UK ready to help migrant operation

Thurrock Gazette: Immigration minister James Brokenshire says Britain is ready to offer further support to a European operation aimed at controlling borders in the Mediterranean Sea

12:06pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Britain is ready to offer further support to a European operation aimed at controlling borders in the Mediterranean Sea where desperate migrants attempt to reach the continent by boat, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has said.

'Alarming' report on child grooming

Thurrock Gazette: Child sex abuse may have been fuelled by the increased sexualisation of youngsters through  so-called "sexting", selfies and Instagram, a report says (picture posed by model)

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

Sexual exploitation of children has become "normal" on some streets and estates in Greater Manchester, according to a new report described as "alarming" by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Mercury prize money outstrips sales

Thurrock Gazette: Winners of the Mercury Music Prize 2014 Young Fathers, (left to right) 'G' Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi, and Kayus Bankole.

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers have sold so few copies of their triumphant album that they could have bought the lot with their £20,000 prize money - and still have change left over.

Father of murdered Sarah Payne dies

Thurrock Gazette: Michael Payne arriving at Maidstone Crown Court for sentencing after he admitted glassing his brother

3:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

The children of Michael Payne, father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah, have paid tribute to him following his death.

£500m set aside over forex claims

Thurrock Gazette: Barclays is being investigated over the alleged rigging of foreign exchange markets

7:51am Thursday 30th October 2014

Barclays has set aside £500 million over the alleged rigging of foreign exchange (forex) markets which are being probed by regulators around the world.

Halloween will be spookily warm

Thurrock Gazette: So far, 2014 is the warmest year on record, following consistently mild temperatures which have continued into autumn

10:02am Thursday 30th October 2014

Tomorrow will be the warmest Halloween on record, continuing a "remarkable year" of high temperatures, weather experts have said.

Couple win ruling in payout case

Thurrock Gazette: Abdul Hakim Belhaj, who claims that British intelligence was responsible for providing information that facilitated his rendition (Cori Crider/ Reprieve/PA)

10:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

Libyan politician Abdul Hakim Belhaj and his wife have won the latest round in their bid to win damages over their rendition to Tripoli.

Harry welcomes poppy campaign bus

Thurrock Gazette: Prince Harry, Barbara Windsor and Joss Stone meets supporters of the Royal British Legion's London Poppy Day appeal

11:56am Thursday 30th October 2014

Prince Harry welcomed soap royalty Barbara Windsor and war veterans as they called into Buckingham Palace to mark London Poppy Day - on a bus.

Man held over McConville murder

Thurrock Gazette: Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville vanished in 1972

12:03pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A pensioner has been arrested by detectives investigating the kidnap and murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Clegg in coalition drugs policy row

Thurrock Gazette: Nick Clegg is at odds with his government partners over drugs policy

12:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

A furious row has erupted at the top of the coalition after a long-awaited Home Office report on drug abuse re-opened differences between Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

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