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News in Brief: 21.11.14

News stories from around Britain

TREASURY: Billions of pounds in tax could have been dodged because the government is failing to track abuse of reliefs, Britain's spending watchdog said yesterday.

The National Audit Office said HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) had done little to investigate why Entrepreneurs' Relief was costing £2 billion a year more than expected.

Public accounts committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge said it was "beyond belief" that HMRC was not monitoring reliefs more closely.

 

CRIME: The former chief executive of JJB Sports was convicted yesterday of accepting more than £1 million in backhanders from suppliers.

Christopher Ronnie, 52, showed no emotion in the dock as he was found guilty of fraud over three payments made when he was in charge in 2007 and 2008.

The businessman was convicted of three counts of fraud and two of furnishing false information after a trial lasting eight weeks.

 

CRIME: Nine men were ordered to stay away from girls yesterday after social services bosses took "innovative" legal action to protect vulnerable children.

A High Court judge imposed the latest in a series of injunctions against men from the Birmingham area after social workers and police raised concerns about the welfare of a vulnerable 17-year-old girl.

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