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Police 'to work for many hours to recover the dead'

Police Superintendent Stewart Carle told ITV News that police will remain at the scene of the bin lorry crash in Glasgow's George Square "for many hours throughout the night as we investigate the scene and eventually recover the dead."

He said that at least seven people have been seriously injured in the crash, but that number may rise.

Union calls off 48 hour postal workers' strike

A two-day strike by some Post Office staff has been averted. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The CWU union and the Post Office have come to an agreement to avert a two-day strike by staff in the lead-up to Christmas.

The industrial action would have affected staff working in administration and supply chain.

A joint statement from the CWU and the Post Office said:

Following productive talks between the Post Office and the CWU, we are pleased to confirm that the CWU has called off the strikes planned for 23 and 24 December. Both sides will be meeting over the next few days and further progress will be reported. Until that point, the details of the talks will remain confidential.

– CWU/Post Office statement

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Glaswegians rally to help after bin lorry crash

A Glasgow taxi driver has offered free rides to people affected by today's fatal bin lorry crash, while a shop owner close to the scene is offering hot drinks to those waiting for news.

First Minister: 'Real chance' of success in talks

A last day of crunch negotiations to secure a new political deal in Northern Ireland are set to go "down to the wire", Stormont's First Minister has said.

Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson struck an optimistic note, saying there was a "real chance" of an agreement.

I feel a bit like marathon runner who after the end of 20 miles has the stadium in sight. Whether we reach there or get over the line, only the next number of hours will tell. It really is down to the wire, we have a very short period of time left to us to try and reach conclusions.

I think there is a real chance for us to do the job but it does require all of us to apply ourselves and at the end of the day it will require all of us to stretch ourselves.

– Peter Robinson

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Villiers warns on NI talks: 'It could be a very long day'

A view of Stormont House in Belfast. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Secretary has warned today could be a "very long day" as talks aimed at resolving budgetary and other issues approach their deadline.

The region's politicians have agreed a potential way forward on finances, but there is not yet consensus on issues such as flying flags, parades, the legacy of the past and the structures of the Stormont executive.

"It could be a very long day but I think it is very important that we all seek to grasp this opportunity," she said.

She insisted the financial package on offer from Westminster was "generous" but also bore in mind the UK's difficult fiscal situation.

Deadline looms for Northern Ireland talks

Northern Ireland's leaders face a "deal or no deal" ultimatum on what the Government has warned is the final day of negotiations on outstanding disputes.

Talks to find consensus will end at midnight, with or without agreement, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has warned.

Theresa Villiers speaking ahead of the final day of talks at Stormont. Credit: PA Wire

She said the Government had made a "positive and generous" financial offer to Northern Ireland's Executive, but the package is conditional on a wide-ranging agreement on a number of issues.

The Northern Irish political parties have asked Westminster for £2 billion of extra funding and loan access over the next ten years.

The Prime Minister has been examining the proposals over the last few days and Ms Villiers presented his response today.

Glasgow casualties taken to three local hospitals

Police Scotland has confirmed that the casualties of today's bin lorry crash in George Square, Glasgow have been taken to three hospitals; the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Western Infirmary.

Jim Murphy: Thoughts and prayers with injured

Glasgow-born Jim Murphy, the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, tweeted that his "thoughts and prayers" are with everyone injured in today's bin lorry crash in Glasgow.

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