The Ministry of Defence is bracing for what one Whitehall official has described as “brutal” cuts in a security review scheduled to be announced early next year. The scale of proposed cutbacks in the army, navy and air force has created alarm within the MoD and poses a major headache for the new defence
Panic and confusion descended on Oxford Street on Friday evening as reports of gunfire in one of country’s busiest shopping districts sparked mass evacuations and a huge armed police response.
An "altercation" between two men on a Tube platform is thought to be the reason behind a mass evacuation in central London on Friday, police have said. Several people were injured and nine were taken to hospital after chaos and confusion erupted at the busy Oxford Circus station. Armed police
An altercation between two men appears to have triggered the outbreak of mass panic in London on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, leading to people fleeing in fear, armed police being deployed and a section of the West End being evacuated. British Transport Police issued a CCTV appeal for
Panic erupted among Christmas shopping crowds on London's Oxford Street on Friday evening as armed officers raced to respond to reports of shots being fired in the area, but police said later they had found no evidence of gunfire or casualties. Oxford Street, with its festive window displays and
Theresa May has been given 10 days to offer further concessions on issues including the Brexit divorce bill and the complex matter of the Northern Irish border if she wants European Union leaders to agree to trade talks.
Andy Burnham said the government had committed to pay just £12m of the £28m cost of dealing with the attacks. The government has committed to reimbursing Greater Manchester just £12m of the full £28m cost of dealing with the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bomb, leaving the NHS and other services
The former pub chef jailed for murdering and raping model Sally Anne Bowman may have confessed to two further sex attacks to maintain "a degree of notoriety". Mark Dixie, 47, was handed two more life sentences after being jailed for a minimum of 34 years in 2008 for repeatedly stabbing the
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has reacted with anger after the Government suggested it may not pay the full costs of the Manchester Arena bombing. Mr Burnham revealed he has now received a letter from Theresa May stating that "reasonable costs" will be paid, causing him to angrily
Former East 17 band member Brian Harvey has been arrested over claims he sent malicious tweets. The 43-year-old singer, who made his name in the 90s boy band, is being questioned by police in north London. The Metropolitan Police confirmed they received an allegation of malicious communications relating
A shopping centre has apologised and pulled a reindeer decoration from its Christmas grotto after a "mortified" child asked whether it had been killed. Mother Adele Keen forced the removal of the decoration - a plastic reindeer head mounted on a wall - from the festive attraction at The Mall
A teenage girl has been given a life sentence for manslaughter for killing seven-year-old Katie Rough in a park in York. Katie died after she was smothered by the teen and then slashed with a Stanley knife in a park in York on 9 January. The teenager - who was 15 at the time of the attack - admitted
Britain is braced for an Arctic blast that will bring the risk of snow and ice to large parts of the country this weekend. Severe weather warnings for ice have been issued for Northern Ireland, Wales, parts of Scotland, northern England and the West Midlands from 5pm on Friday until 10am on Saturday
Witnesses described screaming and confusion as armed police descended on Oxford Circus in central London after reports gunshots had been fired. Bruce Malcomson, who works in Soho, told Sky News he was at the Tube station when the alert happened late on Friday afternoon. Mr Malcomson said armed police
Armed police have been stood down following reports of shots fired on London's Oxford Street and at Oxford Circus Tube station. Cordons have been lifted on Oxford Street, where shoppers were earlier warned to "go into a building" amid fears over a possible terror-related incident. Oxford
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Brexit talks were making progress but that there were outstanding issues on the divorce settlement and the border with EU member Ireland. After meeting European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, May described their discussion as positive
Two of the world's best-known brands are withdrawing their advertising from YouTube and Google over fears they were featured on "inappropriate" and "exploitative" content featuring children. The content, although legal and mostly uploaded by children themselves, is easily exploited
The European Union handed Prime Minister Theresa May a 10-day "absolute deadline" to improve her Brexit divorce offer or face failure in persuading EU leaders to open trade talks with Britain at a December summit. Without a deal next month, time will be very tight to agree arrangements before
The Mail Online has been slammed for “spreading panic” after circulating a 10-day-old tweet while an incident unfolded near Oxford Circus.
Damian Green, the first secretary of state, has described the claims as ‘untrue and deeply hurtful’. Downing Street has said it may not publish any report into allegations against the first secretary of state, Damian Green, who is currently under investigation by the Cabinet Office. The inquiry by
Britain has only 10 days left to deliver on all three areas of its divorce terms with the European Union if London wants to start talks on a transition period after Brexit and a future relationship, the chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said. "We need to see progress from UK within 10 days on
Philip Hammond backtracked on plans to give the NHS more money than it eventually got in the budget after reacting with “fury” to its boss Simon Stevens’s public demand for an extra £4bn next year. The chancellor viewed Stevens’s plea, in which he urged ministers to deliver on leave campaigners’ promise