Press Association 2014 LATEST

Smith upbeat over fitness

Wimbledon Guardian: Matty Smith says he will definitely play against Australia

12:08pm Thursday 30th October 2014

England scrum-half Matty Smith insists he will be fully fit for Sunday's Four Nations clash with Australia and says his Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin is confident of lining up alongside him.

UK ready to help migrant operation

Wimbledon Guardian: Immigration minister James Brokenshire says Britain is ready to offer further support to a European operation aimed at controlling borders in the Mediterranean Sea

12:06pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Britain is ready to offer further support to a European operation aimed at controlling borders in the Mediterranean Sea where desperate migrants attempt to reach the continent by boat, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has said.

Man held over McConville murder

Wimbledon Guardian: Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville vanished in 1972

12:03pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A pensioner has been arrested by detectives investigating the kidnap and murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Prison staff attacks at 8-year high

Wimbledon Guardian: The number of assaults on prison staff increased by 11%

11:59am Thursday 30th October 2014

Assaults against prison staff have hit the highest level in eight years, official figures have shown.

Harry welcomes poppy campaign bus

Wimbledon Guardian: Prince Harry, Barbara Windsor and Joss Stone meets supporters of the Royal British Legion's London Poppy Day appeal

11:56am Thursday 30th October 2014

Prince Harry welcomed soap royalty Barbara Windsor and war veterans as they called into Buckingham Palace to mark London Poppy Day - on a bus.

'17% rise' in reoffending rate

Wimbledon Guardian: Some 174 registered sex offenders and violent criminals, who were being supervised by Probation Trusts, were charged with a serious further offence

10:54am Thursday 30th October 2014

The number of sexual and violent offenders being supervised in the community who go on to commit further serious offences has risen by 17%, official figures have shown.

Couple win ruling in payout case

Wimbledon Guardian: Abdul Hakim Belhaj, who claims that British intelligence was responsible for providing information that facilitated his rendition (Cori Crider/ Reprieve/PA)

10:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

Libyan politician Abdul Hakim Belhaj and his wife have won the latest round in their bid to win damages over their rendition to Tripoli.

Halloween will be spookily warm

Wimbledon Guardian: So far, 2014 is the warmest year on record, following consistently mild temperatures which have continued into autumn

10:02am Thursday 30th October 2014

Tomorrow will be the warmest Halloween on record, continuing a "remarkable year" of high temperatures, weather experts have said.

Karlberg in charge

Wimbledon Guardian: Davis Love was in the chasing pack at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia

9:47am Thursday 30th October 2014

Sweden's Rikard Karlberg carded a flawless 65 to claim a two-shot lead after the first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Thursday.

Sperm bank will 'build families'

Wimbledon Guardian: The sperm bank will help couples and single people

9:38am Thursday 30th October 2014

A national sperm bank has opened to help meet increasing demand for donors in the UK.

Levy leads in Shanghai

Wimbledon Guardian: Alexander Levy has a one-shot lead after the first round in Shanghai

9:31am Thursday 30th October 2014

France's Alexander Levy made the ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season - and second in China - in the BMW Masters on Thursday.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank sale

Wimbledon Guardian: The Clydesdale Bank is being prepared for a sell-off

8:57am Thursday 30th October 2014

The Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks are being readied for a stock market flotation after their Australian owner confirmed plans to exit UK banking.

£500m set aside over forex claims

Wimbledon Guardian: Barclays is being investigated over the alleged rigging of foreign exchange markets

7:51am Thursday 30th October 2014

Barclays has set aside £500 million over the alleged rigging of foreign exchange (forex) markets which are being probed by regulators around the world.

House prices hit all-time high

Wimbledon Guardian: Property values lifted by 0.5% month on month to reach £189,333 on average in October, Nationwide Building Society reported

7:46am Thursday 30th October 2014

House prices climbed to another all-time high in October after dipping slightly the previous month, Nationwide Building Society has reported.

Apprentice loser 'too proud to beg'

Wimbledon Guardian: Steven Ugoalah insisted he was gracious and said thank you after being fired

7:29am Thursday 30th October 2014

Fired Apprentice candidate Steven Ugoalah has revealed he was too proud to beg for another chance to stay on the show.

Saturday's Lotto is triple rollover

Wimbledon Guardian: Saturday's jackpot will be a £9.9 million triple rollover

7:07am Thursday 30th October 2014

There will be a £9.9 million triple rollover jackpot for Saturday's Lotto, Camelot said.

