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Patisserie Valerie says finance chief arrested

Patisserie Valerie says finance chief arrested

Business
The owner of Patisserie Valerie has said its finance director Chris Marsh was arrested last night and then released on bail.The cafe chain is fighting for survival after revealing on Wednesday it had uncovered "significant, and potentially fraudulent, accounting irregularities".Mr Marsh had been suspended when these problems were discovered.Late morning Friday the Serious Fraud Office said it had "opened a criminal investigation into an individual"."We can give no further information or comment at this time," the SFO said without naming the individual.On Thursday, the firm said it needed "an immediate injection of capital" to continue trading in its current form.The company, in which entrepreneur Luke Johnson has a 37% stake, did not provide any details o...
Texans battered QB Watson says he will play

Texans battered QB Watson says he will play

Sports
Quarterback Deshaun Watson took a beating during the Houston Texans' 19-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, but said on Wednesday that he will be ready to go this week against the Buffalo Bills. The Houston Chronicle reported that Watson, who received treatment on the sideline during the game after taking several big hits, is dealing with a chest injury. "For sure," Watson said, according to Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official website, when he was asked if he would be able to face the Bills. "I feel good; I feel great," added Watson, who completed 33 of 44 passes for 375 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Cowboys. "I've been sore plenty of times. That's part of the game." Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, who said earlier that he would "let the inj...
‘Manchester City are still playing catch-up on Manchester United – you can’t forget history’, says former Blues goalkeeper David Seaman

‘Manchester City are still playing catch-up on Manchester United – you can’t forget history’, says former Blues goalkeeper David Seaman

Sports
SEAMAN SAYS Seaman responds to Paul Dickov’s claim on talkSPORT that City are now a bigger club than United due to their recent success David Seaman says Manchester is blue on pitch right now, but it will take some time for Manchester City to overtake Manchester United as the bigger club. David Seaman was co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast The former goalkeeper was responding to claims made by Paul Dickov, the ex-striker who said City are now a bigger club than their red rivals due to their recent trophy success. Manchester United have not won the Premier League title in five years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. City, meanwhile, have gone from strength to strength under manager Pep Guardiola and smash...
Business rates could be changed, Greg Clark says

Business rates could be changed, Greg Clark says

Business
Business rates in England could be changed to help High Street retailers, Business Secretary Greg Clark has said.He told a fringe event at the Conservative party conference the role played by High Streets should be recognised and adjusting business rates "will be one way of doing that".Retail groups say online shopping and rising business rates have left many High Street retailers struggling.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) welcomed Mr Clark's comments.He said the Treasury is conducting a review of business rates, but his view is the High Street "makes a big contribution to the community, and to villages, towns and cities"."And I think some recognition of that is required. Business rates will be one way of doing that," Mr...
'Don't want me': Trump says China is interfering in US midterms

'Don't want me': Trump says China is interfering in US midterms

World
Donald Trump has accused China of attempting to "interfere" in the US midterm elections because they don't want him to win. The US president did not offer any details to support the claim.Mr Trump, who was chairing the UN Security Council for the first time, said: "They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade, and we are winning on trade."We are winning at every level."We don't want them to meddle or interfere in upcoming (elections)." Image: US President Donald Trump speaks as he chairs a UN Security Council US officials have not immediately responded to requests for comment after Mr Trump's claims.A representative from China who attended the meeting could be seen coughing into h...