Press Association 2014 LATEST

Sam Smith nominated for Mobo Awards

Chard & Ilminster News: Sam Smith has been nominated for four Mobo Awards

2:57am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Singing star Sam Smith is among the acts nominated for a clutch of gongs at tonight's Mobo Awards.

Kate Bush in line for Q awards

Chard & Ilminster News: Kate Bush is among the nominees

2:57am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Comeback queen Kate Bush is up for a pair of prizes at the annual Q Awards on the strength of her stage return after 35 years.

Tories forfeit 'Borodin donation'

Chard & Ilminster News: The Tories have forfeited a £28,000 donation made by a company reportedly linked to Russian banker Andrei Borodin

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Conservative Party has forfeited a £28,000 donation made by a company reportedly linked to a Russian banker after the Electoral Commission found it was impermissible.

Singapore president to meet Cameron

Chard & Ilminster News: The Queen greets Dr Tan during a ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade in London

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Singapore's president Tony Tan Keng Yam will meet David Cameron as his four-day trip to the UK continues.

Final Bellingham interview screened

Chard & Ilminster News: Lynda Bellingham's final TV interview is due to be screened

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The late Lynda Bellingham poignantly described the details of the Christmas she would never see during her final TV interview which will be screened today.

Watchdog to curb bogus charities

Chard & Ilminster News: David Cameron says the changes will help make sure that charity donations always go to genuinely good causes

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A charity watchdog is being promised tougher powers and an extra £8 million in an effort to put the squeeze on bogus good causes which divert cash to terrorism and other criminal activity.

Clegg to target teaching workload

Chard & Ilminster News: Nick Clegg says he wants to free up teachers to spend more time in the classroom

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Teachers are being forced to spend too much time on pointless box-ticking, form-filling and unnecessary work, Nick Clegg will warn today.

Cost of foreign criminals revealed

Chard & Ilminster News: Charles Clarke quit over the foreign criminals issue

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Up to £1 billion of public money was spent last year on thousands of foreign criminals in the UK as hundreds living in the community - including dangerous offenders - went missing.

Father of IS hostage dies

Chard & Ilminster News: Family handout photo dated 2013 of Paul Cantlie, the father of Islamic State hostage John Cantlie, who has died.

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The father of an Islamic State hostage has died, days after making an emotional plea for his son to be released, his family said.

Group slams dementia bonus for GPs

Chard & Ilminster News: GPs are reportedly to be paid a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia under an NHS England initiative.

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Patients Association has condemned plans to pay GPs a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia as "a step too far".

Concerns raised over use of drones

Chard & Ilminster News: Drones are being increasingly used

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Drones use in British skies will expand rapidly over the next 20 years, posing a serious security risk and significant privacy concerns, intelligence experts have warned.

Shoppers 'buying little and often'

Chard & Ilminster News: Food shoppers are buying little and often, according to Waitrose

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Britons are grocery shopping at least twice as often as they were five years ago, according to a report by Waitrose.

'No benefits' from free nursery

Chard & Ilminster News: Tony Blair's Labour administration began offering free part-time pre-school education in England in 1998

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The policy of providing free nursery places for three-year-olds has delivered no long-term educational benefits and helped only a small number of women into work, according to two studies.

Drivers 'pay £42bn a year in tax'

Chard & Ilminster News: Campaign group FairFuel UK is calling for a 3p-a-litre cut in fuel duty

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Motorists are being "fleeced" by government taxation, with drivers paying £42 billion a year to the Treasury, a campaign group has said.

Energy complaints 'could be higher'

Chard & Ilminster News: Unresolved complaints about energy suppliers could be five times higher than official figures suggest says Labour

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Unresolved complaints about energy suppliers could be five times higher than official figures suggest - leaving up to half a million households and small businesses a year missing out on compensation or facing long delays, Labour said.

Rising cost of motor insurance

Chard & Ilminster News: Quotes for annual car insurance generally have increased sharply by 4.2% to reach £891 on average, according to figures

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Motorists are seeing the cost of taking out car insurance increase for the first time in more than two years as efforts to clamp down on fraudulent claims have not delivered the savings that insurers had anticipated, according to a report.

Concerns over loan shark customers

Chard & Ilminster News: A report says someone who is turned away by a payday lender is twice as likely to go a loan shark as they are to seek help from a credit union

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

One in three people whose payday loan application has been rejected since the sector was forced to adopt stricter lending rules has considered using an illegal loan shark instead, research suggests.

