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Image copyright Met Police Image caption One of the women found in a flat in east London was mother-of-three Mihrican Mustafa A man accused of murdering two women and storing their bodies in a freezer is a registered sex offender who once “married” a 14-year-old girl, a court has heard. Zahid Younis, 35, is accused […]

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Image caption This year’s nominees include (clockwise from top left): Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Kano, Stormzy, Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka and Georgia For the first time in its 29-year history, female artists and female-fronted bands have outnumbered men on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize. Among the nominees for album of the year are Charli […]

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Jack Shepherd spent 78 days in custody awaiting extradition from Georgia Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has had his sentence reduced by almost three months by appeal judges. The 31-year-old is serving a six-year sentence after Charlotte Brown was fatally thrown from his boat on the River Thames in London December […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Social distancing guidance is being relaxed across the country. Rules are different in each UK nation – and rules will not ease in Leicester, which is currently under a local lockdown. What can I do at home? Two households of any size can now meet inside in England. You can meet […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Tom Symonds is shown how a customised Android phone with EncroChat installed works A top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been “successfully penetrated”, says the National Crime Agency. The NCA worked with forces across Europe on the UK’s “biggest […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Leeds City Council said the government needed to step in and help stabilise local authority finances Some of the largest UK councils say they may have to declare themselves effectively bankrupt unless the government agrees to further support. Nearly 150 authorities have forecast a combined budget shortfall of at […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103. The singer was best known for performing hits such as We’ll Meet Again to troops on the front line in countries including India and Egypt. Her family said they were “deeply saddened […]

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Image copyright AFP The government is facing calls from Tory backbenchers to drop the 2m (6ft) social distancing rule in England. MPs, including former cabinet ministers Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Damian Green, say it is essential for the economy. The government has said it is constantly reviewing its coronavirus lockdown guidance. It follows the […]

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Image copyright @DRNimages1 Image caption Officers were called to Energen Close in Harlesden A young child was among four people hurt in a shooting in north London, police have said. Shots were fired in Energen Close, Harlesden, at about 21:45 BST, Scotland Yard said. The child and a man were taken to hospital with gunshot […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thursday’s Clap for Our Carers could be the last one for some time This evening many of us in the UK will grab our pots and pans, scoop up the dog, and nervously look out of the window to make sure our neighbours are doing the same. Then, when […]

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