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Archive for July 24th, 2009

Newspaper magnate Desmond’s £1.25m bill for lost libel case

Independent: Richard Desmond, the billionaire publisher, was last night facing an estimated legal bill of at least £1.25m after losing his libel case against the biographer Tom Bower. It took the jury four hours to decide that Mr Desmond was not defamed by Mr Bower’s account of a confrontation with a rival newspaper mogul.

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Arrests over waste exports

Independent: Three men have been arrested in connection with the alleged export of 99 shipping containers of illegal waste from the United Kingdom to Brazil.

Officers from the Environment Agency’s National Environmental Crime Team raided three properties in the Swindon area at dawn yesterday, as part of investigations into the origin of 1,400 tonnes of waste found in Brazilian ports. Wiltshire Police arrested a 49-year-old, a 28-year-old and a 24-year old….

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Decade of pain predicted for public services
Guardian: Britain will face spending cuts of more than 16% to key public services, such as law and order and higher education, if Labour and the Tories deliver on their goals to protect schools, hospitals and defence, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned…

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OFT increases pressure over milk price-fixing

Times: The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has renewed its attack on two leading retailers, Tesco and Wm Morrison, over alleged price-fixing in milk and other dairy products. The two supermarket groups continue to deny any wrong-doing.

In September 2007 the OFT, the competition watchdog, found that a number of retailers and food producers had conspired to force up prices in various dairy products and imposed fines totalling £116 million around 2002 and 2003. All the others accepted the charges but Tesco and Morrisons held out….

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Police inquiry into MPs’ expenses to be quick and focused, says DPP

Times: The investigation by police into MPs’ expenses will be swift and focused on a few key cases, the Director of Public Prosecutions said yesterday.

Keir Starmer, QC, said that the investigation, which is being conducted by a joint panel of police and the Crown Prosecution Service, had to be “careful and detailed”….

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