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Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood will remain on bail over allegations he raped and assaulted a young woman following a court hearing. The 20-year-old was arrested in January after images and videos were posted online, and he was also questioned on suspicion of making threats to kill. His bail was due to expire in April […]

Carlos Alcaraz feels this year is too soon for him to challenge for the Wimbledon title. The 19-year-old has established himself as the most exciting young talent in the men’s game over the past couple of seasons and has already won four ATP Tour titles this year, three on clay and one on grass. He […]

Boris Johnson has said he will “keep going” after his authority was dealt a series of blows by a double by-election defeat which triggered the resignation of a Cabinet minister. The Prime Minister acknowledged on Friday that losing the former Tory stronghold of Tiverton and Honiton to the Lib Dems as well as surrendering Wakefield […]

Households are facing a “huge” jump in energy-related scams as fraudsters exploit fear and confusion around soaring bills, figures show. Scams mentioning one of the ‘big six’ energy firms in the first quarter of this year were up 10% on the same period last year, figures from Action Fraud and reported by Which? show. January […]

Around 20 million lives around the world were saved thanks to the Covid-19 jabs in the first year of the vaccine programme, according to new estimates. The first ever Covid-19 jab outside a clinical trial was administered in the UK to grandmother Maggie Keenan on December 8 2020. Experts set out to estimate the impact […]

Children aged between six and 10 had the biggest daily increase in screen time during the Covid-19 pandemic, new research suggests. But increases were seen in all ages, including among adults, the study found. According to Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) scientists, more time spent looking at screens like the TV or computer was associated with […]

Consumer confidence has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1974 as a “stark new economic reality” hits households, figures show. GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index dropped one point to minus 41 in June, setting a new record low for a second successive month. Confidence in personal finances over the next 12 months […]

Research projects which boost food security and address the climate change and biodiversity crises will receive more than £200m over five years from the Scottish Government. Nicola Sturgeon is due to announce the funding as she visits the Royal Highland Show near Edinburgh on Friday. The research programme will run until 2027 and will focus […]

The opening of a new referral pathway to the Alzheimer’s Society for former players diagnosed with dementia will be “critical”, according to the Rugby Players’ Association. The Society announced on Friday that partnerships had been set up with the RPA, the Welsh RPA, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the League Managers’ Association in football, providing […]

Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after it suffered two by-election defeats, saying in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that “someone must take responsibility”. In Tiverton and Honiton the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labour reclaimed Wakefield. The contests, triggered by the resignation of […]

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