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Public sector urged to buy UK steel
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Steel crisis: Public sector urged to buy British



   
   

       
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    3 April 2016


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Public sector bodies are to be encouraged to buy British steel for construction projects in an effort to help save the industry.

The government said councils and NHS trusts will be asked to consider the economic impact of buying from abroad.

It comes after Tata Steel announced it was selling its loss-making UK plants, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

The unions said it was "a small step in the right direction" but the measure should have been in place already.

Guidelines were introduced last year requiring central government bodies to take into account the "true value" of British steel.

Now the guidance is to be extended across the public sector and public procurements involving the supply of steel will need to consider "responsible sourcing, the training suppliers give to their workforce, carbon footprint, protecting the health and safety of staff and the social integration of disadvantaged workers".

Steel 'dumping'

Contractors working for the public sector will also be required to advertise their requirements for steel so that UK firms can compete for the business.

It comes after heavy criticism of ministers for failing to take more effective action to prevent the "dumping" of cheap Chinese steel, seen as one of the key reasons for the problems in the UK steel industry.

                                                                                                   

The government has played down the impact of new Chinese import tariffs of up to 46.3%.


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What's going wrong with Britain's steel industry?

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Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: "By changing the procurement rules on these major infrastructure projects, we are backing the future of UK steel - opening up significant opportunities for UK suppliers and allowing them to compete more effectively with international companies."

Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community trade union, said the announcement was "a small step in the right direction" but said steelworkers "will be shocked to discover that these measures were not already in place".

"These are bread-and-butter policies that should have been providing opportunities to UK steel producers already," he said.

Tony Burke, assistant general secretary of the Unite union, said the measure needed to compel British steel to be used in all infrastructure projects "otherwise, there will be no recognisable steel industry left in the UK to benefit".

Shadow business secretary Angela Eagle said while the announcement was welcome, ministers had to do more if they were to ensure the survival of the steel industry in the UK.

"The government has been dragged kicking and screaming to take action to support the steel industry, which is a vital foundation industry and has descended further into crisis on their watch," she said.

Meanwhile, First Minister Carwyn Jones called on the Westminster government to give the industry the same support given to banks during the financial crisis.

Writing in The Independent, Mr Jones said there was  "a moral, economic and strategic case" to do the same for steel.

Potential buyer

The move came as a possible buyer emerged for the Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales, where thousands of jobs are at stake.

Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta, founder of the commodities firm Liberty House, said he had already opened discussions with Tata Steel and was ready to hold talks with the government.

"We would need a proper partnership with the government. I don't know what that would entail at this stage. We've started the discussions... we are in the process of starting a discussion with Tata," he told The Sunday Telegraph.

"I haven't made a proposition that I want to buy all of [Tata Steel UK] because that's too big an undertaking to even put on the table at this stage," he added.

"If the company, its people, its workers and the government would be willing to consider my suggestions then I'm willing to engage in a discussion about what role we will play in that."


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

Tata's UK business - which directly employs 15,000 workers and supports thousands of others - includes plants in Port Talbot, Rotherham, Corby and Shotton.

Steel production makes up 1% of Britain's manufacturing output and 0.1% of the country's economic output.


                                                                                               

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« Reply #81 on: April 05, 2016, 01:04:02 AM »
Greece expels first migrants to Turkey

Migrant crisis: Greece starts deportations to Turkey



   
   

       
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    4 April 2016


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Media captionThe first buses carrying people being returned to Turkey arrive at the port of Lesbos, Greece

The first boat carrying migrants being deported from Greece has arrived in Turkey as part of an EU plan aimed at easing mass migration to Europe.

Scores of migrants boarded ferries on the Greek island of Lesbos and arrived in Dikili, western Turkey.

Frontex, the EU's border agency, told the BBC that most of the 136 people who left Lesbos on Monday were Pakistanis.

Meanwhile, the first group of 16 Syrian migrants has arrived in Germany from Turkey, officials say.

Under the deal, for each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is due to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.

However, Greek authorities said the first deportees were those who had not applied for asylum, and included citizens from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Morocco.

And Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir said there were no Syrians among the first group of migrants sent from Greece.

Another ferry carrying migrants to Turkey is also due to leave the Greek island of Chios on Monday.

                                                                                                   

The returns were carried out calmly, despite a small protest at the gate of Lesbos port, where activists shouted 'No to deportations' and 'EU shame on you',  the BBC's Sarah Rainsford at the scene said.

Migrants await fate on Lesbos

EU-Turkey deal a 'Herculean task'

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                    First group of returned migrants were welcomed by Turkish officials in Dikili
               

           

Under the EU-Turkey deal, migrants arriving illegally in Greece are expected to be sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected.

But migrants in Greece have complained of a lack of information about the asylum procedure and some said they were unaware they could be returned.

Frontex has less than one-tenth of the staff needed to do the job, the Associated Press reported.


At the scene: Mark Lowen, BBC News, western Turkey


               
               
               

               
               
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Both Turkey and Greece have made a panicked rush to meet this deadline - and neither country is really ready.

Only a fraction of the necessary staff have arrived on the Greek islands to accompany the process and in Turkey the preparation is still sketchy.

Two tents have been erected in Dikili to register the first group from Lesbos, with similar facilities further south to receive migrants sent from Chios.

The Turkish interior minister says non-Syrians will be deported while Syrians will be sent to refugee camps where they will replace those who will be directly resettled in Europe as part of the "one for one" plan.

But there are still grave doubts over whether the deal will hold and if the migrants will be properly treated when they arrive here.


The arrangement has alarmed rights groups, who say Turkey is not a safe country for migrants.

Amnesty International has accused Turkey of illegally returning Syrians to their homeland, something Turkey denies.

Save the Children called the deal "illegal and inhumane", saying people told them they would kill themselves if sent back to Turkey.


   

       

           
                         

               


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in 2016, up to 30 March


                 

                               

           
                       
           

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    37% of 2016 arrivals are children


                                       

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    53% arrive on Lesbos


                                       

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    366 died on Turkey-Greece route


                                       

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    853,650 arrivals in 2015


                                       

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                    Migrants on the Greek island of Chios have protested against the deal
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    Border controls further north, like here in Hungary, have left thousands stranded in Greece
               

           

Since the deal was struck in March, about 400 people have been arriving each day on the Greek islands.

Tens of thousands have been stuck in Greece after northern countries closed their borders. There have been clashes in camps amid dire conditions.

One million migrants and refugees have entered the EU by boat from Turkey to Greece since last year.

Many are keen to travel to Germany and other northern EU countries and experts have warned the deal could force them to take alternative, more dangerous routes.

In Austria meanwhile, pro-migrant protesters clashed with police at a border crossing with Italy.

It comes after Austrian Defence Minister Peter Doskozil said soldiers would be deployed at a key transit point, saying the EU's outer borders were not properly protected.


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.


                                                                                               

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« Reply #83 on: April 06, 2016, 01:00:18 AM »
PM facing steel 'public ownership' call

Steel crisis: PM urged over 'public ownership'



   
   

       


   

                                                                                                   

               
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Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones and UK PM David Cameron are discussing how to save thousands of steel jobs.

Tata Steel plans to sell its UK plants, which employ 15,000 people - 6,000 in Wales - and support thousands more.

Mr Jones will call for the Welsh plants to be taken into "public ownership" until a buyer is found. The PM has said nationalisation is not the answer.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid is due to fly to India later to discuss the sale process with Tata's chairman.

Beforehand, Mr Javid is due to meet union representatives, when he will be urged to back their plan for the future of the Tata sites.

Tata has plants in Wales at Port Talbot, Llanwern and Orb in Newport, Shotton in Flintshire and Trostre in Llanelli. The company also has sites in England, including Scunthorpe, Rotherham and Corby.

Mr Javid, who has faced criticism for his handling of the issue, said he held "productive" talks with Tata executives on Monday, saying that progress had been made.

