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House price growth slows further

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: At £189,454 on average in March, UK property values are 5.1% higher than a year ago

7:51am Friday 27th March 2015

House prices are increasing less than half as fast as they were last summer, Nationwide Building Society has reported.

It's a knockout for Rooney's son

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Wayne Rooney's goal celebration has been catching on with his family members

7:32am Friday 27th March 2015

Wayne Rooney has revealed his son Kai has been copying his goal celebration in front of his classmates at school.

Harris enjoys Salford success

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Salford forward Weller Hauraki, left, celebrates his try against Widnes

6:50am Friday 27th March 2015

Salford coach Iestyn Harris says his players are starting to play with smiles on their faces after a 36-8 win over Widnes lifted them up to fourth place in Super League.

Hoffman takes Texas lead

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Charley Hoffman did not drop a shot in San Antonio

6:47am Friday 27th March 2015

Charley Hoffman carded a blemish free 67 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Valero Texas Open on a day when the wind played havoc in San Antonio.

Sharapova suffers early Miami exit

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Maria Sharapova was stunned at the Miami Open

6:47am Friday 27th March 2015

Maria Sharapova suffered a shock second round exit at the Miami Open as she lost in straight sets to world number 97 Daria Gavrilova.

Engine trouble for Hamilton

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Lewis Hamilton suffered engine trouble at Sepang

6:47am Friday 27th March 2015

Lewis Hamilton's bid for back-to-back wins at the start of the new Formula One season suffered a major setback in first practice for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Students 'sell bodies to pay debts'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Some students have turned to the sex trade to pay off their loans and make ends meet, according to research

6:22am Friday 27th March 2015

Students are turning to sex work in order to reduce loan debt and fund their basic lifestyle while at university, according to a major study.

Workers sitting ducks for illness

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Office workers' sedentary lifestyles have sparked health fears

5:56am Friday 27th March 2015

Many people spend only half an hour on their feet in the office and fear being sedentary is damaging their health, according to a new survey.

Policeman arrested over wife murder

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: An off-duty police officer has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of his wife.

3:58am Friday 27th March 2015

A officer serving with Northamptonshire Police has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife at their home.

Payne over Zayn but we're not over

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Liam Payne says Zyn Malik's departure does not mean the end of One Direction

3:58am Friday 27th March 2015

One Direction star Liam Payne has described Zayn Malik's departure as "the worst" time for the band, but reassured fans it did not spell the end for the group.

Kate performs final pre-baby visits

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting the Stephen Lawrence centre

2:55am Friday 27th March 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge will carry out a series of royal engagements today with the Duke - her last official public events before the birth of her second child.

Decision day in Kercher case appeal

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Meredith Kercher, as Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are expected to learn at Italy's highest court if their convictions for the murder of the British student are upheld.

2:55am Friday 27th March 2015

An Italian court's decision on whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher is due to be made today, court officials said.

Cameron boosted by TV debate 'win'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: An instant poll suggested David Cameron edged victory over Ed Miliband

12:35am Friday 27th March 2015

David Cameron went into the first full day of campaigning for the May 7 general election buoyed by an instant poll suggesting he edged victory over Ed Miliband by a margin of 54%-46% in the live TV clash.

'Range of sizes' among early humans

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The earliest humans may have had a range of shapes and sizes - just like today

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

Early humans living in Africa almost two million years ago came in a range of shapes and sizes just as people do today, new evidence suggests.

Lack of progress 'indefensible'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Six people were jailed after a catalogue of abuse of patients by staff at Winterbourne View private hospital (pictured)

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

Too many children and adults are continuing to go into mental health hospitals and stay there unnecessarily despite the Government promising to change this in light of the Winterbourne View scandal, a report by MPs has warned.

Call to help poorest pupils earlier

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Official figures show around one in four youngsters start primary school lacking the right speech and communication skills

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

The nation's poorest families should be given more help early on to ensure that their children start school ready to learn, a charity has said.

MPs 'highly critical' of scheme

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A database containing the names of over 3,000 construction workers and environmental activists was seized previously

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

Construction companies have been accused of an "act of bad faith" and of "misleading" MPs over a compensation scheme for blacklisted workers.

