Latest UK news evening headlines: Facebook crashes, IDS hit with traffic cone and nurse denies baby murders

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook are down – and users are having problems on the social media platforms.

The platforms confirmed on Twitter that they are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them.

According to the web service monitoring platform DownDetector, thousands of people reported outages before 5 p.m. Monday.

Data on their website showed that nearly 50,000 people reported the outages on Facebook.

Most of the complaints cited problems with the website (72%), while others were related to problems with the server connection and the app.

More than 60,000 had complained about WhatsApp, with 43% reporting problems with the app itself, 28% citing the server connection and 28% citing sending messages.

More than 30,000 Instagram users had similar complaints, 51% related to the app, 26% to the server connection and 23% to the website.

Five arrests after Sir Iain Duncan Smith was allegedly hit by a traffic cone

Five people were arrested after former Tory party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith was allegedly hit on the head with a traffic cone.

The senior conservative said he was followed by a group en route to a Brexit talks on the sidelines of the Tory party conference in Manchester on Monday.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said three men and two women were arrested after an attack on Portland Street was reported around 4 p.m.

Sir Iain went to the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, where he took part in a conversation with Brexit Minister Lord Frost.

Nurse denies murdering eight babies

A nurse has denied murdering eight babies and tried to kill ten more.

Lucy Letby, 31, pleaded not guilty during a brief appearance in Manchester Crown Court.

Letby replied “not guilty” to each of the charges, which it took four minutes to read when she video-linked from HMP Peterborough where she is in custody.

She allegedly committed a year-long killing spree while working in the neonatal ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester.

Military helps with fuel delivery as most of the country sees “significant improvement”

The military is helping to supply petrol stations with fuel, as a representative of petrol dealers described a “significant improvement” in the situation in most of the country.

London and the South East have seen only “marginal” improvement, with these areas still facing a “challenging” period, said the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).

The organization said its Monday morning poll of a quarter of all independent gas stations in the UK found that around a fifth of those locations around London and the south-east remained fuelless.

In the rest of the country, it was 8%, the PRA said, adding that 86% of locations surveyed have both gasoline and diesel available.

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