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Pilot Scheme To Put Mental Health Nurses In Police Stations

Pilot Scheme To Put Mental Health Nurses In Police Stations

A £25m pilot scheme aimed at reducing reoffending by mentally ill criminals will place mental health nurses in police stations and courts.

Police officers spend an estimated 15% to 25% of their time dealing with mental health problems – the equivalent of around 26,000 officers.

But the pilot, which is to be tested in 10 areas across England, will mean that people with mental health problems will be treated “as early as possible”.

Care and support minister Norman Lamb said identifying people with mental health needs who come into contact with the criminal justice system at the earliest possible stage will help to “divert” them away from offending again. read more

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Ramblers May Lose Rights Under New Rules

Ramblers May Lose Rights Under New Rules

Homeowners will be given the right to stop ramblers crossing over their land and instead divert them onto a different route.

Owen Paterson, the environment secretary, wants to help people whose properties have been accessed by the public because they are considered historic “rights of way”.

That currently happens after a path has had “unhindered public use” for 20 years.

But now families will be able to ask for a public path to be diverted so that it goes around a garden or farmyard rather than straight through it. read more

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Polar Vortex Fallout To Sweep Into UK

Polar Vortex Fallout To Sweep Into UK

The break-up of the big chill in the US will drop more rain onto already swollen rivers and saturated ground.

More heavy rain and wind is on on the way at the end of the week as the fallout from the the blast of freezing polar air battering the US hits the UK.

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More rain is on the way to some parts of Britain in the coming dayas

A weather system forming part of the record-breaking polar vortex that has affected half of America is heading across the Atlantic, warming as it comes. read more

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Pave Hawk Helicopter Crashed In Norfolk, England,

Pave Hawk Helicopter Crashed In Norfolk, England,

Four people were killed when USAF Pave-Hawk helicopter crashed on a routine low fly training mission on the north Norfolk coast, police have said.

The helicopter is an HH-60G Pave Hawk, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, a spokesman for the USAF confirmed.

The helicopter crashed in a bird sanctuary raising suggestions that it could have been brought down by a bird strike – a regular hazard for aircraft.

Emergency services are at the scene in the Cley area with a 1,200ft (400m) area cordoned off. read more

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Blue Monday – Is January 6 really the most depressing day of the year?

Blue Monday – Is January 6 really the most depressing day of the year?

The first Monday back to work sees more divorces and miserable tweets than any other day of the year.

First there was bargain-friendly Black Friday, and now there’s Blue Monday – the most miserable day of the year.

According to researchers who have analysed more than 2 million tweets over the past three years, the first Monday back from work in the New Year is the day when people post the most negative tweets.

There was almost five times the average number of tweets mentioning guilt, as people abandon their new year’s resolutions as they return to the daily grind. read more

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Cameron’s Pledge To Guarantee State Pensions

Cameron’s Pledge To Guarantee State Pensions

David Cameron has fired the starting gun for the next general election by promising a cash boost to taxpayers and the elderly.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the Conservative leader has pledged to raise pensions by a minimum of 2.5% each year up to 2020.

He also said he wanted to cut the top rate of income tax.

The Prime Minister pledged to continue guaranteed rises in the basic state pension by retaining the “triple lock” system if the Conservatives win the 2015 general election. read more

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House Prices ‘Jumped’ 1.4% In December

House Prices ‘Jumped’ 1.4% In December

House prices in the UK rose by the biggest amount in more than four years in December, according to mortgage lender Nationwide.

It measured a 1.4% increase in the month – its best performance since August 2009 – leaving annual growth in the year to December at 8.4%.

The surge, Nationwide calculated, raised the average house price to £175,826, but London continues to outperform the rest of the country.

Prices in the capital are now 14% above their 2007 peak, with the price of a typical London home at £345,186. read more

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Man Dies Driving A Scooter Into The River, Due To Storms

Man Dies Driving A Scooter Into The River, Due To Storms

A man who died when his mobility scooter fell into a swollen river has become the third person to die as a result of the latest bout of storms.

Thames Valley Police were called to Osney Lock, Oxford, at 6.30pm on Saturday after receiving a report that the man had been seen to fall into the River Thames after driving his scooter along a flooded pathway.

Police said the 47-year-old man, from the Oxford area, was pronounced dead at the scene after being recovered from the lock.

It came as forecasters warned gusts of up to 70mph are set to hit western Britain creating a further risk of flooding. read more

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Next Raises Profit Forecast After Strong Xmas

Next Raises Profit Forecast After Strong Xmas

Next expects to make an annual profit of as much as £700m on the back of the festive season.

Britain’s second largest clothing retailer said that sales over the fourth quarter were “significantly ahead of expectations” and it has raised its full-year profit forecast to between £684m and £700m.

The company, which has a policy of not discounting before Christmas, saw retail sales from the November 1 until December 24 up 7.7%. read more

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Rail Overcrowding May Lead To First Class Being Scrapped

Rail Overcrowding May Lead To First Class Being Scrapped

First class rail travel could be scrapped on busy commuter routes under plans that would see train companies being paid to provide extra standard class seats.

The Government said it was considering such a move to ease overcrowding and confirmed it was in talks with a number of operators about ideas including financial incentives for train firms with busy commuter routes who ditch their first class offering.

The plans emerged as rail fares in the UK rose by an average 3.1% – sparking one charity to warn of a potential return to cars for commuters as it would make more financial sense. read more

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