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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Met Commissioner Cressida Dick (left) is writing to all officers who retired in the last five years Retired Metropolitan Police officers are being asked to return to the force as it tries to cope with the coronavirus outbreak in London. Former PCs and sergeants who left in the past […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ministers say construction work can continue so long as people keep 2m (6.5ft) apart The government is facing growing pressure to stop non-essential construction work to help tackle the spread of coronavirus in the UK. On Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said those who cannot do their jobs from […]

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Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is urging blood donors to keep their appointments during the coronavirus outbreak. It said donations were 15% lower than expected last week, amid fears donors are feeling unsure about safety and whether sessions are still going ahead. A spokesman said the impact of the drop was minimal but must […]

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A couple of “very bored” restaurant owners have used some of their new-found free time to make people laugh. With customers being advised to avoid pubs and restaurants, Jane and Kevan Pierrepont, owners of the Factory Kitchen in Ilkeston, decided to try their hand at comedy. The resulting clips – which feature some “innovative” food […]

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Image copyright PA Image caption Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the proposals were “proportionate to the threat we face” Airports could be shut and people held on public health grounds under emergency powers to tackle coronavirus. Police and immigration officials would be able to place people in “appropriate isolation facilities” under plans. Patients could be […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption Buent Kabala (left) and Cafer Aslan were shot dead six months apart An appeal has been launched to find the killers of two cousins who were shot dead within six months of each other. Cafer Aslan, 54, was found with fatal gunshot injuries on Westminster Road at the junction […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Ten more people in the UK have died after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the UK to 21. The UK’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, said all of the latest to die were patients in “at-risk” groups. The reported deaths were from around England […]

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption London’s housing associations have identified over 2,000 buildings which need to be rectified Replacing unsafe cladding on buildings in London will cost £4bn, the capital’s housing associations estimate. The G15, made up of the city’s largest housing associations, has identified over 2,000 buildings to be rectified. They have called […]

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Chris Ashton is just seven tries short of becoming the Premiership’s all-time top try scorer New Harlequins winger Chris Ashton says the manner of his departure from Sale last week came as “a shock”. Ashton’s former boss at Sale, Steve Diamond, said the ex-England player left after a “difference of opinion”. The 32-year-old said he […]

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The Duchess of Sussex surprised an entire school of children to mark International Women’s Day – although she didn’t realise her visit was unexpected. Ahead of the day, the Duchess of Sussex met pupils in Dagenham in east London on Friday. There was a lot of screaming, cheering and some cheeky statements from pupils who […]

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