Press Association 2014 LATEST

Solicitors win legal aid challenge

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Solicitors argued that a consultation process adopted by Chris Grayling was unfair

2:46pm Friday 19th September 2014

Solicitors have won a High Court challenge over Government reform of the legal aid system.

Man held over immigrants in lorry

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The immigrants were found near Dover

2:06pm Friday 19th September 2014

A man has been arrested after 24 suspected African illegal immigrants were found in the back of a lorry near one of Britain's main gateways.

Nick Frost for Doctor Who special

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Nick Frost is delighted to have a guest role in Doctor Who

2:05pm Friday 19th September 2014

Doctor Who is keeping it in the family after show bosses announced Michael Troughton, the son of Patrick who played the second ever Doctor, will appear in the Christmas special - alongside Hot Fuzz actor Nick Frost.

World Cup agreement reached

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has welcomed an agreement with Premiership Rugby

2:04pm Friday 19th September 2014

The Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby have settled their dispute over World Cup compensation, the governing bodies have announced.

Doctor Who 'son' to star in special

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Patrick Troughton played the second incarnation of the Doctor

1:52pm Friday 19th September 2014

Doctor Who is keeping it in the family after show bosses announced Michael Troughton, the son of Patrick who played the second ever Doctor, will appear in the Christmas special.

Assou-Ekotto handed three-match ban

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, pictured playing for QPR last season, will serve a three-match ban

1:47pm Friday 19th September 2014

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been banned for three games and hit with a Football Association fine after sending Nicolas Anelka a message on Twitter following his controversial 'quenelle' gesture last season.

Alonso in the Singapore swing

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, right, was quickest in first practice for the Singapore Grand Prix (AP)

1:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

Fernando Alonso led the way in practice for the first time since the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of this weekend's night race in Singapore.

Travis jury out for second day

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Former DJ Dave Lee Travis denies sex abuse allegations

1:28pm Friday 19th September 2014

Jurors in the trial of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis, who is accused of indecently assaulting two women and sexually assaulting a third, have retired to deliberate their verdicts for a second day.

Costa back for City clash

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Diego Costa is expected to return to the starting line-up for Chelsea against Manchester City

1:11pm Friday 19th September 2014

Diego Costa will return up front for Chelsea against Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday as Jose Mourinho tries to manage the striker's fragile hamstrings.

Misconduct probe into Savile police

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A number of police forces are subject to IPCC investigations over the Jimmy Savile scandal

1:07pm Friday 19th September 2014

Five serving detectives have been served with misconduct notices and two former officers are being investigated over how they handled allegations relating to Jimmy Savile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

Jackson song on new Queen release

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Late music legends Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duetted on a song that features on a new Queen album

12:45pm Friday 19th September 2014

Three previously unreleased tracks by rock band Queen, including one which sees singer Freddie Mercury duetting with Michael Jackson, are to finally see the light of day.

Mortgage price war hots up

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: More lenders have announced new rate cuts to mortgage loans

12:44pm Friday 19th September 2014

The mortgage price war has stepped up a gear as lenders announced a flurry of new rate cuts to home loans.

Teams given time over radio ban

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Singapore will see limited changes to radio rules

12:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

The FIA has bowed to pressure from the Formula One teams and agreed to defer part of their radio ban that has come into force from this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

Wenger cautious over FA proposals

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Arsene Wenger believes any change will have to be carefully thought out

12:25pm Friday 19th September 2014

Arsene Wenger believes Football Association proposals to cut the number of players from outside the European Union should be carefully considered to avoid compromising the quality of the English game .

UEFA opens case against Partizan

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Partizan Belgrade

12:18pm Friday 19th September 2014

UEFA has announced it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Partizan Belgrade after a number of their fans displayed an anti-Semitic banner during Thursday's Europa League draw with Tottenham.

Tinchy teams up with Chuckle Bros

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Tinchy Stryder is making music with the Chuckle Brothers (Tinchy Stryder/Instagram)

12:17pm Friday 19th September 2014

Tinchy Stryder has revealed he's working on a strange collaboration - with the Chuckle Brothers.

Wembley to host Euro 2020 final

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: FA Chairman Greg Dyke was delighted with Wembley's successful bid

12:14pm Friday 19th September 2014

England has won the right to host the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020.

