Each day we feature an interesting photograph shared with us from across England.If you are looking for inspiration, view some top tips from three of England's Big Picture photographers. Image copyright Ralph Rayner Image caption Ralph Rayner took this photograph in Ashcombe, South Devon, of a tractor cultivating the soil in preparation for the drilling of next season's winter wheat How to submit a pictureEmail us at [email protected], post it on Facebook or tweet it to @BBCEngland. You can also find us on Instagram - use #englandsbigpicture to share an image there. There is a recent archive of pictures on our England's Big Picture board on Pinterest.When emailing pictures, please make sure you … [Read more...] about England’s Big Picture: 16 – 22 October
Image copyright sturti Image caption Experts say England does not yet produce enough home-grown staff for the NHS to meet requirements without workers from abroad The proportion of EU nationals leaving jobs in the NHS is rising, while the share of those joining is shrinking.The BBC analysed NHS Digital figures, which showed the trend in England over the past two-and-a-half years. Health experts say the UK's decision to leave the European Union in June 2016 was behind the trend.The Department of Health says new language requirements for EU nurses may have played a part.The analysis comes days after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the health system was "straining at the seams" and faced a "precarious" future, highlighting staff shortages and rising vacancy rates. What do the figures show?In … [Read more...] about Share of European Union staff leaving NHS rises following Brexit
Image copyright Cheshire Police Image caption Highways England said the vehicle removal was a 'complex recovery' Part of the M6 in Cheshire was closed after a lorry overturned.The southbound carriageway was shut between junction 18 for Holmes Chapel and junction 17 for Sandbach after the crash on Sunday morning.Highways England said it was a "complex recovery", with barrier repair damage and the clean-up causing long delays.North West Motorway Police said the driver had been reported for driving without due care and tachograph offences.A diversion route is in place and it is unclear when the road will reopen. Skip Twitter post by @HighwaysNWEST Work to remove the HGV that overturned in the roadworks is well underway, #M6 s/bound J18 - J17, … [Read more...] about Part of M6 in Cheshire closed after lorry overturns
Image copyright PA Image caption The Hawk Tmk1 used by the Red Arrows is built at sites in East Yorkshire and Lancashire The UK's iconic aerobatics team the Red Arrows could soon be flying jets built overseas following BAE Systems' plan to axe nearly 2,000 jobs, MPs have warned.In a letter to the prime minister, 142 MPs have called for the renewal of RAF Red Arrows' fleet of Hawk Tm1 jets.The group warned that unless new contracts were signed soon, there would be "virtually no possibility to build any future Hawk aircraft in the UK".The MoD said there was "no requirement" to replace the jets before 2030.The letter has been co-ordinated by Diana Johnson, the Labour MP for Kingston Upon Hull North, and Andrew Percy, the Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, whose constituency includes BAE workers. It … [Read more...] about Red Arrows jets could have to be built abroad, MPs warn
A police officer has been sacked after a misconduct panel heard he associated with a criminal and shared a crime scene photo taken on his mobile phone.West Mercia PC Jon Challoner also used a breathalyser without permission, the panel heard.He was dismissed from the force without notice for gross misconduct, after a hearing on 11 October.Supt Helena Bennett said the officer "had breached the standards of professional behaviour".The hearing followed an investigation by West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police Professional Standards Department. The panel heard evidence around three allegations: PC Challoner breached a written warning not to associate with an identified person with criminal convictions contrary to West Mercia Police's Notifiable Association Policy and contrary to a lawful instruction given to him While on duty PC Challoner took a photo at a crime scene on his personal mobile phone and forwarded it to two other identified people with whom he discussed the … [Read more...] about West Mercia PC sacked after sharing crime scene photo
Image copyright Dunstan Dowling Image caption Dunstan Dowling said he would like to get married on Friday 13th Friday 13th has a reputation for being shrouded in misfortune. So is it a date to approach with trepidation? Far from it, say these BBC News readers, who got in touch to tell us why it's actually their lucky day.Tattoo time"I love Friday 13th, I really look forward to it," Dunstan Dowling tells the BBC from a tattooist's chair in Ipswich, Suffolk."I've had my right leg tattooed every Friday 13th for the past five years." Image copyright Dunstan Dowling Image caption … [Read more...] about Friday 13th: Why it is lucky for some
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFriday 13th: Why is it unlucky? It's Friday 13th, the most cursed day in the calendar - allegedly - where everything is fated to go wrong. But where did we get the idea that it's a date when bad things happen? On a walk through Birmingham city centre, everyone I ask has heard the notion that dark forces are at work on this "dreaded day". But do they believe it?Sitting on a bench in Victoria Square are couple John and Gillie Hemmer who say they have "no qualms" about the date."My mum was actually born on Friday 13th," says Mrs Hemmer. "She always thought it was a lucky day - and so do I." Image caption John and Gillie Hemmer say they have "no qualms" about Friday 13th … [Read more...] about Why is Friday 13th considered bad luck?
