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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Met Commissioner Cressida Dick (left) is writing to all officers who retired in the last five years Retired Metropolitan Police officers are being asked to return to the force as it tries to cope with the coronavirus outbreak in London. Former PCs and sergeants who left in the past […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ministers say construction work can continue so long as people keep 2m (6.5ft) apart The government is facing growing pressure to stop non-essential construction work to help tackle the spread of coronavirus in the UK. On Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said those who cannot do their jobs from […]

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Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is urging blood donors to keep their appointments during the coronavirus outbreak. It said donations were 15% lower than expected last week, amid fears donors are feeling unsure about safety and whether sessions are still going ahead. A spokesman said the impact of the drop was minimal but must […]

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A couple of “very bored” restaurant owners have used some of their new-found free time to make people laugh. With customers being advised to avoid pubs and restaurants, Jane and Kevan Pierrepont, owners of the Factory Kitchen in Ilkeston, decided to try their hand at comedy. The resulting clips – which feature some “innovative” food […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson confirms the government will bring forward legislation “to protect private renters from eviction”. The government will bring forward emergency legislation to protect private renters from eviction, Boris Johnson has said. Tenants were “worried sick” they might not be able to pay rents if they fell […]

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Jofra Archer won the Cricket World Cup with England, while Dina Asher-Smith starred at the World Championships Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and cricketer Jofra Archer have won sportswoman and sportsman of the of the year at the 2019 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards. Asher-Smith, 24, became the first British athlete to win three medals at one […]

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Image copyright Reuters Jet2 planes heading to Spain have been turned around in mid-air as the airline cancelled all flights to the mainland, Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands because of coronavirus. Confirmed cases in Spain have risen by 1,500 in 24 hours and thousands of people have been placed in lockdown. The country’s death […]

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Image copyright Getty Images A total of 590 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, with government ministers now expected to move to the next stage of its phased plan to tackle the outbreak. Some 29,764 people in the UK have been tested for the respiratory infection so far. Ten people who […]

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Chris Ashton is just seven tries short of becoming the Premiership’s all-time top try scorer New Harlequins winger Chris Ashton says the manner of his departure from Sale last week came as “a shock”. Ashton’s former boss at Sale, Steve Diamond, said the ex-England player left after a “difference of opinion”. The 32-year-old said he […]

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The Duchess of Sussex surprised an entire school of children to mark International Women’s Day – although she didn’t realise her visit was unexpected. Ahead of the day, the Duchess of Sussex met pupils in Dagenham in east London on Friday. There was a lot of screaming, cheering and some cheeky statements from pupils who […]

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