Press Association 2014 LATEST

Jet returns after part falls off

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Thomas Cook passengers were being put on a replacement flight

2:52pm Friday 31st October 2014

A passenger jet was forced to return to Gatwick Airport part-way through its flight to Egypt after a part plunged to the ground.

UK's EU contribution soars to £11bn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The UK's net contribution to the EU rose by £2.7 billion

2:50pm Friday 31st October 2014

The UK's net contribution to the European Union soared to £11.3 billion in 2013, an increase of £2.7 billion from the previous year, according to official statistics.

Wilshere adds to injury woes

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jack Wilshere is the latest injury victim for Arsenal

2:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

Jack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal's lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud "miles ahead of schedule" in the coming weeks.

Costa back for Blues

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Chelsea's Diego Costa will feature against QPR

2:38pm Friday 31st October 2014

Striker Diego Costa is available for Chelsea's Barclays Premier League clash with QPR on Saturday after missing four matches with a hamstring injury.

BBC refuses apology over Top Gear

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jeremy Clarkson said he was "shocked" when someone pointed out the link between the H982 FKL number plate and the Falklands War

2:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

The BBC has refused the Argentinian ambassador's demand for a public apology following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

Rolf Harris loses first appeal bid

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Rolf Harris was refused permission to appeal

2:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

Halloween hots up with record high

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Swimmers enjoy the morning sun in the sea at Brighton on Halloween

2:15pm Friday 31st October 2014

The record for the warmest Halloween in Britain has been shattered, forecasters say.

Schiffer among PM's Chequers guests

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn were invited to a Chequers gathering as guests of the US ambassador

2:15pm Friday 31st October 2014

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has dined with David Cameron at the Prime Minister's official country residence, official records show.

Pakistan poised for series win

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Younis Khan made a double century as Pakistan dominated day two of the second Test against Australia

2:12pm Friday 31st October 2014

Pakistan all but ensured a first Test series win over Australia in 20 years, with Younis Khan's fifth double century and a hundred from Misbah-ul-Haq leaving them in a handsome position on day two in Abu Dhabi.

Pardew happy with Newcastle depth

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is happy with his squad

1:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned his players few of them can count on their place in his team after his understudies took centre-stage.

Silva ruled out of Manchester derby

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Manchester City's David Silva will be out for up to four weeks with the knee injury suffered against Newcastle

1:05pm Friday 31st October 2014

Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday's derby against Manchester United and faces up to four weeks out with a knee injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.

JK Rowling based Harry Potter witch on hated woman

Preston and Leyland Citizen: JK Rowling based Harry Potter witch on hated woman

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

JK Rowling has returned to the world of Harry Potter to explain the origins of teacher Dolores Umbridge.

Surge in fixed-rate mortgage deals

Preston and Leyland Citizen: A total of 2,675 fixed-rate mortgage deals were on the market by the middle of this week

12:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

Mortgage lenders are flooding the market with more fixed-rate products in attempts to lock in home-owners who may be tempted to switch to one of their rivals in the coming months, a financial website has reported.

Police chief faces internal charge

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nick Gargan was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

11:11am Friday 31st October 2014

A chief constable will face an internal charge of gross misconduct following claims that he made "inappropriate advances" to female colleagues and leaked internal emails.

X Factor hopefuls face instant axe

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Simon Cowell, pictured with his fellow judges, has warned X Factor contestants they need to up their game if they want to continue in the show (Syco/Thames TV/ITV/PA)

10:42am Friday 31st October 2014

X Factor contestants face instant dismissal on tomorrow night's show if they fail to impress viewers in a Halloween elimination twist as the show seeks to boost its fortunes.

Murderers lose whole-life challenge

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jamie Reynolds lured a teenage girl to her death

10:42am Friday 31st October 2014

Two murderers have lost challenges against orders that they can never be released from prison.

