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Premier League winners Liverpool have four players nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award. Trent Alexander-Arnold is also included on the shortlist in the young category. The Reds full-back appears alongside Anfield team-mates Virgil Van Dijk – last year’s recipient – Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane in the six-strong list of nominees for […]

Teams of firefighters have been battling a huge blaze at an industrial building in Kent after reports of an explosion. Flames and a plume of black smoke could be seen rising from the site in Hoo, near Rochester, on Friday. Members of the public are being asked to avoid the area as firefighters continue to […]

Four of the country’s biggest housebuilders could risk court action if they do not commit to changing the way they do business, after the competition watchdog found evidence they had mistreated leasehold buyers. The Competition and Markets Authority said that it has written to Barratt Developments, Countryside Properties, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey after uncovering […]

Ministers are under fire from holidaymakers and the travel industry for failing to provide “clarity” after Portugal and Greece retained their places on England’s coronavirus quarantine exemption list. Wales and Scotland have added restrictions to passengers returning from the summer holiday hotspots, but the UK Government said on Thursday there would be no change to […]

Cafe chain Costa has said 1,650 staff are at risk of redundancy as it looks to cut costs amid continued uncertainty over when trade will fully recover. It told staff on Thursday that it has started consultations which could affect more than a 10th of roles. The move comes a week after rival Pret A […]

Britain’s energy regulator has fined SSE more than £2 million for a 2016 blunder which is likely to have pushed up wholesale electricity costs.   Ofgem said it would send a “strong message” to energy producers that they must share timely information with others on the market. In February 2016, SSE said it was going […]

At least 409 migrants have crossed to the UK on small boats – a new single-day record.   – September 2: 409 migrants reach the UK A huge wave of boats departed France on Wednesday, with hundreds of migrants making their way across the sunny and calm English Channel. The Home Office said Border Force […]

A new £500 million funding package will support trials of a 20-minute Covid-19 test and efforts to explore the benefits of repeatedly testing people for the virus, the Health Secretary has announced.   Money will go towards launching a new community-wide repeat population testing trial in Salford, Greater Manchester. Existing trials in Southampton and Hampshire, […]

Boris Johnson was accused of “governing in hindsight” after presiding over a series of U-turns on coronavirus policy. He appeared before MPs for the first time since July. The Prime Minister faced the charge from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who said Mr Johnson is “tin eared” and “making it up as he goes along”. […]

Coronavirus restrictions in Bolton and Trafford are to remain in place following a “significant change” in infection rates in both areas. The U-turn from Health Secretary Matt Hancock came after council leaders in both boroughs had pleaded for the ban on two households mixing to be maintained. Mr Hancock said: “Following a significant change in […]