Witness appeal after coach crash

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The scene of an accident on the A83 near the Rest And Be Thankful in Argyll, which left five people seriously injured (Stuart Herd/PA)

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after a coach carrying around 50 tourists overturned on a popular route.

'Home alone' arrest made every day

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Charities have called for more detailed guidance on "home alone" laws

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

A parent is arrested every day on suspicion of leaving one or more of their children at home alone, new figures reveal.

MPs criticise head of City watchdog

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Martin Wheatley has come under fire from MPs

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

The head of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been personally criticised in a damning report by MPs into its bungled handling of the announcement of an insurance industry investigation last year.

Optimistic Ed launches No 10 battle

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Labour leader Ed Miliband is invoking a 'spirit of optimism' for Labour's election campaign

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

Ed Miliband will launch Labour's election campaign with a vow that it will be driven by "a spirit of optimism" as the ground offensive in the battle for Number 10 gets under way.

Killer co-pilot 'had depression'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Airlines are altering their cockpit rules after the Alps crash

12:23am Friday 27th March 2015

The investigation into the doomed Germanwings flight will focus on the co-pilot who deliberately crashed the plane amid reports he had been suffering with depression.

'Defensive' NHS watchdog slammed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The NHS ombudsman's apparent reluctance to admit mistakes was raised in the report

12:21am Friday 27th March 2015

The NHS ombudsman has been "defensive" and caused "pain" by its reluctance to admit mistakes when investigating patients' complaints, an MPs' report has found.

Gogglebox's Scarlett is encouraging people to vote - with help from Silent Jay

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Gogglebox's Scarlett is encouraging people to vote - with help from Silent Jay

12:11am Friday 27th March 2015

Being registered to vote is so important that even Silent Jay has something to say about it.

Home affordability 'at 2009 levels'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Oxford topped the "unaffordability" list, research from Lloyds revealed

12:04am Friday 27th March 2015

The cost of a typical home in a UK city is at its most unaffordable level since 2009 as buyers face stretching their wages further to keep up with rising property prices, a report has found.

Fifth 'would exaggerate salary'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Workers aged 16 to 24 were the most likely to inflate their salaries when speaking to potential new employers, a survey found

12:04am Friday 27th March 2015

Almost one in five workers confess they would exaggerate their pay to a potential employer, according to a new study.

Home owning expectations 'lower'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Renting a home has become the only option for a large proportion of the population

12:04am Friday 27th March 2015

Younger people have much lower expectations of owning their own home than their parents did, according to a study.

Apparently Harry Styles' tears weren't for Zayn - he'd got hit in the face with a glowstick

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Apparently Harry Styles' tears weren't for Zayn - he'd got hit in the face with a glowstick

11:55pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Curly-haired Harry was caught on camera appearing to shed a tear in the absence of his friend but things might not have been as they seemed.

Salford show class in win

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Weller Hauraki, second right, celebrates after scoring Salford's second try

10:40pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Whisper it, but Salford are starting to resemble genuine play-off contenders after cruising to a resounding 36-8 win over Widnes that lifted them to fourth place in Super League.

Celebrities are encouraging young voters to use their voice and get aboard the General Election 2015

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Celebrities are encouraging young voters to use their voice and get aboard the General Election 2015

9:45pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Pixie Lott, Noel Clarke and Zoe Hardman are among the famous faces calling on the younger generation to use their voice and vote.

Penguin tale nets literary prize

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A story about a penguin has won a literary prize

8:05pm Thursday 26th March 2015

The "whimsical" adventures of a lost penguin that began as a father's bedtime stories for his three daughters have won a prestigious literary prize.

Are you ready to see Kendall Jenner in her new Calvins?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Are you ready to see Kendall Jenner in her new Calvins?

7:36pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Calvin Klein Jeans revealed they’d bagged the model of the moment as the new face of their #mycalvins Denim Series.

