■ Huge fire destroys Littlewoods Pools building
FIREFIGTHERS battled to save one of Liverpool’s famous landmarks after the Littlewoods Pools building was engulfed in flames.
The roof and an upper floor of a wing of the ‘iconic’ building were feared to have been destroyed after flames took hold on Sunday evening.
An area the size of two football pitches was ablaze from the first floor of the five-storey building upwards, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said.
However firefighters were able to prevent the whole site being engulfed and the 1930s Art Deco structure’s integrity was thought to have withstood the blaze.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said the fire was ‘absolutely heart-breaking’ and ‘a real setback’.
Fire crews remained at the scene on Monday morning to damp down the site. No one was injured in the blaze.
■ UK enjoys joint hottest summer — and there’s more to come
ENGLAND enjoyed its hottest summer on record while the rest of the UK enjoyed the joint-hottest, the Met Office said.
Temperatures for June to August in the UK make this year joint top of the league table since records began in 1910. They were tied with those of 1976, 2003 and 2006, all of which are within 0.03C of each other.
England saw its hottest summer on record, with the average temperature of 17.2C narrowly beating that of 1976 (17C).
It comes as the Met Office warned of ‘above average’ temperatures throughout the next three months, predicting ‘an increased chance of high-pressure patterns close to the UK’.
■ Home secretary threatens tech giants over online child sex abuse
THE Home Secretary has called on tech giants to step up their efforts to tackle child abuse online.
Speaking in London, Sajid Javid said he was ‘demanding’ companies take ‘more measures’ to tackle the rising scale of paedophile activity on the internet or face ‘new legislation’.
He called on the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter to spearhead a response in the same way they intensified activity to remove terrorist material.
He also announced an extra £21.5million in funding for law enforcement to track down the most dangerous offenders and £2.6million for prevention work.
‘If technology companies do not take more measures to remove this type of content then I won’t be afraid to take action,’ he said.
‘I am not just asking for change. I am demanding it.’
■ National Lottery shake-up to create more millionaires
LOTTERY players will soon find it easier to win some serious cash after Camelot announced it will increase the prize pots for its Lotto game following a slump in ticket sales.
From November the Lotto will see new, bigger fixed cash prizes in the main game, including a fixed prize of £1million for matching five numbers plus the bonus ball.
In addition, the jackpot will only be allowed to roll five times before a new ‘rolldown’ mechanic will see the jackpot shared across all winning cash prize tiers if no one matches all six main numbers in a must-be-won draw.
Camelot said prizes on the EuroMillions main game will stay the same, but from 2019 there will be more special draws in which multiple guaranteed £1m UK winners are created.
The changes are in response to an in-depth review launched last year after sales dropped 8.8 per cent in 2016/17 compared to the previous period.