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Puppy farm double murder pensioner to be sentenced

An elderly dog breeder who was found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter at his puppy farm in Surrey is to be sentenced later.

John Lowe. Credit: PA

John Lowe, 82, used a shotgun to kill Christine Lee, murdering the 66-year-old and her daughter Lucy, 40, at his home near Farnham, Surrey, in February. In court it emerged the weapon had previously been seized by Surrey Police, but was later returned.

The force apologised to the family after the weapons were confiscated in March last year following an allegation that threats to kill had been made, but were returned to Lowe four months later.


RBS reports £1.27 billion profit for third financial quarter

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported third quarter profits of £1.27 billion, compared with a loss of £634 million in the same period last year.

It is the first time the bank has reported a profit for three quarters in a row since the height of the financial crisis, in which the bank nearly collapsed.

Royal Bank of Scotland is 80% owned by the British taxpayer. Credit: PA Wire

RBS also said it was setting aside £400 million to settle foreign exchange rate-rigging allegations.

RBS, which is 80% owned by the taxpayer after being rescued during the financial crisis, said it was putting aside a further £100 million to cover compensation payouts for customers mis-sold payment protection insurance.

Israel's foreign minister makes Ikea dig at Sweden

Israel's foreign minister has slammed Sweden's decision to recognise the state of Palestine, saying the Middle East crisis was "more complicated than self-assembly furniture at Ikea."

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on his Facebook page that Sweden's stance "strengthens the extremist elements," NBC News reported.

Israel's foreign minister said the Middle East crisis was was 'more complicated than self-assembly furniture at Ikea.' Credit: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Yesterday Sweden became the third western European country to recognise Palestine as a state.

Israel reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest.

Dry conditions across most of England and Wales

A dry day is expected across most of England and Wales today Credit: Met Office

A dry day is expected across most of England and Wales today, with warm sunny spells set for the south and east, giving a top temperature of 21C (70F).

However, outbreaks of rain will continue in the far northwest and across Northern Ireland. Winds will strengthen in the west, with the rain edging slowly southeastwards later.

Suspected cop killer captured after 48 days on run

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers Credit: Reuters/FBI

A survivalist suspected of killing a US police officer has been captured following seven weeks on the run.

Eric Matthew Frein, an expert marksman, allegedly killed a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounded a second officer in a sniper attack on 12 September.

The 31-year-old has eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the attack.

According to local media reports he was finally discovered in an abandoned airplane hangar.


Firefighters over 55 who fail safety test 'face the sack'

Firefighters who are over the age of 55 and fail a vital fitness test "face the sack", a union chief warned Good Morning Britain.

Sean Starbuck from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said despite evidence showing 66% of firefighters between 55 and 60 would not be fit enough to rescue people from a burning victim, the government were insisting they work until 60.

Mr Starbuck said today's strike was about getting a fair deal on pensions - which they had already got in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

New poll suggests Labour faces 'wipeout' in Scotland

Ed Miliband has admitted that Labour faces 'challenges' in Scotland Credit: PA

A new poll out today suggests that Labour is facing a potential "wipeout" in the general election in Scotland.

The YouGov poll of Scottish voters for The Times follows an STV survey yesterday that suggested if there were an election tomorrow, Labour would shrink from 40 MPs to just four in the party's traditional heartland.

Today's poll found that Ed Miliband’s personal ratings have dipped significantly since the referendum, with only 15% of voters saying they trust the Labour leader, down from 25% on the eve of the independence vote.

It put the SNP on 43%, which would give them 47 seats in Westminster, with Labour on 27%, which would leave them with 10 MPs.

Burkina Faso president rejects calls to resign

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has declared that he will stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests calling for him to resign.

Protesters stormed parliament and state television buildings in the capital Ouagadougou after Compaore declared his plans to change the law to allow him to extend his 27-year rule.

At least three protesters were shot dead and scores wounded in clashes with security forces.

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