A children's services department in Birmingham labelled a "national disgrace" by Ofsted is to be taken over and run by a voluntary trust, following years of criticism. Birmingham City Council says the trust will run the department under a "new model" which will put social workers
Ashley Brownsword, 33, took pictures of the unidentified motorist’s vehicle in the parking bays. Mr Brownsword’s image shows the car parked across four of the restaurant’s six disabled spaces. “I pulled in to the McDonald’s because my young lad needed to use the loo,” said Mr Brownsword, a scrap yard manager from Kenilworth, Warwickshire and father-of-one.
Work to recover the bodies of three men killed in the Didcot power station collapse has been halted because contractors have reached a 50-metre exclusion zone.
Bartender Jamie O’Herlihy, 23, and hairdressing student Chloe O'Herlihy, 20, kept their gender issues a secret from everyone for their entire lives. Just days later both brothers had come out as trans and, with the pair both planning to go under the knife for gender reassignment surgery, they are sharing their story in the hope of inspiring others to be true to themselves.
Rachael Martin, 29, from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, saved her five-year-old daughter’s life after she rolled into the path of the reversing lorry on her scooter. Ms Martin had been walking her two daughters to school at 8.45am last Friday. Heartbroken friends and family paid tribute to Ms Martin on Facebook.
Manchester United sacked manager Louis van Gaal on Monday after an FA Cup triumph failed to make up for the club's inability to qualify for the Champions League amid widespread discontent with a season of insipid performances. The Dutchman was dismissed two days after United's win over Crystal Palace in the Wembley Cup final, their first trophy in three years, paving the way for the widely-expected appointment of former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as his successor. News of Van Gaal's impending departure from the club leaked out minutes after Saturday's 2-1 extra-time victory over Palace and, following relentless media speculation and a day of negotiations, it was confirmed by both sides on Monday evening.
The first commanding officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth has hailed "a truly seminal moment for Scotland" as he took command of what he expects to be the last major aircraft carrier built in the United Kingdom.
A man has admitted trying to stab four people in an unprovoked attack in front of shocked commuters at a London Tube station.
British voters are evenly split on whether Britain should remain in or leave the European Union ahead of a June 23 referendum to settle the question, an ICM poll showed on Tuesday. A total of 45 percent of those asked said they would vote to stay in the world's largest trading bloc, with the same proportion of respondents saying they would back a British exit. Last week, ICM's online poll showed 47 percent of people favoured a British exit with 43 percent in favour of remaining, but due to changes in methodology, ICM said the findings could not be compared.
Sheridan Smith’s wellbeing has been a cause for concern for the last few months but it all came to a head at the BAFTAs earlier this month, with the actress eventually pulling out of her starring West End role in ‘Funny Girl’ for the foreseeable future. It has now been reported that Sheridan collapsed at lavish Champneys Health spa during her break from the show. According to reports, two ambulances were called to the luxury retreat after concerned staff realised that Sheridan was seriously ill.
Taylor Swift is standing by her man following his terrifying car accident this weekend. The singer is helping Calvin Harris recover.
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WhatsApp users are being targeted with a scam offering an upgraded app called ‘WhatsApp Gold’ which is supposedly ‘designed for celebs’. The app supposedly changes the green WhatsApp icon to a gold one - and tempts victims with features including video calls, the ability to delete messages once they are already sent, and the chance to send up to 100 pictures at once. ‘This WhatsApp gold can be activated only Via Invites and I am inviting you.
The massive scale of surveillance cameras on the UK's roads has been revealed in new figures obtained by Sky News. Automatic number plate recognition - or ANPR - technology uses cameras to scan number plates and log car journeys. Whenever a car passes a camera, its registration is scanned and added to a central database, accessible by police forces.
A Spanish police officer has described the moment he found the body of a British businessman surrounded by blood with a gun in his left hand. Giving evidence in the trial of Slovakian model Mayka Kukucova, who is charged with murdering Andrew Bush, the officer said he found the victim at his luxury Marbella home "on the floor, near the front door". Appearing in court for the second day, the 26-year-old said she did not realise Mr Bush was dead when she fled to Madrid to meet her boyfriend before the pair took a bus to Slovakia, because she was "terrified" for herself and her family.
The veteran leader of Turkey's nationalist opposition, Devlet Bahceli, said on Tuesday he was strongly against a presidential system in Turkey, saying it would inevitably lead to despotism and would be costly for the country in the long term. The ruling AK Party has been hoping for support in parliament from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to change the constitution and introduce an executive presidential system, or as an interim measure, a system in which the head of state is allowed to retain his party ties.
It’s no secret that cats go wild for catnip, and one photographer has managed to capture that insatiable appetite in all its glory. The hilarious cat portraits were taken by Andrew Marttila, an animal photographer specialising in cats. He noticed that cats tend to make the same dramatic whip of their heads after chowing down on some ‘nip. “I started taking photos for this series a few years ago after witnessing my roommate’s cat’s penchant for catnip,” he explained. “He’s something of an addict. "In addition to rolling around in the green stuff, he loves to eat it, producing some of the coolest photos I’ve ever taken.”
Harriet Harman has defended Kim Kardashian posting nude selfies online but described the Sun's Page 3 girls as "fodder".
The announcement today of Sadiq Khan’s top team, suggests he is unlikely to repeat the same mistakes made by his predecessor Boris Johnson when he first became mayor. When Johnson first entered City Hall, many of his more senior appointments were foisted on him by those around David Cameron, who were nervous about Boris making a mess of his early days in the job. In a rush to make sure Boris didn’t embarrass the leadership, a transition team led by close Cameron ally Nick Boles were imposed on him to help hire his senior staffers.
One comedy writer claims that BBC execs don’t have a high opinion of Scottish viewers - telling him they were too stupid to understand ‘intelligent’ comedy. The writer claims that executives at BBC Scotland suggested that he pitch his script to BBC Two instead - as it was ‘too intellectual’ for Scottish viewers. Glaswegian writer Colin Edwards said in a blog post that he was advised that Scottish people tend to prefer ‘blokey’ comedies, preferably set in Glasgow.
Books, lecture notes and exam papers – this is 30 years’ worth of junk, hoarded by a former lecturer who couldn’t throw anything away.
A 33-year-old who won £1 million on a scratchcard has splashed out on a seven-seater people carrier as he is about to become a father for the fifth time.
Shocking stories and pictures of animals born with extreme deformities seem to have become an ever-increasing presence.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department official assured lawmakers on Tuesday that India has addressed concerns over liability that had for years kept U.S. corporations from signing nuclear power contracts in the country. "We believe that the steps that India has taken have addressed by and large the key concerns that have been in place," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. India wants to increase its nuclear energy capacity dramatically as part of a broader push to move away from fossil fuels, cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the dangerous effects of climate change.
A British mother-of-five, who moved to Australia when she was two years old, faces deportation back to the UK because of her criminal record. Kelly Webb, who has been to prison 11 times for various offences including assaults, is currently serving an 18-month sentence for committing a burglary with a knife.
One of the first two American F-35A Lightning II fighter jets lands in Leeuwarden in The Netherlands on May 23, 2016