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Greater Manchester firefighters’ dispute ‘risks lives’

Image copyright GMFRSImage caption Government inspectors said Greater Manchester relies on Merseyside fire crews to be mobilised in order for it to deal with a marauding terrorist attack Lives could be at greater risk if Manchester is targeted by terrorists because a specialist fire service unit has shut, a watchdog says. Concerns about Manchester Fire […]

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Fake HMRC scams using Welsh Assembly phone numbers

By David Deans BBC News Image caption Assembly staff are receiving calls from worried members of the public Fraudsters posing as government tax officials are using Welsh Assembly phone numbers to threaten people, who are then making panicked return calls. An automated phone scam attempts to con people out of their money by threatening them […]

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Dundee University researchers start work on male pill

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The scientists are trying to get chemicals to stop the fast movement. of sperm. In a laboratory in Dundee, two huge robotic arms test thousands of chemical compounds looking for a drug to stop sperm in its tracks. “Sperm move very quickly in humans,” says Prof Christopher Barratt, head of […]

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South Western Railway workers begin five-day strike

Image copyright PAImage caption The RMT has resumed strike action after suspending it in February A five-day strike by South Western Railway (SWR) staff has started in the latest industrial action over the role of guards on trains. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) began the walkout at 00:01 BST. RMT said […]

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HMP Birmingham: Scanner funding failure ‘inexplicable’

Image caption The Prison Service permanently took back control of HMP Birmingham earlier this year A troubled jail’s failure to secure funding for a body scanner to help stop drugs being smuggled in is “inexplicable”, the chief inspector of prisons has said. A progress review inspection has found a “mixed overall picture” at crisis-hit HMP […]