Image caption Natalie Greaves said life as a paramedic can be a "rollercoaster" For eight weeks, BBC One series Ambulance has shone a light on the day-to-day work of West Midlands Ambulance Service. Here, some of the show's most recognisable faces talk about life on the front line."You are delivering a baby one minute and trying to start someone's heart the next," says paramedic Natalie Greaves."You never get two days the same which is why I love the job so much."You can go home thinking 'I don't know whether I can do this' when you see something upsetting, but then the next job may be different and you have got somebody saying 'where would they be without you?'"Mrs Greaves, from Stourbridge, retrained as a paramedic aged 34, having worked in care. Her own experience of the ambulance service, which cared for her disabled daughter Jessica, prompted the career change. … [Read more...] about BBC One Ambulance stars on dealing with life and death
Image copyright PA In 2015 the former chancellor George Osborne outlined plans to devolve powers, including housing, skills and transport, to English cities with directly elected mayors. Since then people in places such as Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and Liverpool have had their say at the ballot box and, in turn, unlocked millions of pounds of government money.Yorkshire, however, has singularly failed to take the next step on the road to devolution.Despite putting forward several proposals just one has been approved by the government - the Sheffield City Region deal. But, with that deal seemingly dead in the water, what does the future hold for devolution in Yorkshire? … [Read more...] about Yorkshire devolution delays: What’s going on?
Image caption Two separate proposals to bring devolved powers to South Yorkshire or Yorkshire as a whole have caused a political rift An MP has appealed to the Archbishop of York to help end a political stalemate on Yorkshire's devolution process. Despite a range of proposals, councils have so far failed to agree a pan-Yorkshire deal to gain devolved powers.A separate devolution plan for South Yorkshire has stalled after half of the councils involved voted against it.At a parliamentary debate, Labour's John Grogan said he has written to John Sentamu asking him to consider calling a meeting of those involved. The Archbishop's office confirmed it had received the letter and Dr Sentamu would be consulting with council leaders from across the region. More on this and other stories in YorkshireDuring the short House of Commons discussion, communities minister Jake Berry said it was … [Read more...] about Yorkshire devolution: Archbishop asked to help in stalemate
Image copyright H&H Classics Image caption The Jaguar E-Type has been in storage in Pete Waterman's barn A "rare" Jaguar E-Type owned by music producer Pete Waterman for some 30 years is to be auctioned. Mr Waterman said he had restored the "absolutely stunning" car and had only driven it twice since buying it in the late 1980s. Auctioneer H&H Classics said it was the first car of the Series III made and could fetch between £110,00 and £150,000 next month. "It's such a rare car, people did wonder where it was," a spokesman said.The firm, which is selling the car at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on 15 November, said it had been referred to as a "ghost of an E-Type" by Jaguar Enthusiast magazine because it was presumed lost. Midlands Live: Fairy lights bomber jailed; chip shop … [Read more...] about Pete Waterman’s ‘rare’ Jaguar E-Type may fetch £150,000
Image copyright Reuters Image caption More than 5,000 current and former employees are seeking compensation from Morrisons after a data leak Thousands of Morrisons staff are suing the company after their personal details were posted on the internet.The High Court action is seeking to make the supermarket chain liable after a member of staff stole the data of nearly 100,000 employees in 2014.Andrew Skelton, an auditor at the firm's Bradford head office, was jailed for eight years in 2015.The workers are claiming compensation for the "upset and distress" caused but Morrisons denies liability.More on this and other Yorkshire stories Jonathan Barnes, counsel for 5,518 former and current Morrisons employees, told Mr Justice Langstaff in London the company had already been awarded £170,000 … [Read more...] about Supermarket chain Morrisons sued by staff over personal data leak
Each day we feature an interesting photograph shared with us from across England.If you are looking for inspiration, view some top tips from three of England's Big Picture photographers. Image copyright Wendy Love Image caption Wendy Love took this photograph of the tree-lined avenue that runs alongside the River Ribble in Avenham Park, Preston. She said: "The path was busy with joggers, dog walkers and cyclists - but for just a moment, I had it all to myself" Image copyright Sarah Riches Image … [Read more...] about England’s Big Picture: 9 – 15 October
