Jet returns after part falls off

Halstead Gazette: Thomas Cook passengers were being put on a replacement flight

2:52pm Friday 31st October 2014

A passenger jet was forced to return to Gatwick Airport part-way through its flight to Egypt after a part plunged to the ground.

UK's EU contribution soars to £11bn

Halstead Gazette: The UK's net contribution to the EU rose by £2.7 billion

2:50pm Friday 31st October 2014

The UK's net contribution to the European Union soared to £11.3 billion in 2013, an increase of £2.7 billion from the previous year, according to official statistics.

BBC refuses apology over Top Gear

Halstead Gazette: Jeremy Clarkson said he was "shocked" when someone pointed out the link between the H982 FKL number plate and the Falklands War

2:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

The BBC has refused the Argentinian ambassador's demand for a public apology following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

Rolf Harris loses first appeal bid

Halstead Gazette: Rolf Harris was refused permission to appeal

2:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

UK basks in warmest ever Halloween

Halstead Gazette: Swimmers enjoy the morning sun in the sea at Brighton on Halloween

2:15pm Friday 31st October 2014

The record for the warmest Halloween in Britain has been shattered, forecasters say.

Firms 'must reveal drink calories'

Halstead Gazette: The majority of the adults asked in a poll did not know the number of calories in a pint of lager

6:05am Friday 31st October 2014

Drinks companies should label their alcoholic products to show the number of calories they contain as part of a bid to tackle obesity, a health organisation has said.

Shotgun murderer set to die in jail

Halstead Gazette: John Lowe was sentenced for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm

3:33am Friday 31st October 2014

An elderly dog breeder is likely to die in jail after he was sentenced to at least 25 years for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm.

Two bodies found after factory fire

Halstead Gazette: Firefighters attended the scene of the blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The bodies of two men have been discovered in the wreckage of a blaze-damaged fireworks warehouse following a detailed police search.

Labour leadership search under way

Halstead Gazette: Labour leader Ed Miliband, former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and Alistair Darling

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The hunt for a new top team to revive the ailing Scottish Labour Party has officially started, with nominations now open for the posts of leader and deputy leader north of the border.

Woolf quits as abuse inquiry head

Halstead Gazette: Peter Saunders, Chairman of NAPAC, The National Association for People Abused in Childhood, with representatives of child abuse victims after a meeting in London

12:20am Friday 31st October 2014

The head of the inquiry into historic child sex abuse is to step down after a barrage of criticism from victims.

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