Press Association 2014 LATEST

Service personnel rents set to rise

Banbury Cake: Michael Fallon said the current system was out of date meaning many rents had fallen behind the 'appropriate rate' for properties which are of a higher standard than in the past

3:50pm Friday 24th October 2014

Rents charged to many service personnel are set to increase under "major reforms" to accommodation rates aimed at reflecting higher quality homes now available, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Universities 'face cash problems'

Banbury Cake: Universities in England face "significant challenges" over their finances, according to a new report

3:49pm Friday 24th October 2014

England's universities are set to face significant financial challenges over the next three years, according to a report.

First woman bishop likely next year

Banbury Cake: General Synod rule changes should enable the appointment of the first women bishops next year, it is claimed

3:35pm Friday 24th October 2014

The first female Church of England bishop is likely to be appointed in 2015, a senior official has said.

Murray battles through in Valencia

Banbury Cake: Andy Murray battled his way into the semi-finals of the Valencia Open

3:31pm Friday 24th October 2014

Andy Murray survived a test of his credentials to see off South Africa's Kevin Anderson in three sets and secure a place in the semi-finals of the Valencia Open.

Men jailed over attack on blind man

Banbury Cake: British Transport Police praised the dignity of the victims

3:21pm Friday 24th October 2014

CCTV footage of a registered blind man being pushed onto the tracks during a violent assault at a train station has been released by British Transport Police (BTP).

Firefighters escalate strike action

Banbury Cake: Firefighters are to escalate their strike action

3:21pm Friday 24th October 2014

Strikes by firefighters are to be escalated after hopes of a breakthrough in a long running dispute over pensions collapsed.

ECA 'wants 2022 World Cup in May'

Banbury Cake: Top European clubs are reportedly ready to recommend a May World Cup in 2022

3:14pm Friday 24th October 2014

Top European football clubs are set to lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place in May, according to reports.

Mother killer's minimum term cut

Banbury Cake: Angela Douglas was originally convicted of murder at Plymouth Crown Court

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

A woman who killed her sick mother in what she believed was an "act of mercy" has won a sentence cut.

Man remanded on Syria terror charge

Banbury Cake: A man has appeared at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with preparing acts of terrorism

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court accused of planning to fight in Syria.

Kidman hails 'extraordinary' Urban

Banbury Cake: Nicole Kidman praised her "extraordinary" husband Keith Urban after he helped her cope with the death of her father.

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

Nicole Kidman has revealed her debt to her "extraordinary" husband Keith Urban after he helped her cope with the death of her father.

Lohan tells of solitary confinement

Banbury Cake: Lindsay Lohan has spoken to Jonathan Ross about her time in solitary confinement

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

Lindsay Lohan has opened up about her time in prison and told Jonathan Ross the upside of her time in solitary confinement was she "finally had silence in my life".

Kidman hails 'extraordinary' Urban

Banbury Cake: Nicole Kidman has praised husband Keith Urban for his support since the death of her father

1:57pm Friday 24th October 2014

Nicole Kidman has revealed her debt to her "extraordinary" husband Keith Urban after he helped her cope with the death of her father.

Mourinho: Costa could face United

Banbury Cake: Diego Costa, pictured, has a "little chance" of being fit for Chelsea against Manchester United, according to Blues boss Jose Mourinho

1:53pm Friday 24th October 2014

Chelsea striker Diego Costa could climb out of a hospital bed to play at Manchester United on Sunday.

Children held over 'sex attack'

Banbury Cake: Most of the 11 people held over a sex attack on a woman in Anfield are children

1:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

A 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl are among a gang of 11 suspected sex attackers arrested over an "appalling" assault on a woman in her own home.

Mills: Cheryl gave me Strictly tips

Banbury Cake: Scott Mills will be dancing the Charleston this weekend

1:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

Scott Mills has revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as he prepares for his next performance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Ferdinand set to call it a day

Banbury Cake: Rio Ferdinand plans to retire at the end of the 2014-15 season

12:55pm Friday 24th October 2014

Former England captain and QPR defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season.

Man jailed over forced labour

Banbury Cake: David Dan Doran who has been jailed for four and a half years at Cardiff Crown Court for forcing a vulnerable man to work for him for 13 years without pay.

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

A farm owner who forced a vulnerable man to work for him for 13 years without pay has been jailed for four and a half years.

Spider drops in on Balls interview

Banbury Cake: A video grab taken from BBC News of a spider photobombing an interview with shadow chancellor Ed Balls (BBC News/PA)

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

Ed Balls has been photobombed by a spider during a live interview on the BBC News channel.

