Press Association 2014 LATEST

Smaller plates 'to tackle obesity'

The Oxford Times: A health chief said giving children smaller plates at mealtimes was an example of common sense

6:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A common sense approach, which could include giving children smaller plates at mealtimes, is required to tackle obesity in the UK, a leading health official has said.

Rain set to hit Bank Holiday Monday

The Oxford Times: Storm clouds over Whitley Bay skate park as unseasonably cool temperatures announce the arrival of autumn

6:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

People with plans for their three-day weekend will have to make the most of the the sunshine today before rain moves in tomorrow evening bringing what is set to be unpleasant weather on Bank Holiday Monday.

2,800 sex crimes in British schools

The Oxford Times: The Department for Education said safeguarding arrangements in schools are inspected regularly to ensure all abuse allegations are taken seriously

3:39am Saturday 23rd August 2014

More than 2,800 sex crimes alleged to have taken place in British schools have been reported to police in the past three years.

Finance jargon 'puts off customers'

The Oxford Times: Only half of women said they understand what an Isa is for, compared with 56% of men

2:09am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Banks and building societies are driving customers away by bombarding them with financial jargon, research carried out for Treasury-backed body NS&I has found.

Crackdown on black market tobacco

The Oxford Times: The LGA said fake cigarettes cost the UK economy £3bn a year in unpaid duty

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Efforts to reduce smoking and improve health are being hampered by the black market trade of millions of illegal cigarettes filled with excrement, dead flies and asbestos, local authority leaders have warned.

BT phone bills poised to climb

The Oxford Times: BT will increase the price of standard line rental for direct debit customers

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

BT is alerting millions of customers that it is increasing prices by up to 6.5% in a blow to households struggling with soaring utility bills.

Thousands to attend Pride parade

The Oxford Times: The Pride parade is traditionally led by Greater Manchester Police

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Tens of thousands of people will converge on Manchester this weekend as one of the world's biggest gay pride events gets under way.

Kellie Maloney in CBB quit threat

The Oxford Times: Kellie Maloney told Celebrity Big Brother housemates that she felt weak and vulnerable

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Celebrity Big Brother star Kellie Maloney broke down in tears and dramatically threatened to quit the show.

Body of Reynolds to lie in state

The Oxford Times: A full state funeral will be held for former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

The body of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds will lie in state today in Dublin's Mansion House for members of the public to file past his coffin and pay their respects.

BBC 'cover up' over Sir Cliff raid

The Oxford Times: The BBC has been accused of a cover-up in events concerning the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's house

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

The BBC has been accused of a "cover up" over its role in the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's flat following sexual assault allegations.

Buying home 'cheaper than renting'

The Oxford Times: The average monthly cost of running a three-bedroom house is £677 - £110 lower than the typical rent

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

The cost for a first-time buyer of owning a home is now around £1,300 a year less expensive than renting, research has found.

Hunt reforms hospital parking rules

The Oxford Times: Jeremy Hunt said patients and families should not have to deal with the added stress of "unfair" parking charges

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Relatives of chronically ill patients must be given free or cheap hospital parking under new rules announced by the Government.

Top marks for private school pupils

The Oxford Times: Some independent school pupils are now taking the Cambridge Pre-U examination

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Nearly a fifth of A-level entries from private school pupils were awarded an A* this year, according to new statistics.

May to bring in anti-extremist laws

The Oxford Times: Theresa May said Britain must introduce all the legal powers necessary to win the struggle against terror

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

The Home Secretary is poised to bring in new laws to tackle British extremists in the wake of the horrific killing of American journalist James Foley by a jihadist with an English accent.

Kellie Maloney in CBB quit threat

The Oxford Times: Kellie Maloney told Celebrity Big Brother housemates that she felt weak and vulnerable

11:03pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Celebrity Big Brother star Kellie Maloney broke down in tears and dramatically threatened to quit the show tonight.

Hunt reforms hospital parking rules

The Oxford Times: Jeremy Hunt said patients and families should not have to deal with the added stress of unfair parking charges

10:44pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Relatives of chronically ill patients must be given free or cheap hospital parking under new rules announced by the Government.

