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Man jailed for carrying stun gun disguised as iPhone

A 21-year-old man who was caught by police with a stun gun disguised as an iPhone has been jailed.

Police were called to Chapel Close, Blackthorne, Bicester, Oxfordshire, amid reports of a man in possession of a stun gun.

The stun gun, left, compared to an Apple iPhone 4.
The stun gun, left, compared to an Apple iPhone 4. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Officers who attended the scene at around 8pm on January 6 found Marcel Cross with the device, which had been made to look like an iPhone 4.

Cross, of Chapel Close, was jailed at Oxford Crown Court on Monday for three years for possession of a Section 5 firearm, Thames Valley Police said.

Marcel Cross was jailed for three years.
Marcel Cross was jailed for three years. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police warn: 'Sexting' teens could face prosecution

Police are warning teenagers of the dangers of sharing intimate pictures over text or online, as they could face prosecution for sharing indecent images of children.

In a letter sent to schools across Nottinghamshire, the national sexual exploitation investigation unit said officers were receiving reports on a daily basis of naked images being sent between teens.

Police are warning about the dangers of sexting for teenager.
Police are warning about the dangers of sexting for teenagers. Credit: PA Wire

In one recent case cited in the letter, a teenage girl who sent a topless picture of herself to her boyfriend was investigated for sharing an indecent image of a child. The girl's boyfriend, who forwarded the image to friends after they split up, is reported to have received a caution.

In the letter sent to school officials, Detective Inspector Martin Hillier said:

If a person is aged over 10 years and distributes (shares - even to friends) an indecent image then they can be arrested, charged and dealt with for this offence.

If they are found guilty they must then register as a sex offender.

– Detective Inspector Martin Hillier

Read: 'Third of all children' have received a sexually explicit text

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Vodafone to roll out mobile internet to rural areas

Plans to bring mobile internet to remote areas of the UK for the first time have been announced by telecoms giant Vodafone. Plans to bring mobile internet to remote areas of the UK for the first time have been announced by telecoms giant Vodafone.

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Vodafone to roll out mobile internet to rural areas Credit: PA

According to an Ofcom report, more than half the UK population use a mobile phone to access the internet, but pockets of the country still struggle with 3G or better coverage which is associated with good mobile internet access.

Jeroen Hoencamp, chief executive officer of Vodafone UK, said:

This is an opportunity for people to make a real difference to their community and to be part of our commitment to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas.

Bringing mobile coverage and mobile internet to rural areas gives communities a real boost - both economically and socially.

– Jeroen Hoencamp, Vodafone UK

TUC: Rules on ballots 'already very stringent'

The Government has been using rhetoric designed to make it harder to strike when rules surrounding ballots were "already very stringent", according to one union chief.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said

The rules governing industrial action ballots in the UK are already very stringent and while there is absolutely no case for imposing a tougher turnout threshold - that not a single Westminster MP met at the last election - unions are keen to explore ways that industrial democracy could be strengthened.

Electronic forms of vote casting would help bring union balloting into the modern age. Other UK voting systems have moved with the times, but union strike ballots are firmly stuck in the last century.

This means of communication works for some, but for many workers leading busy lives, it's all too easy for the ballot envelope to be put to one side - at best only opened after the deadline or, as is more likely, simply recycled.

– Frances O'Grady

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TUC calls on Govt to 'make ballots digital'

Union members should be able to vote for strike action using their laptops and smartphones, a leading trade union has said.

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MPs have criticisede TUC for leading strikes when it has than half of the vote. Credit: PA

The TUC has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable calling for changes to bring voting on industrial action into the digital age.

Plans to move more votes online came after the Conservative party because of low turnouts in ballots which led to a walkout by over a million public sector workers last week.

Unexplained rash? There could be nickel in your iPad

Nickel has been found in the plastic coating of iPads and other electronic devices.
Nickel has been found in the plastic coating of iPads and other electronic devices. Credit: PA

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad, because it may contain nickel.

The most common allergy-inducing metal was discovered in various electronic devices, including laptops and mobile phones.

But an Apple iPad was found to be the culprit of an itchy rash which covered the body of an 11-year-old boy in America recently.

Apple spokesman Chris Gaither said reactions like this were 'extremely rare' and added the company's products were made from the highest quality materials which met the same strict standards for jewellery in both the US and Europe.

Research shows women tend to react more to nickel than men. But it doesn't mean you have to stop using your iPad as a protective cover on the plastic coating should stop nickel coming into contact with skin.

Over half of Britons say life 'was better in the past'

Some 61% of Britons believe life was better in the past because there were "fewer problems to cope with", a major global survey found.

The Ipsos Mori Global Trends Report found:

  • More people outside of the UK believe life was better without smartphones and tablets - some 64% said they had led happier lives "in the old days when they had fewer problems to cope with".
  • Just under half of the people Ipsos Mori spoke to said they felt "overwhelmed" by the amount of consumer choice on offer as well as "all the choices about how to live my life".
  • However, most people were aware of how central technology has become to everyday life - six in ten people agreed that technology is necessary "because only this can help to solve future problems".
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