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ICO investigates claims of pension pot details being sold

An investigation has been launched into claims that millions of people's pension pot details are being sold and ending up in the hands of fraudsters.

The Information Commissioner's Office said it would be speaking to the Pensions Regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority and police after The Daily Mail alleged that its undercover reporters were sold pension pot details for 15,000 people without any checks being made on who they were.

Steve Eckersley, the head of enforcement at the ICO, said: "The worst case scenario here is this information getting into the wrong hands and being used to target individuals at a critical point in their financial lives."

According to the newspaper pensioners' salaries, the value of their investments and the size of their pensions are being sold for as little as 5p without their consent.

Saudi military: Yemen airstrikes will continue until President is able to rule

Saudi Arabia's military have said they will continue their airstrikes on Yemen until Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is able to rule.

Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday Credit: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told reporters on Sunday evening that the military intended to keep up attacks until they could "set the conditions necessary to allow the president and his government to run the country."

He said: "We will continue to attack the militias, we will keep them under pressure, until the conditions become very favourable for the army to take over."


Sierra Leone ends three-day Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone ended its three-day government imposed lockdown on Sunday evening meaning some six million residents were finally allowed to venture outside.

The lockdown, aimed at accelerating the end of the country's Ebola epidemic, saw officials order residents to stay inside on pain of arrest as health workers went door-to-door looking for hidden patients.

Yemeni and Houthi fighters clash in Aden

Fighting in Yemen continued today as fighters loyal to the country's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Houthi fighters in downtown Aden.

Seen as the leader's last major foothold in the country, Aden has been hit by heavy fighting for the last week and control of the southern port city's airport is said to have changed hands numerous times during the ongoing conflict.

People stand on a tank that was burnt during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden Credit: REUTERS/Stringer
Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Exit polls: Right-wing surge in French local elections

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party is believed to have made gains. Credit: Reuters

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party and Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National appear to have made major gains in the final round of French local elections, an exit poll suggests.

The BFMTV survey by pollsters CSA suggested that President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists could expect to lose around half of the 61 councils they held previously.

Le Pen's party looked to have won as many as two, while the UMP and its allies were set to secure between 66 and 70, the exit poll said.


Meningitis B vaccine to be rolled out by September

The meningitis B vaccine looks set to become part of the national immunisation programme by September this year after the government reached a deal with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline to provide all babies in the UK with the potentially life-saving injection.

ITV News Reporter Duncan Golestani spoke to one family who have been affected by meningitis about why the vaccine is important:

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