Press Association 2014 LATEST

Volleyball protester freed on bail

Chard & Ilminster News: Ghoncheh Ghavami has been freed on bail

6:24pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail, her family said.

'Alarm bells ringing' in A&E wards

Chard & Ilminster News: Labour has raised concerns about NHS A&E wards in England

5:01pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Concerns have been raised over delays in the publication of reports expected to highlight the pressure hospitals in England are facing this winter.

British player wins Scrabble title

Chard & Ilminster News: Rachel Riley from Countdown with Scrabble champion Craig Beevers (Richard Lewis/Mattel/PA)

5:00pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

A British Scrabble champion today clinched the world title when he won a best-of-five showdown against a US opponent by three games to one.

Palace pile misery on Liverpool

Chard & Ilminster News: Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle, left, was on target in his side's win

3:47pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Liverpool's season went from bad to worse as they let an early lead slip to lose 3-1 at struggling Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Kidman relishing villain's role

Chard & Ilminster News: Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman attend the world premiere of Paddington at the Odeon, Leicester Square, central London

3:47pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Oscar-winning beauty Nicole Kidman was among the stars to brave the pouring rain at the premiere of Paddington the movie today.

Saints return to pole position

Chard & Ilminster News: Northampton's James Wilson scored the opening try of the game against Saracens

3:16pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Northampton stunned Saracens 31-24 at rain-soaked Allianz Park to go top of the Aviva Premiership.

Winkleman welcomed back on Strictly

Chard & Ilminster News: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman during the Strictly Come Dancing live show on BBC One (BBC/PA)

3:08pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Claudia Winkleman received a warm welcome and managed to hold off the tears as she returned to presenting Strictly Come Dancing.

Tebbit criticises PM's EU stance

Chard & Ilminster News: Lord Tebbit was critical of the Prime Minister's handling of the EU issue

3:08pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

The Prime Minister has not handled misgivings among the public over Britain's relationship with the European Union in a "sensible way", a Tory peer has said.

Hamilton secures second F1 title

Chard & Ilminster News: Lewis Hamilton became world champion for the second time on Sunday

2:58pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Lewis Hamilton claimed a second Formula One world championship with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Federer hails Swiss team effort

Chard & Ilminster News: Switzerland celebrate winning the Davis Cup (AP)

2:33pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Side came before self for Roger Federer in Lille on Sunday, even though Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup success completed his own personal set.

Abuse claims 'tip of the iceberg'

Chard & Ilminster News: Theresa May told the Andrew Marr Show that child abuse claims from the 1970s and 1980s may be the 'tip of the iceberg'

1:39pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

The allegations of child sex abuse at public institutions that have emerged so far are just the "tip of the iceberg", Theresa May has warned.

MH17 recovery operation completed

Chard & Ilminster News: Among the victims of MH17 were Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder

1:38pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Work to recover wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was downed over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives including 10 Britons, has now finished.

Nasri focused on Bayern

Chard & Ilminster News: Manchester City's Samir Nasri is now focusing on Bayern Munich

1:30pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Samir Nasri welcomed Manchester City's return to winning ways but immediately turned his thoughts to the step up required in the Champions League this week.

Bellew exacts revenge on Cleverly

Chard & Ilminster News: Tony Bellew, left, defeated Nathan Cleverly, right, in Liverpool

1:10pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Tony Bellew paid tribute to bitter rival Nathan Cleverly after gaining revenge with a majority points win in their cruiserweight fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Ford: I was braced for Samoa shots

Chard & Ilminster News: George Ford's all-round performance was the highlight of a 28-9 victory at Twickenham on Saturday

1:08pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

England fly-half George Ford admits he was willing to soak up Samoa's best shots as he demanded retention for the climax to the QBE Series against Australia by proving his Test match mettle.

Susanna Reid happy to live with ex

Chard & Ilminster News: Susanna Reid sleeps under the same roof as her ex-partner of 16 years Dominic Cotton despite news of their separation emerging in March

1:03pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Breakfast show presenter Susanna Reid has explained how she still lives with the father of her three sons despite them splitting up and him having a new girlfriend.

Stenson thinking big after win

Chard & Ilminster News: Henrik Stenson won the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday

12:39pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Sweden's Henrik Stenson set his sights on an elusive major championship after successfully defending a title for the first time in his career following a thrilling finish to the DP World Tour Championship.

