Press Association 2014 LATEST

Mills: Cheryl gave me Strictly tips

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Scott Mills will be dancing the Charleston this weekend

1:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

Scott Mills has revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as he prepares for his next performance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Ferdinand set to call it a day

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Rio Ferdinand plans to retire at the end of the 2014-15 season

12:55pm Friday 24th October 2014

Former England captain and QPR defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season.

Man jailed over forced labour

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: David Dan Doran who has been jailed for four and a half years at Cardiff Crown Court for forcing a vulnerable man to work for him for 13 years without pay.

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

A farm owner who forced a vulnerable man to work for him for 13 years without pay has been jailed for four and a half years.

Spider drops in on Balls interview

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A video grab taken from BBC News of a spider photobombing an interview with shadow chancellor Ed Balls (BBC News/PA)

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

Ed Balls has been photobombed by a spider during a live interview on the BBC News channel.

Cheryl in Mills corner on Strictly

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Scott Mills, with partner Joanne Clifton, has failed to dazzle the Strictly judges

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Scott Mills has revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as he prepares for his next dance.

Briton dies during Thai operation

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Doctor Sompob Sansiri is escorted by Thai police officers at a police station following his arrest in Bangkok

12:54pm Friday 24th October 2014

A British woman has died during cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Thailand, authorities in the country have said.

Stryder, Chuckle Bros song is a hit

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tinchy Stryder has teamed up with the Chuckle Brothers for his new single

12:53pm Friday 24th October 2014

Tinchy Stryder's collaboration with the Chuckle Brothers has become an internet sensation, notching up over 550,000 hits in 24 hours.

Suarez to debut in El Clasico

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Luis Suarez will make his Barcelona debut in Saturday's El Clasico

12:40pm Friday 24th October 2014

Head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his Barcelona debut during El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Lauren's X Factor odds slashed

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lauren Platt's chances of winning The X Factor have improved (Syco/Thames TV)

12:32pm Friday 24th October 2014

Lauren Platt is closing in on Andrea Faustini as the favourite to win The X Factor.

Hoff gets no hassle on Halloween

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: David Hasselhoff likes to dress as himself for Halloween

12:30pm Friday 24th October 2014

David Hasselhoff has revealed he dresses up as himself for Halloween - and no one realises it's really him.

Regional variations in rent rises

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: London and Scotland saw the biggest rises in private rental price increases, official statistics show

12:23pm Friday 24th October 2014

Private rental prices paid by tenants have seen sharper increases in London and Scotland than elsewhere in Britain over the last year, official figures show.

Caterham administrators seek buyer

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The gates at the Caterham factory in Leafield remain closed for a second day

11:47am Friday 24th October 2014

Administrators have been handed full management responsibility for the Caterham Formula One team in a bid to find a new buyer.

Rail workers seconds from death

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The workers received no advance warning that an Edinburgh to Manchester Airport train was approaching

11:46am Friday 24th October 2014

Nine rail workers were just seconds from death after being given no warning that an 80mph passenger train was bearing down on them, rail accident investigators have said.

Self-build bill clears first hurdle

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Richard Bacon MP has presented a Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill to the Commons

10:59am Friday 24th October 2014

Proposals aiming to make it easier for people to get land and build their own home has cleared its first Commons hurdle.

Disabled woman 'capable of consent'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A judge has ruled a woman with a learning disability has the mental capacity to consent to sex

10:59am Friday 24th October 2014

A 22-year-old woman who has a significant learning disability and a history of "abusive and exploitative relationships" with sexual partners does have the mental capacity to consent to sex, a judge has ruled.

Bruce: Balotelli treatment unfair

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Mario Balotelli has endured a slow start to his Reds career, scoring just once in 10 appearances

10:51am Friday 24th October 2014

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Mario Balotelli may not have been too far wrong with his famous 'why always me?' statement, claiming the striker has been treated as a "whipping boy" by his critics.

Double Cumberbatch on Norton show

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Benedict Cumberbatch met his Madame Tussaud's wax model during filming for The Graham Norton Show

10:37am Friday 24th October 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch has come face-to-face with his eerily lifelike waxwork on The Graham Norton Show.

