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BBC News: Widow wants 'Jihadi John' alive
Friday 27th February 2015
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Welcome to the Oldbury Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around SN11 and Wiltshire!

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BBC news for Wiltshire

Two hospitals put on black alert

Two hospitals, including one in Wiltshire, are operating under 'black alert' status due to increased levels of demand on their services.

Stonehenge solstice access ban call

A heritage group wants solstice revellers banned from getting up close to Stonehenge, because of the "damage and desecration" caused.

De la Soul headline act for Womad

Rap legends De La Soul are announced as this year's headline act for the Womad world music festival in Wiltshire.

Libor fines benefit air ambulances

Air ambulance charities, including Wiltshire's, are to receive £250,000 each from the government as part of the Libor fine fund.

Jailed Briton 'could be freed early'

The family of a Wiltshire man serving a jail sentence in the Philippines say they are hopeful he could be released early.

Skaters take over historic church

Malmesbury Abbey turned into a skate park.

VIDEO: 1960s signal box departs for museum

1960s signal box departs for museum

Swindon Town 2-1 Bradford City

A Massimo Luongo double helps Swindon put their promotion bid back on track with a convincing win over Bradford.

Live BBC World News

Widow wants 'Jihadi John' alive

The widow of a UK aid worker killed by "Jihadi John", the masked IS militant identified as a man from London, tells the BBC she wants him caught alive.

Virginia eugenics victims win payout

Virginia becomes the second US state to agree compensation for people who were forcibly sterilised under eugenics programmes until the 1970s.

Greek violence ahead of debt vote

Greek police clash with rioters after the first protest against the left-wing government, ahead of a key German vote on extending the bailout.

Cyber attacks top US threat list

A US intelligence assessment of security threats faced by the country highlights cyber attacks from foreign governments and criminals.

Actress's $150,000 Oscar dress stolen

A $150,000 custom-made Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress, worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars, is stolen in Hollywood.

HK woman jailed for abusing maid

A Hong Kong woman is jailed for six years for severely abusing her Indonesian maid, in a case that sparked international concern.

Fawwaz guilty of US embassy attacks

A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty of plotting the al-Qaeda bombing of US embassies in east Africa in 1998, killing 224 people.

Argentine president case dismissed

A federal judge in Argentina dismisses accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack.

BBC Sports News

Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool (agg 1-1, pens 5-4)

Liverpool are knocked out of the Europa League by Besiktas.

How do you make rugby a safer sport?

Exercise passports, proper rest, compulsory head-guards for juniors, return to rucking? Tom Fordyce gauges opinion across the sport.

Robshaw reveals Ireland motivation

England captain Chris Robshaw says the memory of losing last year's Six Nations to Ireland is motivating his team.

Don't panic after Worlds - Trott

Laura Trott believes there is no need to panic after Great Britain failed to win a gold medal at the World Championships.

Friday's gossip column

Chelsea want Nathaniel Clyne, Rafael to leave Man Utd, Cheick Tiote to exit Newcastle, Diego Costa will not change, plus more.

Everton 3-1 BSC Young Boys (agg: 7-2)

Romelu Lukaku scores five goals in the tie as Everton cruise past Young Boys to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

Two hospitals put on black alert

Two hospitals, including one in Wiltshire, are operating under 'black alert' status due to increased levels of demand on their services.

Stonehenge solstice access ban call

A heritage group wants solstice revellers banned from getting up close to Stonehenge, because of the "damage and desecration" caused.

De la Soul headline act for Womad

Rap legends De La Soul are announced as this year's headline act for the Womad world music festival in Wiltshire.

Libor fines benefit air ambulances

Air ambulance charities, including Wiltshire's, are to receive £250,000 each from the government as part of the Libor fine fund.

Jailed Briton 'could be freed early'

The family of a Wiltshire man serving a jail sentence in the Philippines say they are hopeful he could be released early.

Skaters take over historic church

Malmesbury Abbey turned into a skate park.

