Walking dogs on beaches and accidental littering landing thousands in court

Nearly 12,000 people have been dragged through the courts by local councils for offences including littering, dropping cigarette butts and walking dogs on beaches, new data shows. Private companies operating as ‘litter police’ and often paid commission for each fine issued are being used by councils to raise millions of pounds. But newly released figures … Read more

Mark Drakeford’s wife Clare dies suddenly

Clare Drakeford, the wife of Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford, has died suddenly, the Welsh Government has announced. A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “It is with deep sadness that we confirm the sudden passing of Clare Drakeford, wife of the First Minister. “The thoughts of everyone in the Welsh Government are with the family at … Read more

Iceland pulls bread product from shelves with Aldi expected to follow

UK shoppers have been warned that a popular bread product is leaving shelves at Iceland and other supermarkets could follow.  The major supermarket has reportedly pulled its own-brand ‘half-and-half’ loaf following protests from ‘The Real Bread Campaign’. The campaign group wrote to five supermarkets in June 2022 over the marketing of its ‘half-and-half’ products which are … Read more

‘Simple things like painted nails made all the difference during my cancer treatment’

Melissa, 51, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2020. She’s married with two sons, and lives in south London. She had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and is now in remission Before my diagnosis, I was very much a middle-aged housewife. I had long brunette hair, and stayed in my lane. Although I didn’t realise it … Read more

Jerusalem synagogue gunman terror attack Israel palestine

The Palestinian gunman behind Friday’s synagogue attack in East Jerusalem shot at a young woman as she gave CPR to her dying husband, according to eyewitnesses.  The killer only paused his attack, in the Jewish settlement of Neve Ya’akov, for a few seconds to reload his handgun with a new magazine, the witness said. On … Read more

Met Office responds to “snow bomb” weather forecast

The Met Office has responded to claims over forecasts of a ‘snow bomb’ hitting the UK as temperatures drop. It comes as the forecasters delivered their long-range weather outlook finding that a “polar vortex” could create a deep freeze across the UK. However, the Met Office has shared that any suggestions of a ‘deep freeze’ are premature … Read more

How the TikTok Generation fell in love with cash

Dee Kaskonaite, 24, describes cash stuffing as “quite life-changing”. She says: “I was basically living paycheque to paycheque every single month, and cash stuffing has really helped me to budget my finances in a physical way, because when I have it out in front of me, I’m someone that tends to not spend as much.” … Read more