Abrams' Star Wars/Batman mash-up

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: JJ Abrams shared a video of the Millennium Falcon with a Batmobile twist

11:55am Friday 19th September 2014

JJ Abrams has raised the stakes in his mash-up contest with Zack Snyder, tweeting a video of his Millennium Falcon - with a twist.

Carter: No limits on Downton love

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Jim Carter says he hopes the Downton romance between Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes will continue

11:55am Friday 19th September 2014

Downton Abbey's Jim Carter and Gareth Neame have said they are proud that the programme doesn't just concentrate on romance for the younger generation.

Bono: Free U2 album in punk spirit

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: U2's latest album Songs Of Innocence was automatically distributed for free to all iTunes users

11:55am Friday 19th September 2014

Bono has defended U2's decision to give away their latest album for free - saying it was in the spirit of punk rock.

JK Rowling 'proud' after No vote

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: JK Rowling is delighted that the Union will remain

11:55am Friday 19th September 2014

Author and pro-Union supporter JK Rowling was among the first celebrities to hail Scotland's decision to turn down independence.

PM seeks West Lothian 'solution'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Ministers would be obliged to note whether there was an English majority for England-only legislation

11:43am Friday 19th September 2014

David Cameron has boldly declared his determination to find a "decisive" solution to the West Lothian question.

Ex-footballer faces match-fix trial

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Delroy Facey is accused of conspiracy to commit bribery

11:39am Friday 19th September 2014

A former Premier League footballer has appeared in court after being charged over an alleged match-fixing conspiracy.

Waterman to quit New Tricks

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Dennis Waterman is quitting New Tricks

11:28am Friday 19th September 2014

New Tricks star Dennis Waterman is quitting the show - the last of the original line-up to leave the popular police drama.

Woman held in home murder probe

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Officers are questioning a 36-year-old woman after the care home death

11:28am Friday 19th September 2014

Police have arrested a 36-year-old woman as they launch a murder inquiry into the death of a 96-year-old woman at a care home.

NHS foundation trusts post deficit

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Foundation trusts make up two thirds of all NHS trusts in England

11:28am Friday 19th September 2014

NHS foundation trusts are under "unprecedented pressure", a health regulator has warned after a new report showed that the supposedly best hospital trusts in the country posted a deficit for the first time.

BOA presses on after 'No' vote

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A police officer stands in the Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre during the count for the Scottish Referendum

11:02am Friday 19th September 2014

The British Olympic Association declared it was business as usual after the Scottish electorate rejected independence in Thursday's referendum.

England shirt 'a mark of respect'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: England's new kit which was launched this week

10:56am Friday 19th September 2014

The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association has given its backing to a controversial new England kit that incorporates the Victoria Cross emblem within its design.

Bruce has sympathy for Pardew

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Hull boss Steve Bruce, left, has sympathy for under fire Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, right

10:38am Friday 19th September 2014

Steve Bruce knows better than most what it feels like to be hounded out of the North East, but that will not stop the Hull boss trying to turn up the heat on Alan Pardew with a "mercenary" win over Newcastle.

China fines GSK £297m for bribery

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Glaxo says it has accepted a fine by Chinese courts and added that it has taken steps to change working practices

10:33am Friday 19th September 2014

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined £297 million and its former country manager handed a suspended prison sentence in China for bribery.

Rail services hit after storms

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Commuters suffered cancelled rail services after lightning strikes damaged equipment

10:32am Friday 19th September 2014

Overnight storms have led to yet another day of difficulty for commuters.

Groves 'to learn from Froch fights'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: George Groves returns to the ring against Christopher Rebrasse at Wembley Arena on Saturday night

10:26am Friday 19th September 2014

George Groves has admitted he will never forget his two defeats to Carl Froch as he prepares to get his career back on track on Saturday night.

Wenger leaps to Ozil's defence

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended the form of Mesut Ozil, pictured

10:23am Friday 19th September 2014

Mesut Ozil must not be used as a "scapegoat" for Arsenal's shortcomings, manager Arsene Wenger has insisted.

