Hopscotch chalk ban overturned after outcry

‘Mean-spirited’ Parents were angry that their children were being discouraged from playing outside and that such a harsh stance was being taken over a seemingly harmless game. Donald Macdonald, chairman of the local Woodhill Residents Group, told the BBC Scotland news website: “It seemed to be a bit mean-spirited. “We want children to be outdoors not stuck in front of a screen. This would have just been another reason not to be outdoors.” Speirs Gumley is a sponsor of Glasgow-based charity Peek (Play for Each and Every Kid) whose mission it is to improve the lives of children and young people by unlocking their potential through play and by being creative. On Monday, following a meeting at the Glasgow HQ …

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If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Charities and councils support the move but question how much funding will be available. Bafta TV Awards: Wins for Killing Eve, Ant and Dec and Benedict Cumberbatch The BBC thriller Killing Eve had a good night at the Bafta TV Awards, taking three trophies. Meanwhile, Ant and Dec and Benedict Cumberbatch were celebrating. Find out who won what here. We’ve put together eight things we learned on this glitzy occasion. Plus, we have a full list of the nominees and winners and pictures of the arrivals on the red carpet. Eurovision 2019: What the songs say Michael Rice becomes the latest British hopeful to try their luck at Eurovision, …

Hockey mask man pointed AK-47 at boys

Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police Image caption Monger used a Kalashnikov rifle to threaten the children The judge said he had been told of “the very considerable distress and enormous anxiety” Monger had inflicted on his victims. “You threatened a group of 11-year-old schoolchildren with a rifle in your hand while shouting at them to get on the ground. “The children thought you were about to shoot at them,” he said. The judge commended Mr Weirs for his bravery and courage and awarded him £1,000 from the Sheriff’s Fund. Monger pleaded guilty to using an imitation firearm to cause fear of violence and possession of prohibited weapons.

The best of British press photography

From wars and riots to world cups and red carpets, the press photographer is on hand to capture in a split second the moment that tells the story. Members of the British Press Photographers’ Association are showing off their best work from the past couple of years at the Bargehouse Gallery, central London. Here is a selection of those on show. Image copyright Henry Nicholls / Reuters Image caption England football fans enjoyed an amazing summer as their team made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Here, they watch the game on television as England go out to Croatia. Image copyright Samir Hussein Image caption Taylor Swift was pictured on stage at Wembley Stadium, north-west London, by photographer …

Puppy farm ban set to be confirmed

The story of the dog behind Lucy’s Law Rogue puppy farmers hit with £1m tax bill What are conditions like inside a puppy farm? The rules, which will apply to England, are also designed to deter smugglers who abuse the Pet Travel Scheme to bring young animals into the UK to be sold. Named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died in 2016 after being poorly treated on a puppy farm, the ban is scheduled to come into force on 6 April next year, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said. Can you help me spread my message? STOP puppy farming #adoptdontshop #rescue #rescuedog #lucytherescuecavalier #dog #dogsofinstagram #cavaliers 😘💗x A post shared by Lucy The Rescue …

Oh Polly sorry for plus-sized Instagram

Image Copyright @alissa_ashleyy @alissa_ashleyy Report Report “Like imagine calling yourselves inclusive and not wanting to post women that don’t fit your ‘aesthetic’ on your brand page lmao,” she wrote. Another Twitter user commented: “If you wanted to be ‘inclusive’ wouldn’t you put these beautiful women on your main page? Just a question.” Another felt that the brand had missed the point of diversity entirely. “This is soo bizarre!! @ohpolly @ohpollyhelp you could have just done without the page? If you truly wanted to be inclusive you would feature them on your main page?? It’s disgusting. People are so focused on appearing to be inclusive that they miss the point.” The Oh Polly Inclusive account also featured the phrase “Zero % …

Victim came ‘nose to nose’ with attacker

He said that after looking at photographs, he could identify the man as Khuram Butt, one of the three attackers. Mr Livett said after he was attacked, he slumped on the ground for a few seconds before deciding to get up and move away. “It was chaos all around. I was aware of screaming and shouting and people around me,” he said. “I think it was a personal mission to get help as quickly as I possibly could. I realised it was quite a serious blow I had taken.” Victims of the London Bridge attack London Bridge attack: What happened We did our best – London Bridge attack PC He went on to describe how he felt weak before he …

How do you decide on a baby name?

