Madeleine McCann police search property in Germany – major investigation underway | UK | News

Since Wednesday morning, police have been searching a property in the town of Laatzen in Hanover, German newspaper Neue Presse reports. It is understood sniffer dogs were involved during the operation. Investigators in Germany announced they had a new prime suspect in the case in June.  Since then the force has searched a number of properties including an allotment garden and an old cellar. Madeleine McCann disappeared more than 13 years ago during a family holiday to Portugal. Madeleine was just three-years-old when she went missing from an apartment in…

Coronavirus lockdown IS working as UK infections drop for SEVENTH day in a row | UK | News

According to Government figures, the number of daily infections has dropped for the seventh day in a row raising hopes the second national lockdown is working. A further 529 people were reported to have died after contracting the deadly coronavirus. On November 18, the UK recorded a total of 19,609 new infections, down from the 20,051 recorded yesterday. The seven day drop in infection numbers gives hope the lockdown strategy in England is working. On November 5, the country entered its second national lockdown in a bid to curb the…

London horror: Man rushed to hospital after ‘five gunshots’ heard outside train station | UK | News

Metropolitan police have rushed to the scene at Sudbury Hill station, Harrow, following the incident.  Some eyewitnesses have claimed to have heard five gunshots outside the Tube station.  Police confirmed the victim is 19-years-old but his condition is unknown.  They confirmed the shooting took place at 6.40pm today.  Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called to Greenford Road, Harrow, at 18:40hrs on Wednesday, 18 November following reports that a man had been shot outside Sudbury Hill Station. “Officers attended alongside London Ambulance Service. “A 19-year-old man has been taken to…

Fishing boat intercepted off East Anglia sparking people smuggling probe – 72 arrested | UK | News

The National Crime Agency has arrested three crew members on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. A total of 69 Albanians on board the vessel are also understood to have been detained. The agency, which fights organised crime, intercepted a 30-metre boat off the coast of Great Yarmouth in East Anglia on yesterday evening after it sailed from the Ostend area of Belgium. The Harwich RNLI and coastguard teams were called out just before midnight. A police helicopter was also seen circling over Shotley marina, around 150ft above the sea at approximately 10.45pm. The…

BBC defends use of licence fee debt collectors after MPs demand halt to ‘immoral campaign’ | UK | News

Outsourcing firm Capita, which the BBC has hired to chase unpaid licence fees, has continued its debt collection operation despite the latest coronavirus restrictions. Campaigners have warned pensioners, the poor and people struggling without work were having their doors knocked by agents demanding money. But corporation chiefs insist they are working within guidelines issued by the Government. A BBC spokesman said: “TV Licensing are not visiting older households registered as having held a free over-75s licence during this time. “From early August – in line with Government guidance – visits…

Brexit blunder: UK’s decision to retain EU defence contract law ‘will harm shipbuilding’ | UK | News

Negotiators from the EU and the UK are currently continuing talks in Brussels, in what appears to be the last possible stretch towards an agreement. Britain left the bloc on January 31 but it has been following its rules during the ongoing transition period, which comes to an end in less than two months. All deadlines previously envisaged have been missed as the two sides haven’t been able to resolve the differences over access to fishing waters and the so-called level playing field. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the…

Brexit fury: David Frost left door open to Britain rejoining EU after transition period | UK | News

Trade talks between Britain and the EU are being held in Brussels this week, with time running out to agree a deal before the UK leaves the single market and customs union on December 31. Despite optimism at the start of November, both sides agree there has been little progress on the fundamental blockages that have dogged an agreement since the start of the year. As he arrived in the Belgian capital on Monday, the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost signalled that he will not be deviating from Prime Minister…

British Airways flights: BA to issue free covid tests from USA in Heathrow Airport trial | Travel News | Travel

Christian Armond, Group Marketing Director, Ocean Florida told Express.co.uk: “We’ve already seen a significant increase in demand for holidays to the USA and Worldwide following the recent vaccine news. “We anticipate that this latest development, will reduce the need for quarantine on arrival, and further increase consumer confidence in booking holidays for next year and beyond.”   A task force comprising Oneworld member airline representatives and independent medical experts are overseeing the implementation of the trial, with customer participation closely monitored by the airlines. British Airways and American Airlines have worked with…

Universal Credit UK: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out £1,000 per year cuts to support | Personal Finance | Finance

Speaking in the House of Commons during this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central Chi Onwurah stressed the importance of the Universal Credit uplift to low income households. “Child poverty is evil; I know – I grew up with it,” she began. “The North East Child Poverty Commission reports that our region suffered the country’s biggest increase in child poverty between 2015 and 2019 when half of children in Newcastle City Central were growing up poor – and that’s before covid. “And yet 15,000 of…