UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones

UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones

The UK has announced new stop-gap laws for drone operators restricting how high they can fly their craft — 400ft — and prohibiting the devices from being flown within 1km of an airport boundary. The measures will come into effect on July 30. The government says the new rules are intended to enhance safety, including the safety […]

The Italy Panic Might Be Bad News for the UK

The Italy Panic Might Be Bad News for the UK

The crisis in Italy could be bad news for Britain. Italians’ flirtation with parties critical of the European Union is reminding the EU why it wants to show the U.K. what it will lose with Brexit. It doesn’t want Britain to enjoy the same benefits of membership once it’s gone in case it tempts others […]

UK drone users face safety tests and flight restrictions

UK drone users face safety tests and flight restrictions

Image copyright PA UK drone users may have to pass online safety tests under legislation being introduced to the Commons on Wednesday. The government also wants to prevent drones from flying above 400ft or within 1km of airport boundaries. The changes, which are set to come into effect between 30 July and 30 November, follow […]

Fury as train delays and cancellations in UK enter second week

Fury as train delays and cancellations in UK enter second week

A second week of disruption has affected rail commuters in the UK with problems caused by new rail timetables worsening over the bank holiday weekend. Barely half of Thameslink trains on the upgraded central London route ran to schedule on Tuesday morning, leaving passengers stranded and confused by fresh amendments and late cancellations. Passengers on […]

UK 'could be reaching peak Prosecco'

UK 'could be reaching peak Prosecco'

Sales of sparkling wine have continued to increase but at a slower rate, suggesting the UK could be approaching “peak Prosecco”, says a report. Research by accountancy group UHY Hacker Young found that 35.8 million gallons of sparkling wine was sold last year, an increase of 5% on the previous 12 months. But the increase […]

Beatings, rape and non-stop work: UK women enslaved in forced marriages

Beatings, rape and non-stop work: UK women enslaved in forced marriages

Betrayed by her own family, isolated from the outside world and raped daily by her violent husband, one desperate teenager turned to a confidential helpline. The 17-year-old from the north of England first met her abusive partner the day before she was forced to marry the middle-aged man in Britain. She was 16 at the […]

Flash floods close roads in parts of the Midlands

Flash floods close roads in parts of the Midlands

Flash floods have caused mayhem on roads in parts of the Midlands when storms and torrential rain broke out after a weekend of humid weather. The equivalent of a month’s rain fell in one hour in parts of the region, leaving a submerged stretch of the M5 and other roads closed. Vehicles were left swamped […]

Mutiny festival cancelled over 'dangerous substance' as two die on site

Mutiny festival cancelled over 'dangerous substance' as two die on site

A music festival in Portsmouth has been cancelled after an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man died after falling ill on Saturday night. The deaths at the Mutiny festival are being seen as separate incidents and are not being treated as suspicious, but Hampshire police said inquiries were being made to determine the circumstances. Dizzee […]

Boy, 11, arrested after allegedly raping seven-year-old in Dorset

Boy, 11, arrested after allegedly raping seven-year-old in Dorset

An 11-year-old boy has been arrested and questioned by police in Dorset after he was accused of raping a seven-year-old boy who was playing outside. The attack is alleged to have taken place in Wool, a large village in the district of Purbeck, on the evening of 14 May, close to the alleged victim’s home. […]

Afghan interpreters working for UK army 'failed' by government

Afghan interpreters working for UK army 'failed' by government

The government has “dismally failed” to protect Afghans who worked as interpreters for the British army and are now at risk from the Taliban and Islamic State, according to a Commons defence select committee report. The study criticises the Home Office and Ministry of Defence for not fulfilling obligations towards thousands of Afghans who worked […]

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