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Blair takes on tolerance role

Chard & Ilminster News: Tony Blair stepped down as the Quartet's Middle East peace envoy last month

12:16am Thursday 4th June 2015

Tony Blair is to take on a new role combating anti-Semitism after announcing he is stepping down as the Quartet's Middle East envoy.

Alton Towers to remain closed

Chard & Ilminster News: Four people were seriously injured after two carriages collided on Alton Towers rollercoaster The Smiler (@_ben_jamming/PA)

12:14am Thursday 4th June 2015

Alton Towers theme park will remain closed for a second day as investigations continue into a rollercoaster crash which left 16 people injured.

Britons dominate global album sales

Chard & Ilminster News: Sam Smith is among the British acts that account for one in seven album sales around the world

12:14am Thursday 4th June 2015

Britannia rules the airwaves - according to new figures that show UK acts account for one in seven of all albums sold around the world.

Bank set to hold interest rates

Chard & Ilminster News: Ultra-low inflation has pushed back expectations of when the Bank of England will start to raise rates

12:14am Thursday 4th June 2015

The Bank of England is expected to leave interest rates on hold today after its first policy meeting since official figures showed inflation turned negative.

Concern over heart disease 'divide'

Chard & Ilminster News: Cardiovascular disease affects more people in the north of England and Scotland

12:14am Thursday 4th June 2015

A North-South divide in the number of people dying from cardiovascular disease is a "stain on the UK's public health record", a leading expert has said.

Warning over police funding cuts

Chard & Ilminster News: Separate figures show the number of officers fell by 16,659 between 2010 and 2014

12:14am Thursday 4th June 2015

The Home Office does not have enough information to determine how much further it can cut police funding without "degrading" services, the public spending watchdog has warned.

Stark warning over social care cuts

Chard & Ilminster News: The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services criticised "unendurable cutbacks"

12:14am Thursday 4th June 2015

Additional funds are urgently needed to protect older and vulnerable people in the face of £1.1 billion budget cuts to adult social services, a report has warned.

Maxine Peake joins CBeebies story time as she retells Cinderella for app

Chard & Ilminster News: Maxine Peake joins CBeebies story time as she retells Cinderella for app

12:11am Thursday 4th June 2015

The actress will join Michael Palin and Lauren Laverne on the free BBC app.

British acts dominate global music sales

Chard & Ilminster News: British acts dominate global music sales

12:11am Thursday 4th June 2015

Our top musicians are proving popular the world over.

Students 'want tuition fee insight'

Chard & Ilminster News: 75% of students feel they do not have enough information on how tuition fees are spent, according to the research

12:05am Thursday 4th June 2015

A "whopping" three quarters of students believe universities do not give them enough information about how tuition fees are spent, according to research.

Tesco in unsold food charity move

Chard & Ilminster News: Tesco is to give away unsold food at the end of each day

12:05am Thursday 4th June 2015

Tesco is trialling a scheme to give away unsold food at the end of each day to charities such as homeless hostels and children's breakfast clubs.

Fewer students given financial help

Chard & Ilminster News: The number of students who received financial help from universities and colleges in 2011/12 totalled 442,000

12:05am Thursday 4th June 2015

The number of students who received financial help from universities and colleges has fallen for the second year in a row, an official report shows.

Call for problem debt 'revolution'

Chard & Ilminster News: A report says low-income households often have little choice but to take on high-cost credit such as a payday loan

12:05am Thursday 4th June 2015

A revolution in the way problem debt is tackled is needed, alongside a new range of financial products specifically designed around the wants and needs of low-income households , a report argues.

£19,000 a second spent using cards

Chard & Ilminster News: A record £600.3 billion was spent last year domestically and overseas using UK-issued debit, credit and charge cards

12:05am Thursday 4th June 2015

Consumers across the UK collectively spent more than £19,000 every second using their cards last year, according to an industry trade body.

Blair takes on tolerance role

Chard & Ilminster News: Tony Blair stepped down as the Quartet's Middle East peace envoy last month

11:34pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Tony Blair is to take on a new role combating anti-Semitism after announcing he is stepping down as the Quartet's Middle East envoy.

BBC's Poldark remake has sparked 'cakey tea wars' in Cornwall, says MP

Chard & Ilminster News: BBC's Poldark remake has sparked 'cakey tea wars' in Cornwall, says MP

10:37pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay) said the revival of the traditional Cornish tea had led to increased competition in the area.

