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News in brief: ‘I stole £60k from bosses and felt better’

A CROOKED accountant stole £60,000 from her bosses because she claimed she was ‘bullied’. Mum-of-two Agnieszka Kosinska (pictured), 40, funnelled cash using fake invoices at tractor maker Zeta Ltd. She admitted theft and false accounting and said: ‘I feel so ashamed. I just took this money because I was bullied at work and I felt better when I spent money.’ Kosinska, of Rugby, Warwickshire, was given a suspended 20-month jail sentence and 150 hours of unpaid work. Warwick crown court recorder Mark Watson told her: ‘Mud-slinging is not going to help because it means you were getting revenge on the company.’

Gene editing in agriculture ‘would open huge opportunities’

GENE editing could be allowed for food in England — making farming more ‘sustainable’ by creating climate change-proof crops or cutting the need for pesticides, the environment secretary has said. George Eustice said the technology, which can change traits in plant or animals more quickly and precisely than traditional breeding, ‘opens up huge opportunities’ as he launched a consultation into its regulation, which is no longer subject to EU rules. But critics said the practice was untested and held risks for people and the environment.

Data published on dark web after ‘deplorable’ attack on council

HACKERS who stole data from Hackney council in a cyber attack last year have now published it on the dark web, experts said. The east London council, which is working with the National Crime Agency and police, said ‘the vast majority’ of residents and businesses were unaffected after the data was uploaded to sites not accessible through standard search engines. Apologising for ‘upset’ caused, mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville called the hackers ‘utterly deplorable’, adding: ‘We will do everything we can to help bring them to justice.’

NEWS BITES

■ ASIANS are better at tasting bitter flavours than Europeans, a study suggests. Chinese volunteers had more ‘sensitive’ palates and more taste buds than Danes, found Copenhagen university researchers who tested 152 participants.

■ LORRY drivers caught trying to bypass new border rules, brought in after Brexit, have been fined more than £32,000 since New Year’s Day. Some entered Kent without a correct permit while others tried to skip queues at Dover and the Eurotunnel, police said.

■ THE ‘world’s unluckiest burglars’ were caught after one sat on his phone mid-raid and dialled 999 without realising. Call handlers listened to them talking and sent police to arrest the pair, aged 49 and 42, at a property in Stoke.

■ A GANGLAND boss who killed a father-of-three has had his luxury penthouse and a Porsche, worth £800,000, seized by police. Mohammed Nisar Khan is serving life for deliberately running over Amriz Iqbal in Bradford in 2018.

■ THREE teenagers are facing a murder trial this summer over the death of an autistic 13-year-old. A boy and a girl, both 13, and a boy, 14, were all charged yesterday after Olly Stephens was stabbed on Sunday in Emmer Green, Reading.

■ A CARE home resident allegedly killed a 93-year-old woman with a walking stick. Alexander Rawson, 62, is accused of murdering Eileen Dean in Catford, south-east London, on Monday. He was remanded in custody until March at the Old Bailey.

■ A CAR with a typewriter and radio installed by the Nazis is for sale — with bullet holes from the Normandy invasion. David Carson and Bob Whittaker, who have almost fully restored the 1939 Peugeot 402 in Wiltshire, hope to fetch £20,000.

■ A DERELICT bungalow that overlooks the millionaires’ playground of Sandbanks has sold for £1.45million. The Dorset property has already been demolished and new owners have permission to build a four-bedroom luxury home, at a cost of £1.2million.