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Welsh Valleys village to lead the way in geothermal heating using mine water

Water from a disused mine that has been warmed by the earth is to be used to heat homes in a Welsh Valleys village, the Welsh Government has said.

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Inspectors delivered a scathing assessment of HMP Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

Drones a major problem at jail where conditions are ‘worst inspectors have seen’

Drones are seized at a rate of more than one a week at a jail holding inmates in the worst conditions inspectors have seen.

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A new survey reveals the career aspirations of UK children (Dave Thompson/PA)

Social media and gaming increasingly popular career choice for children – survey

Working in social media or gaming is becoming a more common career aspiration for 21st century youngsters,  a survey has found.

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Natasha Gordon will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court (Lucy Bogustawski/PA)

Former pole dancer to be sentenced for encouraging postman’s suicide

A former pole dancer who entered into a suicide pact with a postman and left him to die alone is to be sentenced.

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Two men arrested on suspicion of the murder of two retired teachers who lived in the same village street have been bailed (Steve Parsons/PA)

Two men bailed over teachers’ deaths

Two men arrested on suspicion of the murder of two retired teachers who lived in the same village street have been released on bail.

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Extra funding to help NHS used on short-term fixes, report finds

Additional funding aimed at helping the NHS get on a financially sustainable footing has instead been spent on coping with existing pressures, according to a report.

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Casual workers more likely to become jobless

Casual workers more likely to become jobless, says TUC

Casual workers are five times more likely to drop out of the labour market than those on permanent contracts, a new study finds.

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Founder of Ditch the Label anti-bullying charity Liam Hackett is the youngest ever to be made an honorary graduate at the University of Sussex. (University of Sussex)

Anti-bullying campaigner made university’s youngest ever honorary graduate

An anti-bullying campaigner who thinks children need a guide for healthy ways to use Instagram has been made a university’s youngest ever honorary graduate.

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A poll suggests Britons back staying in the single market (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Majority back continued single market membership – poll

A majority of Britons would support remaining in the single market and customs union after Brexit, an opinion poll has indicated.

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Co-op job plans (Co-op/PA)

Co-op offers jobs to modern slavery and human trafficking victims

Victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are being offered jobs by retail giant the Co-op to help them rebuild their lives.

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What the papers say – January 19

Royal fever hits the papers on Friday as both Kate and William, and Harry and Meghan carried out official engagements across the UK on Thursday.

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Work taking a heavy toll on parents

Parents ‘buckling’ under the strain of long working hours, study warns

Work is taking a “heavy toll” on parents, affecting their health and family lives, as they struggle to cope with the strain of long hours, a new study reveals.

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Steam car record holder among five killed in helicopter crash

British-born investor and world record holder Charles Burnett III was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in New Mexico.

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Kane Gamble, 18, will be sentenced by Mr Justice Haddon-Cave at the Old Bailey (Clara Molden/PA)

Teenager to be sentenced for hacking top US intelligence officials

A teenage hacker who bragged about cracking the accounts of senior US intelligence officials will be sentenced later.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is one of the ships in the Carrier Strike programme. (AB Belinda Alker/Ministry of Defence)

Aircraft carrier programme leaves defence budget ‘exposed financially’, MPs warn

Ministers must deliver Britain’s “hugely complex, costly” aircraft carrier and jet programme on budget or risk other defence projects being jeopardised due to already “very strained” budgets, MPs have warned.

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Court artist sketch of Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

Teenager to enter pleas over Parsons Green bomb attack

A teenager accused over the Parsons Green terror attack which injured 30 Tube travellers is expected to enter pleas in court later.

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Tower block fire in London

Grenfell residents hit back at council charges plan

Residents of the blocks in the shadow of Grenfell Tower have hit out at plans for them to resume paying rent and service charges from the end of January.

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The number of bridges classed as substandard has increased by 7% year-on-year (Andrew Matthews/PA)

New figures reveal 7% rise in number of ‘fragile’ bridges

The number of council-owned road bridges deemed substandard rose 7% in the last year, new figures show.

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Students at a graduation ceremony (Chris Ison/AP)

High pay for mediocre vice-chancellors ‘unacceptable’, says minister

The new universities minister has said he is against high pay for mediocre vice-chancellors, calling the example of Bath an “egregious case”.

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Meghan Markle meets members of the public during a walkabout as she visits Cardiff Castle (Arthur Edwards/The Sun)

Meghan Markle hails ‘amazing’ Wales during royal visit with Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry drove Wales wild during a visit to the nation’s capital – and were left amazed by the welcome from their hosts.

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