Press Association 2014 LATEST

McIlroy suffers meltdown

Chard & Ilminster News: Rory McIlroy struggled badly just before the turn at the Australian Open (AP)

9:04am Saturday 29th November 2014

Rory McIlroy's hopes of retaining his Australian Open title look to have sunk without trace after a woeful third round left him well adrift of the leading pack.

Test will wait after Hughes funeral

Chard & Ilminster News: Phillip Hughes' funeral will take place on Wednesday

7:36am Saturday 29th November 2014

The funeral of Phillip Hughes will take place on Wednesday with Australia's Test match against India delayed as a result, Cricket Australia has announced.

England stutter again

Chard & Ilminster News: Alastair Cook was out for 22 in Colombo

7:22am Saturday 29th November 2014

England mustered only 185 all out, despite Ravi Bopara's second successive half-century, on a used pitch in the rain-shortened second one-day international against Sri Lanka.

Van Persie needs belief - Van Gaal

Chard & Ilminster News: Robin van Persie has scored eight goals in 21 Barclays Premier League games in 2014

7:06am Saturday 29th November 2014

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits striker Robin van Persie has been struggling for confidence in front of goal and had "a very bad game" against Arsenal last weekend.

Burgess expects to play at centre

Chard & Ilminster News: Bath's Sam Burgess is not looking to rush any part of his transition

6:50am Saturday 29th November 2014

Sam Burgess admits his short-term future in rugby union lies in the centre - even if Bath coach Mike Ford sees him as a "barnstorming back rower".

Scientist Watson sells Nobel medal

Chard & Ilminster News: Dr James Watson worked with British scientist Francis at Cambridge University and discovered the double helix structure of DNA

6:02am Saturday 29th November 2014

One of the world's best-known scientists is selling his Nobel Prize medal in a bid to allow him to "re-enter public life" after being shunned for the past seven years following comments linking race and intelligence.

Head lambasts 'snowplough' parents

Chard & Ilminster News: St Paul's Girls' School school has famous alumni including actresses Rachel Weisz, Natasha and Joely Richardson and TV presenter Susanna Reid

6:02am Saturday 29th November 2014

Some "snowplough" parents are so over-protective of their offspring that the children end up unable to deal with failure, a headteacher at a leading London all-girls school has reportedly warned.

Councils 'ready for icy blasts'

Chard & Ilminster News: The survey also showed that 49% of councils were planning to share salt supplies

2:29am Saturday 29th November 2014

Councils are promising road users that they are ready for any icy blasts this winter, with around 1.3 million tonnes of salt stockpiled.

Horse chestnut named UK's largest

Chard & Ilminster News: Hughenden Manor ranger Steve Kirkpatrick sits in the largest horse chestnut tree in the country at the estate, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

2:17am Saturday 29th November 2014

A 300-year-old horse chestnut tree in the grounds of the country estate where prime minister Benjamin Disraeli lived has been declared the largest in the country.

Edwina and Kendra team up in jungle

Chard & Ilminster News: Edwina Currie put the row behind her in the bushtucker trial

2:17am Saturday 29th November 2014

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! contestants Edwina Currie and Kendra Wilkinson were teamed up for a bushtucker trial only days after they made up following a bad-tempered rumble in the jungle.

Service to remember Clutha victims

Chard & Ilminster News: Ten people lost their lives and many more were injured when a police helicopter crashed on to the roof of the Clutha pub last year

2:17am Saturday 29th November 2014

A service will be held at Glasgow Cathedral today to mark the first anniversary of the Clutha helicopter crash.

Mayor backing Singapore campaign

Chard & Ilminster News: The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew helped set up the facility in Singapore

2:17am Saturday 29th November 2014

Boris Johnson is set to join scientists from Kew Gardens in a bid to secure world heritage site status for the Singapore Botanic Gardens on the latest stop of the London Mayor's regional tour.

Politics 'reset' needed, Brown says

Chard & Ilminster News: Gordon Brown is to address the annual meeting of Scottish Labour councillors in Glasgow

2:17am Saturday 29th November 2014

Former prime minister Gordon Brown will today "reset" Scottish politics in a bid to shift the focus from the constitutional debate to how to improve the lives of ordinary people.

Man absconds from psychiatric unit

Chard & Ilminster News: Paul Williams, 48, has absconded from a psychiatric hospital in Woolwich

2:17am Saturday 29th November 2014

A manhunt has been launched to find a man who absconded from a psychiatric hospital in Woolwich, Scotland Yard said.

Man charged with couple's murder

Chard & Ilminster News: A forensics officer gathers evidence close to the scene in Fetcham, Surrey

2:17am Saturday 29th November 2014

A man has been charged with murder after a married couple were subjected to a "violent and sustained" attack in their home.

