Fri, 25th Apr 2014

Echo News

Boy, 15, held over break-in murder

3:11am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy over the murder of a man during a break-in

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the death of a man murdered during a break-in.

Mortgage applicants face new rules

3:11am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: People applying for a mortgage are facing tougher affordability checks

A mortgage lending clampdown comes into force tomorrow which will see lenders delve more deeply into people's personal lives, from their plans for parenthood to how they will spend their old age.

Mother faces triple murder charge

3:11am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Police at a house in New Malden, south London, after a woman was arrested following the discovery of three dead children

A mother charged with murdering three of her children is due in court today.

Hillsborough slurs 'from Whitehall'

1:40am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Fans' scarves make up a 96, filling the centre circle before the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool

The Cabinet Office is making "urgent inquiries" following claims that government computers were used to make offensive and inflammatory comments about the Hillsborough disaster.

Royals rise early for Anzac service

1:40am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended an early-morning Anzac Day service

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Australia in commemorating its war dead at a national ceremony of remembrance.

'Subdued' pay deals match inflation

12:05am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Pay deals are matching RPI inflation at a median of 2.5%, according to a new study

Pay deals remain "subdued" but are matching RPI inflation at a median of 2.5%, according to a new study.

Funds released for green projects

12:17am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: The Government has allocated funds for green projects in Bristol.

Bristol will receive £7 million of public money to fund a range of green projects including a schools programme to educate children about climate change, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced.

Python farewell show on big screen

6:34pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Left to right: Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese, the five remaining Pythons

Cult comedy troupe Monty Python are heading back to cinemas after striking a deal to show their final ever gig on the big screen.

Shareholders question bonus stance

5:24pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Shareholders at Barclays have questioned the bank's policy on bonus payments.

Barclays was given a bloody nose by shareholders today as one in three failed to back its controversial decision to increase its bonus pool despite falling profits.

London's Gherkin in a pickle

3:43pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: The Gherkin was designed by architect Lord Norman Foster

Famous London skyscraper the Gherkin has been placed into receivership in a move aimed at removing uncertainty over its ownership.

Prison deaths reach record high

3:43pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Deaths in prison custody increased to 215 in 2013

There were 215 deaths in prison custody in England and Wales last year - the highest number on record.

Miliband states case for the union

10:32pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Ed Miliband and his shadow cabinet will campaign against Scottish independence.

An independent Scotland would leave working people both north and south of the border "worse off", Ed Miliband has warned.

Paedophile teacher's image haul

2:17pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: William James Vahey worked in schools worldwide for four decades (AP/FBI)

Images of between 50 and 60 students at a private school were found on the computer of a convicted paedophile, the school's executive principal has said.

Mother faces triple murder charge

10:55am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Police at a house in New Malden, south London, after a woman was arrested following the discovery of three dead children

A mother been charged with murdering three of her children.

Museums compete for top award

7:31pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Artifacts brought from the sea bed of The Solent and preserved on display at the new Mary Rose Museum

The new venue displaying the preserved remains of Henry VIII's sunken flagship the Mary Rose will compete with arts institutions such as the Hayward Gallery and Tate Britain for the UK's top museum award.

Father charged with killing baby

9:38pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: A man will appear in court over the death of his baby daughter

A father has been charged with killing his nine-week-old daughter.

Debate 'quite encouraging' - Welby

3:43pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: The Archbishop of Canterbury said he welcomed the debate about the position of Christianity in British society

The Archbishop of Canterbury has conceded that Britain is "certainly not" a Christian country in terms of the number of regular churchgoers, but its society and values had been "shaped and founded on" the religion.

Bank fraud cyber gang leader jailed

1:12pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Cyber gang leader Tony Colston-Hayter has been jailed for a £1.25 million bank fraud (Metropolitan Police)

The leader of a cyber gang which plundered £1.25 million from British banks has been jailed for five and a half years.

Fall in historic sex crime reports

10:55am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: The number of reported sexual offences has repeatedly risen since abuse allegations against late DJ Jimmy Savile emerged

Fewer victims of historic sex crimes are coming forward in the wake of the so-called "Yewtree effect", figures have revealed.

'Self-cleaning' car put to the test

3:43pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: A self-cleaning car prototype developed by Nissan.

Relief for those reluctant to clean their cars could soon be on the way.

PM in Labour 'invertebrates' jibe

4:55pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Prime Minister David Cameron was stung by a jellyfish while on holiday with his wife

David Cameron compared his holiday jellyfish sting to dealing with Labour "invertebrates" at Prime Minister's Questions.

Barclays face shareholders' fury

3:15am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: ActionAid campaigners wear masks featuring the face of Barclays boss Antony Jenkins as they protest at the bank's Annual General Meeting

Barclays was accused of "paying for Manchester United but getting Colchester United" as it faced shareholder anger over rising bonuses and falling profits.

Figures show steep rail trip rise

2:17pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Figures show a steep rise in rail journeys since the 1990s.

The number of rail journeys taken in a year has more than doubled since the mid-1990s, according to official figures.

Coulson 'mistake' on Blunkett story

2:17pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Andy Coulson acknowledged a "mistake" in his handling of a story about David Blunkett.

The decision to expose David Blunkett's affair with a married woman in the News of the World based on an intercepted voicemail was a "mistake" but showed "the system worked", Andy Coulson told the hacking trial.

Dog attack data sparks summer alert

2:17pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: The figures suggested dog attacks were more common in the summer

The number of dog attacks which lead to hospital stays are on the rise, new figures suggest.

William in tribute to 'magnetic' Oz

5:56am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Australian prime minister Tony Abbott looks on as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are presented with gifts as they attend a reception in the Great Hall at Parliament House

The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to Australia, describing the nation as a "magnet" for investors, visitors and those wanting a better quality of life.