Rowling based witch on hated woman

Preston and Leyland Citizen: JK Rowling has written on her Pottermore website about the story of Dolores Umbridge

10:03am Friday 31st October 2014

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has returned to the world of her teenage wizard to explain the background of one of her most evil characters.

Russell Brand: I don't need more money

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Russell Brand: I don't need more money

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Russell Brand has announced that he is going to use some of the money he makes for good causes, such as helping people struggling with drug addiction.

Hole-in-one boosts Westwood bid

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Lee Westwood's hole-in-one put him in contention at the CIMB Classic

9:57am Friday 31st October 2014

A spectacular hole-in-one helped Lee Westwood surge into contention for the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Friday.

Wilshere adds to injury woes

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jack Wilshere is struggling with a knee injury

9:54am Friday 31st October 2014

Jack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal's lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud "miles ahead of schedule" in the coming weeks.

Simon Cowell: Two X Factor acts to go

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Simon Cowell: Two X Factor acts to go

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Simon Cowell has revealed that two of the X Factor hopefuls will be eliminated this weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Many ex-Remploy staff 'unemployed'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The former Remploy office in Nottingham.

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Most disabled workers laid off after the closure of Remploy factories have not found another job a year after they shut, according to a new report.

Family-friendly tests for new laws

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Iain Duncan Smith says families are the foundation of society

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Every new domestic law or Government policy will have to pass five tests to ensure it is family-friendly before being approved by ministers, under guidance released by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Graduates' children 'earn more'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Research suggests children who come from more advantaged backgrounds are more likely to go to a top university

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

Men whose parents are university-educated are likely to earn more than those whose mothers and fathers do not hold a degree, according to a study.

Record 33 £1m homes sold every day

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Lloyds found that 6,143 transactions involving million pound homes took place during the first six months of 2014

8:53am Friday 31st October 2014

A record 33 sales of homes worth at least £1 million took place in Britain every day typically during the first half of this year, research has revealed.

Gerrard casts doubt on Reds future

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Steven Gerrard would have no qualms with leaving Liverpool at the end of the season if the club do not offer him a new deal

8:39am Friday 31st October 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is keen to continue his career beyond this season and admits he may be forced to move away from Anfield if the club fails to offer him a new deal.

Ryder Cup pain fires Colsaerts

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nicolas Colsaerts is in control in Shanghai

8:39am Friday 31st October 2014

Nicolas Colsaerts revealed how he was inspired by Europe's Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles after taking the halfway lead in the BMW Masters in Shanghai.

Proposals to repay £2bn WWI debt

Preston and Leyland Citizen: National War Bonds were first issued in 1917 to raise money to finance the ongoing cost of the First World War

8:11am Friday 31st October 2014

Steps to repay the UK's £2 billion in outstanding First World War debt have been unveiled with plans to redeem bonds dating back to the 18th century.

Paul Hollywood: Mary Berry vandalised my car!

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Paul Hollywood: Mary Berry vandalised my car!

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Paul Hollywood’s car was ‘vandalised’ – by his Great British Bake Off co-star Mary Berry.

MTV 'map' leads to Labrinth video

Preston and Leyland Citizen: MTV 'map' leads to Labrinth video

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Glasgow City Chambers will be lit up in a light show for Labrinth’s latest single, Let it Be.

Keira Knightley admits Bake Off obsession

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Keira Knightley admits Bake Off obsession

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Keira Knightley has admitted she would have preferred to watch The Great British Bake Off final than go to her own movie premiere.

Stars go 'BearFaced' for charity

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Stars go 'BearFaced' for charity

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Michelle Keegan, Lorraine Kelly and Olivia Colman are ditching make-up to support Children In Need.

Lidl matches Waitrose in taste test

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Judges were impressed by some of Lidl's Christmas foods

7:37am Friday 31st October 2014

Discount store Lidl has done as well as posh nosh specialist Waitrose in a mass blind-tasting of indulgent Christmas foods.

