Press Association 2014 LATEST

14 hurt as 'gas blast' rocks hotel

Chelmsford Weekly News: Ambulance crews outside the Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel, London, following a suspected gas explosion (London Ambulance Service/PA)

2:51am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A top hotel has been evacuated after an explosion in the basement caused part of the building to collapse.

Housing stock valued at £5 trillion

Chelmsford Weekly News: The value of private homes has soared in the past year, a new report says

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The total value of the UK's private housing stock has broken through £5 trillion this year as the property market recovery has taken off, a report has found.

Stepson charged over nurse's death

Chelmsford Weekly News: Rui Li, 44, who was discovered dead in the boot of a car in Bournemouth.

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The stepson of a nurse found dead in the boot of a car has been charged with conspiracy to murder and is due to appear in court today.

Life for toilet rape paedophile

Chelmsford Weekly News: John Ferrier has been jailed for life for raping an 11-year-old boy in the toilets at Manchester's Arndale shopping centre (Greater Manchester Police/PA)

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A man who raped an 11-year-old boy in the toilets of a major shopping centre has been jailed for life.

Duke gives award to Melinda Gates

Chelmsford Weekly News: The Duke of Cambridge presents Melinda Gates with the Chatham House Prize 2014, at the Royal United Services Institute and Banqueting House in Whitehall.

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The proud parents of philanthropist Melinda Gates watched on while the Duke of Cambridge presented her with an award in recognition of her humanitarian work tackling poverty and poor health in the developing world.

Protesters slam Parliament blockade

Chelmsford Weekly News: Protesters from the Occupy group attempt to stop traffic in Parliament Square

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Pro-democracy protesters descended on central London as they criticised a police blockade preventing them setting up camp in Parliament Square.

Service held for pub bombs' victims

Chelmsford Weekly News: The Dean of Birmingham Catherine Ogle speaks during a memorial service at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham, for the 21 people who died in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974.

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Relatives of the victims of one of the worst peacetime bomb attacks on the British mainland gathered in solemn remembrance of the deadly atrocity's 40th anniversary.

Pulses Quicken over jungle Jake

Chelmsford Weekly News: Jake Quickenden.

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Jake Quickenden put the x -factor into I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! when he arrived in the camp.

Memorial for aid worker Henning

Chelmsford Weekly News: A memorial service is being held for Alan Henning, who was killed by IS fighters in Syria

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A memorial service will take place today for British aid worker Alan Henning, who was murdered by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

NHS staff head off on Ebola mission

Chelmsford Weekly News: NHS staff training in North Yorkshire before leaving for Sierra Leone where they will combat Ebola

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The first NHS staff will depart for Sierra Leone today to join the fight against Ebola.

More MPs plotting defection: Farage

Chelmsford Weekly News: Ukip leader Nigel Farage says more MPs will be considering whether to jump ship and join his Eurosceptic party

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Labour and Conservative MPs will be considering whether to defect to Ukip over the coming days following its latest electoral victory, Nigel Farage has claimed.

Protesters slam Parliament blockade

Chelmsford Weekly News: Protesters from the Occupy group attempt to stop traffic in Parliament Square

11:18pm Friday 21st November 2014

Pro-democracy protesters descended on central London tonight as they criticised a police blockade preventing them setting up camp in Parliament Square.

Van Gaal delays Falcao decision

Chelmsford Weekly News: Radamel Falcao has endured a frustrating start to his Manchester United career

10:57pm Friday 21st November 2014

Louis van Gaal has delayed his decision on whether to buy Radamel Falcao because of the latest injury to the Manchester United striker.

Farrell happy to play with Ford

Chelmsford Weekly News: Owen Farrell has had to hand over number 10 duties

10:08pm Friday 21st November 2014

Owen Farrell is happy to concede centre stage to George Ford when the former school friends start their first England match together in Saturday's QBE International against Samoa.

Cipriani kicks Sale to victory

Chelmsford Weekly News: Danny Cipriani was accurate with the boot for Sale Sharks

9:57pm Friday 21st November 2014

Sale Sharks recorded their first Aviva Premiership win at the Stoop since May 2008 as Danny Cipriani kicked his team to a 16-12 victory at Harlequins.

Kendra didn't do so well in tonight's Bushtucker Trial

Chelmsford Weekly News: Kendra didn't do so well in tonight's Bushtucker Trial

9:56pm Friday 21st November 2014

Kendra Wilkinson’s second trial in as many days didn’t go completely to plan.

Could Edwina Currie and Jake Quickenden have a jungle romance?

Chelmsford Weekly News: Could Edwina Currie and Jake Quickenden have a jungle romance?

