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Liberty House to bid to buy Tata Steel's UK assets

Tata Steel is to sell its UK assets. Credit: PA

Liberty House has confirmed it will put in a formal bid to buy Tata Steel's UK assets.

The commodities trading firm was the first to express an interest after the Indian conglomerate announced the decision to dispose of its loss making UK business, including the country's biggest steel plant at Port Talbot in south Wales.

A spokesman said Liberty said: "We can confirm that Liberty will submit a letter of intent to Tata Steel today and has put in place a strong internal transaction steering committee and panel of leading external advisers to take the bid forward."

A further statement is expected later today.

A management buyout team is also planning to submit a bid under the name Excalibur Steel UK Limited.

The Government has pledged to support any buyer of the business by buying up to a quarter stake and making hundreds of millions of pounds of finance available.

Topping out ceremony at University of Huddersfield

Two huge 16 metre steel trusses will be lowered into position to top off Huddersfield University's new £27.5 million building today.

University of Huddersfield's new structure Credit: University of Huddersfield

Whilst the 'topping out' ceremony usually commemorates the installation of a final beam at the top of a structure, the two herringbone pattern trusses - 16.2 metres tall - will extend vertically from the ground floor to the roof of the new Oastler Building at the University, four levels higher.

The trusses will act as a frame for the main entrance to the building and support the roof.

The building is named after 19th century campaigner Richard Oastler, who had strong connections to the town.

Once ready at the start of 2017, the building will be a new base for the law school and for the study of humanities.


Andrew Percy MP quits Twitter blaming "bullies and trolls"

Andrew Percy MP Credit: ITV News

The MP for Brigg and Goole, Andrew Percy, has quit twitter, blaming what he calls "bullies and trolls" for taking up too much for his time when he should be speaking to his constituents.

The Conservative member of Parliament says over the last week strangers have attacked him on the social media site calling him corrupt, fat, ugly, a liar and more.

His twitter account has now been locked so that tweets can only be read by those who have previously followed his account and he states that the account will now rarely be checked and people wishing to get in touch should contact his constituency office.

Tweets by Andrew Percy MP Credit: ITV News Calendar/Twitter

Newcastle Airport confirm plane escorted in by Typhoon jets

Newcastle Airport Credit: ITV News

Newcastle Airport has confirmed that RAF aircraft escorted a flight operated with an Air France flight code, into the airport earlier this evening:

We can confirm flight AFR1558 from Paris, Charles De Gaulle was escorted into Newcastle Airport by RAF aircraft having lost communication with Air Traffic Control. The aircraft landed safely at 22:23.

– Newcastle International Airport spokesperson

Aviation enthusiasts get photo of plane they say was escorted by RAF jets

The AirLive website which is run by a group of aviation enthusiasts has obtained a photograph of the plane they say was escorted in to Newcastle Airport on Monday evening by Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby after losing contact with air traffic control:

Air traffic website claims jets intercepted plane that lost radio contact

A twitter account that monitors air traffic says it believes the RAF typhoon jets were scrambled to escort an Air France plane in to Newcastle Airport which had lost radio contact.


RAF confirm Typhoon launched to identify 'unresponsive civilian aircraft'

The RAF has confirmed that typhoon aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby this evening after reports of an unresponsive civilian aircraft.

“Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft. Communications were re-established and the aircraft has been safely landed.”

– RAF spokesperson

West Yorkshire Police: Sonic booms nothing to worry about

West Yorkshire Police have advised people who heard two loud explosions not to worry. They believe they were caused by aircraft:

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