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  1. Watch: Scientists vacuum seafloor for conservation

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Scientists are taking samples of coral to find new ways of conserving ocean species.

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    Video caption: Scientists take samples of coral to find new ways of conservation

    The team led by Plymouth University is based on the research ship James Cook and is using remote-controlled submarines. 

    Team members said the genetic fingerprints of marine life could suggest how to identify areas which were most in need.

  2. Police apologise for sending 'dummy explosives' to tourist attraction

    Mark Elliott

    Reporter, BBC Shropshire

    Bedfordshire Police has admitted accidentally sending what they describe as "dummy explosives" to the British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry.

    The attraction was sealed off after suspected explosives were discovered at the bottom of a pile of knives - a controlled explosion was carried out.

    Bedfordshire Police is one of many forces across the country to send confiscated knives to the British Ironworks Centre, which is using them to construct a sculpture in memory of stab victims.

    bomb disposal unit at Brtish Ironworks
    Quote Message: We believe that these were dummy explosives that had been used in training exercises, and had accidentally been picked up from a property store along with knives collected following a recent knife surrender. We have written to the company and apologised for any distress caused." from Bedfordshire Police
    Bedfordshire Police
  3. 'Sisters' jailed for part in £4m fraud

    Undated handout photo issued by NHS Protect of two women, Antoinette (left) and Louise Kaidi
    Image caption: Antoinette (left) and Louise Kaidi claimed thousands of pounds in benefits

    Two women who pretended to be sisters have been jailed for their part in a £4m benefit claims fraud.

    The women, known under the assumed names of Antoinette and Louise Kaidi, were responsible for claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in benefits through false identities.

    They were each sentenced to 33 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to 23 counts of benefit fraud.

    Both women claimed to be from Togo, but their true identities remain unknown.

    The convictions are part of a wider investigation into a benefit fraud that could be as large as £4m, judge John Tanzer said.

  4. Watch: Prince Harry joins children for rugby match

    Prince Harry showed off his rugby skills as part of a workshop with youngsters at a park in Stockport.

    Children said the prince was "encouraging" and he was someone "famous you never thought you would meet".

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    Video caption: Prince in Stockport encouraging youngsters to play rugby
  5. Father of dead teen warns over 'ultimate price' of drugs

    The father of a 17-year-old "vibrant" teenager has warned over taking drugs after his daughter collapsed at the O2 and later died.

    Emily Lyon, was among six youngsters who went to the Red Bull Culture Clash on 17 June and were taken to hospital after apparently taking illegal drugs. 

    Father Steve Lyon, from Teddington, south-west London, said: "We are absolutely devastated at what has happened and we're struggling to come to terms with it. 

    "She was a loving daughter and a caring sister, who was much adored by her vast circle of friends.   

    Red Bull Culture Clash at the O2
    Image caption: Red Bull Culture Clash at the O2

    "It can be seen how these so called 'recreational substances' can result in such tragic consequences for so many people. Those who take them can pay the ultimate price." 

    Police are treating Emily's death as unexplained and are awaiting the results of toxicology tests after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive. 

    A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Kingston last week on suspicion of possession of MDMA with intent to supply, and bailed until late August.

  6. Boy's treehouse saved from the axe

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    A man's efforts to save his son's treehouse have paid off after councillors went against a recommendation to take it down.


    Chris Mack built the den for his son James at his parents' home in Harleston three years ago.

    South Norfolk Council discovered it in December and said it infringed the privacy of neighbouring properties - despite receiving no complaint from neighbours.

    The authority's planning committee said the concerns were not "sufficient" enough to warrant removing it.

    Mr Mack said the news was "unbelievably fantastic".

  7. Bugaled Breizh French case closure: Analysis

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The confirmation by France's top judicial court to formally close the case of the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh may bring an end to legal aspects of the tragedy, but the incident itself still remains unexplained.

