UK News: Police continue hunt for rich B&B owner

Detectives were today continuing the hunt for the body of a wealthy guesthouse owner, who they believe has been murdered.

Joanne Brown, who runs a bed and breakfast in Ascot, Berkshire, was reported missing at 8am yesterday morning after vanishing from her country mansion.

Drama at fire crew strikes

Firefighters will hold talks with their brigade today after a day of strikes in which two picketers were hit by vehicles and taken to hospital.

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More than 5000 walked out yesterday in a row over new contracts, the FBU said. Two were injured as they picketed fire stations in London and two were arrested.

What's new pussycat? Sir Tom's latest award

Chart veteran Sir Tom Jones was honoured by the music industry for his outstanding contribution over the past half century.

He was presented with the annual Music Industry Trusts Award last night, in front of an audience of guests who included Sir George Martin, Michael Ball and Rob Brydon.

Sir Tom, who has been scoring hits since 1965, was presented with his award by Tim Burton. The singer appeared in the film-maker's 1996 movie Mars Attacks!

Adoption ethnicity pledge

White couples should not be barred from adopting children from different ethnic backgrounds, a minister said.

Children's minister Tim Loughton said that the "number one consideration" should be whether the would-be adoptive parents can provide the child a good home.

Officials said Mr Loughton wants to encourage a shift among social workers when matching children and couples.

Thompson handed gong

Emma Thompson, Florence Welch and Sam Taylor-Wood have been named Women of the Year.

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Sarah Brown, the wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown, was named an International Woman of Influence at last night's Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards.

London: Passengers will face more misery on the Tube today when two transport unions begin another 24-hour strike on the London Underground.

The strike, the third by the TSSA and RMT transport unions, is in protest over job cuts for 650 ticket office staff and 150 station managers.

Cumbria: The findings of an independent review into the granting of a shotgun certificate and a firearms licence to mass killer Derrick Bird will be revealed today.

Police ordered an inquiry into the issue of the licences to the taxi driver in the wake of his shooting rampage this year.