Pascal Blasio, 57, destroyed or damaged 63 properties in the blast in the Wirral A furniture shop owner who caused an 'apocalyptic' explosion in a bungled insurance job, which left 81 people injured, was found guilty this afternoon. Pascal Blasio, 57, destroyed or damaged 63 properties in the blast in the Wirral, also damaging vehicles and leaving people with lacerations, burns and psychological trauma. One victim was even left with brain damage, facial fractures and life-changing disabilities after the explosion in March 2017. Prosecuting, Nigel Lawrence, QC said there was a 'truly chaotic scene in the aftermath of the explosion, one of complete and utter devastation. One almost apocalyptic'. Today he was found unanimously guilty of two offences he faced following more than seven hours deliberations at Liverpool Crown Court. Judge Thomas Teague, QC, told Blasio: 'You have been convicted of extremely serious offences by the jury who saw through the humbug of dishonesty with … [Read more...] about Furniture shop owner faces jail after being convicted of sparking massive explosion in bungled £50,000 insurance job which injured 81 and left ‘apocalyptic scene of devastation’
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Viewers were left horrified last night by the case of a violent criminal who was released from prison, despite his parole officer admitting he was her 'most serious offender'. William Donovan, from Southampton, was imprisoned for 15 years after stabbing his friend Tony in the face while he was high on crack, leaving him blind in one eye. But on Channel 4's Crime and Punishment, he insisted he had transformed during his sentence, by taking up Buddhism and listening to Radio 4. Viewers reacted with horror as he was granted parole on the programme last night, with many branded him a 'ticking time bomb'. Violent criminal William Donovan, from Southampton, stabbed his friend Tony in the face while high on crack and was sentenced to 15 years in prison Viewers were horrified to watch as he was released from prison last night on Channel 4's Crime and Punishment One tweeted: 'Only a matter of time before this guy stabs someone in the face … [Read more...] about Violent criminal who stabbed his friend in the face is granted parole after adopting Buddhism and listening to Radio 4 in prison – but viewers insist he’s a ‘ticking time bomb’
The Treasury is facing the loss of £28billion in revenue as people switch to tax-free electric cars, say experts. The Government has pledged to make Britain carbon neutral by 2050, which means it will lose revenue from fuel duty. This has fallen by nearly £19billion a year since 2000 and all £28billion will soon be lost if the system does not change, according to a think-tank. Boris Johnson is said to be pressing for fuel duties to be cut by 2p per litre in the forthcoming Budget. Rebekah Stroud, a research economist at the IFS, said: 'The bigger challenge is that revenues are now set to disappear entirely over coming decades as we transition to electric cars' (pictured: a Tesla Model S electric car) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The costly reality of owning an electric car: How customers... Tesla stock plunges as much as 6% after company reported... Share this article Share This would cost £1billion a year in lost revenue on top of the … [Read more...] about Treasury bosses will face losing £28BILLION in revenue as eco-conscious motorists switch over to tax-free electric cars, experts predict
UK By Tim Schwanen Transport Studies Unit, Oxford University 19 September 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49578790 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Encouraging more people into electric vehicles is at the heart of the government's … [Read more...] about The five major challenges facing electric vehicles
Call me a sadist, but sometimes I get a huge amount of pleasure from the misfortunes of others. I mean, why do any of us read problem pages? We don’t really want the problem “solved”; we like wallowing in the wretchedness of others. Particularly sexually. No one cares about people having a good time. What we really want are premature ejaculators with herpes. It is in this spirit that I am delighted to come across a problem that I have never suffered from and am unlikely to encounter: “diet face”. Last week, the broadcaster Jenni Murray said she was content not to lose any more weight, having lost 25kg (4st) after a sleeve gastrectomy, because she didn’t want her face to collapse like Nigel Lawson’s. So diet face – people getting skinny in middle age and then looking gaunt and aged – is a thing! Obviously, it is more of a thing for women, because everything is. Cosmetic surgeons, those doctors of insecurity, talk of gravitational … [Read more...] about So we are supposed to diet – but not to get ‘diet face’?