He will attend the London meeting between Mr Jones and Mr Cameron, along with Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns and Chancellor George Osborne.


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Tata Steel UK: What are the options?

Is China to blame for steel woes?


'Solidarity and support'

Mr Jones said he had a simple message to the prime minister that the plants must not close.

"Britain must remain a steel producing country and we must work together to achieve and maintain that," he said.

"The Welsh Government has committed to doing what we can within our available powers and resources, and now its time for the UK government to act.

"There are strong economic, moral and strategic reasons why we must continue to produce our own steel, and I will be making that argument very clearly, as well as asking for solidarity and support for our workforce.

"I will be asking the PM to provide assurance that the UK government will take Tata's plants in Wales into public ownership to allow enough time for a buyer to be found."

'Very encouraging'

Mr Cameron said: "At this morning's meeting, Carwyn Jones and I will look at how London and Cardiff can work together to make sure that the Port Talbot plant has a solid future and end the uncertainty for workers and their families.

"We remain fully focused on finding a buyer to run the steelworks and today's meeting is an opportunity to discuss what needs to be done to make this prospect as attractive as possible to investors."


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

Tata Steel has said there is "no fixed timeline" for the sale process but stressed that urgency is needed to avoid "a long period of uncertainty" for employees and customers.

Former deputy PM Nick Clegg has called for the government to assist with Tata's pension liabilities.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "There has to be some government intervention, directly or indirectly, to lighten the burden of the pension liability with any new buyer."

Tata had a long-term future if the issue of cheap Chinese steel imports were addressed, he said, and it was "legitimate" for the government "to step in to help" as it had done with pension liabilities at Royal Mail.

'Cherry picking'

Last week, Mr Cameron said the UK government was working to save thousands of steel jobs but warned there was "no guarantees of success". He also said nationalisation was not the right answer.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Conservatives of having an "ideological allergy to public ownership".

The union plan involves securing the customer base by guaranteeing production at Tata sites, not allowing Tata or other buyers to "cherry pick" parts of the business, and offering government support for two to three years while the industry gets "back to self-sustainability".

Potential buyer Sanjeev Gupta, head of the Liberty Group, said on Monday he could take over all of the business without mass job losses.

He said he had "very encouraging" talks with the UK government but there was still a lot of work to do.

Meanwhile the assembly's enterprise and business committee is meeting to discuss the steel crisis on Tuesday.

It will take evidence from Economy Minister Edwina Hart, representatives of Tata and Cardiff-based Celsa Steel, union officials and Neath Port Talbot council chief executive Steve Phillips.


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

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EU to review asylum claim system

European Commission to unveil new EU asylum options



   
   

       
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The European Commission is due to unveil options for reforms to the way EU countries handle asylum claims in response to the migrant crisis.

The move is in part a reaction to the difficulties faced by Greece and Italy in coping with large numbers arriving from the Middle East and Africa.

The current EU system is widely thought to have failed because of the influx of a million people through Greece.

Under the rules refugees should claim asylum in the country they arrive in.

But the so-called Dublin regulation proved unworkable when Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the door to Syrian refugees last August.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Migrants on the Greek island of Chios have protested against a deal which will see them being sent back to Turkey
               

           

Greece and Italy had already stopped registering every arrival, but the daily journey of thousands of irregular migrants from Turkey to the Greek islands meant that most were allowed to continue their route through the Balkans.

Eventually several countries put up fences and border controls in an attempt to halt the influx.

The European Commission is expected to suggest either a modest change that preserves the current system but adds a "fairness" provision so a country struggling to cope can get help.

                                                                                                   

A second, more radical option would be to scrap the existing rules and distribute refugees around Europe.

However, several countries do not want to see wholesale changes to the system.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Almost all the detainees in the Moria migrant camp on Lesbos have claimed asylum
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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The UK and many eastern European states have made clear they want to keep the system which allows them to return asylum seekers to the country where they entered the EU.

Whichever proposal is finally agreed, the UK cannot be forced to take asylum seekers as it has opt-outs from EU asylum policies, BBC Europe correspondent Damian Grammaticas explains.