Full nest 'costs parents £1,200'

Chard & Ilminster News: Parents with a "full nest" of adult children report that their household spending is around £460 per month, according to the Centre for the Modern Family

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Parents with adult children still living at home are spending £1,200 a year more to keep their household running typically than those whose offspring have flown the nest, a report suggests.

Ant and Dec ready for jungle antics

Chard & Ilminster News: Ant and Dec present I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! on ITV

12:04am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Declan Donnelly has mistaken the Australian outback for the Land of Oz, donning ruby red slippers for a sneak preview of the latest series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Big screen deal for Blyton books

Chard & Ilminster News: Sam Mendes' production company is taking Enid Blyton's creations to the big screen

12:02am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree books are being brought to the big screen by Sam Mendes' production company.

Final Bellingham interview screened

Chard & Ilminster News: Lynda Bellingham gave a last interview to her Loose Women colleagues

12:02am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The late Lynda Bellingham poignantly described the details of the Christmas she would never see during her final TV interview.

Chelsea thrash Maribor

Chard & Ilminster News: Didier Drogba scores Chelsea's second from the spot

9:46pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Didier Drogba scored his first Chelsea goal since his decisive strike in the 2012 Champions League final as the Premier League leaders thrashed Maribor 6-0 at Stamford Bridge to strengthen their position at the top of Group G.

Kate steps out in style for awards

Chard & Ilminster News: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum

9:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Royal fans were treated to the glamorous side of the Duchess of Cambridge when she stepped out in a stunning outfit that showed off her figure.

City pegged back in Moscow

Chard & Ilminster News: Manchester City players remonstrate with referee Istvan Vad after he awarded a penalty against Aleksandar Kolarov, left

7:18pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Manchester City surrendered a two-goal lead as they again stuttered on the Champions League stage, drawing 2-2 amid more controversy at CSKA Moscow.

Hasi: Don't underestimate Arsenal

Chard & Ilminster News: Emiliano Martinez looks set to start for Arsenal

7:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Anderlecht manager Besnik Hasi believes it would be a mistake to underestimate Arsenal in their Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

Rodgers: Bale absence won't help us

Chard & Ilminster News: Injury has ruled Gareth Bale out of the clash at Anfield

7:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Gareth Bale will be a notable absentee from the mouthwatering clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool, but Reds manager Brendan Rodgers admits the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo means that may be of little advantage to his side.

Sir Cliff back in recording studio

Chard & Ilminster News: Sir Cliff Richard has been recording in Nashville

5:34pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Sir Cliff Richard has been back in the recording studio only months after he was questioned by police over sexual assault allegations.

Nationwide apologises over glitch

Chard & Ilminster News: Nationwide suffered a technical problem to its online and mobile banking service

5:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Britain's biggest building society has apologised to customers after it suffered a technical problem to its online and mobile banking service today.

Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

Chard & Ilminster News: Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the process which led to the recruitment of former Manchester United manager David Moyes

4:49pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Sir Alex Ferguson insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes were not followed prior to the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as his Manchester United successor.

Mauled dog breeder held by police

Chard & Ilminster News: Police have arrested a dog owner who was mauled by his own pet

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A breeder who lost an arm after he was savaged by his American bulldogs has been arrested following alleged attacks on three other people while he exercised his pets, police said.

Five Britons 'joining IS each week'

Chard & Ilminster News: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has warned that at least five Britons joining Islamic State every week

4:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

At least five Britons are travelling to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State (IS) every week, the UK's most senior police officer has revealed.

Hammer attack 'destroyed our lives'

Chard & Ilminster News: Philip Spence attacked the three women in the Cumberland Hotel in London

4:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Two sisters savagely beaten as they slept with their young children in a top London hotel have told how the attack destroyed their lives - as a man was found guilty of their attempted murder.

Fans compensated for thrashing

Chard & Ilminster News: Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone said fans should be reimbursed after his team's 8-0 defeat at Southampton

4:29pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Premier League footballers have agreed to pay out more than £60,000 to fans who travelled over 300 miles only to see them lose 8-0.

Fernandes calls for end to QPR spat

Chard & Ilminster News: Tony Fernandes wants the row between QPR boss Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt, pictured, to end

4:26pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has ordered manager Harry Redknapp and forward Adel Taarabt to put a halt to their public row about the player's fitness.

