Press Association 2014 LATEST

Clegg: No peerage, and no Strictly

Mid Devon Star: Mr Clegg told the children Prince was his favourite pop star

12:34am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Nick Clegg has said he will not take a peerage to go into an unreformed House of Lords after he leaves the Commons.

Post Office strike called off

Mid Devon Star: Strike action by workers who deliver cash to Post Offices has been called off.

12:34am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

A planned strike by workers who deliver cash to Post Offices has been called off.

£6bn pledged in potholes battle

Mid Devon Star: Repairs will take place between 2015 and 2021

12:34am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Local councils are to get a near-£6 billion fund to fight potholes over the next six years.

PM tells troops: We're in your debt

Mid Devon Star: David Cameron has paid tribute to the courage and sacrifice of armed forces personnel

12:34am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

David Cameron has praised the courage of Britain's armed forces and told them "we are forever in your debt" in a Christmas message to troops.

Police officers 'face axe in cuts'

Mid Devon Star: Up to 5,200 police officers could be lost in London, Labour has claimed

12:34am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Thousands of police officers could be axed under Conservative cuts plans, according to analysis carried out by Labour.

Ex-footballer 'seriously injured'

Mid Devon Star: It has been reported Clarke Carlisle has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry

12:34am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

The world of football has pledged its support and best wishes to former Premier League player and Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle following reports he has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry.

Stormont talks go on into the night

Mid Devon Star: Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers speaking at Stormont ahead of the negotiations

12:34am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Politicians in Northern Ireland are negotiating through the night in a last ditch bid to secure a deal on a range of disputes destabilising power-sharing.

Police probe lorry death crash

Mid Devon Star: The scene in Glasgow's George Square after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers and killed six people and seriously injured seven more.

12:34am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Police are investigating what caused a bin lorry to veer out of control in a packed city street, killing six people.

Labour in pledge on 'mansion tax'

Mid Devon Star: Ed Balls said action to introduce the mansion tax would start on day one of a Labour government

12:24am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Owners of properties worth more than £2 million face paying a "mansion tax" in the next financial year if Labour wins the general election, Ed Balls has said.

Emmerdale's Barton boys are itching to get to know their mum

Mid Devon Star: Emmerdale's Barton boys are itching to get to know their mum

12:11am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Emmerdale’s Barton boys are set to meet their estranged mum.

Ebola survivor Pooley's alternative Christmas message

Mid Devon Star: Ebola survivor Pooley's alternative Christmas message

12:11am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

British nurse William Pooley is to deliver Channel 4′s Alternative Christmas Message.

Victim's family: Christmas on hold

Mid Devon Star: Artist Valerie Graves was found dead by her sister on December 30 last year in a home in Bosham, near Chichester, she had been looking after while the owners were away

12:03am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

The family of a grandmother murdered as she house-sat for friends have said Christmas is "on hold", while her killer still remains at large one year on.

Barney barges through to next round

Mid Devon Star: Raymond van Barneveld, pictured,celebrates defeating Rowby-John Rodriguez on Monday

11:08pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Raymond van Barneveld eased into the second round of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace on Monday after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez.

Carlisle 'seriously injured' - Reports

Mid Devon Star: Social media was full of messages from well-wishers for Clarke Carlisle on Monday evening

11:06pm Monday 22nd December 2014

The world of football has pledged its support and best wishes to former Premier League player and Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle following reports he has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry.

The 14 best bits from the Made In Chelsea finale (yes, there were 14)

Mid Devon Star: The 14 best bits from the Made In Chelsea finale (yes, there were 14)

10:45pm Monday 22nd December 2014

It was the series finale, and there was as much drama as you’d expect.

Monk yet to see best of Shelvey

Mid Devon Star: Jonjo Shelvey, pictured, has been urged to take a leaf out of team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson's book if he is to fulfil his potential

10:35pm Monday 22nd December 2014

England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been told to use team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson as an example if he is to fulfil his potential at Swansea.

Hart aims to keep pace with Chelsea

Mid Devon Star: Joe Hart is determined to ensure Manchester City do not lose ground on Chelsea in the title race over Christmas

10:35pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Joe Hart is determined to ensure Manchester City do not lose ground on Chelsea in the title race over Christmas.