Image copyright National Crime Agency Image caption Six men have been charged as part of the police operation in France and south east England A Border Force officer is among 12 people arrested by police investigating a group suspected of importing drugs and firearms.The officer, 36 and from Dover, was detained by French police near Calais with three other British nationals. All four remain in custody. Eleven firearms, 34kg (74lb) of cocaine and 7kg (16lb) of heroin were seized. Eight men were later arrested by the Met Police in Kent and London, six of whom have been charged. The six are accused of conspiracy to import firearms and class A drugs and are due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates' Court, the National Crime Agency said. The other two men were released as the investigation continues. … [Read more...] about Border Force officer held in guns and drugs inquiry
Image copyright PA A woman has been charged with being drunk and disorderly following an incident at Buckingham Palace.Jessica Davey, 35, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said.She was detained by officers at the palace on Saturday afternoon and taken to a central London police station.Davey, from Queen's Park in west London, remains in custody ahead of her court appearance. … [Read more...] about Buckingham Palace: Woman charged over incident
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michael O'Leary is chief executive of Ryanair Cabin crew reduced to tears, pilots refused days off even for their weddings, and workers "left in exile" thousands of miles from their homes and families.After budget airline Ryanair was forced to cancel thousands of flights - repeatedly blaming a rostering error rather than an alleged pilot shortage - chief executive Michael O'Leary has written to pilots offering them better pay and conditions. Here, a long-serving pilot explains why the offer is "too little, too late", and explains why his colleagues are leaving the airline.'Perfect storm' Image copyright Getty Images … [Read more...] about Ryanair ‘run like a communist regime’, says pilot
Image caption The unveiling in Shoreditch generated great interest Jet washed, painted over and attacked by thieves, Banksy's Snorting Copper artwork in London's Shoreditch had been thought lost forever. So just how has the £1m piece been brought back into public view - and is it still "a Banksy" at all after so much restoration work?A uniformed policeman on his hands and knees. But far from forensically fishing for clues at a crime scene, this particular officer of the law is engaging in an altogether different line of inquiry.The mural, stencilled on an East End toilet block under the cover of darkness in 2005 and showing a policeman apparently sniffing cocaine, garnered instant intrigue and notoriety.Having been hidden from view for a decade, it is now back on the beat in its original location after a painstaking restoration process. Its story is worthy of the finest crime … [Read more...] about Banksy’s Snorting Copper back on the beat after restoration
Image copyright Abigail Balfe Image caption Drug and alcohol addict Patrick Balfe has been sleeping rough since February 2016 More than 21,000 homeless people have been admitted to hospital with problems relating to drink and drugs over the past three years.A BBC investigation found the number of people of no fixed abode admitted for drug addiction increased by about a quarter between 2014 and 2016.Addiction specialist and therapist Chip Somers said the figures pointed to a "crisis situation".The government said the issue was "complex" with "no single solution".The BBC submitted Freedom of Information requests to 145 hospital trusts in Britain and Northern Ireland after it was revealed the number of homeless families in the UK had risen by more than 60% since the beginning of the decade. @media … [Read more...] about ‘Crisis’ warning over homeless addicts admitted to hospital
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are more than a million people aged 16 and over who are lesbian, gay or bisexual in the UK One in 33 people identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual in London, new statistics reveal. But in the east of England, the figure shrinks to just one in 100. Why the big difference?In its analysis of the figures, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) puts the disparity down to age.It cited the fact that the average age in London in 2016 was just under 35, while in the east of England - a region which spans Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex - it was almost 42.The conclusion one might draw is that younger people are more likely to come out, and therefore areas with more young people are more likely to have a higher proportion of lesbian, … [Read more...] about Why are there so few gay people in the east of England?
Each day we feature an interesting photograph shared with us from across England.If you are looking for inspiration, view some top tips from three of England's Big Picture photographers. Image copyright Carole Adams Image caption Carole Adams took this photograph of the River Stour in Canterbury Image copyright Matthew Price Image caption This photograph was taken by Matthew Price at the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol … [Read more...] about England’s Big Picture: 2 – 8 October