Three in four 'want lower drink-drive limit'

The majority of motorists support lowering the legal drink-drive limit across England and Wales, a survey has revealed.

As many as 43% want the limit to fall from the current 80mg level to just 20mg (effectively a zero-tolerance figure), while a further 31% favour a 50mg limit - the level just introduced in Scotland. One quarter of the motorists 1000 quizzed by the road charity Break (26%) said they were happy for the limit to stay as it is now. Motorists also wanted to see much tougher penalties for drivers who repeatedly flouted drink-drive laws.

Eight children found stabbed to death in Australia

The children were found in Cairns, Queensland, northern Australia.

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Eight children have been found stabbed to death at a suburban home in Cairns, northern Australia, local police have confirmed.

The youngsters were aged between 18 months and 15-years, and found at a property in Manoora. A 34-year-old woman has also been taken to Cairns Base Hospital with stab wounds, but it is unknown what her relation to the children is.

Cairns Criminal Investigation Division have established a crime scene and are speaking with the woman. Paramedics remain at the scene.

Traffic chaos expected in Christmas rush

Jammed roads, disrupted rail journeys and packed airports are expected to signal the start of the Christmas getaway, according to travel experts.

Some four million Brits are expected to fly out of the UK between December and January 3rd, according to travel association Abta, and is slightly higher than the number going away for Christmas last year. Heathrow is handling 16,700 departures this Friday, with nearly 700,000 passengers leaving from the west London airport between December 19 and Christmas Day.

And they are not the only airport expecting a high passenger load - Gatwick airport would be handling 800,000 departures and Stansted 430,000 between December 19 and January 3. In addition around 380,000 will leave from Manchester and 160,000 from Birmingham over the same period. Those that remain in the UK can expect heavy traffic and delayed rail services, experts warned.

Text Santa comes to town!

We're just one day away from ITV's Text Santa annual live charity appeal with presenters Alesha Dixon, Paddy McGuinness, Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley.

Highlights include George Clooney taking part in a specially written scene of Downton Abbey; a sketch from the Birds of a Feather cast; a special edition of The Cube; a song from an I'm A Celebrity... choir featuring former contestants Helen Flanagan, Jenny Eclair, Kerry Katona, Pat Sharp, David Van Day and Katie Price; music from Olly Murs and this year's X Factor champion Ben Haenow.

Carey Mulligan, Brenda Blethyn, Simon Cowell, Mel B and the stars of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will also be there to help support this year's charities, Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer's Society and Together for Short Lives.

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Military Awards honours the armed forces

Tonight the Sun's Military Awards will be broadcast on ITV, presented by Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield, the awards pay tribute to the outstanding courage and sacrifice of Britain's armed forces at the annual ceremony, with senior members of the royal family in attendance.

Today we speak to Louise Fetigan who received The Sun Military award for the charity she founded, My Daddy is a Solider Adventures, in 2011. The charity supports children with parents serving in the British Army, regular or reserve.

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