Gambling companies see huge rise in complaints

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“If I hadn’t gone online for a day, they were quickly on the phone or sending me an email” The number of gamblers complaining about British betting firms has risen almost 5,000% in the past five years. There were a record 8,266 complaints last year, according to Gambling Commission figures obtained by BBC Panorama. That compares to just 169 in 2013. Most of them were about firms refusing to pay out on …

Two operations for PC run over by own patrol car

Supt Tom Joyce said: “It’s difficult to give a prognosis at the moment. They are certainly potentially life-changing injuries but we are relieved to say, we understand they are not believed to be life-threatening. “His wife is aware of the incident and is with him at this time.” Image Copyright @WMPolice @WMPolice Report Report Image copyright SnapperSK Image caption The cordoned-off scene in Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, on Saturday afternoon The attack came just days after PC Stuart Outten was stabbed …

New cars ‘can be broken into in 10 seconds’

They measured the time it took to get into the cars and drive them away. Car theft rates in England and Wales have reached an eight-year high. In 2018, more than 106,000 vehicles were stolen. Hundreds of popular cars ‘at risk of keyless theft’ And motor theft insurance claim payouts hit their highest level in seven years at the start of 2019. The Association of British Insurers said claims for January to March were higher than for any quarter since …

Brits abroad: Which footballers have been a hit?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gareth Bale has been a Real Madrid player since 2013 One of his main criticisms off the pitch has been his apparent failure to learn Spanish, choosing to speak English in press conferences. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption He wasn’t a prolific Spanish speaker, but David Beckham was a hit with Real fans anyway Perhaps Britain’s greatest export to Europe was David Beckham. The former Real Madrid midfielder joined the team in 2003 and …

Only six Love Island contestants actually applied

Image copyright ITV Image caption The programme will return next year with two series ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said: “The production team continuously looks for people who would be right for Love Island in terms of being able to be in the villa and the personality that they are required to have.” Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Tommy Fury and Molly Mae came second in this year’s final When asked if contestants are often selected from a small …

The homeless players aiming for football glory

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStreet Football Wales is behind hosting this year’s tournament Wayne Ellaway spent 20 years in a destructive cycle of prison sentences, substance misuse and sofa surfing. He said he lost many friends to drugs over the years and does not understand how he survived. During that time, he also used to wander around Cardiff’s Bute Park in a “desperate mess”. But from Saturday he will be back in the same park as …

Boris Johnson: Does his cabinet reflect ‘modern Britain’?

In terms of the overall number of women attending cabinet, never in British political history has the percentage reached 40%, although there have been times when it has gone beyond 30%. The two highs were a stint under Gordon Brown, when almost four in 10 cabinet attendees were women (37.9%), and a brief period after Theresa May’s January 2018 cabinet reshuffle, when the figure reached 34.5%. There are a record number of people from ethnic minorities Mr Johnson has appointed …

‘Doctors knew my son had HIV, but didn’t tell him’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I feel guilt that we allowed it to happen’ Paul Summers was five when he was diagnosed with the blood disorder haemophilia in 1969. His parents Pat and Tony were shocked, but also relieved. They had spent their son’s early years ferrying him from their home in Llantwit Major to Bridgend hospital with unexplained bruises and bleeding problems. A knock or cut could see the active little boy in hospital for weeks. …

The unlikely manager and Britain’s worst football team

Image copyright Fort William FC Image caption Fort William hope the new season will be more successful “It was a bit of a whirlwind to go from secretary to manager,” Russell says. “But the basic principle was to put a bit of stability into the changing room because of what had been happening.” “The morale of the guys was, as expected, really low.” But why did a man with PTSD and no experience as a football manager agree to take …

Family want answers over water park accident

He lost consciousness after hitting the water at the bottom of the Splash ride and suffered catastrophic injuries to his spinal cord – breaking his neck in two places. Mr Briffaut has been left paralysed but the extent of his injuries are still being assessed and he is in a stable condition in a hospital in Alicante. Image caption Mr Briffaut was left seriously injured after going on the Splash ride Mrs Briffaut praised hospital staff and people who have …