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Guest house raided in sex exploitation investigation

Police gather ahead of the raid Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police carried out a warrant at a guest house in Oxford, in connection with an investigation into sexual exploitation.

Twenty officers executed the multi-agency warrant at the Athena Guest House in Cowley Road under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Raid at guest house Credit: Thames Valley Police

The warrant is in relation to a report received by police about possible prostitution and sexual exploitation in Oxford.

It was also attended by representatives from Oxford City Council, the multi-agency Kingfisher unit, based at Cowley Police Station, and the Elmore Independent Trauma Adviser Team.

Police raid the guest house Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally arrange / facilitate entry into the UK of a person with a view to engaging in sexual exploitation.

A woman has also been arrested on suspicion of intentionally arrange / facilitate entry into the UK of a person with a view to engaging in sexual exploitation.

Five women were taken from the guest house and are now being supported by specially trained officers.


Miliband to outline English devolution plans in Sunderland

Labour leader Ed Miliband will outline his pledge for English devolution in a speech today in Sunderland.

Miliband will promised to deliver £30 billion worth of devolution to English city and country regions. He is expected to say:

Labour recognises that devolution does not and must not stop at the Scottish border. It must represent a change, a new principle, determining how we are governed throughout the United Kingdom, bringing power closer to people across the whole country.

For far too long, England has been one of the most centralised nations in the world, choking off the energy and the initiative of the great towns and cities that once powered the industrial revolution: Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sunderland and many others.

We are determined to change that by devolving real powers and real responsibilities to the cities and counties of England, so that just as happens in Scotland, local people and local businesses can come together to create new jobs, better transport links, more skills and opportunities for the next generation

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader

Problems with retailers' websites during Black Friday rush

The Black Friday rush has brought down major retailers' websites as thousands of shoppers hunt bargains online.

Tesco's website was as busy as its stores. Credit: Tesco

Tesco and Topshop were the latest stores to experience problems, although the clothing retailer appears to be back and up and running now.

TopShop's site temporarily crashed. Credit: TopShop
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'I saw a member of staff leaving with a black eye'

Shoppers have been speaking about their terror over so called Black Friday events across Greater Manchester. Shaun Thompson, 21, went to the Stretford store, but saw fellow shoppers turn aggressive and start brawling.

"People were crowding around the palettes where the sale items were. It was getting more heated by the minute and the next thing, at about ten to midnight, voices got raised. The shouting went through the roof, then all hell broke loose.

"They were ripping the plastic off the palettes and people started fighting. One girl, who can't have been more than 16, picked up some advent calendars and flung them across the shop.

I saw a member of staff leaving with a black eye. It was something I would never like to experience again."

– Shaun Thompson, told the Manchester Evening News

Video by Craig Glover shows scenes inside Tesco Stretford shortly after midnight

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte expected in court

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court today following his detention by police in Mexico.

An arrest warrant was issued a fortnight ago for the 43-year-old in connection with an investigation into the sale of Rangers Football Club in 2011.

Craig Whyte at a Rangers game in 2011. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Whyte took control of the Ibrox club in May 2011 but it went into administration in February the following year.

It is understood he was held by police in Mexico on Wednesday and was flown to Heathrow airport in London yesterday, where he was detained by Police Scotland officers.


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Frail 84-year-old woman injured in 'despicable' attack

A man attacked a frail 84-year-old woman and stole her handbag, leaving her with a fractured wrist and cuts to her face.

The pensioner suffered a fractured wrist and sever bruising Credit: West Midlands Police

The attack happened as the woman was walking home from a shopping trip on Larch Walk in Yardley on Sunday 16 November at 4.15pm.

She was approached from behind by a man who pulled on her handbag, causing her to fall over. He then stole her bag and shopping. These were later recovered, but he did take £60 cash and her debit card.

This was a despicable attack on a vulnerable elderly lady, who was walking home after getting some grocery shopping and one which has caused great physical and emotional distress.

Although we haven’t got much of a description at this stage, we believe as the attack took place in a fairly busy area someone will have seen the incident and may be able to give a better description, and we ask they should contact police at Stechford on 101.

– DC Cheryl Ray, West Midlands Police

Firms fined £39 million over energy saving failure

Two power generation firms have been fined £39 million by the industry regulator for failing to deliver energy saving measures to low-income households.

Yorkshire-based Drax Power will pay out £28 million for not hitting targets under the Government's Community Energy Saving Programme.

The Drax power station near Selby in Yorkshire. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The company delivered just 37.1% of its carbon emissions reduction target, leading to thousands of households missing out on measures which would have helped lower bills.

Ofgem also handed a penalty of £11 million to generator InterGen after it delivered 61.2% of its required energy saving measures to around 2,200 households by the end of May 2013.

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