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Yorkshire Ripper 'allowed out for trip to hospital eye unit'

The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was allowed out of Broadmoor to visit an NHS eye clinic, according to The Sun.

The newspaper published a picture of him without handcuffs at Surrey's Frimley Park Hospital.

He reportedly shared a joke with guards during the trip. The notorious killer is reportedly undergoing tests at the eye clinic as doctors try to save his sight. Sutcliffe was jailed for life in 1981 for the murder of 13 women and attempted murder of seven others.

Osborne 'refuses to answer' tax credit questions

The Chancellor has refused to answer questions about whether or not he would be prepared to compromise over tax credit cuts, despite calls from inside the party to rethink plans.

When asked by News Political Correspondent Libby Weiner asked George Osborne why he wasn't prepared to settle with dissenters inside his own party, Mr Osborne appears to dismiss the question.


Demonstrations underway ahead of Conservative conference

Thousands of activists are staging a protest outside the Conservative Party's annual conference to highlight campaigns including the impact of austerity cuts on workers.

Union leaders and officials from campaign groups including CND will address the rally in Manchester and will attack Government policies.

In a speech, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady will criticise the controversial Trade Union Bill, which introduces fresh restrictions on strike ballots, picketing and union funds.

Tory conference delegates warned badges may make them targets

Junior doctors at 'No2Austerity' march in Manchester Credit: TUC/Twitter

Delegates have been warned not to wear Conservative-branded badges and lanyards when walking around Manchester, over fears that protesters may target them.

Everyone attending conference is required to wear the official passes, but in an email to attendees, party chairman Lord Feldman said it was "particularly important" to remove them when outside the secure zone, in order to avoid making themselves a potential target for troublemakers.

Asked if this was a "sad" state of affairs, Prime Minister David Cameron told BBC One's Sunday Politics: "No, not at all. I think all my party members will enjoy very much being in Manchester.

"There are a lot of demonstrations planned, and obviously people need to take care in respect of that, but people will be enjoying all that Manchester has to offer."

Girl, 9, in 'life-threatening' condition after bus crash

Credit: PA

A nine-year-old girl who was injured when a bus smashed into a supermarket in Coventry, killing two people, is in a life threatening condition, according to police.

The West Midlands Police confirmed that the youngster, who who was travelling on the upper deck of the bus, is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

A woman in her seventies and an eight-year-old boy were killed in the accident, officers said.

A further casualty also remains in hospital as police investigate claims that the double-decker collided with a number of stationary cars before coming to rest.


Glasgow bin lorry driver Harry Clarke arrested on driving offence

Harry Clarke will not face criminal proceedings for the fatal crash. Credit: PA

The driver of a bin lorry that careered out of control and crashed, killing six people in Glasgow has been arrested on a driving offence, STV News report.

It is alleged that Harry Clarke, 58, got behind the wheel of his car on 20th September without a driving licence.

The DVLA withdrew Mr Clarke's license and banned him from driving HGVs for 10 years.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A 58-year-old man was arrested in connection with alleged road traffic offences.

"A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal."

A fatal accident inquiry into the crash on 22nd December last year has heard Mr Clarke blacked out at the wheel while driving his bin lorry moments before the fatal crash.

PM: Tax credit cuts not for review in Autumn statement

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) is interviewed by Andrew Marr on his BBC1 current affairs programme. Credit: Marr Show/BBC

Cuts to tax credits will not be reviewed in the Autumn statement, the Prime Minister has said, despite calls from inside the Tory party to think again.

David Cameron said the package was the right way to reach the ambition of raising wages and cutting taxes to offset big cuts to in-work benefits.

Critics have condemned the plans, claiming the measures will leave millions of working families out of pocket. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned it is "arithmetically impossible" for nobody to lose out under the changes.

But speaking to BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Cameron said the introduction of the national living wage and continued increases to the personal tax allowance would protect the poorest.

He said:

We have had the vote in Parliament on tax credits and I think people respect this argument that the national living wage - a 50p increase next year, so a £20-a-week pay rise, rising to £9 by the end of this Parliament - that is a very significant change that really helps to make work pay rather than a tax credit system that recycles money back to people.

Obviously I accept we are making changes to tax credits.

We are protecting the lowest-paid people with child tax credits and what goes with it but we are moving to an economy where you get paid more and where you pay less in tax, rather than paying more in tax and getting the money back in tax credits.

That is a better system.

– David Cameron
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