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6 in 10 Northamptonshire businesses victims of cyber crime

Phishing emails are the most common attack Credit: PA

Six out of ten Northamptonshire firms have been victims of cyber crime - that's according to a report from the Federation of Small Businesses.

The figures show that on average they've been hacked on four occasions, costing each business almost £3,000.

The FSB said small firms are unfairly carrying the cost of cyber crime.

Small firms take their cyber security responsibility very seriously, but often they are the least able to bear the cost of doing so.

Smaller businesses have limited resources, time and expertise to deal with ever-evolving and increasing digital attacks.

We're calling on Government, larger businesses, individuals and providers to take part in a joint effort to tackle cyber crime and improve business resilience, and have created this event to help that.

– David Nicholls, FSB Northamptonshire
  1. Chris Halpin

Rural residents fight plans for 74,000 panel solar farm

Making energy from the sun is seen as a clean, green way to generate power, but that doesn't stop how and where it's done from being controversial.

Latest figures show there are around 30 large-scale solar farms in the Midlands providing energy to tens of thousands of homes.

Some solar panels are attached to factory roofs, but increasingly farmers are turning over their land to energy developers. Tomorrow a decision is due for one such site near Stratford-upon-Avon, but it's facing fierce opposition.

Residents are fighting plans to put up 74,000 panels on nearly 100 acres of land near Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire. Chris Halpin reports.

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