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New vaccination against deadly meningitis strain

A new vaccination programme to protect youngsters against the deadly meningitis strain MenW has been launched.

The new vaccine will protect against meningitis and septicaemia Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

The Public Health England programme, which teenagers aged 17 and 18 will be invited to take part in as of today, offers protection against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England said:

Meningitis can be deadly and survivors are often left with severe disabilities as a result of this terrible disease.

“This vaccine will save lives and prevent permanent disability

– Dr Mary Ramsay


Corbyn urges unity after party 'split-risk' comments

Corbyn has urged Labour party members to remain united Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has urged party voters to remember that "when the dust has settled, we will still all be Labour" as he made a plea for unity, following warnings of the risk of a Labour party split.

The Islington North MP issued a statement which said: "The leadership election should be conducted with one thought in mind: our objective is to be a united party focused on winning the general election and campaigning across the country, day in day out."

Corbyn's comments came following warnings from fellow Labour leader candidate Andy Burnham that "provocative" language used by Corbyn's left-wing supporters could cause factionalism in the party.

Ex-Apprentice star Baggs' post-mortem 'inconclusive'

A post-mortem following the "sudden and unexpected" death of former BBC Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs has proved inconclusive, police said.

The 27-year-old, who ran a communications firm on the Isle of Man, was found dead at a home in the island's capital, Douglas, on Thursday.

Stuart Baggs was the youngest ever BBC Apprentice candidate when he appeared aged 21 Credit: BBC/PA Wire

Despite no apparent cause of death, Isle of Man Police said there is "no reason to view the circumstances as suspicious".

A police spokesman said: "Whilst at this time the cause of his death is not fully determined, there remains no reason to view the circumstances as suspicious, and routine inquiries will continue in order to inform the Coroner of Inquests of the full circumstances. The date of the initial inquest is to follow."


RBS blame 'cyber attack' for banking glitch

A fault which left RBS and NatWest customers unable to login to their online banking yesterday has been blamed on a 'cyber attack'.

The banking glitch meant customers could not access their online accounts for 50 minutes Credit: Yui Mok/PA

A spokesman for the bank said: "The issues that some customers experienced accessing online banking on Friday was due to a surge in internet traffic deliberately directed at the website.

"This deliberate surge of traffic is commonly known as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. At no time was there any risk to customers."

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