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News in Brief: 9/4/2014

High-profile Belfast loyalist arrested

IRISH TROUBLES: High profile Belfast loyalist Mark Haddock was arrested yesterday in southern England by detectives investigating paramilitary murders in Northern Ireland.

He is being questioned at Newbury police station in Berkshire as part of an investigation into Ulster Volunteer Force killings and the murder of three men in Belfast in 1994.

PAYDAY LOANS: A Wonga advert has been banned for implying that the representative APR of 5,853 per cent was “irrelevant.”

The television ad for the payday loans company featured a conversation between two puppets, who said: “Some people think they will pay thousands of per cent of interest. They won’t of course.”

The Advertising Standards Authority received 31 complaints that the ad confused viewers about the interest rate applied to a Wonga loan.

POLICE: Officers opened an investigation yesterday into a paintball shooting spree that left one victim lucky not to lose an eye.

One of seven victims in the Greater Manchester area was shot in the face at 2am and was treated in hospital for severe swelling and bruising to his left eye.

Detective Sergeant Iqbal Ahmed said: “This was a high-powered weapon used by the men to inflict pain on innocent passers-by.”

ENVIRONMENT: Deadly piranhas were the unlikely cause of a badly backed-up sewer, water company inspectors discovered yesterday.

The deceased carnivorous fish turned up in a Shropshire sewer, where Severn Trent Water inspectors found them causing a significant blockage.

Severn Trent said: “It appears that a nearby resident had been disposing of dead fish, including piranhas, down the toilet.”

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