Marvel McGee earns US Open place

The Oxford Times: James McGee has qualified for the US Open

9:52pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Ireland's James McGee defied cramp and missed opportunities to defeat Zhang Ze and qualify for the main draw of the US Open.

Peaty sets new world record

The Oxford Times: Adam Peaty has broken the world record

9:32pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Great Britain's Adam Peaty set a new 50 metres breaststroke world record at the European Championships in Berlin on Friday.

Strictly plunge for Towie's Wright

The Oxford Times: Mark Wright will compete in Strictly Come Dancing

9:27pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Strictly Come Dancing bosses are hoping Mark Wright will bring a bit of Essex-appeal to the dance floor after he signed up for the hit ballroom show.

Bangladesh bungle run chase

The Oxford Times: Chris Gayle hit a half century for the West Indies

9:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014

The West Indies skittled Bangladesh for just 70 to claim a crushing 177-run victory at St George's and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in their one-day international series.

Stewart, Beckham take ice challenge

The Oxford Times: Kristen Stewart took part in the Ice Bucket challenge

7:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult and Victoria Beckham are among the latest stars to take part in the Ice Bucket challenge.

Pratt visits children as Star-Lord

The Oxford Times: Chris Pratt met sick children during a hospital visit

7:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Chris Pratt showed he is a hero in real life as well as on the big screen when he dressed up as his Guardians Of the Galaxy character to visit patients at a children's hospital.

Kardashian shares corset selfie

The Oxford Times: Kim Kardashian shared a picture of herself in a tight corset

7:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Kim Kardashian has apparently revealed she is "waist training" by lacing herself into a tight corset.

Costa third bankrupt member of Blue

The Oxford Times: Blue members Antony Costa, Simon Webbe and Duncan James have all declared themselves bankrupt

7:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Antony Costa has declared himself bankrupt - leaving Lee Ryan the only member of Blue not to have gone broke.

Pet Shop Boys play The Archers

The Oxford Times: Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of Pet Shop Boys made a surprise appearance on The Archers

7:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Pet Shop Boys have made a surprise appearance on Radio 4's rural soap The Archers.

Contrite Mackay facing fresh claims

The Oxford Times: An apologetic Malky Mackay says his discriminatory texts were 'unacceptable and inappropriate'

6:28pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay offered a grovelling apology on Friday evening and vowed he would salvage his career - but hours later faced fresh allegations in the text message scandal.

Russian aid convoy 'provocative'

The Oxford Times: Vladimir Putin defended sending an aid convoy to Ukraine

6:27pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Britain has accused Moscow of "provocative acts" after Russian lorries said to contain humanitarian aid entered Ukraine without permission.

BBC 'cover up' over Sir Cliff raid

The Oxford Times: The BBC has been accused of a cover-up in events concerning the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's house

5:25pm Friday 22nd August 2014

The BBC has been accused of a "cover up" over its role in the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's flat following sexual assault allegations.

Swimming champion gains six GCSEs

The Oxford Times: Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte got six GCSEs (Plymouth College/PA)

4:51pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Olympic swimming champion and world record holder Ruta Meilutyte has added six GCSEs to her impressive haul of sporting successes.

Van Gaal silent on Welbeck future

The Oxford Times: Danny Welbeck's future at Manchester United is under intense speculation

4:26pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Louis van Gaal refused to comment on Danny Welbeck's future as speculation mounts the England striker is set to leave Manchester United.

Rodgers won't risk club harmony

The Oxford Times: Mario Balotelli looks to be heading for Liverpool

4:13pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned that no incoming player will be allowed to threaten the "fantastic environment" at the club as Mario Balotelli's proposed transfer to the Merseyside outfit apparently edges ever closer.

Farah puts troubles behind him

The Oxford Times: Mo Farah feels he is back to his best following his double European success

3:45pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Mo Farah already has one eye on next year's World Championships and the other on the 2016 Olympics as he looks to put his "toughest year" behind him.

Cardiff call for Bevan to quit

The Oxford Times: Cardiff want LMA chief executive Richard Bevan to resign from his post

3:39pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Cardiff have called for League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan to resign after the Malky Mackay scandal descended into a day of apologies and accusations.

