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‘One inmate a week’ released in error

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA Image caption The figures show 48 suspected or convicted criminals were freed by mistake last year Prisoners are being released early by mistake at a rate of just under one every week in England and Wales, figures have revealed. Ministry of Justice data obtained by the Press Association shows it has happened [...]

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More troops sent to flood-hit areas

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionThe BBC News helicopter captured scenes of the extent of the flooding Some 500 soldiers have now been brought in to deal with “unprecedented” flooding in Yorkshire and Lancashire. A thousand more are on stand-by after David Cameron vowed to help people in “their hour of need”. Rescuers have been evacuating homes in York [...]

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Floods hit parts of UK amid downpours

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 27, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionDrone footage of the collapsed Waterside pub in Summerseat Heavy rain has caused more flooding in northern England, with homes evacuated in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and rivers overflowing in Manchester and Leeds. Vulnerable people are being evacuated from 2,200 homes in York, where people in 3,500 properties near the River Foss have been advised [...]

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Christmas blaze guts Australia homes

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionPhil Mercer says fire fighters have struggled to control the blaze. A Christmas Day bushfire in Australia has destroyed at least 53 homes in Victoria state, officials say. Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria’s south-west on Friday. A change to cooler weather and rain has greatly reduced [...]

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Only use A&E in emergency, public told

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Thinkstock The public are being urged to think twice before they use AE over the festive period to help hospitals cope. NHS bosses in England are worried that the way Christmas and New Year falls this year could lead to a surge in demand after the long weekends. They have been urging people [...]

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Army deployed amid Cumbria flood fears

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright MOD Image caption Soldiers have been helping to build further flood defences The Army has been called in to support efforts to protect parts of Cumbria amid fears of further flooding. Troops have been helping put out sandbags in preparation and flood defence gates have been closed in Cockermouth, Carlisle and Keswick. There [...]

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Peake calls wrong number from space

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA UK astronaut Tim Peake has apologised for dialling a wrong number from space and saying to a woman on the other end of the line: “Hello, is this planet Earth?” Mr Peake said on Twitter it was not intended to be a “prank call”. The astronaut, a father-of-two from Chichester, West Sussex, [...]

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Queen’s hope in ‘moments of darkness’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA The Queen will speak of finding hope in “moments of darkness”, during her annual Christmas Day address. It comes after a year which has seen a number of terror attacks, such as the killing of 39 people at a Tunisian resort and mass shootings in Paris. The Queen will describe the festive [...]

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Welby: Islamic State is Herod of today

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA Christianity faces “elimination” in the Middle East, the region where it began, the Archbishop of Canterbury will warn in his Christmas Day sermon. The Most Reverend Justin Welby will say so-called Islamic State is “igniting a trail of fear, violence, hatred and determined oppression”. He will also brand IS as “a Herod [...]

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Work to hit London airport rail routes

Posted by Warren Fyfe on December 24, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright EPA Passengers going by train to the UK’s two biggest airports are set to face long delays over the festive period as engineering work begins. Gatwick Express train services will stop for the next 10 days, while the Heathrow rail links will stop for four. Network Rail said 20,000 of its workers would [...]

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