Under an EU deal aimed at cutting off the migrant route through the Balkans, Greece has begun deporting migrants to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum or if their claim is rejected. 

However, the Athens government paused the operation on Tuesday, a day after the first boats took 202 people to the Turkish port of Dikili.

Hundreds more are due to be removed later this week, but the migrants are arriving in Greece faster than they can be sent back.

In other developments:

  • Pope Francis is said to be considering a trip to Lesbos to highlight the difficulties faced by migrants and refugees there

  • Germany may lift temporary border controls introduced last year to help reduce the migrant flow by mid-May if the number of arrivals continues to fall, the AFP news agency reported Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere as saying

  • Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children have suspended activities on several Greek islands to protest against the terms of the deal with Turkey. They argue that the deal turns reception centres for refugees into centres of inhumanity


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.


                                                                                               

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« Reply #85 on: April 08, 2016, 01:00:07 AM »
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Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island



       

        By Sean Coughlan
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Media captionThe "unique and charismatic" copy was verified by Professor Emma Smith from Oxford University

A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, one of the most sought-after books in the world, has been discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island.

The 1623 first collected edition of plays was found in the library at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute - but its 400-year history is largely unknown.

Academics who authenticated the book called it a rare and significant find,

About 230 copies of the First Folio are known to exist. A copy owned by Oxford University sold for £3.5m in 2003.

Emma Smith, professor of Shakespeare studies at Oxford University, said her first reaction on being told the stately home was claiming to have an original First Folio was: "Like hell they have."

But when she inspected the three-volume book she found it was authentic.

"We've found a First Folio that we didn't know existed," said Prof Smith.

'Astonishing'

The goatskin-bound book will now go on public display at the stately home for the first time.

                                                                                                   

Adam Ellis-Jones, director of the Mount Stuart House Trust, said the identification of this original First Folio was "genuinely astonishing".

The discovery comes ahead of the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    The First Folio will go on display for the first time at Mount Stuart House
               

           

The First Folio, printed seven years after Shakespeare's death, brought together 36 plays - 18 of which would otherwise not have been recorded.

Without this publication, there would be no copy of plays such as Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and The Tempest.

The book is also the only source of the familiar dome-headed portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout.

Printers' thumbprints

Prof Smith, author of Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book, says it is uncertain how many copies were produced - although some put the figure at about 750.

About 230 copies are known still to exist. The last copy found was two years ago, in what had been a Jesuit library in St Omer in France.

The Isle of Bute discovery adds another, but there is uncertainty about where this copy had spent much of the four centuries since being printed.

It had been owned by an 18th Century literary editor and then appears in the Bute library collection in 1896.


               
               
               

               
               
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Alice Martin, Mount Stuart's head of historic collections, believes it was bought by the third Marquess of Bute, an antiquarian and collector, who died in 1900.

The trust, which runs the Gothic revival house, had been researching the collection of books, paintings and historic items and called in experts from Oxford University to assess the authenticity of what had been claimed as a First Folio.

Apart from its cultural value, verification makes the book extremely valuable. A copy owned by Oriel College, Oxford sold for about £3.5m in 2003, while another copy sold at auction in 2006 for about £2.8m.

Authenticating a copy involves a series of technical checks on, among other things, the watermarked paper and printing process.


               
               
               

               
               
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Imperfections are also part of the identification, as real copies can include the inky thumbprints of Jacobean printers.

Misspellings also appear, sometimes corrected after proofreading.

Victorian fakes

There is a stage direction in King Lear, which, in the early part of the print run, says rather cryptically "H edis", which is then updated in later copies to "He dis" before it is finally corrected to "He dies".

Prof Smith says there are also many fake copies.


               
               
               

               
               
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Authentications are further complicated by high-quality reproductions produced by a 19th Century craftsman, John Harris.

He was hired by the British Museum to replace missing or damaged pages or sections of old books, including for First Folios - and was so skilled that it is uncertain how much of his work might now be accepted as authentic.

