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Brown: Independent Scotland to face pensions struggle

An independent Scotland's first annual pension bill will be three times as much as oil revenues, according to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Gordon Brown will warn of the cost of pensions in an independent Scotland in a speech tomorrow
Gordon Brown will warn of the cost of pensions in an independent Scotland in a speech tomorrow Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Brown is expected to say that pensions would be more secure and cheaper to run if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom, in a speech tomorrow for the anti-independence Better Together campaign.

Scotland faces a £100 billion public sector pensions bill and a "pensioner time bomb" as the number of elderly people grows faster than the working age population, Mr Brown will say.

Read: Defence chiefs warn against Scottish independence

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Manchester United 'refuse to deny' Moyes rumours

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Manchester United have "refused to deny" reports that David Moyes is to be sacked as manager.

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BREAKING: Manchester United refuse to deny reports that David Moyes is to be sacked as manager. More soon

More: Claims Moyes has lost support of Glazer family

Biden to announce Ukraine assistance package

US Vice President Joe Biden is set to announce a package of assistance to Ukraine focused on the economy and the energy sector.

US Vice President Joe Biden is set for a two-day trip to Kiev Credit: Burski Krzysztof/ABACA/Press Association Images

Mr Biden has arrived in Kiev for a two-day visit, where he will set out plans to help the Ukrainian government better exploit the country's natural gas resources, along with measures to ensure international aid money is spent efficiently.

Read: Putin approves plan to extend Russian citizenship

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Police believe truck driven into house as part of 'ongoing dispute'

Police say the truck was deliberately driven into a house in the Spondon area Credit: ITV News Central

Police say they believe a truck was 'deliberately' driven into a house in Derby as part of 'an ongoing localised dispute'.

A van was stolen from a waste management company in Staffordshire and driven into the property on Nottingham Road at around 4:50am.

No-one was inside the house at the time Credit: ITV News Central

Two men were seen leaving the scene in a white van.

No-one was inside the house at the time and no-one was injured.

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Peaches Geldof hearse arrives before funeral

The hearse carrying Peaches Geldof's body has arrived at a church in the Kent village of Davington ahead of her funeral, which is being attended by a host of well-known figures.

The hearse carrying Peaches Geldof's body arrives at the church in Davington

The coffin was painted sky blue, with clouds and flowers along the side and a picture of the Geldof family on the back.

A picture of the Geldof family on the back of Peaches' coffin

Among the mourners was Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw, journalist Mariella Frostrup and the former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman.

Read: Family and friends gather for Peaches Geldof funeral

Nigel Farage defends 'racist' UKIP poster campaign

Nigel Farage has defended a controversial new UKIP poster campaign that claims 26 million unemployed Europeans are "after" British jobs.

Labour MP Mike Gapes called the billboards "racist" and called on "decent" people to sign up and vote against UKIP in the European Parliament elections in May.

UKIP's poster was branded 'racist' by one Labour MP Credit: UKIP/PA Wire

Another poster depicts a British construction worker begging on the street with the tagline "British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour".

Nigel Farage said the posters reflected the 'reality' of life for millions of ordinary people. Credit: UKIP/PA Wire

Mr Farage said the posters were a "hard-hitting reflection of reality as it is experienced by millions of British people struggling to earn a living outside the Westminster bubble.

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Jewellery found in Essex garden

Jewellery found in Essex garden Credit: Essex Police
Jewellery found in Essex garden Credit: Essex Police

Police are trying to find the owner(s) of jewellery found dumped in the garden of a property in Quebec Road, Tilbury, Essex last month.

The items do not match any reported as stolen in burglaries, so detectives are appealing for the owners to come forward if they recognise their property.

If you think the property is yours you can contact Pc Rory Phillips at the Thurrock Burglary and Tactical Team at Grays Police Station on 101, ext: 360150

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