Our chief correspondent roams across the news agenda bringing both light and shade to his topical reports.
Alan Billings is angry. He is frustrated. But he is patient. Newly re-elected (with a vast majority share of the vote) as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Britain’s most beleaguered police force – South Yorkshire – he knows he has one hell of a task to hand:
Now at night, in hopelessly overloaded craft, they are pointed at destiny or death in the pitch-black moonless nights and heavy cloud of this week.
Canterbury thinks it may, hopes it may, have seen off a schism. The Africans are sending rather different signals.
Obama, to European eyes, is merely tinkering with the small print, the very edges of ingrained national violence which produces stats a minor civil war would be familiar with.
Just over a year after British combat forces left Afghanistan, they are back, as the Taliban threaten to take the strategic town of Sangin.
Despite facing new torrents of flood water through their main street last night, residents of Glenridding say everyone is helping each other and others are worse off than them.
A woman from Appleby-in-Westmorland is enjoying a night out in a local hotel in circumstances she would never have wanted: her home is flooded.
EDL founder Tommy Robinson says he’s launching a new anti-radical Islamic movement in the UK. But policies? Ideas? Not much in evidence at all.
An outbreak of scabies sweeping the Calais camp known as the Jungle is fuelling the determination of migrants to escape the squalor for a new life in Britain, by any means possible.