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

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1. AstraZeneca vaccine may give longer protection that is shielding UK from new Covid wave

AstraZeneca may offer longer-lasting immunity than other vaccines, scientists have said amid claims that the jab has helped Britain avoid the latest Covid wave in Europe.

Pascal Soriot, the chief executive of AstraZeneca, said the decision to give the Oxford vaccine to older people in Britain could be one of the reasons the UK was not seeing not "so many hospitalisations relative to Europe" despite a high number of cases. Read the full story.

2. British Army to leave Canada after 50 years for new base in Middle East

The British Army is to leave Canada after 50 years, with its biggest training base set to move to the Middle East.

The British Army Training Unit Suffield (Batus) in Alberta, western Canada, has been in operation since 1972, training thousands of British soldiers in live firing exercises. Read the full story.

3. Couple ‘murdered in dispute over parking space’ while their children slept upstairs

Neighbours of a couple killed in a Somerset village have said that "everyone has an issue with parking around here" amid speculation over what led to the deadly dispute.

Married couple Stephen Chapple, 34, and wife Jennifer, 33, were found dead at their home in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on Sunday night while their two sons, aged five and six, slept upstairs. Read the full story.

4. Virginia Giuffre’s absence from Ghislaine Maxwell trial shows she is ‘not a credible witness’, says Duke’s team

Prince Andrew’s accuser is not giving evidence at Ghislaine Maxwell’s upcoming sex trafficking trial because she is a “less than credible witness” who has changed her story over the years, the Duke’s team has claimed.

The Telegraph revealed on Monday that Ms Giuffre, who has said she was groomed and sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein and Ms Maxwell but is not one of the alleged victims included in the charges against the British socialite, will not be testifying on behalf of the US government as had been speculated. Read the full story.

5. Flowers at the Tower: Tower of London moat to become sea of wildflowers for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Tower of London’s 13th-century moat will be transformed into a sea of wildflowers to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, bringing bees and birds flocking back to the capital.

The moat, which has previously been used as a medieval orchard, a grazing ground for Victorian livestock and allotments during the Second World War, will blossom into a “spectacle of nature” after 20 million seeds are sown. Read the full story.

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