Press Association 2014 LATEST

Text Santa delivers £5.5m present

Banbury Cake: George Clooney, left, swaps Hollywood for Highclere Castle on the set of Downton Abbey alongside co-star Hugh Bonneville

2:37am Saturday 20th December 2014

ITV's Text Santa appeal raised its highest ever total as viewers dug deep to donate more than £5.5 million.

Woman, 65, held over flats murder

Banbury Cake: A 65-year-old woman has been arrested over the stabbing murder of a man in Pimlico, central London

2:37am Saturday 20th December 2014

A 65-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death.

Hart still has best quality of life

Banbury Cake: Hart has retained its position as the top location to live

12:17am Saturday 20th December 2014

Nestled in the north-east corner of Hampshire, the tranquil district of Hart has been crowned as the place with the best quality of life in the UK for the fourth year in a row.

Plea for carbon monoxide alarms

Banbury Cake: Carbon monoxide poisoning kills 40 people a year and can be caused by wrongly installed appliances and blocked flues and chimneys

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Gas companies should give free carbon monoxide alarms to all households, councils have said.

Last dance for Strictly finalists

Banbury Cake: Four celebrities and their partners will battle it out for the glitterball trophy in the final of Strictly Come Dancing

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

The curtain will fall on Strictly Come Dancing tonight, as four celebrities and their partners fight it out for the glitterball trophy.

Welsh Secretary attacks Miliband

Banbury Cake: Stephen Crabb claimed Ed Miliband "doesn't give a toss" about Wales

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband "doesn't give a toss" about Wales because his party has become an "elitist, metropolitan" organisation, a Cabinet minister has claimed.

Bid to help over-50s keep working

Banbury Cake: Employment Minister Esther McVey said the over-50s have a hugely valuable contribution to make to workforces

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

The Government is pledging to tackle ageism in the workplace by offering fresh support to older jobseekers.

Rush-hour murder: man in court

Banbury Cake: The victim was killed as she made her way to work in north west London

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a woman stabbed to death during the morning rush hour.

Women 'hit hardest by Tory plans'

Banbury Cake: Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has criticised Tory austerity proposals

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Women will be hardest hit by George Osborne's austerity measures if the Conservatives win next May's general election, Labour has warned.

Migrants system 'in intensive care'

Banbury Cake: An MP has said everyone who enters and leaves Britain "must be counted in and out"

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Britain's immigration system is in "intensive care", the chair of an influential parliamentary committee has warned.

Man held over off-duty Pc's murder

Banbury Cake: Constable Neil Doyle, 36, died as a result of injuries suffered in Liverpool city centre (Merseyside Police/PA)

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Detectives investigating the death of off-duty police constable Neil Doyle have arrested a man on suspicion of murder, Merseyside Police said.

Caroline Flack: Strictly Come Dancing has been life-changing

Banbury Cake: Caroline Flack: Strictly Come Dancing has been life-changing

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

Caroline Flack revealed taking part on Strictly Come Dancing has been a worthwhile life experience.

Frankie Bridge doesn't know how she'll cope when Strictly ends

Banbury Cake: Frankie Bridge doesn't know how she'll cope when Strictly ends

12:11am Saturday 20th December 2014

The singer reckons there needs to be some post-Strictly rehab for the contestants.

Man charged with neighbour's murder

Banbury Cake: Police have named the woman stabbed to death during the rush hour in Harrow, London

11:03pm Friday 19th December 2014

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman stabbed to death during the morning rush hour.

We love Text Santa and not just because of the George Clooney Downton scene

Banbury Cake: We love Text Santa and not just because of the George Clooney Downton scene

10:35pm Friday 19th December 2014

It seems the whole nation are sat on their sofas crying to Text Santa.

Cipriani shines in Sale win

Banbury Cake: Danny Cipriani was in fine form for Sale

10:04pm Friday 19th December 2014

Danny Cipriani created one try and scored another as Sale wrecked Exeter's hopes of climbing to the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Good news for Carter

Banbury Cake: Ali Carter has been given the all clear following treatment for lung cancer

9:31pm Friday 19th December 2014

Ali Carter has been given the all clear from cancer for the second time in two years.

