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.
- Woolf steps down from abuse inquiry
Fiona Woolf is to step down as the head of an inquiry into historic child sex abuse, she has told the BBC.
- Firefighters strike over pensions
Firefighters across England begin a four-day strike in a row over pensions during one of the service's busiest weekends of the year.
- One dead in SpaceShipTwo test crash
At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.
- Bodies found after fireworks blaze
Two bodies are found in the wreckage of a blaze at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford.
- Warmest UK Halloween on record
This year's Halloween is the warmest on record in the UK, with temperatures reaching as high as 23.5C, breaking the previous record of 20C.
- Lawrence officer to return to role
A police officer under investigation over claims of "discreditable conduct" after the murder of Stephen Lawrence is to return to his job.
- Life term for puppy farm murders
An 82-year-old man is jailed for life for murdering his partner and her daughter who he shot at close range at his puppy farm in Surrey.
- Junior doctor admits child sex abuse
A junior doctor working in paediatrics admits sexually abusing boys as young as 12 and possessing images of abuse.
- Labour win police commissioner poll
Labour's Alan Billings wins the by-election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, following the resignation of Shaun Wright.
- Trauma of man who found family dead
The neighbour of a family of four found dead in their Bradford home says he sees the father's body every time he tries to sleep.
- Two missing after fireworks blaze
Two people are missing and a man has been arrested after a major blaze at a Stafford fireworks warehouse that left two people in hospital.
- Ofsted 'will not win' on popularity
Ofsted is unlikely to win any popularity contests, the chief inspector has admitted in a speech.
- Hammer killer's life tariff upheld
A man who bludgeoned his friend to death, wrapped his body in a rug and dumped it in a car which he torched, loses an appeal against his "whole-life" jail sentence.
- Banks may be forced to boost reserves
British banks may have to hold more funds to guard against the risk of a future economic downturn, the Bank of England has proposed.
- Plane turns back after part falls off
A plane bound for Egypt with 237 passengers on board turns back to Gatwick after part of the aircraft falls off.
- Double contest for Scottish Labour
The Scottish Labour party is now seeking both a new leader and a new deputy leader following the resignation of Anas Sarwar.
- BBC refuses to make Top Gear apology
The BBC's Head of TV refuses to make a formal apology over a Top Gear special filmed in Argentina, after demands from the country's ambassador to the UK.
- 'Poppy hijab' to mark Remembrance Day
A fashion designer from London creates a 'poppy hijab' to commemorate the centenary of the first Muslim soldier being awarded the Victoria Cross and to give Muslim women a new way to mark Remembrance Day.
- Bend It Like Beckham set for stage
A musical version of the hit 2002 British comedy film Bend It Like Beckham is to open in the West End next year.
- Dispute over IRA rape claim letter
A lawyer says MaĂria Cahill wrote to the IRA complaining her allegation of rape had not been investigated thoroughly enough. Ms Cahill says her letter has been misrepresented.
- Man pleads guilty to pensioner death
A 41-year-old man pleads guilty to the unlawful killing of pensioner Bertie Acheson, 72, in his Coleraine home in April 2012.
- Three held on suspicion of murder
Three men are held on suspicion of murder after the unexplained death of a man in Pembroke Dock, say police.
- Bid to halt chief's pay-off fails
A pay-off for Pembrokeshire council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones is set to go ahead after an opposition bid to block it through the courts fails.
- Sturgeon renews TV debates attack
Recent opinion polls prove it is wrong to exclude the SNP from nationally-televised general election debates, the party's leader in waiting says.
- 14,000 submissions to powers talks
The commission set up to discuss further devolution to the Scottish Parliament has received more than 14,000 submissions.
- Wheelchair drag driver handed ban
A woman who was caught on CCTV dragging a man in a wheelchair behind her car is handed a two-year driving ban.
- Wrong-way collision driver jailed
A motorist who drove for eight miles in the wrong direction on the A1(M) motorway before colliding with a police car is jailed.
- Rooney fit but Falcao out for derby
Wayne Rooney is fit and will start for Manchester United in the derby with City but Radamel Falcao remains out through injury.
- Westwood has hole-in-one on PGA Tour
Lee Westwood posts a hole-in-one in a second round 65 to move into third, three shots behind Billy Hurley III, in Kuala Lumpur.
- Hamilton fastest in America practice
Lewis Hamilton sets the pace from Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in first practice at the United States GP.
- The nuclear attack on the UK that never happened
In 1982, a secret Home Office exercise tested the UK's capacity to cope with a massive nuclear attack.
- The channel that's spiced up French TV
For years the French media was set in its ways but a newcomer, BFMTV, has shaken things up - so what's the secret of its success?
- Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?
Keyless systems are taking over in cars and hotels. Are we heading towards a keyless life?
- Miliband in English buses pledge
Ed Miliband promises that a Labour government would grant cities and regions greater powers to improve bus services across England.
- 'Family test' for policies outlined
All policies will be measured against the impact they have on the formation and support of stable families, ministers say.
- Government to 'retire' some WW1 debt
The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' Ł218m of the UK's Ł2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds originally issued by Winston Churchill.
- VIDEO: European Scrutiny Committee
The committee questions the UK Commissioner-designate Lord Hill
- VIDEO: Is too much praise bad for children?
A new report says teachers who give struggling pupils too much praise in the classroom could be doing them more harm than good.
- VIDEO: A sea of red poppies from the air
Footage taken from the air above the Tower of London shows the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red made up of thousands of ceramic poppies to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.
- VIDEO: Policies face 'family-friendly 'checks
All new government policies in England now have to undergo a test to check whether they help families.
- VIDEO: What happened to Remploy workers?
A year after the last Remploy factory closed, Nikki Fox looks at what has happened to former workers - and what options are available to them
- AUDIO: UK benefits 'magnet' for migrants
Deputy mayor of Calais claims UK benefits are a "magnet" for migrants.
- VIDEO: Poppy hijab for Remembrance
A young fashion designer from London has decided to mark Remembrance Day by creating a special "poppy hijab" for Muslim women.
- VIDEO: Lab for worldâ€™s worst animal viruses
A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the worldâ€™s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.
- VIDEO: Sixty years of British animation
It has been 60 years since the animated adaptation of George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' - the first British animated film.
- Exploring the lure of dark tourism
The morbid attractions of dark tourism
- What are Remploy workers doing now?
How former Remploy workers struggle to find work
- Moving house: Nightmare or life-affirming?
Is moving house a nightmare or life affirming?
- Global tax rules 'need tightening'
Global tax rules 'need tightening'
- Timothy Spall: How I became Turner
How Timothy Spall created 400 artworks for his latest film
- 'It's business as usual in Austin'
F1 star on turning up the pressure in his title fight
- Labour 'wipeout' and Ebola threat
Labour 'wipeout' and Ebola threat make the headlines