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Consultation on Heathrow’s expansion ‘masterplan’

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A consultation has been launched on the “preferred masterplan” for Heathrow Airport’s expansion.

The airport’s bosses plan to open a third runway by 2026 following years of debate.

Over the next 12 weeks people will be able to share their views on the future layout of the airport, the new runway and other issues such as road access.

Also covered will be options for managing the environmental impacts of the expansion, such as a Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access ...

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Royal Ascot and Metallica gig threatened by rail strike

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Workers on some of the country’s busiest rail lines begin a five-day strike on Tuesday.

It is part of a long-running dispute over guards on trains. It appeared a deal was in sight in February but the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is now renewing strike action after it said South Western Railway (SWR) had “dragged its heels” in negotiations and accused it of “rowing back” on public pledges.

Tens of thousands of travellers using services into and out of ...

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Middle aged money mules used by criminals to launder cash

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Middle aged people are increasingly and sometimes unwittingly being lured into laundering money for criminals, according to the fraud prevention service Cifas.

In its annual report called Fraudscape, it revealed the number of so-called money mules aged between 40 and 60 increased by 35% in 2018 compared to the previous year.

A money mule, sometimes called a ‘smurfer’, is a person who transfers money acquired illegally in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others.

Typically, the mule is ...

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Govt ‘out of step’ after rejecting proposals to tackle throwaway fashion

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Calls for a levy on clothing sales to tackle labour abuses and environmental damage caused by “throwaway fashion” have been rejected by the government.

The environmental audit committee had published a report which recommended a one pence charge on every item of clothing sold to raise investment for textile recycling.

Other recommendations included a ban on incinerating unsold stock or sending it to landfill, and mandatory environmental targets for fashion retailers with a turnover above £36m.

The ...

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Next Tory MP ballot to narrow the field in race for Number 10

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At least one Conservative leadership hopeful will be eliminated from the race to succeed Theresa May today, as the parliamentary stage of the contest nears its end.

Tory MPs will cast secret ballots later this afternoon, with results due to be announced just hours ahead of a televised debate between the remaining contenders tonight.

Front runner Boris Johnson has committed to taking part in the debate, which will be broadcast on the BBC, having ducked a similar opportunity on Channel 4 ...

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Weather warning in place as England braces for further storms

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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for large parts of England, ending a brief interlude of sunny weather.

Much of the South East, East Anglia and parts of the Midlands are covered under the warning, which has been issued from Tuesday through to Wednesday evening.

Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland’s north west can also expect to see rain by early morning on Tuesday.

But the worst-hit will be southern and eastern England, where hail, thunder, lightning and gusty ...

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Allegations of malpractice investigated in by-election

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Five allegations of malpractice relating to the Peterborough by-election which Labour won by 683 votes are being investigated by police.

Cambridgeshire Police said three relate to postal votes, one allegation is of bribery and corruption and the fifth is of a breach of the privacy of the vote.

Labour candidate Lisa Forbes was elected after the by-election on 6 June, narrowly beating Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

Peterborough Council said on 10 June it received one unconfirmed report regarding alleged bribery before polling ...

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‘Grotesque’ crab sculpture blocked from being sold abroad

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The sale of a £217,000 sculpture of a “truly grotesque” crab with teeth to an overseas buyer has been blocked.

The “whimsical” ceramic creation, sporting wide eyes and a toothy leer, has been sold to a foreign buyer – but blocked from leaving the country.

Efforts are now being made to keep the unique sculpture in the UK by finding another buyer.

The sculpture was made in 1880 by the Martin Brothers, famed for their works inspired by Gothic art and the ...

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Manchester United fans top football racism arrest table

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Supporters of Manchester United have topped the table of football-related arrests that involve racism between 2014 and 2018, data shows.

Released after a freedom of information request, data shows that 27 people who were recorded as fans of the Old Trafford club were arrested during the seasons 2014/15 until 2017/18.

Championship sides Leeds United and Millwall FC came second, with 15 supporters each, whilst Leicester had 14 and Chelsea, 13.

The data shows 107 arrests during the 2014/15 season, which rose ...

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HIV patients’ email addresses made public in privacy breach

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A review has been launched at a health board after the email addresses of almost 40 people living with HIV were made public by accident.

NHS Highland sent out an email with the addresses of 37 patients visible along with an invitation to a support group run by a sexual health clinic at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

The board has now contacted each of the patients who received the email.

It said in a statement: “NHS Highland deeply regrets that this breach ...

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