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A multi-million pound strategy to cut drug crime and save lives has been unveiled by the government – but will it work? At stake is the chance to save hundreds of lives, stop 750,000 crimes and dent an industry said to cost society £20bn a year. The new drug strategy has been heralded by ministers […]

A lot can happen in 10 days, but for homes across the north without power far too little has happened. As I arrived in one of Northumbria’s small rural villages I met 94-year-old Geoffrey Barkes. He was checking that all his torches still work. All the latest news on Storm Arwen The house is bitterly […]

The Manchester Arena bomber swore at school teachers, stole a mobile phone from a prefect and skipped class, his former headteacher has revealed. Salman Abedi was “badly behaved from the start of his school career” and “extremely rude”, said Ian Fenn, who led staff at Burnage Academy for Boys in Manchester. One English teacher branded […]

The Omicron variant of COVID is already causing up to 1,000 infections a day in the UK, many more than official figures would suggest, a leading scientist has told Sky News. Professor Francois Balloux, director of the University College London Genetics Institute, said the outbreak was now well under way, doubling every three to four […]

A pedestrian who knifed a motorist to death in front of his four-year-old son faces life behind bars after being convicted of murder. Alexander Layton, 34, stabbed James Stokoe inside his BMW after he slammed on the brakes to avoid running him over then angrily shouted at him on 15 May 2020. Layton fled the […]

Cases of the Omicron variant in people without any travel history have been confirmed in the UK meaning it is now being transmitted within the community, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said. Moments before Mr Javid spoke, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported there had been a further 90 cases of the Omicron variant over […]

Jake Paul has lashed out at rival Tommy Fury, branding him “boxing’s biggest b****” after he pulled out of a fight due to a medical condition. Love Island star Fury, 22, withdrew from the fight after suffering “a severe chest infection and broken rib”, revealing he was “heartbroken”. Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, said he was […]

Storm Barra is barrelling into Ireland and due to hit the UK later this morning, with the weather system packing strong winds, heavy rain and snow, with the Met Office warning of a small chance of a “danger to life” in some parts due to the conditions. Parts of west and southern Ireland are on […]

A “lethal cocktail” of police officer and social worker shortages, along with the COVID-19 pandemic, “allowed neglect to happen,” the former West Midlands police and crime commissioner has said about the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. The six-year-old boy from Solihull, West Midlands, was abused, neglected and killed by his father, Thomas Hughes, and his stepmother, […]

The supermarket chain SPAR has been forced to close a number of stores following a cyber attack. An external spokesperson told Sky News that more than 300 stores had been affected by the incident, though some had avoided closing by switching to cash payments. The spokesperson explained that the cyber attack had impacted all of […]