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Winter weather: Thousands without power after gales hit UK

Winter weather: Thousands without power after gales hit UK

Image copyright Payman Salem Image caption A falling tree landed on parked cars in New Barnet in north London About 24,600 homes and businesses are without power as severe gales brought disruption to much of the UK. A further 130,000 properties in eastern England have had power restored after gusts of up to 83mph (134 […]

Fresh snow alert sparks travel warning

Fresh snow alert sparks travel warning

Image copyright NEODAAS/University of Dundee Image caption A satellite image shows half the UK under snow and cloud Drivers have been urged to stay off major roads unless absolutely necessary as a new snow storm approaches southern Scotland and northern England. A Met Office amber “be prepared” alert is now in place from 21:00 on […]

Forecasters issue new warning of persistent heavy snow

Forecasters issue new warning of persistent heavy snow

Media caption‘We were on the road for 12 hours’ Forecasters have issued a fresh warning of persistent heavy snow for southern Scotland and north east England. A Met Office amber “be prepared” alert is now in place from 21:00 on Wednesday until 05:00 on Thursday. Hundreds of drivers who spent the night stranded on the […]

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% since […]

Drivers stranded overnight on M74 as snow sweeps Scotland

Drivers stranded overnight on M74 as snow sweeps Scotland

Media captionVideo released by a Dumfries and Galloway rescue team shows difficult driving conditions Hundreds of drivers have spent the night in their cars after becoming stranded due to heavy snow. Mountain rescue teams were sent to help those stuck on the M74 in Dumfries and Galloway after severe weather led to closures at Millbank […]

Drivers stranded on M74 as snow sweeps Scotland

Drivers stranded on M74 as snow sweeps Scotland

Media captionVideo released by a Dumfries and Galloway rescue team shows difficult driving conditions Hundreds of drivers are spending the night in their cars after becoming stranded due to heavy snow. Mountain rescue teams have been sent to help those stuck on the M74 after wintry conditions led to closures at Millbank and Beattock. Traffic […]

‘Staggering’ trade in fake degrees revealed

‘Staggering’ trade in fake degrees revealed

Image copyright Google Image caption A BBC reporter was offered a degree from the fake Nixon University for $3,600 (£2,600) Thousands of UK nationals have bought fake degrees from a multi-million pound “diploma mill” in Pakistan, a BBC Radio 4’s File on Four programme investigation has found. Buyers include NHS consultants, nurses and a large […]

Iceland aims to be plastic free by 2023

Iceland aims to be plastic free by 2023

Image copyright AFP/Getty Supermarket chain Iceland has said it will eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging of all its own label products by the end of 2023. Prime Minister Theresa May has called plastic waste “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”. Iceland says the move will affect more than a thousand own […]

Man wanted over crossbow murder found dead

Man wanted over crossbow murder found dead

Image copyright Humberside Police Image caption A body believed to be Anthony Lawrence was found in a vehicle Police hunting for a man wanted over the murder of a neighbour and the attempted murder of his pregnant girlfriend say they have found a body. It is believed to be Anthony Lawrence, 55, and was found […]

Falklands War ‘true hero’ Captain Rick Jolly dies

Falklands War ‘true hero’ Captain Rick Jolly dies

Image caption Rick Jolly OBE is the only man to have been decorated by Britain and Argentina for service during the Falklands conflict A Royal Navy medical officer who saved the lives of hundreds of British and Argentine troops during the Falklands War has died, aged 71. Working amid terrible conditions in the field, Surgeon […]

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