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PM urged to reintroduce terror control orders

David Cameron is under growing pressure to beef up measures to combat Islamist extremism in Britain as the hunt for James Foley's killer continues.

The Prime Minister has insisted that authorities are working hard to track those who have come into contact with Islamic State (IS) militants.

But Lord Carlile, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation for the Government, said the decision to scrap the control order system in favour of more limited terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims) should be revisited.

I do think the Government could make a legislative response to the current problem by reintroducing control orders, or beefed-up Tpims, as they are called, to ensure that people who are identified by solid intelligence as presenting this kind of risk can be placed under controls which can prevent them activating their ideas.

I think that we can demonstrate that, certainly in the last six or seven years of control orders, they were very effective, including a provision that allowed certain people - if a judge agreed, a very senior judge - to be relocated.

Of course, there are no Tpims at all at the moment. The Tpims that were created ran out and the Government decided to have no more, for reasons which I have never understood.

– Lord Carlisle

Dominican Republic bans 'immoral' Miley Cyrus gig

The Dominican Republic has banned Miley Cyrus performing a gig on the island on "morality grounds".

Miley won't get the chance to stick her tongue out in the Dominican Republic.
Miley won't get the chance to stick her tongue out in the Dominican Republic. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Cyrus' raunchy on-stage antics- including twerking and crotch grabbing- were deemed "acts that go against morals and customs".

And under Dominican law the singer could be criminally punished, the government said.

Miley is currently performing her worldwide Bangerz tour.
Miley is currently performing her worldwide Bangerz tour. Credit: Robin Utrecht/ABACA/Press Association Images

Cyrus was due to perform there on September 13 but the gig has now been cancelled.

A representative for Cyrus did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Concert organisers in the Dominican Republic also made no comment on the ban.

It is not the first time the Dominican Republic has banned songs it considers vulgar from the airwaves, including some by Calle 13 of Puerto Rico.



100 graves found during tram dig

Metrolink building site Credit: MEN Syndication

Metrolink engineers building a new city centre tram crossing have discovered the remains of over 100 people under Cross Street.

The grim but fascinating discovery was made during test digs six months ago for the Second City Crossing, it has emerged.

The remains are thought to have been buried around 200 years ago by members of the Cross Street Chapel, part of the Unitarian Church.

But the site, directly beneath where the new tracks will be laid, has now been temporarily closed off, while archaeologists work to excavate the bodies. They will be interred elsewhere, possibly at Manchester’s Southern Cemetery. Read more here.

Two Palestinian farm workers killed in Israeli airstrike

Two Palestinians were killed in an Israel air strike in fighting in Gaza as fighting continued, a Gaza health official said.

Ashraf al Kidra said the victims were workers at a livestock farm which was hit in the attack.

Smoke rises in Gaza as the unrest continues.
Smoke rises in Gaza as the unrest continues. Credit: Reuters

The Israeli military said it carried out 20 air strikes early today, targeting rocket launchers and weapons sites. It said Gaza militants fired two rockets at Israel.

Earlier this week, Hamas rejected a ceasefire proposal saying they would not accept anything short of an end to the blockade.

Weather: Sunny spells and showers across the UK

Sunny spells and showers are expected across the UK,.
Sunny spells and showers are expected across the UK,. Credit: Met Office

Sunny spells and showers are expected across the UK today, with rain most frequent in the north and east - where there will also be more cloud.

Southwestern areas are set to remain largely dry.

It will feel chilly in the north, while temperatures of 21 Celsius (70F) are likely in the southeast.

Food poverty is 'causing illness,' health expert warns

Illness caused by malnutrition is getting worse because some people cannot afford good quality food, a health expert has warned.
Illness caused by malnutrition is getting worse because some people cannot afford good quality food, a health expert has warned. Credit: PA

The number of people falling ill with malnutrition and rickets caused by poor quality food is increasing because people can't afford nutritious meals, a health expert has warned.

John Middleton, vice president of the Faculty of Public Health, told the BBC: "It's getting worse because people can't afford good quality food.

"It's getting worse where malnutrition, rickets and other manifestations of extreme poor diet are becoming apparent."

Hospital admissions for patients with malnutrition have increased from 5,590 to 6,690 in a one-year period, according to figures released earlier this month by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.


Gazza's daughter thanks fans for support after setback

Paul Gascoigne's daughter has thanked fans who offered sympathy after shocking photographs showed him looking gaunt and frail as he was helped into an ambulance.

The ex-England footballer, now 47, has a long history of problems with alcohol and was reportedly found slumped outside his home.

Bianca Gascoigne, 27, received messaged of support from fans who remember him fondly from his time at clubs including Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers.

John Rae's tweet was one of the ones she retweeted:

Bianca, a model and reality TV star, wrote herself:

Earlier this week it was reported that Gascoigne could return to football after signing for a Sunday league club in Bournemouth.

EDF Energy £3m fine 'a step in the right direction'

EDF Energy has acknowledged that its customers were caused significant disruption when the firm introduced a new IT system in 2011 and has publicly apologised for this.

Ofgem said that the firm's payment of £3 million to vulnerable customers was a "step in the right direction".

EDF Energy failed to have sufficiently robust processes in place when they introduced a new IT system and this led to the unacceptable handling of complaints.

Their commitment to putting things right and paying £3 million to the Citizens Advice Energy Best Deal Extra scheme and the Plymouth Citizen Advice Bureau's Debt Helpline to benefit vulnerable customers is a step in the right direction to rebuilding consumer trust.

– Sarah Harrison, Ofgem's senior partner

EDF Energy saw 30% rise in complaints in 2011

A probe into energy giant EDF Energy's handling of consumer complaints by watchdog Ofgem followed a 30% increase in complaints when the firm began introducing a new IT system in 2011, the regulator said.

Between May 2011 and January 2012, EDF Energy did not have appropriate procedures in place to properly receive, record and process all customers' complaints in accordance with complaints handling rules, Ofgem found.

EDF Energy is to pay out £3 million after Ofgem found the company had breached complaint handling rules.
EDF Energy is to pay out £3 million after Ofgem found the company had breached complaint handling rules. Credit: PA

Many customers experienced unacceptably high call waiting times and there was evidence that the supplier failed to record all the required details for the complaints it received, the regulator said.

It said that EDF staff acted quickly to rectify the problems and to mitigate the effects on consumers.

EDF Energy fined £3m over mishandling complaints

EDF Energy has been fined £3 million following an Ofgem investigation into the company's handling of complaints, ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports.




EDF Energy failed to handle consumer complaints efficiently between May 2011 and January 2012 - Ofgem


EDF is to pay £3m to benefit vulnerable customers after Ofgem’s investigation found that the company breached complaint handling rules.

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