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Attempted murder charge after restaurant 'incident'

A man charged with attempted murder is due before magistrates in Reading today. Quiang Gao, 39, of Acorn Drive in Thatcham was arrested on the evening of Thursday 28th May. It was in connection an incident at a restaurant in the town's High Street earlier that day which left a 40-year-old man with serious head injuries.

Quiang Gao was charged on the evening of Friday 29th May. The victim needed surgery for his head injuries, and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Two arrested on terrorism offences remain in custody

Two people from Berkshire remain in the custody of West Midlands Police

A man and a woman from Berkshire arrested by West Midlands Police on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the United Kingdom, remain in police custody.

The 24-year-old man from Reading and 23-year-old woman from Wokingham were detained at around 7.30pm on Thursday 28th May. It is believed that the pair are friends. They were arrested in an operation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit assisted by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

In a statement released today the West Midlands police force said that the pair will remain in custody while inquiries continue. Police emphasized that the man and woman posed no imminent threat.

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Have you seen teen Celso Dias? Missing from Horsham

Teenager Celso Dias has been missing from Sussex since Thursday 28th May Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are appealing for help to find a 16-year-old boy who has gone missing from Horsham. Celso Dias had been staying in the Sussex town, and was on his way to Brighton when he was last seen on the morning of Thursday 28th May. He was travelling by train and told the person he was with that he was going to use the toilet, but failed to return.

The teenager is originally from London. Police say he may have got off the train at Haywards Heath and travelled to the Capital.

"Celso has connections on the South London area and we believe he might have returned there. He is 16 but acts much younger and we need to check he is safe.

"He was last seen around 9.30am on a train from Three Bridges to Brighton. He is described as black with a shaved head and is 5' 6". He was wearing a black Nike tracksuit and carrying an Adidas bag."

– PC Heather MacKay, Sussex Police

Sussex Police are appealing for anyone who has seen a teenager matching Celso's description or with information about Celso's whereabouts to get on touch. The police can be contacted via email on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or telephone by calling 101 quoting serial 369 of 28/5.

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What is a 'reasonable' excuse for a late tax return?

HM Revenue and Customs has reportedly waived a £100 fine for people who have a "reasonable" excuse for filing their tax returns late.

Its website states that a reasonable excuse for missing the deadline is "normally something unexpected or outside your control that stopped you meeting a tax obligation" and includes:

  • The recent death of a partner
  • An unexpected stay in hospital
  • Computer failures
  • Service issues with the tax authority's online services
  • A fire which prevented the completion of a tax return
  • Postal delays

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HMRC waives late tax return £100 fine

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People who filed late tax returns have been let off a £100 fine for missing the deadline, it has been reported.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has waived the penalty for those who provided a "reasonable" excuse for being late, according to the Daily Telegraph.

An internal memo leaked to the newspaper revealed that HMRC staff were asked to write off the fine without further investigation for individuals who could show mitigating circumstances, and who appealed after paying their tax bill.

The January 31 deadline for completing tax self-assessment forms was reportedly missed by 890,000 people.

A HMRC spokesman told the Telegraph: "We want to focus more and more of our resources on investigating major tax avoidance and evasion rather than penalising ordinary people who are trying to do the right thing."

Man and woman charged with Boscombe murder

A man and a woman have been charged with the murder of 22-year-old Phillip Nicholson. His body was found at a flat in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth. Dorset Police had been called to the property in Mallard Grange on Sea Road at about midday on Tuesday 26th May.

A post mortem examination revealed Mr Nicholson died from a stab wound to the neck. His family have been informed of his death and are being supported by police family liaison officers.

Twenty-year-old Isabella Gossling and Richard Brian Moors, aged 25 have been charged with murder. They are both from Bournemouth and knew Phillip Nicholson. They are due to appear before Bournemouth magistrates today.

Police are investigating the murder of Phillip Nicholson in Bournemouth Credit: Dorset Police

“We are still building a picture of exactly what happened on Tuesday and continue to appeal for anyone who have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Sea Road area of Boscombe that morning to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting Op Fraction.

"We’d also like to speak to anyone who had recent contact with Phillip Nicholson or who may have any information that may support the inquiry.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw Phillip leaving his home in the Parkstone area of Poole at around 9am on Tuesday morning to just after midday when his body was discovered in the flat in Sea Road.

“At this time Phillip was wearing a grey Family Guy T-shirt, a faded red jumper with a zip from the chest upwards, charcoal grey trousers and Crocs. He also wore a black bum bag around his waist.

“I would urge anyone with information to please come forward in confidence.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer, Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team

Dorset Police has referred the circumstances leading to the murder to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for review, because Dorset Police had prior contact with the people involved.

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