Press Association 2014 LATEST

Tulisa 'felt her life was over'

Congleton Guardian: Tulisa Contostavlos told how she suffered a "very dark moment" after false allegations about drugs were published

6:38am Monday 28th July 2014

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Constavlos said she became "a paranoid wreck" and felt her life was over after being caught up in a cocaine sting, which led to a trial that collapsed in dramatic fashion last week.

Wane: The best team won

Congleton Guardian: Shaun Wane was disappointed with Wigan's performance

6:29am Monday 28th July 2014

Angry Wigan coach Shaun Wane says his side "got what they deserved" as they slumped to a shock defeat at already-relegated Bradford.

Insolvency numbers 'to remain flat'

Congleton Guardian: The number of personal insolvencies has generally been decreasing for around three years, figures show

6:17am Monday 28th July 2014

The number of people going insolvent in England and Wales is expected to remain steady in new official figures but experts warned that borrowers should start preparing now for potential "shocks" amid the prospect of interest rates rising.

Passport Office staff to strike

Congleton Guardian: The Passport Office has had faced the highest demand for applications in the last 12 years

4:03am Monday 28th July 2014

Passport Office staff will strike today over staff shortages which they say have led to a serious backlog in processing applications this year.

Royal support for Games competitors

Congleton Guardian: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, will be watching events at the Commonwealth Games

4:03am Monday 28th July 2014

Commonwealth competitors will get a royal reception today as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to watch the action at Glasgow 2014.

50m patients 'will be turned away'

Congleton Guardian: Lack of investment in family doctors is leading to an overstretched service, the Royal College of General Practitioners said

1:24am Monday 28th July 2014

The number of times GP surgeries in England are forced to turn away patients for appointments next year will pass the 50 million mark, new research predicts.

Legion launches WWI tribute effort

Congleton Guardian: The Every Man Remembered initiative was unveiled today to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war

12:24am Monday 28th July 2014

The Royal British Legion has launched a campaign to encourage people to pay tribute to every one of the 1,117,077 Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the First World War.

Transparent pesticide studies urged

Congleton Guardian: Research into the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides - which have been linked to declines in bees - will be funded by manufacturers under Government plans

12:24am Monday 28th July 2014

MPs have raised concerns over Government plans to allow pesticide manufacturers to fund "critical" research examining the impact of their chemicals on bees.

Blood donors hepatitis E risk shown

Congleton Guardian: There appears to be 'no pressing need' for blood donors to be screened, the study found

12:24am Monday 28th July 2014

One in every 3,000 blood donors in England could be infected with hepatitis E, new figures suggest.

Police name man shot dead in car

Congleton Guardian: A silver/blue coloured Vauxhall Insignia, registration number VK63 LWL, which Warwickshire Police believe was used by those involved in the shooting

12:24am Monday 28th July 2014

Police have named a man who was found shot dead in his car on a country lane.

Parks to be protected from fracking

Congleton Guardian: Controversial fracking techniques have sparked fierce protests

12:24am Monday 28th July 2014

National Parks in England will be protected from fracking unless there are "exceptional circumstances", ministers announced today.

Jagger babies 'comforted Sir Mick'

Congleton Guardian: Jade Jagger gave birth four weeks after her daughter Assisi had a child

12:13am Monday 28th July 2014

Jade Jagger has told how a new grandchild and great grandchild brought comfort to her Rolling Stone dad Sir Mick, following the suicide of his lover L'Wren Scott.

SNP: Yes vote 'will improve wages'

Congleton Guardian: The SNP claims a Yes vote would ensure workers 'earn a fair day's pay for a fair day's work'

12:11am Monday 28th July 2014

Around 150,000 people could see their pay increase in the event of a Yes vote in the referendum, according to the SNP.

Driving licence charges to fall

Congleton Guardian: Drivers who renew their licence after 10 years would see the fee drop from £20 to £14

12:11am Monday 28th July 2014

Driving licence fees are to fall, with larger reductions for those who carry out online transactions, the Government has announced.

Scotland bucks trend in fraud cases

Congleton Guardian: The rising value of fraud in Scotland contrasts with a drop of nearly two-fifths across the UK

12:11am Monday 28th July 2014

Con-men in Scotland have been caught with over three times as much money in the first half of the year than in the same period last year, according to accountants.

Fall in house buying confidence

Congleton Guardian: Housebuyers face growing concerns over spiralling property prices and the prospect of interest rates rising

12:11am Monday 28th July 2014

Confidence that the coming months will be a good time to buy a home has slipped back to its lowest levels in at least three years amid growing concerns over spiralling property prices and the prospect of interest rates rising, according to a consumer survey.

