Press Association 2014 LATEST

Silva ruled out of Manchester derby

Chard & Ilminster News: Manchester City's David Silva will be out for up to four weeks with the knee injury suffered against Newcastle

1:05pm Friday 31st October 2014

Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday's derby against Manchester United and faces up to four weeks out with a knee injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.

JK Rowling based Harry Potter witch on hated woman

Chard & Ilminster News: JK Rowling based Harry Potter witch on hated woman

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

JK Rowling has returned to the world of Harry Potter to explain the origins of teacher Dolores Umbridge.

Surge in fixed-rate mortgage deals

Chard & Ilminster News: A total of 2,675 fixed-rate mortgage deals were on the market by the middle of this week

12:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

Mortgage lenders are flooding the market with more fixed-rate products in attempts to lock in home-owners who may be tempted to switch to one of their rivals in the coming months, a financial website has reported.

Police chief faces internal charge

Chard & Ilminster News: Nick Gargan was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

11:11am Friday 31st October 2014

A chief constable will face an internal charge of gross misconduct following claims that he made "inappropriate advances" to female colleagues and leaked internal emails.

X Factor hopefuls face instant axe

Chard & Ilminster News: Simon Cowell, pictured with his fellow judges, has warned X Factor contestants they need to up their game if they want to continue in the show (Syco/Thames TV/ITV/PA)

10:42am Friday 31st October 2014

X Factor contestants face instant dismissal on tomorrow night's show if they fail to impress viewers in a Halloween elimination twist as the show seeks to boost its fortunes.

Murderers lose whole-life challenge

Chard & Ilminster News: Jamie Reynolds lured a teenage girl to her death

10:42am Friday 31st October 2014

Two murderers have lost challenges against orders that they can never be released from prison.

Rowling based witch on hated woman

Chard & Ilminster News: JK Rowling has written on her Pottermore website about the story of Dolores Umbridge

10:03am Friday 31st October 2014

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has returned to the world of her teenage wizard to explain the background of one of her most evil characters.

Russell Brand: I don't need more money

Chard & Ilminster News: Russell Brand: I don't need more money

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

Russell Brand has announced that he is going to use some of the money he makes for good causes, such as helping people struggling with drug addiction.

Hole-in-one boosts Westwood bid

Chard & Ilminster News: Lee Westwood's hole-in-one put him in contention at the CIMB Classic

9:57am Friday 31st October 2014

A spectacular hole-in-one helped Lee Westwood surge into contention for the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday.

Wilshere adds to injury woes

Chard & Ilminster News: Jack Wilshere is struggling with a knee injury

9:54am Friday 31st October 2014

Jack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal's lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud "miles ahead of schedule" in the coming weeks.

Simon Cowell: Two X Factor acts to go

Chard & Ilminster News: Simon Cowell: Two X Factor acts to go

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

Simon Cowell has revealed that two of the X Factor hopefuls will be eliminated this weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Many ex-Remploy staff 'unemployed'

Chard & Ilminster News: The former Remploy office in Nottingham.

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Most disabled workers laid off after the closure of Remploy factories have not found another job a year after they shut, according to a new report.

Family-friendly tests for new laws

Chard & Ilminster News: Iain Duncan Smith says families are the foundation of society

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Every new domestic law or Government policy will have to pass five tests to ensure it is family-friendly before being approved by ministers, under guidance released by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Graduates' children 'earn more'

Chard & Ilminster News: Research suggests children who come from more advantaged backgrounds are more likely to go to a top university

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Men whose parents are university-educated are likely to earn more than those whose mothers and fathers do not hold a degree, according to a study.

Record 33 £1m homes sold every day

Chard & Ilminster News: Lloyds found that 6,143 transactions involving million pound homes took place during the first six months of 2014

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

A record 33 sales of homes worth at least £1 million took place in Britain every day typically during the first half of this year, research has revealed.

Gerrard casts doubt on Reds future

Chard & Ilminster News: Steven Gerrard would have no qualms with leaving Liverpool at the end of the season if the club do not offer him a new deal

8:39am Friday 31st October 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is keen to continue his career beyond this season and admits he may be forced to move away from Anfield if the club fails to offer him a new deal.

