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Knife possession offences at highest level since 2011

The number of criminals caught with knives or offensive weapons has hit its highest level for six years, official figures reveal.

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Adele attended the service after backing a petition calling for Theresa May to take urgent action to restore their faith in the inquiry. (Yui Mok/PA)

Singer Adele joins congregation at Grenfell Tower service

Singer Adele, who is supporting a Grenfell Tower Inquiry that gives survivors more confidence in the probe, attended the memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon admits almost a third of Scottish taxpayers could face increase

Three out of 10 taxpayers in Scotland could be facing a rise in their bills after Thursday’s Scottish Budget, the First Minister has indicated.

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Children attending schools in London are the most likely to receive a good education (PA)

More 11-year-olds meeting Government targets in three key tests

The number of primary school pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths has risen, official figures show.

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A grey seal and her pup on the beach at Horsey Gap (Joe Giddens/PA)

Record year for birth of grey seal pups around east coast

It has been a record-breaking year for the number of grey seal pups born around the east coast of Britain.

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Clarrie Mendy's cousin Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija died in the  Grenfell Tower fire (Victoria Jones/PA)

Grenfell memorial service to provide bereaved with ‘words of healing and truth’

A memorial service to honour those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire will be an opportunity for “words of healing and truth”, a bereaved relative has said.

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Care homes operator Four Seasons has announced a standstill deal with its main creditor (Yui Mok/PA)

Care homes giant Four Seasons strikes last-minute debt deal

Four Seasons, Britain’s second-biggest care homes operator, has struck a last-ditch deal with its major creditor that staves off the immediate threat of administration.

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Lawyers said the test case result could form the basis of settlement of more than 600 unresolved claims (PA)

Four Iraqis win High Court damages over treatment by UK troops

Four Iraqi citizens have won High Court damages against the Ministry of Defence arising out of their ill-treatment and unlawful detention during the Iraq War.

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Ambulances outside Lincoln County Hospital (Lynne Cameron/PA)

A&Es meeting wait time target at lowest rate since February

Just 88.9% of patients were seen within four hours in A&E departments in November, the lowest figure since February, as the arrival of winter put further pressure on the NHS.

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A picture of a Sky HD TV remote control as Disney and 21st Century Fox reach a deal (Chris Radburn/PA)

Sky stake changes hands in £39 billion Disney-21st Century Fox deal

Broadcasting giant Sky is set to have a new owner after Walt Disney sealed a $52.4 billion (£39 billion) takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

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Senior members of the royal family at the Grenfell Tower memorial service (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

In pictures: royals, stars and politicians pay tribute to Grenfell Tower victims

St Paul’s Cathedral was the stage on Thursday for a memorial service to honour the victims of June’s Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

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Rail passengers are being urged to avoid accidents over Christmas (Tim Ireland/PA)

Revellers warned over railway station safety during festive period

Christmas revellers are being urged to “keep a clear head” on the rail network after shocking footage showed people stumbling on to tracks.

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House of Lords (Dan Kitwood/PA)

PM pressed to take lead on ‘Dickensian’ conditions for vulnerable children

The Prime Minister has been urged in the Lords to take a personal lead in tackling “Dickensian” conditions faced by millions of vulnerable children in England.

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A CGI image of Horizon¹s Wylfa Newydd (Horizon Nuclear Power/PA)

Reactor designs for new nuclear power stations get go-ahead

Plans for two new nuclear power stations have taken a “major leap forward” after a reactor design was approved by regulators.

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Bank of England says inflation nearing ‘peak’ as rates kept on hold at 0.5%

The Bank of England has said Brexit-fuelled inflation is “close to its peak” as it kept interest rates on hold after the first hike for a decade last month.

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Relatives of victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy outside the cathedral (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Families remember their loved ones at Grenfell Tower memorial service

Bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire stood together in a moment of reflection, holding aloft pictures of lost loved ones, at the end of an emotional memorial service at St Paul’s.

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Isle of Skye

Geologists find evidence meteorite hit Isle of Skye 60 million years ago

Geologists have found evidence that a meteorite hit the Isle of Skye around 60 million years ago.

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A baby's feet in the arms of the mother (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

IVF baby was born with cystic fibrosis after mistake in screening parents

An IVF baby was born with cystic fibrosis after its parents were mistakenly identified as not being carriers of the condition, according to a report.

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Jayda Fransen arriving for her appearance at Belfast Laganside courts (Mark Marlow/PA)

Britain First deputy leader re-arrested after court date on ‘hate’ charges

The deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group has been re-arrested in Belfast.

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A judge is overseeing a preliminary hearing in High Court dispute between Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Sir Cliff Richard warned financial affairs may be revealed during BBC court case

A judge has warned Sir Cliff Richard that detail of his personal finances might be revealed during a High Court battle with the BBC.

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