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.
- Three children found dead in London
A woman is arrested after three children are found dead at a house in south London.
- Violent crime 'continues to fall'
Violent crime is continuing to fall in England and Wales, according to an annual project examining injury data gathered from NHS hospitals.
- Cancer teen reaches £1m target
A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.
- Blair warns West over radical Islam
Tony Blair warns Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.
- UK government hits borrowing target
The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.
- Boy, 11, dies after canal pipe fall
An 11-year-old boy who tried to cross a canal balancing on a pipe dies after falling into the water in Lancashire.
- Renewable energy projects approved
Eight renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, are given the green light by the government.
- Breast cancer drug price cut urged
Campaigners urge pharmaceutical giant Roche to lower the cost of a pioneering breast cancer drug as the NHS prepares to rejects its use on price grounds.
- Referendum pleas on St George's Day
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron use the English feast day of St George to make their Scottish independence referendum appeals.
- Top Gear 'regrets' Burma remark
The executive producer of Top Gear expresses regret over a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.
- Danger of London's 'hidden homes'
Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes - often in disturbing conditions - because they cannot afford to live elsewhere.
- 'Irresponsible' holiday ad banned
A television advert for Center Parcs is banned for "irresponsibly" encouraging parents to take holidays during term time.
- Scholes returns to help coach Man Utd
Paul Scholes will assist long-time friend Ryan Giggs at Manchester United following the sacking of David Moyes.
- Royals hit the decks in Adelaide
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge try their hand at DJing during a visit to a music studio on the latest leg of their Australian tour in Adelaide.
- Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.
- Adams 'gave IRA bomb order' - claim
A former IRA member makes new allegations about Gerry Adams, claiming the Sinn FÃ©in leader ordered him to transport explosives to Great Britain for a bombing campaign in 1980.
- Flybe in London City Airport deal
Flybe is to offer flights to and from London City Airport after signing a five-year deal.
- House sales up by more than 20%
House sales in Wales increase by more than 20% in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2013.
- Hospice boss cleared of misconduct
The director of care at a children's hospice is cleared of professional misconduct over the way she dealt with a dying teenager.
- Snowden installed as uni rector
Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden is installed as rector at Glasgow University despite not being allowed into the UK.
- Andy Murray gets freedom of Stirling
Andy Murray is back in his home area of Stirlingshire to receive a number of awards and honours, including the freedom of Stirling.
- Madeleine police probe 18 break-ins
UK police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance are looking at 18 potentially linked cases involving a lone intruder breaking into holiday villas in the Algarve, Portugal.
- Flat searched over 'murdered' Paige
A flat near to where a 15-year-old girl disappeared almost seven years ago is searched by police after a £30,000 reward was offered to help solve her murder.
- Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea hold Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw in Spain to leave their two-legged Champions League semi-final evenly poised.
- Man Utd begin hunt but Giggs not in race
Manchester United begin their search for a successor to David Moyes but temporary boss Ryan Giggs is not under consideration to be the next full-time manager.
- Higgins suffers shock loss to McManus
Four-time champion John Higgins is out of the World Snooker Championship after a 10-7 first-round defeat by Alan McManus.
- Why Palestinians love St George
As England celebrates the day of its patron saint, many Palestinians are gearing up for their own celebrations of this shared hero.
- The man who takes troubled youths to therapy camp
As more and more families send their drug and alcohol-addicted kids to therapeutic wilderness camps in the US, more and more become acquainted with the shadowy figure known as the "escort."
- France's silent tea revolution
Tea-drinking is becoming ever more popular in France, although history shows that the beverage has long been taken on the continent.
- UK non-Christian claims 'absurd'
The UK is a Christian country and those who deny it are "deluding themselves" and ignoring "reality", say two senior Conservative MPs.
- Firms warned on 'ridiculous' pay
Britain's top companies have been warned to exercise caution on executive pay by Vince Cable as they prepare to set next year's awards.
- Pupils 'should have lunch in pubs'
Schoolchildren should sometimes be served lunch in pubs to give them "really good quality food" and ensure licensed premises are viewed in a "positive way", a minister says.
- VIDEO: House of Commons
The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.
- VIDEO: Scotland: The Bard and the border
Scottish voters will decide whether or not they want to leave the United Kingdom in September but the issue is also being discussed across the British Isles.
- VIDEO: DJ Duke: Will and Kate hit the decks
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been taught how to DJ, during the latest leg of their royal tour of Australia.
- VIDEO: Shock and sadness in New Malden
Local resident have spoken of their shock and sadness after three children were found dead at a house in south-west London.
- AUDIO: Center Parcs advert banned by ASA
An "irresponsible" TV advert for Center Parcs has been banned for encouraging parents to take their children out of school.
- VIDEO: Money on wheels: Banking goes mobile
UK banks are expanding their use of mobile branches. Brian Milligan reports on the new banks on wheels.
- VIDEO: Cable warns firms on 'ridiculous' pay
Business Secretary Vince Cable talks to BBC Business Editor Kamal Ahmed about his warning to FTSE 100 companies on executive pay
- VIDEO: Mystery of the missing rhea solved?
The mystery of an escaped ostrich-like bird called a rhea has a new lead in Hampshire.
- VIDEO: A&E data 'shows drop in violence'
Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.
- Eight arguments about whether the UK is a Christian country
8 arguments for and against the UK as a Christian country
- What would make St George's Day popular?
What could make the English party on St George's Day?
- Is the UK becoming more productive?
UK productivity may be up â€“ but what does it mean?
- Money on wheels: Banking goes mobile
The old technology bringing your bank branch to you
- A tour of Shakespeare's England
What do the Bard's favourite haunts look like today?
- The contenders to replace Moyes
The contenders to replace David Moyes at Man Utd
- Exam pressure: A tutor's eye view
Enter the world of the super-tutor
- Spotlight stays on Man Utd - papers
Headlines remain focused on Manchester United