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Ex-hospital doctor chosen as Labour candidate for Copeland by-election

Labour has selected a former hospital doctor to be its standard bearer in the upcoming Copeland by-election.

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Baby boy and three relatives killed in Saudi Arabia minibus crash

Four members of the same family including a two-month-old baby boy have been killed in a minibus crash in Saudi Arabia as they returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca.

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Pickpocket faces deportation after 19 phones stolen at Manchester rock gig

A Romanian pickpocket faces deportation after he stole 19 mobile phones from fans at a rock concert.

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Mother in funding push to get 'miracle' son cancer treatment in Germany

A mother has shared photographs of her "miracle" son in his hospital bed as part of a fund-raising appeal for potentially life-saving cancer treatment.

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Price and rent pressures 'continuing to spread' in housing market

Housing market activity stuttered in December, but prices continued heading firmly upwards, according to surveyors.

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Suspended Simon Danczuk 'disappointed' not to be reinstated by Labour

Scandal-hit MP Simon Danczuk has voiced his disappointment after a Labour panel decided not to lift his suspension from the party.

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'Improvements needed' at North West Ambulance Service, inspectors find

The ambulance service in the North West of England requires improvement, according to a watchdog.

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Grammar school plans should go ahead despite opposition, says Justine Greening

The Education Secretary has indicated she will press ahead with controversial grammar school plans in the face of stiff opposition.

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Baby recovered 'safe and well' after man's stand-off with police

An eight-month-old baby has been recovered "safe and well" from a house in which a man was involved in a six-hour stand-off with police.

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Ferry men were 'guns for hire' who smuggled drugs into UK from the Netherlands

Two former ferry workers who operated as "guns for hire" for criminal gangs have each been jailed for 16 years for smuggling class A drugs into the UK from the Netherlands, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

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Accident and emergency unit reopens part-time following recruitment drive

An accident and emergency unit closed for nine months because of staff shortages has reopened on a part-time basis.

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Officer who fatally shot unarmed man 'thought he was reaching for a firearm'

A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man thought his colleagues were in "extreme danger" at the time, a public inquiry has heard.

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Former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell denies child abuse charges

Former football coach Barry Bennell has denied eight child abuse offences.

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Funeral is held for cousins killed in hit-and-run

A funeral service has been held for two young girls who died in a hit-and-run on New Year's Eve.

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Corbyn: Key by-elections present 'opportunity' for Labour

Jeremy Corbyn has denied he will be "toast" if Labour fails to hold on in two crucial by-elections triggered by the resignations of outspoken critics of his leadership.

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Premier League clubs criticised in report into disabled access

Premier League clubs could face heavy fines and even points deductions if they fail to meet an August deadline to become compliant with disability access requirements, according to a report by the Culture, Media and Sport select committee.

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Cilla Black statue unveiled in Liverpool

A bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled in her home city of Liverpool.

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Expensive Breitling watch among items stolen in bar theft

A £3,000 Breitling watch has been stolen after its owner left his suitcase in a bar while he went to the toilet, police said.

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Talks held in bid to resolve Fujitsu pay, pensions and jobs dispute

Talks will be held this week in a bid to resolve a long-running dispute on pay, pensions and job security at Fujitsu.

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Mother criticises lack of proton therapy centres

The mother of a teenage boy who said her son's cancer was treated successfully by proton therapy has criticised the lack of widely available centres in the UK.

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