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10 things you need to know about August 1

■ Man accused of kidnapping and raping British backpacker to appear in Australian court

Marcus Martin (pictured) is accused of kidnapping his British ex-lover and repeatedly raping her over several weeks. The 22-year-old victim had been backpacking around Australia when she met her alleged attacker. He was arrested after being discovered hidden in the boot of a car (pictured above) near Mitchell, Queensland, on March 5.

Martin previously appeared charged with four counts of rape, eight counts of assault, four counts of strangulation, two counts of deprivation of liberty, two counts of wilful damage, one count of possessing dangerous drugs, one count of possessing drug utensils and one count of obstructing the police.

■ Art auction for Grenfell

This is the final day of online auction of paintings donated by artists for Grenfell Tower survivors. Tracey Emin and Cornelia Parker are among the famous artists donating work. The money raised will go directly to the London Community Foundation. In the coming weeks and months, they will be supporting residents of Grenfell Tower as they begin to resettle. They will structure a programme of longer term grants towards counselling, medical assistance and allowances for furniture and household items. Bidding closes at 6pm. See for details.

Ones to watch…

■ VAT of 20 per cent will be applied to mobile phone roaming charges outside the European Union. The tax had previously not applied to UK users on calls or texts made in countries outside the EU. The measure was introduced by chancellor Philip Hammond in the Spring Budget.

■ Steven Barker, the ‘stepfather’ of Baby Peter — the 17-month-old boy who died in London in 2007 after suffering more than fifty injuries over an eight-month period — becomes eligible for release. Barker was jailed at the Old Bailey along with Peter’s mother Tracey Connelly and their lodger Jason Owen on May 22, 2009, in a case which shocked the public and parliament.

■ Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay is due to appear in court charged over allegations relating to his 2015 general election expenses. South Thanet MP Mackinlay, 50, campaign director Marion Little, 62, and election agent Nathan Gray, 28, have each been charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983. Mackinlay will appear at Southwark Crown Court in London.

■ A hearing — leading to a possible trial — of four teenagers accused of to trying to join Daesh in Syria will take place. Ahmedeltigani Alsyed, 19, from Hounslow and three other youths, who cannot be named, are charged with preparation of terrorist acts and will appear at Woolwich Crown Court, London.

■ The Asian Food and Restaurant Awards will take place in London. Guests at the Montcalm Hotel include Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom.

■ Apple is to reveal its latest quarterly financial results in San Francisco in the year when the company is expected to unveil its latest iteration of the iPhone, 10 years after launching arguably it’s most groundbreaking product.

■ It’s Celebrity Big Brother launch night at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood. The Channel 5 reality show kicks off with host Emma Willis welcoming, among others, Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and EastEnders star Shaun Williamson (aka Barry Evans) to the house from 9.05pm.

■ The major race meeting, social occasion and highlight of the summer season Qatar Goodwood Festival kicks off. Previously titled Glorious Goodwood, the Chichester event runs till the weekend.


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