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Former X Factor hopeful and stripper Chico suffers stroke

Former X Factor hopeful Chico, who knocked Madonna from the top of the charts, has suffered a stroke. The 47-year-old former stripper, whose full name is Chico Slimani, fell ill as he travelled back from a gig at the weekend and is undergoing tests, his publicist said. After reaching the quarter finals of the 2005 …

B&M, Money, Shopping

Only5Pounds.com to open first store tomorrow and there are plans to open over 100 across the UK

AN ONLINE discount shop is opening its first high street store tomorrow – and it plans to rival B&M by opening at least 100 more in the next three years. Only5Pounds.com has been an online-only business since 2015 selling home furnishings, kitchen and dining ware, DIY tools, motoring accessories and cleaning products, with everything priced …

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May: EU must respect UK in Brexit talks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: “I will not overturn result of the referendum” UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said the EU must treat the UK with “respect” in Brexit negotiations. In a statement at Downing Street she said for EU leaders to reject her plan with no alternative at …

Brexit, News, Politics

Theresa May announces mystery statement in Downing Street after Chequers plan mauled by the EU in Salzburg

THERESA May has announced she is to make mystery statement in Downing Street after her Chequers plan was mailed by the EU yesterday. There is speculation the Prime Minister will make a significant policy shift in a hastily-arranged event inside Number 10 this afternoon. Getty Theresa May is to make a mystery statement in Downing …

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Petition calls for M25 ‘give peas a chance’ graffiti return

Image copyright TOM MCCUSKER/Rhodri Tippett Image caption The original “give peas a chance” graffiti has been replaced with “give Helch a break!!!” A petition has called for a “comforting” piece of road graffiti on the M25 to be reinstated and protected. A bridge between junctions 16 and 17 in Buckinghamshire daubed with the words “give …

Championship, Football

Aston Villa take James Collins on trial and set to sign him on free after missing out on John Terry

ASTON VILLA have taken James Collins on trial after the defender snubbed a move to Ipswich. The 35-year-old is available on a free after leaving West Ham in the summer with Villa boss Steve Bruce still looking to add an experienced defender to his ranks after missing out on John Terry. PA:Press Association James Collins …

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Baby names: Hunter and Aurora join top 100

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aaron and Jasper are declining in popularity but Nigel is making a comeback of sorts Hunter and Aurora have joined the top 100 names for baby boys and girls in England and Wales, according to official statistics. Oliver and Olivia remain the most popular names, positions they have held …

Explainers, News, UK News, Weather

where is it now, will it hit Ireland and what’s the weather forecast now?

BRITAIN was battered by two storms in the space of just two days — with 100mph gales and driving rain bringing chaos to many parts of the UK. But we may not have seen an end to the stormy weather as Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh appear to be giving way to Storm Callum in …

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RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers hit by glitch

Image copyright Getty Images Customers of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank are currently unable to access their bank accounts through the group’s online and app platforms. Since around 5am on Friday morning, account holders have been reporting problems with the services. Many have taken to social media today to complain in an echo of problems …

Explainers, News, UK News

London Islington shooting – what happened, where on Essex Road was it, how many people were killed and injured and who was the shooter?

COPS scrambled to Islington on September 20 following reports of a shooting. The suspect is said to have fled the scene on foot. Here’s what you need to know. Twitter / @PieriKaine Cops at the scene in Islington following a shooting on September 20 Where did the shooting take place in Islington? Witnesses reported seeing …