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Zippy fancied George! Puppeteer says he fell for the woman' behind his character's pink hippo pal

Ronnie Le Drew became besotted with Valerie Heberdent - who handled George - over the course of the show's staggering 1,071 episodes, he told an East London audience.
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Zippy fancied George! Puppeteer says he fell for the woman' behind his character's pink hippo pal

Ronnie Le Drew became besotted with Valerie Heberdent - who handled George - over the course of the show's staggering 1,071 episodes, he told an East London audience.

Public sector workers set for £2billion pay rise

Next week, the Treasury will unveil the biggest public sector pay rise for six years, at an estimated cost of £2 billion, with pay rises for teachers, police officers and the armed services.
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Public sector workers set for £2billion pay rise

Next week, the Treasury will unveil the biggest public sector pay rise for six years, at an estimated cost of £2 billion, with pay rises for teachers, police officers and the armed services.

Penny Mordaunt launches ambitious £30million project to turn RAF into a joint air and SPACE force

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has unveiled a space programme and announced 'the sky is no longer the limit' for the RAF.
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Penny Mordaunt launches ambitious £30million project to turn RAF into a joint air and SPACE force

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt has unveiled a space programme and announced 'the sky is no longer the limit' for the RAF.

Climate change has turned Sheffield into a better area for growing wine than Champagne in France 

Winemaker Kieron Atkinson (pictured), who runs the vineyard at Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, said milder temperatures had led to the rapid expansion of the English wine industry.
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Climate change has turned Sheffield into a better area for growing wine than Champagne in France 

Winemaker Kieron Atkinson (pictured), who runs the vineyard at Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, said milder temperatures had led to the rapid expansion of the English wine industry.

At least 14 injured as two cars smash into spectators in Stevenage

WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: Harrowing footage showed screaming spectators, many of them teenagers, trying to help badly wounded victims after they were 'sent flying' in the crash in Stevenage.
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At least 14 injured as two cars smash into spectators in Stevenage

WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: Harrowing footage showed screaming spectators, many of them teenagers, trying to help badly wounded victims after they were 'sent flying' in the crash in Stevenage.

Knife crime soars to record high with 43,500 offences in the last year, new figures reveal 

Knife crime offences recorded by police in England and Wales hit a record high in 2018/19, up 8% on the previous year, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
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Knife crime soars to record high with 43,500 offences in the last year, new figures reveal 

Knife crime offences recorded by police in England and Wales hit a record high in 2018/19, up 8% on the previous year, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi's brother arrives at court

Hashem Abedi is the brother of Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people and wounded hundreds more when he detonated a nail bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.
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Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi's brother arrives at court

Hashem Abedi is the brother of Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people and wounded hundreds more when he detonated a nail bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

Star oboist, 41, is jailed for 15 days in China for drunken airport tirade

James Huang Zheng, 41, flew into a drunken rage in the waiting area of Xian airport where he scolded a 13-year-old boy for taking one of the seats the musician had supposedly been saving for his family.
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Star oboist, 41, is jailed for 15 days in China for drunken airport tirade

James Huang Zheng, 41, flew into a drunken rage in the waiting area of Xian airport where he scolded a 13-year-old boy for taking one of the seats the musician had supposedly been saving for his family.

Fashion giant Zara pledges to make all its clothing sustainable and eco-friendly by 2025 

Zara is one of the few high street labels to not use plastic bags. The Spanish company has also committed to eliminating single-use plastic from its outlets by 2023.
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Fashion giant Zara pledges to make all its clothing sustainable and eco-friendly by 2025 

Zara is one of the few high street labels to not use plastic bags. The Spanish company has also committed to eliminating single-use plastic from its outlets by 2023.

Rape and sex assault reports at British universities rocket TENFOLD

Of UK universities who provided figures, Cambridge, Birmingham and the University of East Anglia had the highest number over the last five years, new figures have revealed.
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Rape and sex assault reports at British universities rocket TENFOLD

Of UK universities who provided figures, Cambridge, Birmingham and the University of East Anglia had the highest number over the last five years, new figures have revealed.

Norwich man, 81, appears in court charged with killing his 89-year-old wife in a care home 

Mick Virgo, 81, was arrested after staff found the body of Doreen, 89. A post-mortem examination showed she died from compression of the neck.
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Norwich man, 81, appears in court charged with killing his 89-year-old wife in a care home 

Mick Virgo, 81, was arrested after staff found the body of Doreen, 89. A post-mortem examination showed she died from compression of the neck.

Parents are encouraging children as young as three to change gender without consulting specialists

Bernadette Wren, head of clinical psychology at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust which runs the service in London, warned of a major increase in the trend.
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Parents are encouraging children as young as three to change gender without consulting specialists

Bernadette Wren, head of clinical psychology at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust which runs the service in London, warned of a major increase in the trend.

