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Automated phone calls blunder leads to middle-of-the-night weather warnings

Electricity North West customers were woken in the night to be told bad weather was on the way Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An energy firm has apologised to customers who received automated phone calls in the middle of the night to warn them bad weather was on the way.

Electricity North West scheduled the calls to people on its 'priority services register' yesterday afternoon, but a technical fault meant some were not received until the early hours of today.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said:

We sincerely apologise for the text messages and calls that customers received during the night. We can reassure people that we will not be sending any further messages out until we have resolved this issue

– Electricity North West spokesperson

Bodies found in search for Belgian fishing boat missing in Channel

The search for the missing trawler has been called off for a second night Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Two bodies have been recovered by rescue teams searching for a Belgian trawler missing since Wednesday in the English Channel.

The RNLI confirmed the discovery after lifeboat crews were sent to investigate debris spotted by an aircraft on the French side of the Channel north-west of Boulogne.

The fishing boat was reported missing with four people on board after it disappeared yesterday afternoon in the Dover Strait. The RNLI has called off the search for a second night after darkness fell on one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

"We are aware that two bodies have been recovered," a RNLI spokesman said. "However, this is still an ongoing and sensitive operation."

Carole Duggan joins call for answers over missing discs

Carole Duggan speaks to the media following the conclusion to the inquest. Credit: PA Wire

The aunt of Mark Duggan has joined the calls for answers after the Ministry of Justice confirmed it had lost three sensitive files in the post.

The Ministry of Justice has suspended a member of staff and launched an independent review after two discs containing files from inquiries on Mark Duggan and Azelle Rodney, both shot dead by the Met Police, and Robert Hamill, who was beaten to death by a loyalists in Northern Ireland, went missing in the post.

In a statement on the Justice For Mark Duggan website, Carole Duggan said: "The criminal justice system went out of its way to protect the identities of the officers who killed Mark, issuing all manner of reporting restrictions and anonymity orders in court.

"Now we learn that this apparently sensitive information has been 'lost in the post' at the Ministry of Justice.

"How did this file go missing? And why? Scotland Yard and the ministry have questions to answer if we are ever going to get to the bottom of why Mark was shot dead while unarmed and surrendering to police."


Russian planes near UK airspace an 'increasing pattern'

The Foreign Office has said that it has summoned the Russian Ambassador after Russian planes coming very near UK airspace is part of an "increasing pattern."

Russian aircraft manoeuvres yesterday are part of increasing pattern of out of area operations by Russian aircraft.

While the Russian planes did not enter sovereign UK airspace and were escorted by RAF Typhoons throughout the time they were in the UK area of interest, the Russian planes caused disruption to civil aviation. That is why we summoned the Russian Ambassador today to account for the incident.

– Foreign Office spokesperson
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