Press Association 2014 LATEST

Ruling due on 'Plebgate' libel case

Mid Devon Star: Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell sued News Group Newspapers

3:01am Thursday 27th November 2014

A judge will rule on the High Court libel actions involving former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell and Pc Toby Rowland.

Details due on food poisoning bug

Mid Devon Star: Tesco technical director Tim Smith is said to have lobbied the Government about plans to publish food poisoning contamination rates for supermarket chicken

3:01am Thursday 27th November 2014

Consumers are set to learn the extent of the food poisoning bug campylobacter among fresh shop-bought chickens in an announcement that will name individual retailers for the first time.

Scotland 'to gain control over tax'

Mid Devon Star: Lord Smith of Kelvin will set out his devolution proposals at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh

12:20am Thursday 27th November 2014

Plans to hand Holyrood control over income tax are expected to be included in proposals for devolution to be announced today.

Gamers 'self-regulate' on bigotry

Mid Devon Star: Research shows the online gaming community "self-regulates" against misogyny and anti-gay comments

12:16am Thursday 27th November 2014

The computer gaming industry has been urged to promote tolerance and inclusiveness in its games in an effort to curb homophobia and bigotry.

Clanger costs Hill Apprentice spot

Mid Devon Star: James Hill is the latest Apprentice wannabe to be fired

12:16am Thursday 27th November 2014

Apprentice James Hill has been fired after a country fair task turned to mud-slinging in the boardroom.

PM urged over Sri Lanka trade deal

Mid Devon Star: The Sri Lankana government of president Mahinda Rajapaksa refuses to co-operate with an international inquiry into human rights abuses

12:16am Thursday 27th November 2014

David Cameron is facing calls to press for the ending of EU trade concessions to Sri Lanka amid the continuing refusal of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to co-operate with an international inquiry into human rights abuses.

Weight-loss op 'part of treatment'

Mid Devon Star: Nice said gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgery should no longer be seen by doctors as a 'last resort"'

12:16am Thursday 27th November 2014

The number of obese diabetics undergoing drastic weight-loss surgery needs to triple in the next few years to tackle the "major problem" facing the NHS, the health advisory body has urged.

One in five children 'obese by 11'

Mid Devon Star: Data shows that children deemed as being in the overweight category aged seven were "slowly creeping" in to the obese category by the time they were 11, experts say

12:16am Thursday 27th November 2014

One in five children born in the UK at the beginning of the new century was obese by the age of 11, the latest evidence from a long-term study has suggested.

Women 'smuggle terror cash abroad'

Mid Devon Star:  Amal El Wahabi was jailed for trying to smuggle funds to jihadists

12:16am Thursday 27th November 2014

Women are being used to smuggle money out of Britain to fund terrorists abroad, a senior police officer has warned.

Explore Hollyoaks with a new game app from the C4 soap

Mid Devon Star: Explore Hollyoaks with a new game app from the C4 soap

12:11am Thursday 27th November 2014

Hollyoaks has launched a new game fans can download to their phones and tablets.

Warning to 'part-time landlords'

Mid Devon Star:  "Part-time landlords" receive an average of £678 in rent every month, experts said

12:04am Thursday 27th November 2014

One in 16 people rent out a property to boost their main income, according to a new study.

Drop in council tax collection rate

Mid Devon Star: Local government blames Westminster for a drop in council tax collection rates

12:04am Thursday 27th November 2014

Close to three quarters of a billion pounds of council tax went unpaid last year, official figures showed as town hall chiefs blamed Government reforms for only the second dip in collection rates on record.

Labour to aid poor water customers

Mid Devon Star: Labour will draw up a scheme to help water customers struggling with their bills

12:04am Thursday 27th November 2014

A Labour government will act to force water companies to place customers struggling to pay their bills on lower tariffs, shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle is warning.

2m warned over off-road insurance

Mid Devon Star: Vehicles have to be insured unless they are formally declared as being off the road

12:04am Thursday 27th November 2014

Two million warning letters have been sent out to motorists since rule changes came into force which mean that vehicles have to be insured unless they are formally declared as being off the road.

Immigration set to miss Tory target

Mid Devon Star: Home Secretary Theresa May hinted that the Government will miss its target on immigration

12:03am Thursday 27th November 2014

The latest immigration figures are set to be published today after the Home Secretary gave the clearest signal yet that the Government has conceded defeat in hitting its target of bringing net migration down to tens of thousands by the next election.