RBS writes off further £780m

Preston and Leyland Citizen: RBS is 80 per cent owned by the taxpayer after being rescued during the financial crisis

7:37am Friday 31st October 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland wrote off another £780 million for past misconduct today and suggested more pain was to come before taxpayers would see a return on their £46 billion bail-out of the lender.

Praising pupils 'can be harmful'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Trust says judging the quality of teaching is very difficult

7:16am Friday 31st October 2014

It is often said that a little encouragement goes a long way, but a new study suggests that lavishing praise on pupils is unlikely to help them improve in the classroom.

Monk to meet with Riley

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Swansea manager Garry Monk will meet referees' chief Mike Riley on Friday to discuss refereeing issues this season

6:39am Friday 31st October 2014

Swansea manager Garry Monk will meet referees' chief Mike Riley on Friday having claimed one victory after defender Federico Fernandez's midweek red card against Liverpool was rescinded.

Firms 'must reveal drink calories'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The majority of the adults asked in a poll did not know the number of calories in a pint of lager

6:05am Friday 31st October 2014

Drinks companies should label their alcoholic products to show the number of calories they contain as part of a bid to tackle obesity, a health organisation has said.

Plea to confront aid corruption

Preston and Leyland Citizen: More must be done to ensure the integrity of aid programmes, it has been argued

6:05am Friday 31st October 2014

The Government is failing to tackle corruption levels in international aid programmes it is funding, an independent watchdog has found.

Labour sees off Ukip in PCC poll

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The PCC by-election was called following the resignation of Shaun Wright

3:33am Friday 31st October 2014

Labour saw off Ukip in the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner by-election but the victory was secured amid dire voter turnout.

Puppy farm killer to be sentenced

Preston and Leyland Citizen: John Lowe will be sentenced for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm

3:33am Friday 31st October 2014

An elderly dog breeder will be sentenced today for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm.

Minister's 'chunky money' for roads

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander of the Liberal Democrats.

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The Government will use the Autumn Statement to set out plans for major road improvement projects, Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has confirmed.

Halloween costumes 'damaging'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Adult Skitzo costume on sale at www.joke.co.uk

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

Halloween's ghoulish festivities have turned into a "dangerous" culture that brands the mentally ill as "psychos or schizos or freaks", a Government minister will warn today.

Government accused amid fire strike

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Firefighters in central London in May during a strike over pension changes

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The Government has been accused of showing "contempt" for public sector workers as firefighters prepare to stage a four-day strike in a bitter row over pensions.

NHS opt-out tax rebate proposed

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Under the plan people would receive a rebate equivalent to the value of the NHS care they would have received

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

People in England should be able to receive a tax rebate for opting out of NHS care under a system with significantly increased competition, a think-tank has recommended.

Royal couple to end Colombia tour

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Prince of Wales visiting Cano Cristales, a multi coloured river during his tour of Colombia

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will end their four-day tour of Colombia by visiting the Caribbean influenced city of Cartagena today.

Woolf has to go, say abuse victims

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Fiona Woolf who faces fresh pressure about her role at head of a Government inquiry into child abuse.

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

Victims' representatives have unanimously called for Fiona Woolf to be replaced as the head of the inquiry into historical child sex abuse after a meeting with the panel's secretariat.

Miliband in English devolution vow

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged more powers for England's regions

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

A Labour government would pass an English Devolution Act, transferring control over £30 billion worth of funding to England's cities and counties, Ed Miliband has announced.

Labour set for new Scots leadership

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Labour leader Ed Miliband, former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and Alistair Darling

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

Ed Miliband is looking to a completely new leadership team to turn around the flagging Labour Party in Scotland as two polls suggested he is facing a wipeout north of the border.

Man held over firework plant blaze

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a blaze in a fireworks warehouse which left two people missing.

Everton profit delights Kenwright

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Everton had a successful season on and off the field

12:09am Friday 31st October 2014

Everton have revealed record profits of more than £28million for the 2013/14 season.

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