Kenny leads strong GB squad

Chard & Ilminster News: Jason Kenny, pictured

4:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny leads a near-full-strength Great Britain squad to the opening Track World Cup event of the season in Mexico next month.

Cleared Gambaccini returns to radio

Chard & Ilminster News: Paul Gambaccini is returning to the radio airwaves

4:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Presenter Paul Gambaccini is to return to the airwaves next month following a year away from broadcasting following his arrest for historic sex crimes.

Sunderland squad offer fans refund

Chard & Ilminster News: John O'Shea and the rest of the Sunderland squad have offered to refund fans the price of their tickets after Saturday's humiliating 8-0 defeat at Southampton

3:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Sunderland's shell-shocked players have offered to refund the cost of supporters' tickets for their 8-0 Barclays Premier League humiliation at Southampton.

'Second-class NHS' for the Welsh

Chard & Ilminster News: Jeremy Hunt says there is "intolerable pressure" on hospitals on the England-Wales border

3:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Welsh patients receive a "second-class" health service, Jeremy Hunt has claimed.

Ambassador demands Top Gear apology

Chard & Ilminster News: Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro has demanded a public apology from the BBC following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

3:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Argentinian ambassador to the UK has demanded a public apology from the BBC following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

Farage under fire over Ukip allies

Chard & Ilminster News: Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said he would not do a deal with an extremist party

3:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has come under fire from leaders of Britain's Jewish community over his link up with a member of a controversial right-wing Polish party in order to save his grouping in the European Parliament.

Ambassador demands Top Gear apology

Chard & Ilminster News: The Argentinian ambassador to the UK has demanded a public apology from the BBC over the Top Gear following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the country

3:22pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Argentinian ambassador to the UK has demanded a public apology from the BBC following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

Mothers 'switching supermarkets'

Chard & Ilminster News: Many mothers switch between three supermarkets for their grocery shopping, a report shows

3:13pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Mothers now have an average of three supermarkets at which they do their main shop, and almost a quarter visit more than one during a single expedition, a survey has found.

FA begin search to replace Horne

Chard & Ilminster News: General secretary Alex Horne will leave the Football Association at the end of January

3:07pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Football Association is to start the search for a new top executive after general secretary Alex Horne announced he is to leave the organisation at the end of January.

Caterham not under threat

Chard & Ilminster News: Caterham team principal Manfredi Ravetto is currently wading through a minefield of problems

2:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Caterham's immediate future in Formula One appears to be safe despite an associated company being placed in administration.

Huhne goes on display in a vase

Chard & Ilminster News: The Huhne Vase inspired by former energy secretary Chris Huhne, by Grayson Perry (Channel 4/PA)

2:16pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Acclaimed artist Grayson Perry has created a vase inspired by former energy secretary Chris Huhne - decorated with images of penises and speed cameras.

Tesco hit by steep drop in sales

Chard & Ilminster News: Tesco saw sales drop by 3.6% in the 12 weeks to October 12

2:16pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Tesco sales are falling at the fastest rate in the grocery industry as ongoing price wars continue to benefit shoppers and squeeze the major retailers.

Early education 'boosts children'

Chard & Ilminster News: Youngsters who attend pre-school gaining better exams results, Sam Gyimah said

2:14pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A child's life chances are already being decided before they have "knotted their tie and fastened their laces" for their first day of school, the childcare minister has said.

Ex-teacher 'preyed on Kenyan boys'

Chard & Ilminster News: Court sketch of Simon Harris, right, appearing at Birmingham Crown Court

2:14pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A former British public school house master and charity boss "preyed" on needy young Kenyan boys picking them up off the street before taking them home to sexually abuse them, a jury has heard.

Tuilagi loss is huge for England

Chard & Ilminster News: Manu Tuilagi, centre, is struggling with a groin injury

1:39pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

England's prospects for a successful autumn have diminished after Manu Tuilagi was ruled out of the entire QBE Series at Twickenham with a groin injury.

Woolf urged to quit abuse inquiry

Chard & Ilminster News: Fiona Woolf has been urged to quite as chairwoman of the Government's historic child abuse inquiry

1:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The chair of the government's historic child abuse inquiry is facing calls to quit after revealing details of her links to Lord Brittan.

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