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Huge rise in catalytic converter thefts

Huge rise in catalytic converter thefts

Business
There has been a huge rise in catalytic converters being stolen from cars in 2019, police in London say. For the first six months of 2019, the number of thefts of catalytic converters jumped to 2,894, compared to 1,674 thefts for all of 2018.In a car's exhaust system, catalytic converters filter pollutants and turn them into less harmful substances. In a video seen by the BBC, a criminal gang stole a catalytic converter in under three minutes in broad daylight. The prices of certain precious metals have skyrocketed in the last 18 months - palladium is now worth £1,300/oz, while rhodium goes for £4,000/oz, according to FJ Church and Sons, a specialist metals merchant that is also the UK's largest specialist in recycling catalytic converters.The police urge
Premier League LIVE: Southampton v Man United and Burnley v Liverpool among talkSPORT’s huge day of live coverage

Premier League LIVE: Southampton v Man United and Burnley v Liverpool among talkSPORT’s huge day of live coverage

Sports
It’s GameDay round four this weekend as talkSPORT brings you another packed Saturday of Premier League action.Last weekend we brought you two thrilling ties as Chelsea edged past Norwich 3-2 before Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield. AFP or licensors Manchester United take on Southampton this weekend Now, we’re back to do it all over again with Southampton vs Manchester United, Chelsea vs Sheffield United and Burnley vs Liverpool all live. We’ll also bring you commentary of the day’s early EFL clash and our Around the Grounds special from 3pm to keep across all the action. Here’s what we’ve got in store for you all this weekend. gameday exclusive Southampton ace on fas
National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter National Grid is facing an investigation by Ofgem over a major power cut earlier this month - as it blamed a lightning strike for the outage.The regulator - which has the power to fine firms up to 10% of UK turnover - said it was looking into whether the Grid and other electricity companies breached their licence conditions. Ofgem said it would focus on whether National Grid complied with requirements to hold sufficient backup power as well as how separate generation and distribution companies met their obligations.It announced the investigation at the same time as it published National Grid's interim report into the power failure on 9 August, which left more than a million homes without power ...
Premier League LIVE: Arsenal vs Burnley and Man City vs Tottenham among talkSPORT’s huge day of live coverage

Premier League LIVE: Arsenal vs Burnley and Man City vs Tottenham among talkSPORT’s huge day of live coverage

Sports
talkSPORT’s new GameDay special got off to a bang last weekend as we welcomed the return of Premier League football.Here at talkSPORT HQ will be bringing you more live top-flight games than ever before this season with well over 100 games hitting the airwaves over the coming weeks and months. getty Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola will go head-to-head at the Etihad today Last weekend saw the Prem finally burst back into life after a long summer off. And now we’re ready for more as GameDay returns with THREE live Premier League games on the radio this Saturday. Arsenal vs Burnley begins our live coverage, while we round off the day with the huge clash between Manchester City and Tottenham. We’ll also have Norwich vs Newcastle and our Around the Grounds
Arctic wildfires: What’s caused huge swathes of flames to spread?

Arctic wildfires: What’s caused huge swathes of flames to spread?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Wildfires are ravaging the Arctic, with areas of northern Siberia, northern Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland engulfed in flames. Lightning frequently triggers fires in the region but this year they have been worsened by summer temperatures that are higher than average because of climate change.Plumes of smoke from the fires can be seen from space. Mark Parrington, a wildfires expert at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (Cams), described them as "unprecedented".How bad is it? There are hundreds of fires covering mostly uninhabited regions across eastern Russia, northern Scandinavia, Greenland and Alaska. ...