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Country Lines: The Children forced to sell drugs

Country Lines: The Children forced to sell drugs

1st Jul, 2018

About 4,000 teenagers are being exploited and trafficked every year to sell drugs in rural towns and cities, a leading youth charity says.

Known as “county lines...

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World Cup 2018: Russia Gives Hooliganism Assurances

World Cup 2018: Russia Gives Hooliganism Assurances

1st Jun, 2018

Russian authorities have given their “assurance” fans will be safe from violence at the World Cup finals.

Officials have a “blacklist&rdq...

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Alex Skeel: Domestic abuse survivor was ‘days from death’

Alex Skeel: Domestic abuse survivor was ‘days from death’

1st May, 2018

A male survivor of domestic violence said he was “10 days away from death” after he was repeatedly physically and psychologically abused by his girlfriend.

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Challenging the Stigma - World Autism Awareness Week

Challenging the Stigma - World Autism Awareness Week

1st Mar, 2018

It’s World Autism Awareness Week 26th March to 2nd April. Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families, this means autism is a part of da...

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Our Oceans are Under Threat

Our Oceans are Under Threat

1st Feb, 2018

Sir David Attenborough has called for the world to cut back on its use of plastic in order to protect oceans. He has explained that action on plastics should be taken immediately and that hum...

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A Warm-Hearted Winter

A Warm-Hearted Winter

1st Dec, 2017

With the festive period fast approaching, we look forward to the good times ahead… the decorated warmth and food treats, gifts of plenty, and precious time spent with loved ones. F...

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Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

1st Nov, 2017

Kate Beckinsale, Lysette Anthony and Gwyneth Paltrow are among dozens of women who have come forward with allegations ranging from rape to sexual harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. T...

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Surge In Acid Attacks in England Leads to Calls to Restrict Sales

Surge In Acid Attacks in England Leads to Calls to Restrict Sales

1st Sep, 2017

Crimes with corrosive substances which can be bought over the counter, has doubled in the last 3 years...

The number of crimes using acid or o...

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Methanol Poisoning Warning

Methanol Poisoning Warning

1st Aug, 2017

British backpacker Cheznye Emmons, 23, died after drinking gin which had been mixed with methanol. She bought the counterfeit gin from a shop in a sealed bottle sporting a familiar brand whil...

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A Bridge over Troubled Water: Grenfell single released

A Bridge over Troubled Water: Grenfell single released

1st Jul, 2017

A single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has hit the number one spot on iTunes two hours after it was released.

More than 50 stars including S...

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Manchester Holds Vigil

Manchester Holds Vigil

1st Jun, 2017

Thousands of people gathered for a vigil in Manchester city ?centre for victims of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. Crowds spilled from Albert Square on to nearby roads, standing tog...

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It takes real courage to speak out about mental health. Let Prince Harry encourage many others

It takes real courage to speak out about mental health. Let Prince Harry encourage many others

1st May, 2017

Anyone losing their mother at the age of just 12 undergoes a traumatic, life-changing experience. To do so in the circumstances that befell Prince Harry 20 years ago this August, was perhaps ...

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Women link hands on Westminster Bridge to remember victims

Women link hands on Westminster Bridge to remember victims

1st Apr, 2017

As Big Ben chimed four times on Sunday afternoon an unusual stillness fell over Westminster Bridge. Women – many of them wearing blue for peace – lined up along the bridge...

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Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay

Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay

1st Mar, 2017

When I was at secondary school I would get called homophobic names, be followed around by boys in gangs, and pushed in corridors. There was an openly gay boy at school being bullied too. But ...

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Online Dating – Valentine’s Victim?

Online Dating – Valentine’s Victim?

1st Jan, 2017

“Online dating fraud victim numbers at record high”

As reported by the BBC, the number of people defrauded in the UK by on...

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Shocking neglect uncovered at two care homes in Cornwall

Shocking neglect uncovered at two care homes in Cornwall

1st Dec, 2016

An undercover investigation has exposed shocking levels of neglect at two care homes in Cornwall.

Hidden camera footage filmed by BBC Panorama reporters recorded vulnerabl...

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Creepy clown police warnings as craze spreads

Creepy clown police warnings as craze spreads

1st Nov, 2016

Police across England have been called to dozens of incidents in which pranksters dress as "creepy clowns" to deliberately scare people. The culprits are said to be followin...

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Dalian Atkinson death raises concerns about police Taser use

Dalian Atkinson death raises concerns about police Taser use

1st Sep, 2016

The death of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was reportedly tasered three times by the police has raised renewed concerns about police use of the weapon.

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Jo Cox MP death: Thomas Mair appears at Old Bailey

Jo Cox MP death: Thomas Mair appears at Old Bailey

1st Jul, 2016

Thomas Mair, 52, was remanded in custody by Mr Justice Sweeney after appearing by videolink.

He is also charged with grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with int...

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The UK&#39;s EU referendum: All you need to know

The UK&#39;s EU referendum: All you need to know

1st Jun, 2016

What is happening?

A referendum is being held on Thursday, 23 June to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. Thi...

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Queen’s 90th birthday: Prince William pays tribute

Queen’s 90th birthday: Prince William pays tribute

1st May, 2016

He was speaking in a BBC interview in which he paid tribute to the Queen on the eve of her 90th birthday.

She had been a “guiding example” of what a go...

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Dying dads disability benefits axed after he CUDDLED his little girl during assessment

Dying dads disability benefits axed after he CUDDLED his little girl during assessment

1st Apr, 2016

A dying dad has told how his disability benefit was axed – after he lovingly reached out to hug his four-year-old daughter.

Father-of-five Mark Roberts, 45, has ...

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Diabetic woman died after five-hour ambulance delay

Diabetic woman died after five-hour ambulance delay

1st Mar, 2016

Lisa Day, 27, a type 1 diabetic, fell severely ill in September last year, St Pancras Coroner's Court heard.

When an ambulance arrived she had suffered a heart att...

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Australia politician sorry for gay UK widower disrespect

Australia politician sorry for gay UK widower disrespect

1st Feb, 2016

The premier of South Australia State has apologised to a gay British widower after state authorities refused to recognise his marriage.

Briton David Bulmer-Rizzi, 32, died...

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Waitress asked dwarf’s girlfriend if he ‘wanted a high chair’ for date

Waitress asked dwarf’s girlfriend if he ‘wanted a high chair’ for date

1st Oct, 2015

A man with dwarfism says his girlfriend was once asked whether he ‘wanted a high chair’ during their date at a restaurant.

Phil Lusted, 31, has spoken ...

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Father let daughter drown rather than be rescued by male lifeguards because it would dishonour her

Father let daughter drown rather than be rescued by male lifeguards because it would dishonour her

1st Sep, 2015

The father stopped the rescue team from saving her because he preferred that she die than be touched by a strange man.

A woman drowned when her father stopped male lifegua...

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About Bruce: How Bruce Jenne's Transition Made the Kardashians Unexpected Role Models

About Bruce: How Bruce Jenne's Transition Made the Kardashians Unexpected Role Models

1st Jun, 2015

An emotional Keeping Up With the Kardashians special on Bruce Jenner’s transition proved why the reality TV stars are more culturally important and necessary than we thought.
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Mephedrone: Five people arrested after six teens hospitalised after taking bubble drug

Mephedrone: Five people arrested after six teens hospitalised after taking bubble drug

1st Apr, 2015

Incident: Six teens are ill from taking mephedrone, it is suspected six teenagers are in hospital and one is in a critical condition after taking illegal drugs. Five people have been arrested...

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