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A man who assaulted England’s chief medical officer has been handed a suspended jail sentence. Lewis Hughes, of Romford, Essex, accosted Professor Chris Whitty in St James’s Park in London on 27 June. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to assault at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday. Image: Professor Whitty was accosted in St James’s Park last […]

A father accused of filming and sharing a video showing a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire will face a retrial, the High Court has ruled. Paul Bussetti, then 47, allegedly sent the “grossly offensive” video on WhatsApp after filming it in a friend’s garden in November 2018. The footage, in […]

The UK has reported 29,622 new COVID-19 cases and 68 more coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period, according to government data. The figures compare with 31,117 cases and 85 deaths announced yesterday, while 36,389 cases and 64 deaths were reported on this day last week. The seven-day average for infections was 36.1% down from […]

Part of the third wave is now below the radar, with significant numbers of COVID cases not showing up in the official daily statistics. While the government dashboard shows reported cases fell by a third in the week to 24 July, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the real trend was […]

Gold medallist BMX rider Beth Shriever has revealed she had to crowdfund to help get her to the Olympics, raising the question of how Team GB is funded. The 22-year-old, from Essex, parted with British Cycling in 2017 after UK Sport decided only male BMX riders would be supported heading to Tokyo because no British […]

A Scottish woman forced to stay in hotel quarantine while her dying father is in hospital has condemned the rules as “cruel” and “indefensible”. Claire Herriot flew to Scotland from Turkey on Tuesday after doctors said her father, Gordon, 75, had major organ failure and was approaching the end of his life. Despite being double-vaccinated […]

Peter Kay fans have clamoured for tickets to see his return to the stage – selling the shows out in 30 minutes. The Bolton funnyman, who has been all but absent from the public eye over the last few years, will make his stage comeback next month when he hosts two live Q&As in Manchester. […]

A security guard has been jailed for carrying out a series of night-time cat killings. Steve Bouquet, 54, from Brighton, stabbed 16 cats between October 2018 and June 2019. Nine died and seven were injured. Bouquet has been sentenced to five years and three months behind bars. During his trial, jurors heard how shocked cat […]

Infection rates have continued to rise across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – but dropped in Scotland, according to the latest estimates. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the week ending 24 July, approximately 1 in 65 people were estimated to have had COVID-19 in England. The rate was around 1 […]

England’s R number has fallen slightly to between 1.1 and 1.4. Last week it was listed as between 1.2 and 1.4. The R number is highest in the East of England, where it is between 1.3 and 1.5. It is lowest in the North West (1.0 to 1.2). The daily growth rate of infections in […]