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The head of the Premier League’s new video assistant referee (VAR) system has defended the controversial technology – telling Sky News “it’s definitely here to stay”. Neil Swarbrick said critics of the technology need to “just live with it, just grow with it”. The former referee, who officiated more than 900 games before becoming one […]

By Tom Parmenter, news correspondent Colleagues of PC Andrew Harper will lead a minute’s silence for him later this morning. Thames Valley Police will hold the tribute at 11am and police officers across the country are set to join the act of remembrance. The 28-year-old, who was based in Abingdon in Oxfordshire, died on 15 […]

The Met Office has issued a warning for widespread fog during Friday morning’s rush hour – a day before temperatures are set to soar in a bank holiday heatwave. Dense patches of fog are expected across southern England – including Plymouth and Oxfordshire – prompting forecasters to urge early morning commuters to take extra care. […]

The UK is bracing itself for a bank holiday heatwave, with temperatures set to hit 33C (91.4F) in places, as millions of Britons hit the roads today. Five million drivers are expected to head out for holidays and day trips on Friday, with traffic expected to be busiest after 11am. It comes after the Met […]

A four-year-old was among more than 1,000 children caught carrying knives in schools last year, police figures show. A total of 1,144 knife possession offences in schools, where the suspect was a child, were recorded in England, Scotland and Wales over 12 months. The figures, obtained from police forces through Freedom of Information requests by […]

“Serious failures” in the public health system led to the deaths of 19 people linked to outbreaks of listeria and streptococcus, a former health chief has claimed. Professor John Ashton said budgets and salaries have been cut “drastically” – with almost a decade of austerity leaving local authorities unable to “keep ahead of the threats […]