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  • 1/41 8 January 2018

    Journalist Carrie Gracie speaks to the media outside the BBC in London after she turned down a 45,000 rise, describing the offer as a “botched solution” to the problem of unequal pay at the BBC . Gracie said she told the corporation she wanted equality, rather than more money, and was determined not to help the organisation “perpetuate a failing pay structure by discriminating against women”

    PA

  • 2/41 7 January 2018

    A man reads a newspaper as he takes part in the annual ‘No Trousers On The Tube Day’ (No Pants Subway Ride) at Liverpool Street Station . Started in 2002 with only seven participants, the day is now marked in over 60 cities around the world . The idea behind “No Pants” is that random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter, without wearing trousers . The participants wear all of the usual winter clothing on their top half such as hats, scarves and gloves and do not acknowledge each other’s similar state of undress. AFP/Getty

  • 3/41 6 January 2018

    League Two side Coventry City celebrate victory over Premier League side Stoke in the FA Cup third round

    PA

  • 4/41 5 January 2018

    A commendation ceremony takes place at Manchester Town Hall to recognise the actions of police and rail staff following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena in May 2017

    PA

  • 5/41 4 January 2018

    Stuart (no surname given) with his possessions in a bus stop near Windsor Castle, Berkshire . Prime Minister Theresa May has said she disagrees with Tory council leader Simon Dudley, who called on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding

    PA

  • 6/41 3 January 2018

    Storm Eleanor lashed the UK with violent storm-force winds of up to 100mph

    PA

  • 7/41 2 January 2018

    Members of National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) hold a demonstration against rail fare increases outside Kings Cross Railway Station, London .

    Average rail ticket prices across Britain have risen by 3.4 percent, the biggest increase to rail fares for five years

    EPA

  • 8/41 1 January 2018

    A man takes part in the Mappleton Bridge Jump, an annual unofficial tradition where those willing jump from Okeover bridge on New Years Day into the River Dove

    PA

  • 9/41 31 December 2017

    Passing clouds creating beautiful colours in Wimbledon on the last sunset of the year

    Rex

  • 10/41 30 December 2017

    One person was taken to hospital after a fire broke out on the ninth floor of a building in Joiner Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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  • 11/41 29 December 2017

    Heavy snow, rain, thunderstorms and wind have caused disruption across much of Britain as a band of “severe” weather rolled across the country . Travelers were warned of dangerous roads conditions, with Highways England advising road users to pack shovels, food and water if they do venture out . The weather didn’t just affect travel however, camels on a farm near Richmond, North Yorkshire and various other animals are having to deal with the cold weather

    PA

  • 12/41 28 December 2017

    Alastair Cook celebrates after reaching his double-century during the third day of the fourth Ashes cricket test match

    Reuters

  • 13/41 27 December 2017

    Sheep are driven to another field in the Cotswolds after overnight snow caused travel disruptions across parts of the UK

    PA

  • 14/41 26 December 2017

    Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his third goal, Tottenham’s fifth, during the Boxing day Premier League match against Southampton at Wembley . He broke Alan Shearer s record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, scoring 39 from 36 matches . Kane also finished 2017 as Europe s leading scorer ahead of Barcelona s Lionel Messi, who has 54 goals from 63 appearances in all competitions . Harry Kane has 56 from 52. AFP/Getty

  • 15/41 25 December 2017

    Swimmers get out of the water after taking part in the Christmas Day Serpentine swim in Hyde Park, London

    Reuters

  • 16/41 24 December 2017

    Stuart Broad of England bowls during a nets session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia .

    The fourth Ashes test starts on Boxing Day

    Getty

  • 17/41 23 December 2017

    Staff members console each other as they survey the damage after a fire destroyed a number of buildings at London Zoo . An aardvark has died and four meerkats are missing . Eight zoo workers have been treated by paramedics after a desperate attempt to save the animals from the blaze, which broke out in a petting area.

