Honda workers ‘betrayed’ by plant closure

“I’ve been here 19 years and it’s devastating for all involved,” he said. “You’ve only got to look across the road at the large warehouses here too, I don’t know what the jobs will be replaced with. “We’re just going to find out what will happen and take it from there really.” ‘Managers didn’t know’ Sue Newall’s husband Steve has worked at the factory for 23 years. She told the BBC he found out about the closure when a colleague who was off sick saw it on the news and called in to tell the others. “The managers didn’t know. There were rumours but we didn’t expect such big news. My husband was sent home with a pack to read …

MI6 boss warns of more IS attacks

Mr Younger told the Munich Security Conference that so far the return of IS militants had proved a “completely manageable problem”, but he warned that it was complex and unpredictable. IS teen’s return to UK ‘could be prevented’ Families flee last IS village in Syria After the caliphate: Has IS been defeated? “We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position they are likely to have acquired the skills and connections that make them potentially very dangerous,” he said. As IS faces the loss of its last strongholds in Syria, Mr Younger said it was likely to return to “asymmetric” terrorist attacks, rather than conventional warfare, and …

How sustainable is supermarket palm oil?

In 2018, the supermarket Iceland announced that it would stop using palm oil altogether in its own-brand products. That proved more difficult than it thought and Iceland now says that work should be completed by April 2019. All the UK’s other major supermarkets use palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but it has four types of certification which are not obvious to consumers. They are: Identity preserved – involves palm oil that can be traced back to a single certified supplier Segregated – involves palm oil that can be traced back to several certified suppliers Mass balance – where sustainable palm oil from certified sources is mixed with ordinary palm oil throughout the supply chain …

Happy Valentine’s Day … or is it?

“But it wasn’t my name, it said someone else’s.” Image copyright Getty Images Polly, who is now training to be a teacher, said the woman told her that she was the girlfriend of Polly’s boyfriend. “I said, ‘no, I’m his girlfriend’,” said Polly, who confronted and broke up with him later on, when he turned up armed with Valentine’s Day gifts. “I said, you can take them,” she said, adding that she knows her more romantic Valentine’s Days are to come. ‘I caught him with another woman’ Meanwhile, Helen from Walsall recalled catching her then-boyfriend of 18 months leaving a hotel with another woman, just hours before they were due to go for a Valentine’s Day dinner. “I’d gone into …

Last Great Escape prisoner dies aged 99

“He will be sorely missed. Per Ardua [the RAF motto].” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe last survivor of ‘The Great Escape’ camp tells his story Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said Mr Churchill “embodied the spirit of the RAF – tenacious, resilient and incredibly brave in the face of adversity.” More news and stories from across Devon and Cornwall. Mr Churchill’s death followed that of Australian pilot Paul Royle, who died in Perth, aged 101 in 2015. The survivors formed a sort of club and kept in contact through the Sagan Select Subway Society newsletter, of which Mr Royle and Mr Churchill were the last two recipients. Related Topics Royal Air Force …

Reality Check: Thefts of catalytic converters

Trade association the British Metals Recycling Association has said stretched resources mean the police are unlikely to prosecute scrap dealers operating illegally and are more likely to encourage them to apply for licences retrospectively. Indeed, it is not unusual to see advertisements for illegal scrap metal dealers offering cash for scrap. The Met suggests worried car-owners take steps to make their vehicles less vulnerable, such as: A serial number could be engraved on the catalytic converter to make it easier to trace and harder to sell at a reputable dealer If the converter is bolted on, it may be possible to weld the bolts shut, although that would deter only thieves working with just a spanner Protective coverings are available …

Man in 30s stabbed to death in street

Skip Twitter post by @helenhayes_ Appalled to learn of a fatal stabbing on Lordship Lane during the night. Another family now devastated due to knife crime. This has to stop. If you have any information please contact @CrimestoppersUK in confidence. — Helen Hayes (@helenhayes_) February 10, 2019 In a separate attack, a 23-year-old man was critically injured in a stabbing in Neasden, north-west London. Emergency services were called to Cairnfield Avenue at about 22:45, and took the victim to hospital where he remains in a critical condition. A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, while a 24-year-old woman was held on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both remain in custody. Related Topics London London violence East Dulwich …

No-confidence vote in Labour MP pulled

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had earlier sparked a backlash from supporters of the MP by suggesting she should have pledged loyalty to Labour and saying she had been linked to an alleged Labour “breakaway” party. ‘Intolerable’ In a statement after the motions were first put forward, Ms Berger said she would fight anti-Semitism wherever she found it, including in Labour, where it was being “ignored”. Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby, calling for the Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) to be suspended. He wrote: “It is clear to me that Luciana Berger is being bullied. This behaviour by her local party is intolerable.” Labour row over MP no confidence vote How the …