Cheryl in Mills corner on Strictly

Banbury Cake: Scott Mills, with partner Joanne Clifton, has failed to dazzle the Strictly judges

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Scott Mills has revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as he prepares for his next dance.

Briton dies during Thai operation

Banbury Cake: Doctor Sompob Sansiri is escorted by Thai police officers at a police station following his arrest in Bangkok

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

A British woman has died during cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Thailand, authorities in the country have said.

Stryder, Chuckle Bros song is a hit

Banbury Cake: Tinchy Stryder has teamed up with the Chuckle Brothers for his new single

12:53pm Friday 24th October 2014

Tinchy Stryder's collaboration with the Chuckle Brothers has become an internet sensation, notching up over 550,000 hits in 24 hours.

Suarez to debut in El Clasico

Banbury Cake: Luis Suarez will make his Barcelona debut in Saturday's El Clasico

12:40pm Friday 24th October 2014

Head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his Barcelona debut during El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Lauren's X Factor odds slashed

Banbury Cake: Lauren Platt's chances of winning The X Factor have improved (Syco/Thames TV)

12:32pm Friday 24th October 2014

Lauren Platt is closing in on Andrea Faustini as the favourite to win The X Factor.

Hoff gets no hassle on Halloween

Banbury Cake: David Hasselhoff likes to dress as himself for Halloween

12:30pm Friday 24th October 2014

David Hasselhoff has revealed he dresses up as himself for Halloween - and no one realises it's really him.

Regional variations in rent rises

Banbury Cake: London and Scotland saw the biggest rises in private rental price increases, official statistics show

12:23pm Friday 24th October 2014

Private rental prices paid by tenants have seen sharper increases in London and Scotland than elsewhere in Britain over the last year, official figures show.

Caterham administrators seek buyer

Banbury Cake: The gates at the Caterham factory in Leafield remain closed for a second day

11:47am Friday 24th October 2014

Administrators have been handed full management responsibility for the Caterham Formula One team in a bid to find a new buyer.

Rail workers seconds from death

Banbury Cake: The workers received no advance warning that an Edinburgh to Manchester Airport train was approaching

11:46am Friday 24th October 2014

Nine rail workers were just seconds from death after being given no warning that an 80mph passenger train was bearing down on them, rail accident investigators have said.

Self-build bill clears first hurdle

Banbury Cake: Richard Bacon MP has presented a Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill to the Commons

10:59am Friday 24th October 2014

Proposals aiming to make it easier for people to get land and build their own home has cleared its first Commons hurdle.

Disabled woman 'capable of consent'

Banbury Cake: A judge has ruled a woman with a learning disability has the mental capacity to consent to sex

10:59am Friday 24th October 2014

A 22-year-old woman who has a significant learning disability and a history of "abusive and exploitative relationships" with sexual partners does have the mental capacity to consent to sex, a judge has ruled.

Bruce: Balotelli treatment unfair

Banbury Cake: Mario Balotelli has endured a slow start to his Reds career, scoring just once in 10 appearances

10:51am Friday 24th October 2014

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Mario Balotelli may not have been too far wrong with his famous 'why always me?' statement, claiming the striker has been treated as a "whipping boy" by his critics.

Double Cumberbatch on Norton show

Banbury Cake: Benedict Cumberbatch met his Madame Tussaud's wax model during filming for The Graham Norton Show

10:37am Friday 24th October 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch has come face-to-face with his eerily lifelike waxwork on The Graham Norton Show.

Serbia punished over drone incident

Banbury Cake: Violence erupted at the Partizan Stadium earlier this month

10:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 victory over Albania following their postponed Euro 2016 qualifier but they have also been deducted three points and ordered to play their next two games behind closed doors for their part in the furore.

Lindsay Lohan talks prison to Ross

Banbury Cake: Lindsay Lohan has spoken about her time in jail

10:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Lindsay Lohan has opened up about her time in prison on The Jonathan Ross Show.

Hathaway's brush with hypothermia

Banbury Cake: Anne Hathaway nearly got hypothermia when her Interstellar spacesuit let in freezing water

9:54am Friday 24th October 2014

Anne Hathaway has revealed how she almost suffered hypothermia shooting in icy waters for Interstellar.

Stars line up for BBC Music Awards

Banbury Cake: One Direction are lined up for the BBC Music Awards

9:50am Friday 24th October 2014

One Direction, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran are among the chart stars who have signed up for the first BBC Music Awards.

