Press Association 2014 LATEST

Meester admits to family quarrels

This Is Local London: Leighton Meester at the premiere of The Judge in Los Angeles

3:29pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Leighton Meester has admitted she still finds herself having childish arguments with her family whenever she goes home.

Strictly dances and songs announced

This Is Local London: Caroline Flack will be dancing the Tango

3:29pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Strictly Come Dancing fans have been given a sneak peak of what to expect from this weekend's show - as a full list of dances and songs for the show was revealed.

Sinitta wears hair-kini, headdress

This Is Local London: Sinitta loves a bit of dressing up

3:29pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sinitta has upped the ante with her X Factor judges' houses outfit this year, sporting a "hair-kini" and a huge American Indian headdress.

It's a girl for Kunis and Kutcher?

This Is Local London: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have had a baby girl, according to reports (Rex)

3:29pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are the proud parents of a baby girl, it has been reported.

England set to face Italy

This Is Local London: The Football Association has announced that England will take on Italy in March

3:22pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

England will take on Italy in a glamour friendly next year, the Football Association has announced.

PM upbeat about Clacton contest

This Is Local London: Douglas Carswell is now standing on the Ukip platform

3:13pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Prime Minister insisted the Conservatives can fight off the challenge from Ukip defector Douglas Carswell as he joined the campaign trail in Clacton.

Robson unfazed by ECB contract snub

This Is Local London: Sam Robson insists missing out on an ECB central contract will not dent his Test hopes with England

2:48pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sam Robson insists missing out on a central contract poses no threat to his future in the England set-up.

O'Brien in World Cup fitness race

This Is Local London: Sean O'Brien, left, will miss Ireland's autumn Test series with shoulder trouble

2:48pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sean O'Brien faces a "nightmare" six months sidelined with shoulder trouble that threatens to wipe out his Six Nations campaign with Ireland.

Mertesacker eager to make amends

This Is Local London: Per Mertesacker will captain Arsenal against Chelsea at the weekend

2:47pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker has warned Chelsea the Gunners are ready to "try new things" when they head to the Barclays Premier League leaders on Sunday boosted by their European success.

Legal move over George 'photo bid'

This Is Local London: A photographer reportedly tried to take pictures of Prince George in Battersea Park

2:06pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have started legal action against a photographer amid reports that he tried to take a picture of Prince George in a London park.

Runaway teenager 'a normal girl'

This Is Local London: Yusra Hussien is believed to be heading for Syria

2:06pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A 17-year-old girl feared to be on her way to Syria to join extremists gave no sign that she had become radicalised, a community leader has said.

Speed camera brings in windfall

This Is Local London: The speed camera on Newport Road, Cardiff, which is thought to be the UK's most prolific

1:41pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A speed camera in Cardiff could be the UK's most prolific after generating more than an estimated £800,000 worth of fines in just six months.

Hamilton: I have matured

This Is Local London: Lewis Hamilton, pictured, heads into the Japanese GP with a slender three-point lead over Nico Rosberg (AP)

1:26pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Lewis Hamilton believes more maturity and a better work ethic set him apart from the man he was when he last tasted Formula One title success.

Drugs baron jailed for 17 years

This Is Local London: Kevin Hanley, 52, was considered the 'top, top man' in the drug world

1:04pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

One of Britain's most notorious drugs barons, who smuggled cocaine worth £5 million in consignments of watermelons and pomegranates, has been jailed for more than 17 years.

'Two confess' to murdering Britons

This Is Local London: Hannah Witheridge, 23, and her boyfriend, David Miller, 24, were found dead on a Thai beach on September 15 (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

1:04pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Two Burmese immigrant workers have confessed to killing two young British tourists on a Thai holiday island last month, police have said.

Boy jailed for murdering girlfriend

This Is Local London: Steven Miles, 17, who has been for the murder of his girlfriend Elizabeth Thomas

1:04pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A 17-year-old boy with a fixation on the TV serial killer Dexter has been jailed for 25 years for the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend who he ferociously stabbed before he dismembered her body in the "blood-curdling" killing in his bedroom.

