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Town halls urge ban on legal highs

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Town halls want an outright ban on legal highs such as 5-IT pills, pictured

2:05am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Town halls have called for an outright ban on legal highs to be announced in the Queen's Speech.

Eurovision gears up for grand final

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Conchita Wurst, who won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest for Austria, performs on stage during a dress rehearsal (AP)

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Eurovision 2015's finalists are now all in place and raring to go for tonight's live grand final.

Oxford students to keep exam attire

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Oxford University students have voted to keep gowns, suits and mortarboards for exams.

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Oxford University students have voted overwhelmingly against ending a centuries-old tradition of wearing gowns, suits and mortarboards to exams.

1,000 to attend rail disaster event

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The Princess Royal lays a wreath at Gretna Old Parish Church

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Around 1,000 people, including descendants of those who died, are expected to attend an event commemorating Britain's worst rail disaster.

Gay marriage poll counting to start

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Newly-weds Ann Cole and Vincent Fox prepare to cast their vote at St James Primary School, Dublin, following their wedding ceremony at a registry office

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Counting of votes in Ireland's landmark referendum on gay marriage begins at 9am today as the Government and rights campaigners bid to make history.

Service held to mark Dunkirk rescue

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Dunkirk veterans James Baynes, Arthur Taylor and Michael Bentall walk along a beach

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

A service will take place today at the Allied Beach Memorial in Dunkirk to mark the historic mission to rescue thousands of troops during the Second World War.

Alps victim in fight with brother

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Zaid al-Hilli said he had a fight with his brother Saad over the family inheritance a year before Saad and his family were murdered in the French Alps

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The brother of a British man gunned down in the French Alps with his family has revealed the pair fought over a £1 million inheritance before his death, but insisted he played no part in the horrific killings.

Cash-strapped Palace axes staff

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Buckingham Palace staff have been axed in a cost-cutting move

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Buckingham Palace has revealed some staff have been axed after it was reported at least four senior officials have been let go in a matter of months in a cost-cutting move.

'Golden parachute' deals to be axed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: £100,000-plus public sector redundancy pay-offs are facing the axe

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The Government is to move to end six-figure "golden parachutes" for high-earning public sector bosses who are made redundant.

Climate lobbyists 'biggest threat'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: David Cameron's former chief strategist Steve Hilton has attacked climate change lobbyists

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

David Cameron's former strategy adviser Steve Hilton has launched an outspoken attack on climate change lobbyists, accusing them of being "the biggest threat to the environment today".

Bank to probe 'Brexit' economy risk

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Prime Minister David Cameron at a press conference at the end of the Eastern Partnership Summit which he attended in Riga, Latvia

12:23am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The Bank of England has launched a project to assess the economic risks to Britain if the country votes to leave the European Union in the referendum promised by David Cameron.

Britain's Got Talent: Simon Cowell makes a kissy face at a cute pooch

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Britain's Got Talent: Simon Cowell makes a kissy face at a cute pooch

12:11am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The TV judge, once dubbed Mr Nasty, blows kisses at seven-year-old Border Collie Matisse to get his attention when he walks onto the stage.

Coronation Street - who's moving in and who's moving out?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Corrie viewers up in arms over local paper gaffe

12:11am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Get up-to-date with which of the soap’s characters are being axed and who is taking up a spot on the cobbles.

Eurovision 2015: Everything you need to know ahead of the final

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Eurovision 2015: Everything you need to know ahead of the final

12:11am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Look out for Slovenia’s headphone-wearing act, Norway singing about a “terrible thing” he did in his youth, and Lithuania’s snog mid-song.

Charlotte Riley: Magical role reflects my life

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Charlotte Riley: Magical role reflects my life

12:11am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The actress says she can relate to even the most fantastical of her characters.

Emmerdale's Michael Parr: Ross Barton would be a changed man

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Emmerdale's Michael Parr: Ross Barton would be a changed man

12:11am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Charley Webb and Anthony Quinlan also weigh up what’s in store for their characters.

