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Image copyright Reuters Bosses in charge of the coronavirus testing system have apologised after it emerged UK labs were struggling to keep up with demand. Some people are being asked to travel hundreds of miles to get tested. UK labs were described as “maxed out” after a rise in demand – 170,000 tests a day […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption Bilal, Mohammed Ebrar and Mohammed Yaseen Safi are said to have been taken from their foster home An urgent manhunt is under way for a father who abducted his three sons from their foster home, police have said. Imran Safi, 26, is said to have threatened a foster carer […]

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Image copyright Jacob King/PA Image caption Students at Birstnall Academy, Oldbury were among those to get their GCSE grades GCSE passes for England’s pupils, in the most disrupted academic year in UK history, have risen dramatically. Grades have been awarded by schools, after exams were cancelled, and data shows 78.8% of papers were rated grade […]

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Albian Ajeti is happy to be in the same dressing-room again as Mohamed Elyounoussi Switzerland striker Albian Ajeti has signed for Celtic in a £4.5m transfer from West Ham United intent on forming a partnership with Odsonne Edouard. The 23-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with the Scottish champions after making 12 appearances without scoring […]

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Image copyright BTP Image caption Alex Lanning (bottom left) confronted Tashan Daniel (wearing an Arsenal top) at Hillingdon station A man has been convicted of murdering an aspiring Olympian who was stabbed to death on a London Underground platform. Tashan Daniel, 20, was stabbed in the heart at Hillingdon Tube station in west London as […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption One of the women found in a flat in east London was mother-of-three Mihrican Mustafa A man accused of murdering two women and storing their bodies in a freezer is a registered sex offender who once “married” a 14-year-old girl, a court has heard. Zahid Younis, 35, is accused […]

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Image caption This year’s nominees include (clockwise from top left): Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Kano, Stormzy, Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka and Georgia For the first time in its 29-year history, female artists and female-fronted bands have outnumbered men on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize. Among the nominees for album of the year are Charli […]

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Jack Shepherd spent 78 days in custody awaiting extradition from Georgia Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has had his sentence reduced by almost three months by appeal judges. The 31-year-old is serving a six-year sentence after Charlotte Brown was fatally thrown from his boat on the River Thames in December 2015. […]

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Sean Maitland played for Scotland at the past two World Cups Scotland winger Sean Maitland has signed a new two-year contract with Saracens. The 31-year-old has scored 29 tries in 73 appearances since joining from London Irish in 2016. New Zealand-born Maitland scored tries for Sarries in both their Champions Cup and Premiership final wins […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Tom Symonds is shown how a customised Android phone with EncroChat installed works A top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been “successfully penetrated”, says the National Crime Agency. The NCA worked with forces across Europe on the UK’s “biggest […]

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