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Have you posted your #bedless photo? People snooze in weird places for homeless charity campaign

itv.com — People are being encouraged to post pictures of themselves sleeping in "weird" places in a bid to raise money to tackle homelessness. The #bedless campaign is part of a drive by charity Shelter From The Storm to support London's most vulnerable people as the cold weather sets in.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @itvnews: Have you posted a #bedless photo? People snooze in weird places for homeless charity campaign itv.com/news/2014-10-3… pic.twitter.com/PPUsy15nzH

Oct 30, 2014

RT @itvnews: Have you posted a #bedless photo? People snooze in weird places for homeless charity campaign itv.com/news/2014-10-3… pic.twitter.com/PPUsy15nzH

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Calorie content knowledge changed my attitude to drinking

itv.com — Let's go for a few doughnuts after work! In a pub we filmed an experiment. One group of drinkers had a menu showing the calories - the others had a menu without that information. After a jolly session drinking, the group that had the calorie information drank an average of 400 calories less.

Watch Thursday's Representing Border online.

itv.com — The latest episode of ITV Border's Scottish political programme. Representing Border looks at the issues from Holyrood and Westminster that matter to the South of Scotland.

Israel's foreign minister makes Ikea dig at Sweden

itv.com — Israel's foreign minister has slammed Sweden's decision to recognise the state of Palestine, saying the Middle East crisis was "more complicated than self-assembly furniture at Ikea." Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on his Facebook page that Sweden's stance "strengthens the extremist elements," NBC News reported.

Half of adults 'do not want' trick or treaters at their door

itv.com — Halloween may have become more popular over the last five years but many people still do not want children to come to their door to ask for sweets, a survey revealed. A common Halloween tradition is for youngsters to dress in a ghoulish costume and go door-to-door to ask for tasty treats.

Poll suggests Labour face election mauling in Scotland

itv.com — A new poll suggests Labour and the Liberal Democrats are both facing potential general election disaster in Scotland. The survey for STV suggests if there were an election tomorrow, the SNP would register a massive landslide, winning 54 of the 59 Scottish seats up for grabs.

Hundreds of fireworks exploding in huge factory fire

itv.com — This video shows hundreds of fireworks exploding simultaneously during a major fire at a fireworks supplier in Stafford. It broke out shortly after 5.15pm on Tilcon Avenue, and more than 30 firefighters were needed to bring the blaze under control. 22-year-old Tom Roeton lives opposite the industrial estate and filmed this incredible footage on his mobile phone.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ChrisHalpinTV: Incredible video shows hundreds of fireworks exploding during huge Stafford factory fire bit.ly/1xFUqBY pic.twitter.com/zO9MauYul0

Oct 30, 2014

My dog's nightmare ET @ChrisHalpinTV:Incredible footage of fireworks exploding in factory fire bit.ly/1tVzEQW bit.ly/1tVzCsg

Cameron: I don't believe in decriminalising drugs

itv.com — The Prime Minister has defended the government's track record on drugs saying that "drug use is falling" and that "the evidence is that what we are doing is working". "I don't believe in decriminalising drugs," he said, adding that the Home Office report does not justify any one approach over another.
Oct 30, 2014

PM's response in full to my question on the Home Office's Drug Report from event earlier is here: itv.com/news/update/20…

Muhammad Ali's legendary Rumble in the Jungle 40 years on

itv.com — Four decades on and the Rumble in the Jungle is still remembered as one of the most momentous events in sporting history. The fight sealed the reputation of Muhammad Ali - previously stripped of his heavyweight boxing title for his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War - as a boxing legend.

