Wednesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Wednesday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Brussels to offer new Brexit deal for Northern Ireland

Brussels will offer Britain a new Brexit deal on Northern Ireland on Wednesday, but is set to reject demands to strip European judges of their role in the province.

The European Commission will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to launch proposals to resolve the dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol once the plans are approved at a meeting of the College of Commissioners. Read the full story.

2. Racial abuse of a steward and violent clashes with police – hooligans bring shame on Hungarian football

England’s World Cup qualifying draw with Hungary was overshadowed by fighting between visiting supporters and the police that was sparked by a report of racism.

Just over a month after England players were subjected to racist chanting in Budapest, fights broke out between Hungary fans and police when a spectator was arrested for allegedly racially abusing a Wembley steward. Read the full story.

3. Toys, clothes and electronics may not arrive for Christmas as cargo vessels turned away from UK

The world’s largest shipping firm has diverted giant cargo ships away from the UK, leading to fears of a shortage of toys, clothes and electronics at Christmas.

Maersk, the Danish shipping giant, announced that larger vessels would be ordered to dock elsewhere in Europe to avoid growing congestion at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk caused in part by a shortage of lorry drivers. Read the full story.

4. Over-60s should not take aspirin regularly to prevent heart attacks, say doctors

Over-60s should not regularly take aspirin to help avoid a heart attack, an influential US health body has said.

The risk of bleeding from taking aspirin cancels out the benefits of preventing heart disease once people turn 60, according to the US Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of independent experts which partners with official government bodies, including the US Food and Drug Administration. Read the full story.

5. Anti-drugs spray on trial in pubs leaves cocaine users in sticky situation

Police are dousing pub and club lavatories with an anti-drugs spray that causes cocaine to stick to surfaces and adds a foul taste.

Durham is believed to be the first force in England to trial the spray to deter drug-taking in public, with the Essex, Merseyside and City of London forces considering following suit. Read the full story.

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