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Michaela Strachan is urging the public to create bee-friendly gardens (Friends of the Earth/PA)

TV presenter Michaela Strachan urges public to help support 'precious' bees

High street retailers saw a 6.1% drop in overall year-on-year sales in April, reportedly the worst overall figures since November 2008

Weakest trading month for high street since 2008, year of world economic crisis

Daniel McArthur, the firm's general manager, said the family had been buoyed by support shown

Christian bakers 'praying for just outcome' in 'gay cake' appeal hearing

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has condemned the attack on a refuge camp in Syria.

Foreign Secretary condemns deadly air strike on Syrian refugee camp

The inquest that concluded last month found that the 96 fans who died were unlawfully killed

South Yorkshire Police 'asked press officer to spin Hillsborough reports'

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham is considering the role of mayor

Andy Burnham considers bid to be Greater Manchester mayor

Britons must have an e-passport to enter the US

'Get an e-passport' warning to Britons heading for the US

Junior doctors in scrubs and masks sit down in a silent protest outside Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Talks on new junior doctors' contract set to restart

Count volunteers count ballot papers at the Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow, Essex, as counting begins across the UK in local council elections.

Labour facing tough night at polls as results pour in from Super Thursday

Iron Man 3 composer Brian Tyler, who has said musical scores for feature films help to keep 'symphonic music alive'

Film scores keep symphonic music alive, says Iron Man 3 composer Brian Tyler

The shortlisted debut authors are in the running for the Desmond Elliott Prize

Judges reveal debut authors' novels shortlisted for prestigious literary prize

The new state-of-the-art polar research ship (Natural Environment Research Council)

MPs wonder whether 'Boaty McVolte-face' is on cards over poll-winning ship name

Damian Lewis attending the UK gala premiere of Our Kind Of Traitor in London

'Proud Londoner' Damian Lewis slams Boris Johnson over 'Dubai on Thames' promise

Experts are hoping to find traces of Leonardo's DNA from paintings

Scientists seek to unravel genius within da Vinci DNA code

A view from Hungerford Bridge of the London Eye and the Thames on a sunny Spring day in London

UK sees hottest day of 2016 as temperatures hit 21C

Visitors to petting farms have been urged to make sure they wash their hands after touching animals

31 fall ill after disease outbreak linked to petting farm

The PM branded Donald Trump's call for foreign Muslims to be temporarily banned form entering the US as "stupid, divisive, and wrong" in the Commons last December

Donald Trump deserves respect for success during 'gruelling' primaries, says PM

Sophie Walker, the Women's Equality Party mayoral candidate, has registered a complaint with the council

Emergency proxy votes offered amid Barnet Council poll blunder

Voters are heading to the polls across the UK in the biggest test of political opinion since the general election

Counting begins in biggest test of political opinion since general election

A tribunal has heard that former chief constable Mike Craik had an affair with his assistant chief constable

Police chief 'lied to lawyer and spent public cash on affair cover-up'

Leicester City fan Mark Molloy gets a tattoo from artist Nik Moss-Glennon at Blue Ink tattoo studio in Leicester

Jamie Vardy endured tattoo marathon ahead of Leicester triumph

The widow of Donald Lock left the courtroom as a video of a police interview was played in which Matthew Daley spoke of how he stabbed Mr Lock

Man accused of 'road rage' murder not giving evidence at trial

Gaby Schoenberger, the partner of Captain David Seath, leaves his funeral at St Margaret's RC Memorial Church in Dunfermline, Scotland

Marathon collapse Afghanistan veteran hailed as 'hero' at funeral

New laws passed to tackle legal highs will take effect around the country on May 26

Blanket ban on 'legal highs' to come into force this month

Minister Nick Gibb said he had already seen the test question he got wrong

Schools minister 'already seen test question he got wrong'

Lord Price said it's vital to build on renewed relationships like that with Argentina if the UK is to improve exports to Latin America

First trade mission to Argentina in decade aims to lift exports to Latin America

Last week, care homes group Four Seasons reported a 39% fall in annual earnings

Financial structure at care homes group Four Seasons 'unsustainable'

The Medway Secure Training Centre where there are claims children have been assaulted by staff

Government 'to take over youth prison where staff allegedly assaulted children'

The figures were sweet for the chocolatier

Hotel Chocolat founders net £43.5m after initial public offering

Donald Trump, described as Chris Grayling 'with a hairpiece' by Labour's Chris Bryant over his views on the UK and Brexit

Bryant calls Trump 'Grayling with a hairpiece' in Commons EU jibe

Boris Johnson and David Cameron will appear on Countryfile

David Cameron and Boris Johnson take EU referendum battle to Countryfile

Edinburgh Castle was used as the backdrop for Police Scotland's 'running man' dance video

Police Scotland officers take up global dance challenge at Edinburgh Castle

Mr Justice MacDonald is set to outline his reasoning in a written judgment

Surgeons 'can perform hysterectomy on schizophrenic cancer patient'

Police are looking for Angela Kelly and her daughters Shanti, 12, and Maya-Rose, five, (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Mother goes missing with daughters after 'children in care' Facebook post

The scene at Railway Road in Leigh, Wigan, where a 50-year-old man was attacked by a group of people outside a chip shop and later died

Man who died after attack 'robbed as he lay on the ground'

Madonna arrives at the Met Gala fashion event in New York (AP)

Madonna's Met Gala dress 'a political statement as well as a fashion statement'

Lyn Rigby, mother of murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby, arriving for his funeral service at Bury Parish church in Greater Manchester in 2013

Mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby in 'constant pain every day'

Uncertainty ahead of the EU referendum could see UK growth grind almost to a halt

Brexit fears could see UK growth grind to a halt

A mock church is burnt down on the set of Irish movie Calvary

Women should direct 50% of publicly-funded films - group

Details of BT's multibillion-pound plan came as it announced a 15% rise in pre-tax profits to £3.03 billion for the year to March 31

BT to invest £6bn in network upgrade and improve customer service

Prince Harry, second right, takes part in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, at Valiente Polo Farm, Wellington, Florida

Botswana to benefit from Prince Harry's Sentebale charity

The star obtained an injunction to prevent claims that he slept with a prostitute from being published

US magazine names British star in media gag over 'sex with prostitute'

Prince Harry believes his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, would probably have done many of the things he undertakes

Harry: I hope my work makes my mother proud

Doctors hope the breakthrough will inspire people living with HIV to join the organ donor register

HIV transplant breakthrough could inspire new donors - top medic

Police enter the tarpaulin-covered garden at the former home of paedophile couple David and Pauline Williams

Excavation at paedophile couple's home continues

Cambridge remains in the top five

Slip for UK universities in Times world rankings

A Hollywood film is to be made of the NHS Choir's success story

NHS Choir head for Hollywood fame with movie of their success

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones, left, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, centre, campaign in Maesteg, south Wales

Labour forecast to remain biggest party in Senedd at Welsh election

Prime Minister David Cameron greets his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on the steps of 10 Downing Street in central London ahead of talks

Brexit 'would make UK less attractive to Japanese investors': Shinzo Abe


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