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two men suspected of burglary fined for socialising and breaching Covid-19 restrictions

Two men suspected of burglary were slapped with Covid fines when police went to arrest them and found the pair socialising in the same house.   This came after a man reported a burglary at his father’s Gateshead flat.    He had been cleaning the home on 15 October…

Hove bar remains Covid-secure by seating customers in ‘igloos’

A bar in Hove has found a new way of remaining Covid-secure while serving food and drinks by seating customers in ‘igloos’.  The Rockwater bar on the Hove seafront has built around 30 igloos, with each pod catering for up…

Councils wanted two-week half-term break — but were blocked by ministers

Local leaders in the worst-hit coronavirus hotspots in England wanted to extend schools’ half-term holiday to two weeks but were blocked by the Government, i has been told. A longer break for schools in tier three regions would have helped…

Plans for ‘Tier 4’ restrictions if current rules don’t work to tackle second wave

Discussions are underway in Whitehall and local authorities for a Plan B to tackle the second wave of Covid-19 if the three-tier system in England has not made a difference by mid-November, it has emerged. Options being discussed include dialling…

‘Callous and economically wrong’ to expect freelancers to live on £450 a month, Ed Miliband warns

Freelancers in the arts and hospitality sectors who are hit by Covid-19 restrictions will get just £450 a month from the state on average over winter, according to figures compiled by Labour. Rishi Sunak made the self-employed income support scheme…

Students at the University of the West of England fined for holding parties on campus

More than 20 students at the University of the West of England (UWE) have been fined for holding parties in their accommodation.   In the past week, 21 students were each handed a £200 penalty for flouting the “rule of six” when they had the gatherings on the Frenchay campus, in Bristol.     According to…

Post-Brexit trade talks intensify as UK and EU edge towards a deal

Trade talks between Britain and the European Union will intensify over the weekend amid signs that the two sides are inching towards a deal.  President Emmanuel Macron was reported to have prepared the French fishing industry to accept a cut in quotas…

Cat microchipping campaign wins cross-party support as MP calls for tougher sentences for animal cruelty

More than 50 MPs and peers are backing a campaign calling for the mandatory microchipping of all pet cats. Spearheaded by animal charity Cats Protection, the campaign has won cross-party support, with the likes of Penny Mordaunt, Theresa Villiers, Stephen…

Blackpool is hopeful its new approach to drugs deaths and support plan will pay off

The number of drug-related deaths has hit a record high but one town is leading the way in tackling the problem. There were 4,393 drug-poisoning deaths in England and Wales last year, a slight rise on 2018 and the highest number…

‘Game over for climate’ if US votes for Donald Trump as scientists warn cliff-edge moment may be a ‘disaster’

Some of the world’s leading climate scientists have warned the Presidential election is a “make or break” vote on global warming. A Trump victory would push up pollution in the US and derail global efforts to avert climate catastrophe, professors…

Scammers are posing as ‘Covid marshals’ to issue fake fines and blag their way into people’s homes

Scammers have taken up posing as fake Covid marshals seeking access to people’s homes and demanding payment of ‘fines’, consumers have been warned. The Charted Trading Standards Institute says the new scam appears to be an evolved form of one…

Scotland ‘to avoid full scale lockdown’ over winter as Nicola Sturgeon unveils five-tier system

A full scale coronavirus lockdown similar to the one in March is unlikely to be required in Scotland over the winter, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister was speaking as she published plans for a five-tier system of restrictions…