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Smoke alarm response times ‘wildly vary’

Image copyright Getty Images British Standards-approved smoke alarms have “wildly varying” response times, according to a new study by Which?. An investigation by the consumer group found some alarms could take twice as long to sound as others, with one brand failing to go off at all – despite having ...

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Border police foil 56,000 migration attempts to Kent

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Migrants typically aim to get to the Port of Dover from Calais UK Border Forces foiled up to 153 attempts by migrants trying to get to Britain from France every day last year, a BBC investigation has found. More than 56,000 attempts were made ...

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Bank Holiday getaway

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most roadworks will be lifted in time for the bank holiday getaway It is the last bank holiday of the summer and millions of cars will be on the roads. How do you beat the traffic and make the most of the long weekend? ...

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Portsmouth hospital ‘fed patients pills in ice cream’

Image copyright Google Image caption The hospital’s medical care has been rated “inadequate” Hospital staff fed pills to patients by hiding them in their meals and in ice cream, the health watchdog has said. Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth has been given a formal warning notice by the Care Quality ...

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Audit Scotland: Care changes ‘should benefit more people’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The changes aim to give people who require care greater flexibility in when they are treated Changes to social care to allow extra choice and control should be benefiting more people, a report says. The Audit Scotland review found “no evidence” of the radical change ...

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Cromer sword-wielding suspect held as armed police called

Image caption The suspect’s arrest in Cromer followed a weekend of disorder that resulted in the town being put in “lockdown” Armed police were called to a seaside town amid reports a man with a sword was being aggressive towards people. The suspect was detained in Cromer on Wednesday night ...

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Brake urges rural road practice for young drivers

Image copyright Getty Images Practising on rural roads should be a compulsory part of driving lessons, according to a road safety charity. Brake is calling for a new licensing system that would include a minimum driving period and restrictions for new drivers, along with the rural training. The organisation’s director ...

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Soul in a different body

Image copyright Andy Bell Image caption Adam plays himself in the lead role of a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Somewhere in Egypt in 1991 a girl was born. This girl no longer exists. But far away in Glasgow, there is a Scottish man who does not have a birth ...

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Nine things

Image copyright Getty Images The new GCSE system in England is going to be graded from 9 to 1. But is 9 a counter-intuitive top score? Nine is the nearly-man and woman of numbers – almost, but not quite 10. But this change in exam grades could be the big ...

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Goth murder

Image copyright Greater Manchester Police Sophie Lancaster was just 20 when she was kicked to death by teenage boys – all because she was a goth. Ten years on, have attitudes changed or are young people scared to be different? On the evening of 11 August 2007 Sophie and her ...

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UK government to investigate impact of overseas students

Image copyright Reuters Home Secretary Amber Rudd is launching an investigation into the impact of international students on the UK’s society and economy. It will look at the effect EU and non-EU students have on the UK labour market while they are in the UK. The study is being launched ...

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Newspaper headlines: ‘No-brakes cyclist’ and migration mistake

<!– This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer Newspaper headlines: ‘No-brakes cyclist’ and migration mistake By BBC News Staff Image caption The Metro leads on the case of cyclist Charlie Alliston. The 20-year-old was cleared of manslaughter after he ...

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