Bin collection complaints upheld by watchdog up 12% on last year, says report

The number of complaints about bin collections which were upheld by the local government watchdog rose sharply this year, a report shows.

Women-only train carriages could combat rising sex attack figures, MP says (Philip Toscano/PA)

Women-only train carriages could combat rising sex attack figures, MP says

Women-only train carriages should be considered to curb levels of sexual violence on public transport, a Labour frontbencher has said.

Kensington and Chelsea Council's leader vowed to spend 'every penny' of its vast reserves on rehousing those affected by the Grenfell fire if necessary (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Grenfell Tower fire survivors take up nine offers of permanent homes

Nine offers of permanent accommodation have been accepted by Grenfell survivors whose homes were destroyed, while one household has already moved in to a new home.

West Midlands Police say that if any of the 18 men break the injunction they can be arrested (Joe Giddens/PA)

Court bans Birmingham gang members from meeting or appearing in music videos

Eighteen men from two notorious crime gangs have been banned from associating with each other or participating in music videos that promote gang-related violence following a landmark court ruling.

An 800-year-old coffin has been damaged after a child was put in it for photograph (Southend-on-Sea Borough Council/PA)

800-year-old coffin damaged after child put in it for photograph

An 800-year-old coffin was damaged when a family lifted a child over a museum barrier and into it for a photograph.

Scotland's deficit fell amid an increase in oil and gas revenues, according to new figures (Danny Lawson/PA)

Scotland’s deficit drops to £13.3bn, government figures show

Scotland’s deficit has been cut to £13.3 billion over the past year, according to new statistics.

A gardener undertakes some weeding in the White Garden at Kensington Palace (Jonathan Brady/PA)

William and Harry to tour Diana garden on eve of anniversary of her death

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are to pay tribute to their mother Diana, Princess of Wales with a visit to her memorial garden at Kensington Palace on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death.

The Prince of Wales and his sons Prince William (r) and Prince Harry view the floral tributes to their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace (Rebecca Naden/PA)

Charles ‘was there for us’ when Diana died, Prince Harry says

Prince Harry has paid tribute to the Prince of Wales for the care he showed to his sons in the aftermath of Diana, Princess of Wales’ death, describing how he was “there for us”.

Police at the site of Flamefest in Tunbridge Wells, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Death of man after fetish festival not suspicious, say police

The death of a man following a festival featuring “fetish play equipment” and an outdoor dungeon is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham thinks the north is getting a raw deal from the government on rail ltransport (Peter Byrne/PA)

Burnham: North’s patience on clapped-out trains and congested roads has run out

People in northern England are tired of “clapped-out trains” while billions are poured into rail projects in the south, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has said ahead of a transport summit.

Carol Vorderman has picked up an award for her work with RAF cadets (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Carol Vorderman picks up award for work with RAF cadets

Carol Vorderman has always been a high-flyer – and has now scooped an award for working with youngsters in the Royal Air Force.

York Minster has recruited new bell-ringers (Steve Parsons/PA)

York Minster gets new bell-ringers after last group’s controversial disbandment

A new group of bell-ringers has been recruited for York Minster nearly a year after the controversial disbanding of the in-house team.

Diana super-fan Jo Dobson has lent some of her collection to the Gloucester Life Museum (Ben Birchall/PA)

Diana super-fan with mass of memorabilia for show mourns ‘greatest ambassador’

A Diana, Princess of Wales super-fan whose collection of memorabilia dedicated to the late Princess is to go on show in a special exhibition has said: “There’ll never be another Diana”.

A new paper sets out a range of alternative models for dealing with legal disputes ( Lauren Hurley/PA)

European Court could have jurisdiction over UK law during Brexit transition

The European Court of Justice could continue to exercise jurisdiction over UK law during the transition to Brexit, under the terms of a new position paper published by the Government.

Tribute to 'selfless' mother-of-five who died in Grenfell Tower tragedy (PA Wire)

Tribute to ‘selfless’ mother-of-five who died in Grenfell Tower tragedy

The family of a mother-of-five who died in the Grenfell Tower fire have paid tribute to her as “selfless”.

Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon meet in Edinburgh (Jeff J Mitchell/PA)

Sturgeon and Jones to work together on halting Brexit repeal Bill ‘power grab’

The Scottish and Welsh first ministers have agreed to work together on amendments to the Brexit repeal Bill which they said is an “unashamed move to centralise decision-making power in Westminster”.

Cars washed into the river Faughan in Drumahoe, Londonderry, after heavy rain (Niall Carson/PA)

Dozens rescued from cars in flash floods after heavy rain

A major clear-up operation is under way in the north-west of Ireland and Northern Ireland after heavy rain left a trail of destruction.

The PM met survivors to discuss concerns over the handling of the aftermath of the fire at Grenfell Tower (Rick Findler/PA)

Management body stripped of Grenfell responsibility as May admits response flaws

Theresa May admitted there were flaws in the response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy as she confirmed that the organisation responsible for the high-rise building was being stripped of responsibility for the estate where it is located.

Twenty-one children have been taken to hospital following a crash involving a school bus and a car which left a driver seriously injured (Peter Byrne/PA)

21 children taken to hospital after school bus collides with car

Twenty-one children have been taken to hospital following a crash involving a school bus and a car which left a driver seriously injured.

A 10-year-old girl managed to fight off a sex attacker who targeted her in woodland (Surrey Police/PA)

Girl, 10, managed to fight off sex attacker who targeted her in woodland

A 10-year-old girl managed to fight back and escape from a sex attacker who assaulted her as she walked in woodland.

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