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.
- Second arrest over off-duty PC death
A second man is arrested on suspicion of murdering off-duty police officer Neil Doyle, who died after being attacked in Liverpool on Friday.
- Welby seeks gay marriage 'bridge'
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tells Desert Island Discs he is trying to bridge a split in the Church over same-sex marriage.
- Caroline Flack wins Strictly title
Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.
- Lockerbie bomber's guilt reaffirmed
Scotland's top prosecutor says there is no evidence to suggest Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is innocent.
- More support for ex-forces prisoners
Ex-armed forces members who are sent to prison will get more support following a review of how they are treated, the Ministry of Justice says.
- Winter fuel payment increase urged
Immediate action is needed to ensure pensioners in Scotland are not afraid to put their heating on this winter, according to the SNP.
- Journalist John Freeman dies at 99
The diplomat and journalist John Freeman, best known for his interviews for BBC television series Face to Face, dies at the age of 99.
- First UK reservists join Ebola fight
The first British army reservists along with 100 regular soldiers head to Sierra Leone to help the battle against Ebola in the West African state.
- Hartlepool boss wants to sign Evans
New Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore announces he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.
- Jigsaws used to create 4ft elephant
An artist creates a 4ft (1.2m) elephant using old jigsaw puzzles, as part of a scheme to donate new ones to five hospitals in England and Scotland.
- Facebook users crack card mystery
Facebook users solve the mystery of a lost memory card in under an hour after an appeal is posted by a police force.
- NI ministers engage in Cameron call
The Northern Ireland first minister and deputy first minister hold a conference call with the prime minister on Saturday.
- Appeal one year on from 'axe murder'
Detectives investigating the murder of a man who they believe was attacked with an axe renew their appeal on the first anniversary of his death.
- Police car crashes escorting ambulance
A police officer suffers minor injuries in a crash while escorting an ambulance in Cardiff.
- Man threatened pair with a knife
Police appeal for information to trace a man who is believed to have threatened pair with a knife at a railway station.
- Nurses in training 'at six-year low'
The number of nurses being trained in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level for six years, according to the Scottish Conservatives.
- Jobs go as Pelamis sale bid fails
The remaining staff at a collapsed wave power company are to lose their jobs after no buyer was found for the business.
- Hart still UK's most desirable place
The most desirable place to live in the UK is named as Hart in Hampshire where residents are found to be the healthiest and live the longest.
- Youth charged over teen park murder
A 17-year-old is charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of Ashley Woolley in a Chelmsford park.
- Draw costly to title hope - Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says beating teams like Aston Villa is a necessity to win the Premier League.
- Saints' Hartley 'plays to the edge'
Northampton boss Jim Mallinder admits Dylan Hartley "plays to the edge" after the hooker's sending off against Leicester.
- West Ham 'are breaking barriers'
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says his club are "breaking barriers" in the Premier League as they are fourth in the table.
- The family with 34 children - and counting
There are 34 children in the Briggs family - 29 of those have been adopted from all over the world and the family is about to get even bigger.
- How do we know real art when we see it?
In the last of three pieces on art, writer and philosopher Roger Scruton tries to define the elements which make a great work of art.
- The Christmas turkey naysayers
It's the centrepiece of the traditional festive dinner. So how do people who don't like turkey cope at Christmas?
- Migration system 'in intensive care'
A parliamentary committee warns ministers over UK exit controls, record-keeping and the use of a net migration target.
- Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn dies
Philip Bradbourn, a Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, has died, the party announces.
- Plan to help over-50s get jobs
Unemployed over-50s will be offered "career reviews" and help using computers as part of plans to get more people in that age group into work.
- VIDEO: Transport Committee
MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.
- VIDEO: Shops packed on 'Panic Saturday'
Shops across the UK have been packed with last-minute present-buyers on "Panic Saturday" - the last Saturday before Christmas.
- VIDEO: Strictly 2014 winner is crowned
Presenter Caroline Flack and her partner Pasha Kovalev are crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2014.
- VIDEO: Hereford United fans plan new club
Hereford United fans plan to form a new club after it was wound up at the High Court in London for failing to pay off its debts.
- VIDEO: How to predict an avalanche
BBC weather presenter John Hammond has been to the Cairngorms to find out how experts predict an avalanche.
- VIDEO: Gay Asian support group created
A support group is set up in memory of Dr Naz Mahmood - an Asian doctor who took his own life days after telling his family he was gay.
- VIDEO: Estate kept as affordable housing
People living on an estate in Hoxton, east London, have said they are overjoyed its future for them has been saved.
- VIDEO: A tour through Crossrail's tunnels
With just four years until Crossrail is due to open, Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott was given access to the new tunnels beneath London to see how work was getting on.
- VIDEO: 'Santas' join torch-lit hunt in woods
Mike Bushell joins a group of social runners in the woods.
- Tube's lost property treasure trove
The strange things passengers leave on the Tube
- Why do mornings get darker after 21 December?
Why mornings will keep getting darker after 21 December
- Crossrail: Tunnelling beneath London
A sneak peek at how Crossrail is taking shape below London
- A very Viking Christmas
Academics reveal unexpected Nordic influences to festive season
- NHS Winter 2014-15: Weekly A&E tracker
How is your local A&E coping with winter pressures?
- Slower ambulance fears, and roadside drug tests
Slower ambulance fears, and roadside drug tests