Drivers 'feel squeeze on parking'

Congleton Guardian: London motorists, in particular, have suffered because of increased parking costs

12:11am Monday 28th July 2014

Motorists are feeling the squeeze on parking - with rising charges and fewer and smaller spaces, according to the RAC.

London rents 'double rest of UK'

Congleton Guardian: Tenants in London face average monthly rents of £1,412

12:11am Monday 28th July 2014

Rents in London have reached double those across the rest of the UK for the first time ever, according to new research.

Community policing 'gap' claimed

Congleton Guardian: Yvette Cooper will use analysis of police recruitment figures to highlight the gap between the extra work and the number of new officers to deal with it

12:10am Monday 28th July 2014

Community policing has disappeared "in all but name" in some areas as stretched teams are asked to cover the work of more than 9,000 axed colleagues, Labour will say.

Tour winner Nibali targets worlds

Congleton Guardian: Vincenzo Nibali will now target the rainbow jersey following his Tour de France triumph (AP)

10:41pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Vincenzo Nibali will chase the world champion's rainbow jersey after completing a hat-trick of Grand Tour victories by winning the 101st Tour de France in Paris on Sunday.

Liverpool seal Lovren deal

Congleton Guardian: Dejan Lovren is the third Southampton player to move to Anfield this summer

10:17pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Liverpool have announced the signing of defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton on a long-term contract.

Cook relishes return to form

Congleton Guardian: England captain Alastair Cook fell five runs short of a Test century against India

8:27pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Alastair Cook is back on the front foot as England captain and opener, after answering his many critics with a pivotal innings for England.

Hamilton defends team orders shun

Congleton Guardian: Lewis Hamilton, left, and Nico Rosberg, right, are due a clear-the-air session

7:16pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg face clear-the-air-talks with their Mercedes bosses over Formula One's summer break after a team orders affair overshadowed a sensational Hungarian Grand Prix.

Number one joy for newlywed Cheryl

Congleton Guardian: It's another chart-topping single for newlywed Cheryl Cole

7:04pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Newlywed Cheryl Cole has double reason to celebrate after achieving her ninth number one single.

Changeable weather on the way

Congleton Guardian: Laurence Heads and his girlfriend Roxane Sanguineth cool off in the water fountains at Somerset House, London, during a spell of hot weather

7:04pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Sun worshippers who have enjoyed the recent fine weather should be prepared for a change in conditions with a mixed period on the way.

Number one joy for newlywed Cheryl

Congleton Guardian: Cheryl Cole is celebrating her fourth solo number one - and her ninth overall

7:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Newlywed Cheryl Cole has double reason to celebrate after achieving her ninth number one single.

Pair set to leave Saints

Congleton Guardian: Calum Chambers is expected to join the exodus out of Southampton this summer

6:51pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Southampton duo Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers are expected to be announced as Liverpool and Arsenal players respectively on Monday.

Nibali crowned as Kittel wins stage

Congleton Guardian: Vincenzo Nibali dominated this year's Tour de France (AP)

6:27pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Vincenzo Nibali completed victory in the 101st Tour de France in Paris on Sunday as Marcel Kittel won the final stage on the Champs-Elysees.

Cook, Ballance put England on top

Congleton Guardian: Alastair Cook, left, is removed just short of three figures in Hampshire

6:22pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Alastair Cook fell five agonising runs short of a long-overdue Test century, but still helped Gary Ballance put his team in a dominant position against India at the Ageas Bowl.

Parkinson's treatment could change

Congleton Guardian: Researchers looked at DNA from more than 100,000 people with and without Parkinson's for the study

6:02pm Sunday 27th July 2014

The results of a worldwide study into Parkinson's could help revolutionise how the degenerative disease is treated, experts have said.

Bradford claim shock Wigan win

Congleton Guardian: James Lowes oversaw Bradford's first win since the beginning of June

5:27pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Relegated Bradford stunned reigning Super League champions Wigan 16-8 at the Provident Stadium to pick up their first win under head coach James Lowes.

Cook out five runs short of ton

Congleton Guardian: England captain Alastair Cook fell five runs short of a much-needed century

5:19pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Alastair Cook fell five agonising runs short of a long-overdue Test century, but still put his team in a highly advantageous position against India at the Ageas Bowl.

Smooth progression for Gemili

Congleton Guardian: England's Adam Gemili looked in excellent condition at Hampden Park

4:44pm Sunday 27th July 2014

England's Adam Gemili breezed into the 100 metres semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games as the fastest qualifier at Hampden Park - and then declared there was plenty more to come.

