Press Association 2014 LATEST

London 'world leader in FinTech'

Chelmsford Weekly News: Mayor of London Boris Johnson looks at a model of the site of the new Terminal 4 at Changi Airport in Singapore

3:25am Friday 28th November 2014

London is leading the world in developing financial technology just as it did in financial services, Boris Johnson has said on a tour in the Far East.

Sex abuse gang face sentence

Chelmsford Weekly News: Jusef Abdirizak booking a room in a Premier Inn in Bristol (CCTV footage)

3:25am Friday 28th November 2014

Seven Somali men who were part of an inner city sex ring that involved the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage British girls will be sentenced today.

Fan booked wedding to Schofield

Chelmsford Weekly News: TV presenter Phillip Schofield was asked to pay for a wedding an eccentric fan had arranged for them both

12:16am Friday 28th November 2014

This Morning host Phillip Schofield has revealed that he was once saddled with the bill for a wedding arranged by an eccentric fan who wanted to tie the knot with him.

Singing gets on my nerves: Sykes

Chelmsford Weekly News: Jake Quickenden was turfed out of the X Factor in the first few weeks of the live finals

12:16am Friday 28th November 2014

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! contender Jake Quickenden certainly does not have the X Factor as far as his camp mate Melanie Sykes is concerned after she complained his singing got on her nerves.

Police warn on home-made explosives

Chelmsford Weekly News: Police have urged people to make sure licensed guns are stored securely

12:16am Friday 28th November 2014

More than 90% of terrorist attacks in the UK have used home-made explosives, the majority of which have been fertiliser-based, police officers have said.

Charity 'given grant despite fears'

Chelmsford Weekly News: Margaret Hodge has expressed alarm over funding given to the Society Network Foundation

12:16am Friday 28th November 2014

Downing Street asked a minister to approve a £150,000 grant to a "big society" charity despite officials' concerns about its poor performance and doubts over its financial sustainability, a report has revealed.

Social media slammed on usage terms

Chelmsford Weekly News: Companies like Facebook have been criticised over their terms and conditions

12:16am Friday 28th November 2014

Social media companies must simplify the conditions of using their services because they are so impenetrable that "no reasonable person" can be expected to understand them, MPs have said.

Family 'key to children's progress'

Chelmsford Weekly News: Children of the highest-qualified parents continue to significantly outperform those whose parents are unemployed or have manual labour jobs, the survey found

12:16am Friday 28th November 2014

The family background of children born at the turn of the century is still the most powerful factor in determining their development in school, the latest evidence from a long-term study has suggested.

Builder quizzed over double murder

Chelmsford Weekly News: A forensics officer gathers evidence close to the scene in Fetcham, Surrey

12:16am Friday 28th November 2014

A Lithuanian builder who sparked a manhunt after a couple were found stabbed to death in their home is being questioned by police on suspicion of murder.

Strictly Come Dancing beats The X Factor in online searches

Chelmsford Weekly News: Strictly Come Dancing beats The X Factor in online searches

12:11am Friday 28th November 2014

Strictly Come Dancing and EastEnders have beaten Coronation Street and The X Factor in the most searched for TV shows in Yahoo this year.

Susanna Reid tops 2014 celebrity searches

Chelmsford Weekly News: Susanna Reid tops 2014 celebrity searches

12:11am Friday 28th November 2014

TV presenter Susanna Reid has been named the most searched celebrity of 2014 by Yahoo.

11 reasons why Susanna Reid tops the Yahoo celeb search

Chelmsford Weekly News: 11 reasons why Susanna Reid tops the Yahoo celeb search

12:11am Friday 28th November 2014

ITV presenter beat international stars Jennifer Lawrence and Beyonce for top spot.

Study reveals apprenticeships shift

Chelmsford Weekly News: Apprentices at BAE Systems work on the Eurofighter Typhoon, a big contrast with what apprentices did 100 years ago

12:05am Friday 28th November 2014

The most popular apprenticeship 100 years ago was in dressmaking, compared with health and social care today, a new study has shown.

Stamp duty reform tops policy poll

Chelmsford Weekly News: Rightmove surveyed people who were buying a new home to choose from a wish-list of housing policies

12:05am Friday 28th November 2014

An overhaul of the stamp duty tax on properties is the reform that home-movers would be most keen to see put in place after next year's general election, a property website has found.

Wage stagnation 'hits income tax'

Chelmsford Weekly News: TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady urged George Osborne to "invest in growth and to put a wages recovery at the top of the agenda"

12:05am Friday 28th November 2014

The Government is collecting £17 billion less than forecast in income tax because of the lack of earnings growth, the TUC has claimed.

