Scotrail horror as train smashes into car near Johnstone – driver left injured | UK | News

Emergency services are at the scene after a train crashed into a vehicle on the tracks in Johnstone shortly after 6am this morning. The driver was rescued from the car by firefighters before being treated by paramedics.   The driver was rescued from the car by firefighters before being treated by paramedics. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service dispatched nine crews to the scene and helped the nine uninjured passengers from the train along with Police. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “A report was received around 6.15am on Saturday August…

BBC shamed: Furious campaigners lash out over ‘scaremongering’ in TV licence fee fine row | UK | News

It is currently a criminal offence in the UK to watch live TV or BBC iPlayer without a valid TV licence. Flouting the law risks prosecution or a fine of up to £1,000, plus court costs. But new data reveals the average fine is less than a fifth of the maximum penalty and just a handful of offenders were jailed. In 2019, the average fine for TV licence offences was £172 in England and Wales, according to official statistics released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). TV licensing officers fined…

BioShock The Collection Nintendo Switch review – Dive in to this perfect remaster | Gaming | Entertainment

BioShock: The Collection is what old-school BioShock fans have been waiting for on the Nintendo Switch. Players delved into the depths of Rapture back in 2007 with great pleasure, as they met Andrew Ryan, the Big Daddies, and were introduced to plasmids. Fans of the franchise were completely entranced by how well crafted and manufactured these fictional worlds were. Most of us were even more elated when BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite arrived on consoles just a few years later. BioShock 2 allowed players to step once again into the…

Royal Navy humiliated as £100million patrol ship breaks down | UK | News

HMS Trent was due to join a Nato mission hunting terrorist and people-traffickers but was forced to make a u-turn on Thursday. The 90-metre warship was dragged back into port by a pair of tugs. A source said: “This is like a brand new Range Rover Sport breaking down on the way home from the showroom.” The ship was commissioned on August 3, setting sail the same day, following a socially-distanced ceremony in Portsmouth. She reached Gibraltar six days later however, the problems began on Wednesday when she set sail…

Coronavirus map LIVE: ‘Local lockdowns’ could be BANNED after new evidence from scientists | UK | News

New research from the Independent Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) has “strongly recommend national government, PHE, the media and others cease using the term “local lockdown” and instead switch to “area of intervention”.” The sub-committee of SAGE, the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, cited an investigation by the LSE Anthropology team of the local intervention applied in Leicester – the first area to be placed into a “local lockdown” in June – and how it impacted the locals. SPI-B said: “The language of a “lockdown” is inherently…

Face mask fines: How much can you be fined for not wearing a mask – Hefty fines announced | UK | News

This came at the same time the Prime Minster announced £10,000 fines for anyone who organises a gathering of 30 people or more. Mr Johnson said: “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent.” Where do you have to wear a mask? Face masks are worn to protect the public from potentially catching coronavirus, blocking the nose and mouth from which respiration droplets can be coughed, breathed or sneezed. Scientists believe…

BBC News: Lord Digby Jones opens up on UK economy before swipe at BBC | UK | News

On Wednesday, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed Britain’s economy shrank by a record 20.4 percent between April and June when the coronavirus lockdown was tightest. This was the largest contraction reported by any major economy so far, piling the pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to pump more money into the country to help it bounce back and save millions of jobs. But there were encouraging signs in June, when gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 8.7 percent compared to May as lockdown restrictions began to ease…

Labour leader unleashes furious rant on own members for ‘sowing division’ – leaked email | UK | News

The Scottish Labour leader claimed he has been the subject of a series of attacks briefed anonymously by figures in the party that oppose his leadership. In his email to Scottish Labour members, he said he was telling them because they would be “as angry” as he was. Mr Leonard fumed that the latest briefing to “sow division” between him and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer came on Thursday as he was about to open the debate of no confidence in Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney. He insisted that the…

SNP warned they ‘must investigate’ Russian influence on Scottish independence referendum | UK | News

The release of a report on Russian interference in the UK has sparked concern over foreign influence in national democratic processes. The Intelligence and Security Committee’s publication claimed there had been “credible open source commentary” suggesting Russia had tried to influence Scotland‘s 2014 independence referendum. Scottish Tory Miles Briggs told Express.co.uk that it was imperative for the SNP Government to investigate. He said: “Looking back to that referendum, there was concern at the time over potential interference. “Especially with social media in Scotland possibly influencing people’s opinions. “That concern was…

House of Lords branded ‘not democratic’ and SHOULD be scrapped – ‘Completely outdated!’ | UK | News

The running of the House of Lords comes at a significant cost to the UK taxpayer, with the number of peers now surpassing 800 members. Each peer costs the taxpayer around £30,000, each according to estimates by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS). But it doesn’t stop there, as running costs for the Upper Chamber rose from £99 million to a staggering £117.4 million in 2018/19, according to ERS figures. Now, an Express.co.uk poll which ran from 2pm to 7pm on August 14, asked readers, ‘After study exposes SHAMEFUL waste, should House of…