Poulter: Bishop comments 'shocking'

Banbury Cake: Ian Poulter, pictured, has hit back at the PGA of America president Ted Bishop

9:44am Friday 24th October 2014

Ian Poulter has hit back at the president of the PGA of America for calling him a "Lil Girl", labelling the comments "pretty shocking and disappointing".

Post-wedding dinner for Clooneys

Banbury Cake: George Clooney will apparently celebrate his wedding at a dinner party in the UK

9:37am Friday 24th October 2014

George Clooney and his new wife Amal are rumoured to be celebrating their marriage at yet another party this weekend.

Jagger: Teen Elvis film in works

Banbury Cake: Musician and producer Sir Mick Jagger is making a film about Elvis Presley as a teenager

9:37am Friday 24th October 2014

Sir Mick Jagger has revealed he is developing a film about the young Elvis Presley.

Pitt grilled on Funny Or Die show

Banbury Cake: Brad Pitt showed off his sense of humour on Funny Or Die

9:37am Friday 24th October 2014

Brad Pitt got a bit hot under the collar as he was teased about both of his famous wives on Zach Galifianakis' mock talk show.

TSB hails current account boost

Banbury Cake: TSB said it had signed up one in ten of all customers opening new current accounts or switching in the UK

9:14am Friday 24th October 2014

TSB hailed an above-target performance in the current account market today but said it was being held back by the low level of switching among UK bank customers.

Launchbury commits future to Wasps

Banbury Cake: Joe Launchbury's decision represents a major coup for Wasps ahead of their move to Coventry's Ricoh Arena

9:10am Friday 24th October 2014

England lock Joe Launchbury committed to his future to Wasps after deciding he had "unfinished business" at the Coventry-bound club.

Amla inspires Proteas win

Banbury Cake: Hashim Amla's century led South Africa to victory

7:54am Friday 24th October 2014

Hashim Amla's century set up a 72-run victory for South Africa over New Zealand to give the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Man charged over Syria terrorism

Banbury Cake: Tuhin Shahensha is appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court accused of preparing acts of terrorism

7:50am Friday 24th October 2014

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the preparation of Syria-related terrorism acts.

MI5 agent was suburban bank clerk

Banbury Cake: Files released by the National Archives in Kew suggest an agent who posed as an undercover Gestapo officer was actually Eric Roberts, a father of two in his thirties (The National Archives/PA)

7:09am Friday 24th October 2014

The lone MI5 agent who secretly penetrated the ranks of Britain's wartime Nazi sympathisers has been identified as an unassuming suburban bank clerk.

Deila hails scorer Scepovic

Banbury Cake: Stefan Scepovic, left, broke his Celtic scoring duck against Astra Giurgiu

6:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Ronny Deila insists he never lost faith in Stefan Scepovic even though the Celtic striker missed two great chances before scoring his first goal for the Hoops in their 2-1 Europa League win over Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu at Parkhead.

Martinez hails 'incredible' fans

Banbury Cake: Everton manager Roberto Martinez praised the club's fans after the Toffees drew 0-0 against Lille

6:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expressed his "immense pride" for the club's "incredible" fans after a turbulent 24 hours building up to Thursday evening's 0-0 Europa League draw at Lille.

Kane eyes England call-up

Banbury Cake: Harry Kane is hoping his fine form for Tottenham will soon lead to England recognition

6:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Harry Kane is eyeing an England call-up after continuing his impressive rise with a hat-trick for boyhood club Tottenham.

UK return 'unsafe' for Ashya family

Banbury Cake: A medic wheels five-year-old Ashya King after his last proton therapy session at Proton Therapy Center in Prague (AP/CTK)

6:24am Friday 24th October 2014

The parents of brain cancer patient Ashya King have said they do not feel "safe" enough to return to the UK.

Brand 'open' to US 9/11 conspiracy

Banbury Cake: Comedian Russell Brand says he cannot rule out the conspiracy theory that America's government was behind the 9/11 attacks

2:55am Friday 24th October 2014

Comedian Russell Brand has said he is "open-minded" about the idea that the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks as he made a second appearance on BBC2's flagship Newsnight progamme.

Tearaway leads Joystick nominations

Banbury Cake: The 32nd annual Golden Joystick awards are due to take place

2:53am Friday 24th October 2014

The video game industry's answer to the Oscars takes place in London tonight, with the 32nd annual Golden Joystick awards.

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