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Hacking list not shared with Met until last week

The MetropolitanPolice did not see a controversial list of dozens of firms and individualslinked to rogue private investigators until last week, it was revealed today.

The list was compiled by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which is coming under pressure from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee to publish the names of those found to have used investigators to obtain private information.

Committee chairmanKeith Vaz said it was "very surprising" that the list was not sharedwith the Met, which is carrying out inquiries into allegations of phone-hacking, illicit payments to public officialsand computer-hacking by journalists, some linked to private investigators.

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Red, amber and yellow weather warnings explained

Red warnings are issued by the Met Office when immediate action is required against adverse weather conditions.

An amber warning is issued to urge people to prepare for high impact weather conditions.

A yellow warning is used to make people aware that the weather could be changing.

A matrix used to define the warning colour; an event with a high likelihood and medium impact would result in an amber warning. Credit: The Met Office

Today, The Met Office issued a rare "red warning" for parts of south Wales - which closed several schools and affected public transport.

For further weather updates, as well as details of disruption to travel and services, click here.

Severe weather warning

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for London and South East England.

Further outbreaks of heavy and sometimes thundery rain are expected today and the Met Office is urging the public to be aware of the possibility of surface water flooding.