National & Local News
Live national & local news feeds courtesy of the BBC
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- New sex offences guidance published
Sex offenders found to have abused their position of power could face longer jail terms under new guidelines in England and Wales.
- GP failings exposed by inspectors
Inspectors reveal a catalogue of failings at some GP practices in England with drugs stored incorrectly and rooms so dirty they had maggots.
- Review of 'legal highs' launched
A new review of "legal highs" could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office says.
- Rent arrears fastest-growing problem
Rent arrears are becoming the fastest-growing debt problem in the UK, according to the Money Advice Trust.
- Government 'loses £13bn to fraud'
Figures suggesting £13.2bn was written off by the government in 2011 due to fraud, errors and legal claims are "staggering", says a committee of MPs.
- MPs' 11% rise set to be confirmed
The body which sets MPs' salaries is expected to confirm a proposed 11% pay rise, despite senior politicians calling for the plan to be scrapped.
- Funerals for two more Clutha victims
Funeral services are to be held for two more of the people who died in the Glasgow helicopter crash.
- Pair charged over '£1m cyber theft'
Two people from London are charged over the suspected theft of £1m from two banks.
- Parental child abductions 'increase'
The number of parental child abduction cases has more than doubled in the last decade, new figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) suggest.
- Doctors given new coma guidelines
All patients in a coma or vegetative state should have access to specialist care, according to new guidelines.
- Mandela to be remembered in London
Politicians, musicians and artists are to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at a special event in Westminster.
- Online spending up by 16%
There has been a rise of 16% in the amount we spend online, according to the latest data from Ofcom.
- Childcare 'key to family policy'
Providing universal childcare could help more than 250,000 parents back to work, according to a report which also urges a shake-up of working-age benefits.
- 'Father Christmas' votes in Commons
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls rushes from a children's Christmas party to vote in the House of Commons, dressed as Father Christmas, according to MPs.
- Sam Smith wins Brits Critics' Choice
Singer-songwriter Sam Smith wins the Brits Critics' Choice award, which will be presented during next year's nominations.
- Abuse inquiries' powers questioned
Assembly members question how effective two child sexual exploitation inquiries can be without statutory powers.
- NI society work in progress: Major
Former prime minister John Major says the task of building a normal society in Northern Ireland "is a work in progress".
- Liver care deaths referred to police
The deaths of patients following liver surgery at a Cardiff hospital have been referred to South Wales Police.
- Two-week industrial unit fire out
A huge blaze at a Vale of Glamorgan industrial estate is out after burning for over two weeks.
- NHS boards miss waiting time target
No Scottish health board has met a new government target for all outpatients to receive their first appointment within 12 weeks of referral.
- MSPs to pass victims of crime bill
Legislation aimed at protecting victims of crime is set to be passed at the Scottish Parliament.
- Killer Cregan 'given police help'
Double police-killer Dale Cregan was assisted to stay on the run by a police call handler and his mother, a court hears.
- 'Missed chance' over toddler's death
A serious case review into the death of an Oxfordshire toddler reveals a "missed chance" to address his circumstances.
- Napoli 2-0 Arsenal
Arsenal qualify for the Champions League knockout stages as Group F runners-up despite losing 2-0 at Napoli.
- Barcelona 6-1 Celtic
Celtic equal their heaviest European defeat in their Group H loss to Barcelona as forward Neymar hits a hat-trick.
- Hull City apply to FA to change name
Hull City owner Assem Allam formally applies to the Football Association to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.
- A tale of three murderers
Three murderers were sentenced to life imprisonment on one day. The minimum terms set were 18, 27 and 40 years. Why were they so different?
- 10 ways people spent their money last year
British families spent their money in some surprising ways last year, official figures show.
- Child 'training' book triggers backlash
A US pastor's book that advocates whipping children with branches and belts has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But alleged links between the pastor's teachings and the deaths of three children have provoked a growing backlash.
- G8 pledges to beat dementia scourge
Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit.
- MP forces ballot after being dropped
Tim Yeo MP forces a ballot of Conservatives in his Suffolk constituency after being dropped as the party's candidate for 2015.
- Cameron defends Mandela 'selfie'
David Cameron jokes it was "only polite to say yes" when a member of the Kinnock family asked him to pose for a "selfie" photograph at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
- VIDEO: House of Commons
David Cameron and Ed Miliband condemn plans to award MPs an 11% pay increase.
- VIDEO: Big wave surfer welcomed home
Friends and fans of big wave surfer Andrew Cotton welcomed him back to Devon with a screening of his epic wave riding in Portugal.
- VIDEO: Speaker tells noisy MP to take up yoga
Speaker John Bercow had an unusual suggestion to calm one errant MP making noise during Prime Minister's questions.
- VIDEO: Scotland's killer avalanches explained
A documentary explains why avalanches caused so many deaths and accidents in the Scottish mountains last winter.
- VIDEO: First sighting of hidden bridges
Bridges hidden when Rochdale's River Roch was covered over have been seen for the first time in a century, ahead of a project to uncover them.
- VIDEO: Soldier's new life with bionic arm
A soldier injured in battle says he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm.
- VIDEO: How is fog formed?
You may have noticed some foggy mornings recently but what exactly is fog and how is it formed? Phil Avery explains.
- VIDEO: Gym session ends in hospital stay
A Brighton woman has said she feels lucky to be alive after ending up in hospital as a result of an hour at the gym.
- VIDEO: Downton stars keep audience guessing
The cast of Downton Abbey headed to New York to talk about the Christmas special.
- Life on a British Cold War submarine
What was life like on a 1960s submarine?
- 'It was clear no-one else was alive'
The Clapham rail crash remembered 25 years on
- Scotland's referendum: Your questions answered
Would mobility scooters be available after a yes vote?
- Energy bills: Who pays the most in Europe?
Are UK energy bills really that high?
- Charli XCX: Pop, punk and synaesthesia
Pop singer Charli XCX on seeing music as colours
- New tech helps drivers avoid bikes
New tech to help buses avoid collisions
- 'Danger at the GP's' - front pages
Front pages focus on concerns over surgery standards