Mon, 21st Apr 2014

Echo News

Pain threshold 'decided by genes'

12:12am Monday 21st April 2014

Daily Echo: Four genes may help decide a person's pain threshold, a US study says after research into genes in people diagnosed with chronic pain

Four genes may help decide a person's pain threshold, research has shown.

Flood repairs 'bring peace of mind'

12:08am Monday 21st April 2014

Daily Echo: The EA has been given an extra £270m to maintain flood defences

Flood protection has been restored to over 100,000 homes damaged by extreme winter weather.

UK is a plural society, PM told

12:12am Monday 21st April 2014

Daily Echo: Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of "mischaracterising" the UK

David Cameron's controversial claim that Britain is a "Christian country" risks sowing "alienation and division" in society, a group of leading public figures has warned.

Affordable lenders 'need £450m aid'

12:08am Monday 21st April 2014

Daily Echo: A think tank has called for action to be taken to boost competition to payday lenders

A £450 million levy on the consumer credit industry should be used to create a "new generation" of affordable lenders to take on Britain's legal loan sharks, a leading think tank has said.

Move spend '£8,248 with stamp duty'

12:08am Monday 21st April 2014

Daily Echo: Rising stamp duty costs helped to hike the average expense of moving home to £8,248, a Lloyds Bank report found

Surging stamp duty costs have helped to push the average expense of moving home to £8,248, a report has found.

Teachers 'abused by pupils online'

12:12am Monday 21st April 2014

Daily Echo: NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said that technology had transformed the lives of teachers and pupils

Children as young as seven are posting abusive comments and making threats against teachers on social media websites, it has been claimed.

Coren Mitchell makes poker history

10:33pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Victoria Coren Mitchell, pictured with her husband David, pulled off a major poker win

Television presenter and journalist Victoria Coren Mitchell went all in to scoop nearly £400,000 and make poker history tonight.

Jenkins to wed filmmaker boyfriend

10:33pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Katherine Jenkins with partner Andrew Levitas after she received her OBE from Buckingham Palace

Classical music star Katherine Jenkins has announced that she is to marry.

Malignant melanoma rates increase

12:12am Monday 21st April 2014

Daily Echo: People are urged to use a sun protection factor of at least 15 as it was revealed malignant melanoma cases are on the rise

Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970s, new figures show.

Firms face 'ownership register'

12:02am Monday 21st April 2014

Daily Echo: Business Secretary Vince Cable wants to tackle the "darker side of capitalism"

Legislation requiring companies to declare publicly who are their true owners is set to be included in the Queen's Speech in a crackdown on tax evasion and money laundering, Business Secretary Vince Cable has signalled.

Tribute to 'death penalty' boxer

8:32pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Former boxer, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter,  holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison

A British human rights barrister who tried to overturn the wrongful murder conviction of US boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has paid tribute to him following his death at the age of 76.

Briton killed in Malaysia bus crash

3:59pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: A British man has died in a bus crash in Malaysia, the Foreign Office has said

A British man has died after a double-decker bus reportedly plunged into a ravine in Malaysia.

Boycott threat over reception tests

4:19pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Teachers are worried that tests for four-year-olds could damage their education

Teachers are threatening to boycott the Government's new compulsory tests for four-year-olds, warning the move is "dangerous" to pupils' education.

Queen's portrait by Bailey released

1:01pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: This portrait of the Queen by David Bailey has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday April 21

A portrait of the Queen by the renowned British photographer David Bailey was released today to mark her 88th birthday tomorrow.

Royals protect animal from George

6:22am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge look at a Bilby called George at Taronga Zoo in Sydney (PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to step in to protect an endangered Australian animal - from baby Prince George.

Wilshaw to lead Trojan Horse probe

2:55pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw will take a lead role

The head of Ofsted is to take a "personal lead" in the watchdog's investigation into allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover plot at a number of Birmingham schools, it has been announced.

Boy dies after three-vehicle crash

9:26am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Police have been investigating a crash in Lincolnshire which left two people dead

A second person has died in hospital following a three-vehicle crash in which six other people were seriously injured.

Hart 'in Generation Game talks'

12:28pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Reports say that Miranda Hart is in talks about hosting a revamped Generation Game

Comedian Miranda Hart is in talks to step into Sir Bruce Forsyth's shoes for a relaunch of the Generation Game, it was reported today.

Showers put dampener on Easter

12:28pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Showers have put a dampener on Easter celebrations in many parts of the country

The settled Easter weather is set to come to an abrupt end today as heavy showers and thunder are expected to greet many Britons over the long weekend.

Yes vote closes gap in latest poll

2:55pm Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: A new poll suggests the 'yes' independence campaign is closing the gap

The campaign for Scottish independence is gaining ground with five months to go until the referendum, according to new polls.

Lions visitor faced fire 'dilemma'

10:55am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: A 4x4-type car engulfed in flames at Longleat Safari Park,

A mother has described the "dilemma" she faced with her two children after their car burst into flames in a lion enclosure.

Agencies quit CBI over vote stance

10:55am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise have quit the CBI over the group's position on independence

Scottish Government agencies in charge of creating jobs and attracting tourists have become the latest to quit business lobbying organisation the CBI after it formally backed a "no" vote in the referendum.

Sex symbols have fat legs: Everett

10:55am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Actor Rupert Everett has taken a playful swipe at some of the world's biggest female stars

They are sex symbols idolised by millions but Beyonce, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have fallen foul of famously catty actor Rupert Everett - who says they have fat legs.

