Press Association 2014 LATEST

Teen held over boxer Crolla attack

Salisbury Journal: Anthony Crolla is recovering in hospital after being struck over the head with a concrete slab

12:10pm Friday 19th December 2014

A teenager has been arrested over a brutal attack which left b oxing world title hopeful Anthony Crolla in hospital with a fractured skull and broken ankle.

FIFA agrees to reveal Garcia report

Salisbury Journal: Sepp Blatter and FIFA are set for a rule change vote

11:57am Friday 19th December 2014

FIFA's executive committee has agreed unanimously that an "appropriate" form of the Garcia report into World Cup bidding should be published.

Brad Pitt is too distracting to be a juror

Salisbury Journal: Brad Pitt is too distracting to be a juror

11:46am Friday 19th December 2014

Brad was sent back home as officials decided it would be too distracting for the other jurors to have him there.

Is Johnny Depp planning to marry in the Caribbean on NYE?

Salisbury Journal: Is Johnny Depp planning to marry in the Caribbean on NYE?

11:46am Friday 19th December 2014

Johnny Depp is thought to be planning a secret wedding with Amber Heard for New Year’s Eve.

Team America screenings cancelled in wake of Sony hacking

Salisbury Journal: Team America screenings cancelled in wake of Sony hacking

11:46am Friday 19th December 2014

Screenings of 2004 hit comedy Team America: World Police have now been hit by the Sony hacking.

Wenger hails Arsenal continuity

Salisbury Journal: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, left, has the sympathy of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, right

11:22am Friday 19th December 2014

Arsene Wenger has hinted Alexis Sanchez chose to move to Arsenal ahead of Liverpool due to a near-guarantee of Champions League football.

Sienna Miller says Keira Knightley will be a great mum

Salisbury Journal: Sienna Miller says Keira Knightley will be a great mum

11:09am Friday 19th December 2014

Sienna Miller has said she thinks that Keira Knightley will be a brilliant mum.

George Clooney poses for Downton Abbey selfie

Salisbury Journal: George Clooney poses for Downton Abbey selfie

11:09am Friday 19th December 2014

Hollywood star George Clooney posed with fellow actors ahead of ITV’s annual Text Santa charity appeal.

Farage defends ex-Ukip candidate

Salisbury Journal: Ukip leader Nigel Farage said the former parliamentary candidate was a "rough diamond"

11:03am Friday 19th December 2014

Nigel Farage has defended a former Ukip parliamentary candidate who stood down after being recorded using derogatory terms about homosexuals and Chinese people.

MP: Lower oil taxes help investment

Salisbury Journal: Danny Alexander described industry warnings that plummeting oil prices below 60 US dollars a barrel could render some North Sea projects unprofitable as 'a big concern'

11:00am Friday 19th December 2014

The Treasury must accept significantly lower taxes from the North Sea in future to create jobs and boost investment, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said.

Bank fines swell Treasury coffers

Salisbury Journal: Chancellor George Osborne has been boosted by revenues from banking fines

10:51am Friday 19th December 2014

Bank fines for rigging the foreign exchange market helped boost the public finances last month as George Osborne battles to meet annual deficit targets, official figures showed today.

'Frenzied' killer handed life term

Salisbury Journal: Gemma Simpson was killed 14 years ago (PA/West Yorkshire Police)

10:51am Friday 19th December 2014

A taxi driver who admitted killing a woman in a "frenzied" attack with a hammer and a knife before sawing her legs off and burying her at a beauty spot has been told he must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Off-duty officer dies in assault

Salisbury Journal: Police officers at the scene on Colquitt Street, Liverpool, where off-duty police officer Neil Doyle was killed and two others were injured

10:51am Friday 19th December 2014

A murder investigation has been launched after an off-duty police officer was killed and two others were injured.

NHS staff to stage fresh strikes

Salisbury Journal: Unison members are set to walk out next month amid a continuing row over pay

10:51am Friday 19th December 2014

The Government is facing a fresh wave of strikes by health workers in the new year amid the bitter dispute over pay.

8 Christmas number two singles that probably deserved the top spot

Salisbury Journal: 8 Christmas number two singles that probably deserved the top spot

10:46am Friday 19th December 2014

Teletubbies Say “Eh-oh!” has – regrettably if not unexpectedly – failed to make this list.

Pietersen ready and willing

Salisbury Journal: Kevin Pietersen scored 66 for the Melbourne Stars on Thursday

10:39am Friday 19th December 2014

Kevin Pietersen insisted he would listen to any offer to return as England selectors met on Friday to decide which players are set for World Cup duty.