Hartley hearing set for Tuesday

Mid Devon Star: Northampton captain Dylan Hartley leaves the field at Franklin's Gardens after being sent off against Aviva Premiership opponents Leicester

10:23pm Monday 22nd December 2014

England and Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley's latest Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing will take place in London on Tuesday.

Terry and Fabregas earn Blues win

Mid Devon Star: Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring the second goal

10:23pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Chelsea will spend Christmas three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after they regained the cushion with a 2-0 win at Stoke.

Tributes are raining in following the death of Joe Cocker

Mid Devon Star: Tributes are raining in following the death of Joe Cocker

10:16pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Ringo Starr, Bette Midler, Steven Tyler and Boy George are among the many musicians paying tribute to the Sheffield singer.

£740m NHS boost is 'crisis cash'

Mid Devon Star: The Treasury has injected £250m and allowed £490m to be transferred from the Department's capital budget into this year's NHS revenue stream, it is reported

7:11pm Monday 22nd December 2014

A £740 million cash boost for the Department of Health has been seized on by Labour as a further sign of "crisis" in the NHS.

Music legend Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70

Mid Devon Star: Music legend Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70

8:35pm Monday 22nd December 2014

People are paying tribute after the rock and blues legend Joe Cocker has passed away.

McCartney tribute to Joe Cocker

Mid Devon Star: Joe Cocker in concert

6:46pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has led tributes to rock and blues singer Joe Cocker, who has died at the age of 70.

Can you guess who these celebrities played in their school nativity?

Mid Devon Star: Can you guess who these celebrities played in their school nativity?

4:59pm Monday 22nd December 2014

We asked celebrities to recount their memories of appearing in their school Nativity play.

Japan joins voices condemning Sony Pictures cyber attack

Mid Devon Star: Japan joins voices condemning Sony Pictures cyber attack

4:59pm Monday 22nd December 2014

The world seems to agree: no matter how tasteless this new film, censoring freedom of speech with cyber threats is probably worse.

Ali on the mend

Mid Devon Star: Muhammad Ali is set to leave hospital shortly

4:40pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Muhammad Ali's condition has "vastly improved" since being admitted to hospital on Saturday with a mild case of pneumonia and his doctors are hopeful that he will soon be sent home, his representatives Boxcar have announced.

Villa appeal Agbonlahor red

Mid Devon Star: Gabriel Agbonlahor protests after being shown a red card against Manchester United

4:37pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Aston Villa have appealed Gabby Agbonlahor's red card against Manchester United.

Bellusci racist abuse charge

Mid Devon Star: Cameron Jerome and Giuseppe Bellusci exchange words during Norwich's clash with Leeds on October 21

4:26pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for alleged racist comments directed towards Norwich striker Cameron Jerome.

Big Brother tops TV complaints table

Mid Devon Star: Big Brother tops TV complaints table

4:07pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Helen Wood’s Big Brother appearance has been the most complained about TV event of the year.

Hyypia resigns from Brighton

Mid Devon Star: Sami Hyypia has left Brighton

3:56pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Sami Hyypia has resigned as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion just six months into his tenure at the Amex Stadium.

Website bugs hit food deliveries

Mid Devon Star: Customers buying festive food online from Sainsbury's among other supermarkets have suffered after a website glitch

3:56pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Supermarket website glitches have caused havoc for shoppers who ordered their Christmas food delivery online.

Bath announce Matawalu signing

Mid Devon Star: Glasgow scrum-half Niko Matawalu, centre, is to join Bath next season

3:46pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Bath have announced the signing of Fiji international scrum-half Niko Matawalu from Glasgow Warriors.

Man quizzed by anti-terror police

Mid Devon Star: Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit searched an address in Crumpsall, Manchester, on Friday

3:28pm Monday 22nd December 2014

A 24-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of terror offences.

Big Brother tops TV complaint table

Mid Devon Star: Helen Wood featured among the complaints levelled against the Channel 5 show

3:28pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Hit show Big Brother was the most complained about show of the year, according to figures from communications watchdog Ofcom.