Market town homes cost £25,000 more

Chelmsford Weekly News: Wetherby's house prices are almost double the West Yorkshire average

12:05am Friday 28th November 2014

With their picturesque countryside settings and the promise of living within colourful, close-knit communities, England's market towns command a premium of nearly £25,000 for home buyers, a report has found.

Retailers prepare for Black Friday

Chelmsford Weekly News: Retailers are preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year

12:05am Friday 28th November 2014

Retailers are preparing for a shopping frenzy as Black Friday consumers buy their way to what is expected to be the UK's biggest day of spending.

Celtic go on despite Salzburg loss

Chelmsford Weekly News: Celtic's Scott Brown

10:17pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Celtic won through to the knockout stages of the Europa League for the first time despite a 3-1 defeat by already-qualified Salzburg at Parkhead.

Pitch invaders spoils Spurs' night

Chelmsford Weekly News: Tottenham Hotspur's Benjamin Stambouli celebrates scoring

10:17pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Tottenham face UEFA sanctions after their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade was suspended, overshadowing their progress to the knock-out stages.

'Your singing gets on my nerves', Melanie Sykes tells Jake Quickenden

Chelmsford Weekly News: 'Your singing gets on my nerves', Melanie Sykes tells Jake Quickenden

10:16pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Things got worse for Jake as he also got told off for his toilet habits.

Singing gets on my nerves: Sykes

Chelmsford Weekly News: Jake Quickenden was turfed out of the X Factor in the first few weeks of the live finals

10:01pm Thursday 27th November 2014

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! contender Jake Quickenden certainly does not have the X Factor as far as his camp mate Melanie Sykes is concerned after she complained his singing got on her nerves.

Naomi Campbell steals the show at charity pop-up store launch

Chelmsford Weekly News: Naomi Campbell steals the show at charity pop-up store launch

9:56pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Supermodel launches Fashion For Relief Pop-Up Store to raise money to help ebola victims.

Everton advance with room to spare

Chelmsford Weekly News: Romelu Lukaku scored for Everton against Wolfsburg.

8:15pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Everton are through to the Europa League knockout rounds as Group H winners with one game to spare after pulling off a fine 2-0 away victory over Wolfsburg.

Peter Kay answers call for Comic Relief with Phoenix Nights return

Chelmsford Weekly News: Peter Kay answers call for Comic Relief with Phoenix Nights return

5:56pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Comedian Peter Kay is putting on two fundraising live shows of his hit programme, Phoenix Nights.

Half users 'cutting Facebook time'

Chelmsford Weekly News: Facebook remains the most popular social network but is facing increasing challenges to keep users interested

5:54pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Facebook faces another challenge after new research revealed that half of the social network's users in the UK and US are using it less frequently than they used to.

Just a few more hours before the Star Wars 7 trailer is unveiled

Chelmsford Weekly News: Just a few more hours before the Star Wars 7 trailer is unveiled

5:27pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A sneak peek of the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be unveiled on Friday.

Kay answers call for Comic Relief

Chelmsford Weekly News: Peter Kay is reviving his Brian Potter character for Comic Relief

5:11pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Comic Peter Kay has confirmed he is to bring back his hugely successful creation Phoenix Nights for a pair of live shows for Comic Relief.

Dog owner collared for speeding

Chelmsford Weekly News: The driver claimed he could not control the car because of his excitable dog

5:09pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A man who tried to blame his Staffordshire bull terrier for sitting on the pedals when he was caught by police driving at close to 100mph has been jailed for 13 months.

Ex-IS Britons 'could deter others'

Chelmsford Weekly News: Islamic State fighters (AP)

5:06pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Young Britons returning from Syria after becoming disillusioned with Islamic State (IS) could be a used as powerful deterrent to dissuade others from going to join the extremists, a former intelligence chief has said.

HIV drugs 'may prevent blindness'

Chelmsford Weekly News: HIV drugs may help to prevent a common cause of incurable blindness, new research suggests

5:06pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A class of 30-year-old HIV drugs could in future be used to prevent a common cause of incurable blindness, scientists believe.

Wife may appeal despite £337m award

Chelmsford Weekly News: Financier Sir Chris Hohn has been ordered to give his ex-wife £337m in their divorce settlement

5:06pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A financier's estranged American wife may appeal despite being awarded £337 million following one of the biggest divorce cash fights seen in an English court.

Pele: I'm doing fine

Chelmsford Weekly News: Pele has been admitted to hospital twice this month

5:03pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Three-time World Cup winner Pele has allayed fears over his health by announcing on his official Twitter feed that he is "doing fine".