Disabled work placements urged

Chard & Ilminster News: Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou called on firms not to overlook the talents of people with physical or learning disabilities

2:16am Saturday 29th November 2014

High profile entrepreneurs have backed a Government drive to get every British business to take on someone with a disability for a work placement next year.

Sales hope after Black Friday chaos

Chard & Ilminster News: Shoppers at the Asda store in Wembley take advantage of its Black Friday offers

2:16am Saturday 29th November 2014

Britain's retailers are hoping for further strong sales over the weekend after the frenzy of Black Friday saw crowds of thousands descend on stores.

Mortgage rates drop to new lows

Chard & Ilminster News: Lenders are dropping their mortgage rates ahead of Christmas

2:16am Saturday 29th November 2014

Mortgage lenders have trimmed more of their rates down to rock bottom lows as the battle for home owners' business hots up in the run-up to Christmas.

Australia to retire Hughes number

Chard & Ilminster News: Australia captain Michael Clarke, pictured, has paid tribute to Phillip Hughes

12:28am Saturday 29th November 2014

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that Phillip Hughes' one-day international shirt number of 64 will be retired.

City could make January signings

Chard & Ilminster News: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, right, has not ruled out making January signings

11:37pm Friday 28th November 2014

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has not ruled out making new signings in the January transfer window.

Wenger to look but happy with Nacho

Chard & Ilminster News: Nacho Monreal has switched to play at centre-back during Arsenal's injury crisis as has been praised by Arsene Wenger

11:37pm Friday 28th November 2014

Manager Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal will have "to be creative" in the January transfer window - but has complete faith Nacho Monreal can provide "quality" cover in central defence.

Van Gaal warning for Van Persie

Chard & Ilminster News: Louis van Gaal has warned striker Robin van Persie he will have to fight for his place as the Manchester United manager prepares to welcome Radamel Falcao back to his squad.

11:01pm Friday 28th November 2014

Louis van Gaal has warned striker Robin van Persie he will have to fight for his place as the Manchester United manager prepares to welcome Radamel Falcao back to his squad.

Professor Green's got a few colourful words for Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews

Chard & Ilminster News: Professor Green's got a few colourful words for Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews

10:45pm Friday 28th November 2014

This feud is never ending.

Michael accuses Kendra of putting on an act for the cameras in I'm a Celebrity

Chard & Ilminster News: Kendra accused of putting on an act for the cameras in I'm a Celebrity

10:56pm Friday 28th November 2014

Michael and Vicki had a cheeky gossip about Kendra.

Burgess involved as Bath go top

Chard & Ilminster News: Bath's Sam Burgess made a 17-minute appearance in the 25-6 defeat of Harlequins.

9:58pm Friday 28th November 2014

Sam Burgess made a 17-minute cameo from the bench as Bath went top of the Aviva Premiership with a 25-6 victory over Harlequins at the Recreation Ground.

Bob Mortimer has bagged an honorary degree

Chard & Ilminster News: Bob Mortimer has bagged an honorary degree

9:56pm Friday 28th November 2014

The comedian returned to his home town for the prestigious award ceremony.

Piers Morgan lets loose on Shia LaBeouf

Chard & Ilminster News: Piers Morgan lets loose on Shia LaBeouf

9:45pm Friday 28th November 2014

Piers Morgan took to Twitter to discuss Shia LaBeouf’s claim he was raped,

Mickey Rourke got back in the boxing ring - and beat a man half his age

Chard & Ilminster News: Mickey Rourke got back in the boxing ring - and beat a man half his age

10:56pm Friday 28th November 2014

It was the actor’s first fight in 20 years.

NHS discharge wait 'blocking beds'

Chard & Ilminster News: Overdue patient assessments, long waits for social care arrangements and funding disputes are behind some of the delays

7:05pm Friday 28th November 2014

Increasing delays in discharging patients from hospital is causing record levels of "bed-blocking" in England as the NHS approaches its busiest season, official data has revealed.

Bans given after Owens abuse

Chard & Ilminster News: Two men found guilty of abusing referee Nigel Owens, pictured, have been given two-year Twickenham bans

6:26pm Friday 28th November 2014

The Rugby Football Union has issued two-year Twickenham bans to two men accused of directing homophobic abuse at referee Nigel Owens, the governing body has announced.

Sainz lands Toro Rosso race seat

Chard & Ilminster News: Carlos Sainz jnr will drive for Toro Rosso in the 2015 Formula One season

6:05pm Friday 28th November 2014

Toro Rosso have announced rising young Spanish star Carlos Sainz Jr will join their line-up for next season.

England and Sri Lanka opt to play

Chard & Ilminster News: England captain Alastair Cook, pictured, paid a heartfelt tribute to Phillip Hughes

5:52pm Friday 28th November 2014

England and Sri Lanka have decided the best way they can pay their respects to Phillip Hughes is to play cricket.