Ryder Cup pain fires Colsaerts

Chard & Ilminster News: Nicolas Colsaerts is in control in Shanghai

8:39am Friday 31st October 2014

Nicolas Colsaerts revealed how he was inspired by Europe's Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles after taking the halfway lead in the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

Proposals to repay £2bn WWI debt

Chard & Ilminster News: National War Bonds were first issued in 1917 to raise money to finance the ongoing cost of the First World War

8:11am Friday 31st October 2014

Steps to repay the UK's £2 billion in outstanding First World War debt have been unveiled with plans to redeem bonds dating back to the 18th century.

Paul Hollywood: Mary Berry vandalised my car!

Chard & Ilminster News: Paul Hollywood: Mary Berry vandalised my car!

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

Paul Hollywood’s car was ‘vandalised’ – by his Great British Bake Off co-star Mary Berry.

MTV 'map' leads to Labrinth video

Chard & Ilminster News: MTV 'map' leads to Labrinth video

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

Glasgow City Chambers will be lit up in a light show for Labrinth’s latest single, Let it Be.

Keira Knightley admits Bake Off obsession

Chard & Ilminster News: Keira Knightley admits Bake Off obsession

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

Keira Knightley has admitted she would have preferred to watch The Great British Bake Off final than go to her own movie premiere.

Stars go 'BearFaced' for charity

Chard & Ilminster News: Stars go 'BearFaced' for charity

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

Michelle Keegan, Lorraine Kelly and Olivia Colman are ditching make-up to support Children In Need.

Lidl matches Waitrose in taste test

Chard & Ilminster News: Judges were impressed by some of Lidl's Christmas foods

7:37am Friday 31st October 2014

Discount store Lidl has done as well as posh nosh specialist Waitrose in a mass blind-tasting of indulgent Christmas foods.

RBS writes off further £780m

Chard & Ilminster News: RBS is 80 per cent owned by the taxpayer after being rescued during the financial crisis

7:37am Friday 31st October 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland wrote off another £780 million for past misconduct today and suggested more pain was to come before taxpayers would see a return on their £46 billion bail-out of the lender.

Praising pupils 'can be harmful'

Chard & Ilminster News: The Trust says judging the quality of teaching is very difficult

7:16am Friday 31st October 2014

It is often said that a little encouragement goes a long way, but a new study suggests that lavishing praise on pupils is unlikely to help them improve in the classroom.

Monk to meet with Riley

Chard & Ilminster News: Swansea manager Garry Monk will meet referees' chief Mike Riley on Friday to discuss refereeing issues this season

6:39am Friday 31st October 2014

Swansea manager Garry Monk will meet referees' chief Mike Riley on Friday having claimed one victory after defender Federico Fernandez's midweek red card against Liverpool was rescinded.

Firms 'must reveal drink calories'

Chard & Ilminster News: The majority of the adults asked in a poll did not know the number of calories in a pint of lager

6:05am Friday 31st October 2014

Drinks companies should label their alcoholic products to show the number of calories they contain as part of a bid to tackle obesity, a health organisation has said.

Plea to confront aid corruption

Chard & Ilminster News: More must be done to ensure the integrity of aid programmes, it has been argued

6:05am Friday 31st October 2014

The Government is failing to tackle corruption levels in international aid programmes it is funding, an independent watchdog has found.

Votes counted in PCC by-election

Chard & Ilminster News: The PCC by-election was called following the resignation of Shaun Wright

3:33am Friday 31st October 2014

The new police and crime commissioner (PCC) for South Yorkshire will be announced today, with Ukip hoping it will secure the post, following up its recent by-election successes.

Puppy farm killer to be sentenced

Chard & Ilminster News: John Lowe will be sentenced for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm

3:33am Friday 31st October 2014

An elderly dog breeder will be sentenced today for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm.

Minister's 'chunky money' for roads

Chard & Ilminster News: Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander of the Liberal Democrats.

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The Government will use the Autumn Statement to set out plans for major road improvement projects, Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has confirmed.

Halloween costumes 'damaging'

Chard & Ilminster News: The Adult Skitzo costume on sale at www.joke.co.uk

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

Halloween's ghoulish festivities have turned into a "dangerous" culture that brands the mentally ill as "psychos or schizos or freaks", a Government minister will warn today.

