Evening Update Tuesday 3 September

The public prosecutor in Grasse has opened a criminal investigation for "murder by partner" in the case of Salome, the 21 year old woman whose body was found in Cagnes-sur-Mer at the weekend. The 26 year old partner of the woman is in custody and reportedly denies being "the perpetrator of violence". Yesterday evening, about one hundred people gathered in front of the Cagnes-sur-Mer train station to pay tribute to Salome. Other gatherings are being planned, including in Nice this evening at 7pm at the Place Massena and on Thursday at noon at the Cagnes-sur-Mer resort.

A man with a knife has been arrested after assaulting his girlfriend in Cannes la Bocca this morning. According to local reports, the police alerted a police patrol after seeing the man physically attacking his girlfriend in a car. He is then threatened by a bystander with a knife. Local police tracked the car by video surveillance through Cannes and brought the vehicle to a halt. The mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, has congratulated municipal employees for their intervention.

Students at a college in Saint-Laurent-du-Var were confined inside the college for safety reasons this afternoon. The decision was taken by the students in the refectory at Saint-Exupery College after the appearance of a five-year-old woman, who allegedly made threats. The men were arrested by police and students allowed to leave.

Firefighters have been fighting a fire in Colomars this afternoon. Reports say that 36 firefighters and three helicopters were involved in the operation and the fire was extinguished just before 3pm. About 5,000 square meters of land were affected.

Three cars caught fire this morning, near the park Vaugrenier on the road between Nice and Antibes. Firefighters quickly intervened after a fire in a van spread to other vehicles. No injuries were reported.

A bus from the Lignes dAzur in Nice caused by traffic to come to a standstill in the center of Nice this morning after becoming stuck on the separation for the bus lane and the other lanes. The incident occurred around 11am on the Hotel des Postes in Nice. The services of Lignes d'Azur and the municipal police intervened to manage the flow of traffic and the bus underwent on the spot repairs.

 

BUSINESS


UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps has said that the first phase of the highly controversial HS2 high-speed railway between London and Birmingham will be delayed by up to five years. Mr Shapps also said HS2's cost had risen from £ 62bn to between £ 81bn and £ 88bn. However, it is possible that the project will be scrapped altogether. The government recently said it was going to review the project with the aim of providing a "go or no-go" decision before the end of the year.

Toy maker Lego has reported increased sales of 4% in the first half of the year. Lego says it plans to open 35 shops in China by the end of the year to its total number of stores in the country to 140 and its total worldwide to nearly 600. Investment in the firm's expansion plans weighed on profits, which fell 16 %.

Last month, British construction firms saw the biggest drop in orders since the financial crisis. The IHS Markit / CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers' index dropped to 45 last month from 45.3 in July. Any reading below 50 indicates contraction in orders.

Tesco Bank has sold its mortgage portfolio to Lloyds Banking Group for £ 3.8bn. The 23,000 affected mortgage customers will have their loans transferred to Halifax, a division of Bank of Scotland, which is a subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group.

 

SPORT

Rugby Union ... Stuart McInally has been named Scotland captain for the Rugby World Cup, but centres Huw Jones and Rory Hutchinson have been left out. Forwards Josh Strauss, Matt Fagerson and Magnus Bradbury also miss out.

Cricket ... Craig Overton will replace Chris Woakes in the England team for the fourth Ashes Test against Australia. Meanwhile, Australia batsman Steve Smith has won the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings. Smith has overtaken Virat Kohli after the indian captain suffered a second-innings duck during the second Test in Jamaica. Smith will return to the line for the fourth Ashes Test, which begins at Old Trafford Tomorrow, after recovering from concussion.

Athletics ... Dina Asher-Smith will be competing for the 100m and 200m double sprint after Great Britain's 2019 World Championships in Doha. Laura Muir will focus on the 1500m rather than add the 5,000m to her schedule at the event, which takes place from 27 September to 6 October. Adam Gemili and Zharnel Hughes will be in the men's 100m and 200m sprint doubles.

Football ... Former Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki has left Malaga after 34 days at the club. Reports in Spain say the Japan international has had his contract canceled by mutual agreement because the club is unable to fit his wages in their budget. He did not feature in Malaga's three league matches and is now a free agent.

 

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