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No new gun charge for farmer jailed for shooting burglar

Farmer Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a teenage burglar, will not face any charges after being investigated on suspicion of possessing an illegal firearm.

The 71-year-old was arrested last month after a police search of his home, apparently following comments he made to a newspaper reporter about the prevalence of unlicensed firearms in the UK.

Tony Martin served three years in prison for shooting dead a 16-year-old burglar at his Norfolk home in 1999. Credit: PA Wire

Norfolk Police confirmed a firearm seized by officers at the time of Mr Martin's arrest was "was deemed not to be a viable weapon due to its condition" and said he will face no further action.

Mr Martin served three years in prison for shooting dead Fred Barras, 16, at his Norfolk home in 1999 in a case that sparked national debate on the defence of private property.

He was initially found guilty of murder but this was reduced to manslaughter on appeal.


GSK fined £37.6m over deals to stifle drug competition

GlaxoSmithKline has been fined £37.6 million for striking deals with potential rivals to delay their launch of generic copies of its drug for anxiety disorders and depression.

GlaxoSmithKline has been under investigation since 2011 in a case dubbed 'pay-for-delay'. Credit: PA Wire

The Competition Market Authority's Michael Grenfell told ITV News that GSK's actions had inflated the price of the antidepressant Seroxat and cost the NHS and taxpayer.

GSK argued its actions had brought down the cost of medicine for the NHS.

The drugmaker said it strongly disagreed with the regulator's fine for market abuse and was considering grounds for appeal.

Other drug companies involved were also fined smaller amounts, bringing the total fines issued by the CMA to £45 million.

Minister: Tackling gender pay gap 'critical' for equality

Women's Minister Nicky Morgan said that the government's gender pay gap league tables is to promote transparency in the workplace.

She said that firms should "think very hard" about female representation in the workplace, particularly in senior positions.

"Why would any company want to miss out on 50 per cent of the talent that is available?" she said in an interview with Good Morning Britain.

She added that as Education Secretary, she wanted to encourage girls to be informed and encouraged in school on subjects that are "traditionally seen as more male dominated."

If we want to see true equality and opportunity, things like attacking the gender pay gap, having that transparency about what companies and public sector organisations are paying their male and female employees is critical in changing some very outdated notions that we still have.

– Minister for Women and Equality, Nicky Morgan


Sian Blake murder suspect arrested at Heathrow

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering former Eastenders actress Sian Blake and her children Zachery and Amon.

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested at Heathrow Airport this morning after arriving in the UK on a flight from Ghana, the Metropolitan Police said.

He is currently in police custody at a west London police station.

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