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.
- Councils urge blanket legal high ban
Councils across England and Wales call on the government to introduce a ban on the sale of legal highs.
- Email error reveals bank's EU project
The Bank of England confirms it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of the project to the Guardian newspaper.
- Grange Hill's Benny Green found dead
Terry Sue-Patt, who played Benny Green in the children's TV series Grange Hill, is found dead in east London.
- MP will not face action over FM memo
Alistair Carmichael will not face any party disciplinary proceedings over the leak of a memo about First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Lib Dems say.
- Adoption services 'should be merged'
Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under new government powers to be announced next week.
- Train firm 'sorry' for death message
A train company apologises after passengers were told a track delay was because someone "couldn't be bothered to live anymore".
- Warning councils 'turning off' CCTV'
Councils in England and Wales are turning off CCTV cameras in an attempt to cut costs, a surveillance watchdog warns.
- Macintosh supporters being 'bullied'
Scottish Labour MSP Ken Macintosh says the "party machine" is bullying his supporters in an attempt to avoid a leadership contest.
- Patrols after Brighton sea deaths
A security firm begins extra night-time patrols on Brighton seafront to try to stop people swimming after drinking.
- Man hit by multiple cars killed
A man is killed as he hit by a number of vehicles near Popham motorway services in Hampshire.
- Alopecia girl wins model contract
A girl who lost her hair through alopecia gets a "huge confidence boost" by winning a modelling contract in a competition.
- The Big Weekend lands in Norwich!
Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Muse and Rudimental head to East Anglia for Radio 1's Big Weekend.
- Jetbike's land speed record attempt
A jet-powered bike will attempt to reach speeds of 400mph on a Carmarthenshire beach in a bid to break the British two-wheeled land speed record.
- 'Last flying' Blenheim takes to air
A Bristol Blenheim bomber said to be the last one flying in the world takes part in its first air show since its restoration.
- Ireland vote 'backs gay marriage'
Early results suggest the Republic of Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.
- Elderly man killed in car crash
An 80-year-old man is killed in a car crash in County Down.
- Motorcyclist dies in crash with car
A motorcyclist dies following a crash with a car in Blaenau Gwent, police confirm.
- Williams wins comeback after ban
Former European 400m hurdles champion Rhys Williams wins his first race since serving a ban for failing a drugs test in July 2014.
- Man seriously hurt in collision
A 20-year-old pedestrian is seriously injured after being knocked down by a car in Paisley.
- Rail disaster victims remembered
A memorial service is held in Edinburgh to commemorate the deaths of more than 200 people in Britain's worst rail disaster.
- 'Congestion' issue at Grayson's home
A rise in visitors to Grayson Perry's Essex dream house forces neighbours to put up a home-made road sign.
- Eleven arrests over body in shed
Police arrest 11 people on suspicion of murder after they find a man's body in a Birmingham shed.
- Hamilton takes first Monaco pole
Lewis Hamilton scores pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time in his career in convincing style.
- Gillespie would take England job
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie would take the England head coach job if it is offered by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
- What makes the perfect goal?
Team v individual? Volley? Set-piece v open play? Passing move? Celebrations? Just what is required to make the perfect goal?
- Balls 'not dashing back to politics'
Ed Balls rules out an early return to frontline politics and says Labour should have been more "pro-business" in an exclusive interview with Nick Robinson.
- Cameron 'confident' of EU success
David Cameron says he can achieve a better deal for the UK in Europe but it won't be easy, ahead of key meetings next week with Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker.
- Knighthood for ex-minister Pickles
Conservative former cabinet minister Eric Pickles, who left the government at the recent reshuffle, is to be given a knighthood.
- VIDEO: Treasury Committee
The Treasury Committee hears from the Chancellor, George Osborne.
- AUDIO: Switching off CCTV cameras to save cash
There are around six million of surveillance cameras in the UK, but many are run by cash-strapped councils that have switched some of them off to save money.
- VIDEO: New braking system could save lives
Cambridge University is leading work on a new braking system that chops a fifth off the stopping distance of an HGV.
- VIDEO: Is this the new face of the Ł20 note?
Julia Margaret Cameron was a pioneering British photographer, and should be the face of the Ł20 note, says Will Gompertz.
- VIDEO: Electro Velvet's Eurovision diary
BBC News followed UK Eurovision entry Electro Velvet to find out what it is like to be thrust, from nowhere, into the gaze of Europe's showbiz media.
- VIDEO: Millie gets pick of bespoke doghouses
Interior design students at a Leicester university create a series of doghouses as part of a 'Barkitechture' project.
- VIDEO: Urban golf in London's Olympic park
It has long been said that the sport of golf needs to broaden its appeal, and that is the precise aim of cross golf, or urban golf as it is also known.
- VIDEO: Push to speed up adoption process
Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under measures in next week's Queen's Speech.
- VIDEO: UK's worst train crash 100 years on
Friday marks 100 years since Britain's worst rail crash that claimed the lives of 226 people, the Quintinshill rail disaster.
- The strange day my father saved Harold Wilsonâ€™s life
The strange day my father saved Harold Wilsonâ€™s life
- The UK town that loves solar power
Where is the solar 'capital' of the UK?
- What are legal highs?
Q&A on legal highs as new call is made to ban them
- Electro Velvet: In the swing for Vienna
Electro Velvet get in the swing at Eurovision
- 10 things we didn't know last week
Why did Nasa take advice from Tom Cruise?
- Laura Doggett: Suffering for her art
Singer Laura Doggett's frustration with modern pop lyrics