Serbia punished over drone incident

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Violence erupted at the Partizan Stadium earlier this month

10:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 victory over Albania following their postponed Euro 2016 qualifier but they have also been deducted three points and ordered to play their next two games behind closed doors for their part in the furore.

Lindsay Lohan talks prison to Ross

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lindsay Lohan has spoken about her time in jail

10:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Lindsay Lohan has opened up about her time in prison on The Jonathan Ross Show.

Hathaway's brush with hypothermia

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Anne Hathaway nearly got hypothermia when her Interstellar spacesuit let in freezing water

9:54am Friday 24th October 2014

Anne Hathaway has revealed how she almost suffered hypothermia shooting in icy waters for Interstellar.

Stars line up for BBC Music Awards

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: One Direction are lined up for the BBC Music Awards

9:50am Friday 24th October 2014

One Direction, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran are among the chart stars who have signed up for the first BBC Music Awards.

Poulter: Bishop comments 'shocking'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ian Poulter, pictured, has hit back at the PGA of America president Ted Bishop

9:44am Friday 24th October 2014

Ian Poulter has hit back at the president of the PGA of America for calling him a "Lil Girl", labelling the comments "pretty shocking and disappointing".

Post-wedding dinner for Clooneys

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: George Clooney will apparently celebrate his wedding at a dinner party in the UK

9:37am Friday 24th October 2014

George Clooney and his new wife Amal are rumoured to be celebrating their marriage at yet another party this weekend.

Jagger: Teen Elvis film in works

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Musician and producer Sir Mick Jagger is making a film about Elvis Presley as a teenager

9:37am Friday 24th October 2014

Sir Mick Jagger has revealed he is developing a film about the young Elvis Presley.

Pitt grilled on Funny Or Die show

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Brad Pitt showed off his sense of humour on Funny Or Die

9:37am Friday 24th October 2014

Brad Pitt got a bit hot under the collar as he was teased about both of his famous wives on Zach Galifianakis' mock talk show.

TSB hails current account boost

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: TSB said it had signed up one in ten of all customers opening new current accounts or switching in the UK

9:14am Friday 24th October 2014

TSB hailed an above-target performance in the current account market today but said it was being held back by the low level of switching among UK bank customers.

Launchbury commits to Wasps

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Joe Launchbury's decision represents a major coup for Wasps ahead of their move to Coventry's Ricoh Arena

9:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Wasps have announced that England lock Joe Launchbury has agreed a contract extension with the Aviva Premiership club.

Amla inspires Proteas win

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Hashim Amla's century led South Africa to victory

7:54am Friday 24th October 2014

Hashim Amla's century set up a 72-run victory for South Africa over New Zealand to give the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Man charged over Syria terrorism

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tuhin Shahensha is appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court accused of preparing acts of terrorism

7:50am Friday 24th October 2014

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the preparation of Syria-related terrorism acts.

MI5 agent was suburban bank clerk

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Files released by the National Archives in Kew suggest an agent who posed as an undercover Gestapo officer was actually Eric Roberts, a father of two in his thirties (The National Archives/PA)

7:09am Friday 24th October 2014

The lone MI5 agent who secretly penetrated the ranks of Britain's wartime Nazi sympathisers has been identified as an unassuming suburban bank clerk.

Deila hails scorer Scepovic

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Stefan Scepovic, left, broke his Celtic scoring duck against Astra Giurgiu

6:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Ronny Deila insists he never lost faith in Stefan Scepovic even though the Celtic striker missed two great chances before scoring his first goal for the Hoops in their 2-1 Europa League win over Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu at Parkhead.

Martinez hails 'incredible' fans

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Everton manager Roberto Martinez praised the club's fans after the Toffees drew 0-0 against Lille

6:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expressed his "immense pride" for the club's "incredible" fans after a turbulent 24 hours building up to Thursday evening's 0-0 Europa League draw at Lille.

Kane eyes England call-up

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Harry Kane is hoping his fine form for Tottenham will soon lead to England recognition

6:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Harry Kane is eyeing an England call-up after continuing his impressive rise with a hat-trick for boyhood club Tottenham.