UK 'to face floods and heatwaves'

Mid Devon Star: Global warming will see more heatwaves hitting the UK, researchers say

12:03am Thursday 27th November 2014

Global warming could increase the UK's vulnerability to life-threatening heatwaves more than 10-fold by the end of the century, a new report has said.

It's official: I'm A Celeb viewers prefer rats to Kendra Wilkinson

Mid Devon Star: It's official: I'm A Celeb viewers prefer rats to Kendra Wilkinson

11:35pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Who do you prefer?

Robshaw eyes chance to make amends

Mid Devon Star: Chris Robshaw is eyeing a winning end to the year with England

11:08pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Chris Robshaw admits England's autumn outlook hinges on one final assault at Twickenham and failure against Australia would leave two months to stew over a dismal QBE Series.

Twitter knew exactly who was leaving the Apprentice

Mid Devon Star: Twitter knew exactly who was leaving the Apprentice tonight

10:56pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

And they also knew what they wanted to do with them.

Tinchy's jungle rap class for Buerk

Mid Devon Star: Michael Buerk has been taking rap lessons in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

10:32pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Newsreader Michael Buerk has been given a lesson in rap by his jungle campmate, chart star Tinchy Stryder.

Just one slip is enough for Lord Sugar to boot you off The Apprentice these days...

Mid Devon Star: Just one slip is enough for Lord Sugar to boot you off The Apprentice these days...

10:05pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Another Apprentice contestant sees their dreams of some Sugary backing slip into the mud.

Ludogorets leveller rocks Reds

Mid Devon Star: Liverpool's Simon Mignolet was at fault for the opening goal

10:02pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Liverpool's Champions League hopes remain alive after their first goals in the competition since mid-September but a late Ludogorets equaliser saw them leave Bulgaria disappointed.

FA receives Whelan's observations

Mid Devon Star: Dave Whelan, right, has submitted his observations over recent controversial comments to the Football Association

9:24pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Dave Whelan has complied with Football Association demands to submit his observations on recent comments that had seen him labelled "a racist" by Wednesday's 6pm deadline.

UN humanitarian chief Amos to leave

Mid Devon Star: Baroness Amos is leaving her position with the UN

9:18pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Baroness Amos is to step down as the United Nations humanitarian chief after four years, it was announced, sparking political controversy over the UK's choice of candidate to succeed her in the key role.

Get your love puns ready - Andy Murray and Kim Sears are engaged

Mid Devon Star: Get your love puns ready - Andy Murray and Kim Sears are engaged

10:05pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The pair haven’t exactly rushed into it – they’ve been together for nine years.

Is there anything Jennifer Lawrence can't do? Now she's a got a hit single

Mid Devon Star: Is there anything Jennifer Lawrence can't do? Now she's a got a hit single

9:05pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The song The Hanging Tree from the latest Hunger Games film is set to enter the charts this weekend.

Tennis star Murray gets engaged

Mid Devon Star: Kim Sears and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray have got engaged

8:40pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Tennis superstar Andy Murray has popped the question to long-time girlfriend Kim Sears.

Daly banned for three weeks

Mid Devon Star: Wasps centre Elliot Daly, left, has been hit with a three-week ban for verbally abusing a referee

8:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Elliot Daly has been hit with a three-week ban for verbally abusing referee Ian Tempest in Wasps' 31-15 Aviva Premiership defeat at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

Balls' civil service relocation aim

Mid Devon Star: Ed Balls did not put a figure on the number of officials he wants to move out of the capital

8:23pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A Labour Government would order every Whitehall department to relocate civil servants outside London, shadow chancellor Ed Balls has announced.

Gerrard 'threw first punch'

Mid Devon Star: Pc Helen Jones arriving at Preston Crown Court for an earlier hearing

7:14pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard assaulted a businessman outside a bar when he "threw the first punch", a court has heard.

Ministers defend violence strategy

Mid Devon Star: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has defended efforts to tackle violence against women

7:14pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Ministers tackling violence against women and girls have denied that more could be done to confront the abuse if responsibility was moved in to a major government department.

MPs 'don't want to remove Miliband'

Mid Devon Star: Margaret Hodge says Ed Miliband could improve on his communication

7:14pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

There is "frustration" in the Labour Party but there is no appetite to replace Ed Miliband, a senior MP has said.

