Press Association 2014 LATEST

Gerrard 'threw first punch'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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.

Murray splits from long-serving duo

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Jez Green, left, and Dani Vallverdu, right, were both long-time members of Andy Murray's team

5:13pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Andy Murray has made more changes to his coaching team and is stopping working with long-time friend Dani Vallverdu and fitness trainer Jez Green.

Dog response to owners analysed

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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.

Protest held over Ferguson shooting

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: A US police car drives past a building that was burned in Ferguson (AP)

3:47pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Around 500 demonstrators gathered outside the US Embassy in London 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 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".

UK urged to back 'sharing economy'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The review suggests more car-pooling lanes in high congestion areas

2:04pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The UK should do more to support "sharing economy" platforms like Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Zipcar, according to a government-commissioned review.

Burglars admit attacking lecturer

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Paul Kohler needed facial reconstruction surgery after the attack

2:04pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Four Polish men have admitted a burglary during which a university lecturer was savagely beaten at his home.

Police probe Scream mask sex attack

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: CCTV still issued by Greater Manchester Police of two men wanted in connection with a sexual assault by suspects wearing Scream masks in Denton, Greater Manchester

2:04pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Police have released CCTV footage of two men wanted in connection with a sexual assault by suspects wearing Scream masks.

Lloyds axes 47 easy access accounts

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Lloyds is ditching 47 old easy access accounts

2:02pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Millions of savers with Lloyds Bank and its sister brands Halifax and Bank of Scotland are to receive letters telling them they are being moved on to a deal paying a worse or a better rate of interest.

House price growth 'set to balance'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Experts say that house price rises in London are already cooling off

1:35pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

House price growth is set to halve next year as the top end of the London market comes off the boil and property values start to increase at a more uniform rate across the country, Halifax predicts.

More retailers taking on Xmas staff

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The CBI's distributive trades report found a greater percentage of retailers said they would take on extra staff in the year to December rather than not

1:35pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Jobs in the retail sector are being created at the fastest pace for 12 years after figures today showed resilient trading in the run-up to Christmas.

Renters 'need better protection'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Citizens Advice wants better laws to crack down on rogue landlords

1:35pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

More people are struggling in privately-rented homes which are damp, dangerous and in need of vital repairs, evidence from Citizens Advice suggests.

'Irresponsible' Health Lottery ad

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: An advert for rhe Health Lottery has been described as 'irresponsible' by the Advertising Standards Authority

1:35pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A Health Lottery advert has been banned after the watchdog found it encouraged irresponsible and potentially harmful gambling.

Tax credits overspend tops £5bn

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Rachel Reeves expects the bill for in-work benefits will continue to rise faster than inflation after next year's general election

1:35pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The Government is set to spend more than £5 billion more on tax credits than it expected over the five years of this Parliament, according to new figures.

Defence ties Napper to Claire death

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Claire Tiltman may have been murdered by convicted killer Robert Napper, defence lawyers for Colin Ash-Smith said

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Killer Robert Napper could have murdered schoolgirl Claire Tiltman two decades ago, a court today heard.

Nine held in insurance fraud raids

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Latest news

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Nine people have been arrested in a nationwide police operation targeting bogus household insurance claims.

Eight year term for voyeur doctor

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Children as young as three were among victims of voyeur doctor Lam Hoe Yeoh

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A pervert doctor who used a network of hidden cameras to record patients, friends and colleagues on the toilet has been given an eight-year sentence - as footage of him fixing a covert device into place was released by police.

Woman, 101, rallies unemployed

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Annie Murphy was given a standing ovation after she gave an inspirational talk to a group of unemployed people about surviving difficult times (Craig Leng/Handout/PA)

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A 101-year-old former teacher was given a standing ovation after she gave an inspirational talk to a group of unemployed people about surviving difficult times.

Oil firm seeks to halt sanctions

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: An oil firm has urged the High Court to halt new sanctions against Russia

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

One of Russia's leading oil companies is asking the High Court in London for an urgent order to stop the Government introducing in the UK this weekend sweeping new economic sanctions announced by the US and Europe.

Customs seize £3.6m cannabis haul

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: A massive haul of cannabis worth 4.5m euro stuffed into more than 1,000 tins of olives and bound for the UK (Office of the Revenue Commissioners/PA)

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A massive haul of cannabis worth £3.6 million (4.5m euro) stuffed into more than 1,000 tins of olives and bound for the UK has been uncovered in Ireland.

'Legal highs' classified as Class A

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Lynne Featherstone said the substances have been reclassified

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Two lethal "legal highs" - including a substance linked to 37 UK deaths - have been banned as class A drugs.

Consumer spending props up growth

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Consumer spending grew at its strongest pace since the second quarter of 2010

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

UK growth in the third quarter was propped up by the strongest increase in consumer spending for four years as business investment and the trade position worsened, official figures showed today.

Couple held over Syria 'terror'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The pair were arrested as they disembarked a flight from Istanbul

1:25pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A couple have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences at Heathrow Airport.

Jennifer Lawrence: Liam Hemsworth is my best friend

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Jennifer Lawrence: Liam Hemsworth is my best friend

1:01pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Jennifer Lawrence has called her Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth her best friend.

Underworld prove vinyl is not dead

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Underworld prove vinyl is not dead

1:01pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Underworld joined Gorgon Cityat the legendary Abbey Road Studios to record a new version of Cowgirl straight to vinyl.

Prince vanishes from social media

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Prince vanishes from social media

1:01pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Purple Rain singer Prince has deleted his social media accounts, leaving fans confused.

Smith set for long spell out

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Nicky Smith is set for surgery

12:24pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Wales prop Nicky Smith faces up to four months on the sidelines because of injury.

Mourinho lauds 'complete' display

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Jose Mourinho feels his Chelsea side are playing beautiful football

12:24pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Jose Mourinho believes his side are treating Chelsea fans to a brand of flair-filled football they have never seen before as the Blues cantered into the last 16 of the Champions League at the expense of Schalke.

Blatter challenger still uncertain

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, pictured, has not confirmed or denied whether he will challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency

12:08pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is expected to have a significant challenger from outside of Europe in next year's election - but FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein has yet to decide whether to stand.

Ali doing well, say daughters

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Muhammad Ali, left, appeared frail when he attended the Olympic Games in London two years ago

12:06pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Two of Muhammad Ali's daughters have played down concerns regarding the former heavyweight boxing champion's health.

O'Sullivan fit for UK Championship

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Ronnie O'Sullivan is set to hobble into UK Championship action

12:06pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Ronnie O'Sullivan is set to begin his Coral UK Championship campaign on Thursday, despite suffering a nasty ankle injury.

Wenger issues rallying cry

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Arsene Wenger wants everyone connected with the club to get behind the team

12:06pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Arsene Wenger has told major shareholder Alisher Usmanov and everyone else connected with the club to get behind his Arsenal team if they want to help turn the season around.

Government wants full Garcia report

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Sajid Javid MP, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, has highlighted his concerns to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, pictured

12:06pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The British Government has weighed into the FIFA controversy by urging the world governing body to publish the Garcia report into World Cup bidding in full.

Burgess set for Bath debut

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Sam Burgess could make his debut for Bath later this week

12:06pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Sam Burgess could be in line to make a surprise debut for Bath this Friday following his cross-code switch, and just weeks after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the NRL Grand Final.

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