Photo showing  the total eclipse of the sun taken from an aircraft out in the mid-Atlantic.  Photograph: Trinity College Dublin handout/PA Wire

The west was “close to best” for the “almost total” solar eclipse, with clear skies drawing hundreds of spectators out to the shoreline of Galway Bay.(...)

Harlow has become the first town in Britain to officially ban Travellers. The council obtained a temporary court injunction that protects nearly 500 plots of land. Photograph: Eastnews Press Agency

An English local authority has won an unprecedented high court injunction banning three families of Irish Travellers from setting up illegal encampmen(...)

 Former conservative MP Harvey Proctor arriving at the High Court in London. Proctor has denied bring part of a “rent-boy ring” or attending sex parties with other prominent figures after his home was searched by police. Photograph: Louis Hollingsbee/PA Wire

Detectives investigating 40-year-old allegations that a paedophile ring operated at the highest echelons of the British establishment have continued t(...)

A weasel flies through the air courtesy of a woodpecker in London on Monday. Photograph: Martin Le-May

Weasels on the hunt for a meal might not be found wanting in guts, as this remarkable series of photographs taken in London on Monday show. Amateur (...)

Loft Trading, a collection of handmade accessories for men, is the brainchild of Belfast-based graphic designer Chris Tyndall, a sharp dresser with(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrates a maximum break of 147 in the final frame of his 6-0 victory over Matthew Selt during the 2014 Coral UK Championship at the Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Ronnie O’Sullivan finished off with a brilliant 147 break as he stormed into the quarter-finals of the Coral UK Championship with a 6-0 demolition of(...)

Breck Bednar (14) who was stabbed to death in Essex, England on February 17th. Photograph: Essex Police/PA Wire

Computer engineer Lewis Daynes (19) admitted to the murder of Breck Bednar (14) after changing his plea on the day he was due to stand trial in Essex(...)

Newly elected Ukip MP Mark Reckless, who took
   42 per cent of the vote in the Rochester and Strood byelection
. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Clacton-on-Sea is a depressing, depressed town in Essex that has a reputation of having the highest number of mobility scooters for the elderly and in(...)

Labour leader Ed Milliband and MP for Heywood and Middleton Liz McInnes meet people on the steps of Heywood library. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Heywood is a relatively undistinguished district on the outskirts of Rochdale, but, in its time, it has made its mark on the political landscape of Br(...)

Ukip candidate Douglas Carswell (left) is congratulated by the Conservative Party candidate Giles Watling (centre) after winning the byelection in Clacton-on-Sea in eastern England this morning. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The UK Independence Party has trounced the Conservatives in one byelection and run Labour to just over 600 votes in another once-safe seat, in results(...)