Martinez: Barkley doesn't dive

Mid Devon Star: Ross Barkley is in Everton's squad to face Wolfsburg

7:05pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists Ross Barkley is no diver and claims the incident where the Toffees midfielder went to ground in Saturday's game against West Ham "has been blown out of proportion".

Shaun Ryder and Helen Flanagan to star in Come Dine With Me

Mid Devon Star: Shaun Ryder and Helen Flanagan to star in Come Dine With Me

6:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Former Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder will take part in a festive edition of Come Dine With Me.

9 great truths Zoella's first book tells us about our modern world

Mid Devon Star: 9 great truths Zoella's first book tells us about our modern world

6:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The YouTube vblogger has a book out.

Gangster 'Mad' Frankie Fraser dies

Mid Devon Star: Gangster 'Mad' Frankie Fraser has died

6:19pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Gangster "Mad" Frankie Fraser has died in hospital, a former associate has said.

Equestrian sport award for Queen

Mid Devon Star: The Queen and her daughter, the Princess Royal, riding near Windsor Castle

6:19pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The Queen has been given a lifetime achievement award for her devotion to equestrian sport.

Damian Lewis 'surprised' by OBE

Mid Devon Star: Damian Lewis 'surprised' by OBE

5:46pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Homeland star Damian Lewis received his OBE from the Duke of Cambridge.

Cambridges keep up royal tradition

Mid Devon Star: The Cambridges visited Taronga Zoo during their tour

5:42pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed royal tradition during their tour down under and gave a photograph of themselves as presents.

FA charges Premier League pair

Mid Devon Star: Referee Mark Clattenburg booked Everton's James McCarthy, right, after the incident

5:35pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The Football Association has announced that Everton and West Ham have been charged for "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" following their game on Saturday.

Ryder in the Come Dine With Me mix

Mid Devon Star: Shaun Ryder will put on a 'Madchester Christmas with melons on the menu'

5:14pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Former Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder is twisting his melons again for a special Christmas episode of Come Dine With Me.

Changes all round for Murray

Mid Devon Star: Andy Murray is to marry his long-time girlfriend Kim Sears, right

5:13pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Andy Murray claimed a head-start on his New Year's resolutions by dispensing with long-term coaches Dani Vallverdu and Jez Green, and getting engaged.

Dog response to owners analysed

Mid Devon Star: Scientists have analysed the way dogs respond to their owners' calls

5:01pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A dog responds to its master's voice in much the same way as a human, research has shown.

Pochettino: Extra rest is vital

Mid Devon Star: Mauricio Pochettino has called for one extra day to recover after European games

4:24pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's Europa League hangovers would become a thing of the past if the Premier League afforded them an extra day's rest.

Two Britons die 'snorting heroin'

Mid Devon Star: The men are thought to have snorted heroin that they believed was cocaine

3:47pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Two British tourists have died in the Netherlands after snorting what is believed to have been white heroin that was sold to them as cocaine.

Damian Lewis honoured at Palace

Mid Devon Star: Actor Damian Lewis with his wife Helen McCrory as he holds his Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) after the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace

3:47pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Homeland star Damian Lewis has spoken of his amazement at being awarded an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge, describing the honour as a huge surprise.

1,000 join Ferguson shooting demo

Mid Devon Star: A US police car drives past a building that was burned in Ferguson (AP)

3:47pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Over 1,000 people protested outside the US embassy in London before marching down Oxford Street tonight to condemn the decision not to prosecute a police officer for shooting dead black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Cuthbert senses big scalp is close

Mid Devon Star: Wales wing Alex Cuthbert is targeting South Africa

3:43pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Alex Cuthbert has no doubt that Wales are "there or thereabouts" in their continued quest to claim a major southern hemisphere scalp.

Nasri hails unstoppable Aguero

Mid Devon Star: Samir Nasri has hailed team-mate Sergio Aguero, pictured, after his stunning hat-trick for Manchester City against Bayern Munich

3:42pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Samir Nasri claims only Cristiano Ronaldo is better than his red-hot Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero.

Refunds vow over gas meter fault

Mid Devon Star: Refunds have been pledged over pre-payment gas meter 'over-collection'

2:44pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Energy suppliers are to refund customers on up to 1.5 million pre-payment gas meters after a fault led to "over-collection".

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