Are today’s civilians fit enough to go to war?

President Putin has visited Europe, generals are talking about national service and, once more, Britain is asking itself if it is ready for war. But set aside the dwindling ammunition stockpiles, the chronic shortage of fighter jets or the two sleeping aircraft carriers in Portsmouth harbour; what about the nation’s people?

Until 1960, all physically fit 17 to 21-year-olds were expected to do up to two years’ National Service, but in recent decades, our slimline army — no longer a top-level fig

Traitors winner Harry Clark on how rivals reacted to his betrayal after the show

First, a warning: those who have not yet watched the final episode of The Traitors and do not want the outcome spoiled may not wish to read on.

After four weeks, seven murders and 13 banishments, as well as a cameo by a clairvoyant, one lucky traitor walked away with more than £95,000 on Friday night.

Harry Clark, 23, an army engineer, beat his fellow contestants to be the sole winner of the jackpot in the country’s biggest entertainment show for years.

Some 22 strangers packed into Ardross C

Croydon Police Chief praises the role of charities in tackling violent crime

A Metropolitan police chief has praised the role of charity organisations across Croydon for their work in reducing crime in the borough.

Chief Inspector Imran Asghat spoke at a New Met for London event that aims to build links between local police chiefs and residents.

His comments come in the wake of high-profile incidents of violence, including the tragic murder of schoolgirl Elianne Andam.

Asghat said: “We had significant issues with young people causing anti-social behaviour and crime in

Chelsea Women beat Real Madrid in the Champions League

Chelsea Women beat Real Madrid 2-1 as they produced an efficient performance to advance to the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Following the draw between the groups other two sides, Hacken and Paris FC in the early kick-off, Chelsea knew that a win would also ensure that they topped the group.

The atmosphere at Stamford Bridge was excellent as the 11,262 in attendance filled three Stamford Bridge stands, in what is becoming a regular fixture in women’s football.

The match itself didn

Russo inspires Arsenal to Chelsea demolition in record WSL match

A record Women’s Super League attendance saw Arsenal women decimate Chelsea to blow the title race wide open on a rain-sodden day in North London.

The 59,042 who filled out the Emirates stadium, greater than all but two men’s games this weekend, were treated to a title battle that lived up to the pre-game hype.

In a week where Karen Carney’s recommendations on the future of the women’s domestic game were approved by the UK Government, the two sides produced a spectacle to highlight the growth

Croydon Council receives £165k funding to tackle violent crime and anti-social behaviour

Croydon Council has secured £165,000 of funding to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in the town centre.

In a timely boost to the Croydon Mayor, who has been criticised in recent weeks due to high-profile incidents, the funding will seek to reduce personal robberies, knife crime and violence with a focus on intervention for girls.

The funding is part of the Safer Streets Scheme, a government initiative introduced in 2022 by the then Home Secretary Priti Patel, pledging to commit £50million

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