Air rage passenger Chloe Haines slapped with Jet2 airline bill

Chloe Haines, 25, has been hit with a bill for £85,000 by Jet2 over her 'extremely disruptive behaviour' on a flight from Stansted to Turkey when she allegedly tried to 'storm the cockpit'.
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Air rage passenger Chloe Haines slapped with Jet2 airline bill

Chloe Haines, 25, has been hit with a bill for £85,000 by Jet2 over her 'extremely disruptive behaviour' on a flight from Stansted to Turkey when she allegedly tried to 'storm the cockpit'.

'Bullied' schoolboy, 14, 'lay down in front of train after handing his bag to a friend'

Those who know the pupil - named as Sam Connor - claim he was being bullied at his Roman Catholic comprehensive in Chertsey, Surrey.
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'Bullied' schoolboy, 14, 'lay down in front of train after handing his bag to a friend'

Those who know the pupil - named as Sam Connor - claim he was being bullied at his Roman Catholic comprehensive in Chertsey, Surrey.

War veteran is forced to sell dream thatched cottage to pay for his own dementia care 

Fred, was a World War II veteran who later served in the police force. He was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2016.
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War veteran is forced to sell dream thatched cottage to pay for his own dementia care 

Fred, was a World War II veteran who later served in the police force. He was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2016.

Strikes at UK airports threaten to ruin 2019 summer holidays

Strikes at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted threaten to wreak havoc over the summer holidays, while pilots with British Airways, who operate at 14 UK airports, are also threatening strikes.
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Strikes at UK airports threaten to ruin 2019 summer holidays

Strikes at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted threaten to wreak havoc over the summer holidays, while pilots with British Airways, who operate at 14 UK airports, are also threatening strikes.

BBC documentary goes inside Facebook's nerve centre

One Facebook executive admitted on Inside The Social Network: Facebook's Difficult Year, which aired in the UK tonight, that she had not realised how hard it would be to tackle online abuse.
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BBC documentary goes inside Facebook's nerve centre

One Facebook executive admitted on Inside The Social Network: Facebook's Difficult Year, which aired in the UK tonight, that she had not realised how hard it would be to tackle online abuse.

Dementia has stolen my wife's past says Sir Jackie Stewart

The three-time Formula One world champion said his wife hardly had any memories left and would not remember that they went to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend.
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Dementia has stolen my wife's past says Sir Jackie Stewart

The three-time Formula One world champion said his wife hardly had any memories left and would not remember that they went to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend.

Ex-South Africa football star is 'assassinated by two hitmen you shot him as he arrived home'

Police said they have opened a murder investigation after Mark Batchelor was gunned down as he was driving into his home in Olivedale, Johannesburg at around 6pm.
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Ex-South Africa football star is 'assassinated by two hitmen you shot him as he arrived home'

Police said they have opened a murder investigation after Mark Batchelor was gunned down as he was driving into his home in Olivedale, Johannesburg at around 6pm.

British military top brass run a force rife with sexism, racism and bullying, new report claims

The report was conducted by Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, the incoming Chief of the Air Staff. It was commissioned in April after accusations of sexual harassment were put against the Army.
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British military top brass run a force rife with sexism, racism and bullying, new report claims

The report was conducted by Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, the incoming Chief of the Air Staff. It was commissioned in April after accusations of sexual harassment were put against the Army.

Divers 'awestruck' as they encounter a monster jellyfish 'as big as them' off the Cornish coast 

Dan Abbott was filming marine life around the coast with biologist Lizzie Daly, host of BBC Earth. The duo went for a dip off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall, and spotted the massive jellyfish.
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Divers 'awestruck' as they encounter a monster jellyfish 'as big as them' off the Cornish coast 

Dan Abbott was filming marine life around the coast with biologist Lizzie Daly, host of BBC Earth. The duo went for a dip off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall, and spotted the massive jellyfish.

Pregnant beauty therapist, 30, jailed for £1.5m million cocaine bust

Stephanie Nelson, 30, was found with £1.5m of high purity cocaine in her car. Her Instagram shows the beauty therapist from Cheshire lived a life of luxury. She was jailed for 10 years.
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Pregnant beauty therapist, 30, jailed for £1.5m million cocaine bust

Stephanie Nelson, 30, was found with £1.5m of high purity cocaine in her car. Her Instagram shows the beauty therapist from Cheshire lived a life of luxury. She was jailed for 10 years.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt condemn Trump's 'go back home' tweets

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have both attacked Donald Trump after tweets he sent sparked a racism row. Mr Hunt described the 'go back home' remarks as 'utterly appalling'.
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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt condemn Trump's 'go back home' tweets

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have both attacked Donald Trump after tweets he sent sparked a racism row. Mr Hunt described the 'go back home' remarks as 'utterly appalling'.

Cyber attacks by crooks posing as taxmen have declined by almost 60 per cent in a year

Cyber attacks launched by criminals pretending to be taxmen have declined by 58 per cent in a year. Experts say fraudsters are giving up because the security services are effective at blocking them.
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Cyber attacks by crooks posing as taxmen have declined by almost 60 per cent in a year

Cyber attacks launched by criminals pretending to be taxmen have declined by 58 per cent in a year. Experts say fraudsters are giving up because the security services are effective at blocking them.

