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Payday lenders could slip away as watchdog bares teeth

Wonga has accepted it lent to people who could not afford repayments. Credit: PA

If Wonga had found breaches in its lending process and taken the initiative in putting things right, they would deserve praise.

The truth seems to be different - behind the great "payday payback" is the Financial Conduct Authority, a powerful watchdog.

The FCA has new powers to regulate the payday sector and what we are seeing today is just the start.

Insiders at the Authority tell me - and I think they are correct - that many lenders are likely to simply leave the market between now and January - either because they cannot or will not apply new rules on checking customers ability to repay.


Local community mourn death of Alice Gross

Locals have left heartfelt tributes to Alice Gross after the body of the 14-year-old schoolgirl, who went missing on 28th August, was recovered from the River Brent in west London.

Flowers and yellow ribbons left for Alice Gross. Credit: ITV News/ Sejal Karia
Flowers bear the message: Credit: ITV News/ Jim Dutton
Flowers bear the message: Credit: ITV News/ Sejal Karia

Wonga to contact all customers over redress scheme

Wonga will contact all its customers by the end of next week to inform them if they will be among the 375,000 to be included in the redress programme announced today.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:


Hong Kong government urges end to protests

The Hong Kong government has urged protesters to end a blockade of the city centre immediately, saying their actions are affecting public order and the provision of public services.

Hong Kong's leader, Leung Chun-ying, is under pressure to resign. Credit: Reuters

In a statement the government said: "About 3,000 government officals will try their best to return to work as (much) as possible. To maintain public service, the government headquarters must operate as usual. We urge the Occupy Central leaders and organisers to stop the movement immediately."

Protesters have been occupying parts of Hong Kong since last weekend, demanding that Hong Kong's leader, Leung Chun-ying, step down.

Iraqi air force has inflicted 'significant civilian deaths'

Air strikes by Iraqi government aircraft have inflicted "significant civilian deaths and injuries", according to a new United Nations report.

The UN said Iraqi and allied forces have carried out operations that appear to violate international law and the principle of proportionality.

The report also accused Islamic State militants of executing civilians and selling women and girls as sex slave in what may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Eurovision singer Lynsey de Paul dies

Singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64. Credit: PA

Singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul, who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, has died at the age of 64.

The star, whose biggest hit 'Sugar Me' got to number five in the singles chart in 1972, died in hospital yesterday from a suspected brain haemorrhage.

De Paul teamed up with Mike Moran as the UK entry for Eurovision in 1977, held at Wembley Conference Centre and finished in second place with 'Rock Bottom'.

"She was a renaissance woman. She could do everything - she could sing, she could compose, she was an immensely talented artist. She became a huge star but she was also a loyal and generous friend. It's an absolutely tragic loss.

– Esther Rantzen

Former Blair aide calls for talks with Islamic State

The UK and its allies should be looking at negotiating with Islamic State militants, according to one of Tony Blair's former top advisers.

Jonathan Powell, who was Mr Blair's chief of staff, said the experience of dealing with the IRA had convinced him of the necessity of talking to extremists.

Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Credit: ABACA/ABACA/Press Association Images

"Every time we do this, we respond with force and we don't think through the long-term strategy you need," he told BBC Radio 4.

"That kind of channel is what you need to have with all terrorist groups and when you can, you turn that into negotiation," Mr Powell added.

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