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The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is 79% effective at preventing Covid-19 and offers 100% protection against severe disease, new data from a US-led trial has shown. The jab, which has been the subject of controversy in Europe over concerns about links to very rare blood clots, is also 100% effective at keeping people out of hospital with […]

Violent scenes which marred a “Kill the Bill” protest in Bristol that saw a police station attacked, officers injured and vehicles set alight have been widely condemned.   Home Secretary Priti Patel branded the scenes “unacceptable” and said “thuggery and disorder” would never be tolerated. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, who said he had “major concerns” […]

Cineworld is set to post a sharp plunge in sales for the past year after its global cinemas were closed to customers amid pandemic restrictions. However, investors in the troubled cinema chain have been increasingly optimistic since it warned that it was temporarily shutting the doors to its UK and US cinemas at the start […]

Rangers head to Celtic Park on Sunday as champions of Scotland for the first time in a decade – but Connor Goldson insists there will be no cocky swagger from Steven Gerrard’s side. Gers have wrapped up the title with six games – and two Old Firm clashes – to spare. But even with a […]

At least 36 people were arrested at an anti-lockdown protest in central London which saw crowds hurling missiles at police and assualting officers. Thousands of people joined Saturday’s demonstration, which travelled from Hyde Park to St Paul’s Cathedral and back to Westminster, ahead of the anniversary of the first UK lockdown which began on March […]

Wayne Pivac admitted Wales were left numb as a France try two minutes into injury time inflicted a 32-30 defeat and deprived them of a Guinness Six Nations Grand Slam. In a chaotic finale, France had lock Paul Willemse sent off for making contact with the eye area of Wales prop Wyn Jones, while the […]

The Chairman of the Police Federation say officers are being left in a “no-win” situation policing demonstrations during lockdown. John Apter says the Government’s mixed messages on pandemic restrictions is causing confusion. He adds officers have been battling with the challenge of keeping up with “ever-changing Covid rules and legislation” and that as a result […]

Craig Eddie has been named winner of The Voice UK 2021. The Scottish singer defeated fellow contender Grace Holden in the final after James Okulaja and Hannah Williams were both eliminated earlier in the episode. As the news was announced, he turned his back on the camera and covered his face. He said: “I still […]

He died aged 74 after a lengthy illness. The attacking midfielder, having become the youngest player to represent United at the age of 15 years and 289 days, netted 238 goals in 705 appearances during two spells at Elland Road. His death was announced in a statement on the club’s official website, which read: “It […]

The Government is coming under renewed pressure to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions to allow protests to go ahead. More than 60 MPs and peers have signed a letter warning that allowing the police to criminalise people for protesting is “is not acceptable and is arguably not lawful”. The letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel and […]

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