  • 18/41 22 December 2017

    Druids, pagans and revellers gather in the centre of Stonehenge, hoping to see the sun rise, as they take part in a winter solstice ceremony at the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge . Despite a forecast for cloud and rain, a large crowd gathered at the famous historic stone circle, to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year . The event is claimed to be more important in the pagan calendar than the summer solstice, because it marks the ‘re-birth’ of the Sun for the New Year. Getty Images

  • 19/41 21 December 2017

    Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson in the presence of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May sign a treaty between the Republic of Poland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on cooperation in the field of defense and security

    EPA

  • 20/41 20 December 2017

    A protester wears a ‘STOP BREXIT’ hat outside the Palace of Westminster

    Reuters

  • 21/41 19 December 2017

    The Choristers of St Paul’s rehearse for a series of services and concerts over the Christmas season at St Paul’s Cathedral in London

    REUTERS

  • 22/41 18 December 2017

    Joe Root, the England captain is interviewed after Australia regained the Ashes . England lost by an innings and 41 run runs in the third test at the WACA in Perth

    Getty

  • 23/41 17 December 2017

    Photos of Richard Ratcliffe and his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been jailed in Iran, on display at their home in north London .

    Mr Ratcliffe says he believes there is “still a chance” she may be released from an Iranian prison in time for a dream Christmas together. PA

  • 24/41 16 December 2017

    Oxford Street in London is filled with shoppers with 8 shopping days before Christmas

    Rex

  • 25/41 15 December 2017

    Jonny Bairstow of England headbutts his helmet to celebrate his century during day two of the Third Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth, Australia . Bairstow was embroiled in controversy at the beginning of the tour after lightly headbutting Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft in an exchange in a bar

  • 26/41 14 December 2017

    People at the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service

    PA

  • 27/41 13 December 2017

    Wax figures of Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wearing a Christmas Jumper at Madame Tussauds

    EPA

  • 28/41 12 December 2017

    Victims and family of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, Nicholas Burton (left), Sandra Ruiz (second right), Karim Mussilhy (right) and a girl who asked not be named (second left), hand in a petition to Downing Street, asking for an overhaul of the public inquiry. PA

  • 29/41 11 December 2017

    A homeless man on the streets of Manchester . Many people are spending the night on the streets in freezing temperatures as the Met Office continues to issue weather warnings across the country .

    The Shelter charity has said that more than 300,000 are now homeless across Britain, equating to the population of a city the size of Newcastle

    Getty

  • 30/41 10 December 2017

    Pedestrians walk over the Millennium Bridge with St Paul’s Cathedral pictured in the background as snow falls

    AFP/Getty Images

  • 31/41 9 December 2017

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, and Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, right, with interpreter at centre, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran . Johnson is expected to discuss the fate of detained British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly plotting to overthrow Iran’s government. AP

  • 32/41 8 December 2017

    British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker address a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels

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  • 33/41 7 December 2017

    Nick Dunn, one of the so-called Chennai Six is greeted by his sister Lisa as he arrives at Newcastle Airport after being released from India after serving four years in jail on weapons charges. PA

  • 34/41 6 December 2017

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (L) greets Nigeria’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, George Adesola Oguntade (C), and his wife, Modupe Oguntade, during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in central London

    AFP/Getty

  • 35/41 5 December 2017

    800 abandoned buckets appear at Potters Field Park, London, in a moving tribute to the 800 children who die every day, on average, due to a lack of clean water and sanitation . Just one bucket in the installation, part of WaterAid s #Untapped appeal, could hold almost enough safe drinking water for one child for a week .

    Every 1 donated to the #Untapped appeal until 31st January 2018 will be matched by the UK Government.

    WaterAid / Ollie Dixon

  • 36/41 4 December 2017

    British Prime Minister Theresa May smiles to European Union President Donald Tusk as she attends Brexit negotiations’ meetings

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  • 37/41 3 December 2017

    The last Supermoon of 2017 sets over Whitley Bay, Northumberland

    PA

  • 38/41 2 December 2017

    The crowd reacts as England’s Dawid Malan fails to stop a boundary during the first day of the second Ashes test match

    REUTERS

  • 39/41 1 December 2017

    England manager, Gareth Southgate, jokes with Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez, after their sides were drawn in the same group during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

    Getty Images

  • 40/41 30 November 2017

    A supporter of Lauri Love, who is accused of hacking into U.S .

    government computers, wears a Donald Trump mask as he protests in front of the Royal Courts of Justice in London

    AP

  • 41/41 29 November 2017

    A sign reading ‘We want our future back’ is displayed in front of Westminster during an Anti-Brexit Demonstration

    Rex Features

  • Disney and Hilton hotels to change security policies on ‘do not disturb’ signs after Las Vegas gun massacre

    Some Disney hotels have eliminated Do Not Disturb signs to make it easier for staff to check rooms.

    The signs have been replaced with Room Occupied and read: The Disney Resort hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room, even when this sign is displayed, for maintenance, safety, security or any other purpose.

