Teenager’s family issue warning over off-road bikes after daughter badly injured

The family of a teenage girl who was seriously injured in a crash are warning of the dangers of off-road bikes.

Metropolitan Police are appealing for witnesses (Nick Ansell/PA)

Burglary victim heartbroken at theft of twin babies’ ashes

A box containing the ashes of twins who died at birth has been stolen in a burglary.

Three-week-old Vanellope Hope Wilkins (Ben Birchall/PA)

Vanellope becomes ‘first UK baby’ to survive extremely rare heart condition

A baby born with an extremely rare condition in which the heart grows on the outside of the body has survived, in what is believed to be a UK first.

(Ben Birchall/PA)

Cars could be programmed to chart potholes in future, says Highways England

Cars of the future could be programmed to spot potholes and transmit the information to Highways England, the road operator has said.

Floral tributes near the scene of the crash on Stonegate Road (Peter Byrne/PA)

Boy, 15, admits causing deaths of five people in car crash

A 15-year-old boy has admitted causing the deaths of five people, including three children, by dangerous driving after a car ploughed into a tree.

Travel giant Tui has said Britons are switching to cheaper destinations due to the Brexit-hit pound as it posted a 12% rise in annual earnings.

Brexit-hit pound is forcing Britons to choose cheaper holidays, says Tui

Travel giant Tui has said the Brexit-hit pound is forcing British holidaymakers to switch to cheaper destinations and revealed it is drawing up contingency plans for disruption from the UK’s divorce from the EU.

Forensic officers outside the house in Jackson Street (Peter Byrne/PA)

Man and woman accused of children’s murders in house fire appear in court

A man and a woman accused of murdering three children in a house fire have made their first appearance in court.

Disney is reportedly close to clinching a takeover of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets in a deal worth as much as $60bn.

Disney close to clinching $60bn deal with 21st Century Fox

Walt Disney is reportedly close to confirming a takeover of Sky owner 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets in a deal thought to be worth as much as $60 billion (£45 billion).

Employment and unemployment went down while the number of people economically inactive increased (Philip Toscano/PA)

Largest drop in people in work since May 2015 as unemployment falls to 1.4m

The number of people in work has fallen by 56,000 in recent months, the biggest quarterly drop in more than two years, new figures show.

Water regulator Ofwat has pledged to save customers up to £25 a year off their bills under its price review plans for 20 20 to 2025

Water watchdog vows to cut bills for households in England and Wales

Households look set to save up to £25 a year off their water bills from 2020 to 2025 under plans put forward by regulator Ofwat.

A study found one in three under-35s buys a new Christmas jumper every year (Victoria Jones/PA)

Environment warning over ‘incessant need for new’ in Christmas jumpers craze

A quarter of Christmas jumpers bought last year were thrown away or are unlikely to be worn again because people do not want to be seen in the same one twice, a survey has found.

Meghan Markle will join the royals on Christmas day (Harry Starbuck/PA)

Meghan Markle to join royal family at Sandringham for Christmas

Meghan Markle will join the Queen and other senior members of the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

Several swans have been found dead or injured around  in Thamesmead (PA)

Volunteers patrol London parks after swans and cygnets ‘stabbed and beheaded’

Six swans including three cygnets are feared to have been stabbed and beheaded after their mutilated bodies were discovered in south London parks.

Some 90% of all primary schools are rated good or outstanding (PA)

Under-achieving schools must not use disadvantaged pupils as excuse, says Ofsted

Disadvantaged pupils should not be used as an excuse for chronically under-achieving schools, the head of Ofsted has warned.

Mr Davis promised MPs there would be "a number of votes" on the final deal struck between the UK and EU (PA)

Davis’s final plea to Tories as ‘Commons revolt’ threatens to derail Brexit bill

David Davis has written to MPs in a last-ditch attempt to avert a Tory revolt and potential Commons defeat for the Government’s Brexit legislation.

British banker Rurik Jutting is escorted in a prison bus to a court in Hong Kong (AP Photo/Vincent Yu,File)

UK banker appeals over Hong Kong murders conviction

Judges in Hong Kong are considering a British banker’s appeal over his conviction for the murders of two Indonesian women.

Three-year-old Reuben looks at a wall of icicles at Killhope mine in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Cold eases but some schools shut ahead of ‘rollercoaster’ weekend temperatures

Dozens of schools will be shut for a third consecutive day – as the country prepares for a “rollercoaster” of temperatures over the weekend.

Thirty volunteers from Network Rail help run the event (PA)

Euston Station to host lunch for 200 homeless on Christmas Day

Euston Station will welcome 200 homeless people for lunch on Christmas Day while the transport hub is shut to commuters.

The survey is designed to find out at what age, on average, children learn the truth about Father Christmas (Julien Behal/PA)

Backlash and sense of betrayal? Study to reveal effect of Santa’s big white lie

The shock at finding out as a child that Father Christmas is not real is to be the subject of an academic study by a psychologist.

(Yui Mok/PA)

Rise of the scratchcard helps reduce Lottery’s charitable returns

National Lottery income for good causes fell by 15% over the year to April as players turned away from draw-based games to scratchcards, a report from the Government’s spending watchdog shows.

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