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Deal raises fears of 'creeping privatisation' of the police

Passengers safe after fire on Birmingham to Glasgow train

Passengers have been evacuated after a fire started in the engine of a train.

Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt banned by ASA

A Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt has attracted a third round of complaints, this time over misleading claims about doubling "everyone's" broadband speeds.

Coup for embattled Sir Martin Sorrell as WPP swoops for a majority stake in AKQA

The British founders of AKQA, the world's biggest independent digital advertising agency, are celebrating after Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP bought a majority stake which values the business at around $540m (£343m).

Virgin Active unveils £25m refit plan

Virgin Active has announced plans to spend £25 million on improving the 53 Esporta clubs it bought last year to bulk up the business.

Train punctuality dips amid issues

Infrastructure problems on a main London to Scotland rail route contributed to an overall dip in nationwide train punctuality last month.

First Wi-Fi Tube stations announced

The first London Underground stations linked to WiFi were announced today, with millions of Tube travellers able to get online in the coming weeks.

Get me out of here: Austria, Barbados, Las Vegas

Now: Lap up lakeside views and mountainous scenery in Austria this summer. Thomson has a week's stay at the Strandhotel Margaretha, on Lake Wolfgang, for £485pp, including flights from Gatwick to Salzburg on 9 June and transfers. (thomsonlakes.co.uk).

Simon Kelner: Virgin Atlantic's idea is verging on the unbearable

It was an exchange which made me realise why I am not rich and powerful. I was telling a friend of mine – a young, wealthy and successful individual – that I thought there was something luxurious about a trans-Atlantic plane journey. You could sit, watch a movie or two, have someone serve you drinks and food, maybe take a little nap and – most satisfying of all – no one could get hold of you.

Passengers are banned from calling during take-off and landing

'Hello, I'm on a plane...' Phones are cleared for take-off

Virgin plans to be first British airline to allow mobile calls – just what you need at 35,000 feet

Virgin Atlantic passengers will be able to make and receive phone calls while in the air

Passengers on Sir Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, will be able to make and receive phone calls while in the air, it was announced today.

Paralysed Claire Lomas completes London Marathon

It was only after 23 miles and 384 yards that the tears finally came. For more than a fortnight Claire Lomas had done a remarkable job of keeping it together, singularly focused on her goal of reaching the finishing line of the London marathon. But as she took her final step this afternoon, backed by the cheers of hundreds of supporters and a remarkable piece of engineering, there seemed little need to hold her emotions back any longer.

WARSAW (Poland) / National Stadium, capacity (for Euro 2012): 50,000 / Euro 2012 will open at Poland's new National Stadium, which has been built with £255million of government money on the site of the old 10th Anniversary Stadium. Close to the Vistula river, it resembles a wicker basket decorated in a waving Polish flag. Warsaw, despite a turbulent history, is a thriving capital and home to 1.7million people.

Research shows cost to fans of following England at Euro 2012

England fans will have to spend more than £2,000 for going to the three group games at Euro 2012, according to new research.

Sky Multiroom allows you to put another Sky box in another room, but charges £10.25 a month for the privilege

How do I: Set up my pay TV in another room?

With most homes in the UK already set up with digital television, it's unlikely that the end of analogue has affected your main telly in the front room. But, for many, it's the old set in the bedroom or the den that's been rendered useless. Especially if it's one not connected to the house's main aerial and has been relying on a plug-in analogue aerial booster.

Great, green inventions: Introducing an ethical Dragons' Den

Business really can be people- and planet-friendly. Sarah Morrison samples some bright new ideas

Virgin says Usain Bolt is boosting sales

Virgin Media yesterday claimed its decision to up its advertising spend by 50 per cent to £53m in the past quarter had paid off, as subscriber numbers jumped for its premium pay-TV and super-fast broadband.

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