Press Association 2014 LATEST

Family remembers MH17 crash victim

Droitwich Advertiser: Ben Pocock was one of 10 Britons who died on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

6:27pm Thursday 18th December 2014

The family of a student killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash have told how they waved him off at departures and "never saw him again".

One-match ban for Balotelli

Droitwich Advertiser: Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will serve an immediate one-match ban

6:10pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been banned for one match, fined £25,000 and ordered to attend to an education course after making racist and anti-semitic comments on social media.

Turkish pair face lengthy sentences

Droitwich Advertiser: The Old Bailey, where the two men were found guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life

4:50pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Two Turkish men face years behind bars after becoming embroiled in a dramatic street shoot-out with an armed officer.

Price comparison sites face probe

Droitwich Advertiser: Concerns have been raised about how some comparison sites operate

4:30pm Thursday 18th December 2014

MPs are to investigate energy price comparison websites following concerns about how they operate.

2-year limit for holiday pay claims

Droitwich Advertiser: The Government has set a limit of two years for workers to claim back pay following a tribunal ruling that overtime should be taken into account when holiday pay is calculated

4:25pm Thursday 18th December 2014

The Government has set a limit of two years for claiming back pay following a landmark tribunal ruling that overtime should be taken into account when holiday pay is being calculated.

Lord Sugar has a laugh or two at Roisin Hogan's expense

Droitwich Advertiser: Lord Sugar has a laugh or two at Roisin Hogan's expense

4:22pm Thursday 18th December 2014

He’s obviously got tired of trolling Piers Morgan, so he’s found someone else to taunt on Twitter.

Khan: Mayweather running scared

Droitwich Advertiser: Amir Khan, pictured, believes he has Floyd Mayweather's number

3:50pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Amir Khan has laughed off claims from Floyd Mayweather that he is not a big name and believes the undefeated American could be running scared.

Made In Chelsea stars: Spencer Matthews not as fit as he thinks

Droitwich Advertiser: Made In Chelsea stars: Spencer Matthews not as fit as he thinks

3:46pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Spencer Matthews failed to impress his Made In Chelsea co-stars with his work out movies.

Lambert plays down Keane incident

Droitwich Advertiser: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, left, feels his ex-assistant Roy Keane, right, deserves 'a break'

3:39pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has confirmed his former assistant Roy Keane did turn up at midfielder Tom Cleverley's house this week.

Walcott could make Anfield return

Droitwich Advertiser: Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is closing in on a return from a groin injury

3:35pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott could make a long-awaited return to action at Liverpool on Sunday.

Sam Smith breaks transatlantic record

Droitwich Advertiser: Ed Sheeran duets with Sam Smith on stage

3:16pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Sam Smith is the only person to have sold one million albums on both sides of the Atlantic this year.

Political adviser numbers soaring

Droitwich Advertiser: David Cameron with his director of communications Craig Oliver

2:25pm Thursday 18th December 2014

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have been accused of breaking their promise to curb the numbers of ministerial special advisers after official figures showed their pay bill has risen to more than £8 million.

4 million Brits abroad at Christmas

Droitwich Advertiser: As many as four million Britons will be spending the festive season abroad, according to Abta

2:13pm Thursday 18th December 2014

As many as four million Britons will head overseas over the festive period, with those staying behind facing jammed roads and disrupted rail journeys.

Oil industry 'close to collapse'

Droitwich Advertiser: Robin Allan said it is 'almost impossible to make money' with the oil price below 60 US dollars (£38) a barrel

2:13pm Thursday 18th December 2014

The UK's oil industry is "close to collapse" but the falling oil price could have a net benefit to the UK economy, according to experts.

Paula Lane 'emotional' over Corrie leave

Droitwich Advertiser: Paula Lane 'emotional' over Corrie leave

2:09pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Coronation Street actress Paula Lane has talked about Kylie Platt’s marriage disintegrating on the ITV soap.

Fresh start for EastEnders' Moons

Droitwich Advertiser: Fresh start for EastEnders' Moons

2:09pm Thursday 18th December 2014

EastEnders actor Shane Richie speaks out about Alfie and Kat Moon’s exit from Albert Square.

