■ Rain fears for trapped cave group
BRITISH divers who discovered 12 trapped boys and their football coach in flooded caves in Thailand face the daunting prospect of helping them to safety with heavy rainfall forecast for this week.
Rick Stanton and John Volanthen were the first rescuers to reach the group, aged between 11 and 16, and their coach, 25, who disappeared in the Luang Nang Non Cave, in Chiang Rai province, on June 23.
There were scenes of elation last night as relatives gathered at the cave site learned the group had been found in a stable medical condition and given high-protein liquid food.
But rescuers now must grapple with the challenge of safely extracting the group through nearly a mile of tunnels, large portions of which are underwater.
Heavy rains forecast for later this week could flood the cave even further and the boys may need to swim out using diving equipment before then, the Thai interior minister.
■ MI6 conman arrested in Switzerland
MARK ACKLOM, one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, has been arrested in Switzerland.
The National Crime Agency confirmed that the alleged fraudster (pictured above) was apprehended at a luxury apartment in Zurich where he had been living under a false name after more than two years on the run.
Acklom, 45, is said to have fleeced a woman out of £850,000 in life savings after posing as an MI6 agent in a romance scam.
Currently in custody awaiting extradition, he faces criminal proceedings for a total of 20 fraud offences when he goes before a British court.
■ No Brexit deal on security ‘unthinkable’
IT WOULD be ‘unthinkable’ for Britain to depart the EU without a deal on security, a former head of the bloc’s law enforcement agency has said.
Sir Rob Wainwright, who left Europol in May after nine years as executive director, told MPs he expects the two sides to reach an agreement.
Although it is a complex and unique situation, he said he detected an understanding that ‘we have to get this right, that literally people’s lives depend on it’.
Sir Rob’s remarks chime with the message from within the UK policing and intelligence community.
In recent weeks the heads of MI5 and GCHQ have both highlighted the importance of maintaining close security links between Britain and European partners.
■ Samsung probes reports of involuntary photo message sending
SAMSUNG has said it is investigating after some users claimed their phones started sending photos to contacts without their permission.
According to user posts on Reddit and the Korean firm’s own customer forums, the messages are being sent from the default Samsung Messages app but it does not show the files have been sent.
In one account, Reddit user Rubsumlotion claimed his Samsung Galaxy S9+ sent his ‘entire photo gallery over text’ to his girlfriend.
However, the technology giant said it has not had any cases reported to it directly relating to the incident and is yet to find any issues possibly linked to it.