Put the Ashes on free-to-view TV so we can all watch England-Australia clashes, supporters demand

Fans believe cricket slumped in popularity after test matches were taken off the list of so-called 'crown jewel' sports events.
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Put the Ashes on free-to-view TV so we can all watch England-Australia clashes, supporters demand

Fans believe cricket slumped in popularity after test matches were taken off the list of so-called 'crown jewel' sports events.

Women's jobs are twice as likely to be replaced by machines as men's

Around one in ten is in a role with a 'high potential' for automation such as social care, retail and hospitality. Pictured: A handout image from the British think tank Institute for Public Policy Research.
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Women's jobs are twice as likely to be replaced by machines as men's

Around one in ten is in a role with a 'high potential' for automation such as social care, retail and hospitality. Pictured: A handout image from the British think tank Institute for Public Policy Research.

Head of JK Rowling's children's charity steps down amid allegations of 'bullying and intimidation'

Georgette Mulheir has now left her role as Lumos's £160k-a-year CEO. Rowling set up the charity after she read a newspaper article about children in orphanages in caged beds.
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Head of JK Rowling's children's charity steps down amid allegations of 'bullying and intimidation'

Georgette Mulheir has now left her role as Lumos's £160k-a-year CEO. Rowling set up the charity after she read a newspaper article about children in orphanages in caged beds.

Budget cuts are hurting mental health of police officers, chief constable warns

Sgt Ali Livingstone was forced to quit after suffering from PTSD. The 36-year-old was nicknamed Robocop by colleagues for his prolific arrest record.
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Budget cuts are hurting mental health of police officers, chief constable warns

Sgt Ali Livingstone was forced to quit after suffering from PTSD. The 36-year-old was nicknamed Robocop by colleagues for his prolific arrest record.

Drivers who kill are being 'let off' with five-year jail terms

In another indictment of 'soft justice' Britain, analysis of Ministry of Justice data shows the average sentence last year for causing death by dangerous driving was five years and three months.
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Drivers who kill are being 'let off' with five-year jail terms

In another indictment of 'soft justice' Britain, analysis of Ministry of Justice data shows the average sentence last year for causing death by dangerous driving was five years and three months.

Sydney drug ring's massive Australia Day profits

The unravelling of a multi-million dollar drug ring run by Codie Peter Cowan (pictured) has revealed the thirst for drugs over public holiday weekends in some of Sydney's most affluent suburbs.
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Sydney drug ring's massive Australia Day profits

The unravelling of a multi-million dollar drug ring run by Codie Peter Cowan (pictured) has revealed the thirst for drugs over public holiday weekends in some of Sydney's most affluent suburbs.

Boss of company behind Northern Rail is given £250,000 pay rise despite disruption

Manfred Rudhart, chief executive of British Northern Rail's owner Arriva, saw his pay boosted from £1.08million to £1.34million last year.
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Boss of company behind Northern Rail is given £250,000 pay rise despite disruption

Manfred Rudhart, chief executive of British Northern Rail's owner Arriva, saw his pay boosted from £1.08million to £1.34million last year.

Murderers are set to face much stricter monitoring for ten years after they are released from prison

At present so-called 'lifers' are supervised and forced to attend regular meetings with probation officers when freed on licence after completing their minimum jail sentence in the UK.
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Murderers are set to face much stricter monitoring for ten years after they are released from prison

At present so-called 'lifers' are supervised and forced to attend regular meetings with probation officers when freed on licence after completing their minimum jail sentence in the UK.

British Airways redesign staff uniforms to make gender-neutral trousers more appealing to women

Gender-neutral uniform will be taking off at British Airways to mark the firm's centenary celebrations. Designer Ozwald Boateng has revealed the plan to make uniform unisex to appeal to women.
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British Airways redesign staff uniforms to make gender-neutral trousers more appealing to women

Gender-neutral uniform will be taking off at British Airways to mark the firm's centenary celebrations. Designer Ozwald Boateng has revealed the plan to make uniform unisex to appeal to women.

Fans set fireworks off in the streets of north London after Algeria qualify for final

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez curled in an injury-time free-kick to send Algeria into the final, prompting wild celebrations as fans set off fireworks on Blackstock Road, in Highbury.
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Fans set fireworks off in the streets of north London after Algeria qualify for final

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez curled in an injury-time free-kick to send Algeria into the final, prompting wild celebrations as fans set off fireworks on Blackstock Road, in Highbury.

Wimbledon 2019: Chic Lily James, Jodie Whittaker and Catherine Zeta-Jones nail summer style

Day 12 of the Wimbledon 2019 Championships in London's leafyest suburb - and three celebrity guests in particular turned heads as they made their way into the grounds Saturday lunchtime.
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Wimbledon 2019: Chic Lily James, Jodie Whittaker and Catherine Zeta-Jones nail summer style

Day 12 of the Wimbledon 2019 Championships in London's leafyest suburb - and three celebrity guests in particular turned heads as they made their way into the grounds Saturday lunchtime.