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Man denies cyber-attack on Home Office

A man from Stoke-on-Trent has denied launching a cyber-attack against the Home Office.

Mark Johnson, of Josiah Wedgwood Street, in Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today.

The 44-year-old is alleged - under the Computer Misuse Act - to have encouraged or assisted in a 'distributed denial of service attack' on websites operated by the Home Office and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on June 15th 2012.

Mr Johnson has been granted bail until his trial begins on November 3rd.


Leonardo DiCaprio to visit Leicestershire with new motor racing team

DiCaprio's team is called 'Venturi' Credit: FIA Formula E

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to visit Leicestershire after setting up a new motor racing team which will be based in the county.

The team will compete in Formula E, a new global electric motor-racing series, which will have its global headquarters at Donington Park.


Donington named the new home of Formula E

Donington Park has been announced as the global HQ for Formula E, the FIA’s new global electric motor-racing series.

Donington Park race-track, set to be the new home of Formula E... Credit: Daniel Law/PA

Additionally, two teams - fronted by Hollywood A-lister Leonardo Di Caprio and Virgin supremo Richard Branson respectively - will use the circuit for their testing and development work.

Dozens of civil engineers and technicians have begun work on the new build, with around 150 highly technical racing engineers set to be working on site from May.

The fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car, should be hurtling round the Leicestershire circuit in the near future... Credit: Britta Pedersen/DPA/Press Association Images

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) contributed a £3.65m loan facility towards the £5.7m scheme to ensure the circuit was selected by Formula E.

Toyota production-line up 60% in 2013

Toyota made 60% more cars at its Derbyshire site last year than in 2012.

Toyota's Burnaston factory, in Derbyshire, produced 180,000 cars in 2013... Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The increase marks the biggest growth out of all the car manufacturers in the country, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

180,000 cars rolled out of its Burnaston factory in 2013.

Winning the ultimate competition - a trip into space

Oliver Knight who's won a trip into space Credit: ITV Central

Oliver Knight is just 25 but next year he will realise a lifelong ambition - to go into space. He one of 23 people who won competition for a place in space. He went to a specialist training camp in Florida and came out on top.

"Only 537 people have ever been in space in the history of mankind. So to be one of the next people is absolutely incredible and I really feel privileged to have this opportunity" says Oliver Knight

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