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The most DANGEROUS places to live in England and Wales: Map reveals most crime-ridden counties where you or your home are most at risk from thugs

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The top ten most dangerous areas of the country for violent crimes such as murders, sex attacks and thefts are almost all in the north of England, a new league table of misdemeanours revealed today. Cleveland has the highest proportion of crime victims in England and Wales where almost one in ten people living in towns such as Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar have been targeted in the past year. Six people in the area were murdered or killed there in a spate of violent crimes between Christmas and New Year 2019 alone. Cleveland, where arson rates are four times the national average, is followed by nearby West Yorkshire in second, South Yorkshire in third, Durham in fourth and Humberside in fifth. The northern-dominated group also includes Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Northumbria - with only Kent and London representing the south in the top ten. The safest of the 42 police force areas in England and Wales are Hertfordshire, West Mercia, Gloucestershire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Dyfe

Sky TV whistleblower wins dismissal case after he reported studio manager over 'sexually degrading remarks' about female stars including Helen Mirren and Kay Burley

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A worker at Sky TV who blew the whistle on a colleague for making 'sexually degrading remarks' and 'thrusting motions' towards female guests and presenters including Helen Mirren and Kay Burley has won his case for unfair dismissal. Sean Duffy reported Sky News floor manager Jimmy Lacey to bosses after claiming to witness the behaviour towards the Oscar-winning actor and veteran journalist while at the broadcaster. He alleged at an employment tribunal his disclosure - which also included accusations Mr Lacey had intimidated and criticised him - contributed to him later losing his job in another part of the television giant's empire. A panel concluded that while Mr Duffy's whistleblowing ultimately played no part in him leaving Sky, he had made the claims in the public interest to draw attention to potential sexual harassment of the women. But it did find the broadcaster guilty of unfairly dismissing him three years later after another manager was accused of purs

Blunders cost £6million worth of vaccines to be wasted in one year - including doses that were left outside of the fridge, figures show

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At least £5.8million worth of vaccines was wasted in just a year because of mistakes which included leaving doses out of the fridge. Official figures show that £4.4million of stock losses in 2019 could have been avoided – with vaccines not being kept at the right temperature a major cause. Around 8 per cent of avoidable cases involved a fridge door being left open, 6 per cent were because a fridge was switched off, and 5 per cent concerned stock left out of the fridge in error.  At least £5.8million worth of vaccines was wasted in just a year because of mistakes which included leaving doses out of the fridge Other avoidable reasons included excess stock being ordered by mistake and products being mislaid. Public Health England, which compiled the figures, said the incidents were likely to be under-reported, with the true financial cost even greater.  The losses were down on 2018 when £6.3million of vaccine stock was reported wasted, including £4.6million in avoidable incidents. The was

Brexit bans EU boats from zapping fish using controversial 'pulse trawling' method in UK waters

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Fishermen from the EU have been banned from 'pulse trawling' in British waters following the end of the Brexit transition period on New Year's Eve. The controversial technique uses electrical signals to drive flat fish, such as sole, from the seabed into nets. There are concerns it harms the marine environment and larger species such as cod, haddock and whiting by causing their spines to break. Using an electric current to fish was banned by the EU in 1998 but since 2006 exemptions were allowed for some pulse trawling. Fishermen from the EU have been banned from 'pulse trawling' in British waters. Pictured: Fishing boats at the fishing port at Bridlington Harbour in Yorkshire These included for around 80 Dutch vessels which had been using the method in the southern North Sea. Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith said: 'It is fantastic news we have been able to end pulse trawling in UK waters by EU and English vessels. This is just one of the good things we can do

Brazilian councilman is sworn in from PRISON where he is serving a 30-day temporary sentence after 'helping burglars who impersonated cops in home invasion escape'