Two charged over care home cruelty

The Oxford Times: Two people have been charged in connection with a probe into abuse at care homes in North Wales

3:35pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Two men have been charged with child cruelty as part of a widespread investigation into allegations of historical abuse at care homes across North Wales.

Cool weather signals autumn arrival

The Oxford Times: Tu Hwnt ir Bont in Llanrwst, where the cafe's roof is covered in Virginia creeper which has started to change from green to red as the autumnal colours start to show

3:29pm Friday 22nd August 2014

"Unseasonably cool" temperatures are announcing the arrival of autumn in the UK as the summer starts to come to a close.

Hamilton on-song at Spa practice

The Oxford Times: Lewis Hamilton was easily the fastest in second practice ahead of Sunday's Belgian GP (AP)

3:22pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Lewis Hamilton produced a bruising practice performance that put even Formula One title rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg in the shade.

Ex-PCSO faces jail over press call

The Oxford Times: The former PCSO used to work for the Metropolitan Police

3:11pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A former police community support officer (PCSO) with the Metropolitan Police is facing a prison sentence after admitting he contacted the Sun to say a supermodel was attending a police station accused of assault.

McDermott wants win for players

The Oxford Times: Leeds coach Brian McDermott is a former Challenge Cup winner with Bradford

2:32pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Leeds coach Brian McDermott will be aiming to help lift the weight of history from the shoulders of his ageing stars when he leads them out at Wembley on Saturday.

Pensioner tried to hold up bank

The Oxford Times: A pensioner tried to hold up a branch of TSB in Norfolk at gun point

1:56pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Police are hunting a pensioner who tried to hold up a bank at gun point.

Pro Green: I suffer with depression

The Oxford Times: Professor Green said he suffers from depression

1:38pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Professor Green has opened up about suffering from depression.

Cardiff call for Bevan to quit

The Oxford Times: The LMA's statement on Malky Mackay has come under intense scrutiny

1:13pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Cardiff have called for League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan to resign following his organisation's defence of Malky Mackay's use of racist texts as 'friendly banter'.

Two men sought over arson attacks

The Oxford Times: Firefighters inspect a thatched roof following four house fires near Cambridgeshire (Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

1:05pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Detectives investigating arson attacks on thatched cottages in two picturesque villages have issued descriptions of the suspects.

Two arrested in festival rape probe

The Oxford Times: Police will be at the festival to help on-site security

1:04pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Two people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman at Reading Festival.

Capaldi bids to evoke Who 'mystery'

The Oxford Times: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman attend a photocall to promote the new series of Doctor Who in London

1:04pm Friday 22nd August 2014

It was back to square one for Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as they posed for pictures ahead of the new series, which starts tomorrow.

Injury woe for Adams

The Oxford Times: Nicola Adams is due to have a shoulder operation in the next two weeks

12:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Nicola Adams has been forced to withdraw from the Women's World Boxing Championships in South Korea in November due to injury.

Capaldi bids to evoke Who 'mystery'

The Oxford Times: Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman during a photocall at Parliament Square

12:32pm Friday 22nd August 2014

It was back to square one for Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as they posed for pictures ahead of the new series.

Redknapp offers Gazza coaching work

The Oxford Times: Paul Gascoigne has been offered a route back in to football

12:08pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Harry Redknapp has offered an open invitation to Paul Gascoigne to help out with coaching his young players at QPR as he voiced his concern for the former England midfielder's health.

Cooke on Witches Of East End role

The Oxford Times: Christian Cooke stars in Witches Of East End

12:03pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Witches Of East End actor Christian Cooke has hinted his character could be competing for Freya's affections - despite being her twin brother.

Beyonce fans in for VMAs treat

The Oxford Times: Beyonce fans can expect to be blown away by her MTV VMAs performance

12:03pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Beyonce is expected to steal the show at the MTV Video Music Awards 2014 with a "career defining" performance.

Samaras signs for Baggies

The Oxford Times: Georgios Samaras left Celtic at the end of last season after six years at the club

11:28am Friday 22nd August 2014

West Brom have completed the signing of Greece international Georgios Samaras on a two-year deal.

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