Officials described the incident as a terror attack, with a note referring to so-called Islamic State reportedly found in the truck. The suspect has been arrested, and named in local media as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national who came to the US in 2010. President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to “step up” vetting measures for visitors to the US following the attack.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy, Damian Green, has denied as “absolutely and completely untrue” allegations that he “fleetingly” touched a Conservative activist’s knee and sent her a “suggestive” text message. Kate Maltby made the claims in the Times, writing that she had been left feeling “awkward, embarrassed and professionally compromised”. The Cabinet Secretary is to investigate the allegations, considering whether Mr Green, who is First Secretary of State, broke the ministerial code.
The government’s spending watchdog has found that a shortage of spares for Royal Navy warships and submarines means parts are being stripped from other vessels. The practice of “cannibalisation” has risen 49% in five years and is costing the Ministry of Defence millions of pounds and delaying construction projects, the National Audit Office added. But the MoD said components were only swapped when “absolutely necessary”.
Supplying the vinyl record resurgence
By Duncan Hess, business reporter
To keep up with demand, GZ Media’s Czech factory now runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and employs 1,600 permanent workers. It’s a fast-paced operation at every stage of the production process; from the initial stamping to the high-speed ballet of forklifts loading trucks for delivery. The company has invested $20m (£15.1m) in equipment, building 12 new presses, but the old still runs alongside the new.
Several newspapers lead on the claim that Labour Party officials “hushed up” the rape of a young activist. In the Daily Telegraph and Times, Bex Bailey, 25, says senior figures told her not to report the attack, saying it could damage her career. The Daily Mail adds that the claims prompted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to launch an immediate inquiry. Elsewhere, the Financial Times reports that up to 5,000 new customs officials will be needed if no Brexit deal is reached between the UK and the European Union. The mistake by Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith – who inadvertently revealed the result of the show’s final on Twitter before it was broadcast – also gets plenty of coverage.
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