Press Association 2014 LATEST

14 celebs who just can't get enough of Hello Kitty

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: 14 celebs who just can't get enough of Hello Kitty

10:05pm Friday 31st October 2014

Because she is just as cute as a real cat.

Olympic star Wilson quits shooting

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Peter Wilson has retired from competitive shooting

9:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

Double trap Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson has announced his retirement from competitive shooting.

Little to separate Mercedes pair

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lewis Hamilton topped the charts in both sessions at the United States Grand Prix (AP)

9:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

Formula One's sparring championship protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg again proved there is little to separate them.

Murray toppled in Paris

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Andy Murray, pictured, had no answer to Novak Djokovic in Paris (AP)

8:54pm Friday 31st October 2014

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to book his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paris Masters on Friday.

Murray toppled in Paris

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Andy Murray, pictured, had no answer to Novak Djokovic (AP)

8:51pm Friday 31st October 2014

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to book his place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paris Masters on Friday.

Brother willing to die in Syria

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Abubaker Deghayes speaking from his home after he said that a second of his sons had been killed in war-torn Syria

7:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

A young British jihadi whose two brothers have died fighting in war-torn Syria tonight revealed he was willing to suffer the same fate.

Pilot dies in Virgin rocket crash

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in southern California's Mojave Desert (AP/KABC TV)

7:29pm Friday 31st October 2014

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture crashed during a test flight .

Vettel to start from pit lane

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Sebastian Vettel will start from the pit lane for Sunday's United States Grand Prix

6:12pm Friday 31st October 2014

Sebastian Vettel will start from the pit lane for Sunday's United States Grand Prix as penalty for a power-unit change.

Travel delay payout legal bid fails

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The Supreme Court has refused applications by airlines to appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision about liability to pay compensation after travel delays

6:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

An attempt to challenge a legal judgment which could potentially be worth billions of pounds to air passengers who have suffered flight delays has failed.

Scott Mills to dance at 1D star's wedding

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Scott Mills to dance at 1D star's wedding

5:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Scott Mills is planning to show off his dancing skills at Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik’s wedding.

Ferdinand responds to FA ban

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Rio Ferdinand is unhappy with his punishment

5:22pm Friday 31st October 2014

Rio Ferdinand appeared to endorse a tweet sent on Friday accusing the Football Association of applying double standards in handing him a three-match ban.

Find out who told Usher 'You're not a great singer'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Find out who told Usher 'You're not a great singer'

5:16pm Friday 31st October 2014

Usher has revealed his son has told him he doesn’t think he’s a very good singer.

Hamilton sets pace in Austin

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lewis Hamilton, pictured, got the better of team-mate Nico Rosberg

5:10pm Friday 31st October 2014

In-form Lewis Hamilton led a truncated Formula One field at the end of the first practice session ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix.

Alicia Keys blooms as belle of the ball

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Alicia Keys blooms as belle of the ball

4:47pm Friday 31st October 2014

Alicia Keys showed off her baby bump with husband Swizz Beatz at Keep A Child Alive’s 2014 Black Ball.

RWC too soon for Burgess - Corry

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Sam Burgess arrived in Bath this week

4:17pm Friday 31st October 2014

Former England captain Martin Corry doubts Sam Burgess has enough time to prove himself worthy of a place in Stuart Lancaster's World Cup squad.

Van Gaal not envious of City squad

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Louis van Gaal will experience his first Manchester derby

4:17pm Friday 31st October 2014

Louis van Gaal insists he has no reason to be jealous of Manchester City's stellar squad.

Paediatrician admits child sex

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Raza Laskar, a doctor working in paediatrics, has pleaded guilty to a number of charges including sexual activity with a child (Greater Manchester Police/PA)

4:11pm Friday 31st October 2014

A doctor working in paediatrics has admitted a string of sex offences against children.

Gwyneth Paltrow praises ex Chris Martin at gala

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Gwyneth Paltrow praises ex Chris Martin at gala

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow paid tribute to ex-husband Chris Martin as she hosted the amfAR Inspiration Gala.

Baftas for Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Jr

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Baftas for Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Jr

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson were among those honoured at the Bafta Los Angeles Britannia Awards.

Bus crash to cause chaos on Coronation Street

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Bus crash to cause chaos on Coronation Street

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Simon Gregson’s character Steve McDonald will drive the ill-fated minibus that crashes on Coronation Street.

Michael Eavis: No Fleetwood Mac for Glastonbury

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Michael Eavis: No Fleetwood Mac for Glastonbury

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Fleetwood Mac are not available to headline Glastonbury 2015, according to festival head Michael Eavis.

Ed Sheeran duets with Sam Smith on stage

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ed Sheeran duets with Sam Smith on stage

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Ed Sheeran joined his pal Sam Smith on stage for a surprise duet at the Albert Hall in Manchester.

Take That have a pyjama party for video

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Take That have a pyjama party for video

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Pop trio Take That have filmed their new music video, These Days, in their pyjamas.

BBC refuses to apologise over Top Gear Argentina special

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: BBC refuses to apologise over Top Gear Argentina special

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

The BBC has said no to the Argentinian ambassador’s request for a public apology over the Top Gear special filmed in the country.

Jet returns after part falls off

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Thomas Cook passengers were being put on a replacement flight

2:52pm Friday 31st October 2014

A passenger jet was forced to return to Gatwick Airport part-way through its flight to Egypt after a part plunged to the ground.

