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The Government will deliver 250,000 clear face masks to frontline NHS and social care workers to help them communicate with people with conditions such as hearing loss and dementia. The transparent masks are made from plastic with an anti-fogging barrier, meaning patients will be able to see the mouth of the wearer as they speak. […]

Multiple people have been injured and a major incident declared after a series of stabbings in Birmingham. Police and paramedics were called to reports of a knife attack in the early hours of Sunday, with further stabbings then being reported. One witness told BBC Radio 5 Live that the attack seemed like “one group of […]

Premier League winners Liverpool have four players nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award. Trent Alexander-Arnold is also included on the shortlist in the young category. The Reds full-back appears alongside Anfield team-mates Virgil Van Dijk – last year’s recipient – Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane in the six-strong list of nominees for […]

Teams of firefighters have been battling a huge blaze at an industrial building in Kent after reports of an explosion. Flames and a plume of black smoke could be seen rising from the site in Hoo, near Rochester, on Friday. Members of the public are being asked to avoid the area as firefighters continue to […]

Four of the country’s biggest housebuilders could risk court action if they do not commit to changing the way they do business, after the competition watchdog found evidence they had mistreated leasehold buyers. The Competition and Markets Authority said that it has written to Barratt Developments, Countryside Properties, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey after uncovering […]

Ministers are under fire from holidaymakers and the travel industry for failing to provide “clarity” after Portugal and Greece retained their places on England’s coronavirus quarantine exemption list. Wales and Scotland have added restrictions to passengers returning from the summer holiday hotspots, but the UK Government said on Thursday there would be no change to […]

Cafe chain Costa has said 1,650 staff are at risk of redundancy as it looks to cut costs amid continued uncertainty over when trade will fully recover. It told staff on Thursday that it has started consultations which could affect more than a 10th of roles. The move comes a week after rival Pret A […]

Britain’s energy regulator has fined SSE more than £2 million for a 2016 blunder which is likely to have pushed up wholesale electricity costs.   Ofgem said it would send a “strong message” to energy producers that they must share timely information with others on the market. In February 2016, SSE said it was going […]

At least 409 migrants have crossed to the UK on small boats – a new single-day record.   – September 2: 409 migrants reach the UK A huge wave of boats departed France on Wednesday, with hundreds of migrants making their way across the sunny and calm English Channel. The Home Office said Border Force […]

A new £500 million funding package will support trials of a 20-minute Covid-19 test and efforts to explore the benefits of repeatedly testing people for the virus, the Health Secretary has announced.   Money will go towards launching a new community-wide repeat population testing trial in Salford, Greater Manchester. Existing trials in Southampton and Hampshire, […]

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