£8m Amazon arsonist jailed for four years | UK | News

He was jailed at Stafford Crown Court for arson with intent or recklessness as to whether life was endangered.  Prosecutor Darron Whitehead said the fire on November 4 last year had damaged 613,549 units at the site, resulting in a £7.3million loss.  The repair, clean-up and labour costs amounted to another £745,000.  Mr Whitehead told the court a fire alarm activation was triggered at the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Rugeley, Staffs, just after midday.  The building was evacuated and firefighters rushed to the scene. The court heard that a fire…

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Millions risk a ‘minimum wage’ old age | UK | News

The average amount saved into pensions by employees and their employers was 3.4 per cent of salary in 2017, falling from 4.2 per cent in 2016 and from a 9.7 per cent high in 2012.  This is despite the number of people saving for their old age reaching a record high.  Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that membership of workplace pension schemes in the UK was 41.1 million last year – up from 39.2 million in 2016.  But although more people are saving, overall contributions are down. …

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Our kids do monkey around, St Andrews scientists say | UK | News

The study, led by the University of St Andrews, found that children aged one to two use 52 gestures, more than 95 per cent of which are shared with the great apes. Experts studied chimpanzees in a natural habitat, the Budongo Forest in Uganda, and observed young children in their nurseries and at home. It was the first time in more than 20 years of studying great ape communication that the scientists had also studied young humans – and they were surprised by how many similarities they found. The senior…

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Brexit news: Philip Hammond RELAUNCHES Project Fear with divorce bill warning | UK | News

The Chancellor – dubbed “the heart of Remain” in the cabinet – threatened to provoke outright fury by suggesting that the UK could not use much of its £39 billion divorce bill as a negotiating tool. It came as he whipped up more uncertainty over Brexit when he claimed he was unable to name a date for the Budget because of the negotiations with the EU and was criticised for extending the term of Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who played a key role in Remain’s Project Fear. Giving…

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First pedestrian killed by Edinburgh tram | UK | News

The victim was declared dead at Saughton tram stop despite people trying desperately to resuscitate him. Emergency services raced to the incident shortly after noon but could do nothing for him. A witness said a body was lying on the grass, and a tram driver was nearby “in shock”, as a passer-by gave the victim CPR. Edinburgh Trams last night confirmed it has launched an investigation. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police were called to Saughton tram stop at around 12.15pm on Tuesday, September 11 following a collision between a…

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Chrissie Hynde slams office block next to V&A Dundee | UK | News

The musician, who played at Dundee’s waterfront on Sunday, said the construction site distracted her during her set. The £15.1million block has been criticised for obstructing views of the museum, and Hynde, 67, said there should be “some sort of uprising” against it. The American singer – once married to Simple Minds star Jim Kerr – said: “In the daylight I noticed this quite beautiful building in the background, which I didn’t realise is the V&A building, and this horrible carcass going up in front of it. “I did mention…

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