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Slaughterhouse boss first to face jail over horsemeat scandal

The boss of a slaughterhouse has become the first person to face jail over the horsemeat scandal after he admitted failing to abide by EU meat rules.

Abattoir owner Peter Boddy (right) has become the first person to face jail. Credit: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Peter Boddy, 65, admitted one count of failing to abide by EU meat traceability regulations concerning more than 17 horse carcasses.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years' imprisonment.

He admitted selling 50 horses for meat but failing to keep proper records to show who bought them.

There is no suggestion that buyers did not know they were purchasing horsemeat.

Prosecutors said they did not know where the meat might have ended up.

The slaughterhouse's 54-year-old manager David Moss, admitted forging an invoice concerning the number of horses sold in a transaction on February 12 2013.

But he denied failing to comply with food traceability requirements for more than 17 horse carcasses between July 2012 and February 2013, and the charge was left to lie on file, as well as a charge of failing to comply with EU meat traceability regulations.

The pair will be sentenced on March 23 at Southwark Crown Court.

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Smaller power firm Ovo squares up to Big Six with 10.4% cut

The Energy Secretary has warned big power firms that they "can't hide", after one of their smaller rivals offered more than double the price cut of the so-called Big Six companies.

Ovo has more than doubled the cut offered by its Big Six rivals Credit: PA

Today's price drop means that while the average customer of the major firms will see a four per cent reduction in gas prices, customers of Ovo will see a drop of 10.4 per cent.

Now consumer groups are urging companies to drop prices further - and extend their reductions to electricity prices.

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SSE to slash gas prices by 4.1%

SSE to cut household gas prices at end of April Credit: PA Wire

SSE is to reduce household gas prices by 4.1% on April 30 before extending its energy price freeze until at least July 2016.

It is the latest energy firm to announce a cut in gas prices.

British Gas announced a five per cent cut in prices, npower is to cut its standard tariff by an average of 5.1%, E.ON reduced tariffs by 3.5 per cent, and Scottish Power announced a 4.8 per cent drop in prices starting February 20.

Pair jailed over reheated Xmas lunch that killed diner

A pub manager and her chef are beginning a jail term tonight after a Christmas dinner they served killed one woman and left 30 others ill from food poisoning.

Della Callagher died after the meal at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch in 2012.

Ann-Marie McSweeney and Mehmet Kaya were both found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

ITV News Correspondent Richard Pallot reports.

Technology 'will improve lives of world's poorest by 2030'

Bill Gates Credit: PA Wire

Technology will drive breakthroughs in global health, education and agriculture, improving the lives of people in the world's poorest countries faster over the next 15 years than at any other time in history, Bill Gates has predicted.

In the latest Gates Foundation annual letter, Gates and his wife Melinda write that people will have more opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food and benefit from mobile banking.

These breakthroughs will be driven by innovation in technology - ranging from new vaccines and hardier crops to much cheaper smartphones and tablets - and by innovations that help deliver those things to more people, they said.

The Gates Foundation predicts the following breakthroughs by 2030:

  • Child deaths will be halved and more diseases will be eradicated.
  • The number of women who die in childbirth will be reduced by two thirds.
  • Diseases such as polio, guinea worm, elephantiasis and blinding trachoma will be eradicated.
  • People with malaria will be prevented from spending it to the mosqutios that bite them due to a vaccine.
  • Agricultural productivity will increase by 50% across Africa.
  • Digital banking will grow. By 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payments with their phones.
  • Online education will flourish due to software developments, the growth of high-speed networks and smartphones becoming more affordable.
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