Terror threat on rise: Hogan-Howe

Chard & Ilminster News: Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there was 'growing concern' about the possibility of a 'lone wolf' attack on the streets of the UK

12:17pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Security services have foiled "four or five" terrorist plots this year and the threat is increasing, Britain's top policeman has warned.

City apology over Evans photo error

Chard & Ilminster News: Convicted rapist Ched Evans was once on the books at Manchester City

12:16pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Manchester City has apologised after the club reportedly gave children as young as six certificates featuring a photo of rapist footballer Ched Evans.

Station evacuated after train blaze

Chard & Ilminster News: Charing Cross station was evacuated as emergency services dealt with a fire on a train

12:15pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Charing Cross station was evacuated as emergency services dealt with a fire on a train.

May remarks keep pressure on PM

Chard & Ilminster News: Ken Clarke said talking about the economy is "a damn sight more sensible than 'how can we be rude to Europeans to cheer up Ukip?'"

12:15pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May has upped the pressure on David Cameron by admitting the Government is "unlikely" to hit his target for cutting immigration.

Broad denies Pietersen bullying

Chard & Ilminster News: Stuart Broad, left, has denied Kevin Pietersen's bullying claims

11:35am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Stuart Broad has denied Kevin Pietersen was "bullied" during his time in the England team - and does not expect the batsman to return to the international game.

Wigan duo 'must be treated equally'

Chard & Ilminster News: Dave Whelan, right, and Malky Mackay are under investigation by the FA

11:08am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley has called for consistency in how Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and his new manager Malky Mackay's cases are handled by the Football Association.

Caborn: PFA sparked Evans row

Chard & Ilminster News: Ched Evans' aborted return to Sheffield United training continues to be the subject of debate

11:08am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Former sports minister Richard Caborn believes the Professional Footballers' Association must take some responsibility for the controversy surrounding Ched Evans' return to training with Sheffield United.

Champagne demands FIFA transparency

Chard & Ilminster News: FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the investigation into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is now closed

11:07am Sunday 23rd November 2014

The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups must be looked at again if even one vote was improperly influenced, according to FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne.

Windsurfer dies after sea alert

Chard & Ilminster News: The windsurfer was flown to hospital, but was later pronounced dead

10:16am Sunday 23rd November 2014

A windsurfer has died after apparently getting into difficulties in the water.

Mental health nursing cuts slammed

Chard & Ilminster News: RCN chief Dr Peter Carter branded the cuts 'unacceptable'

10:15am Sunday 23rd November 2014

A large drop in the number of mental health nurses and shortages in inpatient beds are "unacceptable" and a "false economy", the head of the nurses' union has said.

Ex-first lady speaks out on memoir

Chard & Ilminster News: Francois Hollande's ex-girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler has written a tell-all book titled Merci pour ce moment (Thank You For This Moment)

10:00am Sunday 23rd November 2014

French politics is misogynistic, according to former first lady Valerie Trierweiler.

Ali form pleases Ramprakash

Chard & Ilminster News: Moeen Ali has shown 'wild-card' England the way forward

8:54am Sunday 23rd November 2014

England will begin the one-day international series against Sri Lanka with the template for a "wild card" World Cup winter fresh in their minds, courtesy of Moeen Ali.

Pellegrini hails Yaya performance

Chard & Ilminster News: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, pictured, was pleased with Yaya Toure's character

8:30am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt Yaya Toure had delivered an important message after firing the champions to victory over Swansea.

Sound success cheers Mourinho

Chard & Ilminster News: Jose Mourinho, right, was full of praise for the Stamford Bridge faithful following Chelsea's win over West Brom

8:27am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Jose Mourinho may be sorry for criticising the Stamford Bridge atmosphere but it appeared to have the desired response, with the Chelsea manager amazed by the difference against West Brom.

Van Gaal sees room for improvement

Chard & Ilminster News: Louis van Gaal still wants to see improvements from his Manchester United side

8:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Louis van Gaal believes there is plenty of room for improvement from his Manchester United side despite leading them to their first away win of the season at Arsenal.

O'Connell taking little for granted

Chard & Ilminster News: Paul O'Connell has warned Ireland their autumn clean sweep will mean nothing at Rugby World Cup 2015

8:14am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Ireland's first autumn Test series clean sweep for eight years is not sure to be a precursor to success at Rugby World Cup 2015, according to captain Paul O'Connell.