9:36pm Friday 21st November 2014

Could Jake and Edwina be forming an unlikely romance? Or is there someone else after his heart…

Tom Daley shares thoughts on Christmas at Winter Wonderland

Chelmsford Weekly News: Tom Daley shares thoughts on Christmas at Winter Wonderland

9:05pm Friday 21st November 2014

It doesn’t get much more festive than posing with Santa and a dude in a reindeer costume.

Monfils stuns Federer in Lille

Chelmsford Weekly News: Gael Monfils got France back on level terms with a stunning victory (AP)

7:48pm Friday 21st November 2014

Gael Monfils demolished world number two Roger Federer in straight sets to ensure France finished all square with Switzerland on day one of the Davis Cup final.

Cut cable delays for Yahoo Mail

Chelmsford Weekly News: Yahoo

6:49pm Friday 21st November 2014

Internet users in the UK and United States have been unable to log in to their Yahoo email accounts after an underwater cable was cut during maintenance work.

Aviva and Friends Life set to merge

Chelmsford Weekly News: Aviva is in advance talks with rival insurance giant Friends Life about a £5.5bn merger deal

6:49pm Friday 21st November 2014

Aviva and Friends Life are in advanced talks about a merger deal, the two insurance companies confirmed tonight.

IS releases Cantlie hostage video

Chelmsford Weekly News: John Cantlie is being held hostage by Islamic militants

6:49pm Friday 21st November 2014

A seventh propaganda video featuring British hostage John Cantlie has been released by Islamic State (IS).

Occupy protesters descend on square

Chelmsford Weekly News: Protestors from the Occupy group attempt to stop traffic in Parliament Square as they hold a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament, London

6:49pm Friday 21st November 2014

Pro-democracy protesters descended on central London tonight as the Occupy movement gathered to set up camp outside Parliament.

Celtic defends Living Wage stance

Chelmsford Weekly News: At its AGM today, Celtic rejected calls to pay employees the Living Wage

5:31pm Friday 21st November 2014

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said it is up to politicians to take action on poverty after the club came under fire at its AGM for not signing up to the Living Wage.

We've under-performed - Rowntree

Chelmsford Weekly News: Graham Rowntree says there have been a lot of frank discussions in the England camp this week

4:59pm Friday 21st November 2014

Graham Rowntree admits England are "thoroughly p***ed off" as they target the victory over Samoa that will begin healing the wounds of a disappointing QBE Series.

Claudia Winkleman steps back on to Strictly

Chelmsford Weekly News: Claudia Winkleman steps back on to Strictly

3:58pm Friday 21st November 2014

Claudia Winkleman will be back on Strictly Come Dancing this week after taking a break from hosting to be with her daughter.

Double elimination on X Factor

Chelmsford Weekly News: X Factor 'could move to Sundays'

3:58pm Friday 21st November 2014

The X Factor will say goodbye to two acts this weekend, with the news of another double elimination.

Reds seek cause of Sturridge woe

Chelmsford Weekly News: Liverpool will make in-depth investigations into Daniel Sturridge's latest injury

3:57pm Friday 21st November 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Daniel Sturridge has been unfortunate with his latest injury but accepts there is a chronic issue which needs to be addressed.

Costa fit for West Brom clash

Chelmsford Weekly News: Chelsea's Diego Costa hopes to be celebrating again on Saturday

3:57pm Friday 21st November 2014

Diego Costa is fit for Chelsea's return to Premier League action but Jose Mourinho has yet to make a decision on whether Cesc Fabregas will face West Brom.

Rape accused granted legal aid

Chelmsford Weekly News: The judge said the man had been granted legal aid on an "exceptional case" basis

3:53pm Friday 21st November 2014

A man accused of rape has been granted legal aid to fund a family court fight for contact with his son after human rights concerns were raised by a leading judge.

MP criticises zero-hours contracts

Chelmsford Weekly News: The House of Commons hosted a debate on the impact of zero-hours contracts

3:18pm Friday 21st November 2014

Workers should not be left on zero-hours contracts and face ever greater job insecurity, a Labour MP told the Commons today.

Jose plays down talk of Cech unrest

Chelmsford Weekly News: Jose Mourinho has played down talk Petr Cech, pictured, wants to leave Chelsea

3:02pm Friday 21st November 2014

Petr Cech's Chelsea future is the subject of mounting speculation, but Jose Mourinho insists no offers have been tabled for the long-serving goalkeeper.

Claudia steps back on to Strictly

Chelmsford Weekly News: Claudia Winkleman is returning to Strictly Come Dancing this weekend

3:01pm Friday 21st November 2014

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman is returning to the hit ballroom show this weekend.

The Pitch Perfect 2 trailer looks Aca-awesome

Chelmsford Weekly News: The Pitch Perfect 2 trailer looks Aca-awesome

2:56pm Friday 21st November 2014

The Barden Bellas, including Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, are back for more fun in Pitch Perfect 2.

