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In pictures: Snowfall across the UK as temperatures set to rise

Many parts of the country are still covered with snow as forecasters predict warmer temperatures over the coming hours.

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Ukip leader Henry Bolton has rejected calls to quit (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Henry Bolton vows to ‘drain the swamp’ as he defies calls to quit as Ukip leader

Embattled Ukip leader Henry Bolton has rejected calls to quit as he vowed to purge the party of those he blamed for “factional infighting”.

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Shadow cabinet office minister Jon Trickett has set out plans to crack down on "rogue" private firms bidding for public work (Yui Mok/PA)

Labour will ‘take back control’ of outsourced contracts from ‘risky’ companies

Labour has announced further plans to crack down on “unstable” private companies “hoarding” public sector contracts in the wake of Carillion’s collapse.

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Theresa May’s Conservatives are dull, dull, dull, warns veteran MP

A senior Conservative MP has warned that the party must be bolder if it is to fight off the challenge from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour at the next election.

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A picture of Robert Burns by Archibald Skirving, part of the Painting in Crayons: Pastel Portraits exhibition on show at Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. (Danny Lawson/PA)

Boy, 12, in running for Burns humanitarian award

A 12-year-old boy who raised thousand of pounds for charity in memory of his brother has been named as youngest ever finalist for Robert Burns Humanitarian Award (RBHA).

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Court sketches of Vincent Tappu and Mujahid Arshid in the dock (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

Woman texted ‘he’s going to kill me’ after kidnapping, court told

A young woman texted her mother to say “he’s going to kill me” as she desperately tried to raise the alarm after an obsessed builder abducted her and a friend to satisfy his sexual fantasies, a court has heard.

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Husband pays tribute to murdered businessman

The husband of businessman Guy Hedger has paid tribute to his partner, whose last hours were spent “full of terror, fear and pain”.

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‘Incompetent’ burglars jailed for 34 years for murder of businessman Guy Hedger

Two men who murdered a businessman during an “amateurish and incompetent” burglary at his £1 million home have been jailed for at least 34 years each.

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Belfast St Patrick’s Day festival ‘should be three-day event’

Belfast’s St Patrick’s Day festival should become a three-day weekend event to rival some of the world’s largest cities, a report from Feile an Phobail said.

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Robert Hannigan is the former director of GCHQ (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Ex-spy chief: Tech companies have a year to shape up over terror content

Technology giants have a year to show they are serious about tackling online terror content, an ex-spy chief has warned.

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Nearly one-third of alcohol sold in England drunk by 4% of population

Just 4% of the population consume almost one-third of all the alcohol sold in England, according to healthcare data.

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The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman is investigating the circumstances that led up to the death of Shannon McQuillan

Ombudsman appeals for witnesses after teenager knocked down and killed

The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman is appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was knocked down and killed following a night out.

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Marianne Kabah has been jailed for 16 months (Northumbria Police/PA)

Woman jailed for accidentally driving car into worshippers

A woman has been jailed for 16 months for accidentally driving her car into worshippers leaving an Eid celebration while she felt tired from fasting for Ramadan.

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Guy Hedger was a director of the Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust (Dorset Police/PA)

Pair who murdered businessman Guy Hedger during botched raid jailed for 34 years

Two bungling thieves have been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 34 years each for the murder of a businessman who was shot dead during an “amateurish and incompetent” burglary at his £1 million home.

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Mimicking a volcanic eruption could slow climate change - but put the planet at risk, say researchers. James Hickey/University of Exeter/PA Images)

Geoengineering poses huge environmental threat, say scientists

An abrupt halt to climate engineering would have “devastating” consequences for the planet, scientists have warned.

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Ashwin Daudia is on trial at Leicester Crown Court charged with the murder of his wife Kiran Daudia, (Lucy Bogustawski/PA

Man strangled ex-wife with scarf and hid body in suitcase, jury told

An “always happy” mother-of-two was strangled by her ex-husband with her own scarf and “trussed up in a suitcase”, a court has heard.

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Online giants have faced criticism from MPs over the way they deal with offensive or extreme content (Yui Mok/PA)

Social media companies ‘don’t do enough to tackle extremist content’

Only a quarter of Britons trust social media and an overwhelming majority of the public believe social media companies do not do enough to tackle bullying, illegal activities and the spreading of extremist content on their sites, a major survey has found.

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Breck Bednar was murdered by a teenager who groomed him over the internet (Essex Police/PA)

Mother tells inquiry of escape fears after son’s murderer posted ‘hurtful’ blogs

The mother of a murdered schoolboy has told an inquiry how she feared his killer had escaped from jail when he posted menacing blogs from behind bars.

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UKIP Leader Henry Bolton speaks to the media in Folkestone (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Henry Bolton to fight on as Ukip leader despite revolt

Embattled Ukip leader Henry Bolton has resisted calls to quit, insisting that he was focusing on the fight for Brexit.

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St Patrick’s Day festival expansion urged in Belfast

Belfast’s St Patrick’s Day festival should become a three-day weekend event to rival some of the world’s largest cities, a report from Feile an Phobail said.

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