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Care home pole dancing: Christchurch residents promised more

Image copyright Fairmile Grange Image caption Feedback from residents had been “so positive”, the care home said A care home for the elderly has said it will consider holding more pole dancing displays, despite criticism. The “fitness activity” display by local pole dancing students was staged at Fairmile Grange in Christchurch, Dorset. Some councillors described […]

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Painkiller prescriptions up 300% in Wales

Image copyright Getty Images A sharp rise in strong painkiller prescriptions is partly being driven by inconsistent pain services across Wales, a leading clinician has said. Dr Julia Lewis said the lack of alternative therapies left doctors little choice but to prescribe them, leading to dependency. It comes as study of opioid prescribing in Wales […]

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Deep-space communication base coming to Cornwall

Image copyright Goonhilly Earth Station Image caption Upgrades are needed at Goonhilly to meet NASA and ESA’s requirements for deep-space communications An £8.4 million space communication base to track missions to the Moon and Mars will be created in Cornwall. Goonhilly Earth Station, in the Lizard peninsula, will upgrade one of its satellite antenna in […]

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UK net migration falls to 244,000

Net migration to the UK is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the year to last September, figures show. It is the second set of data from the Office for National Statistics since the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016. The figure is still well short of the government’s target […]

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Undercover cops on bicycles target bad drivers

Image copyright Cambridgeshire Police Image caption Police officers demonstrate the “safe pass” distance of 1.5m (4.9ft) between the overtaking car and the cycle Motorists who overtake cyclists without giving them enough room are being targeted and could be fined. Plain-clothed police officers on cycles will be out in Cambridge to ensure drivers adopt a “safe […]

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Alfie Evans: Appeal against ending life support

Image copyright Alfie’s Army Facebook Image caption Alfie Evans suffers from an undiagnosed neurological degenerative condition The family of a seriously ill boy is to appeal against a High Court ruling allowing doctors to switch off his life-support. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old, who has a mystery illness, was […]

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Domestic abuse: Guidelines recommend tougher sentences

Image copyright PA Image caption The new guidance also explicitly recognises the growth of domestic abuse perpetrated through technology People convicted of domestic abuse offences in England and Wales will be more likely to go to prison in future, under new sentencing guidelines. For the first time, the guidance will say domestic offences should be […]