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BBC News: Sex abuse on industrial scale - PM
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
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BBC news for Staffordshire

Hospital investigation cost £19.5m

The costs of sending special administrators into the troubled Mid Staffordshire NHS trust rose to almost £19.5m, a health watchdog reveals.

Calvin and Kasabian to top V Festival

Sam Smith, George Ezra, Ella Eyre are among the first wave of acts confirmed on the line-up for the Staffordshire festival.

Bosses jailed after roof paint con

Two bosses of a firm are jailed after conning people into buying fake thermal roof paint in an "£8m racket".

Murder accused appears in court

A man appears in court charged with the murder of Lindsay Hughes in Stoke-on-Trent.

Robbie Williams street signs unveiled

Signs for streets named after Robbie Williams hits are unveiled in his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent.

New 'Chelsea fans' racism claim

Police launch an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from a group of Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester.

Bishop announces exit on YouTube

The Bishop of Lichfield announces his retirement after 12 years in the post.

Homes plan for former golf course

A plan to build over 1,000 homes on a golf course in Staffordshire is put forward by a council.

Live BBC World News

Netanyahu warns US over Iran deal

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says an Iran nuclear deal could "pave Iran's path to the bomb", in a contentious speech to the US Congress.

MH17 families view plane wreckage

Families of passengers who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine, view the wreckage of the plane at a Dutch air base.

Clinton under scrutiny over emails

Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email account when she was US secretary of state is probed as a possible violation of federal rules.

Russians bid farewell to Nemtsov

Thousands of Russians bid farewell to murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov during his funeral in the capital Moscow.

Ex-CIA chief in federal charge plea

David Petraeus, a former four-star general, reaches a plea deal with the US Justice Department in which he will admit to mishandling classified materials.

'Racial bias' at Ferguson police

The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at the Ferguson police department, US media report.

Delhi police block gang rapist film

Police in India secure a court injunction blocking the broadcast of an interview with one of the Delhi gang rapists on death row.

Fierce clashes around Iraq's Tikrit

Fierce clashes are taking place in and around the Iraqi city of Tikrit, as soldiers and militiamen attack Islamic State positions, officials say.

BBC Sports News

England's Broad rejects 'fear' claim

Stuart Broad says claims England are "playing with fear" are wide of the mark despite a poor start to the World Cup.

Probe over Farah Facebook pictures

An athlete is investigated for a possible doping ban breach after posting pictures on Facebook of him running with Mo Farah.

Alonso to miss Australian Grand Prix

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 15 March on medical advice.

Hull City 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is sent off as Hull and the Black Cats draw at the KC Stadium.

Evans faces men in world qualifiers

Ladies' champion Reanne Evans accepts an invitation to take on the men in qualifying for the World Snooker Championship.

FAW president 'livid' over Team GB

FAW president Trefor Lloyd Hughes criticises plans to enter men's and women's Great Britain football teams in the Rio Olympics.

Hospital investigation cost £19.5m

The costs of sending special administrators into the troubled Mid Staffordshire NHS trust rose to almost £19.5m, a health watchdog reveals.

Calvin and Kasabian to top V Festival

Sam Smith, George Ezra, Ella Eyre are among the first wave of acts confirmed on the line-up for the Staffordshire festival.

Bosses jailed after roof paint con

Two bosses of a firm are jailed after conning people into buying fake thermal roof paint in an "£8m racket".

Murder accused appears in court

A man appears in court charged with the murder of Lindsay Hughes in Stoke-on-Trent.

Robbie Williams street signs unveiled

Signs for streets named after Robbie Williams hits are unveiled in his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent.

New 'Chelsea fans' racism claim

Police launch an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from a group of Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester.

Bishop announces exit on YouTube

The Bishop of Lichfield announces his retirement after 12 years in the post.

Homes plan for former golf course

A plan to build over 1,000 homes on a golf course in Staffordshire is put forward by a council.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. London workers are the most productive in the UK with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the least productive. Although those results are not a surprise, the chasm is vast: in central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average, while in Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average. Office for National Statistics

2. A growing number of 30-somethings are being forced to leave London as soaring property prices mean they cannot afford to live in the capital. London's population is set to reach a record high of 8.6m, making housing an ever more central issue at the general election. One in six tenant say housing say housing is the issue most likely to affect their vote. Office for National Statistics

3. People who commute into London from the south-east are the rail passengers most likely to be delayed, according to consumer group Which? They were also the most likely to be unhappy with their train operator, a poll of 7,309 people found. Southern had the worst score of any train firm, with 39% of users reporting delays. BBC

4. A new guide to making the perfect cup of tea may finally settle the question of when to add the milk in a breakthrough that will be a blow to many purists. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has released a guide called Preparation Of A Liquor Of Tea For Use In Sensory Tests that sets out what it deems to be the essentials for a perfect brew. According to the BSI, the milk must be poured into the cup before the tea, which should be brewed for six minutes. The Times

5. Russell Brand has been named alongside the likes of Henry Kissinger and Hilary Mantel on a shortlist of the world's greatest minds. The comedian and activist is included on Prospect magazine's 50-strong World Thinkers 2015 shortlist. Last year, the award was won by Indian intellect Amartya Sen, with the figures such as Pope Francis and broadcaster Mary Beard in the top 10. The Times

6. The number of pensioners being treated for class-a drug addiction has doubled in six years, says the Daily Star. Data released by Public Health England shows 634 pensioners aged 65 or above needed treatment for drug addiction in the last year. Most of them are being treated for problems with heroin and other opiates - but 80 are addicted to both heroin and crack. Daily Mail

7. More than 20 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books has revealed it will publish a recently- discovered Dr Seuss manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary. Daily Express

8. Government surveyors in the U.S. have determined a new height for the Washington Monument — about 25 cm shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The new official measurement puts the monument at 169 metres, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. Ever since the stone obelisk was completed in 1884 to honour the nation’s first president, the historic height has been recorded at 169.2 metres. The Observer

9. Cézanne's 'The Card Players' was the most expensive work of art ever sold (£170 million in 2011) until the sale of Gauguin's 'When Will You Marry?' for close to £195m earlier this month. The Guardian

10. The traditional 'gift bag' given to Hollywood's leading players at the Oscars will this year be worth £104,000. It is said to include an adult toy worth $250, free furniture worth $28,000 and a $14,239 lifestyle makeover. New York Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Weasel on bird photo 'extraordinary'

Wildlife expert and BBC presenter Lucy Cooke explains what an extraordinary feat it was to have captured a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker.

VIDEO: Phoenix Nights star thanks medics

Phoenix Nights comedian Ted Robbins said he is "eternally grateful" to the medical staff who treated him when he collapsed on stage.

VIDEO: Westminster repairs could cost £3bn

MPs and peers might have to leave the Palace of Westminster within 20 years, if repairs and modernisation work are not carried out.

VIDEO: Sports diplomacy for prince in China

Prince William has been practicing his sports diplomacy skills on the second day of his trip to China.

VIDEO: WW1 ship given new lease of life

A century after battering enemy positions in World War One, the only surviving British ship from the Gallipoli campaign, the HMS M33, is being given a new lease of life.

VIDEO: Emwazi audio recording emerges

A recording has emerged in which the Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi denied being an extremist and complained about UK security services.

VIDEO: Detained plane spotters 'knew rules'

The relatives of three British men who say they were arrested while plane spotting in Dubai have spoken to BBC Breakfast.

VIDEO: Spy inside al-Qaeda goes public

An agent who infiltrated al-Qaeda on behalf of British intelligence has spoken to the BBC for the first time, the BBC's Gordon Corera reports.