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BBC News: Politicians ponder Scotland's future
Saturday 20th September 2014
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BBC news for Wiltshire

Train stuck in floods after storms

Some 90 passengers are rescued from a train after it became trapped in flood water during a night of storms in southern England.

Council bid 'to close' fire-hit site

Councillors vote unanimously to pursue "all legal avenues" to close a Swindon recycling centre, following a two month fire at the site.

Women convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Six women are convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south-west England and south Wales in which thousands of people lost money.

Sex attack 'was not preventable'

A sex attack by two teenagers on a boy in a cellar in Gloucester could not have been anticipated or prevented, a report finds.

Salisbury administration granted

Salisbury City has been placed in administration at the High Court after a application through creditors was granted.

'Neolithic' burial chamber opens

Opening a 'Neolithic' burial chamber

Where is England's hidden art?

Sculptures tucked away around the country

Live BBC World News

Turkish hostages in Iraq released

Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June are freed and brought back to Turkey.

Ukraine deal with eastern rebels

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels agree a memorandum on a peace plan for the conflict in the east of the country, at talks in Minsk.

Polls close in tight NZ election

Polls close in a tight New Zealand general election after what has been called the dirtiest campaigning in the nation's history.

Russian jets intercepted off Alaska

Six Russian fighter jets are intercepted by American and Canadian planes off the coast of Alaska on Wednesday, US defence officials confirm.

Tipsy Australian 'repels' crocodile

An Australian hunter says he fought off a crocodile by poking the reptile in the eye, admitting he was tipsy during the attack.

Intruder sparks White House alert

Secret Service agents briefly evacuate part of the White House after an intruder was spotted running through the grounds.

Court to hear Berlusconi fraud appeal

The European Court for Human Rights will hear Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's appeal against a fraud conviction, his lawyer says.

BBC Sports News

Milanic poised to take Leeds job

Leeds are close to appointing Darko Milanic as their new head coach following the sacking of David Hockaday last month.

Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City

QPR boss Mark Hughes will take his team to his former club Stoke for the opening Premier League fixture of the weekend

St Helens 41-0 Castleford Tigers

James Roby scores two first-half tries as St Helens beat Castleford to reach the Super League play-off semi-finals.

Train stuck in floods after storms

Some 90 passengers are rescued from a train after it became trapped in flood water during a night of storms in southern England.

Council bid 'to close' fire-hit site

Councillors vote unanimously to pursue "all legal avenues" to close a Swindon recycling centre, following a two month fire at the site.

Women convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Six women are convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south-west England and south Wales in which thousands of people lost money.

Sex attack 'was not preventable'

A sex attack by two teenagers on a boy in a cellar in Gloucester could not have been anticipated or prevented, a report finds.

Salisbury administration granted

Salisbury City has been placed in administration at the High Court after a application through creditors was granted.

'Neolithic' burial chamber opens

Opening a 'Neolithic' burial chamber

Where is England's hidden art?

Sculptures tucked away around the country

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Imams in hostage video appeal to IS

Two high-profile imams in the UK make a direct appeal to the Islamic State militant group to free British hostage Alan Henning.

VIDEO: William takes Kate's place in Malta

Prince William is to visit Malta to mark the 50th anniversary of the country's independence from British rule.

VIDEO: Police separate rival crowds in Glasgow

Protestors are demonstrating in Glasgow as supporters of the Yes and No campaigns gather in the city centre.

VIDEO: Nicola Sturgeon steps into spotlight

Politicians in England and Scotland are set to consider how the UK will be governed in the future after voters rejected Scottish independence.

VIDEO: Tourists stranded by Hurricane Odile

Tens of thousands of tourists remain stranded after Hurricane Odile swept through western Mexico, devastating resorts and destroying transport hubs.

VIDEO: Asthma stigma in some Asian families

Asian children with asthma are five times more likely to end up with serious health problems than white children according to new research.

VIDEO: Alice Gross: Police continue search

Police are continuing to search the home of Arnis Zalkalns, who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross in west London.