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July 7, 2012

WorldPride London 2012: In pictures

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WorldPride London 2012: In pictures

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Radical ‘Queer Resistance’ marchers brought a political edge to Pride.
Image: Tom Morris.

Despite allegations that the Mayor of London‘s office exerted pressure on the organisers of WorldPride in London to change the start time of the event to reduce the number of people attending, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and their supporters marched from Portman Square to Whitehall today. The event celebrated forty years since the first gay pride march in London in 1972.

Veterans of the 1972 march led the parade, and were followed by groups representing LGBT charity and campaigning groups including Stonewall and Terrence Higgins Trust, trade unions, student groups and corporations including Tesco, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Ernst and Young, Smirnoff, and KPMG.


WorldPride 2012 - 015.jpg Walking groups gathering together in Portman Square before the march started.
Image: Tom Morris.

London Gay Pride 2012 Brian Paddick.jpg Brian Paddick, former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and candidate for London mayor, marching with other elected Liberal Democrats.
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WorldPride 2012 - 011.jpg Marchers with Stonewall with placards reading “Some people are gay. Get over it.”
Image: Tom Morris.
WorldPride 2012 - 114.jpg Workers from Tesco marching in the parade.
Image: Tom Morris.
WorldPride 2012 - 138.jpg Members of the gay swimming group Out To Swim.
Image: Tom Morris.
WorldPride 2012 - 143.jpg LGBT students from Middlesex University.
Image: Tom Morris.
WorldPride 2012 - 146.jpg London Raiders, a gay and lesbian softball team.
Image: Tom Morris.
WorldPride 2012 - 156.jpg A drag queen hands out condoms followed by a group of men in lederhosen.
Image: Tom Morris.
WorldPride 2012 - 167.jpg Transgender campaigners marching down Oxford Street.
Image: Tom Morris.
WorldPride 2012 - 168.jpg Leathermen marching down Oxford Street.
Image: Tom Morris.
London Gay Pride 2012 London gothic.jpg Members of London’s gothic community joined the parade.
Image: Fæ.
WorldPride 2012 - 182.jpg A small group of anti-gay Christians protested in Haymarket.
Image: Tom Morris.



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April 17, 2010

Tobacco manufacturers and retailers fined over UK price fixing

Tobacco manufacturers and retailers fined over UK price fixing

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lambert & Butler, one of the popular brands that was subject to price fixing.
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Several tobacco manufacturers and retailers in the United Kingdom have been fined a total of £225 million for price fixing. The fines were imposed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) following an investigation lasting seven years. It is the largest penalty ever issued by the OFT for breaches of the 1998 Competition Act, with the case involving two major tobacco makers and numerous British supermarkets.

Together the manufacturers involved, Imperial Tobacco (whose brands include Golden Virginia and Lambert & Butler) and Gallaher Group (who own Silk Cut and Benson & Hedges among others) make almost 90% of all cigarettes and roll-ups sold in the UK. They were fined £112 million and £50 million respectively.

The supermarkets facing the largest penalties were Asda and The Co-operative Group, at £14 million each. Other stores fined were First Quench, Morrisons, Safeway, Shell garages, Somerfield, T&S Stores (now One Stop) and TM Retail. Also taking part in the price fixing were Sainsbury’s, though they received immunity from being fined after alerting the OFT and co-operating with the investigation. Some of the other companies also earned reductions in their fines through co-operation with the OFT.

Similar allegations against Tesco were not pursued due to a lack of evidence.

Imperial Tobacco denied the charges, claiming in a statement that its dealings with the retailers were simply legitimate “promotional arrangements”. They have said they are considering an appeal against the decision.

In a press release the OFT said that the fines would send out a strong message. “Practices such as these, which restrict the ability of retailers to set their resale prices for competing brands independently, are unlawful.” said Simon Williams, OFT Senior Director of Goods. “They can lead to reduced competition and ultimately disadvantage consumers.”

“This enforcement action will send out a strong message that such practices, which could in principle be applied to the sale of many different products, can result in substantial penalties for those who engage in them.”

