Under age drinking warning as study finds sixth of parents let young drink at 14

Health experts have warned of the dangers of under age drinking after a study found that one in six parents allow their children to drink alcohol at the age of 14.

Tourists taking a selfie in London (PA)

Can’t stop taking pictures of yourself? Then you might have ‘selfitis’

Selfitis, or the obsessive taking of selfies, appears to be a genuine condition, research has suggested.

Hugo the beagle was adopted by international Irish boxer Moira McElligott after being one of 96 saved during a multi-agency operation at Holyhead Port (RSPCA/PA)

Hugo’s story part of campaign to highlight puppy trade

The story of one of almost 100 puppies rescued from the illegal dog trade is being used to highlight the “shocking realities” of the industry which the RSPCA Cymru said impulse purchases could be fuelling.

Virgin said it had offered a "significantly above inflation pay rise" which had been rejected by the unions (Rui Vieira/PA)

Virgin Trains’ workers ‘solidly supporting’ pay strike

Workers on Virgin Trains West Coast are said to be “solidly supporting” a strike over pay.

(David Jones/PA)

Animal welfare groups call for halt in using pugs and bulldogs in product ads

Companies should stop using pugs and bulldogs to advertise products because it is fuelling a “welfare crisis” for dogs, animal welfare groups have urged.

The stone tomb of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral (Joe Giddens/PA)

Leicester strip club plan opposed for being too close to Richard III’s grave

A bid to open a new strip club is being opposed because it is too near the resting place of a former English monarch.

A deep-fried mince pie at New Union Chippie. (PA)

Deep-fried mince pies on chip shop’s festive menu

A chip shop is serving up deep-fried mince pies and pigs in blankets over the festive season.

Rt Rev George Bell (PA)

Inquiry into child abuse allegations against Bishop Bell deficient, says review

A Church of England inquiry into child abuse allegations against one of its most respected bishops almost 60 years after his death has been criticised as deficient by an independent review.

An artist?s impression showing a huge cigar-shaped object assumed to be an interstellar asteroid which could be an alien starship, scientists believe (M Kornmesser/ESO/PA)

First scans suggest cigar-shaped space object not an alien craft, say scientists

Scientists analysing a huge cigar-shaped object in space have said initial scans suggest it is not an alien craft.

Theresa May stressed her keenness to get on with shaping a "deep and special" future partnership with the EU as quickly as possible (Olivier Matthys/AP)

Approval set for second phase of Brexit talks as May says she is driving on

European leaders are set to give their approval for Brexit talks to move on to the next phase, after receiving assurances from Theresa May that she will continue to drive the process forward despite defeat in the House of Commons.

The cross-party commission was established by Jo Cox when she was Labour MP for Batley and Spen (Jo Cox Foundation)

Jo Cox Loneliness Commission identifies ‘gap in national leadership’ on issue

The UK needs a government-led national strategy to combat loneliness, according to a commission set up by MP Jo Cox before she was murdered.

Theresa May was the last leader to arrive at the summit after attending the Grenfell Tower memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral (PA)

Theresa May vows to press on with Brexit after humiliating Commons defeat

Theresa May has made clear she will not be deflected from delivering Brexit by her humiliating defeat at the hands of Tory rebels in the House of Commons.

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Daily Mirror owner presses ahead with Express takeover as revenues fall

The publisher of the Daily Mirror newspaper has said that it is making “good progress” in its efforts to acquire the Express titles from Northern & Shell, while reporting a slump in revenues.

Relatives of victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy outside the cathedral (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

More than 1,500 people attend memorial six months after Grenfell Tower tragedy

Bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire stood together in a moment of reflection, holding aloft pictures of lost loved ones, at the end of an emotional memorial service at St Paul’s.

Forensic officers at the scene of the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Third person remanded over deaths of four children in house fire

A third person has appeared in court charged with the murders of four children in a house fire.

(Gareth Fuller/PA)

Former HS2 boss ‘not been held to account’ for unauthorised payments, say MPs

Unauthorised payments to HS2 staff worth £1.76 million were a “shocking waste of taxpayers’ money”, an influential Commons committee has said.

Football is a big part of the agreement (PA)

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

Sky and BT have announced a deal that will allow the rival broadcasters to sell their channels on each others’ platforms.

Around 450 complaints and enquiries about councils' homelessness services are made to the ombudsman each year (Victoria Jones/PA)

Councils leave homeless in ‘simply unacceptable’ situations, report finds

Homeless families are routinely being housed in damp or infested temporary accommodation for weeks on end, a report into local councils has found.

(Andrew Milligan/PA)

Fire crews winch horse out of swimming pool amid snowy weather

A hapless horse which fell into a swimming pool in snowy conditions has been winched to safety by fire crews.

The Persimmon chairman is to resign (PA)

Persimmon chairman departs following excessive pay dispute

The chairman of Persimmon is to quit the housebuilder following concerns over excessive executive pay at the firm.

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