Will Young offers Proof that he's good

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Will Young offers Proof that he's good

12:11am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The singer’s new album is about accepting himself and his talents.

Why was Britt Robertson concerned for George Clooney's safety on Tomorrowland?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Why was Britt Robertson concerned for George Clooney's safety on Tomorrowland?

12:11am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Teenage actress Raffey Cassidy plays robot Athena, the designated driver in the new Disney movie.

Graham Norton wowed by Eurovision mania

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Graham Norton wowed by Eurovision mania

12:01am Saturday 23rd May 2015

The talk show host underestimated the fans’ passion for the annual competition.

England rue missed chances

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Moeen Ali, pictured, dismissed Tom Latham but other opportunities went begging for England

11:12pm Friday 22nd May 2015

England could only rue missed chances as New Zealand's batsmen took control on day two of the first Investec Test at Lord's.

Big Brother: Timebomb: Adjoa becomes the second housemate to be evicted

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Big Brother: Timebomb: Adjoa becomes the second housemate to be evicted

10:46pm Friday 22nd May 2015

And all the highlights from Day 10 in the Big Brother house.

Veteran duo eyed for England roles

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Frank Lampard, left, and Steven Gerrard, right, will play their final Premier League games this weekend

10:44pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to take on coaching roles with England when they finish their respective spells in the United States.

Pellegrini relaxed ahead of review

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident he will still be in position next season

10:42pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has played down the significance of his anticipated end-of-season review with the club's top brass.

Mourinho: Bad decisions cost us

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Jose Mourinho says Chelsea have not done enough to be labelled 'great'

10:42pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Jose Mourinho maintains Chelsea were the victims of bad decisions despite winning the Premier League title at a canter this season.

Sinfield creates more history

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Kevin Sinfield moved up to third place in the all-time points-scoring list

10:21pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Kevin Sinfield carved out another piece of history as he helped Leeds stay top of the First Utility Super League with their first win in four matches.

Cardinal ashamed at sex abuse error

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor speaks at the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye

9:39pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Former Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has admitted he is deeply ashamed of the way he handled sex abuse allegations concerning a Catholic Church priest in the 1980s.

Top Gear presenters make their first public appearance since Jeremy Clarkson 'fracas'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Top Gear presenters make their first public appearance since Jeremy Clarkson 'fracas'

9:36pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Clarkson came in to the theme of boxing anthem Eye Of The Tiger at the beginning of a global super car tour.

Boxing tune greets Clarkson return

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Jeremy Clarkson arrives at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

8:45pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Jeremy Clarkson came in to the theme of boxing anthem Eye Of The Tiger as he made his first public appearance with his former Top Gear co-presenters at the beginning of a global super car tour.

Oxford students to keep exam attire

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Students at Oxford University have voted in a referendum on exam clothing

8:45pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Oxford University students have voted overwhelmingly against ending a centuries-old tradition of wearing gowns, suits and mortarboards to exams.

Balls 'won't dash back to politics'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls says he won't play a role in wife Yvette Cooper's Labour leadership campaign

7:00pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Ed Balls will not be "dashing back" to frontline politics and will not play a role in his wife Yvette Cooper's Labour leadership campaign.

Gillespie holds England talks

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Jason Gillespie has spoken to the ECB about coaching England

6:41pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Jason Gillespie has held talks over England's vacancy - but insists he is just one of a number of contenders.

Coronation Street boss says 'no more stunts this year', talks casting and more

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Coronation Street boss says 'no more stunts this year', talks casting and more

6:17pm Friday 22nd May 2015

The soap’s Stuart Blackburn reckons doing too many big spectacles will turn viewers off.

Space walk Russian recalls mission

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Alexei Leonov was the first man to walk in space in 1965

5:52pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A Russian cosmonaut who made history as the first man to walk in space has spoken about his brush with death during the mission 50 years ago.

Edmund joins Murray in main draw

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Kyle Edmund has qualified for a second successive grand slam after reaching the main draw of the French Open

5:22pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Britain's Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta will both make their debuts in the French Open main draw after coming through their final qualifying round matches on Friday.

