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Not everyone looks forward to Christmas
Loneliness and poverty are problems that ruin Christmas for millions of people each year. In response to this, a festive lunch was organised by Christian Community Action at Caversham Baptist church in Reading, for those in need. Age UK say that 873,000 people will have little or no contact with others on Christmas Day and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates around 20% of the UK population is living in poverty.
Automatic pension saving may start at 18
Every worker aged 18 or over will begin saving into a workplace pension unless they opt out, under government plans to extend its automatic enrolment scheme. At present, employers must enrol staff aged 22 and over into a pension, unless the individual chooses to opt out. Ministers hope to reduce the minimum age to 18 in the mid 2020s and say it will affect about 900,000 young people. For an entire generation of people, workplace pension saving is the new normal.
Bradley Lowery: Award for Sunderland mascot at BBC Sports Personality
Bradley Lowery, the boy whose bravery touched the hearts of many people, will be honoured at Sunday's BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. The Sunderland fan and club mascot, who died aged six from a rare form of cancer, has been named the winner of the Helen Rollason Award. The award, for achievement in the face of adversity, is in memory of the BBC presenter who died of cancer in 1999.
December shopper footfall down 'significantly'
The number of people out shopping in the UK in the first two weeks of December fell significantly compared to last year, retail researchers say. Analysis firm Springboard found a 4.9% decrease in footfall at shopping centres, retail parks and high streets. Bad weather and rise in online shopping were both factors in the decline, according to Diane Wehrle. Ms Wehrle said last week's snow had a clear impact on footfall, but was just one of a number of factors.
Recovery truck engulfed in flames on M6
These are external links and will open in a new window. A recovery vehicle was engulfed in flames with a car on its back on the hard shoulder of the M6. Emergency crews were called to the scene on the M6 northbound between junction 8 for Birmingham and 9 for Wednesbury at about 10:55 GMT. In a separate incident, a collision near Newcastle-under-Lyme led to more delays when two lanes were closed. It is not known how the recovery vehicle fire started.
Mum's plea for cancer therapy funds
A firefighter and mother-of-five given three months to live is raising money for cancer treatment not available to her on the NHS. Karen Land discovered she had breast cancer in October, near the end of her training with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. The teacher built a Santa's grotto in his back garden, complete with sleigh and Coca-Cola truck, in tribute to his mother who died of cancer.
Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City marched to their 16th successive league win as they thumped Tottenham to extend their Premier League lead to 14 points. City took the lead when Ilkay Gundogan headed in from Leroy's Sane's corner before Kevin de Bruyne smashed home the second after the break. Raheem Sterling tapped in for 3-0 from Sane's pass and added his second when he slotted under keeper Hugo Lloris. Christian Eriksen fired in a consolation for Spurs in stoppage time.
Five traced over fatal hit-and-run
Five drivers who may have been involved in a hit-and-run which killed a woman in south London have all been traced. The 29-year-old Polish national was hit by a lorry on a pedestrian crossing on Norwood Road, Tulse Hill, on Monday. It is thought she was then struck by another lorry and up to three cars. The force is appealing for witnesses to the crash, which happened at about 06:50 GMT and when the lights were on green.
Family 'nightmare' after four killed in fire
The relatives of four children who died in a house fire in Salford say their mother still doesn't know that they're dead. Demi Pearson, 15, and siblings Brandon, eight, and Lacie, seven, died in the blaze in Walkden on Monday. Lia, three, died in hospital on Wednesday. Their mother, Michelle, 35, is in hospital in a coma.
Ashes: Steve Smith double century puts Australia in control
Australia captain Steve Smith struck a magnificent double century and Mitchell Marsh a huge hundred of his own to demoralise England on the third day of the third Ashes Test in Perth. The fifth-wicket pair shared a stand of 301 as Australia racked up 549-4 at the Waca, a lead of 146. His century was reached with a square drive off Stuart Broad, his celebration an emotional run towards the dressing room.
School bus crash driver named by police
Police have named the bus driver who died in a school bus crash on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Ian Fordyce was killed when the bus he was driving collided with a lorry and a car on the B979 South Deeside Road, near Maryculter Bridge, on Friday morning. The crash happened at about 07:45 on Friday and involved a red Audi A5 car, a white DAF lorry and the bus.
Rowley relinquishes deputy leader role
In a statement released on Saturday, he said: Today, I have informed Richard Leonard that I do not intend to resume the role of deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party. I have spoken to Alex and for the sake of his family he has decided to step down from this important role. Mr Rowley, who previously served as election agent for former prime minister Gordon Brown, stood in as the Scottish Labour leader when Ms Dugdale resigned in August.
Ofsted chief receives 'venomous' threats
The head of Ofsted says she has had threats from a mixture of Islamic extremists and the hard left after raising concerns about faith schools. Amanda Spielman said she received some pretty venomous stuff after a report criticising some religious schools. Speaking to the Times, she said one message threatened we can get you any time we want to. Extra security has been drafted into an Ofsted regional office after inspectors were sent extreme Islamic literature.
Scientist Heinz Wolff dies, aged 89
These are external links and will open in a new window. Renowned scientist and television presenter Heinz Wolff has died, aged 89. The German-born inventor, famed for hosting The Great Egg Race, died of heart failure on December 15, his family said in a statement. A former advisor to the European Space Agency, he later moved to London's Brunel University. Colleagues at Brunel described him as a most inventive and inspirational leader.
Thousands still without water supply
About 10,000 homes and businesses are without water for a second day following a burst main. The supply has been off since the early hours of Friday. The water company said it was still unknown when the repairs would be completed. We're continuing to try and move water around the network in different ways to keep people on supply and we're using as many tankers as we can to inject water into our pipes as quickly as we can.
Hart 'best place to live in UK'
Hart in Hampshire is the best place to live in the UK, a study has found. Scotland's Orkney Islands retained its second place position for a second year, while Rutland in the East Midlands came third. The annual Halifax quality of life study looked at a range of factors including health, earnings, crime rates and life expectancy. Halifax said it rocketed back to first place having scored well in the Office for National Statistics personal wellbeing survey.
Boy, 12, dies after being hit by bus
These are external links and will open in a new window. A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a bus in north-west London. Police were called to Brondesbury Park in Brent at 15:10 GMT on Friday following reports a route 206 bus had struck a pedestrian. London's Air Ambulance attended and paramedics treated the child but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 15:30. Police said nobody had been arrested and the bus driver had stopped and was assisting officers.
Hope siblings can be buried 'side-by-side'
The uncle of four children who died in a house fire wants them to be buried together side-by-side and they get the funeral they deserve. Matt Pearson, who is the brother of Ms Pearson, has started a fundraising appeal to help with funeral costs. He said: I want to give these kids the best funeral they deserve with customized coffins for them. Mr Pearson added: They will all be buried together side-by-side.
The house that Edek built
When Edward Edek Hartry and his wife Teresa designed and built their family home near Woking, they created a daringly modern building full of light. Their glass and timber home stood out among the red-brick Tudor revival architecture of stockbroker Surrey - simple, open-plan and translucent. The Hartrys though had more reason than most to believe that life could no longer rely upon old blueprints. Edward, known always as Edek, spoke perfect English.
Iain Lee addresses I'm a Celeb bullying claims
Iain Lee says the word bullying is a bit strong to describe what happened to him in the jungle. Many fans complained about the way the radio host was treated by his fellow contestants on this year's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Now, in a series of tweets and an interview on spin-off show Coming Out, he's denied it amounted to bullying.

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