Scarlets pair pen new deals

Mid Devon Star: Liam Williams has agreed a new Scarlets deal

3:16pm Monday 22nd December 2014

The Scarlets have announced new deals for Wales internationals Liam Williams and Ken Owens.

Police probe lorry death crash

Mid Devon Star: The bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians and then hit a hotel

3:12pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Police are investigating what caused a bin lorry to veer out of control in a packed city street, killing six people.

Advice sought on Lockerbie appeal

Mid Devon Star: The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission is seeking the opinion of High Court judges with regard to a potential appeal against the conviction of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

2:07pm Monday 22nd December 2014

A petition has been lodged with the High Court in Edinburgh to determine if an appeal against the Lockerbie bomber's conviction can be taken forward by relatives of some of those killed in the attack.

Seal found stranded in inland field

Mid Devon Star: A seal sits in a farmer's field in St Helens as marine experts try to find out how it got there and how to rescue it

2:07pm Monday 22nd December 2014

A bid to recover a seal found stranded in a field is under way.

SNP support 'double Labour backing'

Mid Devon Star: Survation found 48 per cent of voters would back the SNP, double Labour's support of 24 per cent

2:07pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Support for the SNP is running at twice that of Labour ahead of next May's general election, a poll has suggested.

Flash flooding traps shoppers

Mid Devon Star: Emergency services help stranded people at an Asda supermarket in Kilmarnock (@AyrshireEPolice/PA Wire)

2:07pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Flash flooding has caused major disruption in parts of Scotland, with dozens of people rescued from a supermarket and one passenger injured after a train hit water on the line.

DVD and CD maker in administration

Mid Devon Star: Video Duplicating Company supplied all the major supermarkets as well as independent retailers

2:07pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Britain's largest DVD and CD maker went into administration today, affecting 157 jobs days before Christmas.

Farage riled by migrant kicking app

Mid Devon Star: Ukip leader Nigel Farage has criticised a satirical app called Ukik

2:07pm Monday 22nd December 2014

A phone app featuring a character called Nicholas Fromage kicking immigrants off the White Cliffs of Dover has been criticised by Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Henderson pleased by Reds intensity

Mid Devon Star: Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool's performance levels are improving

1:22pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson believes a return to their high-intensity game will start to produce results.

Taylor rues another derby defeat

Mid Devon Star: Steven Taylor admits Newcastle have only themselves to blame for another Tyne-Wear derby defeat

1:08pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Devastated defender Steven Taylor has admitted Newcastle had only themselves to blame for an unprecedented fourth successive derby defeat by Sunderland.

EPCR highlights Armitage's record

Mid Devon Star: Delon Armitage has been banned for 12 weeks

1:06pm Monday 22nd December 2014

England international Delon Armitage has been described as "an habitual offender" with "an appalling disciplinary record" in the written judgement of his latest appearance before rugby union disciplinary chiefs.

Smith: Oyston should still resign

Mid Devon Star: Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has apologised

12:42pm Monday 22nd December 2014

The Blackpool fan labelled "a retard" by Karl Oyston has rejected his apology called on the Tangerines chairman to resign.

Ricky Gervais's show Derek is like TV Marmite, say cast

Mid Devon Star: Gervais show Derek like TV Marmite, say cast

1:48pm Monday 22nd December 2014

The stars of Derek say the Channel 4 show polarises opinion.

Kirsten Dunst: I'd work with Lars von Trier again

Mid Devon Star: Kirsten Dunst: I'd work with Lars von Trier again

12:18pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Kirsten Dunst and Chloe Sevigny have no doubts about reuniting with filmmaker Lars von Trier.

Hodgson reveals unusual 'highlight'

Mid Devon Star: England manager Roy Hodgson has chosen the moment his side said farewell to the World Cup as his highlight of 2014

12:12pm Monday 22nd December 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson's highlight of 2014 was the moment his side bade farewell to the World Cup and avoided a torrent of abuse from supporters.

Lance Bass: I've married the man of my dreams

Mid Devon Star: Lance Bass: I've married the man of my dreams

12:07pm Monday 22nd December 2014

Former NSYNC star Lance Bass wed his partner Michael Turchin in LA.

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