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BBC News: UK's terror threat level raised
Friday 29th August 2014
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Welcome to the Oldbury Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around SN11 and Wiltshire!

First some super useful links! Historic Photos, Maps & Jigsaws of Oldbury!
Why not click below for some amazing old photos or maps of Oldbury or the Calne area in days gone by!


BBC news for Wiltshire

Rail regulator probes Longleat crash

A miniature train accident at Longleat Adventure Park is being investigated by the rail watchdog, the BBC learns.

Man charged after fatal collision

A man is charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a 33-year-old died in a crash in Swindon.

Man, 73, buys 200,000 volt stun gun

A 73-year-old man is interviewed by police after buying a 200,000 volt stun gun and pepper spray online.

Twitter sex messages teacher banned

A teacher who sent private messages on Twitter to a sixth form pupil "enticing her to engage in a sexual act" is banned from teaching.

Salisbury rejected by Wessex League

Financially-troubled Salisbury City are told that their application to join the Wessex League has been rejected.

'Little village pub' best in the UK

The Red Lion in East Chisenbury makes the cut

VIDEO: Local circus heads back out on tour

Behind the scenes at Giffords Circus before tour

Live BBC World News

Nato accuses Russia over Ukraine

Nato accuses Russia of a "blatant violation" of Ukraine's sovereignty, saying it is engaged in direct military operations to support rebels.

More than 3m have fled Syria - UN

The UN says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with more than three million Syrians living outside the country as refugees.

Senegal confirms first Ebola case

Senegal's health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth west African country now affected by the outbreak.

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff

Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two air disasters this year.

2.6m historic pictures posted online

An academic is posting millions of historic photos and illustrations to Flickr where they can be searched and copied without charge.

Iceland lowers volcano ash alert

The Icelandic Met Office lowers its aviation warning from red to orange near the Bardarbunga volcano, which saw an eruption begin overnight.

Brazil's economy enters recession

A contraction of 0.6% in Brazil's economy between April and June, and a revision of the first quarter, has pushed the country into recession, latest figures show.

BBC Sports News

Rosberg punished for Hamilton crash

Mercedes discipline Nico Rosberg following his collision with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Swann denies witch hunt against Cook

Graeme Swann renews his call for former team-mate Alastair Cook to end his captaincy of the England one-day side.

Redknapp to sign contract extension

QPR manager Harry Redknapp reveals he has been offered a new two-year contract extension which he is ready to sign.

Rail regulator probes Longleat crash

A miniature train accident at Longleat Adventure Park is being investigated by the rail watchdog, the BBC learns.

Man charged after fatal collision

A man is charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a 33-year-old died in a crash in Swindon.

Man, 73, buys 200,000 volt stun gun

A 73-year-old man is interviewed by police after buying a 200,000 volt stun gun and pepper spray online.

Twitter sex messages teacher banned

A teacher who sent private messages on Twitter to a sixth form pupil "enticing her to engage in a sexual act" is banned from teaching.

Salisbury rejected by Wessex League

Financially-troubled Salisbury City are told that their application to join the Wessex League has been rejected.

'Little village pub' best in the UK

The Red Lion in East Chisenbury makes the cut

VIDEO: Local circus heads back out on tour

Behind the scenes at Giffords Circus before tour

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. Out of 162 nations 151 are currently involved in some form of conflict. Although the UK has managed to stay relatively free from internal conflict, the country only ranks 47th in this year's Global Peace Index. Iceland came top as the most peaceful nation for the third year in a row. The five least peaceful countries were, in order: Somalia, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan and, in last place, Syria. Daily Express

2. The Premier League began on Saturday following a record summer of transfer spending in England's top league. The 20 top-flight clubs have invested an estimated £647m - £17m more than in the whole of last summer - with experts believing the figure could reach £1bn. Sky Sports News

3. British consumers spend an average of £142 shopping online while drunk. Lobster pots and diving equipment among the bizarre items people have ordered during their merry sprees. Most drunken spending sessions (53%) take place on Amazon, according to a survey by a comparison website. Daily Telegraph

4. Parents typically face spending £180 on sending their children back to school, figures show. A small number – nine per cent – will fork out as much as £900 on uniforms, books, excursions and stationery, the government-backed Money Advice Service found. About 20 per cent of parents said they will need to dip into savings, 16 per cent expect to use a credit card and eight per cent will rely on an overdraft. Metro

5. Pubs are now closing at a rate of 31 per week, according to the real ale group Camra. Campaigners are calling for urgent legislation to make it harder for pubs to be demolished or transformed into retail outlets. With 3% of pubs in the suburbs closing in the past six months, there are now 54,490 boozers left in Britain. The Observer

6. A huge asteroid has a one-in-300 chance of wiping out life on Earth – but not until 2800. Researchers at the University of Tennessee are studying Asteroid 1950 DA, which could strike earth on 16 March, 2880. It has a diameter of one kilometre and is travelling at nine miles a second relative to the Earth. It would hit at 38,000 miles per hour. The Times

7. The UK is the self-employment capital of western Europe, says the IPPR think-tank. Policymakers are concerned that the trend is a sign of labour market weakness, raising fears over the strength of the economic recovery. Around two-fifths of all new jobs since 2010 have been among the self-employed, a trend that has helped shape Labour's cost-of-living agenda. The Times

8. New research from the American Chemical Society shows wine kept in a cupboard at home ages four times as quickly as that stored in a professional cellar. After two years, those stored in domestic conditions had consistently aged more quickly and had fewer antioxidants, less red pigmentation and weaker flavour than the cellar versions. The Times

9. Half of all people eligible for a state pension are still working, a study suggests. One in three pensioners is fully retired while half are working at least part time to make ends meet, it adds. One in four of those toiling in their 60s, 70s and 80s is running their own business. Evening Standard

10. German vehicle-maker Daimler has an innovative approach to holiday email, which many people about to return from holiday may well wish their company would copy. Emails sent to employees while they are on holiday are automatically deleted. Email these people and you will get a message like this: I am on vacation. I cannot read your email. Your email is being deleted. Please contact Hans or Monika if it's really important, or resend the email after I'm back in the office. Danke Schoen. BBC

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Punched woman talks of grope outrage

A student who was punched in the face at the Notting Hill Carnival for telling a man not to grope her says she would do the same again.

VIDEO: Buried gold sparks treasure hunt

Hundreds of people have descended on Folkestone beach in a bid to get their hands on a share of buried gold worth £10,000.

VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets

The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.

VIDEO: Roman ruins uncovered in Somerset

Archaeologists are studying Roman ruins, including a bath house, that have been discovered on the site of a new bypass in Somerset.

VIDEO: Rotherham council knew 'many' at risk

A former social worker says Rotherham council deliberately under-reported the number of children at risk of sexual exploitation to meet targets.

VIDEO: Bees move into City Chambers

More than 120,000 bees take up residence on the roof of Glasgow City Council headquarters as part of a new environmental project.

VIDEO: Oldest wing walker takes to skies

The world's oldest wing walker has extended his own record at the opening of the Bournemouth Air Festival.