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Osborne: HSBC must deal with 'legacy of the past'

George Osborne said HSBC must deal with the "legacy of the past" as he indicated new laws could be needed to deal with tax evaders.

The Chancellor said he had been unaware of allegations that the Swiss arm of HSBC had colluded in tax evasion at the time its former chairman Lord Green was appointed as a trade minister.

Chancellor George Osborne. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, Osborne said the Government was "looking at further changes to the law to make sure that we have a tough regime".

"If there are deficiencies in the law, if it's difficult to bring these prosecutions, then we should change the law," he added.

Brit killed in Syria 'originally went to give medical aid'

An ex-Royal Marine killed while fighting against Islamic State militants alongside Kurdish forces originally headed to Syria to provide medical aid, an MP has said.

Konstandions Erik Sculfield Credit: Facebook/Jordan Matson

In an interview with Sky News, Dan Jarvis, who represents the Barnsley Central constituency, said he believed Konstandions Erik Sculfield had travelled to the troubled region for "honourable reasons".

My understanding is that he had very significant ideological concerns about what is happening, about the actions Islamic State were taking in the region, and he wanted to make a contribution.

My understanding is that he went there to make a humanitarian contribution, he didn't go there to fight, he provided medical assistance.

In terms of precisely what's happened, we don't know yet but my understanding was that he went there for honourable reasons.

– Dan Jarvis MP, Barnsley Central

He urged anyone else with "legitimate concerns" about Islamic State not to travel to the Middle East, and instead support charities working in the region.


Becky Watts' stepbrother 'held over her murder'

Becky went missing on February 19. Credit: ITV News

Becky Watts' stepbrother and his girlfriend are reportedly being held by police over the 16-year-old's murder.

Police are questioning a 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman in connection with the alleged killing, which turned into a murder inquiry when officers found body parts at a house yesterday.

Nathan Matthews and Shauna Phillips have been named in several newspaper reports as the pair.

Officers were last night granted a further 24 hours to question them but must either charge or release them by this afternoon.

A further four men and one woman have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Farage wants to bring immigration 'back to normality'

Nigel Farage said he wants to bring immigration into Britain "back to normality," with numbers similar to those seen before 2000.

"Net migration into Britain varied between about 20,000 and 50,000 a year," the Ukip leader told Good Morning Britain.

"The effect of Ukip policies will be to bring us back to those sort of numbers," he said.

"What we're pushing here represents a drastic cut."

100 Westerners believed to have joined Kurds fighting IS

Around 100 people from Western countries - including a number of Britons - are believed to have gone to Syria to join Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants.

The figures come as it emerged ex-Royal Marine Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, from Barnsley, has become the first Brit to be killed in the fight against the violent terror group.

Last month, a 19-year-old soldier from the UK, based in Cyprus, was returned to his unit after joining the Kurdish peshmerga, telling family "these guys need our help".

And in December, it was reported that two former British soldiers had also joined the operation against Islamic State, saying they had been "compelled" to help after the murder of aid worker Alan Henning.

Second arrest made in teen's stabbing death case

A 17-year-old male has become the second person to be arrested in connection with the murder of teenager Alan Cartwright, Scotland Yard said.

Alan Cartwright was 15 years old when he was stabbed to death. Credit: Met Police

The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder this morning at an address in Camden. He remains in custody.

Alan, 15, was stabbed to death in Islington, north London while riding a bicycle with his friends


Police running out of time to question Becky suspects

Police must either charge or release the two suspects in the Becky Watts murder investigation by this afternoon as time to question them further will run out.

Under UK law, suspects can only be held in custody for a maximum of 96 hours. A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on Saturday.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn tweeted:

Tributes to British 'disciplined warrior' killed fighting IS

A former US soldier who said he fought next to an ex-Royal Marine reported to be killed while fighting with Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants has paid tribute to his former comrade.

Former US soldier Jordan Matson posted a picture he says is ex-Royal Marine Konstandions Erik Sculfield Credit: Facebook/Jordan Matson

Posting on Facebook, Jordan Matson said he was "honoured" to have fought next to Konstandions Erik Sculfield, praising his discipline and dedication.

We were together from his first day here and you couldn't ask for a more disciplined warrior.

Kosta as we call him was from the United Kingdom and was born a Greek citizen. He served both in the Greek army and as a British Royal Marine commando up until he came here. He served with me in Jezza and Shengal.

Kosta volunteered for every attack and guard duty opportunity. He wanted nothing more than to bring the fight to the enemy.

I'm going to carry on your legacy brother, I will never forget you. I love you man.

Save me a place up there bug guy.

– Jordan Matson
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