Full list of fines

Company Fine Notes
Imperial Tobacco £112,332,495 Manufacturer
Gallaher Group £50,379,754 Manufacturer
The Co-operative Group £14,187,353
Asda £14,095,933
Safeway £10,909,366 Now part of Morrisons
Morrisons £8,624,201
Somerfield £3,987,950 Now part of The Co-operative group
Shell £3,354,615
TM Retail £2,668,991
First Quench £2,456,528 Now in administration
T&S Stores £1,314,095 Now One Stop, part of Tesco
Sainsbury’s £0 Granted immunity from fines
Total £224,311,281



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July 24, 2008

UK opposition leader David Cameron\’s bicycle was stolen

UK opposition leader David Cameron’s bicycle was stolen

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

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Conservative Party leader David Cameron was last night a victim of crime following the theft of his bicycle.

The Leader of the Opposition in the United Kingdom was out shopping in West London when the incident happened at around 6:30 last night. He was said to have chained the bike to a short bollard while he picked up some groceries in Tesco on Portobello Road. When he came out, the bike along with its chain had vanished.

He stated that he “would very much like it back” and that to him “it was absolutely priceless”. He is also said to have reported the theft on the Scotland Yard online reporting website, but was pessimistic about it being returned. The thieves are said to be a group of teenagers.

Around 19,000 bicycles are reported stolen every year in London alone.

Cameron’s spokesperson said he had owned the bike for five years, and used it regularly to cycle to work. She stated he was “pretty hacked off” by the theft.



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July 26, 2007

Man charged following bomb threats which closed 14 Tesco supermarkets in UK

Man charged following bomb threats which closed 14 Tesco supermarkets in UK

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

This store in Hereford was one of those affected by the incident
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Hertfordshire police have charged a man with four offences after 14 Tesco supermarkets in the United Kingdom were closed after the company received threats. Stores across the country were affected by the security alert earlier this month.

The man has been named as Philip McHugh, aged 51, from Clitheroe, Lancashire, in the north-west of England. He has been charged with two charges of blackmail and two of making bomb hoaxes, and was due to appear at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Kitching from Hertfordshire police said, “Throughout the whole inquiry public safety was of paramount importance to both ourselves and Tesco. The successful charging of Philip McHugh has come about through the hard work and tenacity of officers and police staff not only from Hertfordshire but from other forces, and we thank them for their support.”

Tesco’s Retail and Logistics Director, David Potts commented on the investigation, saying, “Throughout this series of events, the safety of the public and our staff was always our top priority and we worked closely with the police to respond quickly and responsibly. These were of course worrying threats and I am pleased that an individual has been arrested and charged.”

“I would like to thank Hertfordshire Constabulary and the other agencies involved for their efficient handling of this investigation. I would also like to thank our staff who acted so professionally during the security threats to reassure customers and get stores back open as soon as possible. The response from customers was fantastic. They were so understanding about the disruption and I am extremely grateful for their patience and continued loyalty,” Mr Potts said.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident.

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July 14, 2007

Reports: Bomb threats close 14 supermarkets in UK

Reports: Bomb threats close 14 supermarkets in UK

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Tesco Extra, Town Lane, Kew, Southport, Merseyside, England.
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Authorities have closed at least 14 Tesco supermarkets located in Lancashire, Suffolk, Dyfed Powys, Fife, Leicestershire, Humberside, West Mercia, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Strathclyde and London in the United Kingdom after receiving a security alert.

Witnesses say that authorities received a bomb threat and that the stores’ car parks have been blocked off by police.

“Police came and told us it had received a bomb threat. They suggested we may want to close, but our manager has kept us open,” said an unnamed worker at a shop near a Tesco in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire.

“Police are investigating a series of incidents in a number of locations across the country involving Tesco stores. Tesco is working with the police following a series of incidents. These stores have been temporarily closed as a precaution for public safety,” said a police officer with the Hertfordshire police department. The police are treating their enquiries as a “criminal investigation.”

It is not known why the shops were closed, but authorities have stated that a matter of public safety caused authorities to close the stores. No injuries are reported and police say they will remain at the stores until further notice.

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June 8, 2007

Caught in Thailand for e-mail threats to Tesco, Briton issues apology

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Friday, June 8, 2007

A Tesco market in St. Albans, England.

A British man, held in Thailand for e-mailing threats to executives of United Kingdom retailer Tesco, has admitted to the scheme and apologized.

“What I did was very misguided, a silly idea that I took so far,” Alexander Winstone’s statement reads. “I would like to stress that it was never my intention to cause anybody any harm or hurt, and as I was working alone it was impossible for me to do so.

“Lastly, I would like to apologize to Tesco Plc and its staff for the distress that this must have caused and to the members of the Royal Thai and British police forces for wasting their time and resources.”