Wigan chief Whelan faces FA charge

Chelmsford Weekly News: Dave Whelan sparked controversy with his comments last week

4:34pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Dave Whelan's future as Wigan chairman is in question after he was charged by the Football Association over remarks about Chinese and Jewish people.

More parishes 'giving money advice'

Chelmsford Weekly News: Just under half (48%) of Church of England parishes are providing help to people in financial difficulties, according to new research

4:33pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Church of England parishes are responding to growing cries for help from people suffering from debt problems, a study has found.

Gatland dismisses external pressure

Chelmsford Weekly News: Warren Gatland has fielded some difficult questions in the aftermath of the New Zealand defeat

4:13pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Warren Gatland believes "you are always under pressure in sport" as he prepares for Wales' latest bid at ending a dismal losing sequence against the southern hemisphere heavyweights.

Palios: Tranmere said no to Evans

Chelmsford Weekly News: Ched Evans is looking for a club following his release from prison

4:09pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Tranmere chairman Mark Palios claims to have turned down an approach from associates of Ched Evans' about the possibility of the convicted rapist playing for the club.

Hotelier guilty of child sex abuse

Chelmsford Weekly News: John Allen, 73, has been found guilty of 19 charges of historical sex abuse against children who lived in his string of care homes (NCA/PA)

3:43pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A hotelier has been convicted of sexually abusing 19 children who lived in his string of care homes.

Hangover 'cure' for binge-drinkers

Chelmsford Weekly News: Binge-drinking may have long-term effects on memory, decision-making and the ability to pay attention

3:31pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Scientists have developed the ultimate hangover cure - a drug that reduces the harmful effects of binge-drinking on the brain.

Mitchell did call Pcs plebs - judge

Chelmsford Weekly News: Pc Toby Rowland addresses the media outside the High Court

3:31pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A High Court judge has decided that former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell did call Pc Toby Rowland a "pleb" because the officer did not have the "wit, imagination or inclination" to invent it.

One Direction make US Billboard chart history

Chelmsford Weekly News: One Direction make US Billboard chart history

3:07pm Thursday 27th November 2014

One Direction are the first group to see all four of their first albums reach number one in the US.

Seth Rogen wants to get high with fans

Chelmsford Weekly News: Seth Rogen wants to get high with fans

3:07pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Seth Rogen has invited film fans to get high with him before a screening of The Interview in Colorado.

Fury happy for the talking to stop

Chelmsford Weekly News: Dereck Chisora, left, and Tyson Fury, right, will fight for the right to face Wladimir Klitschko

3:02pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Tyson Fury admits the time for talking is over ahead of his much-anticipated heavyweight fight against Dereck Chisora at London's ExCeL Arena on Saturday.

Lorde: I pretended to be Taylor Swift's manager

Chelmsford Weekly News: Lorde: I pretended to be Taylor Swift's manager

2:56pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Lorde has revealed how she once pretended to be the manager of her friend Taylor Swift.

New standards for pension providers

Chelmsford Weekly News: New standards have been issued for pension providers

2:40pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Pension providers will be required to check whether or not customers buying their products have already taken guidance or advice on their options under rules set out by the City regulator to help people make the most of their retirement savings freedoms from next year.

Wilshere out for three months

Chelmsford Weekly News: Jack Wilshere has suffered yet another injury blow

2:24pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for around three months after successfully undergoing surgery on his left ankle, the Gunners have announced.

'Skull Cracker' wins appeal hearing

Chelmsford Weekly News: Michael Wheatley was jailed for life for a raid on a building society while on the run from prison

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A professional criminal nicknamed Skull Cracker has won a sentence appeal, but leading judges have stressed that he still faces a "very considerable period" behind bars.

Teacher denies pupil sex claims

Chelmsford Weekly News: A married teacher is accused of having had sex with a teenager in empty classrooms and cleaning cupboards all over their school

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

A married religious studies teacher accused of having sex with a teenage pupil today insisted the illicit affair "did not happen".

Syrian hackers target news websites

Chelmsford Weekly News: People visiting the Telegraph website have seen messages from the Syrian Electronic Army

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hacked a series of high-profile websites, including the Independent and the Telegraph after exploiting an ad network that runs on the sites.

Ebola trial results 'promising'

Chelmsford Weekly News: The vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the US National Institutes of Health contains pieces of genetic material from two strains of the virus

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

An experimental Ebola vaccine has triggered promising immune responses from 20 healthy volunteers taking part in a preliminary trial.

Crime writer PD James dies aged 94

Chelmsford Weekly News: PD James was a successful crime writer and a peer

2:08pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Crime writer P.D. James has died aged 94.

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