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ASSET TRIPPING AT BLACKROCK
Asset manager BlackRock, which employs ex-chancellor George Osborne, is in dispute with HMRC over its use of tax havens to reduce its tax bill. Fancy!

CRASH TEST DUMMIES
As Army Watchkeeper drones keep crashing, reports show that civilian and military personnel are struggling to fly the £15m-plus unmanned aircraft.

ROUTING FOR CHINA
The row Huawei and the UK’s new 5G network prompts a more vital question about its existing routes into the most sensitive parts of the British government.

DEATH TRAP FLATS
Serious fire hazards have been found which mean hundreds of flat-dwellers in north-west London are going to bed each evening not knowing if they are safe.

HOME TRUTHS
As Four Seasons, the UK’s largest care home provider, slips into administration, other residential care firms are not looking too healthy either.

CROSS PURPOSES
Two new Woolwich ferries have been running on the Thames without working emergency diesel fire pumps ever since they arrived earlier this year, say crew.

CASH LANDING
The DfE has abandoned a plan to make the Careers and Enterprise Company, which develops careers advice, pay its own way, and is to give it another £24m.

HOME DISCOMFORTS
The DWP’s incompetence in saddling thousands of hard-pushed carers with huge benefit debts has been exposed in grim detail by the National Audit Office.

DOPES ON THE ROPES
New radar data casts yet more doubt on the dodgy convictions of four fishermen said to have retrieved a huge haul of cocaine from deep in the English Channel.

CORONER’S CONUNDRUM
The coroner examining the Deepcut death of army recruit Geoff Gray must now decide if he turned his weapon on himself or was killed by someone unknown.

SATANIC PANIC
Curious developments at the historical child sexual abuse inquiry as a former police officer is given the privileged status of ‘core participant’.

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