    Bugaled Breizh. Pic: AFP

    The five crew of the French trawler drowned when it sank 14 miles off the Lizard peninsula in January 2004. Relatives believe the vessel was dragged underwater when a submarine snagged its nets, but France's Court of Cassation said there was no evidence to support the claim, nor that it was a fishing accident. 

    And although French legal proceedings may be over, British ones are still ongoing more than 12 years on. The bodies of two crew were brought to Cornwall following the incident, and a pre-inquest hearing into their deaths is due to take place in the county on 18 July.

  8. Hunted prisoner released by mistake

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    A foreign prisoner who was released early from Wandsworth prison by mistake is being hunted by the police.

    The man, who was released in error from the south London prison on 27 May, had served a custodial sentence but was being held on an immigration warrant.

    He was facing deportation under the European Arrest Warrant.

    Wandsworth Prison

    A foreign prisoner who was released early from Wandsworth prison by mistake is being hunted by the police.

    Five days after the man was freed having served his sentence for an undisclosed offence, the Home Office alerted the jail about the error.

    The length of the prisoner's sentence has not been revealed. 

  9. Our children will "remember today"

    Brendan Cox thanked everyone for gathering for the memorial events for killed MP Jo Cox in London and across the country and the world. 

    In an emotional speech he said: "Amazing and deeply touching as all of this is, I wish I wasn't here today, not because I am ungrateful to the organisers or to you all for coming but because of course I'd rather be with Jo."

    Brendan Cox at Trafalgar Square

    He said he wanted to come to thank everyone for the support the family had received and "I wanted our children to see what their mum meant to all of you and I know that they will remember today".

    "Today would have been Jo's 42nd birthday. She would have spent the day dashing about the streets her home town trying to convince people that Britain is stronger in Europe. She feared the consequences of Europe dividing again, hated the idea of building walls between us and worried about the dynamics that could unleash.

    "But today isn't about that. It's about Jo and the much wider battle against hatred that she was involved in."

  10. 'John Travolta' look-alike suspect had 'affair with killed teen'

    Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told the Old Bailey jury murdered teenager Yiannoulla Yianni was brought up in a "traditional Greek" family in Hampstead and had never even had a boyfriend. 

    Her father George Yianni died in 1988 before any arrest was made in the case. 

    DNA evidence came into use in the 1990s and it was not until 1999, a scientist managed to extract an incomplete profile from semen on the bedspread where Yiannoulla was found, and last Christmas police came into possession of the defendant's profile, the court heard. 

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    When asked what he looked like in 1982, James Warnock, of Harrington Street, north-west London, told police: "How can I put it? Er John Travolta?" 

    In the interview he said he first met the girl at the shoe repair shop and their relationship had become intimate and the pair had sex on 10 occasions, but he learnt of her murder when he was arrested. 

    However, Mr Aylett rejected his explanation, saying he had come up with the story when "faced with overwhelming evidence that he was the murderer of Yiannoulla Yianni". 

    The jury heard medical evidence revealed the victim had been a virgin when she was raped.

  11. Man on trial for teen's murder 34 years ago

    A man has gone on trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of a 17-year-old  girl in Hampstead, north London, who was raped and strangled by a stranger in 1982.

    Yiannoulla Yianni, had come back to her home in Hampstead, north London, from her parents' shoe repair shop minutes away, when she was attacked on 13 August 1982, the court heard. 

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    Her parents came back from the shop half-an-hour after the teenager to discover their daughter's partially naked body lying on their bed, a "sight beyond their worst imagining", the court heard.

    James Warnock, a 56-year-old former tiler was arrested and charged after the DNA from the semen left at the scene matched his sample last December. He lived half a mile from her house, the court heard.

    Mr Warnock, of Harrington Street, north-west London, denies rape and murder. 

  12. The Queen at the official opening of the Exhibition Centre Liverpool

    Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Exhibition Centre Liverpool this morning during of a day of engagements in the city

    Queen opens Exhibition Centre Liverpool
    Queen Elizabeth II looks at the ExoMars Rover at Exhibition Centre Liverpool

    The Queen and Prince Philip toured current exhibitions including the ExoMars rover which is designed to navigate across the Martian surface when it lands in 2019. 

