Press Association 2014 LATEST

Hamilton: I have matured

Mid Devon Star: Lewis Hamilton, pictured, heads into the Japanese GP with a slender three-point lead over Nico Rosberg (AP)

1:26pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Lewis Hamilton believes more maturity and a better work ethic set him apart from the man he was when he last tasted Formula One title success.

Drugs baron jailed for 17 years

Mid Devon Star: Kevin Hanley, 52, was considered the 'top, top man' in the drug world

1:04pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

One of Britain's most notorious drugs barons, who smuggled cocaine worth £5 million in consignments of watermelons and pomegranates, has been jailed for more than 17 years.

Man 'confesses' over Thai murders

Mid Devon Star: Hannah Witheridge, 23, and her boyfriend, David Miller, 24, were found dead on a Thai beach on September 15 (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

1:04pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A Burmese man has confessed to killing two British tourists on the Thai island of Koh Tao, according to local reports.

Boy jailed for murdering girlfriend

Mid Devon Star: Steven Miles, 17, who has been for the murder of his girlfriend Elizabeth Thomas

1:04pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A 17-year-old boy with a fixation on the TV serial killer Dexter has been jailed for 25 years for the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend who he ferociously stabbed before he dismembered her body in the "blood-curdling" killing in his bedroom.

Morrisons makes price match move

Mid Devon Star: Morrisons is bidding to match the prices offered by discounters Aldi and Lidl

1:02pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Morrisons has become the first of the big four supermarkets to pledge a price match guarantee against discounters Aldi and Lidl in the latest episode of the ferocious price war.

Nadal and Murray progress

Mid Devon Star: Andy Murray, pictured, overcame Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-2 (AP)

1:01pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Rafael Nadal moved into the quarter-finals of the China Open with a straight-sets victory over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk.

Sturridge left out of England squad

Mid Devon Star: Daniel Sturridge is recovering from a thigh strain

12:44pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Roy Hodgson has bowed to the demands of Brendan Rodgers by leaving Daniel Sturridge out of the England squad.

Murray breezes into last eight

Mid Devon Star: Andy Murray, pictured, beat Pablo Cuevas to reach the China Open quarter-finals

12:30pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Andy Murray strolled into the quarter-finals of the China Open on Wednesday with a straightforward victory over Pablo Cuevas.

Platini supports publication

Mid Devon Star: UEFA president Michel Platini wants a secret report into World Cup bidding to be published

12:06pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

UEFA president Michel Platini has added his voice to calls for a secret report into World Cup bidding to be made public.

Zeta Jones to play cartel boss

Mid Devon Star: Catherine Zeta Jones will star in The Godmother

11:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Catherine Zeta Jones has landed the role of a drugs kingpin in real-life crime biopic The Godmother.

Jessie: Romance has lost its way

Mid Devon Star: Jessie J was interviewed by Cosmopolitan magazine

11:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Jessie J says she hopes to find a man in the US.

Health warning over wild mushrooms

Mid Devon Star: Public Health England says 84 cases of mushroom poisoning have been reported this year

11:08am Thursday 2nd October 2014

People setting out for autumnal countryside walks have been urged to take care if they are planning to forage for mushrooms after dozens of people have fallen ill from poisoning.

Angry Clegg demands May apology

Mid Devon Star: Nick Clegg has demanded an apology from Theresa May after she claimed he put children at risk by blocking the so-called snoopers' charter

10:26am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Nick Clegg has launched a furious attack on Home Secretary Theresa May for saying he put children at risk by blocking the so-called snoopers' charter.

Singer Lynsey de Paul dies at 64

Mid Devon Star: Singer Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64

10:20am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Lynsey de Paul, who scored top 10 hits, wrote TV themes and represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, has died at the age of 64.

Singer Lynsey de Paul dies at 64

Mid Devon Star: Lynsey de Paul's biggest hit Sugar Me got to number five in the singles chart in 1972

10:10am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul, who scored top 10 hits, wrote TV themes and represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, has died at the age of 64.

Jail terms for failed smugglers

Mid Devon Star: Border Force officers foiled the plot

10:10am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A gang who attempted to smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK through a quiet village quay have been jailed.