UK's EU contribution soars to £11bn

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The UK's net contribution to the EU rose by £2.7 billion

2:50pm Friday 31st October 2014

The UK's net contribution to the European Union soared to £11.3 billion in 2013, an increase of £2.7 billion from the previous year, according to official statistics.

Wilshere adds to injury woes

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Jack Wilshere is the latest injury victim for Arsenal

2:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

Jack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal's lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud "miles ahead of schedule" in the coming weeks.

Costa back for Blues

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Chelsea's Diego Costa will feature against QPR

2:38pm Friday 31st October 2014

Striker Diego Costa is available for Chelsea's Barclays Premier League clash with QPR on Saturday after missing four matches with a hamstring injury.

BBC refuses apology over Top Gear

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Jeremy Clarkson said he was "shocked" when someone pointed out the link between the H982 FKL number plate and the Falklands War

2:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

The BBC has refused the Argentinian ambassador's demand for a public apology following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

Rolf Harris loses first appeal bid

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Rolf Harris was refused permission to appeal

2:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

UK basks in warmest ever Halloween

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Swimmers enjoy the morning sun in the sea at Brighton on Halloween

2:15pm Friday 31st October 2014

The record for the warmest Halloween in Britain has been shattered, forecasters say.

Schiffer among PM's Chequers guests

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn were invited to a Chequers gathering as guests of the US ambassador

2:15pm Friday 31st October 2014

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has dined with David Cameron at the Prime Minister's official country residence, official records show.

Pakistan poised for series win

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Younis Khan made a double century as Pakistan dominated day two of the second Test against Australia

2:12pm Friday 31st October 2014

Pakistan all but ensured a first Test series win over Australia in 20 years, with Younis Khan's fifth double century and a hundred from Misbah-ul-Haq leaving them in a handsome position on day two in Abu Dhabi.

Pardew happy with Newcastle depth

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is happy with his squad

1:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned his players few of them can count on their place in his team after his understudies took centre-stage.

Pellegrini: I'm not under pressure

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Manuel Pellegrini is looking to end a run of three games without a win

1:05pm Friday 31st October 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not feeling the heat at the Etihad Stadium.

JK Rowling based Harry Potter witch on hated woman

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: JK Rowling based Harry Potter witch on hated woman

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

JK Rowling has returned to the world of Harry Potter to explain the origins of teacher Dolores Umbridge.

Surge in fixed-rate mortgage deals

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A total of 2,675 fixed-rate mortgage deals were on the market by the middle of this week

12:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

Mortgage lenders are flooding the market with more fixed-rate products in attempts to lock in home-owners who may be tempted to switch to one of their rivals in the coming months, a financial website has reported.

Police chief faces internal charge

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Nick Gargan was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

11:11am Friday 31st October 2014

A chief constable will face an internal charge of gross misconduct following claims that he made "inappropriate advances" to female colleagues and leaked internal emails.

X Factor hopefuls face instant axe

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Simon Cowell, pictured with his fellow judges, has warned X Factor contestants they need to up their game if they want to continue in the show (Syco/Thames TV/ITV/PA)

10:42am Friday 31st October 2014

X Factor contestants face instant dismissal on tomorrow night's show if they fail to impress viewers in a Halloween elimination twist as the show seeks to boost its fortunes.

Murderers lose whole-life challenge

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Jamie Reynolds lured a teenage girl to her death

10:42am Friday 31st October 2014

Two murderers have lost challenges against orders that they can never be released from prison.

Rowling based witch on hated woman

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: JK Rowling has written on her Pottermore website about the story of Dolores Umbridge

10:03am Friday 31st October 2014

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has returned to the world of her teenage wizard to explain the background of one of her most evil characters.

Russell Brand: I don't need more money

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Russell Brand: I don't need more money

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Russell Brand has announced that he is going to use some of the money he makes for good causes, such as helping people struggling with drug addiction.

Hole-in-one boosts Westwood bid

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lee Westwood's hole-in-one put him in contention at the CIMB Classic

9:57am Friday 31st October 2014

A spectacular hole-in-one helped Lee Westwood surge into contention for the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday.

Wilshere adds to injury woes

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Jack Wilshere is struggling with a knee injury

9:54am Friday 31st October 2014

Jack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal's lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud "miles ahead of schedule" in the coming weeks.

Simon Cowell: Two X Factor acts to go

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Simon Cowell: Two X Factor acts to go

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Simon Cowell has revealed that two of the X Factor hopefuls will be eliminated this weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Many ex-Remploy staff 'unemployed'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The former Remploy office in Nottingham.

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Most disabled workers laid off after the closure of Remploy factories have not found another job a year after they shut, according to a new report.

Family-friendly tests for new laws

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Iain Duncan Smith says families are the foundation of society

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Every new domestic law or Government policy will have to pass five tests to ensure it is family-friendly before being approved by ministers, under guidance released by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Graduates' children 'earn more'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Research suggests children who come from more advantaged backgrounds are more likely to go to a top university

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Men whose parents are university-educated are likely to earn more than those whose mothers and fathers do not hold a degree, according to a study.

Record 33 £1m homes sold every day

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lloyds found that 6,143 transactions involving million pound homes took place during the first six months of 2014

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

A record 33 sales of homes worth at least £1 million took place in Britain every day typically during the first half of this year, research has revealed.

Gerrard casts doubt on Reds future

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Steven Gerrard would have no qualms with leaving Liverpool at the end of the season if the club do not offer him a new deal

8:39am Friday 31st October 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is keen to continue his career beyond this season and admits he may be forced to move away from Anfield if the club fails to offer him a new deal.

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