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The senior leadership at Downing Street – both political and official – must “bear responsibility” for the culture of partying during COVID lockdowns, according to a report from senior civil servant Sue Gray. The report added that “while there is no excuse for some of the behaviour set out here it is important to acknowledge
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Missing person posters have been redesigned in the hope of increasing their impact. They now include less information – which researchers suggest can sometimes bombard people – and feature 3D images and smiling faces, which are considered to be more memorable and more likely to make an instant connection with passers-by. Perhaps the most noticeable
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Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens has pleaded not guilty to four charges of indecent exposure. The 49-year-old former police officer is accused of the flashing in January and February last year in Swanley, Kent. The last of the alleged incidents is said to have happened four days before he kidnapped Ms Everard. Couzens, wearing a
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Another 36 monkeypox cases have been detected in the UK, taking the total to 56. All the new infections are in England, while Scotland announced its first case earlier today. Health officials said that while the outbreak is “significant and concerning”, the risk to the UK population remains low. It comes as experts on the
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Close contacts of monkeypox cases with the highest risk of exposure should self-isolate for 21 days, latest government guidance says. New guidance from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) recommends people who have had “unprotected direct contact or high risk environmental contact” with the disease should isolate – and avoid contact with immunosuppressed people, pregnant
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Fears of yet more supply issues and empty supermarket shelves have been raised after rail unions warned of “potentially the biggest rail strike in modern history”. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union is balloting 40,000 members on the move, which network sources have reportedly said would create “serious challenges” in keeping goods moving
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Scientific advisers have sent the government their recommendations for who should be offered a COVID booster jab this autumn. Experts from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the extra shot would help maintain protection over the winter against severe COVID-19. It recommends jabs for: Over 65s Care home residents and staff Frontline
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Britain’s biggest-ever lottery winners are to go public tomorrow. The winners of more than £184m in last week’s EuroMillions have so far kept quiet. They are now known to be a couple from Gloucestershire. Tuesday’s jackpot scoop made them the UK’s largest-ever National Lottery winners. And they will reveal themselves to the world tomorrow morning.
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