Crown jewels hidden in biscuit tin during WW2

Gemstones from the crown jewels were hidden in a biscuit tin at Windsor Castle for safekeeping during World War Two, a BBC documentary will reveal. It was buried below a secret exit on the orders of King George VI to prevent the jewels falling into Nazi hands. Details of the mystery, unknown by the Queen, […]

Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

Cabinet ministers have concluded a crisis meeting about keeping vital public services going after the collapse of contractor Carillion. The construction giant, which provides services for schools, prisons and hospitals, has gone into liquidation. Cabinet Office minister David Lidington said the two-hour Cobra committee talks enabled ministers to air any concerns. Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy […]

Poppi Worthington: Toddler sexually assaulted, coroner rules

Toddler Poppi Worthington was sexually assaulted by her father before she died, a coroner has ruled, finding her death was caused by asphyxia. Coroner David Roberts said Paul Worthington assaulted his daughter in his bed, laid a cover over her and went to sleep. He said she died because her ability to breathe was compromised […]

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly aged 46

The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie. A statement from her publicist said: “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was […]

Woman rescued by firefighters after blaze engulfs vaping shop

A woman was rescued after a severe fire broke out at a shop in Coventry. Flames and smoke poured from the front of Jungle Vapes, in Sewall Highway, Courthouse Green,after the blaze took hold just after 3.30pm on Monday. Four fire crews were sent to the scene and a led one woman to safety from […]

Disruption as heavy snow falls hit Scotland

Heavy snow falls have been causing disruption as wintry conditions sweep across large swathes of Scotland. Traffic between Scotland and England has been affected, with lanes on the M74 southbound in Lanarkshire closed between J12 Millbank and J13 Abington. Traffic Scotland said gritters were working to make the motorway safe enough to fully re-open. Police […]

Killer gales set to batter the Midlands, the Met Office has warned

The Met Office has warned people could be killed or injured when strong winds batter the West Midlands over the next 24 hours. The national forecaster has issued a yellow weather warning for wind from 9pm tonight to 11am tomorrow, with gusts of up to 50mph expected. It says buildings could be damaged and phone […]

Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences

Ofcom has today announced the award of eight new community radio licences (PDF, 346.5 KB) in England and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in Coventry, Leeds, Reading and Waterlooville in England; and Glasgow and Peterhead in Scotland.   Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits […]

City sees 40% rise in fly-tipping

Incidents of fly-tipping in Coventry have risen by 40% in a year, council figures show.   The number of incidents rose from 3,300 in to more than 4,700 in the last financial year.   The council said the rise was exacerbated by a change in legislation and the cost of waste disposal, with scrap metal […]