Parliament opening set for May 27

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: File photo dated 17/5/09 of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London as MPs should return to the House of Commons on May 11 even if a new government has not been formed to ensure Parliament could have a role in any post-election deal, a com

6:47pm Thursday 26th March 2015

The State Opening of the new Parliament after the general election will be on Wednesday May 27, Downing Street has announced.

23 taken to hospital after crash

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The scene of an accident on the A83 near the Rest And Be Thankful in Argyll, which left five people seriously injured (Stuart Herd/PA)

6:06pm Thursday 26th March 2015

More than 20 people have been taken to hospital after a coach carrying tourists overturned on a popular route.

Video games cultural centre to open

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The first cultural centre for video games is about to open in Nottingham

6:01pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Digital icons such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Donkey Kong are not celebrated in museums, but that is about to change, as the first cultural centre for video games is about to open in Nottingham.

Auction of celebrity hangout The Ivy raises thousands for charity

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Auction of celebrity hangout The Ivy raises thousands for charity

5:50pm Thursday 26th March 2015

The Ivy restaurant’s private bar sold for more than 30 times its estimated worth at auction, fetching £31,000 in aid of Child Bereavement UK.

Downton Abbey's historical hitches

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Downton Abbey's historical hitches

5:36pm Thursday 26th March 2015

The period setting of Downton Abbey hasn’t always been entirely accurate.

Downton Abbey's success in numbers

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Downton Abbey's success in numbers

8:56pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Downton is the most nominated British show in Emmy history.

Watchdog probe for 42 officers

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Complaints have been made about 42 officers for their handling of child sex exploitation cases in the Rotherham scandal

5:32pm Thursday 26th March 2015

An investigation into how police handled child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham has been expanded after a watchdog received complaints involving more than 100 allegations against 42 named officers.

Hodgson relaxed over future

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: England manager Roy Hodgson, pictured, remains relaxed about his future

5:24pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Roy Hodgson is relaxed about his future as England manager - a role captain Wayne Rooney hopes he will remain in for a "few more years".

Non-beating heart transplant hailed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: It is thought the pioneering surgery could save hundreds of lives in the UK alone

5:23pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Surgeons have carried out the UK's first non-beating heart transplant.

Terry thinking beyond next season

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: John Terry has signed a new one-year deal with Chelsea

5:17pm Thursday 26th March 2015

John Terry wants to win more trophies and more contracts with Chelsea after extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.

Downton Abbey's guest hall of fame

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Downton Abbey's guest hall of fame

5:06pm Thursday 26th March 2015

The popular drama has brought in some famous faces over the years for cameo roles.

How are people feeling about the news Downton Abbey is to end?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Downton Abbey fans in shock at reports of the end coming

5:16pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Some fans are devastated at the news while other viewers think Downton should have ended years ago.

To the manor born: Downton Abbey's stars

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Lily James: Thin waist criticism 'irrelevant'

4:53pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Some of the cast of Downton Abbey have been propelled to Hollywood stardom.

Rooney sees bright future for Kane

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Harry Kane, pictured, has been backed by Wayne Rooney to shine for England

4:44pm Thursday 26th March 2015

Wayne Rooney has backed the "sizzling" Harry Kane to be an England star for many years to come.

Charity windfall after Ivy auction

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Countless celebrities have been served from The Ivy's private bar

4:29pm Thursday 26th March 2015

It was a hangout for Hollywood stars and a watering hole for the wealthy, but now London's most exclusive bar is perhaps the priciest place in town.

Dhoni: High-scoring ODIs boring

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side conceded 328 to Australia in their semi-final defeat in the World Cup

4:23pm Thursday 26th March 2015

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants to see rules for one-day internationals relaxed to prevent matches from becoming "boring".

Hodgson hints at Kane debut

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Harry Kane could make his England debut against Lithuania on Friday

3:53pm Thursday 26th March 2015

England manager Roy Hodgson has backed man-of-the-moment Harry Kane to succeed in international football - but stopped short of revealing whether he would make his debut against Lithuania.

Downton Abbey to end after series six

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Downton Abbey to end after series six

4:35pm Thursday 26th March 2015

The hit period drama is set to depart from our screens.

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