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UK recycling system 'open to fraud and error', watchdog warns

UK recycling system 'open to fraud and error', watchdog warns

Consumers’ efforts to recycle plastic packaging may be going to waste as the UK’s national recycling system is open to fraud and error, spending watchdogs have warned.  A study by the National Audit Office, which has special powers to demand information and data from companies, found that Britain’s official recycling rate could be overstated because it wrongly […]

UK weather forecast: Britain braced for SWELTERING Sunday as thermometers hit 30 DEGREES

UK weather forecast: Britain braced for SWELTERING Sunday as thermometers hit 30 DEGREES

Balmy conditions will nevertheless bring volatile weather, with the chance of isolated thundery downpours in eastern Scotland and south-east England towards the end of the day. Commenting on the forecast, Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: “Any mist and fog will quickly lift and it will be clear first thing on Sunday. “It will leave […]

Two men charged over cocaine seized from boat in English Channel

Two men charged over cocaine seized from boat in English Channel

Two men have been charged with drug importation offences after a yacht carrying what police described as a significant cargo of cocaine was intercepted in the harbour of one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside towns. The Dutch nationals were arrested afterraided by Border Force officers raided the yacht they were sailing as it entered the […]

UK weather: Driest start to summer on modern record

UK weather: Driest start to summer on modern record

Image copyright PA Image caption North-west England is set for a hosepipe ban due to low reservoir levels After weeks of hot and sunny weather, it’s official – the UK is experiencing its driest start to a summer since modern records began in 1961. Just 50.8mm of rain fell between 1 June and 19 July, […]

UK using child spies in police operations

UK using child spies in police operations

British authorities are deploying children as spies in covert policing and security operations, a new UK parliamentary report revealed. Some of the minors tasked with gathering intelligence are under 16, the report by a House of Lords review committee said. The report, published last week, was produced in response to proposals brought forward by government […]

UK trials unmanned systems to supply troops on the front line

UK trials unmanned systems to supply troops on the front line

David Bond in London July 19, 2018 Print this page Technology expected to save lives and money Defence establishment turns to the private sector Military innovations may have civilian uses An autonomous paraglider invented by a zoology professor who designs drones based on animals has been selected for intensive testing by Britain’s armed forces to […]

UK spy agencies criticised for lack of black leaders

UK spy agencies criticised for lack of black leaders

The UK’s intelligence agencies suffer from a lack of black and Asian staff in top posts, according to a report from the parliamentary intelligence and security committee published on Wednesday. Neither MI6, which deals with overseas intelligence-gathering, nor MI5 had any people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background in the top posts in […]

Leo Varadkar: 'no cause for panic' on UK backstop position

Leo Varadkar: 'no cause for panic' on UK backstop position

The UK’s stance on the customs backstop is no cause for panic, the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar has said. Monday’s vote in the House of Commons ensured there would be no customs border down the Irish Sea. It effectively rendered the EU’s backstop vision unlawful. The DUP supported the Commons move but the […]

UK to build record-breaking solar planes

UK to build record-breaking solar planes

Image copyright Airbus A solar plane which can stay aloft for weeks at a time is to be manufactured by Airbus in the UK. The unmanned craft flies high in the atmosphere to avoid commercial air traffic and adverse weather. Known as the Zephyr, its remote-sensing potential has already seen the UK MoD invest, but […]

UK in strong position to be leader in crypto economy, report says

UK in strong position to be leader in crypto economy, report says

The UK is well-placed to become a leader in blockchain technologies and the crypto economy, according to a new report. Britain has all the required resources, as well as industrial and governmental will, to become a global hub for the technology by 2022, according to analysis by the Big Innovation Centre, DAG Global and Deep […]

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