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Drought declared in parts of Wales after water levels plummet

Natural Resources Wales and Welsh government take decision as extended heatwave affects rivers and reservoirs

A drought has been officially declared in parts of Wales after an extended period of dry weather and low rainfall caused water levels to plummet.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said the threshold to trigger drought status in south-west Wales was met on Friday.

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Retail sales in Great Britain rise despite cost of living crisis

July rise of 0.3% driven by online promotions but clothing sales continue to fall

Retail sales in Great Britain unexpectedly rose in July as consumers continued spending despite concerns over the cost of living crisis.

The Office for National Statistics said sales volumes rose by 0.3% on the month, after a revised fall of 0.2% in June, with a range of online sales promotions helping to overcome a broader trend for a decline in spending.

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NHS leaders warn of ‘humanitarian crisis’ if government doesn’t act on energy costs

Health sector says many people could be forced to skip meals to afford to heat their homes as cap on energy costs set to rise

Health sector leaders have warned the UK faces a “humanitarian crisis” of worsening health outcomes unless the government does more to help with rising energy costs.

Families are looking ahead to a grim winter as experts predict the cap on energy bills will hit close to £3,600 a year from October, before rising again next year.

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London man, 44, charged with murder of 87-year-old on mobility scooter

Lee Byer will appear before magistrates over killing Thomas O’Halloran who was stabbed in Greenford, west London

A 44-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 87-year-old Thomas O’Halloran on a mobility scooter in west London.

Lee Byer, of Southall, west London, will appear before magistrates on Friday over the killing of O’Halloran, who was stabbed in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday.

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DIY fertiliser may be behind monks’ parasite torment, say archaeologists

Study of graves in Cambridge finds nearly twice as many monks died with worms compared with poorer folk

Medieval clergy were more likely to suffer from intestinal parasites than the poorer public despite having better sanitation, research has found.

Experts say those who dwelt in monasteries could have been at greater risk of such infections because they grew their own produce and may have used fresh human faeces as manure.

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