Sarah Redshaw, managing editor of parenting website BabyCentre, urged parents to spend some time alone testing the name they choose. “You don’t want to regret it a year down the line,” she said. “We sometimes see posts that they have named a baby, then a year down the line they don’t like it.” Image copyright Donna Slater Image caption Welsh mum Donna Slater used her country’s rugby team for inspiration “I was kind of surreptitiously on my phone looking at the Welsh rugby team. ‘What about Gareth?’ and he’d say ‘no, I don’t like that one’”. She eventually got to Toby – after player Toby Faletau – which they both liked. Donna did not tell her English husband how she’d …

Simon Armitage to be next Poet Laureate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Armitage: “Poetry should respond to climate change” Poet Simon Armitage, whose “witty and profound” work spans sharp observations about modern life and classical myths, is to be the UK’s next Poet Laureate. The West Yorkshire writer will hold the historic post for the next decade, taking over from Dame Carol Ann Duffy. Over recent decades, the role has moved away from mainly chronicling royal occasions to promoting poetry and capturing a wider view of British life. Armitage has published 28 collections and is on the national curriculum. His 2017 book The Unaccompanied was described by The Guardian as a document of “a world in social and economic meltdown”. Image copyright Getty …

British people ‘having less sex’

Reality Check: Are teenagers really having less sex? ‘We’re in love but never have sex’ BBC Three: Sex on the Couch The data the researchers looked at came from three successive waves of the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles carried out in 1991, 2001, and 2012. They give a snapshot of sexual behaviour among Britons. According to the most recent survey: Less than half (41%) of people aged 16 to 44 have had sex at least once a week in the last month The proportion reporting no sex in the past month has increased – from 23% to 29.3% among women and from 26% to 29.2% among men between 2001 and 2012 The proportion reporting sex 10 …

Pension ‘error’ led woman, 82, to suicide

“My mother felt she couldn’t discuss her finances with anyone,” he said. All payments stopped The inquest heard that in 2014 she received an inheritance, but the DWP told her it would not affect her pension. She received a state pension, as well as a pension credit top-up. However, in 2017, “action was taken to suspend her pension credit”. Rather than her state pension continuing while the credits were reviewed, all payments were stopped “due to an administrative error”. The inquest heard there was no record of any correspondence from Mrs Worrall to the DWP about the matter. Her cause of death was given as multiple major traumatic injuries due to a fall from height. MP informed Coroner John Gittins …

Clinical waste collection costs double

But Garry Pettigrew, the ex-boss of HES, which went into liquidation four months after all of its staff were made redundant, has claimed his firm charged a maximum of £11m per year – about £211,500 per week – for the collections. Image caption Waste was piled on top of containers at health centres in Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld in January but has since been collected BBC Scotland published pictures in January showing bags of clinical waste piled high at three health centres in North Lanarkshire and at the time estimates suggested up to 300 tonnes of clinical waste and 10 tonnes of anatomical waste were also piled up at the HES plants in Dundee and Shotts, North Lanarkshire. Environment Secretary …

Stewart: I’d bring country together as PM

Conservative leadership: Javid and other contenders take to the stage Rory Stewart: Brexit red lines ‘could shift’ The hustings to be our next prime minister, in all but name In March Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss told The Sunday Times if she were leader she would use money saved by Brexit to fund tax cuts for businesses and young people. Justine Greening told the same paper she would be tempted to enter the race to ensure the Conservatives bring a modern approach and equality of opportunity. And Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said it is “entirely possible” she will launch a bid for the Tory leadership once Mrs May steps down. ‘Reach out’ Mr Stewart was …

Duchess of Sussex gives birth to boy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince Harry says he and Meghan are “absolutely thrilled” The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced. A beaming Prince Harry said they were “absolutely thrilled” and thanked the public for their support. He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant, who was delivered at 05:26 BST. Buckingham Palace said the baby weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg), and that the duke was present for the birth. The baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children – Prince George, Princess …

How Tulisa shaped one of the decade’s biggest hits

Her new single Daddy was released last month, the first of a three-single record deal she has signed. It’s captured attention with the help of its sexualised video – which sees a pink-haired Tulisa performing alongside pole-dancers while singing: “I wanna call you daddy, make you want all my love.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Britney Spears and Will.I.Am released, Scream And Shout, which Tulisa had originally recorded “And Will.I.Am heard it through the producer and, being a lot closer to him than I am, basically went ‘give me this record’.” Will had approached Tulisa to ask for her permission, but she was keen to keep the song for herself. Some discussion followed about whether they could team up …