11 ways Star Wars fans can pass the time until The Force Awakens next year

Droitwich Advertiser: 11 ways Star Wars fans can pass the time until The Force Awakens next year

2:08pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Instead of refreshing Reddit every 10 minutes looking for new plot leaks, why not be more productive this year?

Amanda Bynes claims she is Britney Spears

Droitwich Advertiser: Amanda Bynes claims she is Britney Spears

1:59pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Troubled child star Amanda Bynes has declared she is Britney Spears on Twitter.

Shops braced for 'Panic Saturday'

Droitwich Advertiser: Consumers are set to splash the cash on 'Panic Saturday'

1:42pm Thursday 18th December 2014

High street spending is set to reach £1.2 billion in a single day as festive shoppers hit the stores on "Panic Saturday".

Ellie Goulding's gift of giving at Christmas

Droitwich Advertiser: Ellie Goulding's gift of giving at Christmas

1:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Ellie Goulding is going to spend her Christmas Eve helping others.

Could Carl Fogarty's family be the UK's answer to the Osbournes?

Droitwich Advertiser: Could Carl Fogarty's family be the UK's answer to the Osbournes?

1:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Carl Fogarty says he and his family are considering offers to star in a reality TV show.

Neil Gaiman is too busy to write for Doctor Who series 9

Droitwich Advertiser: Neil Gaiman is too busy to write for Doctor Who series 9

1:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Neil Gaiman has said he doesn’t have time to write an episode for series nine of Doctor Who.

School shots probe man de-arrested

Droitwich Advertiser: Police said a man has been de-arrested after shots were fired near Highcliffe School in Christchurch

1:15pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Police are continuing to investigate a shooting near school grounds after a 26-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident was de-arrested.

Andy Serkis drops a couple of tiny hints about his Star Wars role

Droitwich Advertiser: Andy Serkis drops a couple of tiny hints about his Star Wars role

1:07pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Andy Serkis has confirmed he only plays once character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Steve Carell and Gore Verbinski's North Korea film shelved

Droitwich Advertiser: Steve Carell and Gore Verbinski's North Korea film shelved

1:07pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Steve Carell’s North Korea-set film with Gore Verbinski is not going ahead any more.

Miranda Hart teases Christmas special treats

Droitwich Advertiser: Miranda Hart teases Christmas special treats

1:07pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Miranda Hart’s hit sitcom is coming to an end this Christmas.

Westwood in No 10 asbestos protest

Droitwich Advertiser: Vivienne Westwood and her son Joe Corre deliver an anti-fracking Christmas card for Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street

1:03pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood attempted to deliver asbestos as a Christmas present to David Cameron - and told him to have sympathy because "he lost a child".

Smith hits UK/US sales landmark

Droitwich Advertiser: Sam Smith thanked all those who had bought his album

1:01pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Sam Smith has become the only artist in the world to sell one million albums in both the UK and US during 2014.

Victoria Beckham likes low-key beauty regime

Droitwich Advertiser: Victoria Beckham likes low-key beauty regime

12:59pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Victoria Beckham has said she enjoys her make-up free days and slobbing around in comfy clothes.

Katniss Everdeen has arrived... at Madame Tussauds in London

Droitwich Advertiser: Katniss Everdeen has arrived... at Madame Tussauds in London

12:59pm Thursday 18th December 2014

New waxwork figure of the Hunger Games character has been unveiled at the museum.

Gogglebox family axed over Ukip bid

Droitwich Advertiser: Gogglebox family axed over Ukip bid

12:59pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

Anger as councils face funding cut

Droitwich Advertiser: The local government settlement is fair to all parts of the country, ministers say

12:57pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Cuts in Government funding for local councils will fall most heavily on the areas of greatest need, a leading accountancy body has found, as town halls warned of potential cuts in services like libraries, road maintenance and bin collections.

Police probe child abuse 'murders'

Droitwich Advertiser: Dolphin Square in Pimlico, London, home of an alleged Westminster paedophile ring.

12:51pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Three young boys have been murdered by members of a Westminster paedophile ring who systematically abused children for nearly a decade, according to allegations being investigated by Scotland Yard.

Pietersen back scoring down under

Droitwich Advertiser: Kevin Pietersen hit four sixes and two fours in his 44-ball stay

12:26pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Kevin Pietersen top-scored with 66 for Melbourne Stars in the opening match of the Big Bash League.

