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Winehouse's Ex Facing Rape Charges

The ex-boyfriend of Amy Winehouse has been charged with rape, according to the Sun newspaper.

Reg Traviss, 35, was Amy's last boyfriend before her death on July 23 last year.

He denies two charges of rape and will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 17.

Prosecutors decided to charge Traviss after he was quizzed in April over rapes that allegedly took place around New Year.

'Serious Failings' In Insurance Sales

Banks have mis-sold specialist 'interest rate swap' insurance to thousands of small businesses, the Financial Service Authority has said.

It is the third case of malpractice at UK banks, following Payment Protection Insurance insurance mis-selling and the manipulation of lending rates.

The FSA said it found "serious failings" in the sales of interest rate swaps.

Business affected should now be contacted by their bank.

Independent School Faces £2m Debts

A top school in Wales is facing severe financial problems.

The Charity Commission has published accounts from last year that show Llandovery College in Carmarthenshire has debts of more than £2m and is running a deficit of £153,112.

Past pupils at the boarding and day school include rugby star George North, singer Rhydian Roberts and several Archbishops of Wales.

Among the creditors owed cash is HM Revenue and Customs.


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06 January 2015
Rape Investigation Against MP Mark Pritchard Dropped
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01 February 2006
Date rape case judges 'can influence trial outcome'
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15 July 2013
Britain Charged With Sex Assault On Children In Kenya
A man has been charged in the UK with sexual offences against two children in Kenya. Legislation allowing UK nationals to be prosecuted for sexual offences committed abroad has been used to charge 54-year-old Simon Harris, of Pudleston, Leominster. He is facing charges of attempted rape and sexual activity with a child, police have said.