Rally School Ireland  founder David Smyth: “We want to create a practical learning environment, not just have us talking to you endlessly, but to have you doing it, seeing it, being part of it.”

The right hand edge of the roof has just passed through 45-degrees to the vertical, and is now rolling over and dipping towards the ground. The strap(...)

A screengrab  shows  a ‘firenado’ engulfing a plastics factory in Swadlincote, England. Photograph: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire

Firefighters have captured the moment a “firenado”, or fire whirl, engulfed a plastics factory in Derbyshire, England. Officers from the fire servic(...)

The scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a ‘major incident’ was declared by police after reports of an explosion at around 7.03pm. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Four people have died after an explosion and fire at a building in Leicester on Sunday night. Leicestershire Police said another four people remain i(...)

Pictures and videos posted on Twitter showed flames leaping into the sky above the city. Photograph: Graeme Hudson/PA

Six people were injured, two of them critically, after an explosion destroyed a convenience store and a home in Leicester on Sunday evening. British (...)

 Peter Preston: his  management style  often  left underlings  wondering what precisely he had meant.   Photograph: PA Wire

Peter Preston, who has died aged 79, was an outstanding editor of the Guardian newspaper. He was at the helm for 20 years, from 1975 to 1995, during w(...)

Lynsey Dunn (28), arrives at Birmingham Crown Court where she was  sentenced for child neglect after her five-year-old son Charlie Dunn drowned in a pool at a water park.  Charlie’s stepfather, Paul Smith, was sentenced for gross negligence manslaughter. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The stepfather of a five-year-old boy who drowned at a British water park has been jailed for more than seven years. Paul Smith (36), was heard swear(...)

Get some late-summer sun during the last week of August in Gran Canaria.

Grab the last of the summer deals If you want to nab a last-minute bargain and can travel this weekend, then you could head to Gran Canaria from €539(...)

 Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine went missing during a family holiday to Portugal in 2007said the 10th anniversary is a ‘horrible marker of time, stolen time’. File photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

British detectives working on the Madeleine McCann case are still pursuing “critical” leads as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance approaches, a(...)

Police investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann have been granted thousands of pounds to extend the search for a further six months. Photograph: PA Wire

Police investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann have been granted thousands of pounds to extend the search for a further six m(...)

David Attenborough has seen far more than perhaps anyone else alive, and is still eager to see more. Therein lies his genius. Photograph: Sarah Dunn/ BBC

David Attenborough turns 90 tomorrow, fittingly perhaps on the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. He no doubt will smile with characteristic bemuse(...)

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