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Schoolgirl singer Beau Dermott could not speak because of her excitement at reaching the final of Britain's Got Talent (Syco/Thames)

Beau Dermott, 12, seals place in Britain's Got Talent final

The Ministry of Defence said it would not comment on special forces operations

British special forces praised for stopping IS suicide attack in Libya

Under guidance introduced in 2013, when forces received a report that a child is missing they can class them as either "missing" or "absent"

Police system for missing children 'dangerous and should be scrapped'

A blanket ban on so-called legal highs has been introduced

Blanket ban on 'legal highs' comes into force

Nursing associate is a new role being created in the NHS

New nursing associate role given green light

The internet was a feature in some suicide cases, researchers said

Self-harm 'strongly associated with increased future risk of suicide'

The NHS is shelling out 820 million pounds per year due to delays discharging older patients from hospital when they no longer need care, a report says

NHS shells out £820m per year on older patients bed-blocking, says NAO report

Sajid Javid - pictured talking to Tata Steel workers in Port Talbot - is due to update MPs after returning from Mumbai

Ministers warned over changing pensions law to save Tata UK steel business

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a drive to urge young people to register to vote

Cameron 'vote for your life' plea to young amid tight EU poll result fears

Lord Sugar has warned the Remain campaign must do a better job of explaining why Britain needs to stay in the EU

Remain camp 'must better explain why UK must stay in EU'

The Prime Minister says leaving the EU "would put pensions at risk"

Brexit would put pensions at risk, David Cameron tells older voters

Home Secretary David Blunkett delivers his keynote speech to the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth. Blunkett  signalled further action to curb gun crime if Labour gains a third term of office. *  Mr Blunkett told Labour's conference: Two terms in off

EU vital for countering terrorism threat, says Blunkett

The private sector has been under the biggest attack from fraudsters

Fraud 'costing UK economy up to £193 billion a year'

Alan Rickman died on January 14

Alan Rickman leaves estate worth more than £4m

Administrators are considering several bids for collapsed department store chain BHS

Dominic Chappell 'took a bit of a punt' in BHS purchase

More than £6.7 million of the almost £12 million reported to the Electoral Commission between January and March went to the Tories

Tories take more than half of donations to political parties

Top Gear presenter Chris Evans answers media questions

Chris Evans 'relieved' Top Gun pilot was sick during Top Gear challenge

Armed police patrols will be used to help tackle gun crime in London

Rising gun crime 'giving terrorists greater access to weapons'

One of the men, who is in his 30s and took a legal high called Clockwork Orange, is in a life-threatening condition in hospital

Man fights for life after taking legal high

An injunction barring publication of names remains pending a Court of Appeal hearing

Judges to consider new privacy battle involving public figure

Figures show almost 95% of the UK's bathing spots are clean enough to swim in

Almost 95% of UK bathing spots clean enough to swim in but only 60% 'excellent'

Tributes on the beach in Sousse, Tunisia, following the terror attack in June 2015

Spain and Portugal holiday demand surges amid terror attack fears

An armed policeman on the beach in Sousse following the terrorist attack, as the Foreign Office has been urged to relax its advice, warning against all but essential travel to the North African country

Tunisia terror attack victims' families raise concerns over warnings

Jamie Vardy married Rebekah Nicholson at a lavish ceremony in Cheshire

Soccer and showbiz stars turn out for Jamie Vardy's big match

Bus driver Kevin Jones said he went to work after winning millions because people depended on him for their morning commute

Bus driver went to work morning after winning lottery millions

The 55-year-old suspect was held at Chichester Marina in West Sussex

Briton held at UK marina in Spanish murder investigation

Latest courts news

'No evidence' Liam Fee accused assaulted toddler

A study led by Coventry University recommended setting up "firearms focal points" to collect and share weapons and ballistics evidence

Call for Europe-wide evidence-sharing to target gun crime and terror

Kevin Hyland says modern slavery demands a similar response to other serious crimes

UK police must 'up their game', says anti-slavery commissioner

The woman won the right to challenge the decision

Woman aiming to use dead daughter's eggs to have child 'would fulfil dying wish'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than three years

Sweden refuses to revoke Assange arrest warrant

Police arrested a 17-year-old after appealing for information

Youth arrested after teenagers burned in 'acid' attack at station

Jamie Bell has reportedly held informal chats with producers about replacing Daniel Craig when he steps down as James Bond

Jamie Bell 'joins race to be next James Bond'

The regulator said Royal Mail had been under "significant financial pressure" after years of falling letter volumes

Ofcom decides against price controls for Royal Mail

Tranquility Saloon, a shed owned by Alistair Baranowski in Aberdeenshire, which has been shortlisted in the Pub and Entertainment category in the Shed of the Year competition (Cuprinol/PA)

Millennium Falcon and Wild West saloon among 32 vying to be Shed of the Year

Alex Chesterman welcomed "a particularly strong performance in our comparison services division"

Zoopla profits increase 58% after uSwitch acquisition

Steve Rowe pledged to restore the fortunes of Marks & Spencer's general merchandise division

M&S chief warns over profits in price-cutting turnaround plan

Tata has identified short-listed bidders, but they need to be evaluated.

Tata to consider bids for UK steel business but process ongoing

The respected think-tank said a vote to Leave could see public finances take a 20 billion to 40 billion pound hit in 2019/20

World Trade Organisation adds new warning on economic cost of Brexit

An NHS doctor is thought to have joined Islamic State

Sister's dismay at NHS doctor who left family to join Islamic State in Syria

David Cameron will be hoping for support from world leaders

G7 believes Brexit would be threat to economic growth, says David Cameron

Ministers cited evidence suggesting fewer than 60% of consumers reported being able to switch as quickly as they would like to

Plans for standard one-week switching across consumer services

Boogie Storm had made it through to the final of Britain's Got Talent (Syco/ITV)

Britain's Got Talent judges feel the force as dancing stormtroopers reach final

The Lords report said successive UK governments have taken the Union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 'for granted'

Peers warn Union 'under threat' after 'piecemeal' devolution

Experts say more research is needed into the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, as figures show more people have been trying them

More people try e-cigarettes, as experts warn 'research urgently needed'

Researchers have called for tighter curbs on car exhausts and industrial waste emissions to reduce the risk of air pollutants

Air pollution could increase stillbirth risk, study suggests

HMRC misjudged the overall impact of its complex transition and shed too many customer service staff before completing service changes, the NAO said

HMRC service quality 'collapsed' after 'badly wrong' timing of staff cuts

Theresa May called for more diversity in fire crews

Theresa May criticises lack of diversity in fire and rescue crews

Jean-Louis Cayrou denies murdering Patricia Wilson, who vanished from her home in south-west France in August 2012

Jury shown crime scene images in trial of gardener accused of Briton's murder

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