Government accused amid fire strike

Chard & Ilminster News: Firefighters in central London in May during a strike over pension changes

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The Government has been accused of showing "contempt" for public sector workers as firefighters prepare to stage a four-day strike in a bitter row over pensions.

NHS opt-out tax rebate proposed

Chard & Ilminster News: Under the plan people would receive a rebate equivalent to the value of the NHS care they would have received

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

People in England should be able to receive a tax rebate for opting out of NHS care under a system with significantly increased competition, a think-tank has recommended.

Royal couple to end Colombia tour

Chard & Ilminster News: The Prince of Wales visiting Cano Cristales, a multi coloured river during his tour of Colombia

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will end their four-day tour of Colombia by visiting the Caribbean influenced city of Cartagena today.

Woolf must quit, say abuse victims

Chard & Ilminster News: Fiona Woolf who faces fresh pressure about her role at head of a Government inquiry into child abuse.

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

Fiona Woolf's position as chair of the Government inquiry into historical child sex abuse appeared increasingly at risk today as victims' representatives formally called for her removal.

Miliband in English devolution vow

Chard & Ilminster News: Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged more powers for England's regions

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

A Labour government would pass an English Devolution Act, transferring control over £30 billion worth of funding to England's cities and counties, Ed Miliband has announced.

Labour set for new Scots leadership

Chard & Ilminster News: Labour leader Ed Miliband, former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and Alistair Darling

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

Ed Miliband is looking to a completely new leadership team to turn around the flagging Labour Party in Scotland as two polls suggested he is facing a wipeout north of the border.

Man held over firework plant blaze

Chard & Ilminster News: Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a blaze in a fireworks warehouse which left two people missing.

Everton profit delights Kenwright

Chard & Ilminster News: Everton had a successful season on and off the field

12:09am Friday 31st October 2014

Everton have revealed record profits of more than £28million for the 2013/14 season.

Independent review of Ofsted urged

Chard & Ilminster News: The LGA said parents put their trust in Ofsted's ratings

12:03am Friday 31st October 2014

Council leaders are calling for an independent review of Ofsted, amid concerns that the schools watchdog is losing credibility.

The 24 emotions people went through watching 24 Hours in A&E

Chard & Ilminster News: The 24 emotions people went through watching 24 Hours in A&E

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

The show that takes a gruelling look at the workings of one of London’s A&Es is back on our screens. And the first episode was emotional to say the least.

See Hugh, Jemima and Suki all dressed up for Halloween

Chard & Ilminster News: See Hugh, Jemima and Suki all dressed up for Halloween

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

A bunch of celebs attended UNICEF’s Halloween ball.

Hamilton unfazed by double points

Chard & Ilminster News: Lewis Hamilton is determined not to feel negative about the looming double-points scenario at the final grand prix

8:38pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Lewis Hamilton is determined not to let the spectre of double points on offer in the final grand prix impact on his mindset over the final few weeks of the season.

Hoops to contest Tonev ban

Chard & Ilminster News: Celtic's Alexandar Tonev has been given a seven-game ban

7:33pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Celtic have backed Aleksandar Tonev after the winger was suspended for seven matches for using "offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature" against Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.

Hart calm about City 'stumble'

Chard & Ilminster News: Joe Hart believes Manchester City can quickly snap out of their poor run of form

7:33pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart insists there is no need to panic about his side's form after their winless run was extended to three matches with defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup.

One missing in firework plant blaze

Chard & Ilminster News: A large blaze broke out at a fireworks factory (Jacob Wilcox)

7:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

One person is unaccounted for after a large blaze broke out at a fireworks factory, police said tonight.

Djokovic and Federer ease through

Chard & Ilminster News: Novak Djokovic, pictured, and Roger Federer joined Andy Murray in the the next round in Paris (AP)

7:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both safely progressed to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris while Andy Murray claimed the victory that secured his place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

Jeremy Clarkson beer tweet raises hackles

Chard & Ilminster News: Jeremy Clarkson beer tweet raises hackles

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

Jeremy Clarkson caused controversy when he tweeted that he was driving with a beer in his cup holder.

Sir Ian McKellen awarded freedom of the City of London

Chard & Ilminster News: Sir Ian McKellen awarded freedom of the City of London

1:26pm Friday 31st October 2014

Lord Of The Rings star Sir Ian McKellen is the latest name to receive the Freedom of the City of London.

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