Concern over heart disease 'divide'

Chard & Ilminster News: Cardiovascular disease affects more people in the north of England and Scotland

10:34pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

A North-South divide in the number of people dying from cardiovascular disease is a "stain on the UK's public health record", a leading expert has said.

Ali Smith wins the Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction

Chard & Ilminster News: Ali Smith wins the Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction

9:37pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Susannah Reid, Sophie Ellis Bextor and author Kate Mosse were there to see Smith’s win at London’s Southbank.

Simon Cowell on BGT dog controversy: No-one set out to fool anybody

Chard & Ilminster News: Simon Cowell on BGT dog controversy: No-one set out to fool anybody

9:37pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The Britain’s Got Talent judge pointed out that the second dog even had a collar with its name.

Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon: BGT judges reunited on the red carpet at Simon Cowell's charity ball

Chard & Ilminster News: Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon: BGT judges reunited on the red carpet at Simon Cowell's charity ball

9:27pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

See all the dream dresses the stars rocked at the Midsummer Ball for Together For Short Lives.

Grayson Perry, Poldark's Eleanor Tomlinson and all the most striking looks at the Summer Exhibition preview party

Chard & Ilminster News: Grayson Perry, Poldark's Eleanor Tomlinson and all the most striking looks at the Summer Exhibition preview party

9:17pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Some of the guests at the Royal Academy of Arts look like works of art themselves.

Wells denies doping allegations

Chard & Ilminster News: Allan Wells won gold for Great Britain in the 100m during the 1980 Olympics

7:54pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Olympic sprint champion Allan Wells has denied allegations that he was a drugs cheat.

Prize success at last for Ali Smith

Chard & Ilminster News: Ali Smith has won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

7:33pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

It is success at last for A li Smith, who has won the £30,000 B aileys Women's Prize for Fiction after losing out on a string of high-profile literary awards.

July 21 plotters' case reviewed

Chard & Ilminster News: The ECHR announced the case was to be referred to its higher Grand Chamber following an application by Yassin Omar

7:03pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Claims by three would-be bombers that their convictions over the failed July 21 plot were unfair will be re-assessed by senior European judges.

Nicklaus backs McIlroy's decision

Chard & Ilminster News: Rory McIlroy, right, and Jack Nicklaus have become good friends

6:58pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Jack Nicklaus has backed Rory McIlroy's decision to miss this week's Memorial Tournament and predicted the world number one will not do so too often in the future.

Djokovic ends Nadal reign

Chard & Ilminster News: Novak Djokovic is chasing his first Roland Garros title

6:52pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Novak Djokovic dismantled nine-times champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets at the French Open to stay firmly on course for a career Grand Slam.

Murray fully aware of task ahead

Chard & Ilminster News: Andy Murray, pictured, beat David Ferrer to reach the semi-finals of the French Open

6:52pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Andy Murray insists he is ready to do whatever it takes to beat world number one Novak Djokovic and seal his place in the French Open final.

Everything you need to know about Ariana Grande's adorable dogs

Chard & Ilminster News: Everything you need to know about Ariana Grande's adorable dogs

10:17pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

For starters, she’s got six cute pooches.

Son found guilty of mother's murder

Chard & Ilminster News: Sean Heiss was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering his mother (Met Police/PA)

5:27pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

A jobless son has been found guilty of strangling his mother before fleeing with her bank cards to Spain where he went on to try to behead another woman in a brutal and random street attack.

Record sales boost iPhone figures

Chard & Ilminster News: iPhone sales were up more than 6% during the first quarter of 2015

5:27pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

iPhone sales in the UK have risen as the effect of record iPhone 6 sales continues, with consumers choosing Apple over Google's Android operating system.

Janet Jackson to release first album in seven years

Chard & Ilminster News: Janet Jackson to release first album in seven years

5:06pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The singer is making a comeback to music.

I Am Cait: Get a first look at Caitlyn Jenner's new TV series

Chard & Ilminster News: I Am Cait: Get a first look at Caitlyn Jenner's new TV series

4:58pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

E! have started promoting the documentary series about the former Olympic athlete.

Lily Cole to present Artsnight documentary

Chard & Ilminster News: Lily Cole to present Artsnight documentary

4:37pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The model is soon to be a mum and will look at whether parenthood has an effect on artistic talent.

Qatar World Cup in question again

Chard & Ilminster News: Sepp Blatter's pending exit has brought the Qatar World Cup back into question

4:28pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Sepp Blatter's announcement that he is to quit as FIFA president has increased the uncertainty surrounding the 2022 World Cup being staged in Qatar.

