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Churches no longer have to hold Sunday services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Churches such as St Mark’s in Englefield, Berkshire, will no longer have to stage a Sunday service A weekly Sunday service will no longer be compulsory for churches after a vote to change a 400-year-old law was passed by the Church of England’s ruling body. The General Synod voted to end the law – dating back to 1603 – which required priests to hold a Sunday service in every church they looked after. The Bishop of Willesden, who proposed the change, called it “out…

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University of Cambridge reveals ‘changing face of UK’ in aerial photos

Image copyright University of Cambridge Image caption The archive includes this aerial image of Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire on 26 July 1948 A collection of aerial photographs described as the “historical Google Earth” has been made available online by the University of Cambridge. RAF pilots were asked to capture the bomb-scarred post-war period to the emergence of motorways and new cities. The collection dates back to 1945, with more recent images captured in 2009 for a university project. Prof Martin Millett said the images “let you travel back in time to…

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The murderer who’s opening a youth centre

Image caption Stephen Mellor was 18 when he was arrested over the murder of John Dookie Stephen Mellor was jailed for the murder of a rival drug dealer in February 1997. Now out of prison, he wants to set up a youth centre and prevent other children repeating his mistakes. Here he describes the childhood in Preston that led to him becoming a convicted killer. I was born in Preston, grew up in Preston, five minutes from the city centre. I had five older brothers, five older sisters, all in…

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PTSD affects ‘one in 13 by age of 18’

Image copyright Getty Images One in 13 young people in England and Wales experiences post-traumatic stress disorder by the age of 18, the first research of its kind suggests. A study of more than 2,000 18-year-olds found nearly a third had experienced trauma in childhood. And a quarter of these then developed PTSD, which can cause insomnia, flashbacks and feelings of isolation. Researchers say, with many young people not receiving the support they need, the study should be a “wake-up call”. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, found most…

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Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children’s charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are “myths”. The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children. The “myth-busting guide” suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children and care leavers’ support can be cut back. DfE lawyers approved the guide. The guide, which was published last…

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#MeToo Oscars: Why aren’t there more female directors?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From left: Directors Abby Kohn, Ava DuVernay, Kay Cannon, and Susanna Fogel leading the charge Time’s Up was introduced to the world in 2018 in a dramatic fashion as Hollywood’s most powerful women turned a red carpet black to protest sexual assault, misconduct and inequality in Hollywood and beyond. Many believed the culture had shifted dramatically, that a record number of female filmmakers would emerge amid the rise of the #MeToo movement and the downfall of powerful men like Harvey Weinstein. But despite a…

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Melbourne car rampage: James Gargasoulas jailed for six murders

Image copyright EPA Image caption James Gargasoulas drove his car into pedestrians in Melbourne in 2017 An Australian man has been sentenced to life in jail for murdering six people and injuring 27 more in a vehicle attack in Melbourne. James Gargasoulas, 29, deliberately ploughed a stolen car into pedestrians in the city centre in January 2017. He later told a court in a confusing speech that he had carried out the attack after receiving a premonition. On Friday, a judge described it as one of the worst mass murders…

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The students recycling clothes for London Fashion Week

Image caption Could Marcus Rudd swap a love of high-priced fashion for vintage and charity shop clothes? After a damning report from MPs on the clothing industry’s environmental credentials, how can we make our wardrobe more sustainable? Two students took up the challenge of repairing, reusing and recycling clothes for a London Fashion Week show. It’s mid-afternoon, and Loughborough University student Marcus Rudd is going through his wardrobe, piece by piece. He is with sustainable stylist Alice Wilby, and it turns out his wardrobe is not as environmentally-friendly as he…

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How to build the perfect model railway

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Alloa’ was recreated in painstaking detail from photographs and plans The passenger train pulls away from the station, picking up speed as it passes a busy bowling green and people relaxing on deckchairs. A short distance away, a man stands on a bridge watching a soot-covered locomotive pulling wagons laden with coal. But it’s not a scene you will come across anywhere on your travels – because none of it is real. This is a miniature world set in central Scotland 60…

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Brexit: Theresa May warned dozens of Tories could rebel over no-deal

Image copyright UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Dozens of normally loyal Conservative MPs could rebel against the government in a bid to prevent a “no-deal” Brexit, Downing Street has been warned. Leaders of the Brexit Delivery Group of both Leavers and Remainers say MPs may back alternatives if Mrs May’s reworked deal cannot command a Commons majority. Co-chairman Andrew Percy told the BBC more than 30 may try to block no deal. The government says “productive” talks in Brussels aimed at addressing MPs’ concerns continue “urgently”. The UK remains on course to…

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