Strictly, Star Wars and soaps aid Children in Need

Image caption The hosts: Marvin and Rochelle Humes, Mel Giedroyc, Tom Allen, Graham Norton, Ade Adepitan and Tess Daly Children in Need is the BBC’s official UK charity and raises money for disadvantaged young people around the country, such as those experiencing poverty, with disabilities, or victims of abuse or neglect. Image caption Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood appears in a sketch with EastEnders’ Ricky Champ and Rudolph Walker Image caption Graham Norton gives Julio, Iara and Emma control over his famous lever Image caption England stars Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling with children from the England Amputee Football Association and presenter Mark Wright A special edition of BBC One’s The Hit List features pop stars including rapper …

Chiropractic patient neck break ‘rare and unusual’

‘Gentle manipulation’ Mr Lawler had come to her at the end of July for an initial assessment complaining of aches in his legs. She was told Mr Lawler had back surgery a decade ago for spinal stenosis and had metal rods inserted in his lower back. Mrs Scholten said despite this she believed she could relieve some of his pain by what she described as “gentle manipulation”. “I did think I could help. I would never start care unless I thought I could help,” she said. Mrs Scholten said treatment involved a hand-held activator, which applies a light pressure to the patient, and dropping a section of the treatment table to “stretch” the joint tissues. On the 11 August she …

Flood-affected communities to get more help

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s David Shukman views the scale of the flooding in the Doncaster area from a helicopter The prime minister has announced more support for communities in parts of northern England affected by flooding. Boris Johnson made the commitment following a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee earlier. He had faced criticism from Labour and the Liberal Democrats who said he should declare a “national emergency”. Mr Johnson said it had been “an absolute tragedy for those who have seen such damage to their homes and livestock”. He said authorities were working “flat out” and a request had been made for “a little bit more help” from the military in getting …

What Facebook’s ad archive reveals about the campaign so far

So what does the data in the Ad Library tell us about the first week of campaign advertising? Targeting battlegrounds Parties can choose to show adverts to people in specific locations but the only location data provided in the Ad Library is at a national level – e.g. Scotland. We know some of the places the Conservatives and the Brexit Party have been targeting, because they told us in the adverts themselves. The Conservative Party has been running a group of 30 almost identical paid-for adverts but each one focuses on a different constituency, showing the number of votes that would have won the Conservatives the seat at the last election. Image copyright Labour Party Plus, there will be other …

Camilla pulls out of event due to illness

But the duchess was forced to cancel her scheduled appearance at a gala dinner in London to mark the 200-year anniversary of Prince Albert’s birth. Image copyright EPA Image caption Regiments, military associations and other organisations have laid crosses in the grounds During the visit, Harry spoke with his great-grandmother’s former driver Arthur Barty, who was representing his former unit The Black Watch. Mr Barty, who drove the Queen Mother for 27 years until her death in 2002, said: “I covered almost 100,000 miles with the Queen Mother. “I never thought for a minute I would meet His Royal Highness or Her Royal Highness but it was an absolute pleasure to chat to them.” On Sunday, the Queen will lead …

Musician reunited with 250,000 violin in car park

Image copyright Stephen Morris Image caption The violin, pictured here, had recently been restored The breakthrough came on Thursday when Mr Morris received a direct Twitter message, which read: “I recognise the person in the picture. I think it may be somebody I know – I’d like to be of help. I know what it’s like to leave valuables on a train.” Over the next 24 hours further contact was made with the person who had sent the message – it’s suspected that he was in fact the individual who had taken the violin. Calling himself “Gene”, which was not his real name, the man agreed to meet Mr Morris on Friday evening at a Waitrose car park near Beckenham …

Lib Dems lodge complaint over ITV election debate

The Lib Dems have pledged to cancel Brexit if they win the election as a majority government. ITV, which announced the head-to-head election debate on Friday, said it would also hold a “multi-party debate” before the 12 December poll. The Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, SNP, Brexit Party and Plaid Cymru will take part, represented by either their leader or “another senior figure”, it said. ‘No reasonable justification’ The head-to-head debate will be hosted by news presenter Julie Etchingham and take place on Tuesday 19 November. After the main event, ITV said it would hold a live interview-based programme to allow other parties to comment on the debate. Broadcasting rules in place during the official election campaign period require producers to …

