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Snarling attack Wine merchant’s dogs savaged woman on walk and killed her pet
‘Lawrence killers had met’ Suspects claimed to be strangers but were photographed together
Talking to gorillas Angelique Todd, the ‘gorilla whisperer’ from Tunbridge Wells
The expat Calendar Girls How British women in Mallorca became pin-ups for 2012
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By James Kirkup Deputy Political Editor BRITISH embassies in the eurozone have been told to draw up plans to help British expatriates through any collapse of the single currency, amid renewed fears for Italy and Spain.
As the Italian government struggled to borrow and Spain considered seeking an international bail-out, British ministers privately warned that the break-up of the euro, once almost unthinkable, is now increasingly plausible.
Diplomats are preparing to help Britons abroad through a banking collapse and even riots arising from the crisis.
The Treasury confirmed that contingency planning for a collapse was under way, and a senior minister has now disclosed the extent of the Government’s concern, saying Britain is planning on the basis that a euro collapse is just a matter of time.
“It’s in our interests that they keep playing for time because that gives us more time to prepare,” the minister told The Telegraph.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office instructions to embassies and consulates request contingency planning for a currency collapse that could leave Britons unable to access bank accounts or even withdraw cash, and facing rioting and social unrest.
Adding to fears for the euro, reports from Madrid suggested the new Popular
Party government could seek a bail-out from either the EU rescue fund or the International Monetary Fund.
Concern is also growing for Italy, whose new government paid record interest rates on bonds issued last Friday. The yield on six-month loans was 6.5 per cent, nearly double October’s rate. The yield on outstanding two-year loans was 7.8 per cent, well above levels considered unsustainable.
The Italian government has to sell more than €30 billion (£26 billion) of bonds by the end of January to refinance its debts. Analysts say there is no guarantee investors will buy all of those bonds, which could force Italy to default.
The Italian prime minister,
Mario Monti, had said in talks with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, that an Italian collapse “would inevitably be the end of the euro”.
EU treaties contain no provision for members to leave, meaning a break-up could be chaotic. If eurozone governments default on debts, European banks that hold their bonds face collapse.
Some analysts say such an event would risk the collapse of the entire financial system, leaving banks unable to return money to retail depositors and destroying companies dependent on bank credit.
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By Victoria Ward and Louise Gray THEY are as unscrupulous as they are prolific, stripping copper from railway power lines, prising lead from church roofs, and making off with war memorials and plaques.
Now metal thieves have committed arguably their most brazen crime yet: lifting 18 garden gates from a village in a single night.
Householders, mainly pensioners, in Thatcham, Berkshire, woke last week to discover that they had become the latest victims of a scourge driven by record prices for scrap metal. They estimate that gates taken from two streets will cost up to £7,200 to replace.
One victim, Angela Bint, 53, a carer, said elderly residents of the village — a few miles from where Kate and Pippa Middleton grew up — had been left feeling more vulnerable than ever before.
“We had them [the gates] specially made, I can’t believe someone would do it. They just lifted them straight off,” she said.
“I looked around thinking someone must have come round drunk and dumped them in the garden, but then I realised there were others missing, too.
“There are a lot of pensioners on the estate who can’t afford to buy a new set of garden gates. My dad George, who lives along the road, had his stolen, too.”
It is believed that the gates were loaded into a blue Transit van in the early hours.
Pip Davidson, a local landscape gardener, said of the gates stolen from his home: “They were the
The nine properties that had gates stolen between 1am and 4am on November19
Close original wrought iron and the replacements will not be such good quality. Whoever stole them was just so brazen. It’s almost solely pensioners around here and even if anyone had heard anything, they wouldn’t have dared confront them.”
In a separate incident, a woman and her dog fell 12ft down a manhole after metal thieves removed the cover.
Chris Long, 59, said she felt lucky to be alive after she fell into the hole, which was full of water, while walking her two dogs in the dark. Her golden retriever, Sam, fell on top of her.
It is thought that metal thieves had attempted to steal the cover of the manhole in Sedgeberrow, near Evesham, Worcs, but abandoned it when they realised it was made of concrete.
The gate thefts occurred as the Government is coming under mounting pressure to legislate to make it more difficult for criminal gangs and unscrupulous scrap metal dealers to profit from the illegal trade. Millions of pounds’ worth of copper cable is being stolen from the railways every year, delaying trains and having a knock-on effect on businesses, while farms, churches and historic buildings are being targeted for their metal.
Figures from the insurer NFU Mutual suggest that 507,906 crimes took place in the countryside between January and June 2011, compared with 195,907 in the previous six months, largely due to raids on farms for gates, railings and drain covers. More than 7,000 churches have reported metal thefts in the past five years.
Thames Valley Police has advised residents to invert and cap the hinges on gates so they cannot be lifted off, and to mark garden property with special ink.
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will be offered work experience of up to eight weeks, while continuing to receive benefits. Money will also be paid to firms taking on another 20,000 apprentices.
Teenagers “failing to engage positively” with the Youth Contract could be forced to accept job placements. Those dropping out of the programme may lose their benefits.
“The aim of the Youth Contract is to get every unemployed young person working or learning again before long-term damage is done,” Mr Clegg said. “But it’s a contract, a two-way street: if you sign up for the job, there will be no signing on for the dole. You have to stick with it.
“Despite the huge pressures on the public purse we’re pulling out all the stops. But young people have to meet us halfway. If you break your side of the bargain, don’t just expect to live your life on benefits.”
The work scheme was drawn up by Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, and Chris Grayling, a minister in the department. The ministers were buoyed up by early indications that large numbers of teenagers on a work-experience programme secure longer-term employment.
The youth unemployment scheme was set to form a key part of the growth strategy to be presented by George Osborne, the Chancellor, this week. Ministers were rushing to unveil an array of programmes to boost employment, the housing market and infrastructure projects as officials prepared to downgrade forecasts for the economy.