Three arrests in fuel fraud raids

Three men have been arrested and a suspected fuel laundering plant dismantled as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected multi-million pound fuel fraud. More than 50 HMRC officers, supported by North Wales Police and Police Service of Northern Ireland, carried out simultaneous searches of nine business and four residential addresses in Stoke, Crewe, Manchester,...

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Clothing wholesaler sentenced for VAT fraud

A Rochdale clothing wholesaler has been sentenced for forging documents to steal almost £120,000 in VAT repayments. Abdul Majeed, 42, former company secretary of Rochdale fashion firms Majtex Limited and Majtex International Limited, submitted false invoices to fraudulently reclaim £119,624 in VAT repayments but £14,353 was withheld. An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed...

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Global award for engineer with vegan vision

A talented PhD student from Northumbria University, Newcastle has won a major international award for his vision to create vegan-friendly buildings made of natural materials, such as mushrooms. Ehab Sayed, who is currently studying for a PhD in Architecture at Northumbria’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment, has been named the winner of the COINS Grand Challenge for Global...

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Briton trapped in Mallorca, Spain facing extradition proceedings to Qatar over £30k debt

British father of 3 Steven Williams from Wales, is stuck in Mallorca, Spain pending extradition proceedings to Qatar over an outstanding debt, despite having made consistent monthly payments. If Steven is sent to Qatar, he could face decades in prison. Like the UAE, Qatar has been increasingly misusing Interpol as an instrument for debt collection, though the international policing organisation...

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Uncertain future for EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit

More than 3.7m EU citizens living in the UK could find themselves in a state of “eternal limbo” following Brexit, according to the findings of a new report by a Northumbria University academic. Under current plans for so-called “settled status”, all EU citizens living in the UK, regardless of how long they have lived here or whether they are married to a Briton, will have to apply if they want...

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How AI and advanced analytics could change the healthcare game

Debate is rife over the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will have on many spheres of life – and nowhere more so than in healthcare.Though doctor-patient relationship has been a tenet of medical practice for millennia, many commentators now wonder whether AI will disrupt healthcare, the way the web has disrupted businesses like retail and travel. Is a new age of...

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