Snapshot of Stories
Police have named two men they want to speak to over the death of a musician who was stabbed in his Essex flat. Jack Hummerstone, 18, of London, and Andre Vella, 19, of Frinton-on-Sea, are being sought in connection with the death of Tom Brittain, 26, on Saturday. He was found in the property in Parkside Quarter, Colchester. In October, police believed Mr Brittain, a songwriter from Colchester, may have been assaulted and kidnapped, but he later turned up safe and well. Police said if anyone sees the men they are advised not to approach them but to contact Essex Police immediately by calling 999. Det Ch Insp Mark Hall, of Essex Police, said: “We have decided to take the unusual step of issuing the names and pictures of these two individuals at this early stage as we believe it is vitally important we speak to them. They violently assaulted and killed the victim who was unable to defend himself” “Our message to these two men is this – you should hand yourselves in at the nearest police station as soon as possible.” The wanted men are described as white, 6ft (1.8m) tall and of average build. They were wearing hooded tops and tracksuit-type clothing and had covered faces. A police spokesman said the attack took place after “two white men went into a flat, armed with weapons and threatened one of the occupants”. Police said Mr Brittain suffered multiple stab wounds and the provisional result from the post-mortem examination carried out on Saturday was that he died from a stab wound to the chest. Another man was found at the flat with a hand wound.
The chairman of the Treasury Committee has written to financial regulators about Bank of Ireland’s plan to raise customers’ mortgage tracker rates. In a letter to the Financial Services Authority, Andrew Tyrie said he was “very concerned” and asks if it was a case of product mis-selling. Despite the Bank of England base rate remaining at 0.5%, Bank of Ireland is almost doubling its tracker rate. Bank of Ireland, which owns Bristol and West, said it had no comment. About 13,500 mortgage borrowers with Bank of Ireland and Bristol and West will see the cost of their home loan rise. It has the power to change the interest on these home loans, even if the Bank rate does not move. But mortgage brokers have criticised the move. Bank of Ireland blamed the rising cost of providing these mortgages and new rules on the amount of capital it must hold in reserve. Banks must hold a higher buffer of capital to a certain level in order to keep to European rules. From 1 May, the bank will raise the mortgage rate for residential customers from, typically, the Bank of England rate plus 1.75%, to the Bank rate plus 2.49%. It will then raise it further, to Bank rate plus 3.99%, on 1 October. Buy-to-let customers will see their rate increased to Bank rate plus 4.49% on 1 May. Mr Tyrie’s letter, to FSA managing director Martin Wheatley, asks “what action the conduct arm of the FSA will be taking in response to the action by the Bank of Ireland”.
Gorillaz – Dare
Florence and the Machine – Spectrum / Say My Name (Calvin Harris Remix)
Zutons – Zuton Fever
Albert Hammond – Free Electric Band
Missing Andy – Feel Like This
Killers – Somebody Told Me
Robbie Williams – She’s Madonna
Texas – Black Eyed Boy
Keane – Is It Any Wonder?
White Stripes – Conquest
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Everything Everything – Duet
Flo Rida – Let It Roll
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
Girls Aloud – Life Got Cold
Madonna – What It Feels Like For A Girl
September – Cry For You
Shadows – Apache
Doves – Kingdom of Rust
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
Ultravox – We Came To Dance
U2 – Desire
Heart – Alone
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Trio – Da Da Da
Toto – Rosanna
49ers – Touch Me (I think this just made it into the 80’s!)
Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Pet Shop Boys – Love Comes Quickly
Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.
1. Two per cent of Europeans lack the genes for smelly armpits.
2. It is possible to beam an image (the Mona Lisa, in this case) to the Moon using a high-powered laser.
3. Russian soldiers don’t wear socks.
4. Horse-eating is called Hippophagy.
5. You can make beer out of Sugar Puffs.
6. Overbites didn’t become standard until everyone started eating with a knife and fork.
7. The East Midlands has a history of small to moderate earthquakes.
8. Swiss cheese plants suffer from stress.
9. Inflatable space capsules are as safe as metal ones.
10. Trees that are more than 100m tall cannot grow leaves.