Give the poor Sutton goalie a break: this was pie-eating, not match-fixing | Anthony Clavane

The non-league keeper Wayne Shaw has lost his livelihood over a silly mistake involving a bet and a hot snack. What a hypocritical overreaction

Football romantics hoping to witness one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history on Monday evening were left disappointed by the sight of the mighty Arsenal brushing aside plucky Sutton at Gander Green Lane ground with a routine 2-0 win.

At least, in the 83rd minute, they could take comfort in the reassuring spectacle of the non-league side’s 23-stone reserve goalkeeper guzzling a meat pie in the dugout. Such moments tend to be ripe with symbolism, epitomising an apparently egalitarian competition that allows pub teams the opportunity to dream of toppling Premier League megabrands, destined to be replayed for years to come in humorous clip shows and more serious magic-of-the-Cup documentaries.

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Energy firms may need to hike prices further, warns industry body

Energy UK chief tells MPs rising wholesale prices and government subsidies mean continuing pressure to increase bills

Britain’s big six energy suppliers are under pressure to pass on more price hikes to consumers’ energy bills, the industry trade body has warned.

Npower, EDF and Scottish Power have already announced price rises for millions of customers, blaming a mix of rising wholesale costs, installation of smart meters and government policies paid for through bills. British Gas has frozen prices until August, while SSE and E.ON are yet to declare their intentions.

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Why a viral video of a cyclist’s revenge on catcallers may not be all it seems

Video of woman tearing wingmirror from catcaller’s van is viral dynamite – but it seems no one verified it before covering the story

As the debate over fake news rages on, a viral video which seems to have been staged was splashed all over various news sites.

Filmed from the headcam of a motorcyclist, it shows a woman furiously confronting a van full of men who catcalled her. After a tense interaction at some traffic lights, in which one man asks her if she’s on her period, the woman follows the van down the street. In a fury, she tears the wingmirror from the side of the van.

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After Guantánamo: what became of the Britons freed from the US camp?

Jamal al-Harith joined Isis and became a suicide bomber, but what did the future hold for the other UK citizens and residents released?

Jamal al-Harith, the Manchester-born jihadi who blew himself up in Iraq after joining Islamic State, was one of at least 17 British citizens and residents known to have been imprisoned in the US Guantánamo camps in Cuba.

All were interviewed by the British authorities on their return. In 2010 the government had agreed to pay them millions of pounds in compensation.

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UK to draw up response to foreign takeovers of firms in key sectors

Business secretary’s announcement comes after bid for Unilever and amid continued concerns for jobs at carmaker Vauxhall

The business secretary, Greg Clark, is to outline plans on how the government should respond to foreign takeovers of UK firms in crucial sectors such as nuclear power.

Clark told an audience at EEF’s annual manufacturing conference in London that proposals would be set out in coming weeks.

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Guns, money and sins of the past confront new Met commissioner

Cressida Dick must deal with an array of challenges at Scotland Yard and in the city it protects – but not all can be controlled

The new Scotland Yard commissioner’s in-tray shows an array of big challenges, with some crises already foreseeable. The main issues deal with guns, money and the sins of the past.

Related: Cressida Dick appointed first female Met police commissioner

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Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber ‘still viable’ with no gig economy workers

Firms admit to MPs they would not go out of business if change in law meant they could no longer rely on self-employed staff

Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber have admitted their businesses would remain viable if they were no longer allowed to rely on self-employed workers who do not receive sick pay, pensions or a guaranteed minimum wage.

Senior executives working for the three firms, as well as delivery company Hermes, told MPs that a change in the law being considered by the government to give more workers in the gig economy basic employment protections would not force their businesses to close.

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Spoiler alert: most people want to remain in the dark, finds study

Research showed most people prefer not to glimpse the future, whether for the results of a football match or to find out if their marriage will last

Whether anticipating good news or bad, it turns out that most people would prefer to remain in the dark than sneak a glimpse of the future.

According to research involving more than 2,000 participants, more than 85% would not want to know if their marriage would end in divorce, while a similar proportion wanted to remain ignorant of when they would die. Even for happy events, ignorance was often prized, be it in the case of Christmas gifts, or the upshot of a football match.

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Man, 73, arrested after offensive social media messages sent to MPs

Scotland Yard says suspect was detained in West Sussex following claims made by two alleged victims last year

A 73-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of offensive messages sent on social media to two MPs, Scotland Yard said.

The suspect was detained in West Sussex at about 8.50am on Wednesday following claims by the alleged victims on 13 July and 20 July last year.

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MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction

MPs have launched an official inquiry into universal credit amid growing concerns that design flaws in the new benefits system are leaving thousands of low-income claimants facing eviction and reliant on food banks.

The Commons work and pensions committee said it was compelled to launch a full investigation after mounting evidence that built-in payment delays and administrative blockages were creating severe problems for claimants and landlords.

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Hotpoint tells tumble dryer owners: unplug faulty machines due to fire risk

Whirlpool – which also owns Indesit, Creda and Proline – changes advice after criticism from trading standards and Which?

A leading white goods manufacturer has changed its advice to the owners of millions of potentially dangerous tumble dryers, which could burst into flames, and is telling them to unplug the appliances and stop using them until they are repaired.

Whirlpool – whose brands include Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda and Proline – on Wednesday updated the advice on its website after receiving two enforcement notices from Peterborough Trading Standards In December the trading standards office was threatened with a judicial review by consumer group Which? for its handling of the “fiasco” of the faulty machines. Whirlpool has also been advised to publicise the changed advice to consumers through advertisements in national newspapers, through social media and in stores.

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Green campaigners welcome Coca-Cola U-turn on bottle and can recycling scheme

Environmentalists hail ‘landmark moment’ as world’s biggest soft drinks company agrees to set up pilot scheme in Scotland

Coca-Cola has announced it supports testing a deposit return service for drinks cans and bottles, in a major coup for environment and anti-waste campaigners.

Coca-Cola executives told an event in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening they agreed with campaigners who are pressing the Scottish government to set up a bottle return pilot scheme to cut waste and pollution, and boost recycling.

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Barratt surprises investors with enhanced dividend payouts

Housebuilder appears to brush aside Brexit uncertainties to extend capital returns after pre-tax profits beat analysts’ expectations

On Britain’s biggest housebuilders took shareholders by surprise with an enhanced cash payout, despite its decision to cut prices at some of its most expensive homes in London to address waning demand.

Brushing aside any uncertainty surrounding the Brexit vote, Barratt Developments said it was sufficiently confident in the outlook for the housing market to extend its capital return plan, including special dividend payments of £175m in November 2017 and November 2018.

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