Ukip targeting police chief post

Wimbledon Guardian: Jack Clarkson is standing for Ukip

7:06am Thursday 30th October 2014

Ukip is hoping it can keep its current momentum going by securing the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) post following it recent by-election successes.

Father 'killed his sons in fire'

Wimbledon Guardian: Darren Sykes and his sons Paul and Jack died following a house fire

7:06am Thursday 30th October 2014

The mother of two boys killed alongside their father in a house fire has claimed he murdered them, adding that she is heartbroken at her loss.

Ricciardo keen to see full grid

Wimbledon Guardian: Daniel Ricciardo feels the loss of Marussia and Caterham would be "a great shame"

6:26am Thursday 30th October 2014

Daniel Ricciardo believes the demise of Caterham and Marussia would represent a bitter loss for Formula One.

Koeman: We deserved to win

Wimbledon Guardian: Southampton's Graziano Pelle scored twice against Stoke on Wednesday

6:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

Ronald Koeman felt Southampton deserved the late winner from Graziano Pelle that sent them through to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup at the expense of Stoke.

Squad rotation key for Pochettino

Wimbledon Guardian: Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino saw his side beat Brighton 2-0

6:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane must remain patient despite the striker scoring once again as Tottenham saw off Brighton in the Capital One Cup fourth round clash.

Pellegrini worried by City form

Wimbledon Guardian: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, right, admitted concern after his side's Capital One Cup loss to Newcastle

6:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was concerned about his team's form after being dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle.

Father of murdered Sarah Payne dies

Wimbledon Guardian: Michael Payne arriving at Maidstone Crown Court for sentencing after he admitted glassing his brother

3:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

The children of Michael Payne, father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah, have paid tribute to him following his death.

Jim Murphy to run for Labour leader

Wimbledon Guardian: Jim Murphy played a key role for Better Together during the referendum campaign

3:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

Jim Murphy has joined the contest to be the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party and wants more autonomy for the role.

PM feels 'moral duty' to cut taxes

Wimbledon Guardian: David Cameronsaid it is morally wrong for government to spend money as if it grows on trees

12:57am Thursday 30th October 2014

David Cameron said he feels a "moral duty" to cut taxes but faced a Labour backlash over claims promised income tax changes would save the average worker £3,800 by 2020.

Bid to treat more patients at home

Wimbledon Guardian: Jeremy Hunt said the plans would help deliver a sustainable future for the NHS

12:56am Thursday 30th October 2014

At least 18,000 social workers, therapists and health professionals will provide help for patients in or near home across England under a £5.3 billion push to slash unnecessary hospital visits and stays being hailed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Festive boost for wearable tech

Wimbledon Guardian: Wearable technology - like the Sunfriend UVA+B Activity Monitor - is predicted to be a big hit this Christmas

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

This year is a watershed moment for the wearable technology industry, with more money expected to be spent this Christmas on devices like smartwatches and fitness trackers than ever before.

NHS facing 'challenging winter'

Wimbledon Guardian: A report by The King's Fund has found evidence of "worrying" declines in levels of morale among NHS staff

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

A "challenging winter" has been forecast for the NHS in England, as a leading health thinktank 's latest quarterly report found evidence of "worrying" declines in levels of morale among staff.

CBI in call over future spending

Wimbledon Guardian: The CBI report calls for web consultations between patients and GPs, an e-prescriptions system for smart phones

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

Rules stopping governments spending more than they earn on public services must be introduced once the deficit is wiped out, business leaders have recommended.

'Skills crisis' in social work

Wimbledon Guardian: The number of children in care has increased by 12 per cent over the past four years, putting more pressure on social workers

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

Council social work departments are facing an "urgent skills crisis", with almost three-quarters struggling to recruit and retain staff, the Local Government Association has warned.

Mercury prize money outstrips sales

Wimbledon Guardian: Winners of the Mercury Music Prize 2014 Young Fathers, (left to right) 'G' Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi, and Kayus Bankole.

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers have sold so few copies of their triumphant album that they could have bought the lot with their £20,000 prize money - and still have change left over.

Ballet star dances for royal couple

Wimbledon Guardian: The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a reception and dinner hosted by President Juan Manuel Santos

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

A Colombian ballet star who has been enthralling British audiences has given a private performance for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Charities launch appeal over Ebola

Wimbledon Guardian: The Ebola virus, as the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is launching an appeal over the Ebola crisis - the first time it has ever called for donations in response to a disease outbreak.