UK return 'unsafe' for Ashya family

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ashya King has responded well to proton therapy for his brain tumour, the Prague clinic treating him says (Hampshire Police/PA)

6:24am Friday 24th October 2014

The parents of brain cancer patient Ashya King have said they do not feel "safe" enough to return to the UK.

Brand 'open' to US 9/11 conspiracy

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Comedian Russell Brand says he cannot rule out the conspiracy theory that America's government was behind the 9/11 attacks

2:55am Friday 24th October 2014

Comedian Russell Brand has said he is "open-minded" about the idea that the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks as he made a second appearance on BBC2's flagship Newsnight progamme.

Tearaway leads Joystick nominations

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The 32nd annual Golden Joystick awards are due to take place

2:53am Friday 24th October 2014

The video game industry's answer to the Oscars takes place in London tonight, with the 32nd annual Golden Joystick awards.

Killer driver facing long jail term

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Fahid Saber will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court

2:53am Friday 24th October 2014

A driver who knocked down and killed a university student will be sentenced today after being told to expect a lengthy term of imprisonment.

Queen sends a royal tweet

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal tweet under her own name to declare the opening of the new Information Age Galleries at the Science Museum, South Kensington, London.

2:53am Friday 24th October 2014

The Queen has passed a technological milestone - sending the first royal tweet under her own name to declare a new Science Museum gallery open.

Brand 'open' to US 9/11 conspiracy

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Comedian Russell Brand says he cannot rule out the conspiracy theory that America's government was behind the 9/11 attacks

12:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Comedian Russell Brand has said he is "open-minded" about the idea that the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks as he made a second appearance on BBC2's flagship Newsnight progamme.

Briton killed in Brazil bar robbery

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A British man has been killed during a robbery at a bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

A British man has been killed during a robbery at a bar in Brazil, according to reports.

Stubbed toe calls hit 111 workload

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The NHS 111 service receives nearly one million calls a month

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Broken nails, blocked noses and hair loss have prompted hundreds of calls to the NHS 111 non-emergency helpline.

Secure hospitals staff to strike

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Staff at Rampton high security hospital in Nottinghamshire are to walk out in a row over pay

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Staff at three high security psychiatric hospitals will go on strike today in the bitter dispute with the Government over health workers' pay.

Sir Cliff raid police force 'inept'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The police raided Sir Cliff Richard's home at Sunningdale

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

An under-fire police force has been branded "inept" by a group of MPs over its handling of a highly-publicised raid on the home of pop star Sir Cliff Richard.

Salmond may seek Westminster seat

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon.

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

Alex Salmond has not ruled out running for a seat at Westminster in next year's general election as he prepares to stand down as Scotland's First Minister.

'No closure' for demo cop case mum

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A woman who had a child by an undercover policeman received £425,000 in compensation from the country's biggest police force

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

A woman who had a child by an undercover officer has said "there is no closure for me" after receiving £425,000 in compensation from the country's biggest police force.

'Critical moment' as growth slows

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The economic slowdown comes amid fears for the health of the global economy that have brought turbulence to stock markets

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

The UK notched up its seventh successive quarter of growth today but Chancellor George Osborne warned the country faces a "critical moment" amid a darkening picture for the global economy.

Cameron pledges £80m more for Ebola

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that Ebola could spread to Europe if it was not stopped in its tracks in the African states where the deadly outbreak began earlier this year

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

David Cameron has pledged a further £80 million for the fight against Ebola, as he threw down the gauntlet to fellow European leaders to step up their own responses to the killer disease.

PM demands urgent EU finance talks

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Prime Minister David Cameron walks past journalists on the second day of an EU summit in Brussels

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

David Cameron has demanded an urgent meeting of EU finance ministers to discuss Britain's objections to a shock £1.7 billion demand for top-up payments to fund the European Union.

Canada gunman not on high risk list

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

12:10am Friday 24th October 2014

The gunman who shot dead a soldier in the Canadian capital was not under surveillance or on a list of around 90 individuals deemed to be a "high risk", police have admitted.

New holiday rules 'too simplistic'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The tough new rules failed to recognise that family life was not simple, council leaders said

12:04am Friday 24th October 2014

Tough new rules on term time holidays should be overturned, leaving headteachers to decide whether to allow pupils to be taken out of school, council leaders have said.

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