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Council looks to coalbed gas to fuel future growth

Stoke-on-Trent city council is investigating the potential of extracting methane from disused coal beds in a bid to supply local businesses and communities with locally sourced power.

Gas from disused coal mines could provide Stoke-on-Trent with power Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

This announcement comes in addition to recent proposals to bring a host of new technologies to the local energy market including geo-thermal hot water, biomass and solar power.

Councillors hope that the city will benefit from cheaper energy prices and the creation of thousands of new jobs.


Birmingham scientists' energy breakthrough - full report

by Mark Gough

Scientists have disovered how to make gold from rubbish - black gold - in other words - oil.

It sounds like the Holy Grail for the energy industry, but researchers at Aston Univeserity in Birmingham have figured out that if they burn rubbish and garden clippings in a pressure cooker - it turns into oil and gas.

They're heating their own building with it - now they want to help firms do the same thing and say large cities can become self-sufficient in generating their own power. Our business correspondent, Mark Gough reports.

Cat DNA used to convict killer for the first time

Scientists have used cat DNA to convict a killer for the first time Credit: PA

DNA taken from cats has been used for the first time in the UK in a criminal investigation to convict a man of killing and dismembering his friend.

Scientists from the University of Leicester were called in by detectives investigating the discovery of a man's body found on a beach.

Scientists analysing DNA samples at the University of Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The dismembered body of David Guy was found on a beach in Southsea in Hampshire in July last year.

David Guy's body was found on a beach in Hampshire Credit: ITV News Central

He was wrapped in a curtain covered in cat hairs. Identical hairs were found in a flat belonging to David Hilder. He was cleared of Mr Guy's murder but convicted of mansalughter.

Transformer transporter longer than Olympic pool

A similar electrical transformer being delivered earlier this year Credit: National grid

A massive electrical transformer will be delivered on a low loader lorry to a power station in Nottinghamshire tonight.

The 226 tonne transformer, which is the size of a house, will leave a shipping port in East Yorkshire at 10pm, and travel 73 miles at 12 miles an hour down the M18 and M1.

It's due to arrive at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station between 3.00am and 5.00am.

The A453 will be closed and the low-loader lorry, which is longer than an Olympic sized swimming pool, which be escorted by police.

Staffordshire based haulage firm ALE, who specialise in carrying heavy loads, have planned the delivery to minimise disruption to motorists.


Power station to take delivery of huge transformer

Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire which will take delivery of a 226 tonne electrical transformer tonight Credit: PA

A huge electrical transformer the size of a house will be delivered to Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power station in Nottinghamshire tonight.

The piece of kit is 261 tonnes and 66 metres long and has been shipped 5,500 miles from South Korea.

The A453 into Nottingham will be closed overnight so the massive load can be delivered. It's taken months of planning for the transformer to be delivered by road from Goole in East Yorkshire.

Pylons coming from the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station where the huge transformer will arrive between 3am and 5am on Sunday Credit: PA

Twitter boss makes personal apology to troll victims

The head of Twitter UK, Tony Wang, has made a personal apology to the women who have experienced abuse and sexual threats on the social media platform.


I personally apologize to the women who have experienced abuse on Twitter and for what they have gone through.


The abuse they've received is simply not acceptable. It's not acceptable in the real world, and it's not acceptable on Twitter.


There is more we can and will be doing to protect our users against abuse. That is our commitment.


Troll victim 'pleased' Twitter taking abuse seriously

Caroline Criado-Perez, who came under sustained attack on Twitter after running a successful campaign to have a woman's picture placed on a new bank note, has welcomed Twitter's pledge to do more to tackle trolling and abuse on the platform, but said they could have acted quicker.

While I'm pleased they're listening, it's taken Twitter a week to come up with this.

Twitter's 'report abuse' button on the iPhone application goes through to the old reporting form - what we're looking for is an overhaul of the system which sits behind the button.

The current process is lengthy, complicated and impossible to use if you're under sustained attack like I have been.

Right now, all the emphasis is on the victim, often under intense pressure, to report rather than for Twitter to track down the perpetrator and stop them.

I am, of course, pleased that they are taking on new staff. The hard facts are that this will take time, investment and properly trained and paid staff - but it's crucial they get this right.

Read: New Twitter abuse arrest

More: Equality campaigner Criado-Perez targeted on Twitter


Female journalists receive Twitter bomb threat

Several female journalists have received a threatening tweet telling them that a bomb has been placed outside their homes.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they have received a complaint relating to threats made on Twitter and that enquiries are continuing but have not yet made any arrests.

The Guardian claims the journalists targeted include Hadley Freeman from the paper, Grace Dent, a columnist for the Independent and Catherine Mayer, Europe editor of Time magazine.


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