British Gas bosses pocket 16m while your gas and electricity bills go through the roof

16m pay bonanza for five British Gas bosses: Windfall came just weeks after inflation-busting price increases Chief executive Sam Laidlaw is handed 5million Figures emerge in Centrica's annual report showing British Gas made 606million profitOfgem predict the average gas and electricity bill will rise to 1,420 by end of next year was 1,188 and customers have seen their prices double over the last seven years. A total of 2.5million families are estimated to live in ‘fuel poverty’, which means they have to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on their energy bill

"Pray for the next pope" says Benedict as thousands gather in St Peter"s Square for Sunday address

'Pray for the next pope': Thousands gather in St Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's penultimate Sunday address as new details emerge about his health Pope Benedict spoke at penultimate Sunday address at St Peter's SquareCrowd, estimated to be 50,000-strong, chanted 'Long live the pope'German journalist said Pope was unable to see from left eye ten weeks agoPeter Seewald claimed pontiff was 'exhausted-looking' and 'worn down' The pope will become the first pontiff in centuries to resign later this month PUBLISHED: 17:29 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:26 GMT, 18 February 2013 Pope Benedict asked the faithful to pray for him and his successor in his penultimate Sunday address to a crowded St.

"Pray for the next pope": Thousands gather in St Peter"s Square for Pope Benedict"s penultimate Sunday address

'Pray for the next pope': Thousands gather in St Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's penultimate Sunday address as new details emerge about his health Pope Benedict spoke at penultimate Sunday address at St Peter's SquareCrowd, estimated to be 50,000-strong, chanted 'Long live the pope'German journalist said Pope was unable to see from left eye ten weeks agoPeter Seewald claimed pontiff was 'exhausted-looking' and 'worn down' The pope will become the first pontiff in centuries to resign later this month PUBLISHED: 17:29 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:46 GMT, 18 February 2013 Pope Benedict asked the faithful to pray for him and his successor in his penultimate Sunday address to a crowded St. Peter's Square before becoming the first pontiff in centuries to resign. The crowd chanted 'Long live the pope', waved banners and broke into sustained applause as he spoke from his window, as details have emerged about his declining health

BREAKING NEWS: Brother of Eastenders actress Gemma McCluskie found guilty of murdering her and throwing body in a canal

BREAKING NEWS: Brother of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie found guilty of murdering her and dismembering her body By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 15:31 GMT, 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:31 GMT, 30 January 2013 Actress Gemma McCluskie whose body was found in Regent's Canal The brother of Eastender actress Gemma McCluskie has been found guilty of murdering her and throwing her dismembered body into a canal. Tony McCluskie was found guilty of murder by a jury by a majority of eleven to one. He had previously admitted manslaughter

We"re a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62m prescriptions every year

We're a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62million prescriptions every yearExperts say doctors give out pills too readily, often just signing forms without checking detailsSix billion pills were bought over the counter last year, with sales growing at 4.1 per cent annually | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 28 December 2012 More than 62million prescriptions are written annually on the NHS, a 30 per cent rise in only five years Britain has become a nation of painkiller addicts, with soaring numbers of pills handed out by GPs.

Calls for Silvio Berlusconi to be jailed for a year for "passing on wire-tapped phonecall details"

Prosecutors call for Silvio Berlusconi to be jailed for one year for ‘passing on wire-tapped phonecall details’Prosecutors are seeking a one-year jail sentence for Italy's former PM Berlusconi is accused of revealing confidential details of an investigation into a financial scandal to a newspaper owned by his family | UPDATED: 07:51 GMT, 21 December 2012 Italian prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence for the country's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly revealing confidential information about an investigation into a financial scandal. The case relates to a judicial inquiry into an attempt by insurer Unipol to take over bank BNL, now owned by BNP Paribas, in 2005. Berlusconi is accused of obtaining details of a wire-tapped phone conversation about the deal and passing them to Il Giornale, the newspaper owned by his brother Paolo.

Supply teacher "waved knife in the air" while teaching children aged 11 and 12 at Catholic school

Supply teacher 'waved knife in the air' in front of children aged 11 and 12 at Catholic schoolThe secondary school ordered him to leave the following morningParents said they were 'stunned' when their children told them about itThe male teacher is now being investigated by Birmingham council | UPDATED: 13:45 GMT, 18 December 2012 A supply teacher at a Catholic school was marched off the premises after reportedly brandishing a knife during a lesson. The male teacher was ordered off St Edmund Campion Catholic School's site a day after the incident in Erdington, Birmingham on Friday

Child neglect allegations and adoption records sent to wrong people in blunders that cost councils 150,000

Child neglect allegations and adoption records sent to wrong people in blunders that cost councils 150,000Two councils mistakenly sent personal data out, including child neglect and criminal allegationsReport blames 'human error' and 'inadequate' checksPlymouth City Council and Devon County Council fined for errors | UPDATED: 23:18 GMT, 17 December 2012 Two local authorities have been fined for a series of blunders that saw sensitive child welfare documents sent to the wrong people, it has emerged. Allegations of child neglect against parents of four were sent to the wrong family because of an error by Plymouth County Council.

Investment banker Thomas Ammann jailed for helping lovers make 1.5m by leaking inside information

Investment banker jailed for helping his two lovers make more than 1.5m by leaking confidential inside information Thomas Ammann persuaded two girlfriends to invest in shares in Dutch photocopy company Oce, knowing they were going to go up in price Love-rat netted close to 500,000 after agreeing to split profitsBanker jailed for two years and eight months today after pleading guilty to two counts of encouraging insider dealing and two counts of insider dealing | UPDATED: 01:15 GMT, 14 December 2012 Thomas Ammann, 39, pictured yesterday as he was jailed, handed over price sensitive details to his two girlfriends about a takeover bid The serial love-rat who tricked two of his girlfriends into carrying out illegal trades worth almost 1.8million was jailed for two years and eight months yesterday. Thomas Ammann, who wears a toupee, persuaded Christina Weckwerth and Jessica Mang to buy and sell shares in a firm he knew to be the subject of a future City takeover bid. Ammann, who worked at the London offices of Japanese bank Mizuho, was one of only seven at the bank who knew that global electronics company Canon was planning a takeover of Dutch printing firm Oce.

Fury at Facebook online casinos: Social network is "tempting young to gamble" with new betting games

Fury at Facebook online casinos: Social network is 'tempting young to gamble' with new betting gamesCritics say the deal with gaming group 888 will create 'tomorrow's generation of problem gamblers'Users will be able to place bets of up to 500 on Las Vegas-style slot machines Experts warn the deal could cause 'the floodgates to open' as more gaming companies utilise social network sites | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 12 December 2012 Facebook has been accused of creating ‘tomorrow’s generation of problem gamblers’ by rolling out real money casino games. Under a lucrative deal with online gaming company 888, the social networking giant will offer Las Vegas-style slot machines and games such as roulette and blackjack