Four more House of Fraser stores saved

At the time, Sports Direct chief executive Mike Ashley pledged to save about 47 of the retailer’s 59 outlets. By mid-November he had done deals to save at least 20 stores, protecting about 3,500 jobs, but at least eight were due to close. A previous restructuring plan had proposed to close 31 stores, but that plan was abandoned following Sport Direct’s takeover. House of Fraser revival ‘challenging’ House of Fraser: Five things that went wrong The Intu spokesperson told the BBC: ‘We are committed to working with all our retailers to ensure they are perfectly placed to showcase their brands and draw in shoppers. Our high-footfall winning destinations are designed to help all our tenants flourish.” House of Fraser stores …

Online abuse laws ‘fail disabled people’

“The law on online abuse is not fit for purpose and it is truly shameful that disabled people have been forced off social media while their abusers face no consequences.” C4 adverts to feature online abuse Javid threatens tech giants over child abuse Internet laws pledged as firms snub talks The committee launched an inquiry in response to the petition, which was closed early due to the 2017 general election. Reality TV star Ms Price, a mother-of-five, told the MPs in evidence that “the most horrific things” had been said about 16-year-old Harvey, who is partially blind, autistic and has the genetic disorder Prader-Willi syndrome. “They know he hasn’t got a voice back and they mock him more… they find …

Homeless sheltered by Premier League club

Image copyright Crystal Palace FC Image caption The rough sleepers will also be given a hot meal, breakfast and washing facilities Councillor Alison Butler said Crystal Palace was “setting a standard for other clubs to follow”. “Freezing temperatures are a particular safety risk for rough sleepers and this is a wonderful gesture by Crystal Palace for helping us reduce that risk.” Last year, the council approved plans to increase Selhurst Park’s capacity from 25,456 to more than 34,000. Palace, who are 14th in the table, travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League later.

Is age a factor behind the wheel?

“Older drivers often self-restrict their driving by not driving at night and only driving on familiar roads.” Car accidents: Younger v older drivers What does the law say? Once you reach 70, your driving licence automatically expires. To renew it, you must fill in a self-assessment declaring you are medically fit to continue driving – but you do not actually have to pass a test. You have to reapply every three years. To drive legally, you must also be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away. The Association of Optometrists has previously called for those behind the wheel to have compulsory eye tests every 10 years. You also need to tell the DVLA if you develop any …

Nursing mother smashes 268-mile race record

Image copyright YannBB Image caption Jasmin Paris was met by her daughter, Rowan, at the end of the race Competitors spend two-thirds of the race in the dark and carry all their own kit and supplies. They also have no personal support team or runner with them on the course. Image copyright YannBB Competitors have one week to complete the gruelling race, which travels over hilly terrain and covers 43,000ft of climbing – more than Everest at 29,000ft. The Spine Race 2013 winner, Eugeni Rosello Sole, was forced to push his emergency button 6km before the end, which eliminated him from the race after becoming unwell from sleep deprivation. ‘Bad situation’ During the entirety of the race, Mrs Paris only …

Woman dies after stables horse fall

Analysis: By Frank Keogh, BBC Sport Tragic accidents like this are thankfully rare in racing stables but highlight the risks that riders face every day. Iain Jardine has a growing reputation in the sport, with a successful young team and this will be a devastating blow to all concerned. He trained Nakeeta to win the competitive Ebor Handicap at York in 2017 and the horse went on to run twice in Australia’s Melbourne Cup – the “race that stops a nation” – including a highly creditable fifth later that year. The tight-knit racing community, particularly in Scotland, is sure to rally round with support and the yard will continue as best it can for racehorse owners, and in memory of …

Club’s ‘weird’ 1,400-word Brexit post

“Then they must get ready to unite the whole of the UK by working night and day on a new Brexit deal, starting Wednesday morning, or be prepared to walk away with a no deal in July,” the article concluded. The comments from the club, which plays in the fifth tier of English football, come in the week that Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said he “could not wait” for the UK to leave the European Union after his side’s draw with Huddersfield in the Premier League. Meanwhile, former England international Jamie Carragher told BBC Radio 5 live he was “convinced” there would be a different outcome if a second referendum were to be held. Journalist Jonny Sharples responded to …

Royal Mint marks 50 years of the 50p

Sportsman and neurologist Bannister ran the first sub four-minute mile at the Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May 1954. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionArchive: Bannister reflects on his famous achievement The 50p marks the 50th anniversary of that feat, when he recorded a time of three minutes and 59.4 seconds in front of 1,500 spectators. He only held the world record for 46 days, when his time was beaten by Australian rival John Landy. The coin celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Kew depicts the gardens’ Great Pagoda, which was completed in 1762 as a gift to Princess Augusta. With only 210,000 coins produced, it is the rarest 50p coin in …

