Press Association 2014 LATEST

Ruling over Iraqi civilian's death

Chard & Ilminster News: In April 2003, after occupying Basra, the British Army started arresting high-ranking members of the Ba'ath Party

3:04am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Human rights judges will rule today whether British armed forces unlawfully arrested and detained an Iraqi civilian who was found dead four months after his release.

Dairy food 'lowers diabetes risk'

Chard & Ilminster News: Diabetes UK said more research is needed, following the study

2:40am Tuesday 16th September 2014

People who take eight or more portions of high-fat dairy produce each day are at a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who have only one portion a day, new research shows.

Contactless payment for travellers

Chard & Ilminster News: Using a bank card to pay for a rail ticket as contactless payment is launched

2:40am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A contactless payment system is being introduced today for passengers on London Tube and rail services.

Action needed to curb sugar intake

Chard & Ilminster News: Health experts say a sugars tax should be introduced to increase the cost of sugar-rich food and drinks

1:01am Tuesday 16th September 2014

More must be done to curb the nation's sugar intake to reduce the "costly burden" of tooth decay, experts have said.

£4m boost for cyberspace security

Chard & Ilminster News: Business Secretary Vince Cable will launch a competition for cyber security firms

12:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Cyber security companies will be given the chance to compete for £4 million of Government funding next year, Vince Cable will announce.

Hygiene warning for rugby players

Chard & Ilminster News: Rugby players often share towels or razors, a study found

12:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Sports men and women are being reminded by health officials to practise good hygiene after experts identified "risky" behaviours among some rugby players which could increase chances of getting a nasty infection.

Teenage girls urged to have jab

Chard & Ilminster News: Girls have been urged to have the HPV jab

12:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Almost 90 lives could be saved every year if almost all teenage girls were given the HPV jab, experts have said.

Boss blames 'callous networks'

Chard & Ilminster News: Over 500 Phones 4u stores were closed after the retail chain plunged into administration

12:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The founder of Phones 4u has blamed "extremely callous" mobile networks for the collapse of the company, which has put 5,600 jobs at risk.

'Red card' for environment policies

Chard & Ilminster News: A committee of MPs have given the Government a 'red card' for its efforts to prevent flooding, cut air pollution and protect wildlife

12:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The Government has been given the "red card" for its efforts to cut air pollution, protect wildlife and prevent flooding, by a committee of MPs.

Backpacker hunted over beach deaths

Chard & Ilminster News: A police car outside a property in Norfolk thought to be the parental home of Hannah Witheridge

12:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Police in Thailand are continuing to search for a backpacker linked to the brutal murders of a British man and a woman on one its idyllic islands, according to reports.

PM seeks UN backing for IS action

Chard & Ilminster News: Former cab driver Alan Henning, who was snatched while travelling with an aid convoy in Syria

12:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

International efforts to finalise a strategy for action against brutal Islamic State (IS) militants are expected to intensify after David Cameron confirmed Britain would seek United Nations support for any such plans.

Campaigners enter final straight

Chard & Ilminster News: Campaigners on both sides are targeting votes with just 48 hours to go

12:39am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Independence would bring either a "golden opportunity" or "separation and risk" rival campaigners will argue with just 48 hours until voters go to the polls to decide Scotland's future.

Passport delays compensation urged

Chard & Ilminster News: Keith Vaz said the agency's managers would be 'unlikely to survive to the final round of The Apprentice'

12:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Passport applicants who were forced to pay extra for a fast-track service in the face of severe delays should be compensated, an influential group of MPs has said.

Young adults admit to money regrets

Chard & Ilminster News: Nearly three-quarters of twentysomethings said that they had made a financial decision early on in their adult life which they now regret

12:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Nearly three-quarters of young adults aged in their 20s admit to making money mistakes in their first few years of financial independence, according to research for a Government-backed body.

Inflation 'to remain below target'

Chard & Ilminster News: An ongoing supermarket price war is expected to help keep inflation figures low

12:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Inflation is expected to remain below the Bank of England's 2% target when official figures for August are published today.

Condou speaks out on family set-up

Chard & Ilminster News: Charlie Condou has spoken about his family life for a new radio documentary

12:07am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Former Coronation Street star Charlie Condou has said that his family is just like any other despite its unconventional set-up.

Cumberbatch 'posh' plea rubbished

Chard & Ilminster News: Freddie Fox has said he doesn't think Benedict Cumberbatch's posh background has harmed his career

12:07am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Freddie Fox has dismissed Benedict Cumberbatch's complaint that he has been the victim of "posh bashing".

