Landfill tax rises boosting fly-tipping, says spending watchdog | Landfill

Organized criminals have accidentally been given incentives by the government to fly-tip, a damning report by the National Audit Office has found. Fly-tipping has increased year-on-year in England since 2012-13 and reached 1.13 million recorded incidents in 2020-21 – at a cost of £11.6m to clear large-scale incidents. The NAO said the large rise in … Read more

Tesla shares fall 12% after Musk’s Twitter deal; Moscow threatens to halt gas flows to Poland, Bulgaria – business live | Business

The FTSE has just turned positive and is trading 0.35, or 22 points, higher at 7,408, led by mining and bank shares. HSBC and Lloyds are among the main risers, up 2.7% and 2.6% respectively, despite Lloyds warning over the impact of the cost of living crisis on loan defaults. Nevertheless, it has posted decent … Read more

Sennheiser’s new true wireless earbuds put the pressure on the Sony WF-1000XM4

After almost spilling the news ahead of launch, Sennheiser has officially announced its new Momentum 3 True Wireless earbuds – a sequel to the lauded Momentum True Wireless 2 – that will be available starting on May 10. The third outing for Sennheiser’s flagship earbuds offer adaptive active noise-cancellation and a new look that’s more … Read more

Bermondsey stabbings: Family members pay tribute after four ‘lovely’ relatives killed in London house | UK News

Candles spelling out the word ‘family’ have been left on the pavement near where four relatives were stabbed to death in a house in southeast London. Denton Burke, 58, and his partner Dolet Hill, 64, were both killed at their home in Delaford Road, Bermondsey, in the early hours of Monday. Ms Hill’s daughter, Tanysha … Read more

Gas prices jump 24pc as Putin turns off the taps

Ggood morning. We’ve seen the first sign that Vladimir Putin is serious about his threat to turn off the taps. Gazprom confirmed it’s cut off flows of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria as they had failed to pay in roubles, adding that supplies will be halted until payment has been made. European gas prices … Read more

Dumfries and Galloway education bosses say mental health support in place for pupils

Education chiefs have given assurances that pupils struggling mentally in Dumfries and Galloway are getting the counseling they need. Hundreds of pupils have been receiving specialist support in school after Covid turned their lives upside down. At the recent full council meeting, councilors asked whether the right level of care is being provided – and … Read more