Press Association 2014 LATEST

Alice Gross funeral to take place

Evesham Journal: The funeral of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross is due to take place (Metropolitan Police/PA)

3:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

The funeral of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross will take place today.

Ukip 'set for big by-election win'

Evesham Journal: Ukip leader Nigel Farage, centre, and new Ukip MP Douglas Carswell, right, join candidate Mark Reckless on the campaign trail for the upcoming Rochester and Strood by-election

12:23am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Ukip is on course for a resounding victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election with a new poll putting the party 13 points ahead.

Photobomb named word of the year

Evesham Journal: The Queen had a hand in making 'photobomb' word of the year

12:22am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Photobomb, an action brought to the nation's consciousness by a host of famous figures from Jennifer Lawrence to the Queen, has been named the word of the year by Collins English Dictionary.

Soulful Sam is big Mobo winner

Evesham Journal: Sam Smith collected four prizes at the annual awards event

12:22am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Chart-topping soul singer Sam Smith dedicated his triumph to his parents after celebrating being the big winner at the Mobo Awards.

Tesco boss faces profits pressure

Evesham Journal: Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis is under pressure to turn around the firm's fortunes

12:22am Thursday 23rd October 2014

New Tesco boss Dave Lewis will be under pressure over plunging profits and a £250 million accounting scandal when the company publishes half-year results today.

Commanders slam Afghan campaign

Evesham Journal: UK troops in Afghanistan were so stretched at times there was a risk they would be "massacred", commanders said

12:22am Thursday 23rd October 2014

British commanders have given a damning assessment of the military campaign in Afghanistan, admitting that at times troops were so stretched there was a risk they would be "massacred".

Man and boy, 9, die in house blaze

Evesham Journal: A nine-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man have died after a house fire

12:22am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A nine-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man have died after a house fire, police said.

PM: EU must do more to fight Ebola

Evesham Journal: Prime Minister David Cameron is to urge fellow EU leaders to do more to tackle Ebola

12:22am Thursday 23rd October 2014

David Cameron is to urge fellow EU leaders to do more to tackle Ebola in west Africa, warning that failure to halt the killer disease there would risk future cases in Europe.

Tributes to murdered Canada soldier

Evesham Journal: Investigators at the scene of the shooting at the National Memorial (The Canadian Press/AP)

12:22am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Tributes have poured in for a Canadian soldier who paid the "ultimate sacrifice" when he was shot dead as he guarded the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Worker cash plan to tackle obesity

Evesham Journal: Employees could be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers if they lose weight under new plans backed by the NHS

12:08am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Workers could be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers if they lose weight under NHS-backed plans to tackle the obesity crisis.

Directors' pay rises at faster rate

Evesham Journal: New research shows directors' pay has soared over the last decade

12:07am Thursday 23rd October 2014

The pay of company directors has increased almost twice as fast as for workers and by even more compared with pre-tax profits of leading firms, according to a new study.

'Pay university fees from earnings'

Evesham Journal: Students can get a government loan to cover their fees, with the money paid back once they have graduated and are earning at least £21,000 a year

12:07am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Graduates should pay universities a proportion of their earnings rather than take out loans to fund their studies, according to a report.

House building strongest since 2007

Evesham Journal: New figures show that house-building activity is at its strongest levels since 2007

12:07am Thursday 23rd October 2014

House-building activity is at its strongest levels since 2007 as the recovery broadens out beyond London to the rest of the UK, an industry body has reported.

Inheritances 'don't hit wealth gap'

Evesham Journal: David Cameron said people should be able to pass their family home to their children 'rather than leave it to the taxman'.

12:07am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Inheritances passed down the generations do not appear to have made the wealth gap between richer and poorer households wider, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

EU targets 'to raise power bills'

Evesham Journal: The UK has a legally-binding EU target to source 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020

12:07am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Energy targets set by Brussels will force up annual household gas and electricity bills by £149 within six years, research has found.

Confidence 'low' in pensions sector

Evesham Journal: Nearly three in five people worry about the value of their pension, according to new research

12:07am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Consumer confidence in the pensions industry remains low as the Government prepares to shake up the sector, research by consumer group Which? has found.

