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Sean Maitland played for Scotland at the last two World Cups Scotland winger Sean Maitland has signed a new two-year contract with Saracens. The 31-year-old has scored 29 tries in 73 appearances since joining from London Irish in 2016. Maitland scored tries for Sarries in both their Champions Cup and Premiership final wins last season. […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry had been celebrating Ms Henry’s birthday before they were reported missing A man has been charged with murdering two sisters who were stabbed to death in a London park. The bodies of Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were found at Fryent Gardens […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Leeds City Council said the government needed to step in and help stabilise local authority finances Some of the largest UK councils say they may have to declare themselves effectively bankrupt unless the government agrees to further support. Nearly 150 authorities have forecast a combined budget shortfall of at […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103. The singer was best known for performing hits such as We’ll Meet Again to troops on the front line in countries including India and Egypt. Her family said they were “deeply saddened […]

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Image copyright AFP The government is facing calls from Tory backbenchers to drop the 2m (6ft) social distancing rule in England. MPs, including former cabinet ministers Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Damian Green, say it is essential for the economy. The government has said it is constantly reviewing its coronavirus lockdown guidance. It follows the […]

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Image copyright @DRNimages1 Image caption Officers were called to Energen Close in Harlesden A young child was among four people hurt in a shooting in north London, police have said. Shots were fired in Energen Close, Harlesden, at about 21:45 BST, Scotland Yard said. The child and a man were taken to hospital with gunshot […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thursday’s Clap for Our Carers could be the last one for some time This evening many of us in the UK will grab our pots and pans, scoop up the dog, and nervously look out of the window to make sure our neighbours are doing the same. Then, when […]

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Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Boris Johnson with Jennifer Arcuri at an event in 2014 Boris Johnson will not face a criminal investigation into his dealings with US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri when he was Mayor of London. The Independent Office for Police Conduct said in its report that there was “some evidence” the pair had […]

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Image copyright Louise Wigginton Image caption The 29-year-old said she does not get to see her daughter often, but when she does she is physically and mentally exhausted As lockdown begins to ease and unlimited exercise is allowed in England, a nurse has pleaded with people to adhere strictly to social distancing rules. Louise Wigginton, […]

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Image copyright Thomas Angus, Imperial College London Image caption A team of researchers designed the JamVent ventilator in three days A team of engineers and medical experts have revealed their designs for a “low-cost” ventilator. The JamVent prototype was built in response to the government’s appeal for the devices to tackle coronavirus. Its creators from […]

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