British companies are thinking about fitting their employees with microchips—and the country’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body aren’t happy about it.

UK microchip firm BioTeq claims to have already fitted 150 people in the UK with implants. Meanwhile, Swedish microchip company Biohax told the Sunday Telegraph it was in conversation with several companies in the U.K., including one with hundreds of thousands of employees.

The microchips, usually about the...

A Christmas advert highlighting the impact of palm oil on the environment will not be shown after it was deemed "too political".

Deeside-based food firm Iceland wanted to use a Greenpeace animation telling the story of rainforest destruction and the impact on the orangutan.

But it was not approved by Clearcast, the body which assesses adverts against the UK Code of Broadcast Advertising.

Iceland managing director Richard Walker said he was "absolutely gutted".


A West Midlands school is facing criticism over a new policy reportedly insisting on silence between classes. Pupils who break the ‘silent corridor’ rule at Ninestiles school in Acocks Green, Birmingham, will be given a 20-minute detention, a letter to parents said.

Acting heads of school Alex Hughes and Andrea Stephens said the policy would ‘ensure students arrive calmly and ready to learn’, according to a letter published on the Birmingham Live news website.

The letter said...

Religious hate crime has rocketed by 40 per cent in a year across England and Wales, as the number of offences recorded hits a record high.

Statistics released by the Home Office showed more than half of religiously-motivated attacks in 2017-18 were directed at Muslims and the next most commonly targeted group was Jewish people.

Police recorded a total of 94,098 hate crime offences – more than double the total five years ago – and all categories saw a rise.


About 200 women have taken part in a rally to highlight abuse and harassment they say they face on public transport.

The group, many of them Muslims, gathered at Grey's Monument in Newcastle city centre.

Taj Khan, of organisers Tyne and Wear Citizens, said she is regularly called a "terrorist" by other passengers.

Nexus, which runs the Metro, said the number of hate crimes on its services was "low" although it accepted some incidents were not reported.

The event,...

The 18-year-old was inside McDonalds in Bethnal Green Road, with her two friends, who are also 18, when her attacker hurled racist abuse at them.

After they left the restaurant she followed them and continued to shout racist abuse before hitting one of them three times on the back of her neck and trying to grab her headscarf.

She also spat at one of the other women.

Detectives are keen to trace a man who tried to intervene and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the...

A former soldier and bodyguard to Prince Harry has been spared jail despite downloading images of child sexual abuse, after a judge praised his “examplary” service record.

Timothy Murfitt, 47, used search terms including “toddler”, “kids” and “baby girl pics” to seek out more than 10,000 images. He was given a suspended sentence at Maidstone crown court by Judge Martin Huseyin, who said: “You spent a great deal of your life protecting people from harm. You had an exemplary military...

Tommy Robinson has told Sky News he does not care whether his message "incites fear" of Muslims as long as it "prevents children from getting raped".

The English Defence League founder spoke about being found guilty of contempt of court in May last year for videoing and expressing views about suspects in a sexual grooming case in Canterbury.

He said: "If I believe I'm morally right then I'm not bothered about what your law says."

The right-wing activist, whose real name...

Ukip has proposed Muslim-only prisons and special security screening for would-be migrants “from Islamic countries” in a new policy document. 

Published as the party’s annual conference began in Birmingham, it calls for the creation of jails “exclusively for” Muslims who “promote extremism or try to convert non-Islamic prisoners”.

Other ambitions outlined in the so-called ”Interim Manifesto” include a ban on mosques receiving money from overseas and the abolition of the “hate...

Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out far-right terrorism offences in Kent.

Police said the pair, both from Ramsgate, were arrested at their home addresses on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts.

Both of the teenagers are being questioned at a police station in the South East.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit has confirmed the alleged offences involved far-right ideology.

Det Supt Nigel Doak said: "We treat the...

Emergency services were called to the Al-Majlis Al-Hussaini Islamic Centre on Oxgate Lane in Brent on September 19.

The car failed to stop after colliding with three people, however two were transported with minor injuries.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said the incident was not being treated as terror-related, rather as a hate crime.

Police said there were reports that the people in the car — three men and a woman all in their mid-twenties — were behaving “anti...

The head of the populist UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been criticized by the party’s former leader for joining an anti-Muslim rally last weekend in the northern city of Sunderland.

Speaking after the Islamophobic rally, Nigel Farage warned that Gerard Batten needs "to be careful what company he keeps".

At the rally, organized by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) – an anti-Muslim movement formed by far-right hooligans –Batten gave a speech in which he targeted...

The mayor of Liverpool has said it is "despicable" that the word "invaders" has been written across a memorial to dead refugees and migrants.

It was daubed on The List, which displays the names of 34,361 asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who have died within or on the borders of Europe since 1993.

Joe Anderson said the offenders "had their brains invaded by hatred".

Merseyside Police said it had not received any reports of damage.

The installation on Great...

Two mosques in Birmingham were attacked with catapults on Aug. 16 in the wake of a car crash outside the U.K. parliament that injured three people.

No one at the Al-Hijrah and Qamarul Islam mosques was injured as a result of the attacks which lasted 20 minutes. The buildings' windows were smashed with ball bearings while worshippers were attending the evening prayers.

Armed police were deployed to the area to prevent further assaults on the mosques.

The attacks come...

The publisher of a Palestinian author denied a visa to appear at the Edinburgh book festival this year says the Home Office has effectively stopped her from speaking, despite reversing its decision.

Nayrouz Qarmout, who is also a TV journalist, was one of a dozen Middle Eastern and African writers and illustrators who had their applications for visitor visas refused, sometimes multiple times, ahead of this year’s festival, which began on Saturday.

With all but three having...