Cuts 'hitting fertility treatment'

Evesham Journal: Patients face an unfair "postcode lottery" for fertility treatment, a watchdog says

12:03am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Women across Britain are being denied fertility treatment because NHS trusts are trying to cut costs, a health watchdog has warned.

Zabaleta: City not good enough

Evesham Journal: Pablo Zabaleta accepts Manchester City have not been good enough in the Champions League

10:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta admits the team's Champions League performances have simply not been good enough.

Spurs on right track - Pochettino

Evesham Journal: Mauricio Pochettino thinks Spurs are heading in the right direction

10:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino accepts Tottenham are going through a "very tough period", but believes something special is in the offing - with silverware not too far away.

Martinez revels in Barkley return

Evesham Journal: Ross Barkley, pictured, will benefit from European football, according to Roberto Martinez

10:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has no doubt playing club European football will be another important step forward in Ross Barkley's development.

Fired Apprentice 'would have quit'

Evesham Journal: Lindsay Booth has been fired from The Apprentice

10:09pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Fired Apprentice candidate Lindsay Booth has confessed that since leaving the show she does not work as hard because she wants to "have a life".

Lancaster opts for consistency

Evesham Journal: Danny Cipriani has not been selected in England's squad for the autumn internationals

10:06pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

England head coach Stuart Lancaster insists the selection of his fly-halves for next month's QBE Series is based on consistency rather than the "flash stuff".

Late double boosts Arsenal

Evesham Journal: Alexis Sanchez, right, celebrates with goalscorer Lukas Podolski (AP)

9:50pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Substitute Lukas Podolski netted a dramatic late winner as Arsenal came from behind with two goals in the final two minutes to beat Anderlecht 2-1 and hand manager Arsene Wenger a 65th birthday to remember at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

Tributes to murdered Canada soldier

Evesham Journal: Emergency personnel tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa (AP Photo/The Canadian Press)

9:09pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Tributes have poured in for a Canadian soldier who paid the "ultimate sacrifice" when he was shot dead as he guarded the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Soulful Sam is big Mobo winner

Evesham Journal: Sam Smith collected four prizes at the Mobo Awards 2014

9:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Chart-topping soul singer Sam Smith dedicated his triumph to his parents after celebrating being the big winner at tonight's Mobo Awards.

People don't know me now: Zellweger

Evesham Journal: Renee Zellweger became a trending topic on Twitter, with many fans claiming the actress had become unrecognisable (AP)

7:49pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Renee Zellweger has said she looks different because she is "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life".

Ebola preparation 'well on the way'

Evesham Journal: Staff from North East Ambulance Service and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle take part in a national exercise to test Britain's readiness for an Ebola outbreak

7:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

NHS workers are not all yet fully prepared for a possible Ebola case but preparations are "well on the way", Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said.

Drug 'kills dividing cancer cells'

Evesham Journal: A new drug has been shown to eradicate aggressive human lung cancers transplanted into mice while producing few side effects

7:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A drug that kills cancer cells as they try to divide has shown "dramatic" results in early research, paving the way to potentially curative treatments.

Wilko Johnson 'cured' of cancer

Evesham Journal: Wilko Johnson performing on stage at Koko in Camden, north London.

6:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Guitarist Wilko Johnson said he has been "cured" of cancer a couple of years after being told he had only months to live.

Evans seeks return to football

Evesham Journal: Ched Evans remains determined to clear his name

6:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Ched Evans has expressed his desire to return to football after serving half of a five-year sentence for rape.

Cellino backs Bellusci over claims

Evesham Journal: Cameron Jerome, left, and Giuseppe Bellusci clashed during Tuesday's Sky Bet Championship match

5:11pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender.

Olympic Stadium cost soars

Evesham Journal: The cost of renovating the Olympic Stadium has increased by £35.9million

5:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The cost of renovating the Olympic Stadium ahead of West Ham's 2016 move will rise by £35.9million but the extra funding will not be paid for by either the Hammers or the taxpayer.

Shots fired in Canadian parliament

Evesham Journal: Emergency personnel tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa

5:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A gunman shot a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa before entering the nearby parliament building where further shots were fired.

