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‘It sounded like a bomb’: Neighbours in disbelief over fatal explosion in Lancashire street

National News May 16, 2021 at 1:04 pm

Neighbours out in bathrobes and slippers. Even after nearly 12 hours, there’s an air of disbelief.

Broadcast of Panorama investigation into Martin Bashir’s Diana interview delayed due to ‘significant duty of care issue’

National News May 16, 2021 at 12:54 pm

The broadcast of a BBC TV investigation into Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with Princess Diana will be delayed.

Over-35s to be offered jabs in coming days as government urges those eligible to come forward

National News May 16, 2021 at 10:04 am

Over-35s will be offered a coronavirus vaccine in the coming days, the health secretary has said.

Hancock doesn’t rule out local lockdowns for Bolton and Blackburn due to Indian variant

National News May 16, 2021 at 9:50 am

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has not ruled out imposing local lockdown restrictions in places worst affected by the Indian variant of coronavirus.

Prince Charles wants royal palaces to go from ‘private spaces to public places’ when he is king – report

National News May 16, 2021 at 9:21 am

Prince Charles is keen to give people more access to royal palaces when he becomes king, it has been reported.

Indian variant can ‘spread like wildfire’ if people not jabbed – but ‘confidence’ vaccines work

National News May 16, 2021 at 7:53 am

There is a “high degree of confidence” that vaccines protect against the Indian variant of COVID-19 – but it can “spread like wildfire” among those who haven’t had a jab, Matt Hancock has told Sky News.

Major incident declared after suspected gas explosion in Lancashire

National News May 16, 2021 at 3:42 am

A major incident has been declared after a suspected gas explosion at a residential area in Heysham, Lancashire.

Experts warn against Monday’s lockdown easing as PM faces mounting criticism over ‘delaying’ India travel ban

National News May 16, 2021 at 1:10 am

A number of experts have warned against the planned easing of restrictions in England on Monday, as concerns grow over the coronavirus variant first seen in India.

Plan to treble tree-planting rates in England for climate and nature

National News May 15, 2021 at 11:50 pm

England plans to treble its tree-planting rates for the good of nature and the climate, the government says.

Passenger locator form checks ‘must be automated’ to prevent long queues at airports

National News May 15, 2021 at 10:55 pm

UK airports are warning of delays for arriving passengers because they lack the technology to handle COVID-19 forms.