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AstraZeneca facility closed after bomb scare

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Police and bomb disposal personnel arrive at the AstraZeneca vaccine manufacture facility on the Wrexham Industrial Estate in north Wales. The police were called after the discovery of a suspicious package. Staff were evacuated, but have now returned. The company says the production schedule has not been affected. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Quarantine Hotels Introduced for ‘Red List’ Arrivals to UK

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Travellers returning to the UK from ‘red list’ countries will be sent to quarantine hotels for 10 days, the government has announced. The new measures aim to reduce the risk of new Covid variants entering the country. Travel from 22 countries with a risk of a new variant – including Portugal, South Africa, and all of South America – has already been banned. Meanwhile, airline bosses are demanding that the government provides an "urgent road map for the reopening of air travel”. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

HS2 Activists Dig 100ft Tunnel at Euston Station

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Demonstrators have secretly dug and occupied a 100ft tunnel near London’s Euston Station in protest against the HS2 high-speed rail development. The HS2 Rebellion group has been camping for weeks in Euston Square Gardens, a green space in front of the station. Activists claim HS2 is “the most expensive, wasteful and destructive project in UK history”. Bailiffs from the National Eviction Team have begun removing protesters from the camp today, with police also arresting five men and a woman at the site. The HS2 project is set to link London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. Activists said they are prepared to occupy the tunnel “for as long as it takes to stop HS2”. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Covid vaccines likely to have effect on transmission

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Professor Jonathan Van-Tam says that Covid vaccines, “with the very high levels of effectiveness that we are seeing from the clinical trials, really couldn’t fail to have some effect on transmission.” However, the Deputy CMO for England doesn’t think there are “clear data”, but “we will get those data over time”. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Nicola Sturgeon leads moment of silence for Covid victims

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led a moment of silence at the daily Scottish Government coronavirus briefing, in memory of all those who have lost their lives to Covid-19. The UK passed 100,000 Covid deaths on Tuesday - 5,888 of which have been in Scotland. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Patel: 'Going on holiday is not a valid reason' for travel

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Home Secretary Priti Patel outlines the new rules for the UK border in a statement to the House of Commons. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM hopes to reopen schools from 8th March

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told MPs that it will not be possible to reopen schools "immediately after the February half term", and that he hopes it will be safe to begin the reopening of England's schools from 8th March. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM announces enforced quarantine for some travellers

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told MPs that UK nationals and residents returning from "red list" countries will be placed in quarantine in Government-provided accommodation such as hotels for 10 days. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

UK ‘appalled’ at Alexei Navalny detention

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office minister Wendy Morton says: “The UK is appalled by the politically motivated detention of Alexei Navalny on arbitrary charges”, in a statement to the Commons. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer calls for teacher vaccinations over half-term

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says the February half-term should be used to vaccinate teachers and school workers. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PMQs: PM and Starmer’s opening exchanges

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Boris Johnson tells the Commons that he mourns “every death” that has occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic, after the UK passed 100,000 Covid deaths on Tuesday. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Holocaust Memorial Day: Pianist tells of Auschwitz horror

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A world-leading piano teacher tells ITV News of the "cloud of horror" she remembers from Auschwitz as she "escaped from death". Nelly Ben-Or, who narrowly avoided the Nazi-led concentration camp as it was full on the day she arrived, managed to hide out in an abandoned pig sty with her family. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Minister insists the govt tried to do right thing over Covid

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Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has insisted the government tried to take the "right decisions at the right moments" throughout the coronavirus crisis but admitted some things could have been done differently "with the benefit of hindsight". Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Labour: National campaign needed to get children in school

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Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth says that “we need to get our children back into school when it’s safe to do so”, and calls for a “big national priority campaign” to get kids back into the classroom. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Ashworth: PM and Patel ‘failed to protect our borders’

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Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth says Boris Johnson and Priti Patel “failed to protect our borders to keep us safe when it was most needed”, and adds that he wants to see a “comprehensive package of quarantine today”. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Couple use paddling pool to keep up swimming during lockdown

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Carole Stagg and her partner David have come up with an ingenious way of staying fit during lockdown from the comfort of their own garden. The keen swimmers filled a paddling pool full of water, then using a bungee and a piece of rope tied to the garden fence, they created a resistance mechanism which holds them in place whilst they exercise. With swimming pools and lidos closed, they swim for about 10 minutes each day, an activity not for the faint hearted given England's recent weather. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Over 100,000 people have died with coronavirus in the UK

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More than 100,000 people in the UK have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to the Government's measure of the death toll. During a Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson said it is "hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic". The Prime Minister offered his "deepest condolences" to everyone who has lost a relative to coronavirus and vowed to ensure those who have died are remembered. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Starmer: 100,000 Covid deaths is a 'national tragedy'

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said the Government's measure of the coronavirus death toll passing 100,000 is a "national tragedy". In a statement, Sir Keir said: "This is a national tragedy and a terrible reminder of all that we have lost as a country". More than 100,000 people in the UK have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to the Government's measure of the death toll. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Twins reunited after 130 days apart due to Covid