Morrisons makes price match move

This Is Local London: Morrisons is bidding to match the prices offered by discounters Aldi and Lidl

1:02pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Morrisons has become the first of the big four supermarkets to pledge a price match guarantee against discounters Aldi and Lidl in the latest episode of the ferocious price war.

Nadal and Murray progress

This Is Local London: Andy Murray, pictured, overcame Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-2 (AP)

1:01pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Rafael Nadal moved into the quarter-finals of the China Open with a straight-sets victory over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk.

Hodgson leaves out Sturridge

This Is Local London: England manager Roy Hodgson insists Daniel Sturridge's absence was not down to pressure from Liverpool.

12:44pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Liverpool have got their way after Daniel Sturridge was left out of the England squad - a decision Roy Hodgson insists is down to fitness rather than pressure from Brendan Rodgers.

Murray breezes into last eight

This Is Local London: Andy Murray, pictured, beat Pablo Cuevas to reach the China Open quarter-finals

12:30pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Andy Murray strolled into the quarter-finals of the China Open on Wednesday with a straightforward victory over Pablo Cuevas.

Platini supports publication

This Is Local London: UEFA president Michel Platini wants a secret report into World Cup bidding to be published

12:06pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

UEFA president Michel Platini has added his voice to calls for a secret report into World Cup bidding to be made public.

Zeta Jones to play cartel boss

This Is Local London: Catherine Zeta Jones will star in The Godmother

11:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Catherine Zeta Jones has landed the role of a drugs kingpin in real-life crime biopic The Godmother.

Jessie: Romance has lost its way

This Is Local London: Jessie J was interviewed by Cosmopolitan magazine

11:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Jessie J says she hopes to find a man in the US.

Health warning over wild mushrooms

This Is Local London: Public Health England says 84 cases of mushroom poisoning have been reported this year

11:08am Thursday 2nd October 2014

People setting out for autumnal countryside walks have been urged to take care if they are planning to forage for mushrooms after dozens of people have fallen ill from poisoning.

Angry Clegg demands May apology

This Is Local London: Nick Clegg has demanded an apology from Theresa May after she claimed he put children at risk by blocking the so-called snoopers' charter

10:26am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Nick Clegg has launched a furious attack on Home Secretary Theresa May for saying he put children at risk by blocking the so-called snoopers' charter.

Singer Lynsey de Paul dies at 64

This Is Local London: Singer Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64

10:20am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Lynsey de Paul, who scored top 10 hits, wrote TV themes and represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, has died at the age of 64.

Singer Lynsey de Paul dies at 64

This Is Local London: Lynsey de Paul's biggest hit Sugar Me got to number five in the singles chart in 1972

10:10am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul, who scored top 10 hits, wrote TV themes and represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, has died at the age of 64.

Jail terms for failed smugglers

This Is Local London: Border Force officers foiled the plot

10:10am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A gang who attempted to smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK through a quiet village quay have been jailed.

No risk from Help to Buy - Bank

This Is Local London: Mark Carney told George Osborne a house price cap and the fee charged to lenders who use it "remain appropriate"

10:07am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Bank of England will not ask for changes to the Government's Help to Buy scheme after finding it does not pose a risk to financial stability and has not driven up house prices, it announced today.

Bailiff battle won't distract team

This Is Local London: Caterham's Marcus Ericsson insists preparations for the Japanese Grand Prix have not been affected by bailiffs entering the team's UK factory

10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Marcus Ericsson insists it has been business as usual for Caterham as they prepare for the Japanese Grand Prix alongside an ongoing battle with a bailiff company.

Facebook in drag queens U-turn

This Is Local London: Facebook says transgender and drag queen users will be able to use their stage names to log in

9:31am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Facebook has apologised to transgender and drag queen users whose accounts were deleted for violating its policy on using real names.

Ryanair 'axes cabin crew calendar'

This Is Local London: Ryanair's calendars were first published in 2008

9:31am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Ryanair has called time on its calendar of cabin crew in bikinis, according to reports.

Wonga writes off £220m of loans

This Is Local London: Wonga is writing off the debts of 330,000 customers

9:31am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Wonga has written off a total of £220 million worth of debt belonging to 330,000 customers after admitting making loans to people who could not afford to repay them.

