Renewed passports could lose 9 months of validity
UK citizens could lose up to nine months worth of validity from their passports if they try to renew the document early, under new rules brought in by the Home Office. Before the change, the extra valid time left on the passport would be transferred on to the new one. The new rules were not publicised by the Home Office, and instead were uncovered by the financial-advice website, Money Saving Expert.
House prices could crash by 35% in a no-deal Brexit, says bank chief
The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said the UK could see a dramatic drop in house prices if the government ends negotiations with a no-deal Brexit. According to Carney, in this “worst-case scenario”, mortgage rates would inflate along with interest rates. However, both leave and remain MPs questioned his methodology, with some accusing the governor of spreading “gloom and despondency”.
Elected police officials are “hopeless” and abusive, according to report
A damning report on police leadership has exposed the incompetence, and political agendas, of elected officials. According to retired chief constables quoted in the report, police and crime commissioners made them do “dreadful things” in an attempt to garner votes and have been described as “bleeding hopeless” and “not that bright”. The report, published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, also reveals that applications for police constable roles are at their lowest rate ever recorded.
Instagram fail to monitor eating-disorder hashtags
Hashtags promoting eating disorders are going undetected on Instagram, despite a 2016 policy to protect vulnerable users and point them towards help. The social-media giant has admitted that the artificial intelligence used to monitor these hashtags needs improving, after an investigation by Sky News found a number of purposely misspelled hashtags and variations of hashtags that would lead users to a collection of images promoting eating disorders.
JLS singer charged with rape
Oritsé Williams, an ex-member of boyband JLS, has been charged with rape in connection to an alleged attack on a fan after a concert in 2016. A second man, Jamien Nagadhana, was also charged in connection to the alleged rape. The pair will appear in front of magistrates on 11 October and both deny the charges against them.