Stars getting stuffed for charity

Chard & Ilminster News: Craig Revel Horwood is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support's World's Biggest Coffee Morning

12:07am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Stars including Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood are getting their teeth into a fundraising challenge as they are pictured filling their faces for a good cause.

Gino steps into Holly's TV shoes

Chard & Ilminster News: Gino D'Acampo is filling in for Holly Willoughby on Keith Lemon's Celebrity Juice

12:07am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Gino D'Acampo is to become a team captain on popular series Celebrity Juice - replacing Holly Willoughby while she is on maternity leave.

Scholes: Reds are CL dark horses

Chard & Ilminster News: Paul Scholes regards Liverpool as Champions League "dark horses"

12:03am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Champions League winner Paul Scholes believes Liverpool could be a good outside bet to win this season's competition.

Mental health wait times 'too long'

Chard & Ilminster News: More must be done to give people with mental health problems the help and support that they need, experts said

12:02am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Almost one in six mental health patients are attempting suicide as they face "unacceptably long" waits for help, experts have warned.

Four UK unis in world's top 10

Chard & Ilminster News: Cambridge University was ranked joint second

12:02am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Four of the best universities in the world are in the UK, new international rankings show.

Bruce: Hernandez deserved to start

Chard & Ilminster News: Abel Hernandez celebrates his debut goal, which came just two days after he landed in the country

11:36pm Monday 15th September 2014

Hull manager Steve Bruce credited a late dash from Croydon to Rome for making Abel Hernandez's barnstorming debut possible.

Hull held by Hammers

Chard & Ilminster News: Hull City's Abel Hernandez opens the scoring

10:14pm Monday 15th September 2014

Debut goals from Hull pair Abel Hernandez and Mohamed Diame were only good enough for a draw against West Ham as a Curtis Davies own-goal ensured the spoils were shared in a breathless encounter at the KC Stadium.

Everton eyeing Walton Hall Park

Chard & Ilminster News: Everton want to move from Goodison Park to a new stadium in Walton Hall Park

10:02pm Monday 15th September 2014

Everton have identified Walton Hall Park as the intended site of a new stadium to replace Goodison Park.

Benteke close to return

Chard & Ilminster News: Christian Benteke is closing in on a return for Aston Villa

9:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has returned to training to end a five month injury lay-off.

Champagne to stand against Blatter

Chard & Ilminster News: Jerome Champagne will stand against Sepp Blatter, pictured, for the FIFA presidency

8:41pm Monday 15th September 2014

Frenchman Jerome Champagne has confirmed his intention to run for the FIFA presidency.

Kaboul handed Spurs captaincy

Chard & Ilminster News: Younes Kaboul has been handed the Tottenham captaincy full-time

8:32pm Monday 15th September 2014

Younes Kaboul has been named as Tottenham's new captain, the club have announced.

Arsenal defence being stretched

Chard & Ilminster News: Hector Bellerin will add to his solitary senior appearance for Arsenal on Tuesday night

7:10pm Monday 15th September 2014

Arsenal's defensive resources for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund are being severely tested after Arsene Wenger ruled out Nacho Monreal and rated Calum Chambers only 50-50.

UK temperatures set to soar

Chard & Ilminster News: Parts of the UK could enjoy deckchair weather

6:46pm Monday 15th September 2014

After a disappointingly cool and wet August, warm weather coming northwards from the Mediterranean is set to send temperatures rocketing over the coming week.

Nash piles on runs at Trent Bridge

Chard & Ilminster News: Chris Nash hit a century for Sussex at Trent Bridge

6:41pm Monday 15th September 2014

Chris Nash made his first century of the season a big one as Sussex compromised Nottinghamshire's hopes of a runners-up spot in LV= County Championship Division One.

Snap checks at dozens of schools

Chard & Ilminster News: Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw is considering whether Ofsted should move to more routine no-notice inspections

5:33pm Monday 15th September 2014

Ofsted inspectors have been sent to dozens of schools across England to conduct snap inspections amid serious concerns about standards.

No 'predatory' Travis - panto chief

Chard & Ilminster News: Dave Lee Travis arrives at Southwark Crown Court

5:33pm Monday 15th September 2014

The producer/director of a pantomime during which DJ Dave Lee Travis is accused of indecently assaulting a stagehand said today he heard nothing about him being "predatory".

Souness: Pardew needs results

Chard & Ilminster News: Alan Pardew is under increasing pressure

5:20pm Monday 15th September 2014

Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is not surprised the pressure on current boss Alan Pardew is intensifying.

