Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 6 Sep 2010
Our popular news catch-up service, which until last week ran only on Monday mornings, is now daily. You can rely on it to keep you up to date with the main news talking points... Blair cancels London book signingTony Blair has cancelled a book signing in central London, saying he did not want to cause the public or police any hassle. The event at the Piccadilly branch of Waterstone's was part of a tour to promote his memoir, A Journey, but the former Prime Minister may have been put off after being pelted with eggs and shoes by anti-war protestors in Dublin at the weekend. Blair book tour goes awry... phone hacking: COULson offers to talkFormer News of the World editor Andy Coulson has said he is happy to talk to the police voluntarily after Scotland Yard said it may re-open the investigation into alleged phone hacking by journalists at the newspaper. A former reporter has claimed Coulson, now David Cameron's communications director, asked him to access celebrities' voicemail. Cyber-savvy Prescott makes running on phone hacking... Andy Coulson 'discussed phone hacking'... Prostitute: 'Rooney chased me with sex texts' Jennifer Thompson, the prostitute who alleges Wayne Rooney paid her £1,000 a night for a series of hotel room romps, has said the England football star did not care he was betraying his pregnant wife Coleen. "Wayne chased me with sex texts and paid in wads of cash," she said after two tabloids printed the claims yesterday. Prostitute tells of Rooney's sex texts and wads of cash... NATASCHA KAMPUSCH: I ATTEMPTED SUICIDEThe Austrian woman held captive for eight years from the age of 10 reveals she was driven to repeated suicide attempts to escape her abusive kidnapper, in her new autobiography, serialised in the Daily Mail. Natascha Kampusch tells how she was beaten 200 times a week by Wolfgang Priklopil, who kept her as a slave in his cellar. Kampusch's bizarre life as Bibiane the slave... 10 MILLION DUE TAX REBATE More than ten million people in the UK may have paid too much tax because of errors in the tax code system – almost six million more than had previously been thought. HMRC admitted last week that 4.3m people are owed rebates after overpaying £1.8bn in the financial year to April 2009. Now documents show a further 5.8m were affected in the previous year. ‘FRANKENSALMON’ IS SAFE TO EAT Scientists advising the US food safety watchdog, the FDA, have given the thumbs-up to genetically modified salmon which grow twice as fast as their natural cousins. The advice could mean the fish are on US plates within three years, despite fears from some about the hidden dangers of what critics call 'Frankenfoods'. PAKISTAN: 17 KILLED BY CAR BOMB At least 17 people – including policemen and schoolchildren – have died in north-west Pakistan after a suicide car-bomb attack. About 40 others were wounded by the blast at a police station in Lakki Marwat, a small town on the main road between the prosperous south of the country and the North and South Waziristan tribal regions. cctv images of murdered spy released Police have released CCTV images of Gareth Williams, the MI6 spy whose naked body was found padlocked in a bag in his flat last month. Investigators have failed to ascertain a cause of death and are now appealing for a man and woman aged between 20 and 30 who visited Williams's flat one night in June or July to come forward. FOUNDER MEMBER OF ELO KILLED BY HAY BALE A former member of 1970s band Electric Light Orchestra has been killed by a hay bale which rolled out of a field and flipped 12 feet over a hedge onto the roof of his van as he drove in Devon on Friday. Police used YouTube footage to identify Mike Edwards, who was 62. A member of ELO from 1972 to 1975, he played cello – with an orange. TUBE STRIKE HITS LONDON COMMUTERS Two 24-hour strikes on the London Underground are causing widespread disruption for millions of people in the capital. The strikes are over cuts to ticket office staff and an "insulting" below-inflation pay offer. Transport for London said it expects to be able to provide a 50 per cent service on some lines and 25 per cent on others until Tuesday evening.