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INVESTIGATION: Councils spend £10m to silence child sex claims

English councils have shelled out millions to settle historic child sex claims from victims who were abused when they were in the care of the state. Authorities have cumulatively racked up a legal bill of over £10 million to settle claims from victims of child sexual exploitation who were abused while living in children’s homes. The figures are revealed in a series of Freedom of Information requests to all English councils, which revealed the councils who have paid most – and others who are subject to huge police investigations and…

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Environment Exclusive Investigation 

DIRTY 30: The top super-polluters who fill our air with deadly toxins

A quarter of the UK’s poisonous nitrogen oxides emissions are pumped out of only thirty industrial sources, new research has found – many of which are consolidated around low-income areas in the north and southwest of England. As the government faces extreme pressure to rewrite clean air policies and reduce levels of harmful gas emissions on our roads, new analysis has revealed that a staggering proportion of the UK’s pollution comes from a comparatively tiny number of industrial sites. A quantitate study of DEFRA’s census of industrial sites has shown…

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Notts family’s lucky escape as Westminster terror attack unfolded before their eyes

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: An Ashfield mum and her children who were on Westminster Bridge at the time of yesterday’s attack said they were ‘lucky’ to be at a safe distance as the killings took place. Hayley Carrington, a mum who works at a Sutton supermarket was in London with her family when the ‘horrific’ incident occurred, and she and her partner Mark and two daughters were on the other side of the bridge as they witnessed a car mount the curb and run over pedestrians. Hayley said: “We had travelled down…

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Grandad claims he flew the Millennium Falcon and that he’s ‘the real Han Solo’

Meet the grandfather who actually piloted the Millennium Falcon – but says he’s never watched Star Wars in his life We all have things we’re proud of or that we like to brag about to friends down the pub. But when you meet someone who says ‘I flew the Millennium Falcon’, the rest of us might as well go home. But that is exactly what Warsop pensioner Colin Coombes did, after he was drafted in by George Lucas to make the most of his skills as an engineer. The real-life…

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Exclusive Society 

Homeless face danger of burnouts in ‘wars over territory’

The level of homelessness in Mansfield may be putting rough sleepers in danger as a war over territory results in violence. In a new investigation by the Chad we reveal that homelessness is not only much higher than stated by local authorities, but Mansfield attracts rough sleepers from other areas. Andy Warne, pictured, is one of a number of homeless people coming from other areas in search of help. Inconsistency in homelessness prevention services around the country may be driving rough sleepers to migrate in search of sympathetic councils, and…

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Investigation launched after four chemical workers die from the same rare cancer

Four workers of the former Staveley Chemicals have died since the plant was closed in 2012, prompting a call from their widows to probe for answers. Last year a fourth ex-worker from Staveley Chemicals died from brain cancer. Their widows have long suspected it was the job that killed the but now they’re certain – and they want to prove it. Chemical companies on the old Staveley ironworks site gradually closed, with the last tools down in 2012. Jacqui Collis lost her husband in 2014. A loyal worker for decades,…

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Newlywed tells of frantic search for wife amid Tunisia beach attack

Heanor man John Worcester has told of his frantic search for his new wife as a terrorist murdered innocent tourists around him. The sales professional, 49, originally from Birmingham was on his honeymoon with new wife Sue, 48, at the RIU Imperial Marhaba when the brutal terrorist attack by Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, took place – resulting in the deaths of at least 39 people. John and Sue Worcester celebrate their first week of marriage in Tunisia the Friday before the brutal massacre. As all around him panicked and tried to…

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LOVE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: The woman who couldn’t bare to leave her abusive husband

Even though a man might control every aspect of your life and break you down emotionally – domestic abuse victims will tell you they couldn’t leave their husbands even if they had the opportunity. In this special report, Nicholas Charity discovers how victims of domestic abuse are trapped, controlled, and sometimes forced into a life of crime by their abuser. But as survivor Sharon tells, fleeing isn’t easy, and sometimes you don’t even want to. Three women and a very small man sit around a table. It’s the ladies’ seminar…

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