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Wales is delaying further easing of coronavirus restrictions for four weeks after seeing a spike in cases of the Delta variant. First Minister Mark Drakeford tweeted: “Cases of the Delta variant are spreading across Wales. “In the space a few weeks, cases have been confirmed in all parts of the country. We have reviewed all […]

Matt Hancock hailed the UK as being “on the road to recovery” as the government announced everyone aged 18 and over will be able to book their COVID vaccine in England from Friday. Confirming the update in a speech, the health secretary praised the vaccination programme as “an incredible achievement”. NHS England chief Sir Simon […]

Police say a Greek man has confessed to killing his British wife – just weeks after he claimed she died during a brutal invasion of the couple’s home. Caroline Crouch, 20, who grew up in Greece, was found murdered in a bedroom at the family home near Athens on 11 May after her husband alerted […]

Edwin Poots has resigned as leader of the DUP after less than a month in the post. Speaking on Thursday evening Mr Poots said: “I have asked the Party Chairman to commence an electoral process within the Party to allow for a new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party to be elected. “The Party has […]

Something has gone seriously wrong in the criminal justice system when it comes to rape, according to a major government report. Senior ministers say they are deeply ashamed that there has been a sharp drop in the number of cases going to court in just five years. The government has promised to overhaul the way […]

The UK has asked the European Union to extend the grace period on chilled meats being sent from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. The grace period allowing items such as sausages to be sent between the two is due to expire at the end of June. The UK has asked for this deadline to be […]

NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens has failed to confirm he has confidence in Matt Hancock. Asked repeatedly if, having worked alongside the health secretary during the pandemic, he has confidence in his ability, Sir Simon refused to give Mr Hancock his support. Pressed on whether the health secretary is hopeless, the NHS boss smirks after […]

A father and son died after they were gored at their family farm by a water buffalo which had previously taken against the younger man, an inquest has heard. Ralph Jump, 57, and his son Peter, 19, were fatally attacked by Yolo, while his daughter Isabel, 22, was injured but survived. The family kept Mediterranean […]

A man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a lorry container in Essex. The unnamed man, a Vietnamese national, was detained at a supermarket petrol station in Middlesbrough just off the A66 at about 1pm on Thursday, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. He is said to […]

The inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing outlined a series of security failings on the night of the attack in which 22 people were killed and hundreds more injured. In a damning first report into the terror attack, the inquiry’s chairman Sir John Saunders said the arena’s operator SMG, security company Showsec and British Transport […]