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Camelot continues national lottery battle with damages claim

Gambling Commission made wrong decision to name Allwyn as ‘preferred applicant’ for next 10-year licence, claims Camelot

Camelot’s legal fight to avoid losing its licence to operate the national lottery has failed but the Canadian-owned company will press ahead with a damages claim that could cost the government £600m.

The company launched a high court challenge in April, claiming the Gambling Commission had got its decision “badly wrong” by naming the rival firm Allwyn as its “preferred applicant” for the next 10-year licence to operate the national lottery.

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Fuel thefts up 61% as UK petrol pump prices keep climbing

Petrol Retailers Association says motorists driving off without paying, as average cost hits new high of 191.2p a litre

Fuel thefts from British filling stations have shot up by nearly two-thirds this year to record levels amid soaring prices, an industry body has said.

The Petrol Retailers Association said drive-off incidents, where a motorist fills up and makes no attempt to pay before leaving, have increased by 61% so far this year compared with the same period in 2021.

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Prince Charles will no longer accept large cash donations for charities

Royal source says heir to throne ‘operates on advice’, after claims sheikh gave him millions in bag and suitcase

The Prince of Wales will no longer accept large cash donations for his charities, a senior royal source has said, after Charles faced criticism over claims he received €3m from a billionaire Qatari sheikh reportedly stuffed in a small suitcase and Fortnum & Mason carrier bag.

The Sunday Times reported that Charles personally accepted the donations which were passed to the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, who was the prime minister of Qatar between 2007 and 2013.

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Starling Bank: questions over volume of customers taken on during Covid crisis

More than tripling of business customer base has raised questions about online lender’s ability to run proper checks

The online bank singled out by a former government minister over the effectiveness of its counter-fraud measures was “onboarding” an average of 15,000 new business customers a month during the Covid crisis, according to analysis by the Observer.

Figures from Starling Bank’s last annual report show the eight-year-old lender has grown its business customer base from 87,000 before the pandemic to 330,000 business accounts as of last spring.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 review: cheaper, faster, better compact notebook

Small-frame Windows 11 machine has good keyboard, trackpad, slick design and better performance

Microsoft’s second attempt at a lower-cost Surface Laptop is faster, quieter and cheaper than its predecessor, while keeping all its good features.

The Surface Laptop Go 2 starts at £529 ($599/A$1,099) and costs £20-£170 less than the first iteration depending on version. The starting model has been upgraded with modern components making it much more tempting, too, although it is still mid-range priced rather than a truly budget laptop.

Screen: 12.4in LCD 1536 x 1024 (148 PPI)

Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5-1135G7 (11th generation)

RAM: 4 or 8GB

Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD

Graphics: Intel Iris Xe

Operating system: Windows 11 Home

Camera: 720P front-facing

Connectivity: wifi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.1, USB-A, USB-C, headphones, Surface Connect, fingerprint sensor

Dimensions: 278.18 x 205.67 x 15.69 mm

Weight: 1,127g

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