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Morning news headlines for January 30, 2014

Army units are to be sent out to help rural communities in the west country blighted by flooding, new plans to strip terror suspects of their citizenship

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Troops head to flood-hit villages

Soldiers are being deployed to Somerset to bring relief to villages cut off by flooding.

The Government has agreed to send the Army to the Somerset Levels, which has seen 65 square kilometres of land swamped after the most significant flooding for 20 years.

Specialist vehicles are being brought in so troops can deliver food to stricken villagers, transport people and deliver sandbags.

UK 'terrorists' may lose passports

The Home Secretary has slotted in a last-minute change to the Government's Immigration Bill so British terror suspects can be stripped of their citizenship even if it leaves them stateless.

In an apparent effort to appease Conservative backbenchers calling for tougher measures in the new legislation, Theresa May tabled an amendment which will allow the removal of a UK passport from any person whose conduct is deemed "seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK".

The Home Secretary already has the power to take away British citizenship from those with dual nationality, but this change would allow her to make people stateless if they have been naturalised as a British citizen.

Child car smoking ban moves closer

A ban on smoking in cars with children present has moved a step closer after peers inflicted a defeat on the Government in the House of Lords.

Campaigners welcomed the result of the Lords vote, claiming a ban would protect half a million children exposed to second-hand smoke in cars every week.

Although the successful Labour amendment to the Children and Families Bill does not directly ban smoking in cars with children in them, it backs the principle of making it an offence.

Breakthrough for peanut allergies

Children can be protected from the dangerous effects of peanut allergy by slowly building up their tolerance, research has shown.

After six months of the therapy, up to 90% of allergic children taking part in a study could safely eat five peanuts a day.

Peanut allergy, which affects one in 50 children, can lead to anaphylactic shock - a potentially fatal immune reaction. It is the most common cause of deaths due to food allergies.

Bieber faces 'limo attack' charge

Baby-faced pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with assault - the second arrest in a week for the troubled teenager - after turning himself in to police in Canada.

Toronto police said Bieber, 19, hit a limousine driver several times in the back of the head.

The Canadian singer is due to appear in court in Toronto on March 10 charged with one count of assault.

Speedboat tragedy findings revealed

A senior TV executive and his young daughter were killed by their out-of-control speedboat after he took the steering from his wife, investigators found.

Nick Milligan, 51, the managing director of Sky's advertising sales division Sky Media, and eight-year-old Emily died in the incident at Padstow, Cornwall, on May 5 last year.

An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch found that Mr Milligan's wife Victoria was at the helm of "Milly" but was not attached to the boat's kill cord - a safety device designed to cut power in an emergency.

Murders ‘could not be predicted’

The murders of a pregnant woman and her toddler son by her mentally ill ex-partner could not have been "reasonably predicted", a serious case review has found, despite criticisms from an inquest jury and the woman's boyfriend over authority "failures".

Rachael Slack, 38, and 23-month-old Auden were found with multiple stab wounds at their home in the village of Holbrook, Derbyshire, on June 2, 2010.

They were killed by Ms Slack's former partner and Auden's father, 44-year-old Andrew Cairns, who had a history of mental illness. He was also found dead at the house, slumped over her body, after turning the knife on himself.

DLT set to return to witness box

Former Radio One disc jockey Dave Lee Travis will return to the witness box for a fourth day of evidence today as he fights sex offence allegations.

The 68-year-old former Top Of The Pops presenter denies indecently assaulting 10 women and sexually assaulting another during his 40-year career.

The veteran BBC DJ yesterday told jurors it was "absolutely 100% wrong" to say he thought it acceptable to grab women's breasts and bottoms during his 1970s and 1980s heyday.

Abbott: Don’t break our union link

Labour leader Ed Miliband's plans to reform the party's historic link with the trade unions could deprive the party of its "meaning", a senior backbench MP has warned.

Plans to change the way the party elects its leaders, potentially including a move to a "one member, one vote" system are part of the overhaul.

The proposals are due to be circulated to the party's National Executive Committee this weekend, according to reports, following months of negotiations led by former Labour and union official Lord Collins.

McLaren employees killed in crash

Two McLaren employees were killed when the sports car they were travelling in crashed near the Formula 1 giant's technology centre.

The staff members, who were in a blue Subaru Impreza, were pronounced dead at the scene following a collision with a Ford Transit van on the A320 in Ottershaw, Surrey, at 12.10pm yesterday.

A man in his 60s who was driving the van was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting with serious injuries, Surrey Police said.

 

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