Launchbury blow for England

Droitwich Advertiser: Joe Launchbury is set to miss England's Six Nations campaign

12:26pm Thursday 18th December 2014

England second row Joe Launchbury is set to miss the RBS 6 Nations campaign after Wasps announced he will face up to four months out of action following neck surgery.

Hacking journalist avoids jail term

Droitwich Advertiser: Former Sunday Mirror journalist Graham Johnson leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court

12:14pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A former Sunday Mirror journalist has avoided jail after he handed himself in to police to confess to hacking the phone of a soap actress.

Southampton 'not in for Sneijder'

Droitwich Advertiser: Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder will not be moving to Southampton, sources have said

11:48am Thursday 18th December 2014

Southampton are not in the running to sign Wesley Sneijder, but Press Association Sport understands there is interest from a number of other Premier League clubs.

Job ads just for British residents

Droitwich Advertiser: Esther McVey says the reforms have come a step closer following a decision in Brussels

11:47am Thursday 18th December 2014

Businesses are being given the choice of advertising jobs only to British residents, the Government has announced.

Apprentice fans were missing Margaret Mountford

Droitwich Advertiser: Apprentice fans were missing Margaret Mountford

11:46am Thursday 18th December 2014

Margaret Mountford was replaced in the interview round by The Apprentice 2012 winner Ricky Martin.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spent their honeymoon playing a couple in crisis

Droitwich Advertiser: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spent their honeymoon playing a couple in crisis

11:46am Thursday 18th December 2014

Angelina Jolie has talked about spending her honeymoon playing a couple in crisis with husband Brad Pitt.

OMG! There may be naked selfies of Harry Styles out there!

Droitwich Advertiser: OMG! There may be naked selfies of Harry Styles out there!

11:46am Thursday 18th December 2014

Naked selfies of One Direction’s Harry Styles may exist – but he is keeping them under wraps.

Reverend sorry for Santa gaffe

Droitwich Advertiser: A clergywoman has admitted making a "huge mistake" about Father Christmas

11:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

A clergywoman has apologised after telling children that Father Christmas is not real.

Hunt defends A&E data suspension

Droitwich Advertiser: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said A&E waiting times data is never published during the Christmas period

11:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

NHS staff should not be forced to work over Christmas to publish A&E waiting time figures, Jeremy Hunt has said, amid claims of a festive "news blackout".

May proposes 28-day bail time limit

Droitwich Advertiser: Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a consultation on restricting the time limit for keeping people on bail to 28 days

11:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

Theresa May has announced plans to put a 28-day time limit on the use of police bail, following concerns that people were being left in legal limbo as proceedings dragged on for months or years.

New domestic abuse offence created

Droitwich Advertiser: Theresa May says domestic abuse is "a hideous crime that shatters the lives of victims"

11:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

A new domestic abuse offence of "coercive and controlling behaviour" has been announced which has a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.

DWP rapped over benefit cap claims

Droitwich Advertiser: Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith introduced a cap on benefit payments

10:58am Thursday 18th December 2014

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has been rebuked by the statistics watchdog over a claim that more than 12,000 households have found work or stopped welfare claims because of the benefit cap.

Mortgage lending falls by £1.7bn

Droitwich Advertiser: An estimated £16.9 billion of home loans were handed out in November

10:57am Thursday 18th December 2014

Mortgage lending fell by £1.7 billion in November compared with the previous month as the housing market continued to cool, banks and building societies have reported.

Christmas party season set to peak

Droitwich Advertiser: People are looking for alternatives to the traditional company Christmas party, such as a sit-down meal, venue operator Late Night London has said

10:55am Thursday 18th December 2014

Police, bouncers and hospital workers are gearing up for one of the busiest weekends of the year as the staff Christmas party season reaches its climax.

Sky TV duo to give 'troll' evidence

Droitwich Advertiser: The Marriott Hotel in Enderby, Leicestershire, where the body of Brenda Leyland was discovered

10:55am Thursday 18th December 2014

Two Sky News journalists will be called as witnesses at an inquest into the death of an alleged internet "troll" accused of abusing Madeleine McCann's parents.

Obesity 'could be disability'

Droitwich Advertiser: The ruling could force widespread changes across Europe in the way employers deal with obese staff

10:55am Thursday 18th December 2014

People who are obese could also be considered disabled, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

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