Plenty of support for Cook removal

Banbury Cake: The news that Alastair Cook will no longer captain England in one-day internationals has been welcomed

9:24pm Friday 19th December 2014

The news that Alastair Cook's reign as England one-day international captain is all but over has been welcomed by several former leaders of the national side.

Bank fines boost for charity single

Banbury Cake: Chancellor George Osborne is waiving the VAT on a charity single, using fines for abusing the Libor system

7:54pm Friday 19th December 2014

Fines levied on banks for misconduct will fund a VAT waiver on a military charity single, the Government has announced.

Hackers send new threat to Sony warning not to release The Interview in any form

Banbury Cake: James Franco and Seth Rogen's pay revealed in new hack

6:36pm Friday 19th December 2014

That includes DVDs and piracy while Sony has also been asked to remove the trailer from the internet.

Hart signs new City contract

Banbury Cake: Joe Hart is enjoying a fine season for Manchester City

6:07pm Friday 19th December 2014

Joe Hart has committed his future to Manchester City by signing a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2019.

Fine and one-match ban for Pearson

Banbury Cake: Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has been fined £10,000 and banned from the touchline for one match

5:50pm Friday 19th December 2014

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has been hit with a £10,000 fine and a one-match touchline ban following his altercation with a fan last month.

Van Gaal won't rush Falcao decision

Banbury Cake: Radamel Falcao needs to play more games to earn a permanet move to Manchester United

5:31pm Friday 19th December 2014

Louis van Gaal will not make a call on Radamel Falcao's future until the striker has an extended run in the Manchester United first team.

Obama criticises Sony film decision

Banbury Cake: The Sony Pictures Entertainment studio in California (AP)

5:24pm Friday 19th December 2014

Barack Obama has criticised Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the release of a movie about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the studio "made a mistake".

West Indies in trouble

Banbury Cake: Vernon Philander, left, was among the wickets for South Africa

5:16pm Friday 19th December 2014

The West Indies are staring at a heavy defeat after taking a battering from South Africa's bowlers on the third day of the first Test at Centurion.

Armstrong wouldn't cheat - at golf

Banbury Cake: Lance Armstrong says he loves the "code of honour" in golf

4:15pm Friday 19th December 2014

Lance Armstrong insists he would never cheat - at golf.

Caroline Flack favourite for Strictly victory

Banbury Cake: Caroline Flack favourite for Strictly victory

4:06pm Friday 19th December 2014

While Mark Wright is the outsider, according to the bookies.

Take a sneak peek at Backstreet Boys' new film

Banbury Cake: Take a sneak peek at Backstreet Boys' new film

4:06pm Friday 19th December 2014

The trailer for the Backstreet Boys’ documentary film, Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, has been unveiled and it doesn’t disappoint.

Find out why you could be literally sitting on a secret Jack White record

Banbury Cake: Find out why you could be literally sitting on a secret Jack White record

3:57pm Friday 19th December 2014

Jack White hid vinyl copies of his music with The Upholsterers stitched into furniture.

Andrew Lloyd Webber praises Mandy Rice-Davies

Banbury Cake: Andrew Lloyd Webber praises Mandy Rice-Davies

3:56pm Friday 19th December 2014

Andrew Lloyd Webber has paid tribute to the “life-enhancing” Mandy Rice-Davies.

Snow on Christmas Day 'is unlikely'

Banbury Cake: Experts say it is 'unlikely' that the UK will see snow on Christmas Day

3:51pm Friday 19th December 2014

A white Christmas across the UK is looking unlikely for now, but severe weather warnings are in place over the weekend.

Flack favourite for Strictly final

Banbury Cake: Caroline Flack is the bookies' favourite to take the Strictly glitterball trophy

3:51pm Friday 19th December 2014

TV presenter Caroline Flack heads into tomorrow's Strictly Come Dancing final as the favourite to get her hands on the prized glitterball trophy.

£7,400 for quango Christmas parties

Banbury Cake: Ministers were asked about departmental spending on Christmas parties and decorations

3:51pm Friday 19th December 2014

Three health quangos expect to spend more than £7,400 of taxpayers' cash on Christmas parties, official figures show.