Cara and Kate are Burberry queens

Chard & Ilminster News: Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss were guests at the Burberry Prorsum catwalk show

5:14pm Monday 15th September 2014

Cara Delevingne got to take it easy at the Burberry show at London Fashion Week - watching from the front row while pal Suki Waterhouse did all the hard work.

Salary cap rise good for game

Chard & Ilminster News: Chief executive Mark McCafferty, pictured, believes a salary cap hike can help Aviva Premiership clubs keep England's best players on home soil

5:13pm Monday 15th September 2014

Increasing the Aviva Premiership's buying power will stop England's top stars heading overseas after Rugby World Cup 2015, according to club bosses.

Rodgers backs Balotelli to star

Chard & Ilminster News: Mario Balotelli has failed to find the net in his two appearances for Liverpool to date

4:32pm Monday 15th September 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli will relish the responsibility of being the side's senior striker.

Peacock makes Dream Team

Chard & Ilminster News: Jamie Peacock has made the Super League Dream Team for the 10th time

4:12pm Monday 15th September 2014

Evergreen forward Jamie Peacock is included in the 2014 Super League Dream Team for a record-extending 10th time, alongside eight debutants.

Price shows off her 'Bunny girl'

Chard & Ilminster News: Katie Price has announced that her baby daughter's name is Bunny

4:03pm Monday 15th September 2014

Former glamour girl K atie Price has a bunny girl of her own now after revealing the name of her new daughter - B unny Hayler.

Falcao cherishes United debut

Chard & Ilminster News: Louis van Gaal's side hit four past QPR at Old Trafford on Sunday

3:12pm Monday 15th September 2014

Radamel Falcao hopes to bag his first Premier League goal against Leicester next weekend after drawing a blank on his Manchester United debut.

X Factor Platt: I'm scared of Scary

Chard & Ilminster News: Lauren Platt showed the X Factor judges she is a little girl with a big voice

3:06pm Monday 15th September 2014

X Factor hopeful Lauren Platt has confessed Scary Spice Mel B was the judge who made her the most nervous.

Experts scale back growth forecasts

Chard & Ilminster News: A weak euro is affecting prospects for economies this year

3:04pm Monday 15th September 2014

The OECD has scaled back its economic growth forecasts with a warning that bullish financial markets are failing to price in mounting global risks.

New kit features VC design

Chard & Ilminster News: The rubber grip areas on England's new shirt are inspired by the Victoria Cross

2:33pm Monday 15th September 2014

England will wear symbols of the Victoria Cross for the first time this autumn after rubber grip areas inspired by the military medal were added to the national side's new kit.

Police chief 'shocked by probe'

Chard & Ilminster News: Chief Constable Patrick Geenty

2:22pm Monday 15th September 2014

A police chief has expressed shock at being investigated by the police watchdog over the way his force handled allegations of sexual abuse.

Eight rescued in 'slavery' probe

Chard & Ilminster News: Four people were arrested after police raided a caravan site in a slavery probe

1:43pm Monday 15th September 2014

Police rescued eight people from "cramped and filthy" conditions at a caravan site following an investigation into them potentially being held as slaves and subjected to work exploitation.

Matisse cut-outs in new Tate record

Chard & Ilminster News: The artist's great-granddaughter Sophie Matisse with Blue Nude III Spring 1952 by Henri Matisse at the Tate Modern, London

1:33pm Monday 15th September 2014

A "once in a lifetime" show on Henri Matisse's paper cut-outs has smashed a new record to become the Tate's most popular exhibition.

Inflation 'to remain below target'

Chard & Ilminster News: An ongoing supermarket price war is expected to help keep inflation figures low

1:29pm Monday 15th September 2014

Inflation is expected to remain below the Bank of England's 2% target when official figures for August are published tomorrow.

X Factor viewing figures tumble

Chard & Ilminster News: Simon Cowell is back on The X Factor this year

12:56pm Monday 15th September 2014

Simon Cowell appears to have lost his pulling power, with new figures showing almost four million viewers departing the X Factor since he was previously on the show four years ago.

Tributes to Algeria siege victims

Chard & Ilminster News: BP executive Carlos Estrada was among hostages who were killed at the In Amenas plant during a four-day stand-off (Irwin Mitchell/PA)

12:52pm Monday 15th September 2014

Relatives of British hostages killed in a terrorist siege at an Algerian gas plant have told an inquest that their pain "does not diminish" with time.

X Factor viewing figures tumble

Chard & Ilminster News: Simon Cowell's return to the X Factor has not boosted viewing figures

12:41pm Monday 15th September 2014

Simon Cowell appears to have lost his pulling power, with new figures showing almost four million viewers departing the X Factor since he was previously on the show four years ago.


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