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Shoppers in Wales have criticised government measures which mean “non-essential items” have been put behind metal barriers or covered with plastic sheeting in supermarkets. Photos on social media shows products such as pillows and bedsheets under a plastic covering at a Tesco store, while a photo from a Morrisons supermarket shows children’s clothes behind a […]

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman’s body was found at a National Trust estate. The woman’s body was found by Thames Valley Police in woodland on the Watlington Hill estate on Friday evening. She is believed to be aged in her 60s and officers are linking her murder to […]

Around 1.4 million people in South Yorkshire are now under England’s toughest coronavirus restrictions. From 12.01am on Saturday, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield were covered by Tier 3 restrictions, aimed at cutting the spread of the virus. It comes after nearly a fortnight of negotiations between local leaders and the UK government, which agreed a […]

At the indoor market in Pontypridd there’s a sense of déjà vu. The shutters are down, chairs and tables empty, the cafes and stalls closed. Mary Coleman and her husband are turning the lights off at their babywear shop as we walk up to chat. Image: Non-essential retail has been forced to close As a […]

Labour is claiming emergency stocks of some vital COVID-related drugs are running out ahead of a second wave of the pandemic. Emily Thornberry, Labour‘s shadow international trade secretary, says the government’s own figures show many drug stockpiles are at zero. The shortages include bacterial antibiotics and high-strength painkillers, according to figures published in parliament by […]

Falling rates of COVID-19 among students could be masking an underlying epidemic, research by Sky News has revealed. The Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said this week that Tier 3 restrictions were unnecessary because cases in the city were falling. Our analysis suggests that’s true when looking at city-wide data. But in fact, the downward […]