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Tom Lace’s 2019 season came to a premature end when he broke a finger while batting in August Gloucestershire have signed batsman Tom Lace on a deal until the end of the 2023 campaign. Lace scored 835 runs in Division Two in 2019 for Middlesex and Derbyshire, where he spent time on loan. “I’m looking […]

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Image copyright Reuters Sweeping changes to the “outdated” planning system in England will make it easier to build much-needed new homes, the housing secretary has said. Robert Jenrick said local people would not be able to block developments in designated “growth” zones. The changes were needed to speed up the planning process, he told BBC […]

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Image caption Ranae James, now a graphic designer, was excluded dozens of time during a tough period Black pupils are disproportionately hit with fixed-term exclusions in England – by three times as many in some places, data shows. Pupils with black ethnicity have higher temporary exclusion rates in two-thirds of local authority areas, new analysis […]

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Image copyright EPA Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than 15 million confirmed cases in 188 countries. More than 600,000 people have lost their lives.This series of maps and charts tracks the global spread of the virus. Where are coronavirus cases and deaths still rising?The virus, which causes the respiratory infection [...] Read more

Image copyright Kerry Van Der Merwe Image caption Kerry Van Der Merwe started taking antidepressants at the age of 16 A woman who suffered years of mental health issues because of sunken chest syndrome has called on the NHS to make the corrective operation routine again. Kerry Van Der Merwe, 45, of Devon, was diagnosed […]

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption All pupils and year groups are expected to be back full time next term The full-time return to school in September for all pupils in England will be based on keeping year groups apart in separate “bubbles”. The Department for Education is expected to confirm safety plans based on […]

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Image copyright PA Media Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick texted the businessman behind a controversial planning application in November while preparing to decide whether to approve it, newly published documents show. Messages released by Mr Jenrick show he told Richard Desmond he hoped to see him soon, after sitting next to him at a dinner the […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Pub chain Greene King and insurance market Lloyd’s of London have apologised for their historical links to the slave trade. One of Greene King’s founders owned a number of plantations in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, maritime insurance – which was focused at Lloyd’s – thrived on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Both corporations […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption Alexander Kareem died from gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen A man shot dead in west London has been named by police as 20-year-old Alexander Kareem. Mr Kareem was killed after suffering gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen on Askew Road in Shepherd’s Bush just after midnight […]

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