30 Oct Digest: Lewis Hamilton joins F1 greats as Brexit continues to rattle businesses
Norfolk Police Force become first to scrap PSCOs as part of radical reform
The reforms come as part of the government’s imposed £10m budget cut by 2020, having already slashed £20m from its budget since 2010. Click here to read the full story.
T-charge is introduced in the capital to tackle air pollution
A new charge on old petrol and diesel cars has been introduced to deal with toxic air. The scheme applies mainly to petrol and diesel cars registered before 2006 and will charge drivers £10 a day in certain parts of central London, meaning Londoners could face a bill of up to £21.50 to drive through parts of the capital each day.
Craiglist being used to sell class A drugs
BBC’s Inside Out has found that the popular advertising website Craiglist is being used by organised crime gangs to sell drugs and stolen passports. An undercover operation by Jonathan Gibson showed secret filming in which he was able to buy cocaine from the website.
Theresa May to take tough stance with growing sex harassment allegations
Theresa May has insisted she will take a tough stance with regards to the growing number of sexual harassment claims which have emerged in recent days. In a letter to John Bercow, May said the current House of Commons disciplinary regime lacked “teeth” and needed to be reformed.
Brexit sec under pressure to offer businesses assurances or face relocations
A strongly worded letter signed by five leading businesses groups has been sent to Brexit secretary David Davis. The letter, including signatures from the CBI and British Chambers of Commerce urged Mr Davis to secure an urgent transition agreement or face business relocations. The letter adds to businesses concerns over a hard Brexit and general uncertainty following the referendum decision.
MPs lobby for a final vote on Brexit
David Davis has also come under fire from backbenchers in his party. Conservatives MPs have warned they are “deadly serious” about backing plans to be guarantee a vote on the final Brexit bill amid fears that Theresa May may be willing to walk away from negotiations with no deal.
Lewis completes the job in Mexico to become World Champ
Lewis Hamilton became a four-time Formula One World Champion in Mexico on Sunday, pipping Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to the title. Hamilton’s ninth place finish was enough to make him the first British driver to attain four World Championships, putting him on par with Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel.
AJ continues to lead the way in Boxing
Anthony Joshua continued his unbeaten streak with a 10th round technical knockout win over Carlos Takam in Cardiff. Joshua defended his IBF and WBA titles in front of a sell-out crowd in the Principality Stadium in controversial fashion as many thought the bout should have been able to continue.
Koeman’s head rolls at Everton to become the 3rd managerial tragedy
Ronald Koeman joined Frank De Boer and Craig Shakespeare in being dismissed from their Premier League managerial roles. Koeman’s dismissal from Everton came after a dismal 5-2 loss at home against Arsenal. Ryan Giggs has expressed an interest in the Everton job and has been heavily tipped to take the reins at Goodison Park.
Puerto Rico cancels controversial $300m electricity contract
Puerto Rico’s electric company have cancelled a conspicuous contract with a minuscule business called Whitefish Energy Limited. The two-man company was only founded in 2015 and was awarded in the aftermath Hurricane Maria and according to USA Today, a Whitefish investor was also a major donor to Donald Trump’s election campaign.
Hearse clamped midway through funeral
The saying “only two things in life are certain – death and taxes” came in to sharp focus as a hearse was clamped for not having vehicle tax as it was parked outside of an ongoing funeral in Bristol. The owner was forced to pay a £260 fine and then the £145 tax which the driver had said he did not receive notice about. The £260 fine was refunded by the enforcement agency.
£7.7million of poker winnings goes unpaid due to cheat claims
Phil Ivey, a profession poker player, was deemed to have cheated in a game of Punto Blanco in which he won £7.7million at a Mayfair casino. The money was never wired to his account and at the Supreme Court judges ruled the casino was right to withhold the money.