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Tuesday 27th June 2017
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'Predatory paedophile' who sent 250,000 messages to boys jailed

Nigel Delaney, who was caught with a teenager in his car, sent about 250,000 messages to boys.

Fraudsters behind £12m UK-wide scam jailed

The fraudsters raised more than £12m by faking letters pretending to be from legitimate contractors.

Blackburn man jailed for assaulting woman who later died

An "agitated" Lee Grime left the house in Blackburn when medics told him the police would be called.

Blackpool president 'inciting trouble', chairman claims

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston tells a court president Valeri Belokon has been "instrumental" in inciting fans.

Blackburn's 500-year-old ex-private school 'must improve'

Ofsted says some pupils' progress at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn has been poor.

Leading universities rated 'bronze' under new ranking system

Universities are now ranked bronze, silver or gold for their standard of undergraduate teaching.

Lancashire v Hampshire: James Anderson takes 4-20 as Red Rose win by innings

England seamer James Anderson finishes with figures of 4-20 as Lancashire beat Hampshire by an innings and 30 runs.

Paul Mullin: Swindon Town sign Morecambe striker on two-year deal

League Two side Swindon Town sign striker Paul Mullin from Morecambe for an undisclosed fee.

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Many firms hit by global cyber-attacks

Banks, retailers, energy firms and Kiev airport say they have been targeted by malware attacks.

Google hit with record $2.7bn EU fine

The European Commission penalises the US tech giant for illegally favouring its own shopping service.

Former FN supporter on trial for smuggling Iranian lover to UK

A former supporter of France's far-right is accused of helping an Iranian man reach the UK by boat.

Syria chemical attack may be being prepared, US warns

Syria is planning another chemical attack, the US says, warning it would pay a "heavy price".

World food security risks growing, Chatham House says

More must be done to protect key transport routes like the Panama and Suez canals, researchers warn.

Liu Xiaobo: China tells US not to interfere over jailed dissident

The US called for the jailed Nobel laureate, who has terminal cancer, to be given "genuine freedom".

Muslim girls complain of Polish racism on Holocaust study trip

German Muslim girls say they were racially abused in Poland while learning about the Holocaust.

Srebrenica: Dutch state partly responsible for 350 deaths

A Dutch appeal court finds the state 30% liable for 350 deaths in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

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CCTV footage shows man hit by bus in Reading

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Couple visiting all British railway stations

Meet Geoff and Vicki, they're on a mission to visit all 2,563 railway stations in Britain.

HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail from Rosyth for sea trials

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier has left its home port for the first time.

The first cash machine came into use 50 years ago today

It is 50 years to the day that the first cash machine came into use. How has it changed over the years?

Grenfell Tower fire: Husband's fear over lost passport

Sabah feared he would not be able to attend his wife Khadija's funeral after his passport burned.

Lee Rigby mother: I feel for terror attack victims

The Manchester terror attack took place on the fourth anniversary of Fusilier Rigby's death.

Cyclist 'repeatedly attacked' by Staffordshire bird of prey

He says he won't change his route despite being repeatedly dive-bombed by a buzzard.

HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail

The largest and most powerful ship to be built for the Royal Navy leaves its Rosyth dock for the first time.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week

1. UK population sees biggest increase in 70 years as London hits all-time high. The population of the UK has seen its sharpest annual rise in almost 70 years, official figures have revealed. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an estimated 65,648,000 people were living in the country at the end of June last year. Over the 12 months to the middle of 2016, the number of UK inhabitants also rose by 0.8% or 538,0000. It is the biggest increase in population since the year 1947, when population increased by 551,000. The Times

2. The story behind the world’s first cashpoint. The world’s first cash machine landed on a north London high street 50 years ago this week, transforming everyday banking for millions of people all over the globe. On June 27 1967 the cash machine, installed outside a Barclays branch in Enfield, north London, was unveiled. Now there are around 70,000 cashpoints in Britain. Many not only let customers take money out, but also allow them to deposit funds in their accounts, pay bills, top up mobile phones or transfer money to other people. Evening Standard

3. Jeremy Corbyn overtakes Theresa May suitability poll. Jeremy Corbyn has overtaken Theresa May for the first time on the question of who voters think would be the best Prime Minister, a poll suggests. The survey, by YouGov, puts the Labour leader on 35%, ahead of the Prime Minister on 34%. Nearly a third of those asked said they were unsure. When Mrs May called the election in April, she had a commanding lead over Mr Corbyn on the same question - 54% to 15%. It is more bad news for the PM, who is under pressure after losing her majority in the snap election she called to increase her Brexit mandate. In the days leading up to the vote (5-7 June), Mrs May was ahead by 43% to Mr Corbyn’s 32%. The Times

4. Bank of England poised to act. The Bank of England is poised to order banks to rein in lending to prevent the UK credit card market from dangerously overheating. Mark Carney, the Bank’s Governor, is reluctant to hike interest rates because it would risk slowing the entire economy but officials are worried about a boom in household debt as Britons splurge on credit cards and car loans. Consumer credit is rising at a rate of around 10pc per year, a pace not seen since before the financial crisis. The Economist

5. Soaring obesity could see millenials die at younger age than their parents. Four in ten young adults in Britain are overweight or obese, according to new figures released by the NHS. Nearly three million 16- to 24-year-olds weigh too much - a million more than two decades ago, the statistics reveal. The figures from NHS Digital, show 39 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds are overweight or obese, up from 27 per cent in 1993. Daily Mail

6. The longest prison sentence revealed. The longest prison sentence on record is 141,078 years - given to Chamoy Thipyaso, a Thai woman, in 1989. She defrauded people in a pyramid scheme, which netted her more than $200 million. She served eight years. The Express

7. Statistic of the week. Here's a stat to make you choke on your cornflakes: 90% of all the data in the world has been created in the past two years, with much of it thanks to smartphones. Metro

8. An interesting fact for you. The 32 capsules on the London Eye are representative of the 32 London boroughs - for superstitious reasons they are numbered 1 to 33: there is no capsule numbered 13. Visit Britain

9. The bottom line. The value of assets held by off-shore companies in the British Virgin Islands - over twice the sum estimated in 2010, according to the consultancy Capital Economics. The British overseas territory has 14 times as many registered firms as people living there. Daily Telegraph