Archive for October 13th, 2009

Damian Green affair: senior officers ‘scared’ to abandon inquiry

Telegraph: Senior police officers were too “scared” to abandon the flawed Damian Green leaks inquiry, in which the Government had exaggerated the threat to national security, according to official reports.


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MPs’ expenses: Jacqui Smith broke rules but need not repay

Telegraph: The right of MPs to police their own expenses was called into question after Jacqui Smith, the former home secretary, was told she need not repay any of the £100,000 she claimed incorrectly.

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Mother charged in Plymouth abuse inquiry

Independent: A fourth suspect has been charged in connection with the child abuse inquiry that led to the conviction of the nursery worker Vanessa George.

Tracy Lyons, 39, a pregnant mother of eight from Portsmouth, was arrested after a multi-force police inquiry that involved Little Ted’s nursery in Plymouth.

She went before magistrates in Portsmouth on Saturday charged with sexually abusing a child, taking an indecent image of a child and distributing indecent images of a child. She was remanded in custody and will return to court on 18 January.

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Expenses: They’re all in it together

Independent: Gordon Brown’s attempt to clean up politics after the MPs’ expenses scandal backfired on him yesterday when he was ordered to pay back more than £12,000 he claimed in allowances.

Sir Thomas Legg, a former senior civil servant called in by Mr Brown to audit claims by all MPs, ruled that the Prime Minister had claimed too much for cleaning at his second home and uncovered a £1,396 “double claim” for painting and decorating. Mr Brown agreed immediately to pay back a total of £12,415.

In a dramatic twist to the expenses saga, senior figures in all three main parties were dragged into the net. Sir Thomas asked David Cameron, his shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, and the Chancellor Alistair Darling to provide further details of their claims for mortgage interest under the MPs’ “second homes” allowance, while the Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, repaid £910 he had claimed for gardening costs.

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Iceland steps up its inquiry into collapse of Kaupthing

Times: Icelandic authorities have stepped up their investigations into the collapse of Kaupthing, the failed bank, amid speculation that Sigurdur Einarsson, the former executive chairman, has been made an official suspect.

Mr Einarsson, who lives in Chelsea, West London, is under investigation over market manipulation in the weeks leading up to the bank’s collapse a year ago.

A team led by Olafur Hauksson, Iceland’s special prosecutor, known as “the special”, is investigating why a stock market statement by the bank, announcing that a member of the Qatari Royal Family had bought a stake in the bank, did not disclose that the investment had been funded by loans from Kaupthing itself via a series of complex financial structures.

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JJB Sports will proceed with rights issue after delay

Times: JJB Sports, the sportswear retailer, will launch its £100 million rights issue early this week, after it was abruptly postponed last Friday, sources close to the company said yesterday.

The troubled retailer was forced to delay its capital-raising as leading investors became concerned about rumours circulating around the City about the financial affairs of Sir David Jones, JJB’s executive chairman.

Schroders, one of two institutional investors due to subscribe to the rescue rights issue, told the company’s advisers on Friday that it wanted to delay the issue while the allegations were investigated.

An emergency statement issued by JJB yesterday said that the board had investigated the rumours and had concluded they were “totally unfounded”.

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School fined after girl’s fingers burnt off by plaster of Paris in art class

Times: A school was fined £19,000 yesterday for ignoring safety procedures after a 16-year-old girl lost all but two of her fingers when plaster of Paris set around her hands during an art lesson.

The teenager, who cannot be named, was attempting to make a sculpture of her own hands in January 2007 at Giles School, a foundation school in Boston, Lincolnshire.

She had been told by the teacher to put her hands into wet clay to make a mould. Instead she put her hands up to the wrist in a bucket of plaster, which began to set and heat up because of a chemical reaction, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told.

Pupils, staff and paramedics tried to free her but could not break the plaster.

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