Mourners gather at Jones funeral

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Wales international Danny Jones, pictured with the ball, has been laid to rest

5:06pm Friday 22nd May 2015

More than a thousand people gathered for the funeral of Keighley's Wales international Danny Jones in his home town of Halifax.

Van Gaal hopeful of keeping De Gea

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: David de Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid

4:14pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Louis van Gaal gave hope to Manchester United fans on Friday when he said he was optimistic about the chances of goalkeeper David de Gea staying at Old Trafford.

Computer games collection on show

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The event will feature old favourites as well as modern classics

4:02pm Friday 22nd May 2015

The world's largest collection of playable computer games has gone on display covering five decades of gaming technology.

Carmichael in leaked memo admission

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael admitted he was responsible for a leaked memo involving allegations against Nicola Sturgeon

4:02pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Nicola Sturgeon has called on Alistair Carmichael to consider his position as an MP after the former Scottish secretary accepted responsibility for a leaked memo which alleged she wanted David Cameron to win the general election.

Quarter of soldiers 'want to quit'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The armed forces are preparing for £35 billion of budget cuts in the next decade and the loss of up to 30,000 troops, according to research

4:02pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A quarter of British military personnel want to quit the armed forces, a survey by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has found.

Find out why Conchita reckons Madonna shouldn't be allowed to do Eurovision

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Find out why Conchita reckons Madonna shouldn't be allowed to do Eurovision

4:26pm Friday 22nd May 2015

The reigning champion would love other countries to join in the Eurovision fun.

Advocaat weighs up Sunderland offer

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, left, confirmed on Friday that he has been made an offer by the club

3:22pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Dick Advocaat will give Sunderland an answer next Thursday on whether or not he is prepared to stay on as head coach after considering chairman Ellis Short's plans for the club.

First look: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: First look: Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins

3:06pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Stephen Frears’ new comedy, which stars Meryl as the New York singer, has started shooting in the UK.

City to decide on Toure future

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Yaya Toure has two years remaining on his Manchester City contract

3:01pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted a decision will have to be made about the future of Yaya Toure.

McNamara: Burgess a born leader

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Sam Burgess, pictured, can be a leader for England in the World Cup, says Steve McNamara

2:53pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Sam Burgess can be one of the leaders in Stuart Lancaster's World Cup squad, according to England rugby league head coach Steve McNamara.

One Direction Top Global Concert Tours List

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: One Direction give James Corden first post-Zayn Malik TV interview

2:36pm Friday 22nd May 2015

The boyband made over three and a half million from their world tour in the last year.

Cotton hosts last show for Radio 1

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Fearne Cotton is leaving Radio 1

1:56pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Radio presenter Fearne Cotton has presented her last show for BBC's Radio 1 with the help of famous friends including Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Foo Fighters and Coldplay.

SNP MPs to chair two committees

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The SNP will chair the Scottish Affairs and Energy and Climate Change committee at Westminster

1:56pm Friday 22nd May 2015

The SNP has been given the chairmanship of the Westminster committee that will scrutinise new devolution legislation.

Dog found at summit of Scafell Pike

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The collie cross was found at the top of Scafell Pike last weekend (Scottish SPCA/PA Wire)

1:54pm Friday 22nd May 2015

An animal welfare charity is trying to trace the owner of a dog found at the top of England's highest mountain by holidaymakers who took him home to Scotland.

89-year-old jailed for child abuse

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Peter Farrands, 89, a former teacher and church minister, has been jailed for seven years at Leicester Crown Court for abusing two of his pupils at Folville Junior School during the 1970s and 1980s

1:54pm Friday 22nd May 2015

An 89-year-old former teacher and Scout leader has been jailed for seven years for "awful" abuse of two of his pupils.

Osborne boosted ahead of Budget

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: New figures will boost George Osborne ahead of July's Budget

1:54pm Friday 22nd May 2015

George Osborne today received a boost ahead of his emergency summer Budget as official figures showed a better-than-expected improvement in the UK's public finances.

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