Shots probe after teenagers injured

10:55am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Police are investigating a disturbance which left two teenagers injured

Police are investigating whether shots were fired during a city centre disturbance which left two teenagers in hospital.

Marathon runner denies cheat claims

2:41am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: A runner has denied cheating during the London Marathon

A man who ran the second half of the London Marathon in less than half the time it took him to complete the first has denied claims he cheated.

Urban music showcased at live event

6:22am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend will be staged at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow on May 17

Another live music event is to take place in Scotland, adding to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend.

72% book holidays while at work

3:18am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: A survey has revealed that many Britons spend time at work booking and researching holidays

Nearly two-thirds of workers book their holidays while in the office, according to research.

Church to reopen after flooding

2:45am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Jane Haslam, the Rector of Moorland, at St Peter and St John's Church where the first service to be held there since massive floods devastated the area.

A congregation will gather at their Somerset parish church for Easter Sunday today, the first service to be held there since massive floods devastated the area.

Man held over woman's flat death

8:15am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Police are investigating the death of a woman at a flat in East Ayrshire

A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman following a disturbance in a flat.

Main Scottish schedule

8:14am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Latest news from Scotland

Good morning from Press Association Scotland. Here is the main schedule for Sunday April 20.

Press Association headlines

7:47am Sunday 20th April 2014

BANKRUPT QUANGO CHIEF STEPS DOWN

SAVERS SELECTION

7:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Latest money news

SAVERS SELECTION (as at April 17)

Tougher mortgage checks warning

2:56am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: New industry-wide rules mean mortgage providers have to take a much keener interest in an applicant's regular outgoings

People applying for a mortgage are facing tougher affordability checks which delve into their spending habits on outgoings ranging from childcare, travel and clothing to wine clubs and even a flutter on the horses.

Christian worker in dismissal claim

1:51am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: A Christian nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal on grounds of religious discrimination

A Christian nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal after losing her job because she said she told a gay colleague that the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin.

Bankrupt quango chief steps down

10:03pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: David Cameron appointed Tony Caplin chairman of the Public Works Loans Board last year

A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a multibillion-pound quango has been forced to step down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt.

Republican Crossan shot in office

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: A police officer patrols the area close to where a prominent dissident republican was shot dead in west Belfast (AP)

Dissident republican Tommy Crossan was shot dead in Belfast yesterday, police have confirmed, saying he was shot several times while he sat in an office.

Gove under fire at NUT conference

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: Teachers are considering fresh strikes

Michael Gove was described as a "demented Dalek on speed" today as teachers debated calls for a major escalation of strike action.

Bankrupt quango chief steps down

12:11am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: A businessman appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to head a quango has been forced to step down

A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a multibillion-pound quango has been forced to step down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt.

CCTV 'used to spy on teachers'

12:11am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: Teachers claim they are being subjected to 'permanent surveillance'

Schools are using CCTV cameras designed to keep pupils safe to spy on teachers, it has been claimed.

British Pathe footage on YouTube

7:28pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: The British Pathe footage has been uploaded to YouTube

Newsreel archive British Pathe has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films to YouTube, making rare 20th century videos available to the public.

Ex- Radio 4's Derek Cooper dies

10:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: Derek Cooper, former presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme, has died

Former BBC Radio 4 presenter Derek Cooper has died at the age of 88, the BBC has confirmed.

Burned boy critical in special unit

9:23am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: A seven-year-old boy is being treated for serious burns after reports that he was "on fire" in a city street in Aberdeen

A young boy who was badly burned in a city street has been moved to a specialist hospital unit where he is in a critical condition, police said.

Three charged over doorstep attack

9:23am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: A police officer outside a property in Tividale, near Tipton where a 19-year-old woman was doused in high-strength cleaning fluid

Police have charged three people after an investigation into a doorstep attack which left a 19-year-old woman with serious burns.

Road cameras 'pose privacy threat'

7:19am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter warned members of the public could have their privacy impacted upon by roadside cameras

There is a "very real risk" that members of the public are having their privacy impacted upon by the network of roadside surveillance in the UK, the Government's new Surveillance Camera Commissioner has warned.

Kate takes controls in fighter jet

7:17am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: The Duchess of Cambridge sits in the cockpit of a Super Hornet during a visit to RAAF base Amberley

It was an offer the Duke of Cambridge probably thought his wife could not refuse - jumping in the back seat of his fighter jet.

Man remanded after firearms seized

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: A man has appeared in court accused of firearms offences.

A gardener has been remanded in custody in connection with firearms offences after Scotland Yard claimed to have seized one of its biggest gun hauls.

Archbishop highlights hardship

12:11am Sunday 20th April 2014

Daily Echo: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent for the Easter Day service

The Archbishop of Canterbury used his Easter sermon to highlight the hardship of people suffering from conflict around the world and in Britain.

Sir Hugh 'didn't want top Met job'

2:16pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde

Sir Hugh Orde has said that he "didn't want" the top job at the Metropolitan Police, despite applying for the post on two occasions.

Church to reopen after flooding

12:31pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: The parishioners of St Peter and St John's Church in Moorland have been unable to gather for worship for around 90 days.

A congregation will gather at their Somerset parish church for Easter Sunday tomorrow, the first service to be held there since massive floods devastated the area.

Labour warned on credible policies

9:57am Saturday 19th April 2014

Daily Echo: Labour leader Ed Miliband has been warned he must demonstrate credible policies

Labour must demonstrate it has credible policies to rebuild and grow the economy if it is to regain power at the next general election, a former senior policy adviser to the party has warned.

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