Family's pain after killer jailed

Banbury Cake: Reema Ramza was still alive when her boyfriend started to cut off her head with a knife

3:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The family of a teenager who was beheaded by her boyfriend have spoken of their pain after her killer was jailed for life for murder.

Queen presents money to pensioners

Banbury Cake: The Queen hands out Maundy money at Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire

6:03am Thursday 17th April 2014

The Queen has presented money to pensioners at the traditional Royal Maundy Thursday service.

Royals marvel at Blue Mountains

Banbury Cake: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge view the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point in the Blue Mountains, Katoomba.

6:03am Thursday 17th April 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have marvelled at the views from one of Australia's most spectacular beauty spots after hearing the moving stories of bush fire survivors.

Fletcher family's justice plea

Banbury Cake: A police officer stands beside floral tributes during a memorial service held in St James Square, London, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the death of WPC Yvonne Fletcher

11:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

The family of murdered policewoman Yvonne Fletcher said it is "time this case was closed" - but 30 years later they added it seems they are "no closer to achieving justice".

Pickles slams 'Town Hall Pravdas'

Banbury Cake: Eric Pickles compared council free sheets published in some London areas to Pravda, the newspaper associated with the former Soviet Union.

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Conservative Cabinet member Eric Pickles has attacked five London councils for behaving like Russian president Vladimir Putin over their alleged attempts to drive local newspapers "out of business".

MP vows to keep up fracking fight

Banbury Cake: Green MP Caroline Lucas arrives at Brighton Magistrates' Court

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Britain's only Green MP has vowed to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile protests.

Two guilty of Anglo Irish Bank plot

Banbury Cake: Former Anglo Irish Bank executive Pat Whelan leaves the Circuit Criminal court, Dublin

3:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank, the rogue lender that crippled Ireland's economy, have been found guilty of hatching a multi-million euro loans-for-shares plot months before the bank's collapse.

Lifespan estimates 'need updating'

Banbury Cake: Experts will look at factors such as smoking, eating habits and socio-economic background when determining a person's approximate life expectancy

12:55am Thursday 17th April 2014

Retirees risk being misled by estimates proposed by ministers which would tell them when they are expected to die unless this information is regularly reviewed, a leading pensions expert has warned.

Man held after major arms find

Banbury Cake: Some of the arms that have been seized by an anti-gang squad in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun seizures.

12:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Assault rifles, sawn off shotguns, an Uzi and a Thompson machine gun have been seized by an anti-gang squad in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun seizures.

Earthquake rattles English region

Banbury Cake: An earthquake has rattled Rutland, scientists say

9:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

A central English region was hit by its strongest earthquake in 13 years this morning.








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