Coronation Street tours will close this year

Chard & Ilminster News: Coronation Street tours will close this year

4:17pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Fans of the soap will no longer be able to pay a visit to the cobbles.

Unheard Led Zeppelin track will be on final album

Chard & Ilminster News: Unheard Led Zeppelin track will be on final album

3:59pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The song was one of their early recordings but has never been released.

YouTube star in 'revenge porn' case

Chard & Ilminster News: If the YouTube star's civil case is successful, it would be a landmark ruling over so-called revenge porn

3:47pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

A YouTube star is looking to make legal history by becoming the first person to bring a civil claim against a former partner for posting so-called revenge porn on the internet.

Estate agents warned over adverts

Chard & Ilminster News: The Competition and Markets Authority will tell estate agents they are at risk of breaking the law if they cut anti-competitive advertising deals with newspapers

3:45pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The competition watchdog is writing to every estate agent in the country warning them they are breaking the law if they agree restrictive adverts with newspapers.

Sir Stephen Hawking tells Dara O Briain in BBC documentary: I would consider assisted suicide

Chard & Ilminster News: Sir Stephen Hawking tells Dara O Briain in BBC documentary: I would consider assisted suicide

3:06pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The physicist admitted he would think about ending his own life if he became a “burden” to his loved ones.

Ariana Grande criticises ferry company over dog delay

Chard & Ilminster News: Ariana Grande criticises ferry company over dog delay

3:06pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The singer was unhappy at the treatment of her beloved dogs.

Carey Mulligan's Suffragette to open London Film Festival 2015

Chard & Ilminster News: Carey Mulligan's Suffragette to open London Film Festival 2015

2:57pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The British actress co-stars with Meryl Streep in the film, which will be screened at the October event.

Agent Carter signed up by Fox for UK TV slot

Chard & Ilminster News: Agent Carter signed up by Fox for UK TV slot

2:26pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The Marvel spin-off series will air in the UK this summer.

Wilshere charged with misconduct

Chard & Ilminster News: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been charged by the FA

2:26pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could face a fine from the Football Association after being charged with misconduct following his foul-mouthed, anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade on Sunday.

'Repeated warnings' before death

Chard & Ilminster News: Paul Bowers died when a pile of metal components in Hangar 14 of Cambridge Airport collapsed on him, the Old Bailey heard.

2:25pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

A man was crushed by a stack of aeroplane parts in an airport hangar after bosses ignored "repeated and explicit" warnings about dangerous conditions, a court has heard.

Boss 'sent staff into death unit'

Chard & Ilminster News: Mark Dennis QC told Winchester Crown Court that a manager instructed two staff to gather sample apples to enter in the Marden Fruit Show

2:25pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

A fruit packing manager sent two employees to their deaths by asking them to "scuba dive" without breathing apparatus into an oxygen-deprived storage unit to collect apple samples he wanted to enter into a show, a court has heard.

Hugo Boss admits mirror charges

Chard & Ilminster News: Austen Harrison died from "devastating" head injuries when an unstable shop mirror fell on him

2:25pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Designer brand Hugo Boss has admitted health and safety breaches in connection with the death of a four-year-old boy who was crushed to death when an 18-stone mirror fell on him.

Go for it, PM tells new Labour MP

Chard & Ilminster News: Prime Minister David Cameron made the comments at PMQs (AP)

2:25pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

David Cameron has urged a newly elected Labour MP to "go for it" and enter her party's leadership contest as she asked the Prime Minister about the loss of the UK's AAA credit rating.

PM: Boat migrants 'want life boost'

Chard & Ilminster News: Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs boat migrants have been "tricked and fooled" by criminal gangs

2:25pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

David Cameron has claimed the "vast majority" of migrants travelling in boats across the Mediterranean are not asylum seekers but people seeking a better life.

I'd consider aided suicide: Hawking

Chard & Ilminster News: Professor Stephen Hawking has said he would consider assisted suicide if he became a burden

2:25pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

World-renowned physicist Sir Stephen Hawking has said he would consider assisted suicide if he was "in great pain" or felt he " had nothing more to contribute".

UK growth forecast cut by OECD

Chard & Ilminster News: Angel Gurria says the pace of recovery remains weak and investment has yet to take off

2:25pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Britain's growth forecast has been cut as an international think-tank warned the global economy is "muddling through" with a B-minus grade.

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