2005 in England

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2005–06 in English football
2005 in the United Kingdom
Other events of 2005

Events from 2005 in England





  • 2 February
    • Two firefighters and a member of the public die in a fire on the 14th and 15th floors of a 17-storey tower block in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Seven other people are hospitalised, one in serious condition, and 70 people are evacuated from the block.
  • 7 February – Englishwoman Ellen MacArthur sets a record for the quickest round-the-world solo sail. She completed the 27,354-mile (44,022 km) journey in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds, breaking the old record of 72 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes and 22 seconds, set by Francis Joyon in 2004, which itself took 20 days off the previous record.[1]
  • 10 February – Clarence House announces that The Prince of Wales is to marry Camilla Parker Bowles on Friday 8 April in a civil ceremony at Windsor Castle. She has been styled HRH The Duchess of Cornwall since, and it was announced that, when Charles becomes king, she may become HRH The Princess Consort.[2]
  • 14 February
  • 17 February – The BNFL nuclear plant at Sellafield, in the United Kingdom, reports that 30 kg (66 lb) of plutonium is "unaccounted for". This amount of missing plutonium would be sufficient to make seven atomic bombs. The UK Atomic Energy Authority states that the discrepancy in the record keeping is merely an auditing issue, and that there was no "real loss" of plutonium.
  • 18 February – The Hunting Act, the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales, comes into force. Its opponents intend to challenge the law and hunt.[4]




  • 9 May – The Sellafield nuclear plant's Thorp reprocessing facility in Cumbria, is closed down due to the confirmation of a 20 tonne leak of highly radioactive uranium and plutonium fuel through a fractured pipe.
  • 12 May – Malcolm Glazer gains control of Manchester United after securing a 70% share, ending more than 30 years of ownership by the Edwards family.
  • 21 May – Arsenal become the first team to win the FA Cup on penalties after they defeat Manchester United in a shoot-out that follows a goalless draw.
  • 27 May – Mark Hobson is sentenced to life imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court after admitting four charges of murder. On a killing spree in July last year, 35-year-old Hobson killed his girlfriend Claire Sanderson, Claire's sister Diane Sanderson, as well as pensioners James and Joan Britton. The trial judge recommends that Hobson is never released from prison.




  • 11 August – British Airways grounds all flights as baggage handlers, loaders and bus drivers strike in support of 800 workers sacked by flight catering company Gate Gourmet. The strike is also affecting other airlines, causing chaos at London Heathrow Airport
  • 21 August – Victory over Japan Day: A service is held at London's Cenotaph to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II. The Prince of Wales is in attendance, as are survivors of the Far East campaign.


  • 12 September – England cricket team wins The Ashes.[7]
  • 29 September – The High Court decides that Ian Huntley, serving life imprisonment for the double child murders at Soham three years ago, should serve at least 40 years in prison before being considered for parole. This ruling is set to keep Huntley behind bars until at least 2042 and the age of 68.



  • 24 November – Pubs in England and Wales permitted to open for 24 hours for the first time.[10]
  • 30 November – Quadruple killer Mark Hobson loses a High Court appeal against his trial judge's recommendation that he should never be released from prison.


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  1. ^ "MacArthur sails into record books". BBC News. 2005-02-07. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  2. ^ "Charles and Camilla to be married". BBC News. 2005-02-10. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  3. ^ "Arrests as coursing event starts". BBC News. 2005-02-14. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  4. ^ "Ban on hunting comes into force". BBC News. 2005-02-18. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  5. ^ "Prince Charles marries Camilla". BBC News. 2005-04-09. Archived from the original on 21 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  6. ^ "St Edmundsbury Marks End Of An Era". Skyscrapernews.com. 2005-07-23. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  7. ^ "England win the Ashes". BBC News. 2005-09-12. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  8. ^ Skyscraper News
  9. ^ Casciani, Dominic (2005-10-25). "Fear and rumours grip Birmingham". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-09-06.
  10. ^ "Pubs open 24 hours". BBC News. 2005-11-24. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  11. ^ "David Cameron is new Tory leader". BBC News. 2005-12-06. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  12. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Literature 2005". Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  13. ^ "Massive fire at Buncefield oil depot". BBC News. 2005-12-11. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.