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Eighteen people have been arrested and three police officers injured after anti-lockdown protests in central London. Demonstrators made their way through the city with banners and placards, calling for “freedom” and an end to COVID-19 restrictions. At least two people were led away in handcuffs from Trafalgar Square, while there was also some disruption on […]

A “talented escape artist” snake that had been missing for two months has been rescued after it was found curled up in a car door. The milk snake had escaped its home and had slithered its way to a residential care home in Dorking, Surrey, where it was spotted in the car park. RSPCA animal […]

Boris Johnson failed to reply to a “personal” letter sent by Marcus Rashford in which the footballer asked the prime minister to join a task force he created to help tackle child food poverty. Sky News understands that the letter was sent privately in September alongside a public letter that thanked the government for the […]

Pressure is building on Boris Johnson to extend free school meals for vulnerable children. More than 2,000 paediatricians have signed a letter telling the prime minister that childhood hunger should “transcend politics”. The Labour Party has also threatened to bring the issue back to the House of Commons if Mr Johnson does not relent. Members […]

People in Scotland are being told to “stay at home” for Halloween and not be “tempted” to hold Bonfire Night parties. Advice issued by Deputy First Minister John Swinney says guising brings an “additional and avoidable risk of spreading the virus” and families should “avoid it”. Guising is a Scottish form of trick-or-treating, in which […]

Nineteen people have been arrested in the past fortnight in connection with people smuggling across the English Channel. The announcement was made as the Home Office revealed that French law enforcement has stopped more than 650 people from crossing the world’s busiest shipping lane in the past week. The UK’s border force agency revealed that […]