Gambaccini to host music awards

2:17pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Paul Gambaccini announces the nominees for this year's Ivor Novello awards.

DJ Paul Gambaccini will host a high-profile music awards this year more than six months after his arrest as part of Operation Yewtree.

Treasurer jailed for £43,000 thefts

2:17pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Carol Payne was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court

A 32-year-old treasurer who stole nearly £43,000 from a church's collection and a school's minibus fund has been jailed for two and a half years.

Royals 'saddened' at Shand death

7:53am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Mark Shand during a visit to the Vazhachal Forest Range, India

William and Kate have sympathised with the Duchess of Cornwall after the sudden death of her brother, following a fall in New York.

Proms premiere for Turing tribute

2:17pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys based on the life of codebreaker Alan Turing is to be given its world premiere at the BBC Proms.

An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys based on the life of codebreaker Alan Turing - whose endeavours are said to have shortened the Second World War by up to two years - is to be given its world premiere at the BBC Proms.

Clifford jury still deliberating

11:02am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Publicist Max Clifford arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London

Jurors in the trial of veteran celebrity agent Max Clifford have begun a sixth day of deliberations.

Griff pulls out of university role

10:55am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Griff Rhys Jones had been expected to be named chancellor of Cardiff University

Comedian and television presenter Griff Rhys Jones has ruled himself out of becoming Cardiff University's new figurehead following the shambles over his appointment.

Man held over 1992 Johanna murder

10:55am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: A man has been arrested over the murder of 14-year-old Johanna Young in Norfolk in December 1992 (Norfolk Police/PA)

A man has been arrested over the murder of a teenage girl who disappeared more than 20 years ago.

Bucket-list teen 'still fighting'

10:55am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Cancer patient Stephen Sutton, 19, is now aiming to raise £2 million for charity

A terminally-ill teenager who has raised more than £1.6 million for charity has said he is "still fighting" as donations from the public continue to roll in thanks to his fundraising efforts.

Archbishop's portrait on display

10:55am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: The first portrait of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, by artist Roger Wagner, goes on display at Auckland Castle, County Durham, alongside artwork covering 500 years of Church history

The first portrait of the Archbishop of Canterbury has gone on display alongside artwork covering 500 years of Church history.

DLT denies indecent assault charge

3:15am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Dave Lee Travis denies indecent assault.

Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting a woman.

Asylum seeker contract bungled: MPs

7:53am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: G4S was one of two contractors declared by a committee of MPs of not being up to the job of providing homes for asylum seekers

Vulnerable asylum seekers were left in "unacceptably poor" accommodation following a bungled Home Office project, an influential committee of MPs has said.

Corrie's Knox in court appearance

3:15am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox arrives at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox will make her first appearance in court today accused of drink driving.

Appeal for Gallipoli memorial

3:15am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: A soldier pays his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place

The designer of a memorial to the Gallipoli campaign has appealed for help to fund a facelift of the work ahead of the 99th anniversary of one of the First World War's bloodiest battles.

Jobseeker commitment rolled out

12:05am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud said the Claimant Commitment redefines the relationship between jobseekers and the state

New agreements setting out what jobseekers will do to find work in return for their benefits have now been rolled out across Britain, covering 635,000 claimants, according to the latest data.

More coffee 'can cut diabetes risk'

12:17am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Increasing coffee intake may cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a study has found.

Upping coffee consumption can result in an "immediate" reduction in diabetes risk, say scientists.

£200m polar research ship planned

12:17am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Chancellor George Osborne has announced spending on a new polar research ship

The Government will fund a new £200 million polar research ship as part of its efforts to turn scientific expertise into economic success, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Miliband states case for the union

12:17am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Ed Miliband and his team will campaign against Scottish independence.

An independent Scotland would leave working people both north and south of the border "worse off", Ed Miliband has warned.

Action urged over foreign inmates

12:02am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Too many overseas inmates are still being locked up at public expense, the Commons Public Accounts Committee said

A public spending watchdog has demanded action to speed up the Government's "frustratingly poor" record on removing from the UK foreign criminals who are costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds.

Calls to halve meat consumption

12:17am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Up to 88% of nitrogen losses into the environment from agriculture in the EU are linked to livestock production

Halving the amount of meat and dairy eaten in Europe could slash nitrogen pollution from agriculture, improve health and boost food exports, a study has suggested.

Wildlife sites 'at risk from HS2'

12:17am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Around 500 wildlife sites will be affected if the proposed HS2 rail link goes ahead, wildlife campaigners say

Around 500 wildlife sites will be affected by the development of the planned high speed rail line from London, conservationists have warned.

Rooney among first in doping pilot

12:17am Friday 25th April 2014

Daily Echo: Wayne Rooney will be among the world's first elite athletes to undergo the new doping test regime

Footballers Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahill will be among the world's first elite athletes to undergo new doping test regimes that scientists hope will cut out the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.

Warning on future student loan cost

12:04am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Students will graduate with large debts - but will they pay them off?

The impact of the Government's major shake-up of university funding is "highly uncertain" and could end up costing the taxpayer more money per year than sending a child to secondary school, according to a new report.

More students consider going abroad

12:19am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: A poll has found that an increasing number of students are willing to travel long distances for their education

Rising numbers of UK students would consider studying overseas, attracted by the chance to travel and "unique" adventures, according to research.

Pay rises set to outpace inflation

12:04am Thursday 24th April 2014

Daily Echo: Pay rises are set to be ahead of inflation for the first time in years, according to a study

Fresh evidence has emerged that pay rises could soon be ahead of the rate of inflation for the first time in years.

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