Power auction 'guarantees energy'

Salisbury Journal: Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the auction was a great deal for consumers

10:12am Friday 19th December 2014

Electricity generators are to receive nearly £1 billion - at an average cost of £11 per household - to ensure enough power to meet peak demand in 2018/19.

Saracens lead bid to end salary cap

Salisbury Journal: Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths says 'the salary cap has served its purpose'

10:11am Friday 19th December 2014

Saracens claim that seven Aviva Premiership clubs have indicated they want the existing salary cap system scrapped.

Ashley Jensen: I don't miss Hollywood

Salisbury Journal: Ashley Jensen: I don't miss Hollywood

9:57am Friday 19th December 2014

Ashley Jensen had a taste of Hollywood when she starred in Ugly Betty but she admitted she is happy to be back in the UK.

Sailor Sir Ben set to tie the knot

Salisbury Journal: Sir Ben Ainslie and Georgie Thompson are getting married

9:50am Friday 19th December 2014

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie will wed his TV presenter fiancee Georgie Thompson over the festive period.

Man dies after 'false' gun report

Salisbury Journal: Officers had concluded that the report regarding alleged gunmen was false

9:50am Friday 19th December 2014

An investigation is under way after a man died having been questioned by police officers regarding a false gun report.

'Record numbers' admitted to A&E

Salisbury Journal: Officials say there have been more emergency admissions to hospitals than ever before

9:50am Friday 19th December 2014

Hospitals are admitting the highest number of emergency patients since records began, according to NHS England.

Farage 'would consider Labour deal'

Salisbury Journal: Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he would consider a deal with Labour leader Ed Miliband

9:50am Friday 19th December 2014

Nigel Farage has made it clear that he would be ready to do a deal with Labour if Ukip holds the balance of power after next year's general election, but said "It wouldn't be easy".

Community call over Cairns tragedy

Salisbury Journal: Police patrol near a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb. (AP)

9:50am Friday 19th December 2014

Police have called on a community to "lean on each other and seek support" after the bodies of eight children were found inside a home in Australia.

Bill Murray happy to play uncle figure

Salisbury Journal: Bill Murray happy to play uncle figure

9:38am Friday 19th December 2014

Bill Murray has said it is reasonable that he is playing older characters now that he is 64.

Jack O'Connell: I felt incapable

Salisbury Journal: Jack O'Connell: I felt incapable

9:38am Friday 19th December 2014

Jack O’Connell has confessed he felt a lot of pressure when he was picked for the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s film Unbroken.

Profumo scandal's Rice-Davies dies

Salisbury Journal: Mandy Rice-Davies, who was a key figure in the 1963 Profumo Affair, pictured in the same year. She has died after a short battle with cancer

9:28am Friday 19th December 2014

Mandy Rice-Davies - one of the women at the centre of the Profumo affair which rocked Harold Macmillan's Tory government in the 1960s - has died.

Gerrard calls for Sterling to sign

Salisbury Journal: Steven Gerrard wants Raheem Sterling, pictured, to stay at Liverpool

9:11am Friday 19th December 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told team-mate Raheem Sterling to commit his future to the club.

How well do you know your Christmas number ones?

Salisbury Journal: How well do you know your Christmas number ones?

9:38am Friday 19th December 2014

From Al Martino to Sam Bailey? How well can you recall 62 years of Christmas number ones?

Smith shines on captaincy debut

Salisbury Journal: Steve Smith's 133 helped Australia build a first-innings lead of 97 (AP)

8:16am Friday 19th December 2014

Steve Smith hit 133 in his first match as Australia's Test captain as the Baggy Green took what could prove to be a vital 97-run lead in the first Test against India at Brisbane.

Recovery setback for Rodriguez

Salisbury Journal: Jay Rodriguez is still some way off a return to action

8:16am Friday 19th December 2014

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman expects Jay Rodriguez's rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury to keep him out for at least another six weeks.

Doctor Who special in Game Of Thrones plug

Salisbury Journal: Doctor Who special in Game Of Thrones plug

9:38am Friday 19th December 2014

Game Of Thrones will get a plug in the festive edition of sci-fi show Doctor Who.

EastEnders fans can play detective

Salisbury Journal: EastEnders fans can play detective

9:38am Friday 19th December 2014

EastEnders fans have been tasked with working out who killed Lucy Beale – with a behind-the-scenes visit to the soap on offer as a prize.

