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PM plea to EU heads to clear way for Brexit deal ‘we can defend to our people’

Theresa May has issued a direct plea to EU leaders to clear the way for a Brexit deal which she can sell to British voters.

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Police-recorded offences are one of two official sources used to analyse trends in crime (Yui Mok/PA)

Rise in violent crime pushes recorded offences past five million mark

A surge in violent crime has helped push the number of offences recorded by police past the five million mark for the first time in a decade, official figures reveal.

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Britain braced for another battering in the wake of Ophelia (Niall Carson/PA)

Britain braced for more weather misery as Brian moves in

The UK is braced for a night of heavy rain and winds before Storm Brian batters the country this weekend.

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Shelter has called for more affordable housing (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Low-income earners cutting back on food to pay for rent, Shelter finds

Almost half of low earners are cutting back on basics like food so they can afford the rent, a new report suggests.

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Storm Ophelia toppled trees and caused widespread damage which left thousands of homes without power (Niall Carson/PA)

Britain braced for more weather misery as Brian moves in

The UK is braced for a night of heavy rain and winds before Storm Brian batters the country this weekend.

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The RCN said a survey of its members found 56% have been verbally or physically abused by patients (Rui Vieira/PA)

Nurses warn of ‘blind spot’ in new system of recording assaults on NHS staff

Changes to the way assaults on NHS staff are recorded have been criticised by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

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The proposals could lead to passengers not having to remove laptops and tablets from their carry-on bags to have them scanned (PA)

Air travellers could benefit from portable bag screening technology in future

A Government fund to revolutionise airport screening could mean hand luggage is checked as passengers walk through duty free shops.

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Bank of England targeted over diversity deficit among senior staff

Chancellor Philip Hammond may be hauled in front of an influential committee of MPs to address concerns over a worrying lack of diversity among the Bank of England’s most senior staff.

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Norfolk Police want to save £10 million by 2020.

Norfolk Police could be first to drop PCSO role to make savings

A police force could become the first to scrap its PCSOs, stating the cost of the role is not significantly different to that of a police constable but they have fewer powers.

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Lord Mandelson said Jeremy Corbyn faced a choice as to whether he wanted to consolidate his "sectarian" support on the left or widen his appeal to voters (Danny Lawson/PA)

Corbyn should widen appeal across Labour’s broad spectrum – Mandelson

Labour grandee Lord Mandelson has urged Jeremy Corbyn to reach out to centrist voters if he wants to win a strong overall majority at the next general election.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shares a joke with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

‘Some way to go’ but May ‘positive’ as EU27 talks pave way for Brexit phase two

Theresa May has said she is “ambitious and positive” for Britain’s negotiations with the EU but there is still “some way to go” in the talks.

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The average pay of parents with a one-year-old child rose by 12% in cash terms between 2008 and 2016, the TUC found (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Wages not keeping pace with ‘spiralling’ cost of childcare – TUC

The cost of childcare for young children has increased up to seven times faster than wages over the past few years, a new study reveals.

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Police at the scene outside Parsons Green Tube station (Yui Mok/PA)

New arrest made in connection with fatal stabbing outside Tube station

A second teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a stabbing outside Parsons Green Tube station.

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David Lammy is calling for reforms to the Oxbridge admissions process (Nick Ansell/PA)

Oxbridge accused of ‘social apartheid’ over lack of offers to black students

Thirteen Oxford University colleges failed to make a single offer to black A-level applicants over a six-year period, new figures have revealed.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond (PA)

Boost for Chancellor as Government borrowing hits decade low in September

Chancellor Philip Hammond was handed a boost to the public finances ahead of November’s Budget as Government borrowing fell to its lowest level in a decade last month.

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The IRA planted two bombs in 1974 which ripped through the Tavern in the Town and nearby Mulberry Bush pubs (PA)

Birmingham pub bombings: Scope of inquests ‘could be widened’

The scope of inquests into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham pub bombings could be widened after permission was granted for a judicial review, according to a law firm.

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George Hamilton is being investigated by the Police Ombudsman (Brian Lawless/PA)

I’m confident of positive outcome, says PSNI chief facing misconduct probe

Northern Ireland’s police chief has insisted a probe into alleged misconduct in public office will not find any wrongdoing.

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What the papers say - October 20

What the papers say – October 20

Allegations made by model Penny Lancaster about an assault when she was younger feature on many of Friday’s front pages.

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William and Harry with Greg James during a reception at Kensington Palace for the winners and finalists of BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards (BBC/PA)

‘Teen heroes’ meet William and Harry at Kensington Palace

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have honoured inspirational young people recognised with a national award by inviting them to Kensington Palace.

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Leo Varadkar said he was heartened by the PM's strengthened language on the border issue (Brian Lawless/PA)

Europe agrees no physical border between N Ireland and Republic, says May

Theresa May has said Europe agreed that there will be no physical border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.

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