No risk from Help to Buy - Bank

Mid Devon Star: Mark Carney told George Osborne a house price cap and the fee charged to lenders who use it "remain appropriate"

10:07am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Bank of England will not ask for changes to the Government's Help to Buy scheme after finding it does not pose a risk to financial stability and has not driven up house prices, it announced today.

Bailiff battle won't distract team

Mid Devon Star: Caterham's Marcus Ericsson insists preparations for the Japanese Grand Prix have not been affected by bailiffs entering the team's UK factory

10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Marcus Ericsson insists it has been business as usual for Caterham as they prepare for the Japanese Grand Prix alongside an ongoing battle with a bailiff company.

Facebook in drag queens U-turn

Mid Devon Star: Facebook says transgender and drag queen users will be able to use their stage names to log in

9:31am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Facebook has apologised to transgender and drag queen users whose accounts were deleted for violating its policy on using real names.

Ryanair 'axes cabin crew calendar'

Mid Devon Star: Ryanair's calendars were first published in 2008

9:31am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Ryanair has called time on its calendar of cabin crew in bikinis, according to reports.

Write-off boost for Wonga debtors

Mid Devon Star: Wonga is writing off the debts of 330,000 customers

9:31am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Wonga is to write off the debts of 330,000 customers after it admitted it has made loans to people who could not afford to repay them.

Johnson to miss autumn Tests

Mid Devon Star: Exeter and England forward Tom Johnson is to undergo neck surgery

9:17am Thursday 2nd October 2014

England boss Stuart Lancaster has been dealt yet another injury setback after Exeter confirmed that back-row forward Tom Johnson will miss the autumn Tests next month.

Renewables bid to share £300m

Mid Devon Star: Established technologies such as onshore wind farms will compete for up to £65 million in support

8:36am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Renewable electricity projects will be able to bid for a share of £300 million subsidies for new schemes this autumn, the Department of Energy has said.

'Racist' Banksy mural removed

Mid Devon Star: The Banksy artwork was removed from a wall in Clacton-on-Sea (Banksy.co.uk)

8:36am Thursday 2nd October 2014

One of street artist Banksy's newest works has been removed following complaints it was racist.

First Glastonbury ticket batch sold

Mid Devon Star: The first 15,000 Glastonbury tickets sold in just 14 minutes

7:49am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The first batch of tickets for Glastonbury 2015 has sold out in just 14 minutes.

Army 'easing tattoo restrictions'

Mid Devon Star: The Army is considering a relaxation of formerly strict rules on tattoos as it seeks to boost the ranks of reservists

7:49am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Army is easing restrictions on hand and neck tattoos, it has emerged.

Gerrard blasts "soft" performance

Mid Devon Star: Steven Gerrard, pictured, blasted Liverpool's performance against Basle

6:17am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard blasted his side for being "soft all over the pitch" after they lost 1-0 to Basle in Switzerland.

"Electric" Welbeck delights Wenger

Mid Devon Star: Danny Welbeck is paying back his £16million transfer fee

6:15am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Arsene Wenger hailed "electric" Danny Welbeck after the England striker fired Arsenal to a 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasaray.

McCanns online abuse dossier probed

Mid Devon Star: Kate and Gerry McCann were subjected to the abuse online, according to the dossier

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A dossier of online abuse directed at the parents of Madeleine McCann is being examined by police.

Rugby coach set for OBE honour

Mid Devon Star: Warren Gatland is set to receive his OBE

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Rugby coach Warren Gatland is among those being honoured at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle today.

Funeral due for last Mitford sister

Mid Devon Star: Deborah Mitford, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, was the last of the Mitford sisters

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The funeral of the last of the famous Mitford sisters will be held today.

Gang face 'very long time' in jail

Mid Devon Star: Dean Mayley, pictured here with his seven-year-old nephew Callum, was stabbed in the heart

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A gang of youths convicted of killing a young man with the mental age of nine in a knife-point mugging face years behind bars when they are sentenced later .

Pensioner on trial in IED case

Mid Devon Star: Harry Street will appear at Birmingham Crown Court

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A pensioner will go on trial today charged with making an improvised explosive device and possessing firearms with intent to endanger life.

Cricketer Cairns on perjury charge

Mid Devon Star: Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns, who is to be charged with perjury, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns will appear in court to face one count of perjury linked to a libel action he brought in the UK in 2012.

