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London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton is to step down earlier than expected in the wake of criticism over the service’s response to the Grenfell fire. Ms Cotton, 50, who will leave her role at the end of this month, had been facing pressure to resign from bereaved families and survivors of the blaze following […]

Funding for local bus services has been cut by more than half in some English regions since 2010, a new study suggests. The TUC said its research indicates that across England as a whole, funding for bus routes is down by £154 million as a result of Conservative cuts to local government investment. In many […]

Hitachi has been awarded a £350 million contract to build 23 new trains for Avanti West Coast, the manufacturer has announced. The 125mph intercity trains will be built at the firm’s factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. They are expected to enter service from 2022. Avanti West Coast replaces Virgin Trains on the west coast […]

Boris Johnson will face Jeremy Corbyn in a head-to-head debate later, after he was berated by Andrew Neil for refusing to do an interview on his BBC show. Neil said that if the Prime Minister is expected to face the likes of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin then he should be able to sit down […]

Four men suspected of raping and killing a woman in southern India have been fatally shot by police, an official said. The men were killed around 3.30am local time, according to Priya, a police sub-inspector in Hyderabad who goes by one name. Another police official said the suspects tried to grab an officer’s firearm and […]

Duncan Ferguson has been placed in temporary charge of Everton as the club’s board begin their latest search for a manager after sacking Marco Silva. The Portuguese had been under intense pressure since a home defeat by Norwich on November 23 and that was followed by losses against Leicester and, on Wednesday, a 5-2 hammering […]

Instagram is to start asking those who sign up for their date of birth in a move the platform says is designed to “build a safer experience” for younger users. The social media platform does not allow anyone under the age of 13 to sign up, however it has not previously required a date of […]

Free healthy breakfasts would be served to all primary school children under a Labour proposal to “poverty proof” England’s schools and reduce the number going hungry. It is part of Labour’s plans to improve education, which also include recruiting 20,000 more teachers, capping primary class sizes at 30 and investing £7 billion in school building […]

Air New Zealand has begun trialling a new innovation in its battle against waste – an edible coffee cup. The cups are baked from a biscuit base, are vanilla-flavoured, leak-proof and can double as a dessert bowl. Nike Chave, of the airline, said while the company – which serves more than eight million cups of […]

Three people have been charged with drug offences after more than £600 million of methamphetamine was found smuggled in stereo speakers. More than 1.5 tons of the drug, also known as crystal meth, was seized in what Australian police said was its biggest ever haul. Some 37 kilograms of heroin was also found in vacuum-sealed […]