Prisons chief forced out as jail drugs and violence crisis grows | UK | News

Thousands of prison officers walked out for six hours last week in a row over safety, with many saying they had been attacked by gangs of inmates. And a series of damning reports by inspectors warned of overcrowded, vermin-infested jails with too few prison officers. It is understood the decision by Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Richard Heaton to ask Mr Spurr to step aside reflected a desire for fresh leadership. The Justice Select Committee earlier this year attacked his “lack of leadership” over the growing crisis in prisons. The…

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Trump Las Vegas rally LIVE: US President holds 7th MAGA event in Nevada | World | News

The event is set to begin at 10.00pm local time (3am BST) and will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the 11th rally that Trump has done in Nevada and the seventh one in the Las Vegas since he first began his race for president in June 2015. The US President wrote on Twitter this evening: “Landing in Las Vegas now for a Make America Great Again Rally supporting Dean Heller and Danny Tarkanian. “Also doing interview there with Sean Hannity live on Fox News. “Big…

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3,000 bank branches closed in four years | UK | News

This adds to fears that many older customers will be left without access to vital banking services. Jenni Allen, managing director of Which? Money, said: “The rate at which free-to-use cashpoints are closing is alarming. “Plastic cards may have overtaken cash as the most commonly used payment method but 2.7 million British adults rely almost wholly on cash. “We are worried that these people, many of whom may be elderly or have mobility issues, will be left behind as banks and cash machines disappear.” David Clarke, head of policy at…

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Ragtag European Union Leaders pose for shambolic ‘family photo’ | UK | News

Having already gathered for dinner in the Felsenreitschule theatre made famous by the Sound of Music’s Von Trapp family’s ‘So Long Farewell’ on Wednesday night, leaders posed for a slightly less iconic snapshot to mark the event held b Austria, the current incumbents of the EU’s rotating presidency. Unfortunately for the country’s young, firebrand leader Sebastian Kurz one of the lasting memories from his time in the Brussels spotlight will be the messy photograph of his EU colleagues. From left to right, Theresa May can be seen casually talking to Estonian…

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Brexit news: Theresa May looks LONELY at Salzburg amongst EU leaders | UK | News

The Prime Minister sat alone at the EU leaders meeting. Footage shows Theresa May with an empty chair on one side, and Mr Juncker facing away from her on the other side. She rearranges her papers and briefly notes something down, proceeding to look around the room and uncomfortably lean back in her chair. Meanwhile, Mr Juncker, President of the European Commission, is sat next to her and turned away, making animated discussion. As if to make matters worse, a book lays in front of Mr Juncker titled ’EU for…

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Glasgow panto wars for stars of Two Doors Down | UK | News

While Smith stars in Aladdin at the King’s Theatre, Watson teams up with Still Game’s Gavin Mitchell for Cinderella, playing the Ugly Sisters opposite The Krankies at the SEC. Smith, 60, insisted: “It’s a friendly rivalry because we are working for the same panto company, Kudos. “I have even suggested a couple of gags Johnny could do.” Smith and Watson met for dinner recently to discuss their respective roles, but the conversation stopped short at the size of their pay cheques. Rab C Nesbitt star Smith said: “It’s the old…

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