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Identical twins Alex and Sebastian were born at just 27 weeks in the middle of the first lockdown. Due to coronavirus restrictions, they ended up spending more than 130 days apart when one had to stay in hospital and the other was sent home. Alex initially needed the help of a ventilator and Seb needed urgent treatment for a heart condition and brain haemorrhage. Only one parent at a time was allowed to visit Sebastian in hospital, whilst Alex had to stay at home. Five months on and nine operations later, the boys are back together and their parents, Liz and Ben Hession, are delighted. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Sunak to review covid-19 support measures at budget

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Rishi Sunak has insisted further economic support is coming in response to Covid-19. The Chancellor urged MPs to wait until the upcoming budget to learn of the detail regarding extending support to businesses and individuals. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

UK Covid Deaths Surpass 100,000

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More than 100,00 people in the UK have died with coronavirus since the pandemic began. A further 7,776 deaths were recorded in the most recent week, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), taking the total to nearly 104,000. The UK is 5th on the overall list for number of deaths in the world, with only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico recording more deaths. The country’s official death toll is also Europe’s highest figure. Currently nearly 38,000 people are in hospital with Covid, including over 4,000 patients on ventilation. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Arrivals into Heathrow react to possible hotel quarantines

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Passengers arriving into Heathrow Airport have mixed feelings about the possible introduction of a mandatory 10 day hotel quarantine for travellers coming into the UK. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Nadhim Zahawi dismisses vaccine efficacy claims

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Nadhim Zahawi has dismissed suggestions that the AstraZeneca vaccine is only 8% effective amongst the over-65s. Speaking after claims were published in two leading German publications, the UK vaccines minister said they were completely untrue. Report by Chinnianl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

'Education has been an afterthought throughout the pandemic'

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Labour shadow schools minister has questioned whether schools are being prioritised by the Government. Wes Streeting said Labour are really concerned that the government "haven't set out what criteria they'll use to judge when schools can safely reopen to all pupils" adding "there isn't even a plan of action to make schools as safe as possible, as soon as possible". The Labour MP said "this is where the government has failed...education has been an afterthought throughout the pandemic". Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Auschwitz survivor beats coronavirus

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As a teenager, Lily Ebert lived through the Holocaust and was liberated from the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, where many of her family died. Earlier this month the 97-year-old caught coronavirus. She is now up and about again, and has even been outdoors for the first time in four weeks. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Carey Mulligan & Ralph Fiennes gush over each other!

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Carey Mulligan & Ralph Fiennes - the dynamic duo we never knew we needed! Our reporter Stef caught up with the pair to chat all about The Dig. Report by Mccallumj. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

UK Schools to Reopen ‘As Fast As Possible’, says Johnson

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Pressure is growing on the UK government to reopen schools, as MPs called for a ‘route map’ amid concerns for children’s education. “There’s nothing I want to do more than reopen schools, I've fought to keep schools open for as long as I possibly could,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. However, Mr Johnson could not guarantee that schools would reopen before Easter. This comes as Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to confirm this week that there will be no return to the classroom after the February half-term break. Schools in England have been shut since the national lockdown began on 5 January, with only vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers permitted to attend school at the moment. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Hancock: UK on track to vaccinate top priority groups by Feb

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock says 78.7% of over-80s have received their first Covid vaccine, and the UK is on track to reach its target of providing the first dose to all four top priority groups by February 15. However, he adds the NHS is under "intense pressure" across all parts of the country, and urged the public to continue abiding by national restrictions. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Family of Keon Lincoln appeal for info on teen's murder

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The family of Keon Lincoln has made an appeal for more information on the murder of the 15-year-old in Birmingham on Thursday. Mother Sharmaine Lincoln said the attack "doesn't make sense" to the family, as she pleaded with the local community to "help us understand why this has happened". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Williamson: We want to see all children back at school

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says the government wants to see "all children back into school at the earliest moment". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Chelsea sack Frank Lampard

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Chelsea have sacked manager Frank Lampard after 18 months in charge, with former Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him. The former Chelsea midfielder has been in charge since the summer of 2019, but has been shown the door by Roman Abramovich, after a run of five defeats in the last eight matches. Report by Fullerg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Nurse comes out of retirement to help with vaccine rollout

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Over 30 new Covid vaccination centres have opened across England, including one in Blackpool Winter Gardens in Lancashire. Vaccine nurse Robert Ward came out of retirement to help his NHS colleagues and community in administering the jabs. He described the experience as a "story to tell the grandchildren". Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM will consider relaxing Covid measures in mid-Feb

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government may consider relaxing some of the Covid restrictions in mid-February depending on the rate and number of infections. His comments came as he visited one of 30 new vaccination centres that opened today in Barnet FC's ground where around 13,000 jabs have been administered. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Elderly couple get Covid jab after recovering from virus

