Book review: Kingmaker: Kingdom Come by Toby Clements

It began on freezing February morning in Lincolnshire in 1460, took us up close to the bloody battlefields of England’s savage Wars of the Roses, and on to a decisive showdown at Tewkesbury in 1471.

The updated plan for the Cuerden Strategic site

Fears remain over highway congestion at Cuerden Strategic Site despite changes to plans

Plans for a major new retail, housing and industrial site at Cuerden may have been revised, but local residents still fear future traffic congestion.

Charlie Alliston crashed into 44-year-old Kim Briggs as she crossed Old Street, east London, in February last year

Cyclist convicted of 'furious driving' over pedestrian's death

A cyclist who ploughed into a mother-of-two then blamed his mortally-wounded victim has been cleared of manslaughter but convicted of "wanton and furious driving" following a ground-breaking trial.

Police chiefs should be given the power to fire officers

Police bosses should be able to fire officers with inadequate IT skills

Police chiefs should be given the power to fire officers whose IT skills are not up to scratch, a new report suggests.

Investigations found issues including repeated missed collections

Bin collection complaints upheld by watchdog up 12% on last year

The number of complaints about bin collections which were upheld by the local government watchdog rose sharply this year, a report shows.
Nearly a quarter of parents have moved house to be within their desired school catchment area

24% of parents have moved home to be in school catchment area

Nearly a quarter of parents have moved house to be within their desired school catchment area, a survey has found.

British diners prefer being served food on plates despite a trend for more unusual serving platters

You can't square the circle - British diners prefer round plates

British diners prefer being served food on plates despite a trend for more unusual serving platters, a survey has found.
Emma Stone and Mark Wahlberg

Top 10 actors earn nearly three times as much as female counterparts

The gender pay gap between film stars has been further exposed by analysis that shows the top 10 highest-earning men took home nearly three times as much as their female counterparts.

Sir Bruce died at the age of 89 on Friday

Strictly Come Dancing bosses confirm Sir Bruce Forsyth tribute

Strictly Come Dancing bosses have confirmed the show will pay tribute to former host Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Motorists are being advised to avoid travelling during peak periods

Nearly seven million adults planning UK bank holiday weekend break

The proportion of Britons planning an overnight UK trip during the August bank holiday weekend has risen by more than a third compared with last year, new figures show.

Powerball is the worlds biggest lottery

Tips on how a non-American can win the $650m US Powerball

Following the 21st rollover in a row for the US Powerball, the jackpot prize now stands at $700 million and players around the world can get in on the action by betting on Wednesday's draw with online lottery website

Young girls say that comparing their lives to others is one of the greatest worries they have.

Over a third of girls face online pressure to live the ‘perfect life’

Pressure to showcase a ‘perfect’ life online is affecting the wellbeing of girls and young women, according to new research.

BBC One are looking for people from all walks of life

Get away from it all this winter - and get on TV

The BBC is looking for people to take part in a new series which will follow people who are planning to spend winter abroad.


'Racy' spotify ad featuring Bieber tune won't be banned despite dozens of complaints

Two racy Spotify adverts which triggered dozens of complaints after being aired during Britain's Got Talent won't be banned after being cleared of breaking TV rules.

Head down to Botany Bay for a weekend of family fun on the canal

Things to do this weekend (August 25 to 28)

There's plenty of events happening over the Bank Holiday weekend:
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How Bank Hall used to look

Decaying Jacobean mansion Bank Hall in Bretherton to undergo full restoration thanks to grant

Restoration on a decaying Jacobean mansion in rural Chorley is finally to get underway after over 20 years of campaigning.

Scarlett Smith scored twice

Six-hits Chorley start season with a flourish

Chorley Ladies got their FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division One season off to a flying start with a 6-1 win against Mossley Hill Ladies.

Police have arrested a man following the incident

Suspected burglar arrested in Lostock Hall

A man was arrested on suspicion of burglary in Lostock Hall after the stolen car he was travelling in pulled out in front of an unmarked police car, say police.

Cases of meningitis and blood poisoning caused by a highly virulent strain of Men W bacteria increased from 22 cases in England in 2009/10 to 210 in 2015/16.

Vaccination warning for new students after surge in meningitis cases

Students are being urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves against meningitis before starting university amid "rapid increases" of cases of a deadly bug

David Cobham author of 'Bowland Beth' . Photo by Martin Hayward-Smith

How the life and death of Bowland Beth the hen harrier inspired filmmaker David Cobham’s campaigning book

David Cobham is renowned for his film ‘ Tarka The Otter’ but now he is seeking a new audience - the next generation of conservationists. He told Fiona Finch how he hopes his new work will help to save the hen harrier.

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