A family have been rescued by safari park rangers as their car caught fire in the middle of the lion enclosure. The drama unfolded at Longleat, Wiltshire, which was packed with visitors enjoying the long Easter weekend at the time. George Lear, 16, from Bristol, was just a few cars away when the blaze broke out. "We saw all the lions were staring at something and we turned around to see a smoking car," he said. More »Car Catches Fire In Longleat's Lion Enclosure
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Education Secretary Michael Gove has been branded a "man with a mad idea for every occasion" as fresh strike action was threatened by teachers. The Cabinet Minister also faced demands to quit at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Brighton. Activists were debating a motion which called on the union to co-ordinate national strike action in the week beginning Monday June 23, if "significant" progress is not made in tackling a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. It comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout, and raises the prospect of widespread disruption to thousands of schools in England and Wales in the summer term. More »School Strike Action Threatened By Teachers
Sunderland condemned Chelsea to their first home Premier League defeat under Jose Mourinho with a stunning 2-1 victory on Saturday that took Liverpool a step closer to the title. More »Advantage Liverpool as Sunderland stun Chelsea
Easter Sunday and Monday are predicted to be wet for millions of Britons after a dry start to the Bank Holiday weekend. Heavy showers and thunder are expected in places as rain moves from the southeast of England across central and southern areas and Wales by Sunday afternoon. However, the north of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic and Scotland are expected to remain dry on Sunday. Sky News meteorologist Dr Chris England said: "It certainly looks as if the southern English counties and London will see heavy, prolonged rain on Sunday. More »Easter Weather: Millions Face Heavy Downpours
A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of former dissident republican leader Tommy Crossan. The 43-year-old was shot dead at a fuel depot in an industrial complex near the Peter Pan centre in West Belfast on Friday - the sixteenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) tweeted: "Serious Crime Branch detectives investigating the murder of a 43-year-old man in West Belfast yesterday have arrested a 26-year-old man." Detective Superintendent John Roberts appealed for information about a red BMW spotted near the murder scene. More »Man Held Over Killing Of Continuity IRA Leader
Leicester City moved within touching distance of securing the Championship title after David Nugent fired the leaders to a 1-0 win over 10-man QPR on Saturday. More »Foxes on verge of clinching second tier title
Organisers of the London Marathon are looking into how one of the competitors ran the second half of his race faster than Mo Farah. The first half of his race took 2hrs 7mins, according to the Virgin Money London Marathon results list. The amount of time it took Mr Scotland-Williams to complete every 5km was also listed up to the halfway stage, but several of the later 5km 'splits' are missing. The suggestion is that by missing out a portion of the race, Mr Scotland-Williams was able to post an unusually fast time. More »Marathon Runner's Second Half 'Faster Than Mo's'
Fulham squandered an opportunity to escape the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday after going down 3-1 at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. More »Spurs halt Fulham charge, Chelsea eye summit
A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a car crashed into a police patrol vehicle in Dudley in the West Midlands. A second police officer had to be removed from the patrol car by fire crews and was taken to hospital. Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, of West Midlands Police, said: "Both officers were extremely lucky not to suffer more serious injuries. More »Man Held For 'Drink Driving' After Cop Car Crash
A seven-year-old boy who suffered serious burns while playing in an Aberdeen street may have been set on fire in a game that went tragically wrong. Preston Flores, who is believed to have suffered 80% burns, was reportedly playing with friends in Bedford Avenue when he was engulfed in flames. A police spokesman confirmed petrol was involved but said there was no evidence to suggest the "tragic incident" was a deliberate act. One relative told the Daily Record that Preston had been "mucking about" with mates before his clothes caught fire. More »Aberdeen: Boy Found On Fire After 'Petrol Game'
A former leading figure in the Continuity IRA dissident republican paramilitary group has been shot dead, Northern Irish police said Saturday. More »Northern Ireland paramilitary figure shot dead
The Anglican Church has caused "great harm" to homosexuals and is wrestling with the issue of gay marriage, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Most Rev Justin Welby warned Christians in some parts of the world find the subject "almost impossible" to deal with and said it may even have led to mass killings. More »'Church Has Harmed Gay People' Says Welby
Northern Ireland police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of a prominent former member of a hardline republican splinter group. Tommy Crossan, a leading opponent of a 1998 peace deal in the British province who had been a senior figure in the Continuity IRA, was shot on Friday afternoon in west Belfast and died at the scene. Northern Ireland has been largely peaceful since the "Good Friday" agreement largely ended more than three decades of sectarian violence but there have been sporadic outbreaks of violence, particularly in the last 18 months. More than 3,600 people died in sectarian strife between mainly Catholic Irish nationalists, seeking union with Ireland, and predominantly Protestant unionists who want to remain part of the United Kingdom. More »Northern Ireland police arrest man in Belfast shooting
Claims that British Gas workers have been paid large bonuses to inflate customer bills are to be investigated by the energy regulator, Ofgem. It comes after a former employee claimed the energy company encouraged its sales staff to sign up charities, churches and small businesses to its highest-priced tariffs in order to boost their own earnings. British Gas has strongly denied the allegations. More »British Gas Bonus Claims To Be Investigated