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Over 30 new Covid vaccination centres have opened across England, including one at a Wickes DIY store in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Geoff and Jenny Holland, aged 86 and 90, were among the over-80s receiving their jab, having both recovered from Covid at the end of last year. The couple met 18 months ago and were due to get married in April but after being postponed twice they finally got married in August. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Snow brings travel disruption but welcome relief to lockdown

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Snow has fallen across large parts of the UK today causing widespread travel disruption. Although the official advice is to 'stay home', for many the snowy conditions have brought a welcome distraction from the monotony of lockdown. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Drone footage shows Sutton Coldfield covered in snow

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Many people in the UK woke up to a heavy covering of snow this morning, with severe weather warnings for much of the Midlands and southern England, as well as most of Wales, In the Birmingham suburb of Sutton Coldfield, drone footage captured the scene of houses and streets covered in a blanket of snow. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Covid vaccinations under way on the Isles of Scilly

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Hundreds of Covid-19 vaccines have been flown to the Isles of Scilly, which until recently avoided any far-reaching lockdown restrictions. Vaccinations of the vulnerable and care workers has started and is expected to be finished in less than a week. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

'Peaky Blinders' set to open as Covid vaccine centre

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A further 32 vaccine sites are set to open across England this week including one at the Black Country Living Museum, made famous as the set of hit TV series Peaky Blinders. Chief operating officer Natasha Eden said she felt "really privileged" to have the vaccine centre at the site in Dudley and was hopeful that up to 1000 people could be inoculated every day. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

It's A Sin Cast on their new Channel 4 series!

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Our reporter Stef spoke to the It's A Sin cast about their new Channel 4 series which we're loving! Report by Mccallumj. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Minister: Faith leaders vital in encouraging vaccine take-up

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Robert Jenrick has said that faith leaders play a “real role” in encouraging people to get vaccinated against coronavirus. The communities secretary spoke as he visited the Al-Abbas Islamic Centre in Birmingham, the first vaccination centre to be opened in a mosque in the UK. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Navalny Supporters Arrested as Putin Protests Sweep Russia

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Thousands of protesters are demanding the release of Alexei Navalny, the country's top opposition figure. Police have arrested hundreds of pro-Navalny supporters attending the nationwide protests. Navalny was detained on 17 January after he flew back to Moscow from Germany. Russian authorities had promised a tough crackdown prior to the protests. Report by Shoulderg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Legendary US Talk Show Host Larry King Dies Aged 87

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Legendary US Talk Show Host Larry King Dies Aged 87 US broadcasting giant Larry King has died at the age of 87. He achieved worldwide fame interviewing political leaders and celebrities. In a career spanning six decades he conducted more than 50,000 interviews. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Report by Shoulderg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Minister: Government following ‘clear advice’ over vaccines

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Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has insisted that the government is "following the very clear advice" from medical leaders when questioned on the decision administer the second Pfizer-BioNTech jab 12 weeks after the first. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

BMA calls for gap between Covid vaccination to be halved

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Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association has called for the maximum time period between people receiving their first and second Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccinations to be cut from 12 weeks to six weeks, in accordance with WHO guidance. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Lack of isolation support 'bewilderingly negligent'

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Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth says it is "bewilderingly negligent that the government still isn't giving people proper sick pay and financial support to isolate." Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

PM: Evidence UK Covid variant has higher mortality rate

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says there is "some evidence" the UK Covid variant is associated with a "higher degree of mortality". The government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, added the new strain appeared 30-70% more transmissible than the original virus. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Eustice: Government may rethink flooding funding formula

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Environment Secretary George Eustice says the government is considering changing the formula in which it determines how its funds are distributed in flood-stricken areas. He suggests town that are hit by floods more frequently, "may be three or four times in a decade", will be eligible to more money. His comments came on a visit to Northwitch, which was recently hit by heavy rains brough by Storm Christoph. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Men jailed for deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in lorry

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Four men have been jailed for the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex. Essex Police's DCI Daniel Stoten says the men "made their money from misery", transporting the victims in ways animals would not be transported. Ronan Hughes, 41, and Gheorghe Nica, 43, who played "leading roles" were jailed for 20 and 27 years respectively. Eamonn Harrison, 24, was sentenced to 18 years., while Maurice Robinson, 26, was given 13 years and four months. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Parts of England devastated by Storm Christoph flooding

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Residents have begun a clean-up in Northwich after parts of the north west of England were devastated by flooding brought by Storm Christoph. A yellow warning for ice is in place across Wales, the north west of England, the west coast of Scotland and large parts of Northern Ireland. Report by Alibhaiz. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Nissan Commits to UK's Sunderland Plant After Brexit Deal

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Japanese car maker Nissan has confirmed it will maintain its operation in Britain, as a result of the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU. The future of the company’s plant in Sunderland was thrown into doubt following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016. The car maker employs around 6,000 people at its plant in the northeast of England. Nissan also said it will move production of the batteries used in its Leaf electric cars to the UK, a move that is likely to create more jobs on Wearside. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted the news as a “great vote of confidence”. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn