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New ‘measures’ at Samaritans amid reports of volunteers meeting callers for sex

New ‘measures’ at Samaritans amid reports of volunteers meeting callers for sex

The charity, which offers a helpline service to people in distress, reportedly plans to monitor phone calls in future to ensure inappropriate relationships do not begin. The Telegraph reported that it understood there had been incidents of middle-aged men using their position to meet up with female callers for sex. The charity said a “very …

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Almost 2m more premises to benefit from £5bn gigabit broadband upgrade

Almost 2m more premises to benefit from £5bn gigabit broadband upgrade

The Culture Secretary has announced that a further 1.85 million additional premises across 26 English counties will get access to gigabit speed internet, equivalent to 1,000 megabits per second. It comes after the first areas to benefit from the multibillion-pound broadband upgrade – a key part of the Prime Minister’s so-called levelling up agenda – …

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No traces of virus found in tests of railway stations and on trains

No traces of virus found in tests of railway stations and on trains

Places passengers regularly touch such as escalator handles, ticket machines and benches were swabbed, while hour-long air samples were taken. Two rounds of testing were carried out at London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly station, in January and June. Tests were repeated on trains running between the stations. Examination of …

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Pitlochry’s John Henely Shares His Time as a Police Man During Diana’s Wedding

LISTEN: John Henely takes us back to the day Prince Charles married Lady Dianna Spencer Before the sun rose on the day of Wednesday 29th July 1981, much of the nation was already awake with crowds gathering on every street in Central London, vendors and notable guests gathering in the city, the bride, Lady Diana …

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BBC Scotland Show is Looking for Highland Perthshire Dogs

Photo Credit: Lum3n A Scottish Production company are looking for dogs from across Scotland to take part in their programme for BBC Scotland. Red Sky Productions, the people behind Scottish programming such as ‘Susan Calman’s Happy Space’, are putting together a show on dogs of all shapes and sizes; and from all over, including Highland …

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Cyclists’ gruelling 280-mile bike ride raises funds for Jo Cox Foundation.

Cyclists’ gruelling 280-mile bike ride raises funds for Jo Cox Foundation.

Seventy mixed-ability cyclists have raised around £12,000 for the Jo Cox Foundation after cycling 280 miles from Yorkshire to south London. The cyclists set off on the trail, dubbed the Jo Cox Way, from West Yorkshire on Wednesday, and after encountering gruelling weather, a 3am wake-up call from a fire alarm at a hotel and …

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Pressure to recall MPs over vaccine passports grows as Tories threaten revolt.

Pressure to recall MPs over vaccine passports grows as Tories threaten revolt.

Boris Johnson is facing a renewed backlash within his party over the “threat” of domestic vaccine passports, with demands for MPs to be recalled from their holidays to debate the proposal. Andrew Bridgen, one of 43 Conservative MPs to sign a declaration opposing vaccine passports, said Parliament should be recalled from its summer recess if …

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Lewis Hamilton ‘devastated’ by death of volunteer marshal at Brands Hatch

Lewis Hamilton ‘devastated’ by death of volunteer marshal at Brands Hatch

The incident occurred during an event at the Kent racing track on Saturday afternoon. Reacting to the accident on Sunday morning, Hamilton said on social media that his heart is with the volunteer marshal’s family. He wrote on Instagram: “Devastated to hear of the passing of a marshal at the Brands Hatch Circuit. “These volunteer …

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Rishi Sunak urges PM to relax UK travel rules to boost economy – report

Rishi Sunak urges PM to relax UK travel rules to boost economy – report

The Sunday Times reported that Rishi Sunak has written to the Prime Minister about the damage that the current border rules are doing to the country’s economy, particularly its tourism and hospitality sector. He is said to be calling for Britain to take advantage of its successful vaccination programme by opening up further. The No …

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