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

A major appeal to help tackle the Ebola outbreak, described by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) as the most severe the world has ever seen, is launched today.

1.6m 'not getting a good education'

Wimbledon Guardian: Nearly one in four children are still being taught in schools that are considered less than good by Ofsted, the report warns

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

More than 1.5 million children are still not getting a good education, but the Government and local councils are failing to deal with under-performing schools consistently, the spending watchdog has warned.

Clegg in coalition drugs policy row

Wimbledon Guardian: Nick Clegg is at odds with his government partners over drugs policy

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

A furious row has erupted at the top of the coalition after a long-awaited Home Office report on drug abuse re-opened differences between Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

'Alarming' report on child grooming

Wimbledon Guardian: Child sex abuse may have been fuelled by the increased sexualisation of youngsters through  so-called "sexting", selfies and Instagram, a report says (picture posed by model)

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

Sexual exploitation of children has become "normal" on some streets and estates in Greater Manchester, according to a new report described as "alarming" by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Motorway fuel prices 'a rip off'

Wimbledon Guardian: Motorists feel they are being ripped off by high fuel prices at motorway service stations, the RAC says

12:04am Thursday 30th October 2014

Supermarket petrol prices may have fallen this week but drivers feel they are being ripped off by motorway services fuel tariffs, according to an RAC survey.

Private school graduates earn more

Wimbledon Guardian: University graduates who were privately educated are likely to earn up to a fifth more than state-educated graduates, research claims

12:03am Thursday 30th October 2014

University graduates who attended private school earn thousands of pounds more on average than those who were state-educated, according to research.

Ant and Dec to host Brit Awards

Wimbledon Guardian: Ant and Dec are to be the new hosts of the Brits

12:02am Thursday 30th October 2014

Ant and Dec are to be the new hosts of the Brit Awards - 14 years after they last fronted the show.

Cahill: Drogba is back to his best

Wimbledon Guardian: Gary Cahill believes his Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba, pictured, is a goal threat

11:32pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Gary Cahill has warned Chelsea's title rivals that Didier Drogba is back to his best after scoring three goals in the last three games for the Barclays Premier League club.

Magpies handed Spurs cup trip

Wimbledon Guardian: Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko scored his side's second goal against Manchester City

11:20pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Newcastle will head to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup after dumping holders Manchester City out of the competition with a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Broad refutes Pietersen claims

Wimbledon Guardian: Stuart Broad, left, has rejected Kevin Pietersen's claims of a 'bullying' culture in the England dressing room

10:58pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Stuart Broad has denied there was any deliberate bullying in the England camp during his time playing alongside Kevin Pietersen.

Young Fathers win Mercury Prize

Wimbledon Guardian: Young Fathers have won the Mercury Music Prize

10:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Hip-hop trio Young Fathers have won one of UK music's most prestigious awards as they collected the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their album Dead.

Big Bang star weeps at ceremony

Wimbledon Guardian: Kaley Cuoco attends the ceremony honouring her with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)

10:18pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Kaley Cuoco wept with emotion as she unveiled her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Spurs sneak into quarter-finals

Wimbledon Guardian: Harry Kane scored for Tottenham against Brighton

10:17pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Tottenham secured safe passage into the last eight of the Capital One Cup with an unconvincing 2-0 victory against out-of-form Brighton on largely uninspiring night at White Hart Lane.

City shocked by flying Magpies

Wimbledon Guardian: Moussa Sissoko, centre, scores Newcastle's second goal against Manchester City

10:17pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Rolando Aarons and substitute Moussa Sissoko struck as Newcastle dumped holders Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Apprentice loser 'too proud to beg'

Wimbledon Guardian: Steven Ugoalah has been fired from The Apprentice

10:01pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Fired Apprentice candidate Steven Ugoalah has revealed he was too proud to beg for another chance to stay on the show.

Pelle sends Saints through

Wimbledon Guardian: Southampton's Graziano Pelle celebrates scoring against Stoke City

9:53pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Southampton beat Stoke for the second time in four days to reach the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Space mission for star Chastain

Wimbledon Guardian: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain arriving for the European premiere of Interstellar

8:22pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Jessica Chastain has revealed Anne Hathaway has given her tips on playing an astronaut in her next movie.

Ferdinand handed three-game ban

Wimbledon Guardian: Rio Ferdinand has been banned and fined by the FA

6:27pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined £25,000 for comments he made on Twitter, the Football Association has announced.

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