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Families to pass on investigation evidence to coroner

The solicitor of the families of Bobby and Christi Shepherd has said they will pass on details of an ITV News investigation to the coroner to help with the "prevention of future deaths".

Solicitor Gemma Vine said: "We will take all of the evidence we get in particular the evidence from ITV News into account when we are looking at assisting the coroner with the prevention of future deaths.

"Anything to do with health and safety is going to be extremely important for us to consider as part of those suggestions."

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Hotel 'did not know' of manager's convictions for child deaths

I think the latest developments will have ramifications across the industry.

What we're learning this lunchtime is that the third party hotel owners that were supplying Thomas Cook with the holiday accommodation will later today issue a statement, in which they admit that they did not know of the background of that hotel manager.

A detailed inspection has now been carried out at the hotel Credit: ITV News

They did not know, they say, that he had been convicted in connection with those deaths in Corfu.

Now, that is going to be something which will lead to an awful lot of soul-searching and debate, there'll be questions about what checks hotel groups should be making of their staff, should there be more robust systems in place, before people are put into positions like that.

There is, I have to say, no safety question about the hotel where he was working up until yesterday, it's our information this lunchtime that Thomas Cook has sent in safety experts, the've done a 350-point safety audit, and they have found no cause for concern.

BGT unlikely to be delayed by WWII bomb officials say

BGT unlikely to be delayed by WWII bomb officials say. Credit: PA

Filming of Britain's Got Talent is unlikely to be delayed as army bomb disposal experts are work to stabilise and defuse an unexploded World War II bomb discovered near Wembley Stadium.

  • A BGT spokesman says the disruption had "not been great".
  • This weekend's Football League play-offs will take place as planned, Wembley Stadium said.

The BGT spokesman said: "We were just about to start our rehearsal and were trying to build the set when the building was evacuated, so that process has been delayed for the moment.

"We are waiting to hear back from the police. It has not been great, but it is not detrimental at this stage."

EU chief to visit UK for reform talks on Monday

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will visit Britain on Monday for talks with David Cameron on European Union reform, a UK official said during an EU summit in Latvia.

The prime minister has vowed to negotiate a change in the terms of Britain's membership of the union.

David Cameron speaks to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Latvia Credit: Reuters

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Police: WWII Bomb will be detonated outside London

Army bomb disposal experts are working to stabilise and defuse an unexploded World War II bomb discovered near Wembley Stadium.

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, borough commander for Brent said: "Our concern chiefly is for the safety and security of residents and people using businesses in that locality....which includes several iconic premises."

"I'm pleased to say that the operation itself has run incredibly smoothly. The public and the business community have been very calm and mature about their response to this.

"It's very very difficult to put a tight timescale around this...the army bomb disposal unit have various phases in an operation of this type. The main phase as far as making the bomb safe will only really be concluded once the bomb has been detonated."

He added that arrangements have been made to take the bomb to a detonation site outside of London.

Electrician convicted over Corfu child deaths sacked

An electrician convicted over the deaths of two British children while on holiday in Corfu has been sacked from the hotel where they died - nine years after the tragedy.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd, aged six and seven respectively, died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel in Corfu in 2006.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd were on holiday with their dad when they died in 2006. Credit: Family handout

ITV News learned yesterday that Christos Louvros was still employed by the same Thomas Cook-run hotel, despite his conviction for unlawful killing in 2010.

A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said the company had been "shocked" to learn he was still there, and told ITV News they had immediately contacted the hotel management.

The hotel operating company has confirmed that this is now not the case and the individual is no longer employed at the hotel.

– Thomas Cook spokeswoman

Eiffel Tower shuts down as workers strike over pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower has closed for the day after workers went on strike to protest a surge in the number of aggressive pickpockets at the popular tourist attraction, The Associated Press reports.

Thousands of visitors climb the iconic tower in the centre of Paris every day - but staff say they have noticed a rise in the number of tourists being targeted by petty thieves.

The Eiffel Tower is closed for the day Credit: PA

The company which manages the landmark has said it is working with police to reach a solution to allow it to reopen.

It comes just a day after authorities in the city claimed crime against tourists had dropped this year after they reinforced the police presence on the streets and increased CCTV monitoring.

The attraction is usually open every day of the year, save for the occasional bomb threat.

Ex-Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to be knighted

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is to be given a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.

The Conservative will be made a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his public service as an MP, a former Cabinet minister and his time in local government, No 10 said.

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will be knighted in recognition of his services as an MP. Credit: PA

Mr Pickles, who was first elected to Parliament in 1992, lost his frontbench role following the general election.

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