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A councilman was shockingly sworn in to office during a New Year's Day ceremony all the while serving a jail sentence stemming from a robbery late last year in northeast Brazil. Fábio Alves, who won a Marizópolis municipal seat during November elections, has been imprisoned since December 18 after he was arrested for participating in the home invasion robbery of a businessman on October 18. The 37-year-old politician, who received 194 votes to pick up the council seat, made his bizarre appearance via teleconference from a room at the jail, where he is currently serving a 30-day temporary sentence. He was surrounded by the Agricóla Colónia Jail's warden and a prison guard.  Fábio Alves, who won a Marizópolis municipal seat during November elections, has been imprisoned since December 18 after he was arrested for participating in the home invasion robbery of a businessman on October 18 Still image from a surveillance camera shows three of the suspects during the October 18 robber

At least 60 elderly residents of luxury Houston high rise are given COVID-19 vaccines in the state's first wave - while healthcare workers struggle to get their shots

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Dozens of senior citizens in a luxury high rise in Texas were given COVID-19 vaccines in the state's first wave. The Montebello condominium complex in uptown Houston boasts marble tile bathroom floors, an outdoor pool, valet parking, a concierge service and a 24/7 security guard, and has condos that can sell for up to $4.8 million. And, in the last two weeks, approximately  60 residents have been immunized against the virus, reported the Daily Beast. In Harris County, where Houston is located, there are more than 237,000 confirmed cases, one-sixth of all infections in the state.  But thousands of at-risk healthcare workers have been struggling to receive their vaccines due to hospitals quickly running out of supply. Approximately 60 residents of the luxury Montebello condominium complex   in uptown Houston received COVID-19 vaccines The Montebello's general manager said the state authorized the vaccines and that the building is working with a distributor. Pictured: An interior

Doctors WILL give second doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to elderly patients who were promised them amid fury over 'grossly unfair' plan to lengthen gap between jabs from 3 to 12 weeks as Chris Whitty warns of supply shortages lasting for months

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Doctors say they will defy Government orders to give a second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to elderly patients who were promised one when they got their first jabs. A row has broken out over ministers' decision to ration vaccine supplies to get single doses to as many people as they can in a scramble to stem the tide of Covid deaths.  Officials, warning that supply shortages could last until spring, have said patients who already had one dose of the vaccine should have their second one - which they were told they'd get three weeks later - postponed for up to 12 weeks. But doctors have revolted and said they won't deny vulnerable patients the vaccines they promised them amid concerns the jabs won't work as well with just one dose.    GPs blasted the policy as 'grossly unfair' and frustrated scientists warned that clinical trials of the vaccine only tested how well it worked with a three-week gap, so there is no evidence the new regime would work long-te

Two MORE cops were involved with restraining black man, 33, who died while telling officers 'I can't breathe' as other four cops who arrested him remain on paid leave and his family accuses police of a 'coverup'

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Two more cops were involved with restraining a black man who died while telling officers 'I can't breathe' in March, it has been revealed, as the other four cops who arrested him remain on paid leave and his family accuses the police of a 'coverup'.  Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old father-of-two, died of oxygen deprivation on March 3 after being pinned to the ground by cops and having a spit hood put over his head as he walked home from a convenience store with a snack. Tacoma police say they spotted him trying to get inside a car and that they restrained him when he violently threw one of the cops to the ground.  But bystander footage released in June cast doubts on this version of events as it showed Ellis being aggressively beaten and restrained by the officers.  His death was ruled a homicide by the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office in June but no one has been charged in connection to his death. Two more cops were involved with restraining a black man who

Biden's treasury secretary pick Janet Yellen earned more than $7 MILLION in speaking fees in 2 years from financial firms and tech giants including Goldman Sachs and Google

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President-elect Joe Biden's choice to be treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, collected more than $7 million in speaking fees over the past two years from major financial firms and tech giants.  Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chair, disclosed the more than 50 speaking gigs, including to government-regulated Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Google, as part of a set of documents that move her candidacy closer to consideration by the U.S. Senate.  Yellen's was among three financial disclosures turned in by Biden transition officials that were made public on Thursday by the Office of Government Ethics.   In a separate filing, Yellen listed firms and banks where she had received speaking fees and said she intended to 'seek written authorization' from ethics officials to 'participate personally and substantially' in matters involving them. Yellen was the Federal Reserve chair from 2014 to 2018. Her term was not renewed by President Donald Trump. She took in the speaking