UK Begins Paying Back First World War Debt

George Osborne says the Treasury will repay £218m of the £2bn debt still owed from the 1914 to 1918 war.

UK Aid Programmes ‘Not Tackling Corruption’

An independent watchdog has said it is “highly problematic” for DFID to support overseas government systems known to be corrupt.

RBS Grows Profit But Sets Aside Further £780m

The bank which is majority-owned by the taxpayer makes more progress but continues to be haunted by its past.

Labour Facing Election Wipe-Out In Scotland

Ed Miliband is under pressure after a new poll says Labour is set to lose 90% of its MPs north of the border.

One Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Factory

Search and rescue workers are set to explore the SP Fireworks premises after an explosion caused a large fire at the site.

Ebola Crisis: Major DEC Appeal To Fight Outbreak

The appeal for funds is seen as essential to help charities’ efforts to stop the disease spreading and support those affected.

Fresh Scandal Over Historical Sex Abuse Inquiry

Fiona Woolf, the new inquiry head, is accused of trying to play down her links to Lord Brittan by rewriting a letter seven times.

Rhyl man charged with wielding axe in bank


A Rhyl man has been refused bail after he was charged with carrying an axe and a lock knife into a bank in Chester.

Ryan Seddon was arrested after he walked into Barclays on St Werburgh Street at 1.50pm on Tuesday afternoon (28 October) in an alleged robbery attempt.

Cheshire Police officers with tazer guns quickly arrived at the scene – the bank was evacuated while Seddon was taken out of the back of the building and into custody. No one was injured.

The 22 year-old from Paradise Street was denied bail when he appeared before magistrates in the city on Wednesday. He is due to appear before a judge at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday 11th November.

Councillor charged over Rhyl blackmail incident


An independent councillor from Bangor has been charged after an alleged blackmail incident in Rhyl last Christmas.

Chris O’Neal, who represents the Marchog ward on Gwynedd County Council, stands accused after police investigated a complaint against him, relating to an incident on 27th December 2013.

The 36 year-old, who works in security, has been suspended by the local authority until December. He has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Prestatyn on Friday 28th November.

More People Than Ever Go Vegan For November

Actor superstar Samuel L. Jackson has done it this year, as have heavyweight boxing champion David Haye and ex-US Vice President Al Gore. Award-winning actors Natalie Portman, Alicia Silverstone and Joaquin Phoenix did it several years ago, and Carl Lewis – the athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals and was voted Sportsman of the 20th Century – attributed his greatest performances on the track to making the switch in 1991.

What they and many others have in common is that they have all adopted a vegan diet, either on grounds of compassion to animals, environmental protection or improved health.

To coincide with World Vegan Month this November, Animal Aid is running its third annual Great Vegan Challenge, which offers people the chance to join them by trying a diet free from animal products for 30 days. Participants will receive all the support they need, including delicious recipes, advice on nutrition, an internet discussion forum to share thoughts and ideas, and a telephone hotline for any tricky questions. This year’s event is the biggest ever with more than 1,300 people already signed up and requests still coming in. This reflects the growing popularity of plant-based diets in the UK, where one-in-eight adults are now either vegetarian or vegan.1

Says Ben Martin, Campaigner at Animal Aid:

‘This is the third year we have run the Great Vegan Challenge and the response has been amazing with people from all ends of the UK signing up. Some find the prospect of adopting a plant-based diet a bit daunting, but the truth is that it has never been easier to go vegan. Supermarkets and high street shops stock a wider range of animal-free foods than ever before and you can now find vegan versions of all your favourites, including pizza, ice cream and even fish fingers. The Great Vegan Challenge gives people the chance to see just how easy it is to go vegan.’

Mounting medical evidence suggests that a plant-based diet reduces the risk of heart disease, some cancers and obesity. And while most vegans are prompted by a desire to ensure that no animal has suffered in the production of their food, it also helps to reduce their environmental impact. A recent study conducted by OxfordUniversity found that the greenhouse gas emissions for plant-based diets are 60 per cent lower than those from meat-based ones.2

Anyone who wishes to take part in the Great Vegan Challenge or would like more information about it can visit or call 01732 364546 ext 227.


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