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School heads warn of social media ‘sadfishing’

The report quotes a pupil who shared on social media they had been “feeling really down”. “I got a lot of people commenting on and ‘liking’ my post but then some people said I was sadfishing, the next day at school, for attention,” the pupil said. Earlier this year a separate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study, of 250,000 teachers in 48 countries, suggested schools in England had the highest incidence of problems with online behaviour. It indicated 27% of head teachers in England had to deal with…

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World War One hymn is nation’s favourite

Top 10 hymns, 2019 Jerusalem How Great Thou Art In Christ Alone Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind Abide With Me I Vow To Thee My Country Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer/Jehovah Amazing Grace Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord I, the Lord Of Sea And Sky Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJerusalem, based on the William Blake poem “And did those feet in ancient time”, has come out as favourite in previous polls The Songs of Praise special, which was filmed at De…

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Protest at church over Wrightbus donations

There were some police officers both inside and outside the church, but the protests were peaceful. Image caption Fiona Knowles, niece of Jeff Wright, said she hoped a buyer could be found Fiona Knowles, Sir William’s granddaughter, joined protesters outside the church. She said she had lost her job at the company more than a year ago and it broke her heart. “I have lost everything in my life,” she said. “I am having to rebuild my life again so I know how these guys feel. “I just hope we…

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‘Debt was a circle I could not get out of’

For two years running, Stoke-on-Trent had the largest proportion of people becoming insolvent – being unable to pay their debts – anywhere in England and Wales. There are many reasons why Stoke in particular has suffered financially. For decades, it was powered by industry, with tens of thousands working in mining and pottery. But when the mines and factories closed, generations of people were left out of work, creating a culture of not working that has trickled down to “third, fourth generations of people”, says Ms Riddle. In place of…

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Half of people surviving ‘untreatable cancer’

If it is caught in the early stages then the chances of survival are good, but as the cancer becomes more aggressive and spreads throughout the body (known as metastatic cancer) then survival plummets. “In the past, metastatic melanoma was regarded as untreatable,” said Prof James Larkin, a consultant at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. He said: “Oncologists considered melanoma different to other cancers, it couldn’t be treated once it had spread.” People tended to live between six and nine months after diagnosis. ‘Revolutionary’ new class of cancer drugs…

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Divers destroy WW2 bomb found in 17th Century ship

Image copyright Royal Navy Image caption An eight-strong Royal Navy team performed 20 dives and spent more than six hours underwater to move the bomb The German parachute ground mine was one of the biggest bombs used by the Luftwaffe during the war. Related Topics Royal Navy Portsmouth World War Two Southend-on-Sea Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-49863564

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Brexit uncertainty ‘could lead to UK rate cut’

The pound dropped against the dollar after his comments were reported, trading down about 0.4% at $1.2277, before paring losses. Earlier this month, Bank governor Mark Carney estimated that in a worst-case, chaotic scenario that a no-deal Brexit could reduce the size of the economy by 5.5%. The Paris-based OECD has predicted a 2% hit in the case of a more managed no-deal Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly vowed to take the UK out of the European Union by 31 October, without a deal if necessary, but is…

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Harry crosses minefield and retraces Diana’s steps

Retracing his mother’s footsteps in central Angola, Prince Harry is being escorted by the British landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust, which also accompanied Diana on her visit. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The site is now a bustling community, and Prince Harry retraced his mother’s steps on Princess Diana Street After walking along the suburban street, which was once filled with the explosives, the duke said it was “quite emotional” to retrace Diana’s steps “and to see the transformation that has taken place, from an unsafe and desolate place…

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Knife ‘almost passed through Jodie Chesney’s body’

Live updates from Jodie Chesney murder trial Pathologist Dr Ashley Fegan-Earl carried out a post-mortem examination on Jodie’s body on 3 March and found she had a stab wound to the right side of her back from a “single-edged knife”. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Jodie’s boyfriend Eddie Coyle previously told jurors he was “forced to catch her” as she fell from the bench He suggested “moderate force” would have been required, but added: “It does not mean severe force was not used.” Dr Fegan-Earl recorded Jodie’s cause of…

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Football fan punches horse amid derby disorder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe man was filmed punching the police horse before being detained by officers A police horse was punched by a football fan amid clashes between rival supporters at the Portsmouth v Southampton derby. Police said five men were arrested, with one, aged 52, being held in police custody on suspicion of animal cruelty. Social media footage appears to show a series of scuffles between fans and police before and after the match. One video shows a man striking the horse before being…

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MPs return after court rules shutdown unlawful

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit: What happened after Supreme Court verdict? MPs and peers will return to Parliament later after the Supreme Court ruled that its suspension was unlawful. Boris Johnson, who is flying back early from a UN summit in New York, faces calls to resign from opposition groups. The PM has said he “profoundly disagreed” with Tuesday’s landmark ruling but he would respect it. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, said he would not criticise the court, but he “disagreed with their…

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Thomas Cook holidaymakers start to return home

Image caption Kelly Probert-Wilmott said she had seen upset cabin crew Kelly Probert-Wilmott from Newport arrived at Cardiff Airport from Zakynthos in Greece on Monday evening. Image copyright Family photo Image caption Rhia Presley and Jason Forsyth say they are dreading letting down their three children Rhia Presley and Jason Forsyth from Cardiff are due to take their three children, aged 11, nine and six, on holiday to Disney World in Florida. They spent more than £4,000 on Thomas Cook flights in August using a debit card and are waiting…

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Bungalow life: Living sustainably on campus

The Sustainability Bungalow at Keele University is home to students who spend a year learning to live sustainably. As a new group of students move in at the start of the current academic year, photographer Alice Zoo meets last year’s residents and learns how it changed their outlook. Image copyright Alice Zoo The project is overwhelmingly student-led, with the university running a host of modules “empowering students to drive change”. Image copyright Alice Zoo Image caption Professor Zoe Robinson Each year four students are accepted into the bungalow, at least…

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Engineer killed working at station ‘loving father’

‘Horrific incident’ Speaking on behalf of the family, solicitor Charlotte Rankin said: “The family have been left devastated by the death of Christian. “He was a hardworking, loving father, and the last thing they expected when he went to work last Wednesday was that they would have a knock on the door from the police to tell them that he had been involved in such a horrific incident, with such tragic consequences. “The family have welcomed calls from the mayor for a full investigation to take place, and it is…

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