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Surge in gas and ram-raid ATM attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne gang used oxy-acetylene canisters to cause an explosion Thieves are increasingly trying to smash or blast their way into UK cash machines – with the number of attacks on ATMs nearly doubling in four years. Attempts to steal cash have risen from 400 attacks in 2014 to 723 last year, according to a report by ATM operator Cardtronics. It said one in five incidents in Europe occurred in the UK. Thieves are generally unsuccessful, with 41% of cases resulting in cash…

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Stanley town centre mob of youths attacks officers

Police faced down mob of about 100 youths, some of whom attacked with bricks and fireworks, it has emerged. A Police Community Support Officer was also punched in the face during the disorder in Stanley, County Durham, earlier this month. Since the attack, the force has set up a text message service which will alert parents when there is trouble in the town centre, telling them to collect their teenagers. Source link

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Being an amateur referee: your stories of threats and attacks, but a love of the game

Assaulted referee forgives his attackers Every week, thousands of referees oversee grassroots matches – for the love of football and the reward of enjoying the match, but often for little financial return and a risk to their safety. While many will encounter no serious problems, others face verbal or even physical abuse by players and spectators. Republic of Ireland Combined Counties League referee Daniel Sweeney was assaulted last week after an amateur game – an attack that left him with a broken jaw. This prompted us to ask an open…

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Bank of England to test financial system resilience to cyber attacks

FILE PHOTO: People pass the Bank of England in the City of London January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England said it will carry out a test on Friday to gauge the financial sector’s ability to withstand a major cyber attack. The BoE said that, in partnership with the finance ministry and the Financial Conduct Authority, it would host a one-day exercise on Nov. 9. “The exercise will help authorities and firms identify improvements to our collective response arrangements, improving the resilience of the…

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Dimbleby criticises ‘vile’ social media attacks on Question Time panellist

Question Time host David Dimbleby has criticised social media attacks on one of the show’s female panellists. He said comments levelled against Institute of Economic Affairs associate director Kate Andrews were “vile, disgusting, loathsome” and “unspeakably horrible”. Ms Andrews said being offensive and committing a crime were two different things, and she would rather see police money being spent on women dealing with domestic violence. The panel was discussing comments by former Thames Valley chief constable, Sara Thornton, who said police should focus on burglary and violent crime over incidents…

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US attacks UK plan for digital services tax on tech giants

The US has hit back against a UK plan to impose a new tax on sales by technology giants. US political leaders and business groups say the proposal would violate tax agreements by targeting US firms. They warned the tax could spark US retaliation and hurt prospects for a US-UK trade deal. In a statement on Wednesday, Representative Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, called the measure “troubling”. “If the United Kingdom or other countries proceed, that will prompt a review of our US tax and regulatory approach to determine…

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Asia Bibi: Imran Khan attacks hardliners over court case

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAsia Bibi’s escape from Pakistan death row Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has attacked hardliners and appealed for calm after the acquittal of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy. In a televised broadcast, Mr Khan said hardliners were “inciting [people] for their own political gain”, claiming they are “doing no service to Islam”. The landmark Asia Bibi case has already set off violent protests by hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws. Her lawyer has told the BBC she would need to move…

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John Taylor given whole life sentence for further historical sex attacks

Image copyright West Yorkshire Police Image caption Killer Taylor was given a whole life jail term for the historical sex attacks A man who killed a 16-year-old girl in 2000 has been jailed for the rest of his life after he admitted other historical sex attacks. John Taylor, 62, killed Leanne Tiernan, from Leeds, after she disappeared on a shopping trip to the city centre. Her body was found the following year. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for her kidnap and murder. On Friday afternoon, he…

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Goat kill hunter attacks ‘ignorant people’

Image copyright Twitter/@LSwitlyk Image caption Ms Switlyk is understood to have shot the goat about a month ago An American TV host who sparked anger after shooting a wild goat on Islay has criticised “ignorant people” who sent her death threats on social media. Larysa Switlyk, who presents the Larysa Unleashed programme, posted pictures of herself posing with the dead goat on a hunting trip to the Scottish island. The hunt was legal – but sparked outrage on social media. The thousands of replies sent to Ms Switlyk included some…

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Why attacks on aid workers may hurt the world’s poorest

Image copyright Reuters The brutal killing of a 24-year-old midwife in north-east Nigeria has shocked the international humanitarian community, raising concerns that aid to millions of people could be withdrawn. On Sunday 14 October, journalists in Geneva were contacted by highly anxious officials at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The organisation had received a warning that a young Nigerian midwife who had been working in a Red Cross-supported health centre was about to be executed. Hauwa Mohammad Liman was abducted in March in north-east Nigeria, together with…

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