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Bank of England raises UK interest rates

Image copyright DANIEL SORABJI The Bank of England has raised the interest rate for only the second time in a decade. The rate has risen by a quarter of one percent, from 0.5% to 0.75% – the highest level since March 2009. The move will increase the interest costs of more than three-and-a-half million residential […]

Elsie Scully-Hicks: ‘Chances missed’ to save murdered baby

Media captionMatthew Scully-Hicks made a 999 call two months before Elsie died claiming she fell down stairs A father who murdered his baby just weeks after adopting her may have slipped under the radar as he was seen as a “positive parent”, a review has found. Elsie Scully-Hicks died in May 2016 when she was […]

Ripped-up lottery ticket wins £58m jackpot

Image copyright PA A retired couple have won a £58m lottery jackpot – despite the winning ticket being mistakenly ripped in two. Fred and Lesley Higgins, from Aberdeenshire, matched all the numbers in the Euromillions draw on 10 July. But when Mr Higgins checked his numbers, the shop assistant initially told him it was not […]

Four dead in Bradford police chase crash

Image copyright Danny Lawson/PA Image caption An unmarked police car was following the grey BMW on Bingley Road in Bradford before the crash at 05:30 BST Four people have died in a car crash during a police pursuit in Bradford. A BMW containing four males was being followed by officers on Bingley Road before it […]

Camberwell stabbing: Drill rapper Incognito killed

Image copyright @SK017_ Image caption Siddique Kamara was known by his rap name Incognito A rapper in London’s drill music scene, who was cleared of murder earlier this year, has been stabbed to death. Three men were found with stab wounds on Warham Street, Camberwell, at 19:20 BST on Wednesday. Victim Siddique Kamara, also known […]

Phone and internet use: Number of mobile calls drops for first time

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On average, people pick up their phone once every 12 minutes The number of voice calls made on mobile phones in the UK fell for the first time ever in 2017 – despite the fact we seem hooked on our devices. That is according to the latest report from […]

Smaller firms should publish gender pay gap, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images All organisations with more than 50 employees should publish details of what they pay the men and women who work for them, MPs have said. A report by the Business Committee called for the net to be widened to include smaller firms, saying there was evidence of wider pay gaps among […]

Interest rates: Bank of England expected to increase base rate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mortgages can become more expensive when the Bank of England raises the base rate The Bank of England is expected to raise interest rates for only the second time in a decade later on Thursday. Economists and investors expect the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to increase rates from 0.5% […]

Voice calls drop despite smartphone fever

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On average, people pick up their phone once every 12 minutes The number of voice calls made on mobile phones in the UK fell for the first time ever in 2017 – despite the fact we seem hooked on our devices. That is according to the latest report from […]

‘£50,000’ fiver spent in Merthyr off licence

Image copyright Graham Short Image caption Micro-engraver Graham Short made six of the notes after Kane won the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals in the 2018 World Cup A £5 note engraved with the image of England striker Harry Kane has gone into circulation in Merthyr Tydfil. Micro-engraver Graham Short made six of […]