Winstone, 36, sent e-mails to Tesco in May, demanding £2 million (about US$4 million) in exchange for not tampering with products sold by the U.K.’s biggest retailer.

Scotland Yard traced the e-mails to an Internet cafe in the Nana area of Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok. Winstead was present in surveillance videos in the cafe, and he was captured in another Internet cafe nearby.

How Winstone planned to implement his scheme is unknown. Tesco operates 57 Tesco Lotus hypermarkets in Thailand, as well as 309 Tesco Express convenience stores.

Winstone was brought in yesterday for questioning by Royal Thai Police. He faces up to five years in jail in Thailand, or he could be extradited to the U.K.

“We take this to be a serious crime and no laughing matter. We will be happy to put this man on trial in Thailand for attempted extortion if the British authorities do not ask for his extradition,” Police General Issaraphan Sanitwong na Ayutthaya was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.

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January 21, 2007

UK firms encouraged to make the Web speak

UK firms encouraged to make the Web speak

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the United Kingdom, online retailers are being asked by IMRG, their leading industry body, to apply accessibility technologies to their sites. Although the main reason given is a business one (the sales to potential customers who may have access issues is estimated at £4b p.a. by IMRG’s James Roper), there are also legal obligations (regarding the Disability Discrimination Act), and of course moral considerations to be mindful of, they suggest.

The move is catalyzed by a new web-based technology which makes it possible for online shops to provide text-to-speech functionality to the vast majority of visitors, without users needing to buy or install any special software. Thus taking the financial onus off the user and putting it on the shops to enable those with reading barriers to access their online services.

While the system is in its early days, retail giants such as, Tesco, are already backing the move, making wide-spread adoption more likely. If this is the case, blind users, as well as many users with other reading difficulties, such as dyslexia and those who speak English as a second language, may well stand to gain a new degree of freedom on the Web.

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July 16, 2005

Shell quits Irish fuel retail market

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Shell quits Irish fuel retail market

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Oil giant Shell has sold all its retail and distribution operations in Ireland to a distribution and logistics firm called Topaz. The businesses, which are believed to have an annual turnover of over €1bn, include 35 local distribution depots, 6 oil importation facilities, 55 retail service stations and the supply of fuel to 105 independent service stations throughout Ireland.

Shell is retaining its interest in the Corrib Gas field in County Mayo which it is currently developing. Shell has been known for some time to be anxious to exit the increasingly competitive Irish market. Since the arrivial of Tesco to the petrol retail market last year, a price war has raged in parts of the country. Althought Tesco only operates a limited number of stations in the republic, it has expressed a desire to expand throughout the country.

Ion Equity are the consortium behind the takeover which according to the Irish Independent is valued at over €100m. The business will be headed by former Emo Oil managing director Danny Murray.

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July 1, 2005

Rail tunnel collapses at Gerrards Cross, UK

Rail tunnel collapses at Gerrards Cross, UK

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Friday, July 1, 2005

A section of the rail tunnel outside Gerrards Cross Station in Buckinghamshire collapsed at around 8 p.m. last night. No-one was injured. 20 metres of concrete tunnel and gravel collapsed onto the Chiltern to Marylebone line, closing the railway and causing much disruption.

The tunnel was created by the supermarket chain Tesco, who had filled in a railway cutting in order to build a supermarket above it. The project was unpopular both among the local community and the rail industry who felt the project put commercial gain before railway safety.

The accident came hours after another rail accident in East Yorkshire, where a train collided with a car at a level crossing, killing the driver of the car and injuring five train passengers.

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May 8, 2005

British supermarket Tesco wants to start a film downloading service

British supermarket Tesco wants to start a film downloading service

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Sunday, May 8, 2005

The world’s third largest supermarket chain, Tesco of Britain, announced intentions to start a film downloading service on the back of its successful music download service in the United Kingdom.

Tesco takes a 10% share in the UK music download market, even though they are a late comer.

The reason for the service is that Britain is one of the largest illegal downloaders of film and television programmes in the world, with many TV shows copied to PCs as soon as they are shown in the United States. Copies of The Simpsons, The O.C., Desperate Housewives and even Lost which is not available yet in the UK are found on p2p servers like Kazaa and BitTorrent.

This is not the first company who has decided to start a film download service. The entertainment giant Sony has asked for such a service, plus the music downloader Wippet has already decided to introduce film downloading in the UK.

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