Pellegrini confident of Milner deal

Banbury Cake: James Milner is enjoying a good season for the Premier League champions

3:29pm Friday 19th December 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident England midfielder James Milner will sign a new contract in the near future.

10 moments we really loved Nick Hewer

Banbury Cake: 10 moments we really loved Nick Hewer

2:52pm Friday 19th December 2014

We all loved a bit of Nick because really, what’s not to love?

Mourinho hails Hazard

Banbury Cake: Eden Hazard is on the brink of signing a lucrative new deal at Chelsea

2:18pm Friday 19th December 2014

Eden Hazard is set to sign a new deal with Chelsea, where Jose Mourinho believes he can become an all-time great.

Perez Hilton for Celebrity Big Brother?

Banbury Cake: Perez Hilton for Celebrity Big Brother?

2:17pm Friday 19th December 2014

The showbiz blogger has been linked to the show.

Rebel Wilson: I channelled Matt Lucas's accent

Banbury Cake: Rebel Wilson to take on the spirits in Ghostbusters 3?

2:17pm Friday 19th December 2014

Rebel Wilson took inspiration from Little Britain’s Matt Lucas for her accent in Night At The Museum: The Secret of the Tomb.

Posthumous career gong for George Harrison

Banbury Cake: Posthumous career gong for George Harrison

2:17pm Friday 19th December 2014

The Recording Academy are honouring the late George Harrison with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award.

Cheryl's husband wins privacy damages

Banbury Cake: Cheryl's husband wins privacy damages

2:17pm Friday 19th December 2014

Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini has won damages over a magazine article about the couple’s wedding.

Lecturer 'abducted' sons to Moscow

Banbury Cake: A High Court judge has criticised a Russian man who 'abducted' his sons to Moscow after their mother went to a women's refuge

2:00pm Friday 19th December 2014

A Russian academic who lectured at a London university "abducted" two of his sons after their mother moved to a women's refuge complaining that she was a victim of "long-standing domestic violence", a High Court judge said today.

Danny Dyer: I want long run in EastEnders

Banbury Cake: Danny Dyer: I want long run in EastEnders

1:39pm Friday 19th December 2014

Danny Dyer has said he wants a “long run” as EastEnders’ Mick Carter.

Cheryl husband wins privacy damages

Banbury Cake: Cheryl married Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini earlier this year

1:36pm Friday 19th December 2014

The husband of X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has accepted undisclosed privacy damages over a magazine article which speculated about their "secret" wedding.

'Deepest fish' found in Pacific

Banbury Cake: Snailfish have been found to be living in great depths in the Pacific (PA/Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen)

1:36pm Friday 19th December 2014

Scientists have discovered the world's deepest fish during research in the depths of the Pacific.

Calls received in 'murders' probe

Banbury Cake: Police have appealed for witnesses who lived or visited Dolphin Square

1:36pm Friday 19th December 2014

Detectives investigating the alleged murder of three young boys by members of a Westminster paedophile ring have "received calls and information" after launching a fresh appeal.

Van Gaal won't rush Falcao decision

Banbury Cake: Radamel Falcao started last week's game against Liverpool on the bench

1:31pm Friday 19th December 2014

Louis van Gaal will not make a call on Radamel Falcao's future until the striker has an extended run in the Manchester United first team.

Rihanna is mobbed by fans in France

Banbury Cake: Rihanna visits the White House

1:29pm Friday 19th December 2014

Rihanna gave her French supporters a day to remember when she spent some time with them in Paris.

Natalie Portman says no director wanted to work with her after Star Wars

Banbury Cake: Natalie Portman says no director wanted to work with her after Star Wars

1:06pm Friday 19th December 2014

Natalie Portman claims no directors wanted to work with her after her appearance in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Black Friday boosts sales growth

Banbury Cake: Shoppers taking advantage of Black Friday offers

1:03pm Friday 19th December 2014

Britain's "Black Friday" shopping surge saw retail sales grow at their fastest pace for nearly 27 years, CBI figures showed today.

Jennifer Aniston 'kept awake by thoughts in mind'

Banbury Cake: Jennifer Aniston 'kept awake by thoughts in mind'

12:57pm Friday 19th December 2014

Jennifer Aniston has revealed she suffers an ongoing battle with insomnia.

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