Our drug-ravaged town is tormented by killer 20p pills ‘more addictive than heroin’ – we’re too afraid to leave homes

WAITING at a bus stop in Middlesbrough, teenager Finlay Small is approached by a desperate stranger holding a blue pill in his hand. “He told me it was diaze, which it is diazepam,” says the coffee shop worker, 18. “I said no and he then asked if I had any money instead.” 10 Northern towns … Read more

The RPS Advent Calendar 2022, December 3rd

Welcome to day three of the RPS Christmas Advent Calendar. Well, I say day. Actually it’s night, but there’s surely nothing to hurt us in this quaint old town. Wait. Did you hear that? Is there… is there something behind us? I swear it sounds like something is following us. I don’t like the sound of that rattling at all. Do you have a map? Oh my god you don’t have a map?

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Fakers, fast sign-ups and fraud: the crisis at the UK’s Companies House | Corporate governance

It was in June, when she went to get a credit check for a mortgage, that the 20-year-old employee at the Japanese beauty brand Shiseido realized something had gone badly wrong. “My credit rating was trashed. Someone had taken out car finance, a business loan and an overdraft, all in my name, with my details,” … Read more

Britain’s Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne dies aged 95 – four years after appearing on the ITV show

Former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Audrey Leybourne has died aged 95. In a Facebook statement posted by the vicar of her local church on Friday, it was revealed that the performer, who also had appearances on TV programs Stella and Doctors, passed away on Thursday – however the reason is unknown. Paying tribute to Audrey, … Read more

Football legend Pele ‘is moved to palliative care’ in hospital

Brazilian football legend Pele ‘has been moved to palliative care’ in hospital and is ‘no longer responding to chemotherapy’ in his fight against bowel cancer. Reports in Brazil said the 82-year-old, who went into hospital last week, is receiving measures to relieve pain in an ‘end-of-life palliative care’ ward. Football fans on social media called … Read more

Cumbria coalmine plan is ‘backward step’, says government climate expert | Coal

A mooted new coalmine in Cumbria would be “a backward step”, the UK government’s climate champion has warned ahead of an imminent decision on the controversial plan’s future, expected this week. Alok Sharma, whose presidency of the Cop26 international climate talks ended last month, took to Twitter on Saturday morning to slam plans for the … Read more

Pictured: Delivery robots queue patiently to use pedestrian crossing in Cambridge

Delivery robots have been spotted forming an orderly queue to use a pedestrian crossing – with one asking a passer-by to press the button for them. Pictures showed The Starship Technologies food delivery robots patiently waiting to cross the road as part of its new trial in Cambridge this month. Cyclist Naomi Davies spotted the … Read more