Claudia Winkleman to host charity Danceathon

Salisbury Journal: Claudia Winkleman to host charity Danceathon

9:26am Friday 19th December 2014

Claudia Winkleman has said she’s ‘ridiculously excited’ to be hosting the first Comic Relief Danceathon.

Drink-drive killer to be sentenced

Salisbury Journal: Christian Smith was killed on a charity bike ride

7:46am Friday 19th December 2014

A drink-driving 18-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to causing the death of a cyclist as he took part in a charity bike ride will be sentenced today.

Judges to rule on Duggan challenge

Salisbury Journal: Mark Duggan's mother, Pam Duggan and her son Marlon Duggan after an earlier hearing

7:46am Friday 19th December 2014

Court of Appeal judges rule today on a challenge by the family of Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police triggered the 2011 riots.

Doctor Who special in Thrones plug

Salisbury Journal: Reflecting on playing the Time Lord, Peter Capaldi said it was 'a pleasure'

7:33am Friday 19th December 2014

Sharp-eyed Doctor Who fans will spot a plug for rival drama Game Of Thrones in the science fiction show's Christmas special.

Fallon backing women on front line

Salisbury Journal: The Government is expected to give the green light to women serving in front-line military roles

7:11am Friday 19th December 2014

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said he hopes women will be allowed to serve in British Army infantry and armoured units for the first time.

Brain's 'internal compass' revealed

Salisbury Journal: Scientists say they have discovered our 'internal compass'

6:05am Friday 19th December 2014

Scientists believe they have found the part of the brain which acts as an "internal compass" and makes some people better at navigating than others.

If 'Christmas' isn't the most common word in Christmas number one singles, what is?

Salisbury Journal: If 'Christmas' isn't the most common word in Christmas number one singles, what is?

9:06am Friday 19th December 2014

Nope. It’s not “Santa”, “Rudolf” or “snow” either.

Torture probe 'betrayed soldiers'

Salisbury Journal: A veteran of the Battle of Danny Boy has slammed the Al-Sweady inquiry into Iraq torture claims

5:58am Friday 19th December 2014

An Iraq war veteran has said a £31m public inquiry was a "betrayal" of British Army soldiers after it found war crimes allegations against them were "without foundation".

MP: Twitter must block racist words

Salisbury Journal: Labour MP Luciana Berger was a victim of online racist abuse

5:58am Friday 19th December 2014

Racist words should be blocked by Twitter, a Labour MP who was a victim of online anti-Semitism has said.

Funeral of mother and newborn baby

Salisbury Journal: Charlotte Bevan went missing from hospital with her baby

2:50am Friday 19th December 2014

The funeral of a mother and newborn baby found dead after going missing from a maternity hospital will take place today.

Trio facing jail over axe death

Salisbury Journal: Paul Thrower was hacked at with an axe and stabbed 10 times

2:50am Friday 19th December 2014

Three teenagers are facing years behind bars for killing a man in a horrific axe and knife attack in scenes reminiscent of the Hollywood movie The Shining.

Alice suspect's inquest adjourned

Salisbury Journal: Arnis Zalkalns is the prime suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross

2:50am Friday 19th December 2014

The inquest into the death of the prime suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross has been adjourned, police have said.

Dalglish to speak on Hillsborough

Salisbury Journal: Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish during the memorial service at Anfield Stadium, marking the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster

2:50am Friday 19th December 2014

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will give evidence at the Hillsborough disaster inquests today.

Balance test 'may show stroke risk'

Salisbury Journal: A simple balance test could reveal the presence of stroke or dementia, a study has found

12:07am Friday 19th December 2014

Balancing on one leg may indicate if a person is at risk of stroke or dementia, a study has found.

Sidekick Nick quits The Apprentice

Salisbury Journal: Nick Hewer said The Apprentice had opened up lots of opportunities for him

12:07am Friday 19th December 2014

Lord Sugar's sidekick Nick Hewer is to leave BBC1 hit series The Apprentice after a decade.

Prisons hit by 'staffing crisis'

Salisbury Journal: Prison officers are being asked to work in other jails to plug the gaps, according to the Howard League for Penal Rerform

12:07am Friday 19th December 2014

More than 230 prison officers are being asked to work in other prisons in the run-up to Christmas as governors across England and Wales face a major staffing crisis, penal reform campaigners have claimed.

People unaware of disability scheme

Salisbury Journal: Select committee chairwoman Anne Begg has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions' approach to British Sign Language

12:07am Friday 19th December 2014

Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them work, MPs have found.

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