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Avanti West Coast has taken over from Virgin Trains on the West Coast Main Line. The new operator’s parent company is a partnership between Aberdeen-based transport firm FirstGroup and Italian firm Trenitalia. It has pledged to deliver a range of passenger enhancements, including 263 more weekly services by 2022 when 23 new Hitachi-built trains begin […]

Former Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders has died at the age of 87, the club have announced. Saunders is widely regarded as one of the club’s finest managers, in particular steering the club to the old Division One title in 1980-81. In a statement, the club said Saunders died at 3pm on Saturday. As a […]

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called for stern action and education in the wake of “unacceptable” alleged racist abuse aimed at his players. It came during the win at Manchester City. The Etihad Stadium bore witness to a match as thrilling as it was surprising as United overcame the reigning Premier League champions 2-1 […]

Anthony Joshua hailed the second best win of his career after easing past Andy Ruiz Jr on points to regain his world heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia. Joshua stuck to his game-plan to deliver an emphatic 118-110 (twice) 119-109 points verdict in a manner which contrasted the controversy and chaos that has served to define […]

A rabbit named Wonky is hoping to charm his way to a new owner this Christmas, and he has one attribute in particular that may work in his favour. One of Wonky’s ears sits in the middle of his head and occasionally points upwards “just like a unicorn horn”, according to an RSPCA worker at […]

Hundreds of protesters waving red Chinese flags have packed a Hong Kong park to denounce what they say is a reign of terror being imposed by rioters during months of anti-government demonstrations. The rally on Saturday underlined the deep divisions that have opened up in Hong Kong between pro- and anti-government camps, with divisions that […]

He’s described Friday’s debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn as “very repetitive”, saying: “I just don’t think this is a very inspiring campaign.” The Brexit Party leader accused the rivals of being overly cautious during the BBC event, saying it was “not terribly exciting” to watch. He told the PA news agency: “(There were) […]

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Ten victims of a roller-coaster crash at a theme park have secured a total of £1.2 million in damages. Eight children and two adults were taken to hospital with serious head, leg and arm injuries after the crash at M&D’s theme park in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. Five carriages derailed from the Tsunami ride at the […]

Two remarkable frost fair keepsakes printed on presses set up on a frozen 18th century River Thames are to go under the hammer. Though hard to imagine now, the Thames frequently froze over in the 16th to 19th centuries, with ice forming readily on the slow-moving water caused by obstructions to the flow near London […]