Millions face Christmas travel chaos as storms continue to cripple the transport network and a soldier is killed in Afghanistan
rescued from cars by fire crews
crews have rescued 25 people trapped in their cars by flood water
after strong winds and torrential rain battered the UK during the
Fire Control said crews helped people in Sturminster, Blandford,
Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Wimborne.
comes as millions of people hoping to get home for Christmas today
face travel chaos as storms continue to cripple the transport
for WW2 code-breaker Turing
World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal
pardon for a 61-year-old conviction for homosexual activity.
Turing, who was pivotal in breaking the Enigma code, arguably
shortening the Second World War by at least two years, was chemically
castrated following his conviction in 1952.
conviction for "gross indecency" led to the removal of his
security clearance and meant he was no longer able to work for
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) where he had continued
to work following service at Bletchley Park during the war.
soldier killed in Afghanistan
soldier from the Royal Engineers was killed in action in Afghanistan,
the Ministry of Defence said.
serviceman was killed yesterday as a result of enemy fire while on
operations east of Kabul.
next of kin have been informed and have requested the customary
period of grace before further details are released, a spokesman
attack' on police station
gun attack has been carried out on a police station in Northern
Ireland, Assembly members have said.
reported incident happened in Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh. Ulster
Unionist MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott said there
had been no injuries.
there has not yet been official confirmation of the shooting from the
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the Stormont Executive
tweeted the reaction of Justice Minister David Ford.
over firefighters' strike
chiefs have urged people to take extra care during festive
celebrations tonight because of a strike by firefighters in their
bitter row with the Government over pensions.
of the Fire Brigades Union in England and Wales will walk out for
five hours from 7pm, followed by further stoppages on New Year's Eve
and on January 3.
union has already called six strikes since September in protest at
changes to pensions and retirement age, which it warned threatened
firefighters in their late 50s with being sacked.
'will wait week to see GP'
patients will be forced to wait for a week or more to see their
family doctor because of a shortage of GPs.
27 million patients in England will have to wait for at least a week
for an appointment with their GP next year because of the shortfall,
the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) warned.
college says numbers of GPs in England are in sharp decline compared
with a rise in the the amount of hospital doctors - a gap which it
predicts will widen.
posts Christmas video message
Archbishop of Canterbury has posted a Christmas video message on
Most Rev Justin Welby appears in the short clip on the photo-sharing
website as part of the Church of England's social media campaign
Welby, who has more than 48,000 followers on Twitter, joined
Instagram in October in his drive to spread the Christian message to
the app's 150 million users worldwide.
attacks Tories over EU
Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister has accused senior Tories of
"pandering" to anti-European sentiment putting thousands of
jobs at risk.
Alexander, the Treasury Chief Secretary, said an upsurge in
opposition to the EU in next year's European elections would send a
"shiver of doubt" through the boardrooms of companies
considering investing in the UK.
in The Independent, he said the Lib Dems would be the only party
campaigning in the elections on an "unambiguously pro-European
gives £15m more typhoon aid
is to contribute another £15 million towards helping the Philippines
recover from the devastation wreaked by typhoon Haiyan, International
Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.
aid boost - which takes the total UK contribution to £75 million -
will help fund efforts to rebuild homes and get people back into
of the biggest storms on record, Haiyan killed at least 5,700,
destroyed or damaged the homes of six million people and directly
affected another nine million.
botanist search to resume
search for a botanist missing in Vietnam is expected to resume today
after being abandoned due to heavy snow.
Taggart, from Argyll and Bute in Scotland, failed to return from a
plant-hunting trip to the northern mountainous region last month.
41-year-old has not been seen since November 2, when his rucksack and
passport were found at a guest house in the town of Sapa.