EU demands access to British police files: Forces will be ordered to hand over documents on investigations or face fines

EU demands access to British police files: Forces will be ordered to hand over documents on investigations or face finesThe EU’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed access to private filesEuropol could insist chief constables disclose evidence from criminal casesThis could include witness statements, DNA samples and fingerprints By Ian Drury PUBLISHED: 23:45 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:33 GMT, 19 April 2013 British police forces will be forced to hand sensitive details of criminal investigations to Brussels or risk a massive fine. In a controversial move, the European Union’s crime intelligence agency would be allowed to demand access to private police files. Europol could insist chief constables disclose evidence from criminal cases, witness statements, DNA samples, fingerprints and other data

Amazon under fire for selling illegal products that "claim to cure or treat cancer"

Amazon under fire for selling illegal products that 'claim to cure or treat cancer' Products claim to 'relieve' cancer and cleanse bloodIt is illegal to advertise such products in the UK By Helen Lawson PUBLISHED: 08:37 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:34 GMT, 1 April 2013 Amazon has come under fire for listing products for sale that claim they can cure cancer. The products, available to order from third parties through Amazon's UK website, include dried crocodile's blood pills, apricot kernels and blood cleansers

Andrew Parker: New director general of MI5 unveiled as the intelligence agency"s current deputy

Keen birdwatcher who led UK rsponse to 7/7 terror attacks takes over as director general of MI5 Andrew Parker will replace Sir Jonathan Evans on April 22Mr Parker led the agency's response to the July 7 attacks in 2005He said: 'I look forward to leading the service through its next chapter' By James Rush PUBLISHED: 18:12 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:29 GMT, 28 March 2013 Andrew Parker has today been unveiled as the new director general of MI5 The new director general of MI5 was today unveiled as the intelligence agency’s current deputy Andrew Parker. Mr Parker, who has been with the security service since the early 1980s, will replace Sir Jonathan Evans on April 22. Mr Parker, who led the agency’s response to the July 7 attacks on London in 2005 as director of international terrorism, said: 'It’s a great honour to be appointed director general of MI5.

YouTube video shows how astronauts defy gravity to wash their hands

Ever wondered how astronauts wash their hands New video shows spaceman demonstrating the process Canadian spaceman Chris Hadfield reveals the secret – no-rinse soap By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 19:32 GMT, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:50 GMT, 4 February 2013 Their gravity defying existence has long been a source of wonder for mere earthlings. But have you ever wondered how astronauts manage to complete everyday, mundane tasks like washing their hands, completely weightless A new video released by the Canadian Space Agency has revealed the answer – no-rinse soap. Scroll down for video Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield beamed a video back from space to show a young caller how he washes his hands in the weightless atmosphere Shown on YouTube, he squirts the solution from a straw attached to a pouch and it gathers in a ball, heading towards the ceiling The astronaut will have to act quickly before the ball of handwash reaches the roof In a question-and-answer session beamed back from space, astronaut Chris Hadfield took a young caller through the process step-by-step

M4 crash driver Karl Josiah, 23, lay dead in his Renault Clio for almost a week after skidding off motorway

Pictured: Young driver, 23, who lay dead in his Renault Clio for almost a week after skidding off motorway Karl Josiah is believed to have skidded off the M4 in heavy snow on Jan 18Car wreckage lay undiscovered until the ice began to thaw on Jan 23 By Suzannah Hills PUBLISHED: 17:16 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:49 GMT, 1 February 2013 Found: Karl Josiah's body is believed to have been in his snow-covered car for six days before he was discovered A young man lay undiscovered in his car for nearly a week after skidding off the motorway in snow and suffering fatal injuries. Karl Josiah, 23, was discovered dead inside his Renault Clio after the car came off the busy road and tumbled down a steep embankment. The mangled wreckage of the black car was then covered by a thick blanket of snow for up to six days after up to 10cms fell.

Police to put up huge fences at scenes of motorway crashes to stop rubberneckers causing traffic jams

Police to put up huge fences at scenes of motorway crashes to stop rubberneckers causing traffic jamsGovernment purchased 3,000 screens measuring two metres in heightScreens cost 2.3 million and form part of DfT's CLEAR initiativeScheme aims to improve accident clear-up times750 million cost to economy due to traffic incidents in England every year | UPDATED: 21:47 GMT, 27 December 2012 Drivers who peer across motorway lanes to observe the aftermath of crashes are to be thwarted in a bid to prevent traffic jams.

Woman dies after paddling in the sea on Christmas Day at Hastings beach

Woman dies after paddling in the sea on Christmas Day A woman has died in hospital after she was dragged out to sea at HastingsThe woman was paddling in the sea when she was hit by a waveThree people attempted to rescue the woman who suffered head injuries | UPDATED: 17:10 GMT, 26 December 2012 A woman has died after she got hit by a wave and swept out to sea while paddling on Christmas Day, police have said. The woman, who is believed to have suffered head injuries after colliding with a groyne, was recovered from the sea and taken to hospital, where she has today died

A heatwave in March, a twister in Bicester and the wettest summer on record: Britains topsy turvy weather which kept Britain talking

A heatwave in March, a twister in Bicester and the wettest summer on record: Britain’s topsy turvy weather which kept Britain talking | UPDATED: 00:09 GMT, 25 December 2012 From sunbathers on the beach during the third warmest March in history, to mass flooding around the country during the wettest April in 100 years, this year's weather has certainly been one of extremes. In many cases, it has been impossible to predict whether it was going to snow, pour down with rain or be gloriously sunny as the traditional seasons appear to have become a thing of the past. Here we look back on the weather events that hit the headlines in 2012…

Just a Mini problem! Car swept under bridge as owner tries to ford flooded river and rain brings chaos to Christmas travellers

Just a Mini problem! Car swept under bridge as owner tries to ford flooded river and rain brings chaos to Christmas travellers Families in Ystalyfera spend night in leisure centre after evacuationTonnes of earth crushed terraced houses in Pontypridd when wall collapsedWoman in Devon rescued by RNLI and fire crews after she was swept from her car Environment Agency issue 186 flood warnings and one severe flood warningRail routes under pressure as Christmas commuters try to get homeFirst Great Western advises passengers not to use trains in the South West Almost half of the expected monthly rainfall fell in one day in parts of UK Eleven families fled their homes in Wales over night after two landslides | UPDATED: 19:27 GMT, 23 December 2012 A 70 year old former Royal Marine has saved a woman from her sinking car after it was swept away by flood water and trapped under a bridge.

Feud over Frankie the cat leaves family with 20,000 legal bill after "foster owner" refuses to hand him back

Feud over Frankie the cat leaves family with 20,000 legal bill after 'foster owner' refuses to hand him back Rosalind Mahoney handed Frankie over to June Allan on what she thought was a temporary basis while her house was being renovatedBut Mrs Allan, 83, has refused to hand the cat back and a judge has ruled in her favour – leaving the Mahoneys distraught | UPDATED: 15:01 GMT, 22 December 2012 The black dot on his nose and his white-socked paws do not single out Frankie as a particularly remarkable cat. So it must be his charm that has led this moggy into the centre of a bitter tug-of-love which ended in a courtroom drama and left one family 20,000 worse off. The extraordinary row, which has set two lifetime animal lovers against each other, began last year when Rosalind Mahoney handed over Frankie to June Allan on what she thought was a temporary basis.