Fry: I'm the only person I hurt

Mid Devon Star: Stephen Fry has spoken out about his past claims of drug-taking

3:23am Thursday 2nd October 2014

There is a "huge moral difference" between historic sex and drug crimes, actor Stephen Fry has said.

BNP expels 'disunity bid' Griffin

Mid Devon Star: British National Party party leader Nick Griffin who has been expelled from membership of the BNP.

12:26am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The British National Party has expelled former leader Nick Griffin for allegedly "trying to cause disunity" in a bid to destabilise the organisation.

Caine hailed 'greatest movie actor'

Mid Devon Star: Sir Michael Caine arrives at the Royal Albert Hall.

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sir Michael Caine was hailed as the "greatest movie actor" Britain has produced as stars gathered to celebrate his career at London's Albert Hall.

EastEnders cleans up at soap awards

Mid Devon Star: Danny Dyer with his best actor trophy at the Inside Soap Awards.

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

EastEnders was the big winner at the Inside Soap Awards, picking up the prestigious Best Soap gong as well as three other cast prizes.

Chetna latest to exit Bake Off

Mid Devon Star: BBC handout photo of Chetna Makan, who was the latest contestant to be eliminated from The Great British Bake Off.

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Fashion designer Chetna Makan has failed to make the cut with Great British Bake Off judges as viewers saw her eliminated from the show.

Actress J-Law 'best-dressed woman'

Mid Devon Star: Jennifer Lawrence has topped a list of the world's best-dressed women

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence has topped a list of the world's best-dressed women.

Fall in UK universities on top list

Mid Devon Star: Cambridge University Kings College Chapel.

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The UK's reputation for world-class universities could be losing ground amid continuing fierce competition from overseas, according to international rankings.

Neuroticism linked to Alzheimer's

Mid Devon Star: Columbia University handout photo of a computer generated image showing Alzheimer's disease starting in the entorhinal cortex (yellow). Brain scans showed how the disease spreads from this area to other cortical regions (red).

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Anxious, jealous, moody or distressed middle aged women may be putting themselves at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a 38-year long study.

GP 'workforce crisis' highlighted

Mid Devon Star: Thousands of patients could be left without a GP if more is not done to address a "workforce crisis" among family doctors, experts have said.

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Thousands of patients could be left without a GP if more is not done to address a "workforce crisis" among family doctors, experts have said.

11-year-old caught drink-driving

Mid Devon Star: An average of 1,000 people aged under 18 have been convicted of drink-driving per year since 2008, according to police figures obtained by Nextbase

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Children as young as 11 and 12 are being caught drinking and driving, police records show.

Aid cuts 'helped Ebola spread'

Mid Devon Star: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond addresses delegates at the Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone conference at Lancaster House in London

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

International aid cuts for two of the world's poorest countries might have contributed to the spread of the Ebola virus, MPs warned as a summit was convened in London to discuss the crisis.

Alice Gross murder probe continues

Mid Devon Star: Alice Gross, whose body was found in the River Brent, west London.

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A post-mortem examination on the body of tragic teenager Alice Gross is expected to resume today.

Yorkshire duo win top awards

Mid Devon Star: Alex Lees, right, scooped the young player of the year award at the PCA awards

12:13am Thursday 2nd October 2014

County Championship-winning Yorkshire duo Adam Lyth and Alex Lees claimed the top accolades at the Professional Cricketers' Association awards.

Homeowners 'have no rate rise plan'

Mid Devon Star: Banks and building societies are warning homeowners to start planning now for the impact of increased mortgage costs on their budgets

12:04am Thursday 2nd October 2014

More than half of mortgage holders have no plan in place for how they will cope with interest rate rises, according to research from a Government-backed body.

J-Law named best-dressed woman

Mid Devon Star: Jennifer Lawrence has been named the world's best dressed woman

12:03am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Jennifer Lawrence has topped a list of the world's best-dressed women.

Strellar performance from Basle

Mid Devon Star: Mario Balotelli and Liverpool suffered a major blow after losing in Basle.

9:50pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Liverpool became the latest big-name English scalp to be claimed by Basle who capitalised on the Reds' well-known vulnerability at set-pieces.

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