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Oct 12, 2012

Britain launches biggest probe into police over Hillsborough

LONDON (Reuters) – The largest independent probe into British police was launched on Friday to examine potential criminal actions by officers involved in the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster in which 96 spectators died after a crowd crush in the stadium.

Serving and former officers, including those in senior positions, could face charges or misconduct proceedings for failings and cover-ups over Britain’s worst sporting disaster, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

Oct 12, 2012

Soccer-UK launches biggest probe into police over Hillsborough

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – The largest independent probe into British police was launched on Friday to examine potential criminal actions by officers involved in the 1989 Hillsborough soccer disaster in which 96 spectators died after a crowd crush in the stadium.

Serving and former officers, including those in senior positions, could face charges or misconduct proceedings for failings and cover-ups over Britain’s worst sporting disaster, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

Oct 10, 2012

UBS internal probe focused only on accused trader

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The head of an internal UBS
probe into “rogue trader” Kweku Adoboli, accused of
losing the Swiss bank $2.3 billion, did not consider whether
others at the bank might have been involved, a London court
heard on Wednesday.

However, Ruwan Weerasekera, chief operating officer of UBS’s
investment arm, said two other independent inquiries had looked
into all aspects of the bank’s involvement and had found no
complicity among the bank’s managers.

Oct 9, 2012

Scottish to vote on independence in 2014: minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland will hold a vote in 2014 on independence in what could result in the eventual breakup of Britain, a British government minister said on Tuesday.

The announcement ended months of stalemate between the Westminster government in London and the Scottish devolved administration in Edinburgh.

Oct 9, 2012

Jimmy Savile may have abused girls over four decades

LONDON (Reuters) – Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV star at the centre of a child sex scandal that has shaken Britain’s state-funded broadcaster, may have abused up to 25 victims some as young as 13 over four decades, police said on Tuesday.

Detectives said they were looking into 120 lines of inquiry about Savile, the eccentric children’s presenter who was a British household name for both his TV and charity work, since allegations against him were first aired just over a week ago.

Oct 9, 2012

BBC star may have abused girls over four decades

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV star
at the centre of a child sex scandal that has shaken Britain’s
state-funded broadcaster, may have abused up to 25 victims some
as young as 13 over four decades, police said on Tuesday.

Detectives said they were looking into 120 lines of inquiry
about Savile, the eccentric children’s presenter who was a
British household name for both his TV and charity work, since
allegations against him were first aired just over a week ago.

Oct 3, 2012

Sex claims over “saintly” TV star put BBC in spotlight

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – To millions of Britons, Jimmy
Savile was a flamboyant cigar-chomping disc jockey, children’s
TV presenter and dedicated charity fundraiser, instantly
recognisable from his long blonde hair, eccentric clothing and
flashy jewellery.

But claims Savile, who died last year and was knighted by
the queen for his charitable work, had sexually abused
schoolgirls while working at the BBC have shattered his
reputation and raised suggestions the state-funded broadcaster
covered up allegations against one of its top entertainers.

Sep 20, 2012

Dead Russian dissident’s links to UK espionage to stay secret: hearing

LONDON (Reuters) – Possible links between British intelligence agencies and former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died from poisoning in London in 2006, will be kept secret at the government’s request, a lawyer at a preliminary hearing on his death said on Thursday.

Litvinenko, a Kremlin critic who had been granted British citizenship, died days after he was poisoned with polonium-210, a highly toxic radioactive isotope, which was slipped to him in a cup of tea at a plush London hotel.

Sep 19, 2012

UBS manager greeted rogue trader admission with disbelief

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Kweku Adoboli’s bosses said he reacted with disbelief when he heard that the alleged UBS rogue trader, a close colleague, had confessed to unauthorized deals which cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion, a British court heard on Wednesday.

Ronald Greenidge, head of European cash trading at UBS in London, also said Adoboli had revealed he had an opportunity to close down his fraudulent deals at no cost to the bank weeks before the losses came to light, but had failed to do so.

Sep 18, 2012

British fugitive shoots dead two unarmed policewomen

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives killed two unarmed policewomen on Tuesday in a gun and grenade ambush, police said, killings which are likely to reignite a long-running debate over whether British officers should carry guns.

Police constables Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 26, were gunned down in a hail of bullets after they responded to a hoax call about a burglary in the northern English city of Manchester.