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An attempt to beat the record for the fastest train journey from London to Glasgow has failed by 21 seconds. An Avanti West Coast service pulled into Glasgow Central fractionally behind the record of three hours, 52 minutes and 40 seconds set by British Rail in December 1984, the rail operator said. The train had […]

Everyone aged 18 and over will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccine in England from Friday. Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement during a speech in which he praised the vaccination programme as “an incredible achievement”. It comes as coronavirus cases are said to be “rising exponentially” across England, with the latest estimates […]

A home quarantine rule for travellers to the UK “just doesn’t work”, a top epidemiologist advising the government has warned. Professor Neil Ferguson, part of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), suggested that anything other than the tough border restrictions imposed by countries such as Australia and New Zealand was “window […]

The UK has reported 11,007 new COVID cases and a further 19 deaths in the latest 24-hour period. The figures compare with 9,055 cases and nine deaths reported yesterday, and 7,393 and seven fatalities this time last week. Today’s number of new infections is the highest reported since 19 February when 12,027 cases were recorded. […]

Students at Goldsmiths University can now apply for an extension to assignment deadlines if they believe they have experienced racial trauma. The university has changed its deferral policy after a proposal from the students’ union, updating the extenuating circumstances they can cite when applying for extensions for exams or essays. The new policy will incorporate […]

Police around the UK are being asked to look again at unsolved violent crimes after the conviction of a man who murdered two women more than 20 years apart. Gary Allen has been found guilty of killing Samantha Class in Hull in 1997 and Alena Grlakova in Rotherham in 2018. He also has convictions for […]

DUP leader Edwin Poots has formally nominated Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan as Northern Ireland’s new First Minister at a special sitting of the Stormont Assembly. The nomination comes after the DUP and Sinn Fein agreed that the British government will legislate on the contentious issues around Irish language use. Arguments over the promised legislation […]

A leading COVID-19 symptoms researcher has called on the government to update the list of “classic” symptoms of the virus. Professor Tim Spector, co-founder of the ZOE COVID symptom study, said recent data showed headache, runny nose, sore throat and sneezing were now the most common signs of coronavirus. The study records the symptoms of […]

The work of Enid Blyton has been linked to “racism and xenophobia” in updated blue plaque information by English Heritage. The charity’s blue plaque scheme, which has seen more than 950 commemorative plaques placed in and around London, shows visitors where important people in history have lived and worked. Blyton’s has been placed at her […]

A senior police officer who lost her job with the Metropolitan Police has won her appeal against dismissal after she was convicted of possessing a child abuse video on her phone. A court was told that Novlett Robyn Williams, 56, had been sent the video on WhatsApp by her sister, co-defendant Jennifer Hodge, but she […]