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Ex-NewsPics photographer Andy Stone charged with blackmail

Former NewsPics photographer Andy Stone is facing a blackmail charge over allegations about how he used information supplied to him by newspapers on paedophiles. Andrew Stone, 46, of Adelaide Road, Southampton, is also charged with harassment and a further count of common assault. He is due to face the latter two charges at Portsmouth magistrates’ court tomorrow. Updated 20 November 2014

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Consumer gloom hits hotels, pubs and restaurants really hard

Hotels and restaurants suffered a sharp rise in company failures as the latest insolvency figures bring further gloom for the UK economy. The sector, including bars and clubs, is under acute pressure as consumers curb spending. The number of companies in insolvency in the sector is rising at a far higher rate than for the overall economy, according to Exaro data.

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Ministers ‘must not interfere’ with SFO’s case over Saudi bribes

Ministers are being warned against “political interference” in a bribery investigation into a massive UK contract to overhaul military communications in Saudi Arabia. Transparency International and Corruption Watch fear a repeat of the debacle in 2006 when the UK government pressured the Serious Fraud Office to shelve its investigation into alleged bribery over sales of military jets to Saudi Arabia under ‘Al Yamamah’.

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