‘My six-year wait for dental braces’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThomas Kendall needs orthodontic treatment but has been waiting since he was 12 to receive it When Thomas Kendall was 12 he was told he needed an orthodontic brace, but six years later he is still waiting. Thomas said he was now desperate to receive the treatment he needs as he is due to start university next year. He has had an initial assessment, but needed to make a 90-mile (145km) round trip from his home in Llanbadarn, near Aberystwyth, to Carmarthen – where the only NHS orthodontist under the Hywel Dda University Health Board is located. Thomas contacted BBC Wales to ask how many young people in west Wales are in …

PM has numbers to pass Brexit deal, says Raab

The government has vowed to press ahead with the legislation – the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) – to implement the Brexit deal next week. Why has the PM asked for another extension? Having reached a new Brexit deal with the EU last week, the prime minster had intended to bring it to Parliament and ask MPs to approve it in a so-called “meaningful vote”. However, in the first Saturday sitting in the Commons for 37 years, MPs instead voted in favour of an amendment withholding approval of the deal until all the necessary legislation to implement it had been passed. Brexitcast: Super(ish) Saturday… Brexit date downplayed in government ad shift Tabled by Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin, the amendment was …

Cambridge don readmitted after sexual harassment

He faced complaints of nearly a dozen “inappropriate” incidents in 2014 and 2015. Ex-Cambridge fellow leaves after sexism apology University fellow sorry for ‘inappropriate’ behaviour UK universities face ‘gagging order’ criticism In 2017, Trinity Hall said he had permanently withdrawn from any further involvement with the college after breaching sanctions imposed on him after the initial complaints. At the time, a Trinity Hall spokesman said: “We can confirm Dr Hutchinson has withdrawn permanently from any further involvement with college affairs, including from his role on the finance committee. “He will not be present in college at any time in the future.” Dr Hutchinson told the BBC that there had been “no legal finding of harassment” and emphasised that this was …

Edinburgh students leave Egypt amid safety concern

“We have a responsibility to act in the best interests of our students and to take decisive action when there are concerns for their safety and wellbeing. “We therefore required all nine of our students in Egypt to leave the country. All students have now left Egypt or are in the process of doing so.” The students were spread between the American University of Cairo and the city’s International Language Institute, undertaking Arabic degree programmes. The spokesman added: “We are working closely with the students to minimise the impact of any disruption to their studies and to provide alternative placements.” Following anti-government protests in Egypt last month, several foreign nationals have been detained, released and deported amid a crackdown by …

Wife died after being left in filth

‘Horrendous’ odour The mother-of-two was rescued after Wallach alerted the Elms Medical Centre on 24 August 2017, as she was “babbling”. The court heard how paramedics found Mrs Wallach sitting in a chair at their home on Gwendoline Street, covered in urine, faeces and flies. The odour in the house was described as “horrendous” by the emergency services. Image copyright Crown Prosecution Service Image caption Firefighters and paramedics had to fight their way through piles of rubbish During the trial, Wallach told jurors he looked after her to the best of his ability. Kenneth Grant, defending, said Wallach is a “senior citizen who lived a quiet, unassuming, uneventful, blameless life”. “He is now held criminally responsible for the death of …

Student suspended for Tinder profile picture

PSNI probes anti-Semitic remarks in pub PewDiePie cancels $50,000 anti-hate group donation John Cusack: Actor apologises for anti-Semitic tweet Jess, a Jewish student at the University of Cambridge, first shared the photo on Twitter last Friday, after it was sent to her by a friend. “When she sent it to me she was quite confused, and we both were quite alarmed by it. “Not necessarily because we thought the boy who took the photo was in any way an anti-Semite, but because we thought it was wrong to instantly conflate this man’s religious identity with a political conflict. “When I wrote that tweet I didn’t have any intention of trying to punish the boy. It’s more important to me that …

Scottish government scraps named person scheme

They called on Mr Swinney to apologise for the “millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money that has been wasted” and to “all the professionals on the front line who have been faced with endless bureaucracy around this policy”. What happened to the named person scheme? The scheme would have seen a named person – usually a teacher or health visitor – act as a clear point of contact for every child from birth until the age of 18. In its ruling in July 2016, the Supreme Court said the aim of the policy was “unquestionably legitimate and benign”, but that proposals around information-sharing breached the right to privacy and a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights. The …