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High Court to rule on Southern Railway challenge to train drivers' strikes

An "unprecedented" series of strikes by Southern Railway drivers may get the go-ahead later if the company's High Court bid to block the action hits the buffers.

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Transport Secretary Grayling 'should quit' after leaked letter on suburban rail

The Transport Secretary has been accused of putting politics ahead of passengers after a leaked letter showed he opposed the devolution of suburban rail services in the London area to keep the network "out of the clutches" of a Labour mayor.

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Stalker who hounded woman after she befriended him in pub jailed for three years

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BBC bosses will defend 'vigorously' reports about Sir Cliff Richard, court told

BBC editors say they will "defend ourselves vigorously" after being sued by Sir Cliff Richard over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender.

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Firework factory blast families of dead and injured win compensation

The families of two dead firefighters and other 999 staff injured following an explosion at a fireworks factory 10 years ago have finally received compensation, union officials said.

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Children with 'wobbly eye' disorder struggle to recognise faces, scientists say

Children who suffer from "wobbly eye" disorder struggle to recognise faces but not other objects, according to a new study.

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Southern Railway in legal bid to stop strikes by train drivers

The owners of Southern Railway have launched a High Court bid to block "unprecedented" strike action by drivers.

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Arrests after dawn raids in human trafficking investigation

Three people have been arrested by police looking to dismantle a suspected organised crime network allegedly involved in human trafficking and modern slavery.

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Prison inmate probed over 'Cop Killer' profile on Xbox Live

Prison officials and police are investigating if an inmate convicted of killing a traffic police officer illegally accessed Xbox's internet gaming service from his cell under the nickname "Cop Killer".

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Alpacas put the frighteners on foxes to protect farm's free-range turkeys

A herd of "guard" alpacas are taking turns protecting 24,000 free-range turkeys from foxes this Christmas on a farm in south-east England.

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Transatlantic rowers raise funds for suicide prevention charity

A former public school boy hopes completing a rare sporting feat in memory of his tragic brother will help support those with mental health problems.

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Family pays tribute to British tour guide killed in Lapland stabbing

Tributes have been paid to a British tour guide who was stabbed to death in Lapland.

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Bishops seek end to 'circle of blame' in Southern rail dispute

Church of England bishops called for an end to the "circle of blame" in the ongoing dispute affecting Southern trains as another wave of strikes brought misery to travellers.

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Assessment of Southern Railway's 'force majeure' claim will not be published

The Government has been accused of giving "favourable treatment" to the owners of Southern Railway after deciding not to publish the results of an assessment of the company's claim of exceptional circumstances for disruption to services.

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Air and sea search launched after clothes left on beach

An air and sea search is under way on the South Coast after clothes and other personal belongings were left on a beach, the Coastguard said.

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Counter-terrorism strategy challenged by Muslim issues campaigner in High Court

A campaigner on Muslim issues has attacked aspects of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy at the High Court.

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Ex-Army officer who founded Syrian White Helmets collects OBE

A former British Army officer who founded a programme to train civilian volunteers in war-torn Syria has described collecting an OBE for his services as bittersweet.

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China's SinoFotone buys pub where David Cameron took Xi Jinping for a pint

A Great British staple of fish and chips and a pint at the local pub is to be rolled out across China following a swoop for a 16th-century inn where Chinese President Xi Jinping and David Cameron enjoyed a drink.

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Housing development will destroy historic parkland, conservationists warn

Conservationists have called for "devastating" plans for a housing development on a remnant of medieval deer park to be turned down.

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Elliott, three, could have first Christmas at home - thanks to heart donor

The parents of a toddler who received a life-saving heart transplant are preparing for a Christmas they "never thought" they would have with their son.

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