MoTs: Two new lifts going into operation in Northern Ireland

Image copyright PAcemaker Image caption Most MoT tests for cars and light vehicles in Northern Ireland have been suspended with immediate effect Two new MoT lifts are to go into operation in Northern Ireland, possibly as early as Wednesday.They had already been purchased from the same company that provided NI’s other 55 lifts.Most MoT tests […]

Grenfell Tower fire: Firms want immunity over evidence

Image copyright Getty Images Firms involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower have asked for immunity from prosecution before appearing at the new phase of the inquiry.They want a guarantee from Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox that they will be protected when they give evidence.The 2017 disaster killed 72 people.The inquiry’s second phase, which began on Monday, […]

Tottenham: Steven Bergwijn completes move from PSV Eindhoven

Steven Bergwijn has won nine caps for the NetherlandsTottenham Hotspur have signed Netherlands forward Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven on a contract that will run until 2025.Bergwijn, 22, has played 16 times for PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, scoring five goals.He bolsters Spurs boss Jose Mourinho’s options in attack with England striker Harry […]

Ovo Energy to pay £8.9m for overcharging customers

Image copyright Getty Images Ovo, which is set to become the UK’s second-largest energy company, has been forced to pay £8.9m by regulators after it overcharged customers.The firm, which bought SSE’s retail business last year, sent inaccurate statements to more than half a million customers.Meanwhile, some of its customers did not receive a bill at […]

Coronavirus: BA suspends flights to and from mainland China

Image copyright AFP British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China because of the coronavirus outbreak, the airline has said.It comes after the UK Foreign Office advised against all but essential travel to the country.The virus has caused more than 100 deaths, spreading across China and to at least 16 other […]

Zverev beats Wawrinka to reach first Grand Slam semi-final

Alexander Zverev won the season-ending ATP Finals in 20182020 Australian OpenVenue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 FebruaryCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app; Watch highlights on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.Alexander Zverev is through to a Grand […]

Long ambulance delays 'affect thousands each week'

Image copyright Getty Images Every week thousands of emergency calls are taking ambulance crews over an hour to reach, a BBC investigation shows.The delays – affecting one in 16 calls in England for conditions such as strokes, heart attacks and fits – are putting lives at risk, experts say.It amounts to over 4,000 “unacceptably” long […]

Mike Pompeo flies to UK for talks amid US Huawei concern

Image copyright Reuters US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flying into Britain for talks amid American concern at the decision to allow the Chinese tech giant Huawei to have a role in the UK’s 5G network.Mr Pompeo previously said Huawei equipment posed a spying risk, adding the US “won’t be able to share information” […]

Coronavirus: Australia plans island quarantine as foreigners evacuated from Wuhan

Image copyright AFP Image caption People across China are wearing facemasks as a preventive measure Hundreds of foreign nationals have been evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, as more deaths and cases were confirmed.Australia plans to quarantine its returning citizens for two weeks on Christmas Island – some […]