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  1. Updates on Monday 18 January

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By BBC News

All times stated are UK

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  1. Catch up with all the news from across England on Monday

    BBC News England

    England Live has finished for the day. We’re back from 07:00 on Tuesday with more live updates from around the country.  Join us then.

  2. How much of a problem is speaking English for some Muslim women?

    PM David Cameron has announced £20m of funding for language classes for the 22% of Muslim women in England said to speak little or no English. The funding is part of a drive to foster integration among this group, who he says are segregated in certain UK communities and can therefore be open to radicalisation.

    But some Muslims disagree with his comments, pointing to other issues that Muslim women face in Britain today.

    Read more on this story on BBC News from Mario Cacciottolo.

    Women in burkhas
  3. Undercover policeman proposed to activist

    BBC Newsnight

    An undercover Metropolitan police officer proposed to an activist and lived with her for two years, the BBC has learned.

    The previously unknown case will place fresh pressure on the force, which last year was forced to apologise to seven women who had similar relationships.

    The woman, referred to as Andrea, has started legal action against the Met

    The woman in the latest case told BBC Newsnight she was victim of "psychological torture".

    The Met would neither confirm nor deny the identity of the undercover officer.

  4. How many UK monarchs have there been during the life of the UK's oldest person?

    The UK's oldest person, Gladys Hooper, is celebrating her 113th birthday.

    What key events in history has she lived through?

    • Gladys Hooper has lived during the reign of five monarchs and 21 prime ministers
    • She was born in 1903, the year the Wright Brothers made the first powered flight, car-maker Henry Ford produced the first Model A Ford and Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst set up the Women's Social and Political Union to campaign for female suffrage
    • Film star Bob Hope, aviator Amy Johnson and writer George Orwell were born in the same year
    • She was 50 when Everest was climbed by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
    • She was 66 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and 86 when the Berlin Wall came down
    Undated family handout photo of Gladys Hooper at two-and-a-half years of age with her father
  5. Government 'will continue to help steel industry' - David Cameron

    Speaking on a visit to a mosque in Yorkshire, David Cameron said: "This is obviously sad news about the job losses at Port Talbot and elsewhere. We'll work very closely with the company, with the local communities to do everything we can, to get people the training and the assistance they need. And we'll continue to help the steel industry.

    "There is obviously this worldwide glut of overproduction of steel that's affecting countries right around the world but the steel industry has asked us for action on energy prices and we've taken that. They've asked us for action on procuring more British steel - we've taken action on that. They want us to take action within the European Union and we've done that as well but we'll continue to work with them."

  6. Motorway shut after vehicle hits bridge

    BBC News England

    We're getting reports from Highways England that a vehicle has struck a bridge on the M5 northbound between J8 for the M50 and J7 for Worcester.

    All lanes are currently closed.

  7. Kayleigh Haywood funeral: Teacher pays tribute

    Kayleigh Haywood's former primary school head teacher was among those paying tribute to the teenager at her funeral this morning.  

    Gates adorned with tributes to Kayleigh

    Derek Mullan said: "For the staff of the school, one of the most endearing memories was of Kayleigh's big smile as she bounded down the corridor first thing in the morning. 

    "She would have a cheery 'Good morning' and staff would return the greeting."

  8. Tata announcement is 'heartbreaking news' - GMB union

    Following the announcement that more than 750 jobs are to go at Tata Steel in Port Talbot, with further job losses at plants in north east England and Northamptonshire, the GMB union has accused the Government of being "asleep".

    Quote Message: Once again this is more heartbreaking news for the steel industry and our members. Once again this demonstrates that this government is asleep when it comes to the serious problems that we are facing." from Dave Hulse GMB union spokesman
    Dave HulseGMB union spokesman
  9. Wedding fireworks storeroom blast killed pair

    A fireworks display organiser and his assistant died in an explosion in a fireworks storeroom ahead of a wedding display, a jury has heard.

    Andrew Coates, 41, and Polly Connor, 46, were preparing a display in the grounds of groom John Simpson's cottage in Ecclerigg, when the blast happened.

    The scene of the fire

    A jury inquest has begun to decide what caused the fireworks to go off.

  10. NHS England 'sugar tax' in cafes could raise £40m a year

    NHS England plans to impose a 20% "sugar tax" in hospital cafes could raise funds as well as help tackle the growing problem of obesity.

    NHS chief executive Simon Stevens told the Guardian newspaper the NHS levy, which would initially only apply to sugary drinks, could raise £20m-£40m a year. 

    It's hoped the tax will discourage staff, patients and visitors from buying sugary items, while the money raised will also be used to improve the health of the NHS's large workforce.

  11. Watch: David Cameron says no guarantee of visa if you can't speak English

    BBC Politics

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    Video caption: Cameron - no guarantee of visa if can't speak English

    But the Prime Minister's suggestion has been accused of being "lazy and misguided".

  12. Fire damaged stately home to be restored to 'original glory'

    Parts of Clandon Park House in Surrey, which was reduced to a shell by a fire in April, are to be restored to their "original glory", according to the National Trust

    Clandon Park House

    The principal rooms are to be recreated as they were in the 18th Century.

    Clandon Park House
  13. What's the quickest way to use an escalator?

    BBC 5Live

    A recent experiment on the London Underground proved that standing-only escalators are more efficient resulting in a 27% increase in capacity.

    Professor Ed Galea of Greenwich University has researched escalator etiquette and said if everyone stands “you get a higher through-put”.

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    Video caption: London Underground proves standing-only escalators are more efficient.

    He said that in China and Shanghai "virtually no one walks up the escalator" because they know that more people will get through if people stand still.

  14. 'Da Pinchi codes' not for burglars, say police

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    A series of painted symbols often claimed to help burglars target homes are in fact "innocent and explainable," police say.

    South Worcestershire Police said it was aware of social media messages circulating describing the "Da Pinchi Code" - a criminals' code of paint or chalk markings outside properties. 

    The so-called criminal 'Da Pinchi' code, and the real meanings of pavement symbols

    West Mercia Police said signs indicated work planned by utility firms.  There is no evidence to link these symbols to anything else, it said.