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Labour: 1 in 4 hospitals have hiked parking fees

Labour have attacked the government over hospital car parking fees despite new plans to reduce charges for relatives of chronically ill patients.

The Tory-led Government scrapped Labour's plans to phase out car parking charges for patients and Jeremy Hunt needs to take responsibility for the fact that, since then, one in four hospitals have increased parking fees.

– Shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne

Police rescue snake from plant pot in Kent

Police in Kent appear to have been called out to rescue a snake trapped in a plant pot.


Job of the day. Rescuing a grass snake which had woven itself into 2 holes at the bottom of a plant pot and got stuck


Sevenoaks Police later updated followers with the news that the grass snake had been freed but the plant pot had been destroyed.


#police update on stuck grass snake. Snake released unharmed. Plastic plant pot did not fare so well. It will be missed.


Russian aid convoy 'delivered to eastern Ukraine'

The controversial humanitarian aid convoy has delivered to its destination in eastern Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry has announced.

The Ukraine government had not given permission for the trucks to enter the country and their arrival provoked international condemnation.

Russian officials said they intended to continue cooperating with the International Committee of the Red Cross on aid to eastern Ukraine.

Indian state to ban alcohol to tackle drink problem

The state of Kerala in southern India is introducing booze-free days to tackle excess drinking.

It will mean a ban on bars and shops selling alcohol across the area, which has the country's highest per capita alcohol consumption.

In the short term, the ban will be set on certain days - the local government plans total prohibition in 10 years.

Chief minister Oommen Chandy said: "We have finalised the details of the liquor policy that was recommended last evening by the UDF [United Democratic Front].

"This shows that we have no ulterior motives and making Kerala a dry state is not a political gimmick."

UN warns of 'possible massacre' in besieged Iraqi town

Nikolay Mladenov, the head of the UN assistance mission in Iraq, has warned of a "possible massacre" in an area of Iraq under siege by Islamic State (IS) militants.


BREAKING: Desperate situation in #Amerli, under siege by ISIL, demands urgent action to prevent possible massacre. #Iraq

Maldenov said in a statement:

The town is besieged by ISIL and reports confirm that people are surviving in desperate conditions.

I urge the Iraqi Government to do all it can to relieve the siege and to ensure that the residents receive lifesaving humanitarian assistance or are evacuated in a dignified manner.

Iraq’s allies and the international community should work with the authorities to prevent a human rights tragedy.

– Nikolay Mladenov

Tory MP: We need to scrap hospital car park charges

Conservative MP Robert Halfon has welcomed the introduction of free or cheap hospital parking for relatives of chronically ill patients - but has called for charges to be scrapped altogether.

In the long term I think we need to scrap hospital car parking charges completely because they are a stealth tax.

It was never envisaged that people with cars should be subsidising the NHS.

The stories that we've had of people not being able to use the machines so they haven't been able to see their dying relatives is quite horrific and we have to make a change.

– Conservative MP Robert Halfon



CCTV appeal after suspected burglars took the bus

CCTV image of suspect.
CCTV image of suspect. Do you know these men? Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police have managed to track down images of two burglary suspects from bus tickets recovered inside the coat of an intruder who broke into a Manchester home.

The 61-year-old victim was confronted by two burglars when he went to investigate a noise in the bedroom of his house in Churchstone Walk, Baguley, on May 17.

As the offenders left, the householder grappled with one of the men and was able to pull off his jacket.

It was only after they had gone that he noticed valuable and sentimental items of jewellery had been taken from his home.

As part of the police investigation, officers recovered bus tickets in the pocket of the jacket taken from the offender.

Police have now released CCTV images from the bus of two men they are keen to trace.

Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 4882, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV image of suspect.
A second suspect in the burglary investigation.

“The victim, a man in his 60s, was obviously taken aback to find two men rummaging through his bedroom.

“In the melee following the initial shock he has been able to remove a jacket from one offender and this has given us some positive lines of enquiry.

“From the jacket we recovered a ticket and from the ticket we identified a bus used by the offenders.

“Now we are releasing CCTV images of two suspects we would like to trace.

“We have made numerous efforts to identify the pair and we are now keen for any further help from the public.

“If anyone has any information that can assist – either about the two in the image or about the items stolen in the burglary - I would encourage them to contact us.”

– PC Rob Crossley, Greater Manchester Police

Security services 'zero in' on James Foley killer

The field of suspects in the murder of James Foley has been "narrowed down significantly" although a definitive identification has not yet been made, security sources told The Times, with the newspaper also reporting that police raids are set to be launched to find the killer.

Security services want to speak to an east London doctor who may provide clues on the British extremist, according to the Daily Express.

The Sun, meanwhile, identifies a 23-year-old former DJ as the man police want to question.

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