Shocking rise in food bank users

Head of the charity which runs most of UK's foodbanks says there needs to be a plan to help low income families share in economic recovery.

Ex-Co Op boss faces drugs charges

The former Co-Op bank boss and Methodist minister Paul Flowers has been charged with possession of drugs, including crystal meth.

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Suspected unexploded mortar bomb found in York

Workmen in York discovered what was believed to be an unexploded "World War" mortar bomb this afternoon.

The park and ride site where the discovery was made at 3.55pm was evacuated as bomb disposal experts attended the scene.


Good news confirmed by Bomb Disposal that the mortar shell is safe. Everything will revert to normal asap. Many thanks for your patience.

British scientists make 'exciting' fertility discovery

British scientists have discovered an elusive protein that forms an essential part of human fertilisation.

A fundamental key to fertility has been uncovered by British scientists Credit: PA

The molecule, named Juno after the Roman goddess of fertility, allows eggs and sperm to join together.

It may now be used by scientists to improve fertility treatments and develop new contraceptives.

Read: Girl awarded £35,000 after sperm donor mix-up

"We have solved a long-standing mystery in biology by identifying the molecules displayed on all sperm and egg that must bind each other at the moment we were conceived," said lead researcher Dr Gavin Wright, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire.

"Without this essential interaction, fertilisation just cannot happen," he added, writing in the journal Nature.

Read: 'Fertility does not just disappear overnight' in 30s

Fertility expert Dr Allan Pacey, from University of Sheffield, described the finding as "very exciting".



Marathon runner's family 'overwhelmed' by donations

The family of a man who died after running the London Marathon said they are "overwhelmed" by the donations that have been made in his honour.

In a statement issued by organisers of the marathon, Robert Berry's family said they were overwhelmed by the heartfelt messages and contributions to the National Osteoporosis Society, adding:

We are devastated and shocked by the events of Sunday and cannot believe that he is no longer with us to share in our lives and laughter.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and work colleagues – a fun-loving and caring person, respected, loyal and very much loved by us all.

He was a loving husband to Gwen and an amazing father to his two children and will remain forever in their hearts.

Rob was a loyal and loving son to Alan and Ann and a fantastic, caring brother to his younger sister Janet who always looked up to him.

Rob will be a great loss to our family.

Read: Donations surge for London Marathon runner who died

'Do his phone' not an order to hack, Coulson tells court

Andy Coulson told the Old Bailey hacking trial today that an email ordering "Do his phone" had nothing to do with hacking, but was an instruction to inspect the phone bill of a News of the World staff member who he suspected of leaking stories.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson with his wife Eloise arriving at London's Old Bailey today Credit: ITV News

The former NotW editor denied the order had anything to do with hacking the phone of Calum Best, son of footballer George Best.

"I was quite resistant to the idea of anybody working for me leaking stories but there was a growing body of evidence that was being put forward by some other people on the paper and in the end - reluctantly - I approved the request for billing data in relation to (the staff member)," he said.

Read: Coulson admits hearing hacked Blunkett voicemails

He told jurors he was "in no doubt" that the email shown to the hacking trial was not an "instruction to anybody to hack anybody's phone".

In the event, there was no evidence to support the suspicions surrounding the reporter in question, the court heard.

The trial was adjourned until 10am on Tuesday.

M26 crash: Those taken to hospital 'in serious condition'

The scene on the M26 in Kent.

Motorists taken to hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on the M26 in Kent are said to be in a "serious condition", a police spokesmen has said.

However the conditions of those injured have not been disclosed.

Two lorries, two cars and a box van were involved in the collision on the London-bound carriageway near Kemsing just after 9.30am.

More: M26 Londonbound will remain closed until 8pm


M26 Londonbound will remain closed until 8pm

The M26 Londonbound will remain closed until around 8pm tonight, according to Kent Police.

Traffic is being redirected to join the M20 at Wrotham Heath and traffic on the Coastbound side is being released past the scene.

One lane will be opened to new traffic afterwards.

Kent Police is now appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

Officers were called at 9:37am on Wednesday 16th April to a report of a multi-vehicle collision on the Londonbound carriageway of the M26, near Kemsing.

The collision involved five vehicles - two HGVs, two cars and a box van.

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