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Detective appeals for information on death of baby boy

Detectives from West Yorkshire Police have appealed for information in connection with the death of a baby boy in Halifax.

We are in the very early stages of our investigation but following initial inquiries have arrested two women in connection with the death of a baby boy from Halifax.

I would urge anyone who thinks they could have information that may be beneficial to our ongoing inquiries to call our protective services department on 101 or give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Detective superintendent Simon Beldon

Halifax and Lloyds customers 'unable to withdraw money'

Halifax and Lloyds customers have taken to Twitter complaining that they were unable to withdraw money from machines or pay by card.

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Guys, I think we're being too harsh on @asklloydstsb's systems going down. It's not like anyone was going out tonight.

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cash machines don't work, debit card refused (so no cashback). What a great time for computer problems. Thanks @asklloydstsb #sobernewyear

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So I give an old homeless man a tenner, 5 mins later Lloyds TSB system crashes, I can't access any money. Karma has defo taken a day off.

Both Lloyds and Halifax have tweeted that "normal service" has resumed after the problems earlier.

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FSA fines former HBOS boss record amount

A banker has been banned from any senior banking position in the UK and fined a record £500,000 by the The Financial Services Authority (FSA) for his part in the collapse of Halifax Bank of Scotland.

Peter Cummings, was the head of corporate banking at HBOS, and was behind many of the bank's high-profile deals, before it had to be bailed out by the taxpayer.

A general view of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) headquarters in Edinburgh
A general view of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) headquarters in Edinburgh Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The FSA said Cummings had failed to exercise enough care and attention in his corporate division while it pursued an aggressive expansion strategy.

But Mr Cummings, who is the only man to be sanctioned by the FSA over the HBOS collapse, branded the three-year FSA probe as "an Orwellian process by an organisation that acts as lawmaker, judge, jury, appeal court and executioner".

Report: Halifax worker allegedly steals £720,000 from own branch

A Halifax employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing £720,000 from his own branch, according to The Sun.

A worker in the bank's Redditch branch is alleged to have stolen the money from ATMs over a period of seven months, the newspaper reports.

Halifax, part of taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group, said in a statement:

Following an internal investigation, an employee has subsequently been arrested relating to an incident at the Redditch branch.

We continue to assist the police with their inquiries. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

Canadian port of Halifax was Titanic's icy morgue

Halifax in Canada is home to 150 graves of Titanic passengers. Credit: ITV News

The Atlantic Canadian port city of Halifax had to deal with the ghastly aftermath of a calamity that killed about 1,500 people.

It was Halifax that sent out ships to pick up the bodies, turned an ice rink into a morgue and interred the dead in three cemeteries.

"They built it in Belfast, sank it in the Atlantic and we buried it. In that sense, one very final part of the Titanic story is right here in Halifax," says local author Alan Ruffman.

The story of the Titanic still resonates in Halifax, which has many visible reminders of what was the worst peacetime maritime disaster ever: 150 graves, more than 20 sites linked to the recovery effort and dozens of artifacts.

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