Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
I was in charge of _The Sun_ website on the day that Amy Winehouse died. Driving in Hertfordshire when the call came through from the newsdesk, I was told: "The body of a woman has been found at a house in Camden, but we do not know if it is Amy or not."
Co-operative Bank has stopped offering new business loans amid concerns over its capital position and talks with UK regulators.
The former chancellor’s comments highlight the fierce debate in Scotland fuelled by the release of rival reports by the UK and Scottish governments
The two men held over the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby were known to security services up to eight years ago but they have been defended from claims the attack could have been prevented.