VIDEO: 1960s signal box departs for museum

1960s signal box departs for museum

Swindon Town 2-1 Bradford City

A Massimo Luongo double helps Swindon put their promotion bid back on track with a convincing win over Bradford.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. London workers are the most productive in the UK with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the least productive. Although those results are not a surprise, the chasm is vast: in central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average, while in Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average. Office for National Statistics

2. A growing number of 30-somethings are being forced to leave London as soaring property prices mean they cannot afford to live in the capital. London's population is set to reach a record high of 8.6m, making housing an ever more central issue at the general election. One in six tenant say housing say housing is the issue most likely to affect their vote. Office for National Statistics

3. People who commute into London from the south-east are the rail passengers most likely to be delayed, according to consumer group Which? They were also the most likely to be unhappy with their train operator, a poll of 7,309 people found. Southern had the worst score of any train firm, with 39% of users reporting delays. BBC

4. A new guide to making the perfect cup of tea may finally settle the question of when to add the milk in a breakthrough that will be a blow to many purists. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has released a guide called Preparation Of A Liquor Of Tea For Use In Sensory Tests that sets out what it deems to be the essentials for a perfect brew. According to the BSI, the milk must be poured into the cup before the tea, which should be brewed for six minutes. The Times

5. Russell Brand has been named alongside the likes of Henry Kissinger and Hilary Mantel on a shortlist of the world's greatest minds. The comedian and activist is included on Prospect magazine's 50-strong World Thinkers 2015 shortlist. Last year, the award was won by Indian intellect Amartya Sen, with the figures such as Pope Francis and broadcaster Mary Beard in the top 10. The Times

6. The number of pensioners being treated for class-a drug addiction has doubled in six years, says the Daily Star. Data released by Public Health England shows 634 pensioners aged 65 or above needed treatment for drug addiction in the last year. Most of them are being treated for problems with heroin and other opiates - but 80 are addicted to both heroin and crack. Daily Mail

7. More than 20 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books has revealed it will publish a recently- discovered Dr Seuss manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary. Daily Express

8. Government surveyors in the U.S. have determined a new height for the Washington Monument — about 25 cm shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The new official measurement puts the monument at 169 metres, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. Ever since the stone obelisk was completed in 1884 to honour the nation’s first president, the historic height has been recorded at 169.2 metres. The Observer

9. Cézanne's 'The Card Players' was the most expensive work of art ever sold (£170 million in 2011) until the sale of Gauguin's 'When Will You Marry?' for close to £195m earlier this month. The Guardian

10. The traditional 'gift bag' given to Hollywood's leading players at the Oscars will this year be worth £104,000. It is said to include an adult toy worth $250, free furniture worth $28,000 and a $14,239 lifestyle makeover. New York Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Algeria siege: Families 'let down'

A coroner has criticised the security at a gas plant in Algeria which was attacked by Islamist militants leaving 39 foreign workers dead, including seven British citizens and residents.

VIDEO: Victoria Cross for serving soldier

A British soldier serving in Afghanistan has been awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

VIDEO: Exclusive peek at Mary Queen of Scots

An exclusive peek around the studio where the first statue to Mary Queen of Scots, in the country of her birth, is being created.

VIDEO: Leeson: 'Bankers still not punished'

Twenty years since the British Merchant Bank Barings collapsed, its former Singapore general manager Nick Leeson, says bankers are still not being punished properly.

VIDEO: A rainy boat ride for Prince William in Tokyo

Prince William arrives in Tokyo as he begins a trip to Asia.

VIDEO: Town loses beach access battle

After a seven-year legal battle the people of Newhaven have been told by the Supreme Court they do not have the right to use the town's beach.

VIDEO: 'Churchill's Secret Army' reunites

Gordon Corera meets some of the veterans of the Special Operations Executive - known as Churchill's Secret Army - who worked behind enemy lines in World War Two.

VIDEO: ‘Nurses told me to ignore him'

A woman who was a patient at Stoke Mandeville hospital in the 1970s says she was sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile during her time there.