Anti-fracking protestors demonstrate outside County Hall Preston, north west England on Wednesday. Lancashire County Council are deciding on two planning applications that will set a precedent for fracking plans in England. The decision has been deferred for eight weeks after a a request from energy firm Cuadrilla
Jock VI, the current cat in residence at Chartwell, on a memorial bench during a preview of Death of a Hero exhibition at Winston Churchill’s Chartwell family home on Friday. The National Trust’s Chartwell is commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death with the exhibition
A general view shows the One Day International (ODI) tri-series cricket match between Australia and England in the field as the sun sets at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Tasmania
A window cleaner works on a building in the financial district of Canary Wharf in London
The cold spell continues as deer move through the fresh overnight snow at Raby Castle, in County Durham, UK.
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A member of the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoys a brisk early morning swim on Monday in the lake in Hyde Park in London, England
Art historian Chloe Nelkin views Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, 1782, by John Singleton Copley during the Guildhall Art Gallery’s re-launch following a re-hang for the first time in 15 years at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London on Thursday.
A tug boat helps maneuver the world’s largest container ship, the CSCL Globe, operated by China Shipping Container Lines Co., ahead of docking at the Port of Felixstowe, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., in Felixstowe, U.K., on Wednesday.
Penguins swim in their pool during the annual stock take at London Zoo on Monday. Caring for more than 750 different species, London Zoo keepers started the New Year with the task of counting every single animal
Cargo ship Hoegh Osaka lies on its side after being deliberately run aground on the Bramble Bank in the Solent estuary, near Southampton, England. The vessel was beached on Saturday after it began to list.
A man has his head shaved inside the stone circle at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, where people are gathering to celebrate the Winter solstice on Monday
Blizzards sweep through Kielder in Northumberland, as snow covers the area
Giant waves hit the lighthouse wall in Whitehaven, as the stormy weather is causing disruption across parts of the UK with power cuts, ferry and train cancellations and difficult driving conditions on Wednesday
A view of the Farringdon platform part of the Crossrail development in London, as more than 23 miles (nearly 90%) of train tunnels are now complete, with tunnelling due to finish in spring next year
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Lego figures are displayed on the opening day of BRICK 2014 at the Excel Centre on Thursday in London, England. The four day event showcases creations by some of the world’s best Lego builders and runs until Sunday
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A woolly mammoth skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions on Wednesday in Billingshurst, England. The ice age mammoth skeleton, complete with tusks, fetched £189,000 to a telephone bidder
A general view of the sunrise over Hawes, Wensleydale on Monday morning
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, stands in front of party offices in Rochester, England on Friday. Ukip, Britain’s anti-immigration party, won its second seat in parliament as Mark Reckless, a former Conservative MP, was elected ahead of his old party
A man carries placards that read ‘Free education. Tax the rich’ in preparation for a student march against university fees in London on Wednesday
An employee of the Christie’s auction house looks at the Allen Jones sculpture “Enchanteresse”, painted bronze and leather on a steel base at their premises in London on Monday