Danny Mac is leaving Hollyoaks

Chelmsford Weekly News: Danny Mac is leaving Hollyoaks

2:56pm Friday 21st November 2014

Danny Mac is leaving his role as Dodger Savage in Hollyoaks.

McBryde: Williams will drive us on

Chelmsford Weekly News: Owen Williams will be among a capacity 74,500 crowd at the Millennium Stadium

2:33pm Friday 21st November 2014

Robin McBryde says Wales will be inspired by the Millennium Stadium presence of Owen Williams when they face world champions New Zealand on Saturday.

Mourinho embraces festive fixtures

Chelmsford Weekly News: Jose Mourinho would prefer a break but is ready to tackle the demanding festive period

2:17pm Friday 21st November 2014

Jose Mourinho knows Chelsea's players need to embrace the beautiful but inhuman Christmas period if this season is to be a success.

Barbara Knox to get Coronation Street 50th anniversary documentary

Chelmsford Weekly News: Barbara Knox to get Coronation Street 50th anniversary documentary

2:17pm Friday 21st November 2014

Barbara Knox is getting a TV documentary to mark her 50 years playing Rita in Coronation Street.

Stenson sets pace in Dubai

Chelmsford Weekly News: Henrik Stenson added a second round of 66 to his opening 68 on Friday

2:11pm Friday 21st November 2014

Defending champion Henrik Stenson felt like he had "hit the wall" at the end of a long season, but still managed to claim the halfway lead in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Police shut down S&M/M&S party

Chelmsford Weekly News: The house in Jesmond, Newcastle, where police shut down an S&M and M&S themed fancy dress party

2:08pm Friday 21st November 2014

Police had to shut down an S&M and M&S-themed fancy dress party after finding 250 students dressed in bondage and grandpa outfits.

Steve McQueen to direct thriller Widows

Chelmsford Weekly News: Steve McQueen to direct thriller Widows

2:07pm Friday 21st November 2014

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen will direct the big-screen version of ITV series Widows.

James Corden says The Late Late Show could be 'a disaster'

Chelmsford Weekly News: James Corden says The Late Late Show could be 'a disaster'

1:48pm Friday 21st November 2014

James Corden has said he is doubtful about how well he will do as a chat show host.

RBS card customers hit by glitch

Chelmsford Weekly News: Today's glitch affected customers of sister banks RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank

1:43pm Friday 21st November 2014

Customers of Royal Bank of Scotland have been struggling to use their cards at store checkouts and ATMs - the day after the bank was fined a total of £56 million for a huge IT meltdown in 2012.

Journalists sue 'snooping' police

Chelmsford Weekly News: The journalists say Scotland Yard is keeping data about them on secret databases

1:43pm Friday 21st November 2014

Six journalists are suing Scotland Yard over claims surveillance information on them was recorded on a database designed to monitor so-called "domestic extremists".

Osborne set to miss deficit target

Chelmsford Weekly News: Activity in the housing market has slowed down

1:43pm Friday 21st November 2014

Britain's beleaguered public finances caused George Osborne a fresh headache today as new figures left him on course to miss his deficit reduction target and offered limited scope for giveaways in his Autumn Statement.

Mark Wright, Caroline Flack and Alison Hammond join Strictly Come Dancing live tour

Chelmsford Weekly News: Mark Wright, Caroline Flack and Alison Hammond join Strictly Come Dancing live tour

1:38pm Friday 21st November 2014

Strictly fans will be able to watch the stars on the tour.

Phipps attacks 'mob-like' behaviour

Chelmsford Weekly News: Sheffield United co-chairman Jim Phipps Jim Phipps told a news conference at Bramall Lane that he was "angry" over the "mob mentality"

1:29pm Friday 21st November 2014

The co-chairman of Sheffield United has blamed "mob-like behaviour" for the club's decision to retract their offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with the Blades.

Radio 2 offered me work, says Jonathan Ross

Chelmsford Weekly News: Radio 2 offered me work, says Jonathan Ross

1:17pm Friday 21st November 2014

Jonathan Ross has revealed that he has been asked to do more work for Radio 2.

Penelope Cruz for Zoolander 2

Chelmsford Weekly News: Penelope Cruz for Zoolander 2

1:17pm Friday 21st November 2014

Penelope Cruz has apparently been cast alongside Ben Stiller in the eagerly anticipated Zoolander sequel.

Sturgeon unveils new Cabinet team

Chelmsford Weekly News: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted a photo of herself and John Swinney, who has been appointed as her deputy (@NicolaSturgeon/PA Wire)

1:00pm Friday 21st November 2014

The new Scottish Cabinet has been unveiled by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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