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16-year-old boy remanded over stabbing murders

A 16-year-old boy accused of killing two people in Colchester, Essex, has been remanded in custody.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court, charged with the murder of Saudi student Nahid Almane, 31, in June last year.

James Attfield was found with more than 100 wounds to his body Credit: Family handout

It is also alleged that three months earlier in March the youth murdered James Attfield, 33, who was stabbed more than 100 times in a park in the town.

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Rail strike talks resume as travel chaos looms

Rail strike talks resume as travel chaos looms Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Talks to avert a rail strike have resumed today.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail are due to walk out for 24 hours from next Thursday evening and 48 hours the following week, threatening travel chaos after a new pay offer was rejected.

Gill will not take Fifa role after 'damaging' Blatter re-election

David Gill has confirmed he will not take up his role on the Fifa executive committee after Sepp Blatter was re-elected as President.

David Gill Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

As I explained to my European colleagues at the Uefa meeting on Thursday, I will not be taking my place on the Fifa Executive Committee. Out of respect for the Fifa Congress and the other 208 member associations, it was right to wait until after yesterday's election to confirm my decision.

This action is not something I take lightly but the terribly damaging events of the last three days have convinced me it is not appropriate to be a member of the Fifa Executive Committee under the current leadership. I do recognise that Mr Blatter has been democratically elected and wish Fifa every success in tackling the many troubling issues it faces. However, my professional reputation is critical to me and I simply do not see how there will be change for the good of world football while Mr Blatter remains in post.

I will continue to focus on my positions within The FA and Uefa, which I take seriously and am privileged to hold.

– David Gill statement

Putin sends telegram to congratulate Blatter on Fifa win

Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to Fifa President Sepp Blatter congratulating him on his re-election, the Kremlin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Sepp Blatter at last year's World Cup. Credit: Reuters

"The head of the Russian state expressed confidence that experience, professionalism and high authority will help Blatter in future encourage the spread in the geography and popularity of football in the whole world," a Kremlin statement said.

Russia was interested in co-operating with Fifa in general and in particular in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it said.

16-year-old to appear in court over stabbing murders

A 16-year-old boy is due to appear in court today charged with two knife murders.

The teenager was arrested on Tuesday at the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester - where Saudi student Nahid Almanea was stabbed to death last June - on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

James Attfield was found stabbed more than a 100 times in a park last March. Credit: Press Association

Essex Police confirmed he had been charged with the murder of Ms Almanea and that of James Attfield, who died after being stabbed more than 100 times in a park in the town in March last year.

Det Ch Supt Steve Worron, who led the investigation, said: "We have received excellent backing throughout the investigations into both James and Nahid's deaths from the whole community in Colchester and I would like to thank them all again for their continued support.

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Amir Khan calls for Mayweather fight after victory

Amir Khan has called for his next fight to be against Floyd Mayweather after his unanimous points victory over American Chris Algieri in their welterweight bout in New York.

Amir Khan won his welterweight bout against American Chris Algieri Credit: Reuters

The Bolton fighter said: "Everyone knows I want Floyd next after all the talk about it".

"I think I've proven myself and who else is out there for Floyd..Nobody?"

"Manny Pacquaio didn't really show what we thought he was going to show..but I think I do know exactly what to do in that fight", he added.

Neville: Football stars should unite against corruption

Football stars including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo should show a "united force" and wield their power against corruption amid the ongoing Fifa scandal, former England footballer Gary Neville has said.

Former Man United defender and England coach Gary Neville Credit: PA

Writing in his Daily Telegraph column, Neville said he normally believed players should "stay out of the politics of the game".

"However this is about players wielding their power against corruption. I would expect management committee members of PFA' s around the world to demand to know what could be done to ensure that the voice of the players was heard."

He added: "I am not suggesting that players should go out on a limb by going on strike, but Fifa and Blatter would be nothing without the players. "It would need to be a co-ordinated and united force".

What is a 'reasonable' excuse for a late tax return?

HM Revenue and Customs has reportedly waived a £100 fine for people who have a "reasonable" excuse for filing their tax returns late.

Its website states that a reasonable excuse for missing the deadline is "normally something unexpected or outside your control that stopped you meeting a tax obligation" and includes:

  • The recent death of a partner
  • An unexpected stay in hospital
  • Computer failures
  • Service issues with the tax authority's online services
  • A fire which prevented the completion of a tax return
  • Postal delays
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