Johnson to miss autumn Tests

This Is Local London: Exeter and England forward Tom Johnson is to undergo neck surgery

9:17am Thursday 2nd October 2014

England boss Stuart Lancaster has been dealt yet another injury setback after Exeter confirmed that back-row forward Tom Johnson will miss the autumn Tests next month.

Renewables bid to share £300m

This Is Local London: Established technologies such as onshore wind farms will compete for up to £65 million in support

8:36am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Renewable electricity projects will be able to bid for a share of £300 million subsidies for new schemes this autumn, the Department of Energy has said.

'Racist' Banksy mural removed

This Is Local London: The Banksy artwork was removed from a wall in Clacton-on-Sea (Banksy.co.uk)

8:36am Thursday 2nd October 2014

One of street artist Banksy's newest works has been removed following complaints it was racist.

First Glastonbury ticket batch sold

This Is Local London: The first 15,000 Glastonbury tickets sold in just 14 minutes

7:49am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The first batch of tickets for Glastonbury 2015 has sold out in just 14 minutes.

Army 'easing tattoo restrictions'

This Is Local London: The Army is considering a relaxation of formerly strict rules on tattoos as it seeks to boost the ranks of reservists

7:49am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Army is easing restrictions on hand and neck tattoos, it has emerged.

Gerrard blasts "soft" performance

This Is Local London: Steven Gerrard, pictured, blasted Liverpool's performance against Basle

6:17am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard blasted his side for being "soft all over the pitch" after they lost 1-0 to Basle in Switzerland.

"Electric" Welbeck delights Wenger

This Is Local London: Danny Welbeck is paying back his £16million transfer fee

6:15am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Arsene Wenger hailed "electric" Danny Welbeck after the England striker fired Arsenal to a 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasaray.

McCanns online abuse dossier probed

This Is Local London: Kate and Gerry McCann were subjected to the abuse online, according to the dossier

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A dossier of online abuse directed at the parents of Madeleine McCann is being examined by police.

Rugby coach set for OBE honour

This Is Local London: Warren Gatland is set to receive his OBE

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Rugby coach Warren Gatland is among those being honoured at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle today.

Funeral due for last Mitford sister

This Is Local London: Deborah Mitford, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, was the last of the Mitford sisters

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The funeral of the last of the famous Mitford sisters will be held today.

Gang face 'very long time' in jail

This Is Local London: Dean Mayley, pictured here with his seven-year-old nephew Callum, was stabbed in the heart

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A gang of youths convicted of killing a young man with the mental age of nine in a knife-point mugging face years behind bars when they are sentenced later .

Pensioner on trial in IED case

This Is Local London: Harry Street will appear at Birmingham Crown Court

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A pensioner will go on trial today charged with making an improvised explosive device and possessing firearms with intent to endanger life.

Cricketer Cairns on perjury charge

This Is Local London: Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns, who is to be charged with perjury, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed

3:54am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns will appear in court to face one count of perjury linked to a libel action he brought in the UK in 2012.

Fry: I'm the only person I hurt

This Is Local London: Stephen Fry has spoken out about his past claims of drug-taking

3:23am Thursday 2nd October 2014

There is a "huge moral difference" between historic sex and drug crimes, actor Stephen Fry has said.

BNP expels 'disunity bid' Griffin

This Is Local London: British National Party party leader Nick Griffin who has been expelled from membership of the BNP.

12:26am Thursday 2nd October 2014

The British National Party has expelled former leader Nick Griffin for allegedly "trying to cause disunity" in a bid to destabilise the organisation.

Caine hailed 'greatest movie actor'

This Is Local London: Sir Michael Caine arrives at the Royal Albert Hall.

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sir Michael Caine was hailed as the "greatest movie actor" Britain has produced as stars gathered to celebrate his career at London's Albert Hall.

EastEnders cleans up at soap awards

This Is Local London: Danny Dyer with his best actor trophy at the Inside Soap Awards.

12:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

EastEnders was the big winner at the Inside Soap Awards, picking up the prestigious Best Soap gong as well as three other cast prizes.

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