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Report criticises Madeleine McCann investigation

A previously unpublished report into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann says the investigation was hampered because different police forces were competing against one another.

The report from Jim Gamble, the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, also attacked the decision to put Leicestershire constabulary in charge of the probe.

Madeleine McCann went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.
Madeleine McCann went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Gamble said the force was not properly equipped to deal with such a wide-ranging investigation.

According to Sky News the report, originally commissioned in 2009 by then Home Secretary Alan Johnson, led the Metropolitan Police to re-open the investigation in 2011.

FBI and Apple investigating naked photo hacking

The FBI and Apple are investigating the apparent hacking iCloud accounts that led to the publication of hundreds of alleged naked photos of female celebrities online.

Stars including actress Jennifer Lawrence have threatened to take legal action over the release of the photos.

Jennifer Lawrence was one of the stars targeted by the hacking.
Jennifer Lawrence was one of the stars targeted by the apparent hacking. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris said: "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."

The FBI said it was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter".

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Campaigns set for third independence TV debate

SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon will be one of the panellists for Yes Scotland.
SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon will be one of the panellists for Yes Scotland. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leading figures from the Yes and No campaigns will go head to head tonight in the third major TV debate of the Scottish independence referendum campaign.

The debate will be broadcast live on STV Player tonight from 8pm to 10pm.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander will help make the case for a 'No' vote.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander will help make the case for a 'No' vote. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

STV political editor Bernard Ponsonby will host the debate in Edinburgh, with three panellists for each side.

Yes Scotland will be represented by deputy first minister and SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Green MSP Patrick Harvie and the actress and Scottish Independence Convention chair, Elaine C Smith.

Making the case for a 'No' vote will be Labour's shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale, Labour MSP and shadow education secretary in the Scottish Parliament.

You can follow the debate live on STV Player.

Royal Mail trialling skeleton Sunday parcel service

The Royal Mail is launching trials of parcel deliveries and office openings on Sundays, it has emerged.

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People unable to collect internet shopping deliveries during weekdays will benefit, Royal Mail said. Credit: PA

The parcel deliveries will all be made within the M25 area and customers will be able to collect them from around 100 offices at the end of the week.

Royal Mail said the move was aimed at making it easier for online shoppers to collect their purchases if they were not at home on a weekday.

Offices will be open for four hours from noon on a Sunday.

Nick Landon, managing director of Royal Mail Parcels, said: "We are continuing to be more customer-responsive and provide more options for people to receive items they have ordered online."

Free school meals give 'vital support' to 160k children

Approximately 160,000 extra children will be given "vital support" by the Government's free school meals scheme, a children's charity has found.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children's Society, said:

The extension of free school meals to all infants in the country is a positive step in the fight against child poverty. Our analysis shows that about 160,000 more children in poverty will be getting this vital support as a result of this historic move. It shows that the Government recognises the hardship that thousands of families are facing.

– Matthew Reed

Free school lunches begin for two million infants

Almost two million primary school children will be entitled to a free lunch under a flagship Lib Dem scheme, despite protests from local councils that the £1 billion programme costs too much.

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Nick Clegg announced the scheme during the Lib Dem party conference last year. Credit: PA

Read: 'Shortfall' in funding for free school meal scheme

The Deputy Prime Minister pledged a free lunch to every five to seven-year-old in England's 16,500 state primary schools last year.

Ministers said the move would save families £400 per year and improve the health and education of pupils.

However, local councils claimed they have had to raid budgets in order to pay for the scheme.

Earlier this year, the policy sparked a coalition row over the expense of the reform, with former education secretary Michael Gove and schools minister David Laws later writing a joint article insisting they were both behind the scheme.

Read: Headteacher bans pupils from having packed lunches

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'Fashion statement' tanning blamed for cancer rise

The British Association of Dermatologists (ABD) blamed the surge in cases of skin cancer on people taking more holidays to hot countries and tanning as a "fashion statement".

ABD spokesman Johnathon Major said more needed to be done to communicate the risks of "unmediated sun exposure".

"As holidays to sunny locations become cheaper and tanned skin remains a desirable fashion statement, we have seen an inevitable increase in skin cancer incidence rates and the associated health and financial burden they place on the nation.

– Johnathon Major, ABD spokesman

'Significant' rise in skin cancer cases in last five years

The number of people being admitted to English hospitals with skin cancer has risen by 41% in just five years, according to new figures.

Public Health England figures show admissions for both non-melanoma skin cancer and malignant melanoma rose from 87,685 in 2007 to 123,808 in 2011.

Applying sun cream is one way to ward off the danger of skin cancer.
Applying sun cream is one way to ward off the danger of skin cancer. Credit: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The study also found that the overall cost of inpatient treatment for skin cancers in 2011 was more than £95 million.

The British Association of Dermatologists said skin cancer was largely preventable and more needed to be done to educate people about the "serious risks" of exposure to the sun.

Read: New warning over sunbed cancer risk

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