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Cold eases but some schools shut ahead of ‘rollercoaster’ weekend temperatures

Dozens of schools will be shut for a third consecutive day – as the country prepares for a “rollercoaster” of temperatures over the weekend.

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The survey is designed to find out at what age, on average, children learn the truth about Father Christmas (Julien Behal/PA)

Backlash and sense of betrayal? Study to reveal effect of Santa’s big white lie

The shock at finding out as a child that Father Christmas is not real is to be the subject of an academic study by a psychologist.

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Some 90% of all primary schools are rated good or outstanding (PA)

130 schools have shown no improvement for 10 years – Ofsted

More than 100 schools have not improved in the last 10 years, education watchdog Ofsted is expected to say.

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Thirty volunteers from Network Rail help run the event (PA)

Euston Station to host lunch for 200 homeless on Christmas Day

Euston Station will welcome 200 homeless people for lunch on Christmas Day while the transport hub is shut to commuters.

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Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on the coldest night of the year so far (Danny Lawson/PA)

School and transport disruption continues after coldest night of the year

The coldest night of the year so far has led to fresh disruption as flights were cancelled, schools remained closed and drivers faced lengthy delays.

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Forensic officers outside the house in Jackson Street (Peter Byrne/PA)

Man and woman charged over house fire that killed three children

Two people have been charged with murder after a house fire left three children dead.

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Forensic officers at the scene of  the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Sixth person held as police investigate house fire that killed three children

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with an arson attack that killed three children in Greater Manchester.

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What the papers say - December 13

What the papers say – December 13

The story of a baby born with her heart outside her body is one of the top stories in Wednesday’s papers – along with snaps from the latest Star Wars premiere and tales on fuel prices.

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Mr Davis promised MPs there would be "a number of votes" on the final deal struck between the UK and EU (PA)

Davis’s final plea to Tories as ‘Commons revolt’ threatens to derail Brexit bill

David Davis has written to MPs in a last-ditch attempt to avert a Tory revolt and potential Commons defeat for the Government’s Brexit legislation.

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The blackened shell of Grenfell Tower looms over north Kensington (Rick Findler/PA)

Wave of emotion feared for Grenfell Tower survivors six months on from blaze

Health professionals fear those trying to rebuild their lives after the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze will be hit with a fresh wave of emotion, six months on from the fire.

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Clarrie Mendy, whose cousin Mary Mendy and Mary?s daughter Khadija Saye died in the Grenfell Tower fire, at her home in London (Victoria Jones/PA)

Grenfell Tower nightmare ‘getting darker every day’

A woman who lost two family members in the Grenfell Tower fire has described the situation half a year on as a nightmare which “seems to be getting darker every day”.

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Eartha Pond is assistant vice-principal at The Crest Academy in north-west London (Varkey Foundation/PA)

Top-flight women’s footballer in running for major teaching award

A top-flight women’s footballer and school leader who has raised more than £100,000 for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire is in the running to win a major international teaching award.

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Water regulator Ofwat has pledged to save customers up to £25 a year off their bills under its price review plans for 20 20 to 2025

Water watchdog vows to cut bills for households in England and Wales

Households look set to save up to £25 a year off their water bills from 2020 to 2025 under plans put forward by regulator Ofwat.

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MPs said in a new report that a "no-deal" Brexit would be a "highly risky" option for the civil nuclear industry (Owen Humphreys/PA)

MPs urge Government to retain close ties with European nuclear industry body

The Government is being urged to retain a close association with the body which regulates the nuclear industry across Europe as MPs step up calls to guarantee protections for the sector.

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Several swans have been found dead or injured around  in Thamesmead (PA)

Volunteers patrol London parks after swans and cygnets ‘stabbed and beheaded’

Six swans including three cygnets are feared to have been stabbed and beheaded after their mutilated bodies were discovered in south London parks.

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Three-week-old Vanellope Hope Wilkins (Ben Birchall/PA)

Vanellope becomes ‘first UK baby’ to survive extremely rare heart condition

A baby born with an extremely rare condition in which the heart grows on the outside of the body has survived, in what is believed to be a UK first.

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Rise of the scratchcard helps reduce Lottery’s charitable returns

National Lottery income for good causes fell by 15% over the year to April as players turned away from draw-based games to scratchcards, a report from the Government’s spending watchdog shows.

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Uber has been refused a licence in York (PA)

Taxi for Uber! Another blow for app as York is latest UK city to refuse licence

York has followed London by refusing to grant ride-hailing app Uber a licence to operate in the city.

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Motorways expected to have the worst hold-ups include the M25 anti-clockwise, M1 in both directions and M6 southbound (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Fears of four-hour delays on roads over Christmas

More than 20 million vehicles are expected on UK roads over the festive period resulting in delays of up to four hours, according to new analysis.

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Social media was 'the most significant factor' driving harassment, abuse and intimidation of 2017 General Election candidates (Victoria Jones/PA)

Brexit could help make sure tech giants curb online abuse, says committee

Brexit could make it easier to ensure online media companies take more legal responsibility for curbing “persistent, vile and shocking abuse” suffered by politicians and public figures, the official ethics watchdog has said.

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