Embassy convoy attacked in Libya

Congleton Guardian: The Foreign Office is calling on Britons to leave Libya

4:30pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A British Embassy convoy in Libya has come under fire in an attempted carjacking, as Britons were urged to leave the country immediately.

England bag two shooting golds

Congleton Guardian: Steve Scott, left, and his shooting team-mates were in the medals

4:29pm Sunday 27th July 2014

There were two shooting golds and a silver for England in the Commonwealth Games as Steve Scott beat compatriot Matthew French in the double trap.

Cook answers critics

Congleton Guardian: England captain Alastair Cook rode his luck to notch a half-century

4:05pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Alastair Cook answered his many critics, and put England in an advantageous early position, as he neared a long-overdue Test century at the Ageas Bowl.

Avengers unleash Ultron at ComicCon

Congleton Guardian: Actors Robert Downey and Jeremy Renner take part in the Marvel panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego (AP)

3:59pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Several members of the Avengers descended on ComicCon to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel.

Trott edges out Barker for gold

Congleton Guardian: Laura Trott celebrates her gold medal in the women's points race

3:56pm Sunday 27th July 2014

England's Laura Trott defied a kidney infection to win a thrilling duel with Wales' Elinor Barker in the women's points race, securing gold in a photo finish in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Reds pull plug on Remy deal

Congleton Guardian: Loic Remy will not join Liverpool

3:49pm Sunday 27th July 2014

QPR striker Loic Remy's proposed move to Liverpool is off after the Reds pulled out due to concerns over the player's medical, Press Association Sport understands.

Pegg not tempted by 'stupid' affair

Congleton Guardian: Simon Pegg has appeared in some of the biggest movies of the past few years

3:31pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Mission: Impossible actor Simon Pegg has spoken of the temptation as a Hollywood star to have affairs - but slammed people who do so as "utterly stupid".

Ricciardo wins in Hungary

Congleton Guardian: Daniel Ricciardo, left, celebrates his victory alongside third-placed Lewis Hamilton, right (AP)

3:19pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo captured the chequered flag for the second time this season at the end of an astonishing Hungarian Grand Prix.

Brownlee shelves track ambitions

Congleton Guardian: Alistair Brownlee will continue to do his running on the triathlon course rather than the track

2:35pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Alistair Brownlee is unlikely to pursue track running despite having won every major honour in triathlon.

Pedestrian and biker die in crash

Congleton Guardian: Police are appealing for witnesses after two people died in a collision in Weymouth

2:21pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A female pedestrian and a male motorcyclist have been killed following a crash near a roundabout.

Thatcher 'told of sex party claims'

Congleton Guardian: Margaret Thatcher was informed of allegations a confidant had taken part in sex parties with under-age boys, a senior police officer said

2:21pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A former senior police officer has claimed that he warned Margaret Thatcher about claims that one of her top aides held sex parties with under-age boys.

14% of tribunal claims advanced

Congleton Guardian: Citizens Advice said that since the Government introduced employment tribunal fees last July there has been a 73 per cent drop in claims compared to the same period the previous year

2:21pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Just 14% of valid claims are being taken forward by people at employment tribunals following the introduction of fees to pursue a claim, new figures show.

ICC urges captains to keep quiet

Congleton Guardian: England's James Anderson, left, was alleged to have pushed and abused Ravindra Jadeja, right

2:16pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Captains Alastair Cook and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been urged to desist from any further public comment about the spat involving James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja, until the case has been fully heard.

'Sumo wrestlers' in 5km fun run

Congleton Guardian: Participants warm up before taking part in the Sumo Run in Battersea Park, London

2:03pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Dozens of fun runners have donned giant sumo wrestler suits to take part in a race around a park.

Abuse witness 'issue' examined

Congleton Guardian: Frances Andrade took a fatal overdose days after being 'extremely traumatised' by testifying about abuse she suffered as a teenager at the hands of a former choirmaster

2:03pm Sunday 27th July 2014

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said she recognised the "real issue" over whether victims and witnesses are treated fairly after the death of a sex abuse victim sparked calls for reform.

Capaldi: No flirting with sidekick

Congleton Guardian: The Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, and Clara, played by Jenna Coleman

1:25pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Incoming Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed there will be no flirting with co-star Jenna Coleman in the new series.

Early luck for Cook

Congleton Guardian: Alastair Cook survives a chance en route to 48 not out at lunch on day one

1:18pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Alastair Cook had luck on his side in the third Investec Test at the Ageas Bowl as he and Sam Robson posted their first half-century stand together at the eighth attempt.

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