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Wales’ trains to be run by European firms KeolisAmey

Image copyright Porter Gifford/Keolis Image caption Keolis-run train in Boston, USA A £5bn contract to run Wales’ rail service for the next 15 years has been awarded to two European firms, who will run it jointly. France’s Keolis and Spanish-owned Amey’s bid triumphed over a rival offer from Hong Kong’s MTR commuter railways. It will […]

Environment Agency warns of serious water deficits for England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire supplies water for drinking and hydro electricity England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned. Its new report says enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people […]

Sajid Javid pledges he is ‘standing with’ police in first speech

Image copyright Reuters Sajid Javid hopes to draw a line under the Home Office’s fractious relationship with the Police Federation in his first speech to the body. Mr Javid, whose brother is a chief superintendent in West Midlands Police, will pledge to provide the tools and back-up needed for frontline officers. In the speech taking […]

UK becoming ‘cocaine capital’ of Europe, warns minister

Image copyright PA Image caption There have been 67 murders in the capital in 2018 The UK “is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe”, the security minister has said. Ben Wallace told MPs that technology was enabling young people to trade drugs, communicate in a safe space and make connections like never […]

Manchester attack: Choirs lead mass sing-along

Image caption People gathered in Albert Square to take part in the mass sing-along Over 3,500 singers have come together to lead a chorus of amateur voices in a mass sing-along to remember the Manchester Arena attack victims. Twenty-two people died and hundreds injured when a bomb was detonated outside a concert on 22 May […]

Grenfell Tower inquiry: Video of fire shown without warning

Image copyright Grenfell Inquiry Image caption Six members of the Choucair family spanning three generations died Families of those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire left an inquiry in tears after a video of the blaze was shown without a warning. One woman was said to have collapsed outside the hearing after seeing the video, […]

Manchester attack: Hundreds gather to remember victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People hugged as a minute’s silence was held to remember the victims Hundreds of people have gathered for a service marking the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack. Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured when a bomb was detonated at the end of an Ariana Grande concert […]

Grenfell Tower: Man watched ‘helplessly’ as family died

Image copyright Grenfell Inquiry Image caption Six members of the Choucair family spanning three generations died A man who lost six relatives in the Grenfell Tower fire has told the public inquiry how he could only watch helplessly as they died. Hisam Choucair lost his mother, sister, brother-in-law and three nieces in the blaze on […]

Harry and Meghan attend first royal event since wedding

Image copyright PA Image caption More than 110,000 people flocked to Windsor to watch the Duke and Duchess of Sussex marry The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at Buckingham Palace for their first royal engagement as a married couple. The newlyweds arrived at the palace on Tuesday afternoon for a garden party as part […]

Mother forced teenage daughter to marry

Image copyright PA Image caption A jury at Birmingham Crown Court found the mother guilty of two counts of forced marriage A mother has been convicted of forcing her daughter to marry a man 16 years her senior in the first successful prosecution of its type. The woman duped her 17-year-old daughter to go to […]