EXCLUSIVE: Mini-bus crash storyline revealed

itv.com — Disaster is set to strike in Weatherfield this winter when a mini-bus crash leaves some of the Street's favourite residents fighting for their lives! Planning has started on the dramatic stunt which will be filmed before Christmas and screened in the New Year.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @itvcorrie: EXCLUSIVE: A mini-bus crash leaves #Corrie residents fighting for their lives! Find out more: bit.ly/13kk5XO pic.twitter.com/EVBDObFdXg

Explosion and 'escalating fire' at Stafford fireworks supplier

itv.com — At least two people have been injured in a blast at a fireworks supplier in Stafford. Staffordshire Fire Service say the fire is "escalating" and nearby residents have been urged to stay indoors.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @Stoney_ITV: Fire service says fireworks warehouse fire is now under control in Stafford itv.com/news/story/201… pic.twitter.com/iLf37zCSYR

Rare footage captures the moment a whale gave birth to her first offspring

itv.com — Rare footage has captured the moment a whale gave birth to her first offspring. The mother gave birth to the baby calf at Changsha Underwater World in central China after five hours of labour and a 15-month pregnancy. It is believed to be the first time a white whale has given birth at an aquarium in China.

Whistleblower says police 'cherry-picked' Rochdale arrests

itv.com — The health worker responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case has told ITV News the police were "cherry-picking" which perpetrators they were going to arrest to enable a conviction.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @itvnews: Whistleblower tells ITV News police 'cherry-picked' arrests in Rochdale child sex abuse case itv.com/news/2014-10-3… pic.twitter.com/wxbJv7jne2

Oct 30, 2014

RT @itvnews: Whistleblower tells ITV News police 'cherry-picked' arrests in Rochdale child sex abuse case itv.com/news/2014-10-3… pic.twitter.com/wxbJv7jne2

Boris Johnson accused of ignoring his day job after a trip to Bedford

itv.com — Boris Johnson has been accused of ignoring his day job as Mayor of London after a Tory party campaign visit to Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. The mayor went on a walkabout at a farmers market in Bedford and signed copies of his new book in a local book store.
Oct 30, 2014

Boris Johnson accused of ignoring his day job after a trip to Bedford itv.com/news/london/20…

Three hungry dogs abandoned by suspected hare coursers

itv.com — Three dogs have been handed to a council warden by police after being abandoned by suspected hare coursers in Mildenhall. Police were called to a suspected incident of hare coursing in Mildenhall yesterday afternoon. Later on they were alerted to a group of men with dogs walking down Mildenhall road.

Poll boost for SNP

itv.com — To the losers belong the spoils. Yes, you did read that correctly. The original saying, of course, has the victors taking the spoils - in war, or in politics. In Scotland that phrase has been turned on its head, with the SNP getting a huge boost in membership after losing the independence referendum and Labour's plunged into a leadership contest after Johann Lamont resigned.
Oct 30, 2014

Why the phrase 'to the winners the spoils' has been turned on its head in Scottish politics. My latest blog itv.com/news/border/20…

Oct 30, 2014

To the referendum losers, the spoils, after new @IpsosMORI poll. Latest blog: what does it mean for SNP and Labour? itv.com/news/border/20…

Jim Murphy to stand for Scottish Labour leadership

itv.com — Labour MP Jim Murphy has announced he is to stand as the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party in a bid to become the First Minister. The Shadow International Development Secretary will launch a formal campaign later this week and will face MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the race to replace Johann Lamont.

Redfearn 'very close' to Leeds job

itv.com — Neil Redfearn says he is "very close" to becoming the permanent coach at Leeds United, replacing Darko Milanic who was sacked on Saturday after 32 days in the job. Redfearn was in charge for four games without defeat after Dave Hockaday was sacked earlier this season, and takes charge of the team again on Saturday against Cardiff.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @chrisdawkesITV: Neil Redfearn says there's a few contractual issues to be sorted before becoming the new #lufc head coach: itv.com/news/calendar/…

Father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne dies aged 45

itv.com — Michael Payne, the father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne, has died aged 45, The Sun reported. His daughter was eight when she was killed by paedophile Roy Whiting in 2000. Mr Payne, who had struggled with alcohol-related problems since his daughter's death, died in Maidstone, Kent, where he has lived since separating form his wife Sara.
Oct 30, 2014

@itvnews: Michael Payne, father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne, found dead aged 45 itv.com/news/update/20… pic.twitter.com/8cTcN5Igzy” v sad

Oct 29, 2014

Such a sad story “@itvnews: Father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne dies aged 45 itv.com/news/update/20…