorder forced pubs and bars in the resort to shut. Venues in Cromer, Norfolk, closed for the "safety of customers and staff". Some remained closed on Sunday. Norfolk Police said Cromer pubs and shops dispute police claim that disorder was 'low level'Picture-perfect Norfolk seaside town Cromer on 'LOCKDOWN' after crime spree threatens to spoil holidaysCromer in 'lockdown': Extra police patrol seaside town amid 'low-level disorder'

M3 re-opened after diesel spill

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The #M3 is now open between J9 and J4A following an earlier incident. Have a safe onward journry. Thanks. 01:35 - 21 Aug 2017 · Retweet · Reply · Favourite. The M3 Northbound has re-opened after it had to be closed last night following a diesel spill.

The Queen 'has no intention of stepping aside for Prince Charles'

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It is 'duty first, nation first. I'm going to be there', monarch reportedly says. Chloe Farand; 12 hours ago. Click to follow. The Independent Online. queen-eliabeth-ii.jpg The Queen ascended the throne in 1952 and has seen 13 Prime Minister serve Queen will NOT abdicate throne for Prince Charles – and THIS is whyQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip face the '60sThe Queen has no plans to let Prince Charles take over her royal duties

Boy 'mown down' by stolen motorbike in Edinburgh hit-and-run

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The motorbike used in a hit-and-run in Edinburgh in which a 10-year-old boy was seriously injured had been stolen earlier in the city, police have said. Investigations are continuing into the incident on Ferry Road in the Drylaw area at 18:35 on Saturday.Action demanded after joyrider victim suffers 'horrific' injuriesMum of hit and run boy reveals catalogue of injuries her 'wee trouper' sustained as he was mown downBoy, ten, who was hit by motorbike 'critical but stable'

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