BBC News - England

HS2 section to open six years early

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:03:34 GMT

The proposed high-speed rail link between Birmingham and Crewe will be opened six years earlier than planned, in 2027, Chancellor George Osborne says.

Muslim 'held for 13 hours' at airport

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:06:44 GMT

An American Muslim is detained for 13 hours at Heathrow before being allowed to enter the UK.

Gusts fell trees and divert flights

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:40:09 GMT

Winds of up to 70mph blew off a roof, brought down trees and diverted flights within a three-hour period in Greater Manchester.

Cost of 'paupers' funerals' rising

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:48:25 GMT

The cost to local councils of so-called "paupers' funerals" has risen by almost 30% - so why are they footing the bill for more and more of the ceremonies?

Fathers' rights pair scale palace roof

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:25:46 GMT

Two men scaled the roof of a building at Buckingham Palace to protest over fathers' rights.

NZ cricketer Cairns cleared of perjury

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:10:40 GMT

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns is found not guilty of lying under oath during a 2012 libel case.

Rain 'saved' mosque from arson attack

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:52:54 GMT

A mosque that was targeted in a failed arson attempt was saved only because it was raining, its chairman believes.

Tax on sugary drinks backed by MPs

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:40:24 GMT

A tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as part of a "bold and urgent" set of measures to tackle child obesity in England, MPs say.

Tower poppies to visit city castle

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:07:31 GMT

Thousands of ceramic poppies from the Tower of London display are to go on show at Lincoln Castle, it is announced.

House fire on millionaires' row

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:44:55 GMT

More than 40 firefighters tackle a severe house fire on one of the West Midlands most expensive residential roads.

Trolley dogs raise cash for charity

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:53:30 GMT

Shoppers in Newcastle get help with their groceries from some unusual bag packers - Newfoundland dogs.

Cannabis factory 'caused' flat blaze

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:38:29 GMT

A cannabis factory is uncovered in a flat by firefighters who believe electrics used to heat and light the plants sparked a blaze.

'Proud Brummie' Malala unveils portrait

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:14:09 GMT

Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says she is "proud to be called a Brummie" at the unveiling of a portrait in her adopted city.

Cold 'won't stop' trunks-clad fan

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:09:09 GMT

A football fan who became a terrace favourite by wearing only swimming trunks at matches vows to continue despite the cold weather.

Sampson celebrates 'fantastic 2015'

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 21:15:46 GMT

England women's boss Mark Sampson says their 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina was a celebration of their fantastic year.

Leicester 21-11 Bath

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:07:11 GMT

Leicester Tigers secure a battling victory over rivals Bath in tough conditions at Welford Road.

I'll never fight 'fraud' Haye - Fury

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 22:30:06 GMT

New world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he will never fight David Haye after the latter cancelled their fights in the past.

VIDEO: Osborne: Tax credits a 'judgement call'

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:36:15 GMT

The Chancellor tells the Treasury Select Committee he is 'comfortable' with his decision on tax credits

VIDEO: Teenage Fury predicts boxing success

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:16:31 GMT

The BBC has uncovered footage of an 18-year-old Tyson Fury confidently predicting he would one day become a world champion.

VIDEO: Morquio syndrome woman wins drug deal

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:56:35 GMT

A woman from Bath, who has a rare degenerative disorder, has welcomed a deal struck with a drug's manufacturer.

VIDEO: Dog-abuse teenagers targeted online

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:28:30 GMT

Kent Police warns people posting abuse online to teenagers who tortured a dog that they could face prosecution.

VIDEO: Beached spacecraft clean up begins

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:50:34 GMT

A clean-up operation on a piece of an American space rocket has begun after it was found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly.

VIDEO: World War II mine blown up in Solent

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:20:56 GMT

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts destroy a German mine found on the seabed in the Solent.

Eyesores or sights for sore eyes?

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:19:41 GMT

Should power station cooling towers be protected?

The Soviet spy who grew up in England

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:44:36 GMT

The English-born KGB agent whose story inspired a movie

England's Big Picture

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:49:49 GMT

Showcasing the best images sent to us from around England

Mervyn Peake collection for sale

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:07:11 GMT

Collector's Gormenghast author archive may fetch £100,000

Wasps rugby club buzzing again

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:01:03 GMT

Why Wasps rugby club is buzzing again

Met Police warn of online dating scams

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:41:47 GMT

Victim of online dating scam tells of her experience