Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
The City regulator has slashed a fine to be paid by the former finance director of failed bank Bradford & Bingley to a fraction of the £150,000 penalty initially proposed.
Average earnings in the UK have risen by less than the rate of inflation for the fifth year running, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Odey reveals short position worth £5m in football club, as investors bet the club’s shares will perform as badly as the team currently is
Joe Cusker, 59, of Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, died on Thursday in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He is the seventh person who was inside the bar to have died. Three helicopter crew were also killed.