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‘MI6 conman’ Mark Acklom extradited to UK

Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police Image caption Mark Acklom was placed on a plane in Geneva and was escorted through Bristol Airport One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been extradited to the UK from Switzerland after being on the run in Europe for years. Mark Acklom, who disappeared in 2012, allegedly posed as an MI6 agent to con a Gloucestershire woman out of her £850,000 life savings. The 45-year-old was arrested at a luxury apartment in Zurich last summer. He will appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Saturday…

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Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Why away task suits Reds’ strengths – Mark Lawrenson

Only 10 of the 31 teams to have have drawn the first leg of a Champions League knockout match 0-0 have ended up progressing – but can Liverpool buck the trend? Some Liverpool fans might be disappointed with Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich, but I think Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be quite happy with how the tie is poised. It is true that Liverpool did not create anything like the kind of chances they would normally do, but that was not because Klopp decided to ditch the attacking…

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Welsh Open: Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui suffer shock defeats

Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Steve Davis 9-8 to win his first Welsh Open in 2004 World number one Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan have been knocked out of the Welsh Open. Iran’s Hossein Vafaei defied a world ranking 37 places below Selby to win 4-3 in the last 16 in Cardiff. Joe O’Connor, ranked 102nd, beat world number eight Ding Junhui 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals. Earlier, Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher, ranked 71 in the world, beat five-time world champion O’Sullivan 4-2. However, Ursenbacher’s celebrations were short-lived as he fell 4-2 against…

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Crackerjack is coming back with Sam and Mark presenting

Image caption Sam (left) and Mark (right) will host the show, which Stu Francis (centre) last presented Children’s TV favourite Crackerjack is to return to the BBC, 35 years after its last screen outing. In the new series, hosts Sam and Mark will follow in the footsteps of previous presenters Eamonn Andrews, Ed “Stewpot” Stewart and Stu Francis. Last seen in 1984, the teatime staple saw a live studio audience of children entertained by comedy sketches, playful games and music performances. The 10-part series will air next year on CBBC…

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Six Nations: Ireland defeat Scotland 22-13 at Murrayfield to get off the mark

Six Nations: Scotland 13-22 Ireland highlights Six Nations Championship Scotland (10) 13 Try: Johnson Con: Laidlaw Pens: Laidlaw 2 Ireland (12) 22 Tries: Murray, Stockdale, Earls Cons: Murray, Carbery Pen: Carbery Ireland recovered from opening-day defeat by England to beat Scotland in a Six Nations thriller at Murrayfield. The Grand Slam champions were behind early on to a Greig Laidlaw penalty but tries from Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale put the visitors ahead. Sam Johnson went over for the hosts to narrow the gap to two points at the break…

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World Grand Prix: Mark Allen has no regrets after controversially conceding match

Allen won the Masters, International Championship and Scottish Open in 2018 Mark Allen was unrepentant despite facing a fine for conceding his game against Ali Carter in bizarre fashion at the World Grand Prix in Cheltenham. The Northern Ireland man, 32, was 24-2 down in frame five when he conceded, having gone in off after missing a yellow, to leave Carter a 4-1 winner. There were 11 reds left on the table at the time – and a possible 115 points. Asked if regretted his actions, Allen replied: “Not at…

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Brexit: UK plans new product safety mark for ‘no deal’ scenario

Image copyright HM Government Image caption Products meeting the standard would carry the UKCA symbol, such as in this mock-up The government has drawn up plans to replace the CE safety symbol on products in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the BBC has learned. Household items such as kettles, light bulbs and toys are stamped with the letters CE. The mark belongs to the European Union, so if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, goods will have to be stamped with a new symbol – UKCA. Some manufacturers…

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#GetTonyAFlypast: Pensioner’s wish to mark fatal bomber crash granted

The RAF will carry out a flypast to mark the anniversary of of a fatal plane crash in a park in Sheffield. Tony Foulds was just eight years old when he witnessed the crash in a park he was playing in. For the last 75 years he has tended to their memorial, referring to them as ‘family’. As a result of the #GetTonyAFlyPast campaign the US Air Force have said they will carry out the a flyby on 22 February to commemorate the crash. Source link

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Masters Snooker 2019: Judd Trump beats Mark Selby to reach semi-finals

Trump has lost in three previous Masters semi-finals Judd Trump knocked world number one Mark Selby out of the Masters at the quarter-final stage with a 6-2 victory. The match started slowly – with tactical battles meaning the opening two frames took more than an hour – but Trump found his groove to go 5-1 ahead. Selby rallied briefly with a 110 clearance, but Trump kept his cool to ease through to Saturday’s semi-final. Neil Robertson and Barry Hawkins meet in the evening session, with the winner facing Englishman Trump.…

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Mark Williams: World champion beaten 6-3 by Neil Robertson at the Masters

Masters 2019: Neil Robertson knocks out world champion Mark Williams – best shots 2019 Dafabet Masters Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 13-20 January Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app. World champion Mark Williams is out of the Masters after Neil Robertson won five straight frames to claim a 6-3 victory in the first round. The Welshman took a 3-1 lead but his Australian opponent fought back with breaks of 59, 102 and 69. World number 10…

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