Two teenagers burned in an acid attack while volunteering in Zanzibar are due home today and a Mafia boss found living in London could walk free over legal problems with the warrant for his arrest
Acid attack teenagers due back home
Two teenagers who were burned in an acid attack while volunteering to teach children in Zanzibar are due home today.
Volunteers Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, are expected back in London where they will be helped to overcome their terrifying ordeal by family and friends.
The pair were attacked by men on a motorbike as they walked along a road on the Indian Ocean island.
Judge to rule on Mafia boss bail
A wanted Mafia boss found living in suburbia could walk free today over legal problems with the warrant for his arrest.
Domenico Rancadore, 64, who is wanted by the Italian authorities, was arrested by British police at his home in Uxbridge, west London, on Wednesday under a European Arrest Warrant.
The father-of-two had been living in the UK as a house husband under the alias Marc Skinner since 1993 while his wife, Anne, ran a travel agency to support the family.
New tax-dodgers on most wanted list
Ten new alleged tax-dodgers have been added to the Government’s most-wanted list, although just one of the original 20 has been caught in the last year.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last year published the names and pictures of 20 people accused of fleeing while owing hundreds of thousands of pounds – and in many instances millions – for the first time.
The appeal helped provide intelligence on 15 of the alleged offenders, no update on four and one was captured, according to HMRC.
US orders officials to leave Lahore
The US State Department is ordering non-emergency government personnel to leave the US Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan.
A US official says the departure has been ordered because of a threat specific to the Lahore mission.
The official, who requested anonymity, says the action is a precautionary measure and is not related to the recent closures of several US diplomatic posts in the Muslim world.
Use traveller powers, councils told
Councils must act quicker to shut down unauthorised encampments and illegal traveller sites, local government secretary Eric Pickles has said.
He claimed that too often councils claim “nothing can be done” about the problem and fail to use the powers available to them.
New guidelines published today outline the legal powers councils and landowners have to remove unauthorised traveller sites, protest camps and squatters from both public and private land, as well as tackling the mess caused by the sites.
Drone attacks kill 34 in Yemen
The US has sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen, with military officials in the Arab country reporting 34 suspected al Qaida militants killed in less than two weeks.
That included three strikes yesterday in which a dozen died, as the action against al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen branch is known, intensified.
It comes amid a global terror alert issued by Washington. One Middle East official says the upsurge is due to its leaders leaving themselves more vulnerable by moving from their normal hideouts toward areas where they could carry out attacks.
Met checks BBC pay-offs complaint
Metropolitan Police fraud squad officers are assessing whether to investigate allegations of misconduct in public office and fraud made against the BBC’s severance payments and benefits for senior managers.
Conservative MP Rob Wilson requested the Met Police consider the possibility of an investigation after a National Audit Office (NAO) report identified cases where the BBC made payments of hundreds of thousands of pounds – approved at high level, even by the director-general – although executives were not always entitled to the money.
The BBC spent £25 million on severance payments for 150 high-ranking staff in a three-year period up to December, according to last month’s NAO report, and since 2005 has made payments totaling £60 million to 401 senior managers.
Website bosses could name bullies
The founders of the website linked to the suicide of teenager Hannah Smith said they could reveal the names of anonymous bullies to the police.
Hannah, 14, was found hanged by her 16-year-old sister last Friday at their home in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, after being abused on the social networking site Ask.fm.
Mark and Ilja Terebin, bosses of the Latvia-based website, said the site has the technology to identify “almost all users” and that they are committed to supporting the Leicestershire Police investigation.