Blaenau Ffestiniog mountain fire: About 20 homes evacuated

Image copyright @mrmceej Image caption The alarm was raised just before 20:30 on Monday Families in about 20 properties have been evacuated from their homes as fire crews tackled a large mountain blaze. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service had 30 firefighters at Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, overnight. One eyewitness said the hillside above the town […]

Does your dinner come from a “dark kitchen”?

Image caption Deliveroo’s “dark kitchens” are workspaces allowing restaurants to meet demand for app deliveries Your next meal might come from this windswept industrial estate on the banks of the River Irwell. Outside, a handful of drivers wait in their cars. Mopeds and bicycles are stacked in a small pile. All are poised to collect […]

Brexit: Cross-party talks to resume

Image copyright PA The government will resume Brexit talks with the Labour Party as MPs return to Westminster following the Easter break. Cabinet ministers, including the PM’s defacto deputy, David Lidington, will meet senior opposition figures in an attempt to solve the Brexit impasse. But the resumption of talks has provoked anger among a number […]

Philippines earthquake: Eight deaths reported on Luzon

Image copyright EPA Image caption Rescuers are searching for trapped people at a building in Pampanga province A powerful earthquake has struck the main Philippines island of Luzon, killing at least 11 people. The magnitude 6.1 tremor hit at 17:11 local time (09:11 GMT) on Monday, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reports. An […]

Have the poorest councils had the biggest cuts?

Image copyright Getty Images The most deprived council areas of England have seen more cuts than their better-off neighbours, according to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He was speaking following the launch of his party’s local election campaign. So, what do the figures show? Spending power Councils receive their money from a mix of central government […]