BBC presenter and Radio 1 star dies

Former presenter Gordon Burns, who worked with Oxberry on NWT after leaving The Krypton Factor, posted a tribute on Twitter. Skip Twitter post by @mrgordonburns Totally, utterly, completely devastated. Just can’t believe we have lost the lovely hugely talented Dianne Oxberry. @BBCNWT will never be the same again. She was an outstanding broadcaster, brilliant colleague for so many years and a very good friend. Heartbroken. — Gordon Burns (@mrgordonburns) January 11, 2019 After her time at Radio 1 in London, Sunderland-born Oxberry returned north to Greater Manchester in 1993 with her husband, cameraman Ian Hindle. The couple, who have two young children, met in Manchester while she was co-presenting the Saturday morning children’s television show, The 8:15 From Manchester. Your …

Why I say Andy Murray is GB’s best sportsman

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAndy Murray was in tears as he spoke to journalists ahead of the Australian Open It’s a big call but I’m making it: Sir Andy Murray is the greatest sportsman Britain has ever had. I’ll confess I am a huge tennis fan, so somewhat biased, but that doesn’t make me wrong. On the day he says he’s planning to retire, I’m going to make the case for why he’s the best British man in sport. Let’s take a look at some facts about Murray first of all: Three times a Grand Slam winner, including twice at Wimbledon where he ended a 77-year wait for a men’s champion Beating Novak Djokovic to win …

Andy Murray praised for ‘casual feminism’

Report End of Twitter post by @BillieJeanKing Labour MP Jess Phillips summed it up in her tweet: “Great player, normal bloke, and best of all casual feminist.” ‘Australian Open may be my last event’ Oh-so-nears, tears & triumphs – Murray’s legacy Why I say Andy Murray is GB’s best sportsman What made him speak out? The Scot raised eyebrows when he appointed a woman, Amelie Mauresmo, as his coach in 2014. Image copyright Getty Images Murray said he had never set out to be a spokesperson for women’s equality. But he felt Mauresmo faced unfair criticism for his losses – something that his previous male coaches hadn’t experienced. In a column for French newspaper L’Equipe, he wrote: “Have I become …

Model defends role at farm trade show

‘Grid kids’ to replace F1 ‘grid girls’ Which sports still use ‘walk-on girls’? During the exhibition Agrifac tweeted pictures of the women posing in front of agricultural machinery and with competition winners. Karen Carter chaired her local Young Farmers club in Devon and is a volunteer for the Farming Community Network. She said she was “disappointed” when she saw the images from the show. “It is 2019 – it is frustrating we are still having these conversations. “I have nothing against the girls. The point is this sort of practice is outdated,” she said. Carol Lishman, director of the agricultural manufacturers Martin Lishman, tweeted: “Embarrassing photo and not great for encouraging women in this industry, disappointing this is still happening.” …

Rape trial cricketer ‘ashamed’ by sex chat

“No thought went into it,” he said, fighting back tears as he told the court his family has had to see embarrassing comments he made. ‘Taking advantage’ The court heard Worcestershire all-rounder Mr Hepburn and fellow cricketer Joe Clarke – who had consensual sex with the woman before the alleged rape – were both part of the group. Latest news and updates West Midlands Cross-examing Mr Hepburn, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said: “This is a case about you, fired up by this ‘game’ you were so keen to play with your mates, taking advantage of a girl that you knew was asleep in Joe’s bed.” Mr Hepburn answered: “Not true.” Ms Moore continued: “The reason you are crying now is …

Boy ‘traumatised’ by football filming row

Report End of Twitter post by @MaxdHayes Skip Twitter post by @ben_hayes65 I’ve just reviewed the only footage filmed at Chelsea today, and this is the terrible crime and the offender, who deserved to be dragged by his neck! #NFFC @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/SarkRSmnNO — Ben Hayes (@ben_hayes65) January 5, 2019 Max said a security officer confiscated his bag and recording equipment before letting the three fans into the match. When they tried to report it to police an officer told them there was “no point” as they would miss the game. The Hayes family said they were considering making a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police over the incident. Report End of Twitter post by @ColinMurray Skip Twitter post by @nottmtails …

NBA star: ‘I don’t feel safe in the UK’

“It’s sad as I love Harry Potter, and wanted to come see all of London so badly, but I can’t take the risk.” Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey’s pugnacious president As things stand, Kanter’s Knicks team will go ahead and play their regular season game against the Washington Wizards without him. Their game in London is part of an NBA strategy to bring the sport to the world – but ironically it can’t bring one of the world’s best players. Kanter is an outspoken critic of the President of his native Turkey, Recep Tayyp Erdogan. The sportsman has referred to the politician as “the Hitler of our century”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An anti-government protester in Turkey holds a …