Housing market set to pick up

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A move back into the market by house buyers who have been holding out could disrupt prices in the near-term

10:03am Friday 19th September 2014

Activity in Scotland's housing market is set to see a substantial pick-up following the country's decision to remain part of the UK, according to estate agents.

Lewis hails Collingwood influence

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Paul Collingwood has been in fine form for Durham this season

9:53am Friday 19th September 2014

Durham coach Jon Lewis will head into the Royal London One-Day Cup final confident he has the most influential player in the country at his disposal.

Rylan Clark announces engagement

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Rylan Clark and his boyfriend Dan Neal are engaged (Twitter/Rylan Clark)

9:53am Friday 19th September 2014

Rylan Clark has announced that he has got engaged to his boyfriend Dan Neal.

Cyrus in trouble for Mexico show

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Miley Cyrus sparked anger with her show in Mexico

9:53am Friday 19th September 2014

Miley Cyrus is reportedly in hot water in Mexico after twerking on the country's flag.

Piper steps out for theatre gala

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Billie Piper was among the stars at the Bright Young Things gala

9:53am Friday 19th September 2014

Billie Piper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Damian Lewis were among the stars turning heads at a glitzy theatre gala in London.

Watson to receive Britannia Award

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Emma Watson will be honoured with a Britannia Award

9:53am Friday 19th September 2014

Emma Watson, Dame Judi Dench and Robert Downey Jr are among the stars set to be honoured by Bafta Los Angeles.

Thai murders probe 'difficult'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Hannah Witheridge was found murdered on the Thai island of Koh Tao

9:39am Friday 19th September 2014

Police in Thailand have admitted the investigation into the brutal murders of two British tourists is proving "quite difficult" as they revealed they do not know how many people were involved in the killings.

Turnout sets new record as 84% vote

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The participation rate of 84.5% topped the previous best of 83.9% recorded in the 1950 general election

8:41am Friday 19th September 2014

Turnout in the referendum on Scottish independence hit a record high for any election held in the United Kingdom since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1918.

iPhone fans snap up new handsets

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Sam Sheikh (left) and Jameel Ahmed are the first customers to purchase the new iphone at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, London, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets go on sale

8:08am Friday 19th September 2014

One of the first people to get his hands on the new iPhone this morning felt "on top of the world" and said he wanted to celebrate by taking a selfie.

Injury forces Li to retire

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Li Na has confirmed her retirement from tennis

7:11am Friday 19th September 2014

Two-time grand slam winner Li Na has announced her retirement from the sport after struggling to overcome knee problems.

JK Rowling 'proud' after No vote

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: JK Rowling was a vocal supporter of the No campaign

6:47am Friday 19th September 2014

Author and pro-Union supporter JK Rowling was among the first celebrities to hail Scotland's decision to turn down independence.

Judge criticises Legal Aid Agency

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A judge has criticised the Legal Aid Agency after a hearing at the family court in Leicester

6:29am Friday 19th September 2014

A family court judge has criticised the Government agency responsible for making decisions on legal aid for the second time in six months.

Scots firms lead 'relief rally'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The value of the pound rose after the referendum result

6:29am Friday 19th September 2014

Companies with Scottish links led the FTSE 100 Index higher as a relief rally took hold on financial markets following the rejection of independence.

Deila hails "fantastic" Gordon

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Craig Gordon, pictured, was singled out for praise by Celtic boss Ronny Deila

6:27am Friday 19th September 2014

Ronny Deila praised Craig Gordon after the keeper turned in a terrific performance in Celtic's 2-2 draw with Salzburg in Austria.

Martinez: Scoreline flattered us

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed his side's workrate

6:27am Friday 19th September 2014

Roberto Martinez admitted the scoreline flattered Everton after they returned to European competition with victory over Wolfsburg.

Poch: Partizan banner unacceptable

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Mauricio Pochettino has labelled Partizan fans' anti-Semitic banner as "disrespectful"

6:27am Friday 19th September 2014

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was angered by the "unacceptable" anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan Belgrade fans in their Europa League opener.

Ecclestone ponders three-car teams

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Bernie Ecclestone has suggested three-car teams may soon come to fruition

6:22am Friday 19th September 2014

Bernie Ecclestone has suggested Formula One is poised for a dramatic change should a number of cash-strapped teams go to the wall over the winter.

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