    Neither Disney nor the Hilton chain, which has similarly changed its policy, would confirm that the 2017 Las Vegas massacre prompted the change in security procedures, according to CNN Money1.

    Disney is not the only company to change its security policy, with the Hilton chain doing the same in November 2017.

    Hilton s staff policy is now that staff need to alert a manager on duty if a room has displayed the Do Not Disturb sign for more than 24 hours.

    The Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock had killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 after he rained down bullets from his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel room on the Las Vegas strip.

    Paddock had ten suitcases of 23 weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition stored in his room.

    He had placed the Do Not Disturb sign on his door but even when housekeeping staff checked the room, they have said they did not notice anything awry.

    Another Las Vegas hotel, the Orleans Hotel on Tropicana Avenue and Boyd Gaming s dozens of other properties worldwide, have instituted a new policy as of October 2017 as well – welfare checks will be done if guests have used the Do Not Disturb signs for more two consecutive days.

    Paddock had checked into Mandalay Bay three days prior to the 1 October 2017 shooting.

    Located just a few miles away on the strip from Mandalay Bay, Wynn Las Vegas now requires staff to check rooms every 12 hours.

    Paddock reportedly shot himself just ahead of police arriving at his room .

    It was the deadliest shooting in modern US history.

    Disney And Hilton Hotels To Change Security Policies On 'do Not Disturb' Signs After Las Vegas Gun MassacreReuse content2

    References

    1. ^ CNN Money (money.cnn.com)
    2. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)

    Ministers accused of ‘risking the country’s security’ by considering use of volunteers to guard borders

    Ministers have been accused of risking the country s security after it emerged they are considering using volunteers to help guard borders. Union chiefs branded the plan ridiculous after the Home Office confirmed having discussed proposals for Border Force1 volunteers at small ports. The scheme under consideration would see the volunteers bolster full time officers in a similar way that community support officers boost police numbers.

    Concerns have previously been raised over inadequate coverage at minor harbours and landing places, meanwhile there is a renewed focus on the state of the UK s Border Force with a beefed-up role expected after Brexit2.

    Mark Serwotka3, General Secretary of the PCS4 union, which represents Border Force staff, said: In the last year the Home Office have increased the use of agency staff, spending a staggering 25m last year to agency firms, a 5m increase on the previous year.

    Border Force are already using poorly trained seasonal workers at most ports and airports, not just at peak periods but throughout the year because of permanent staff cuts.

    The plans to use volunteer Border Force specials is a further move towards casualisation of the workforce. He called on the Government to divert more resources towards security at UK borders by providing permanent professional staff and instead of volunteers. Mr Sewtoka went on: They are making our borders weaker with the use of casual labour and they are risking this country s security on the cheap.

    The UK Border Force carries out immigration and customs controls for people and goods coming into the UK at all points of entry across the country. A Home Office spokesman said: Border Force is currently considering the potential benefits of a Border Force Special Volunteer force, and is in discussions with other law enforcement agencies such as local police to understand how they use volunteers in addition to their existing workforce. An inspection by the Home Office published earlier this year of 62 ports, wharves, marinas and jetties on the east coast that were normally unmanned, found Border Force officers had not been to 27 of the sites during the 15 months from April 2015 to June 2016.

    The assessment said one of the risks of long periods of non-attendance by Border Force at some locations is there is no visible deterrent to anyone prepared to risk using these spots to land illegal migrants or contraband . Downing Street says soaring population proves UK needs tougher immigration laws

    In a separate report, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation David Anderson QC also flagged up coverage of smaller south and east coast ports, marinas and landing places, saying it is conceivable they might be an option for returning foreign fighters or other terrorists. The Home Office said it uses a mix of expert officers, technology, data and intelligence to keep UK borders secure and has stopped tens of thousands of illegal attempts to enter the country.

    A spokesman said volunteers would not be used by Immigration Enforcement, but added: We re committed to ensuring that Border Force has the resources it needs to keep the UK safe and we will never compromise the security of our borders. Conservative MP for Dover Charlie Elphicke also raised concerns about the plan for volunteers, adding: I would urge great caution before seeking to adopt a model like that used by the police, with special constables . We can t have a Dad s Army-type of set-up.

    Ministers Accused Of 'risking The Country's Security' By Considering Use Of Volunteers To Guard BordersReuse content5

    References

    1. ^ Border Force (www.independent.co.uk)
    2. ^ Brexit (www.independent.co.uk)
    3. ^ Mark Serwotka (www.independent.co.uk)
    4. ^ PCS (www.independent.co.uk)
    5. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)