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The UK has reported 6,874 new cases of COVID-19 – a rise of 240 from Thursday. Despite the number of new cases, the UK is still nowhere near a realistic comparison to the peak of April and May, when Imperial College researchers have suggested there were more than 100,000 new infections a day. Live updates […]

The sergeant killed after being shot by a handcuffed suspect in a custody suite was an “awesome person” who “loved being a police officer”, his cousin has said. Matiu Ratana, 54, who was known as Matt, died in hospital following the shooting in Croydon in the early hours of Friday. Paying tribute, Adrian Rurawhe described […]

The police officer who was shot dead in south London early on Friday morning has been named as Matt Ratana. Mr Ratana, aged 54, who was a custody sergeant, was killed after being shot by a man who was already in custody. The suspect – a 23-year-old man – then turned the gun on himself […]

New Zealand’s prime minister has offered her condolences to family and colleagues of a police officer killed on duty in the UK. Sergeant Matiu Ratana was originally from Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island but had served with the Metropolitan Police for much of his career. Jacinda Ardern wrote on Facebook that she was […]

In the race for a COVID vaccine it pays to keep your options open. There is no way you can design a jab on paper and guarantee that it will work. In fact, 90% of experimental vaccines fail to make it to the clinic. Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around the world So […]

A few months ago, some experts were predicting coronavirus could deal an unsurvivable blow to women’s football. The season had been paused indefinitely and while exhaustive efforts were under way to get men’s football back in action, the women’s game seemed to have been forgotten about. But in a strange twist of fortune, the Women’s […]