Prof Smith suggests not even all the officially catalogued First Folios may be authentic.


               
               
               

               
               
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The story of the First Folio, she says, usually focuses on the literary genius of Shakespeare, but the survival of his plays depended on the practical skills of the people who produced this book.

"The vast majority of plays from this period have been lost, because they were never printed," she says.

The preservation of much of Shakespeare's work depended on the publishers of the First Folio copying, collating and editing from whatever hand-written scripts and first-hand memories were still available in the 1620s.

As Shakespeare's reputation grew, the value of the First Folio increased, with the book becoming highly prized by collectors.


               
               
               

               
               
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In the 19th Century and early 20th Century many copies were bought by US railway millionaires, financiers and oil tycoons.

Mr Ellis-Jones says identifying a First Folio at Mount Stuart indicates how much remains to be examined in one of the "last great unknown collections".

"We knew that we had special things here, but we keep discovering how special - because it's never been researched and never been in the public eye."

Ms Martin says an "abundance of mysteries" remain. "We've got completely unexplored collections."


               
               
               

               
               
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She says there has always been something "quite eccentric" about the house.

As well as being an art collector, the third marquess introduced exotic wildlife to the island, including kangaroos. The last of these exiled marsupials died when it was hit by the island's first car.

And are any more First Folios likely to appear?

"I'm sure there are a few more out there," says Prof Smith. "I don't think they're in people's lofts, even though it would be lovely and romantic.

"I think they're in libraries which have been neglected or forgotten, I suspect more will be in mainland Europe."


                                                                                               

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« Reply #86 on: April 09, 2016, 01:00:24 AM »
Murder arrest in hunt for missing PC

Missing PC Gordon Semple: Man arrested on suspicion of murder



   
   

       
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Media captionMet Police statement after a man was arrested over missing PC Gordon Semple

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after human remains were found during the search for a missing Met police officer.

Veteran Westminster PC Gordon Semple, 59, was last seen on 1 April.

On Thursday, police found remains at a flat on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street, south London, and arrested a 49-year-old at the address.

The Met said it was a "very sad day" and PC Semple's colleagues would "acutely feel his loss".

Officers are continuing a "vital search for evidence" at the flat which will take "some time" to complete, Scotland Yard said.


               
               
               

               
               
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Appealing for information, Commander Alison Newcomb said the arrest and discovery of the remains was a "significant development".

Due to the condition of the remains, she said, it would take "some time" to establish a cause of death and carry out formal identification.

"A man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in our custody and is being questioned by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command," she said.


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
           
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"At this point I do not wish to speculate on what has happened.

"My thoughts are with Gordon's family and friends at this time of personal tragedy."

"This is a very sad day for Gordon's colleagues. There are many officers who have served London alongside Gordon during his 30 year career who will acutely feel his loss."


               
               
               

               
               
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A statement from the family on Facebook said: "Gordon's family would like to thank everyone for their support throughout this difficult time.

"Your support and help to find Gordon was overwhelming.

"He was a loved partner, brother, uncle and friend to many."

'Deeply disturbing'

Friends and people who knew and had worked with PC Semple have paid tribute to him on Facebook.

Nigel Lewis said: "Deeply disturbing and saddening news after 9 years working with Gordon. The community he served will be as shocked as the rest of us. RIP."

Andy Dighton wrote: "RIP mate. Sunday lunch time will never be the same again. Love to Gary and the Semple family."

Kathy Whittington said: "Absolutely devastated that I'm not going to see your face at work anymore Gordon! Much love goes out to your family at the very difficult time xx."

On 1 April, PC Semple, from Greenhithe, Dartford, had a work meeting at the Shard's Shangri-La hotel and left at about 12:30 BST.

He was seen on CCTV in Great Guildford Street at 15:00 BST and his partner reported him missing later that night.

PC Semple, who is originally from Inverness, has no children but still has family in Scotland.

The man under arrest is being held in custody.


