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Bereaved police families have hailed a national monument erected in tribute to their loved ones as “phenomenal” as the Prince of Wales led the nation in honouring their memory.   Charles praised the “valour and sacrifice” of police officers and staff who have “laid down their lives to keep us safe” as he performed the […]

Amanda Pritchard is to become the new head of the NHS in England. Ms Pritchard has worked as chief operating officer under outgoing boss Lord Stevens, who finishes his tenure at the end of the week. She will take over in the midst of a third wave of Covid-19 and as the NHS faces an […]

A man who was jailed for assisting others to go to Syria to fight for the so-called Islamic State has been charged with breaches of his terrorist notification requirements. Isaac Idris, formerly known as Mustakim Jaman, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court in November 2015 to six years in prison. The 29-year-old was convicted of […]

A slice of the Prince and Princess of Wales’s wedding cake is up for sale – 40 years after Charles and Diana tied the knot. The anniversary of their fairy-tale royal nuptials, when the heir to the throne married shy 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer in the grand St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29 1981, falls […]

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles has been praised for speaking openly about the importance of looking after her mental health It comes amid a call for people facing “perfect storms” of pressure to be supported whether in daily life or top-level sport. The gold medal-winning US athlete has withdrawn from Thursday’s women’s all-around final, having pulled […]

The Prince of Wales will lead the nation during a dedication ceremony for the new UK Police Memorial honouring all fallen officers and staff. Charles will unveil a plaque dedicating the monument in Staffordshire, and after giving a brief speech will lay the first wreath at the memorial commemorating the courage and sacrifice of all […]

Deacon Blue star Ricky Ross is among those being honoured by a university as it marks graduations with an online celebration amid the pandemic. The musician and broadcaster will receive a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) for his outstanding contribution to Scottish music and culture, and for his support to the […]

People advised to shield during the first wave of the pandemic were eight times more likely to get Covid-19 and five times as likely to die following infection than the general population, a study has indicated. Researchers also said people deemed at moderate risk from the virus due to health conditions like diabetes were four […]

A type of frog extinct in England since the mid-1990s has been reintroduced to its former home, after animals were flown in from Sweden and first established at a secret site in Norfolk. The northern pool frog was last found at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Thompson Common, with its ancient pingo ponds, rare ponds created at […]

Two 14-year-old boys have been found guilty or murdering a teenage boy who was “lured” to a park in Reading and fatally stabbed. Oliver Stephens, 13, known as Olly, was killed at Bugs Bottom field in Emmer Green, Reading, Berkshire, on January 3. Reading Crown Court previously heard that Olly was convinced to go to […]

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