Gatland keeps believing

Chard & Ilminster News: Wales head coach Warren Gatland saw the positives despite defeat to New Zealand

8:14am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Warren Gatland insisted Wales can still shed the tag of nearly men after once again coming up just short against New Zealand.

Lancaster praise for Ford

Chard & Ilminster News: England paid tribute to Samoa for the way they approached the game

8:14am Sunday 23rd November 2014

England boss Stuart Lancaster admits it will be difficult to leave George Ford out of next week's game against Australia after the fly-half was instrumental in the team's 28-9 win over Samoa on Saturday.

Rain claims England warm-up game

Chard & Ilminster News: Alastair Cook's England saw their final tour warm-up game rained off

7:20am Sunday 23rd November 2014

England's second and final warm-up match on their tour of Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled after heavy morning rain at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.

'Oligarch fees' pricing out schools

Chard & Ilminster News: Many UK professional families can no longer afford school fees, a top head says

3:28am Sunday 23rd November 2014

The headteacher of a top private school has said expensive admission fees mean some have become "finishing schools for the children of oligarchs".

Rigby killers report to be released

Chard & Ilminster News: Fusilier Lee Rigby was hacked to death by two Islamist fanatics

3:28am Sunday 23rd November 2014

The extent of the security and intelligence agencies' prior knowledge of soldier Lee Rigby's murderers will be revealed this week as a long-awaited report from a parliamentary watchdog is finally published.

Bellew beats Cleverly

Chard & Ilminster News: Tony Bellew, right, beat Nathan Cleverly

1:50am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Tony Bellew dredged up a revenge points win over Nathan Cleverly to move into world cruiserweight title contention at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Labour reveals building sales plan

Chard & Ilminster News: Chris Leslie has revealed Labour would consider selling government-owned buildings in London

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

A restaurant, the civil service social club and the QE2 conference centre could be sold off by the government, under plans unveiled by Labour.

Only The Young voted off X Factor

Chard & Ilminster News: Only The Young have been voted off X Factor

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

The seven remaining acts in the X Factor came down to six as boy/girl singing group Only The Young were voted off the show.

'More low-paid' turn to food banks

Chard & Ilminster News: More people are turning to food banks

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Growing numbers of people on low incomes are turning to food banks to survive, new research has revealed.

Consular staff 'rude, incompetent'

Chard & Ilminster News: The Foreign Affairs Committee has raised concerns about the impact of budget curbs on the consular service

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Relatives of Britons who died abroad have lashed out at rudeness, incompetence and insensitivity by Foreign Office staff.

May 'was battered' by arrest row

Chard & Ilminster News: Theresa May chose a lifetime's subscription to Vogue as her luxury item to take to the desert island

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Theresa May has admitted she was left battered and bruised after the furious backlash when MPs were denied an explicit vote on the controversial European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and indicated she should have handled it differently.

Labour 'culturally adrift' - Lammy

Chard & Ilminster News: London mayoral hopeful and Labour MP David Lammy said the party was "culturally adrift" from its own core support

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

A senior Labour backbencher has warned that the party is "culturally adrift" from its own core supporters in the wake of the snobbery row.

Emeli: We need a new Band Aid song

Chard & Ilminster News: Pop star Emeli Sande says a new Band Aid charity single is needed

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Pop singer Emeli Sande has said the Band Aid song needs rewriting and apologised if the latest version "caused offence".

Brown to quit Commons 'on a high'

Chard & Ilminster News: Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to step down as an MP, according to reports

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to announce that he is standing down as an MP, according to reports.

Courses not demanding, say students

Chard & Ilminster News: Students celebrate their graduation but many don't think they are getting value for money, according to a poll

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Many students do not find their degree course demanding or stretching according to new research, which warns there are rising concerns over whether going to university is good value.

Police to get internet data powers

Chard & Ilminster News: Theresa May has unveiled new powers for the police to force internet firms to hand over details

12:25am Sunday 23rd November 2014

Police are to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles.

Kendra Wilkinson turns to Jake after I'm a Celebrity failure

Chard & Ilminster News: Kendra Wilkinson turns to Jake after I'm a Celebrity failure

11:55pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Kendra got a hug from Jake, but the Twittersphere was unimpressed with her antics.

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