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News in brief: Protests as EDF seeks go-ahead for Sizewell C

ENERGY giant EDF has submitted plans to build a third nuclear power station at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast. Sizewell C would generate enough low-carbon electricity to power 6million homes. It would also create 25,000 jobs and 1,000 apprenticeships during building, and employ 900 skilled workers once finished, the company said. But the Stop Sizewell C campaign group claims the scheme will divert investment from other green energy sources and damage tourism and nature. Suffolk Wildlife Trust said it would lead to the loss of fenland. And the RSPB said it would harm wildlife including water voles, bitterns and otters.

Starry, starry night… if only we could see them

THE countless twinkling stars that fill the night sky may be an awesome sight — but most of us can only make out a measly ten at best due to light pollution. More than 2,400 people took part in a national star count organised by countryside charity CPRE in February. Six out of ten (61 per cent) could see ten stars or fewer, up slightly from 57 per cent last year. ‘Gazing up at the heavens can inspire and help lift our spirits, especially when many of us are forced to do so from within our homes at the moment,’ said the CPRE’s Crispin Truman. ‘We’d like to see councils adopting better policies to tackle light pollution and protect our darkest skies.’

Police track down fugitive who peddled ‘cancer cure’

A FUGITIVE who sold an unlicenced drug as a cancer cure is behind bars and set to be extradited to France after five months on the run. David Noakes, who skipped bail while contesting the decision to send him to face justice, was found in Truro, Cornwall. He has already served jail time here for selling GcMaf, which made him millions but may have posed a significant health risk. The 67-year-old is wanted in France as he allegedly moved his firm there after being shut down.

Elderly ‘feel less lonely than younger people’

WE BECOME less lonely as we age, with young men feeling most alone, research has found. Those in individualistic societies such as the UK were most vulnerable to persistent loneliness. Men felt it more than women — but it dropped with age for both sexes, found a study of over 46,000 people globally. ‘Contrary to what people may expect, loneliness is not a predicament unique to older people,’ Prof Manuela Barreto, of the University of Exeter, said. ‘Younger people report greater feelings of loneliness. This might be due to different expectations younger and older people hold.’ She added socialising virtually ‘does not mitigate loneliness’.