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Controversial tree-felling programme ‘threatening Twinkle Street’

People living in a street where visitors flock to see cherry trees festooned with lights every Christmas have said the tradition is being wrecked by the local council’s controversial felling programme.

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CCTV still of a shop worker fleeing from an offender wielding a hammer in Bimringham's Jewellery Quarter (West Midlands Police/PA)

CCTV issued of hammer attack on jewellery shop worker after gang members jailed

Five members of a robbery gang have been handed lengthy jail sentences after a jewellery shop worker was hit with a hammer during a £250,000 raid.

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Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson has not ruled out a future move to Westminster (Jane Barlow/PA)

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson ‘has not ruled out’ MP bid

Ruth Davidson has hinted that she could make the switch from Holyrood to Westminster and run as an MP.

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Jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella (Family handout/PA)

Boris Johnson trying to release ‘British spies’, claims Iranian official

A senior Iranian MP has accused Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of seeking the release of “two British spies” during his visit to the country.

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Brothers and sister could be separated after being taken from care of parents with drug-abuse history (Steve Parsons/PA)

Psychologist must assess children earmarked for separation says judge

A family court judge has refused to approve social workers’ plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them.

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The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Rugby Portobello Trust community centre (Victoria Jones/PA)

Kate meets mothers caught up in Grenfell Tower blaze

The Duchess of Cambridge has heard the stories of mothers caught up in the Grenfell Tower blaze when she visited a centre supporting the local community.

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A man carrying shopping bags, as inflation hits a near six-year high (PA)

Inflation surges to 3.1% in November, a near six-year high

Inflation unexpectedly jumped to a near six-year high last month, forcing the Bank of England to explain to the Chancellor how it will tackle Britain’s surging cost of living.

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Theresa May (Rick Findler/PA)

May ‘could face Brexit bill defeat without guarantee of meaningful vote for MPs’

Theresa May is facing the “real possibility” of Commons defeat on her flagship Brexit bill unless MPs are guaranteed a “meaningful vote” on leaving the EU, Tory rebels have warned.

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EU nationals in the UK will be able to apply for "settled status" (Niall Carson/PA)

EU nationals looking to stay post-Brexit will finish forms in minutes – minister

EU nationals seeking to stay in the UK after Brexit will be able to complete applications in minutes, the Immigration Minister has said.

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Lord Cashman in the House of Lords

Government urged to ‘preserve and enhance’ human rights protections post-Brexit

Brexit must not be used to reduce people’s rights but be an opportunity to improve them, former EastEnders actor and Labour peer Lord Cashman has warned.

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Brexit is a risk to public health if the UK doesn't reach a trade deal on pharmaceuticals (Thinkstock/PA)

Plea for Brexit deal on medicines amid shortage fears

Brexit could result in medicine shortages and leave the UK out of EU strategies to tackle large-scale epidemics if no trade deal on pharmaceuticals is reached, according to a new report.

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Three-week-old Vanellope Hope Wilkins (Ben Birchall/PA)

Vanellope becomes ‘first UK baby’ to survive extremely rare heart condition

A baby born with an extremely rare condition in which the heart grows on the outside of the body has survived, in what is believed to be a UK first.

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What the papers say - December 13

What the papers say – December 13

The story of a baby born with her heart outside her body is one of the top stories in Wednesday’s papers – along with snaps from the latest Star Wars premiere and tales on fuel prices.

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Flowers left close to the scene in Tulse Hill (Luke Mintz/PA)

Four drivers urged to come forward after woman dies in ‘multiple hit and run’

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage as they investigate the death of a woman who was struck in a suspected multiple hit and run.

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Guy Verhofstadt said David Davis's remarks undermined trust between the EU and UK (Niall Carson/PA)

European Parliament to demand recent Brexit deal be made legally binding ‘ASAP’

The European Parliament is to demand that last week’s Brexit deal is converted into a legally binding text as soon as possible.

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British soldiers and interpreters teaching Afghan soldiers (Ben Birchall/PA)

Afghan interpreters are getting just rewards for service, says MoD

Britain’s policies to help Afghan interpreters who served on the front line alongside troops “remain fit for purpose and properly meet our responsibilities”, a defence minister has said.

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The blackened shell of Grenfell Tower looms over north Kensington (Rick Findler/PA)

Wave of emotion feared for Grenfell Tower survivors six months on from blaze

Health professionals fear those trying to rebuild their lives after the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze will be hit with a fresh wave of emotion, six months on from the fire.

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Tory MP Tim Loughton

European Union refugee rules should be copied into UK law, says Tory MP

Immigration rules should be amended to allow refugee children fleeing war zones to be reunited with family members in the UK, a Tory former minister has urged.

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Forensic officers at the scene of  the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Sixth person held as police investigate house fire that killed three children

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with an arson attack that killed three children in Greater Manchester.

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Clarrie Mendy, whose cousin Mary Mendy and Mary?s daughter Khadija Saye died in the Grenfell Tower fire, at her home in London (Victoria Jones/PA)

Grenfell Tower nightmare ‘getting darker every day’

A woman who lost two family members in the Grenfell Tower fire has described the situation half a year on as a nightmare which “seems to be getting darker every day”.

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