■ Economy declines for first time since 2012
THE UK’s economy shrank for the first time since 2012 in the second quarter of this year, as the manufacturing and construction sectors both slumped.
Gross Domestic Product decreased by 0.2 per cent between April and June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The economy was weaker than both market expectations and the Bank of England’s latest forecasts, which had pointed to flat growth in the quarter.
The pound dropped on the news and declined further over the morning. It was trading at 1.206 US dollars by this lunchtime, its lowest point since early 2017
The contraction compares to 0.5 per cent growth in the previous quarter, when the highest quarterly pickup in manufacturing since the 1980s was recorded.
The ONS said companies had been building up additional goods in the first quarter in anticipation of a March Brexit.
But with the original deadline later called off in favour of an October exit, firms which spent the first three months of the year stockpiling look to have been using up their stores before building up new reserves.
■ Passengers ordered to stay on plane after health scare
PASSENGERS arriving at Manchester Airport on a flight from Paris were ordered to remain on the plane for more than two hours due to a health scare.
Public Health England (PHE) said it acted in response to a traveller becoming ill with suspected gastroenteritis during the Flybe flight.
A Flybe spokeswoman said: ‘Flybe can confirm that all 106 passengers asked to remain on board the above flight upon arrival into Manchester this morning were given the all-clear to disembark without further restriction and have since done so.
‘The aircraft, following a deep clean, has also been given the all-clear by the authorities to return back into service as soon as this is completed.’
The flight touched down in Manchester shortly after 10am.
One passenger with the Twitter username @NicholasVisuals posted a message stating that he was ‘stranded’ on the aircraft, which was being ‘surrounded by police’.
At 12.46pm he wrote that passengers were ‘finally let off the plane’ and put onto a bus.
■ Two face jail over Sala mortuary CCTV footage
TWO people have been warned they face jail after admitting accessing CCTV footage of the post-mortem examination of footballer Emiliano Sala.
Sala, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City when the plane he was travelling in crashed into the English Channel, north of Guernsey, on January 21.
His body was recovered on February 6 and a post-mortem examination took place at Bournemouth Mortuary the following day.
Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, (both pictured) appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday where they admitted accessing CCTV footage of Sala’s post-mortem examination.
Ashford, of Calne, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between February 9 and 11 this year.
Bray, of Corsham, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between April last year and February this year.
She also admitted perverting the course of public justice by instructing Ashford to ‘delete your pics’ on February 12, and the next day deleting the post-mortem cameras from the live feed camera facility and deleting the post-mortem image of Sala from her mobile phone.
Judge Peter Crabtree warned the pair that the starting point for sentence was custody.