News An RAF Apache helicopter

Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.

Terror alert turns back UK-bound plane

A British-bound passenger plane was involved in a security alert today and had to turn back only 15 minutes into its flight, according to reports.

Pandora: Ramsay's recollection cooks up another row

After taking a good kicking from his detractors of late, Gordon Ramsay has been characteristically keen to respond with a few counter-punches of his own.

Observations: First Capital Connect launches book club

Isn't it frustrating when you've just started the first few chapters of a new book, one that has you gripped after only several pages, and then all of a sudden you have to put it down? Maybe it's because you were on a First Capital Connect train earlier this week, and you finished reading one of the 32-page free book samples that were handed out to commuters.

Two held over Luton helicopter 'laser attack'

Two people were arrested following a "laser attack" on a helicopter, police said today.

Lagoon murder victim 'was tortured for benefit cash'

A "vulnerable" man was kept as a slave and tortured for his benefit money before being killed and his headless body dumped in a lake, a court heard today.

Corpse's missing head found in Bedfordshire lake

The missing head of a decapitated man discovered in a lake has been found, police said today.

Agile, smaller enterprises are leading a revival in the industry

Excessive focus on big manufacturers is a distraction from the sector’s real innovators

NHS probes leak of abortion secret

A patient's complaint that her family learned about her abortion from a hospital worker is to be investigated, an NHS board said today

Adviser accepts damages over newspaper's al-Qa'ida claims

A government adviser on combating extremism among young Muslims today accepted substantial undisclosed damages over a newspaper claim that he supported al-Qa'ida.

Troop parade protesters found guilty

Five Muslim men accused of branding British soldiers rapists, murderers and baby killers during a homecoming parade were today found guilty of a public order offence.

Army parade protesters spoke truth, court told

Two Muslim men accused of calling British soldiers murderers, racists and baby killers during a homecoming parade did not set out to offend people but were speaking the truth, they told a court today.

Political leaders condemn Islamic protest march

Political leaders today widely condemned proposals by a controversial Islamic group to march through a town now synonymous with honouring soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

'Not enough staff and not enough information'

It wasn't quite the madness of Gatwick, where a screaming woman in a Santa hat – enraged by being stranded – had to be dragged off by police. But the scene at Luton Airport yesterday was devoid of the festive cheer one might usually hope for. As easyJet cancelled all flights, many families in the departures hall seemed to have passed the tension tipping point usually reserved for that moment on Christmas Day (about noon) when mum realises dad has already started on the brandy.

EasyJet stops East Midlands flights next month

Budget airline easyJet today announced cuts that will see it pull out of one airport and reduce capacity by 20 per cent at another.

Nicholas Lezard: Forgive Bercow his past indiscretions

Nobody was going to confuse him with Disraeli. So why try to discredit him?
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