Lauren Platt flu may mean X Factor sickie

Chard & Ilminster News: Lauren Platt flu may mean X Factor sickie

5:46pm Friday 28th November 2014

Cheryl’s last girl might have to miss this week’s X Factor.

11 things we've learned from the new Star Wars teaser trailer

Chard & Ilminster News: 11 things we've learned from the new Star Wars teaser trailer

4:47pm Friday 28th November 2014

So what happened?! We fill in the gaps between those annoying teaser blackouts.

Star Wars footage unveiled online

Chard & Ilminster News: Harrison Ford reprises his role as Han Solo

4:22pm Friday 28th November 2014

Millions of Star Wars fans have been given their first taster of the new film as trailers were unveiled online, a year ahead of the next instalment of the sci-fi saga.

Poyet: Chelsea stronger than ever

Chard & Ilminster News: Gus Poyet's Sunderland enjoyed two wins over Chelsea last season

4:20pm Friday 28th November 2014

Gus Poyet has acknowledged his Sunderland side face a mighty task to replicate last season's stunning league and cup double when Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Van Gaal warning for Van Persie

Chard & Ilminster News: Manchester United hope Robin van Persie can soon get back to his prolific self

4:15pm Friday 28th November 2014

Louis van Gaal has warned striker Robin van Persie he will have to fight for his place as the Manchester United manager prepares to welcome Radamel Falcao back to his squad.

The new lightsaber in the Star Wars trailer is threatening to send the internet mad

Chard & Ilminster News: The new lightsaber in the Star Wars trailer is threatening to send the internet mad

4:07pm Friday 28th November 2014

The new Star Wars trailer is here and urrmahgad that lightsaber.

Gemma Collins blames exit on 'horrific ordeal'

Chard & Ilminster News: Gemma Collins blames exit on 'horrific ordeal'

4:07pm Friday 28th November 2014

Gemma Collins has opened up about why she quit the jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Step this way for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

Chard & Ilminster News: Step this way for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

3:57pm Friday 28th November 2014

What’s so bad about Black Friday when it brings movie treats like this?

Gemma blames 'horrific ordeal'

Chard & Ilminster News: Gemma Collins left the jungle early

3:34pm Friday 28th November 2014

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! flop Gemma Collins blamed her early exit from the show on "a horrific ordeal" shortly before she joined the show and said she had handed over her fee to charity.

L-test could drop three-point turn

Chard & Ilminster News: The new L-test will be designed to "better reflect real-life driving"

3:34pm Friday 28th November 2014

The dreaded three-point turn could become a thing of the past after the Government signalled the biggest shake-up to the driving test in 20 years.

Minions Christmas carol video released

Chard & Ilminster News: Minions Christmas carol video released

2:56pm Friday 28th November 2014

A new promotional trailer for the film Minions has been released for Christmas.

Aguero will get better - Pellegrini

Chard & Ilminster News: Sergio Aguero kept Manchester City's Champions League hopes alive in midweek

2:47pm Friday 28th November 2014

Manuel Pellegrini claims Sergio Aguero is worth as much to Manchester City as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to their clubs.

Spurs charged by UEFA

Chard & Ilminster News: Tottenham's Roberto Soldado attempts to apprehend a pitch invader

2:29pm Friday 28th November 2014

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham following the pitch invasions which disrupted their Europa League match at home to Partizan Belgrade.

Court fight over girl's remains

Chard & Ilminster News: The case was heard in the Family Division of the High Court

2:17pm Friday 28th November 2014

A divorced couple have staged a High Court fight after failing to agree on what should happen to the remains of their 24-year-old daughter.

Navy shadows Russia Channel ships

Chard & Ilminster News: HMS Tyne escorted the Russian warships as they sailed though the Channel

2:17pm Friday 28th November 2014

The Royal Navy monitored a squadron of Russian warships as they moved through the Strait of Dover after carrying out exercises in the North Sea.

Chef 'felt like performing monkey'

Chard & Ilminster News: Gordon and Tana Ramsay arrive at the High Court, London

2:16pm Friday 28th November 2014

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has told the High Court he felt like "a performing monkey" as he built up his restaurant empire while father-in-law Christopher Hutcheson was "up to no good" in the office.

Warning over extremism in schools

Chard & Ilminster News: A letter from Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw criticised the Bridge Schools Inspectorate for not ensuring its inspectors could properly identify warning signs of extremism and radicalisation

2:16pm Friday 28th November 2014

Too little is being done to identify the signs of radicalisation and extremism in independent faith schools, Ofsted has warned.

Watch Colin Firth turn action man in Kingsman: The Secret Service

Chard & Ilminster News: Watch Colin Firth turn action man in Kingsman: The Secret Service

2:06pm Friday 28th November 2014

Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth gets to indulge in his inner spy for Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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