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Twitter users post photos of M26 traffic at a standstill

Twitter users have begun posting photos of M26 motorway traffic at a standstill following a serious crash.


M26 at a standstill in both directions! Avoid at all costs!! I was going to be at my meeting 50 minutes early....


Stuck on m26 for 45 mins now, 25 mins into my journey with an hour and a half to go. Must be a bad one!



Brand expert: Tesco needs to 'fight for our wallet'

Brand expert Stephen Cheliotis has said supermarket giant Tesco needs to "win us over by price" after it announced a fall in like-for-like sales.

Mr Cheliotis said: "A fierce market is great for us. They'll be fighting for our wallet and they need to fight for our wallet."

"Ultimately they need to win us over by price as well so this is good for us because it should mean a big squeeze on prices," he added.

Emergency services warn drivers away from M26

Emergency services have warned drivers away from a serious crash on the M26 which Kent police said has left five people trapped in vehicles.


#M26 for those people stuck in the closure please be patient we are working with @kent_police to release traffic ASAP


TRAFFIC: The M26 is currently closed in both directions due to a serious collision. Motorists are advised to avoid the area


Our advanced trauma team was requested by @kssairambulance to assist with multiple casualty RTC on #M26 #mutualaid currently on scene

CPS: Flowers charges 'in the public interest'

The Crown Prosecution Service says it has "carefully considered a file of evidence" gathered by police following newspaper allegations against former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers.

Clare Stevens, from CPS Yorkshire and Humberside’s Complex Casework Unit, said she believed "there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Paul Flowers with possession of Class A and Class C drugs relating to an incident on 9 November 2013".

Mr Flowers has been charged with possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and ketamine, the CPS said.

Read: Former Co-op Bank chair faces drug charges


Labour: Workers 'worse off and feel no recovery'

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, has responded to wages rising above the rate of inflation this morning’s by saying:

“At long last earnings are finally rising faster than CPI inflation when bonuses are included, but after four years when prices have risen faster than wages there is a huge amount of lost ground to catch up."

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"Working people are now over £1600 a year worse off than when David Cameron came to office, most people are not feeling any recovery and the link between the wealth of the nation and family finances remains broken".

Read more: Unemployment rate drops to 6.9%

Paul Flowers charged with three drug offences

Paul Flowers.
Paul Flowers. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Disgraced former Co-op Bank chief Paul Flowers has been charged with drug offences, police have said.

West Yorkshire Police said Mr Flowers, 63, has been charged with two offences of possession of a Class A drug and one offence of possession of a Class C drug.

Mr Flowers has been bailed and will appear before Leeds Magistrates Court on 7 May.

Witnesses recall 'boom' sound before ship sank

Witnesses said that they heard a "boom" sound before the ferry which sank off the coast of South Korea began capsizing.

"It was fine then the ship went 'boom' and there was a noise of cargo falling," said Cha Eun-ok, who said she was on deck of the ferry taking photographs when the disaster began.

South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue ferry passengers/ Credit: AP Photo/South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap

"The on-board announcement told people to stay put... people who stayed are trapped," she said in Jindo, the nearest town from the scene of the accident. As well the passengers, there were 150 vehicles on board the ferry Sewol, officials said.

Many of the passengers were children and their teachers from a high school on a field trip to Jeju island. An official from the Danwon High School in Ansan, a Seoul suburb, had earlier said all of its 338 students and teachers were rescued but that could not be confirmed by the coastguard.

Read: '290 missing' after South Korea ferry sinks

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young 'too ill to play live'

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is "unable to perform any more" due to illness, according to a friend of the musician.

Mark Gable, the frontman with fellow Australian group Choirboys, claimed that Young "will probably not be able to record" any more.

Malcolm Young (far left) with AC/DC bandmates Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Brian Johnson Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

However music magazine Billboard has said there is "no truth" to rumours that AC/DC will be forced to retire.

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