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Land next to motorway junction searched in Steven Preston 'murder hunt'

A "painstaking" search is under way after claims that a man who disappeared more than 20 years ago may have been murdered and buried on land near a motorway junction.

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Gas blast wrecked dance studio just hour after children were in building

Children were in a dance studio just an hour before it was destroyed in a suspected gas explosion.

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Terror fears cause plunge in visitor numbers at London attractions

Visitor numbers plummeted at some of London's most popular tourist attractions last year because of fears the city "might be next" for a terror attack, an industry leader said.

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Two men sought after girl, four, dies following 'hit-and-run' incident

A four-year-old girl has died in her mother's arms days after she was mown down in a hit-and-run.

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90% of English local authorities increasing council tax

Nine out of 10 local authorities in England are increasing their level of council tax from April, a new survey has found.

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Fitness chain Gymbox looks to expand outside London

London-based fitness chain Gymbox is exploring options to expand outside the capital and internationally for the first time.

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Casualties reported as suspected gas blast destroys building

A number of people have been injured after a building collapsed in a suspected gas explosion.

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Settle-Carlisle line reopens after Network Rail's most difficult repair project

A train line closed for over a year will fully reopen this week following the most challenging repair project on Britain's railways in at least 15 years.

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George Osborne claims 'overwhelming support' from local Conservative Party

George Osborne has claimed he has "overwhelming support" from his local Conservative Party in Cheshire, despite being appointed editor of London's Evening Standard.

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Three arrested by detectives hunting on-the-run murderer Shaun Walmsley

Three men have been arrested by detectives hunting on-the-run murderer Shaun Walmsley.

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Three teenagers arrested over death of toddler

Three people have been arrested following the death of a 19-month-old girl.

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Ziggy Stardust drummer 'expects to see Bowie on stage' when playing his hits

The last surviving member of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust backing band has revealed he sometimes expects to see the late music superstar alongside him on stage.

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Student thrown over bonnet of killer's car in Westminster attack

A student injured in the Westminster terror attack went over the bonnet of the killer's car as the carnage began, his mother said today.

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Man shocked at road rage accusation after he tried to help trapped driver

A medical sales rep has said he was shocked to be accused of road rage after he tried to help a trapped driver following a dramatic motorway crash.

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Vicar walks free after taking £100,000 from church for 'alcohol and books'

A vicar who stole more than £100,000 in church funds to spend on "alcohol and books" has walked free from court after a judge told him his good work for society outweighed the harm he caused.

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Teenage pregnancy rates reach lowest level on record

Teenage pregnancy rates in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest level on record.

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Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies 20 child sex offences

Former football coach Barry Bennell has denied 20 child sex offences.

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George Galloway to stand as Independent in Manchester Gorton

Former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Sir Gerald Kaufman as MP for Manchester Gorton.

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Man 'broke into houses in bid to sexually assault elderly women'

An alleged rapist broke into houses at night with the intention of sexually assaulting elderly women while they slept, a court has heard.

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The wag man returns to halt great Merseyside bunk-off

The "wag man", better known as the school truancy officer, is being reintroduced to crack down on children skipping classes on Merseyside.

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