                                                                                               

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« Reply #87 on: April 10, 2016, 01:00:12 AM »
Many Clouds aims to emulate Red Rum

Many Clouds beat Saint Are in a close finish in last year's running
Crabbie's Grand National 2016
Venue: Aintree Date: Saturday, 9 April, 17:15 BST
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Last year's winner Many Clouds will bid to emulate Red Rum by winning back-to-back runnings as 39 horses line up for the Grand National on Saturday.

Jockey Leighton Aspell, also successful in 2014 on Pineau De Re, is seeking a historic third consecutive victory in the famous race over 30 fences.

The field was reduced on Saturday when O'Faolains Boy, trained by Rebecca Curtis, was found to be lame.

Coverage of the £1m race is expected to be followed by 600m people worldwide.

Bookmakers say more than £150m will be wagered on the race.

Many Clouds - the next Red Rum?

Two-time winner Ruby Walsh, who was set to ride Sir Des Champs, was ruled out with a fractured wrist after falling twice on Friday.

The Aintree showpiece - run over nearly four and a half miles - has been put back an hour to 17:15 BST, avoiding a clash with the afternoon's football fixtures, in an effort to increase audience figures.

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Latest odds
7-1 Many Clouds; 10-1 The Last Samuri; 12-1 Silviniaco Conti; 14-1 Holywell, The Druids Nephew; 16-1 Saint Are; 20-1 Shutthefrontdoor, Gallant Oscar, Gooonyella; 25-1 Kruzhlinin, Morning Assembly, Ucello Conti(Approximate prices as of 14:00 BST, Friday 8 April)

History in the making?

Contenders have to negotiate obstacles such as Becher's Brook and The Chair, and no horse has won back-to-back runnings since triple-winner Red Rum in the 1970s.

But Aspell believes Many Clouds, rated 7-1 favourite on Friday, can defy top weight for trainer Oliver Sherwood.

"I think he's the worthy favourite. I would choose Many Clouds for his experience and class. He's possibly still improving," said Aspell, 39.

However, the jockey did concede that Silviniaco Conti, a seven-time winner of Grade One races at the highest level, had the capability to "make a mockery" of his 12-1 odds.

Red Rum in the Grand National
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Who are the other leading contenders?

The Last Samuri won the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster in March

Punters will keep a keen eye on the weather, with 7mm of rain overnight changing the going at the track to Soft, Good to Soft in places.

Any rain would be considered a plus for last year's Midlands National winner Goonyella, while the Jonjo O'Neill pair of Holywell and Shutthefrontdoor would prefer drier conditions.

Other leading contenders include The Last Samuri for trainer Kim Bailey, who triumphed 26 years ago with Mr Frisk.

Sir Des Champs, the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up trained by Willie Mullins, saw his 40-1 odds halve after Walsh was confirmed as jockey.

However, Nina Carberry will deputise for Walsh following his injury.

A National Velvet moment?

Katie Walsh finished third on Seabass in 2012

Along with Carberry, Ruby's sister Katie is seeking to become the first female rider to win the National.

Katie, who achieved a best-placed finish of third in 2012 on Seabass, rides outsider Ballycasey for Mullins having been called up for the ride on Wednesday night.

As a child she watched the movie National Velvet, in which Elizabeth Taylor plays a young woman who rides the Grand National winner, but does not overplay her gender.

"I don't see myself as a female jockey. I'm just a jockey," said the 32-year-old Irish amateur.

"Loads of people say that if I win the National, I would be the first female to do so. I don't see it like that. I just think it would be great to win."

Are there safety concerns?

The National is famed as a unique test for horse and rider, but draws criticism from opponents, including animal welfare groups.

Officials believe modifications to the fences, and other alterations, introduced three years ago have helped improve safety.

Since the changes, there have been no fatal injuries to horses in the National itself, but there were three fatalities over the National fences on the first two days of this year's Aintree meeting.

In Thursday's Fox Hunters' Chase, Clonbanan Lad and Marasonnien did not fall, but were pulled up by their jockeys and later collapsed.

On Friday, Gullinbursti was put down after a fall at Becher's Brook in the Grade Three Topham Chase.

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