  13. In pictures: Floral tribute floats down the Thames in honour of Jo

    A boat with floral tributes to Jo Cox follows the boat carrying Brendan Cox, the widower of Labour MP, along the River Thames.

  14. The scene in Trafalgar Square

    Thousands of people are now in place for the start of the event to remember Jo Cox on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

    The MP died following an attack in her Batley and Spen constituency last week.

    Jo Cox tribute in Trafalgar Square
    Jo Cox placards
  15. Drugs test trainee detective cleared of gross misconduct

    A trainee Met Police detective who tested positive for cocaine and cannabis will not lose his job. 

    Marcus Hamlin, who works in Scotland Yard's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, was cleared of gross misconduct earlier, the Met Police said. 

    Mr Hamlin, who tested positive in a random drugs test in August, accidentally drank from a beer can laced with cocaine at a party, the disciplinary panel heard.

    He "did not knowingly or intentionally consume the drugs", and will now be reinstated to full duties. 

    The force said: "A witness from the event, who does not associate with the officer, admitted to having placed cocaine into their can of beer from which, PC Hamlin may have drunk from unknowingly." 

  16. To Ali with love - Street artist paints tributes to boxing legend in Birmingham

    Birmingham graffiti artist, Muhammad Ali, has painted images of the boxing legend around the city.

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    Video caption: Muhammad Ali graffiti art in Birmingham is a knock-out
    Quote Message: I'm very passionate about a legend who has impacted on my entire life." from Muhammad Ali Graffiti artist
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  17. Queen described as a 'classy lady' by Liverpool well-wishers

    The Queen has been described as a "classy lady" and "amazing" by well-wishers who came see her at Liverpool Town Hall earlier.

    She was cheered as she waved to crowds from the balcony earlier. It's the Queen's first visit to the city in four years.

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    Video caption: Queen and Prince Philip visit Liverpool
  18. Coroner's concerns over hospital's weekend staffing after death of Wigan grandmother

    Clare Fallon

    BBC reporter

    A coroner has raised concerns about weekend staffing levels at a Wigan hospital after hearing how a grandmother died following a routine operation.

    Margaret Gleeson

    Recording that Margaret Gleeson, 70, died as a result of a rare complication, coroner Simon Jones ruled out neglect as a factor.

    But he said he would be writing to express concerns after a senior surgeon raised issues about the safety of patients at weekends.

    Mrs Gleeson died at Wigan's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary two days after a routine hernia operation.

  19. Man climbed on Tower Bridge talked down by police

    A man who climbed on the curved metal frame of Tower Bridge earlier this morning has climbed down after talking with a police negotiator.

    Emergency teams were called after the man, aged in his 40s, was spotted climbing the structure in the early hours.

    Man on Tower Bridge

    City of London Police said: "On Wednesday June 22 at 1.51am, City of London Police officers and the Metropolitan Police Service Marine Policing Unit were called to Tower Bridge after a man in his 40s was seen to climb the structure of the bridge. 

    "A police negotiator attended the scene. At 4.33am the man came down. He was taken to an East London hospital for medical assessment and has been detained under the Mental Health Act." 

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  20. Rainbow flag flies from Parliament for first time

    The LGBT+ flag has been flown from Parliament for the first time ever ahead of this weekend's London Pride festival.

    The rainbow flag has been granted special permission to fly from Portcullis House until Sunday.


    David Geary, head of political engagement for Pride in London said: "It was in the Houses of Parliament that homosexuality was decriminalised, equal consent laws were introduced, the bigoted Section 28 was repealed, where civil partnership and ultimately equal marriage were adopted. 


    "This powerful institution, right at the heart of British democracy has become a powerful tool for equality in recent times. 

    "The rainbow flag flying above serves as a testament to this legacy and a reflection of how far we have come as a community."