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Extinction Rebellion will end their protests in London after claiming success in their bid to open a “space for truth-telling”. The demonstrators caused widespread disruption to the commercial district of the capital last week and were planning a march to its financial hub on Thursday, but their efforts will go no further. Blockades at Marble […]

By David Mercer, news reporter, in Belfast The sound of applause was heard frequently as hundreds of people gathered in central Belfast to remember the life of young journalist Lyra McKee. Mourners outside her funeral clapped as the reporter’s coffin was carried into St Anne’s Cathedral and showed their appreciation for musical performances during the […]

By David Mercer, news reporter, in Belfast In a sea of mourners wearing black, the Harry Potter scarves and Marvel T-shirts stood out. The request to wear the merchandise from Lyra McKee’s favourite books and comics was made by her partner days before the funeral. “It’s going to be a celebration of her life and […]

By Tom Parmenter, news correspondent Behind a petrol station on an industrial estate in east Manchester, they gathered the troops. Out came the laminated maps, marker pens – the GoPros were rigged up and the communications systems checked. I have been to police briefings that have been less thorough. This though was about 20 men […]

By Tom Parmenter, news correspondent A group of motorbike owners who patrol the streets of Manchester looking for stolen bikes has told Sky News that police budget cuts are forcing them to chase down suspects themselves. Greater Manchester has been identified as a hotspot for scooter and motorbike theft, and riders claim that the police […]

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second Scottish independence referendum by May 2021. Scottish voters chose to remain a part of the United Kingdom in a 2014 referendum, but the first minister told MSPs that the 2016 vote for Brexit – which saw Scotland vote in favour […]