Government wins bedroom battle

Evesham Journal: The High Court heard the case was the latest of several legal challenges over what opponents refer to as the "bedroom tax"

4:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Government has won a legal battle over its refusal under the so-called "bedroom tax" rules to provide benefits funding so that children of separated couples can have two bedrooms, one in the home of each parent.

'Jail for bankers' stance softened

Evesham Journal: Andrew Bailey told MPs there had been a "loss of perspective" over the plans to be able to jail reckless bankers

4:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Bank of England's deputy governor has apparently softened its stance on plans to jail reckless senior bankers after a City backlash.

UEFA considers new stadium ban idea

Evesham Journal: Manchester City's captain Vincent Kompany was unhappy with the crowd situation in Russia

4:44pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

UEFA may order clubs to allow only women and children into European matches as punishment for racist behaviour by fans after deciding to take no action against CSKA Moscow for apparently having fans inside the closed stadium against Manchester City.

'Optimism' among mortgage holders

Evesham Journal: New research suggests that most mortgage holders are optimistic about their future financial situation

3:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Most mortgage holders are optimistic that their financial situation will remain the same or even improve in three years' time as they prepare for rising interest rates, research suggests.

Remy could return at Old Trafford

Evesham Journal: Loic Remy still harbours hopes of playing for Chelsea against Manchester United

3:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday's trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy's declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders' clash at Old Trafford.

Shamed Evans asks for second chance

Evesham Journal: Ched Evans making a statement with his girlfriend Natasha Massey.

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Shamed footballer and convicted rapist Ched Evans has asked for a "second chance" to resume his playing career after making a fresh bid to clear his name upon his release from prison.

Murray unconvincing in Valencia

Evesham Journal: Andy Murray, pictured, was some way short of his best form in the win over Jurgen Melzer

2:45pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Andy Murray opened his Valencia Open challenge with a 6-3 6-3 win over Jurgen Melzer, although his performance failed to inspire in the Spanish city.

Fake Premier League star jailed

Evesham Journal: Former professional footballer Medi Abalimba who tried to pass himself off as Chelsea player Gael Kakuta

2:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A failed footballer who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle by pretending to be a Premier League star has been jailed for four years for a £163,000 fraud.

Parties begin devolution talks

Evesham Journal: The Smith Commission will aim to agree on what new powers should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

All-party talks aimed at reaching agreement on what new powers should be devolved to Scotland in the wake of the independence referendum get under way today.

Adams challenged on sex row 'exile'

Evesham Journal: Mairia Cahill says her claims of rape were covered up by Sinn Fein and the IRA

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has been challenged by the Irish Government to reveal if IRA rapists and paedophiles were exiled to the Irish Republic.

Cameron defends record on NHS

Evesham Journal: David Cameron has defended the Government's record on the NHS

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

International inspectors should be brought in to compare the performance of the NHS in England and Wales, David Cameron said today in his latest Commons clash with Ed Miliband.

Perry's Rylan pic a money spinner

Evesham Journal: The Earl of Essex by Grayson Perry is a portrait of Rylan Clark

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Rylan Clark, the X Factor contestant turned presenter, has become an artworld moneyspinner - with reproductions of his portrait by Grayson Perry priced at up to £5,000 each.

'Short term' pension refunds to go

Evesham Journal: Pensions minister Steve Webb says the typical worker now has 11 different jobs during their lifetime

1:50pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Workers who leave their employer after less than two years' service will no longer be pushed into withdrawing their pension contributions, Pensions Minister Steve Webb has said.

Remy could return at Old Trafford

Evesham Journal: Loic Remy still harbours hopes of playing for Chelsea against Manchester United

1:44pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday's trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy's declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders' clash at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal 'good choice' - Ferguson

Evesham Journal: Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the "formidable" Louis van Gaal, pictured, to succeed at Manchester United

1:44pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the "formidable" Louis van Gaal to restore the club's fortunes.

Woodley not worried by nude scenes

Evesham Journal: Shailene Woodley didn't mind going nude in White Bird In A Blizzard

1:33pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Shailene Woodley has insisted she wasn't bothered about baring all in her new film White Bird In A Blizzard.

ICC powerless to help in dispute

Evesham Journal: The ICC says it "does not have the power to intervene" in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India

1:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The International Cricket Council has admitted it "does not have the power to intervene" in the high-stakes dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

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