Accused of bomb plot

Three men were charged yesterday with conspiring with the July 7 suicide bombers to target London's tourist attractions and its transport network.

Three men were charged yesterday with conspiring with the July 7 suicide bombers to target London's tourist attractions and its transport network.

The three are the first people to be charged over the 7/7 terror attacks - 21 months after the four blasts which killed 52 people. Mohammed Shakil, 30, Sadeer Saleem, 26, and Waheed Ali, 23, are accused of conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life. They will appear before City of Westminster Magistrates in central London tomorrow.

Deposit rules

TENANTS in England and Wales will be protected against rogue landlords unfairly holding back deposits under new rules that come into force today.

The Tenancy Deposit Protection initiative will force all landlords and letting agents to sign up to a scheme in which full deposits will be protected for the time of tenure. When the tenant comes to leave, any dispute over how much deposit should be returned can be referred to a free dispute resolution service. The scheme has been introduced in a bid to cut the number of cases in which often-vulnerable tenants see part or all of their deposit held back.

New gun laws

NEW measures to combat gun and knife crime, mobile phone robberies and hooliganism came into force yesterday.

It became an offence to get someone to carry or hide a weapon on your behalf, carrying up to 10 years' imprisonment for firearms and four years' for knives. Selling or buying a `primer' - a key component of ammunition - also became a crime unless legitimacy criteria are met. And anyone caught offering to "unblock" - or re-programme - a mobile phone faces up to five years in jail.

Rip-off move

MILLIONS of borrowers will receive greater protection against "rip-off" lenders under what is billed as the biggest shake-up in consumer law for 30 years.

The 2006 Consumer Credit Act will extend the scope of regulation to cover the work of all licensed lenders including pawn-brokers and firms offering car loans and store cards.

Kate settles

PRINCE William's girlfriend Kate Middleton yesterday settled her complaint against the Daily Mirror over press harassment.

The Press Complaints Commission said the announcement by her lawyers resulted from the newspaper's "prompt public expression of regret and admission of error."

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