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Fruit ‘left to rot’ due to labour shortages

[ad_1] Image caption Some farms' produce has been left to rot due to labour shortages and long periods of sunshine A shortage of fruit pickers combined with the summer heat wave has led to tonnes of strawberries and raspberries being left to rot, farmers have warned. Scotland's fruit farms largely depend on seasonal workers from central and eastern Europe to pick their harvest.But their numbers have fallen in recent years,
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Charlotte Church: ‘I want to open a secondary school’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Charlotte Church wants to open a school with "a healthy disregard for rules and specifications" Singer Charlotte Church said she was prepared to "work night and day" to open a secondary school in south Wales. Writing in her blog, the 32-year-old mother-of-two said: "The way we teach our children is at best imperfect, at worst damaging."She told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour: "I
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UK heatwave shuts part of Leeds & Liverpool canal

[ad_1] Image caption The closure is likely to last throughout August unless there is significant rainfall A 55-mile section of Britain's longest canal could close for a month unless there is significant rainfall.From 30 July, the Canal and River Trust will close locks along the Leeds & Liverpool route amid water supply concerns.While the closure will prevent boats travelling from Wigan, through Lancashire, and up to Gargrave, near Skipton, the
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Durham rugby players in Sri Lanka had ‘taken heroin’ before death

[ad_1] Image copyright DCRFC Image caption Thomas Baty (left) and Thomas Howard complained of breathing difficulties after going to a nightclub Two County Durham amateur rugby players who died while on a club tour had taken heroin, a court in Sri Lanka has heard. Thomas Howard, 25, and Thomas Baty, 26, died after visiting a nightclub in Colombo in May.The magistrates court in Columbo heard that there was evidence to
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Reece Prescod: I’m either the next Bolt or estate agent

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Double British sprinting champion Reece Prescod has had a busy few months.He shocked the sporting world in May when he beat world champion American sprinter Justin Gatlin in the men's 100m race in Shanghai.Shortly after, he ran a time of 9.88 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, a mere millisecond behind Linford Christie's British record.The time didn't count because there was too much of
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Mass gathering of golden retrievers in Highlands

[ad_1] Image copyright PETER JOLLY NORTHPIX Image caption Golden retrievers at Guisachan, near Tomich The 150th anniversary of the founding of the golden retriever has been celebrated at the breed's ancestral home in the Highlands.The breed was created at Tomich near Glen Affric in the 1800s by landowner Dudley Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth. Image copyright PETER JOLLY NORTHPIX Image caption The breed is 150 years old this year
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Biker jailed after filming himself riding at 189mph

[ad_1] A motorcyclist who filmed himself doing wheelies and riding at 189mph (304km/ph) has been jailed for 21 months.Adam Campion, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts of dangerous driving at Nottingham Crown Court.When police raided his home in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, they found hundreds of videos and images of motorcycles being ridden dangerously, including one video that showed Campion driving one-handed and filming his speed with his mobile phone. [ad_2] Source
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Prince Charles recreates home at Buckingham Palace

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Ever wondered what Prince Charles keeps on his shelves?Members of the public can get a glimpse of the Prince of Wales' home, as he moves some of his most treasured items to the Queen's home, Buckingham Palace, for an exhibition to mark his 70th birthday. More than 100 pieces - from private paintings and personal photographs to ornaments and soft furnishings - have been selected by
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Greg James posts emotional message as he swaps shows on Radio 1

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Greg James has written an emotional post to fans before taking on "the biggest challenge of my life" and swapping slots with Nick Grimshaw on Radio 1.In September Nick will step down after almost six years on the Breakfast Show.He will take over Greg's drivetime show and Greg will be moving to the morning slot.Greg put up an emotional tribute on social media, saying: "If
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Heatwave sunburn: 220 people treated in NI hospitals

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Public Health Agency has warned of the dangers of sunburn More than 200 people were treated for sunburn in Northern Ireland hospitals during the recent heatwave.The Belfast Trust saw the highest number of patients, with 69 needing treatment for sun-related issues.The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) said the extra patients added pressure to the local health service.The Public Health Agency has