Hundreds of firefighters have been tackling three major blazes in South Oxfordshire, as police arrested a man on suspicion of arson.
The 47-year-old is being held in connection with the fires, including one that has devastated the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council offices.
Twenty-seven fire crews were sent to separate infernos at a thatched home in Rokemarsh and a funeral parlour and the council offices in nearby village Crowmarsh Gifford – all reported within less than 10 minutes of each other, just after 3am.Tags: council offices, funeral home, sky news, South Oxfordshire, uk
The highest-ever temperature in Britain has been recorded, weather forecasters said.
A temperature of 37.4C (99.3F) was recorded at Heathrow around 1.30pm, the London Weather Centre said.
This breaks the previous record temperature, recorded at Cheltenham in August 1990.
A weather observer at Heathrow took the record temperature reading and telephoned the Met Office.
After weeks of relentless rain and flooding, some parts of the UK could be facing snow this weekend.
Leon Brown, meteorologist for The Weather Channel, warns some parts of south England and Wales could see the white stuff by Saturday.
He told Aol Travel: “A wetter period coming up for southern Britain later this week and start to the weekend. Colder too with overnight frost and ice this weekend. There is also a snow risk over higher ground, even over the south.
A powerful storm sweeps towards the UK, threatening to damage buildings, bring down trees and cut power.
The Met Office has upgraded its warning of high winds to a red alert as “exceptional” 100mph gusts are forecast to batter some exposed areas of the coast.
Northwest England and north and west Wales are in the firing line for the most ferocious winds, with speeds whipping up through the afternoon and early evening.
The 11-month-old’s mother and her partner are freed on bail as neighbours say they had complained about the dog’s behaviour.
Neighbours of tragic baby Ava-Jayne Corless tonight described the dog said to have killed her as a “menace” – and claimed it is called ‘Killer’.
And they were horrified to learn the pitbull type animal, a banned breed, had apparently attacked as she slept alone in a bedroom.
The agency say after a quieter day on Monday, another low pressure system will bring rain and gales from the west overnight tonight.
The Met Office are warning of new storms across much of the United Kingdom bringing more wind and rain to the South East.
The agency say after a quieter day on Monday, another low pressure system will bring rain and gales from the west overnight tonight. This will also bring snow to the higher ground of northern Britain, especially Scotland.
Police could soon be stopping motorists seen smoking with children on board after MPs approved the policy by a majority of 269.
Smoking in cars when children are present could soon be illegal after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the policy.
Coalition MPs, who were given a free vote, joined forces with Labour to approve the ban by 376 votes to 107 – a majority of 269.
David Cameron missed the vote while visiting flooded areas in the south west, but the Prime Minister is thought to support the proposed law.
One in five people has admitted to stealing items while going through a self-service supermarket checkout.
It accounts for more than £1.6bn worth of goods being taken from supermarkets each year, according to a survey.
The most common goods stolen through self-service checkouts were fruit and vegetables, followed by bread and cakes, sweets and toiletries.
And the majority of those who admitted taking items said they did so on a regular basis. The survey, by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, estimates that amounted to around £180 worth of products per person.
Police divers have extended their search for missing student Megan Roberts a week after she went missing at the end of a night out with friends in York.
Officers, who released two new pictures of the 20-year-old York St John University student, believe she “entered” the River Ouse while “affected by alcohol”.
Living standards are unlikely to have recovered to their pre-crash levels by the General Election in 2015, a think tank has warned.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that while the fall in household incomes has now probably come to a halt, living standards are “dramatically” down on where they were before the global financial crisis in 2008.
In its latest analysis, the IFS said families on low incomes could lose the most from the years of recession, with the prospect of fresh cuts to benefits and tax credits adding to the squeeze.
With average household incomes at their lowest level for almost a decade, the IFS said there was “little reason” to expect a strong recovery in the next few years.