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18th November 2014

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Quarter of sex offences "not recorded" as crime

A report by HMIC has found more than a quarter of sex offences - including rape - are not recorded as crimes due to "unacceptable failings" by police. 

It found 800,000 - or a fifth - of reported crimes went unrecorded.

The report found many instances where crime was incorrectly recorded. However, even when crimes were noted correctly, many were later removed or cancelled from the system and considered “no-crimes”. One in five of these some 3,246 decisions were found to be incorrect.

The national rate of wrong decisions to cancel crime records for rape was twenty per cent.

The police watchdog said in some cases, the crimes were not even investigated.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the findings were "utterly unacceptable".

1/3 of Londoners “do not know” how they will afford Christmas 

A study by the Money Advice Service shows the UK will spend , on average, £14 more on the festive period this year than last. 

The news comes as thirty per cent of Londoners saying they do not know how they will afford Christmas, and will resort to credit cards and overdrafts to fund their spending.

New Era estate fear Christmas eviction 

Tenants on an east London housing estate say they fear eviction before Christmas after the new owners rescinded a deal to delay huge rent rises.

Boris Johnson has announced his support for the residents of the estate. 

The New Era estate in Hoxton provided affordable rents to local people. It was bought this year by Westbrook Partners.

Residents now claim their rent could now increase by hundreds of pounds a month, meaning many will be forced to leave. 

Read more on the New Era estate.

Wandsworth smokers who quit could receive £30

Residents in Wandsworth caught dropping cigarette butts and wrappers could swap their fine for a £30 voucher if they manage to curb their habit.

In order to get the voucher, cigarette litterers will have to prove they've completed a council-commissioned stop smoking course and given up.

Pocket ashtrays will also be issued during the pilot scheme, which begins next month.

Night workers burn fewer calories

Scientists at The University of Colorado have found night workers who sleep during the day burn up to fifteen per cent fewer calories than when sleeping at night.

The study claims night shift patterns disrupt the metabolism of employees.

The findings suggest those who work at night are more likely to suffer from obesity.

Student loans could stop graduates getting mortgages

University graduates could find themselves being turned down for mortgages because of their tuition fee repayments.

The University Commission has warned those earning around £42,000 a year would be hit hardest.

The report's found the recent rise in tutition fees could see graduates repaying student loans well into their 50's. However, it has long been known that many students will not ever fully repay their loans, which are wiped after 30 years.

Zayn Malik denies drug abuse claims

One Direction singer Zayn Malik has denied drug abuse claims made about him by a US TV host. The comments came after he failed to turn up on The Today Show.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he said he was “upset and insulted” by the allegation.

The 21-year-old said he missed the appearance on the show as he was too ill to fly to America.

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