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Dramatic images show engineers using drills to stop huge gas leak after hotel evacuated

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The dramatic scenes were caught on camera in a series of startling pictures

Workers, wearing oxygen masks and ear defenders, drilled into the gas main as a plume of gas shot up over their heads. The dramatic scenes were caught on camera in a series of startling pictures. Emergency workers raced to make the urgent repair next to a hotel at Glasgow Airport, where guests had to be evacuated in the early hours of the morning.

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Workers, wearing oxygen masks and ear defenders, drilled into the gas main as gas shot up

Around 200 guests were evacuated from the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at 2.45am and taken to a nearby Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn. St Andrews Drive at the airport was shut as emergency crews raced to stop the leak. Three fire engines and 12 gas vans were in attendance at the scene, just yards from the M8.

A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said: “Gas engineers have traced the leak to a subterranean mains pipe and SFRS crews are standing by to assist while they work to isolate it.

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Hundreds of guests were evacuated from the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at 2:45am

“Crews will continue to work with the other emergency services for the duration of the incident, which is likely to continue for some time.”

The M8 was shut by Police between junction 27 and junction 29, just before morning rush hour, but reopened just before 6.30am. Glasgow Airport remained open during the incident, but passengers traveling by road were advised to leave extra time to travel. There are no reports of any casualties.

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EU BIG BROTHER: Brussels unveils sinister plot to spy on YOUR holiday spending

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The EU has unveiled plans to snoop on Britons’ Discount Holidays © holiday spending

EU pen-pushers want access to what UK holidaymakers are splashing their hard earned money on in a move which has been slammed as a serious and possibly illegal breach of civil liberties. The draconian new laws, proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker s EU Commission, have been drawn up under the guise of combatting lone wolf terror attacks by Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis. But they could mean that millions of Britons travelling abroad for holidays on the continent are dragged into a sinister surveillance campaign, with their spending records being trawled even though they have done nothing wrong.

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Critics tonight branded the plans rotten and said they amounted to the creation of a huge surveillance superstate across the continent. The controversial law change was sneaked into a lengthy anti-terror plan announced in the wake of the Paris, Brussels and Nice attacks. Under the proposals spending on pre-paid debit cards, including top up travel cards used by thousands of Britons every year, will be subject to Big Brother style ID checks.

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The plans have been put forward by Jean-Claude Juncker’s Commission

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Spain is the most popular Discount Holidays © holiday destination for Britons on the continent

People taking out a prepaid card, which can be loaded up with money in any given currency and then used like a debit card, will now have to provide their personal details upon registration. Furthermore, the threshold for face-to-face payments that can be made on such cards at businesses like shops and restaurants is being reduced to just ‘ 150 ( 125) unless the holder provides their name. And in a sinister twist, finance companies will be required by law to store records of all transactions made by British tourists for at least five years, during which period they can be accessed by European governments.

All holidaymakers using pre-paid cards will also automatically be entered onto a centralised electronic database – like those used to monitor criminals – so that they can be quickly identified as account holders.

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Any excuse is used by Brussels bureaucrats to monitor our every movement and our every purchase

UKIP leadership candidate Bill Etheridge

On top of that, the safety protocols currently in place to stop government agencies from abusing the system are being watered down, so that Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) will be able to access information even without there having been a suspicious transaction report . Ukip leadership candidate Bill Etheridge said the proposal “stank of the Big Brother mentality which dominates the rotten heart of the EU”. He said: “Any excuse is used by Brussels bureaucrats to monitor our every movement and our every purchase, this time under the guise of ‘security’.”

The EU Commission insists that the new laws are necessary to combat the growing threat of Islamist terrorism across Europe, which has resulted in a number of bloody attacks.

Officials point out that the Paris attackers used prepaid cards to book and pay for their hotel rooms in the French capital so that they would not have to provide their real names to staff. And they say the crackdown will include a blanket ban on making anonymous online payments using prepaid cards which will make it more difficult for would-be jihadis to obtain bomb-making equipment. Announcing the measures, EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: Member states will be able to get and share vital information about who really owns companies or trusts, who is dealing in online currencies, and who is using pre-paid cards.

However, the plans have sparked concern in Germany where one major daily paper described them as being of such an extent that they allow no pause to think about if we are turning into a surveillance society . The respected paper Frankfurter Allgemeine warned that such a massive store of data could be abused by Brussels and big business to analyse the behaviour of people and pointed out that several of the measures appear to be illegal under European rulings. Aside from British tourists, the changes will also affect millions of people across Europe who use pre-paid cards as a way of paying for things because they do not have a good enough credit score to obtain a credit card.

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Some member states even use pre-paid cards to hand out benefits, meaning those amongst the most vulnerable in society will be subjected to police state style checks on their spending. And Ukip’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem said that the draconian plans were another example of Brussels insatiable quest for power over all aspects of its 500 million citizens daily lives which would have “no impact on combatting terrorism”. He said: “The big policy decisions, like border control, are the areas where the EU could actually stop the free movement of terrorists, trafficked people and counterfeit goods and weapons.

“But instead they choose to concentrate on whether the Smith family from York purchased a bottle of wine on their holidays and burden small businesses with yet more bureaucracy.”

Last year Britons made 32.2million Discount Holidays © holiday visits to the rest of the EU – up 10 per cent on the previous year – with Spain proving the most popular destination.

UK workers spent just under a billion pounds of business trips alone during that period, whilst Discount Holidays © holiday spending inside the Brussels bloc boomed by a whopping 12.4 per cent.

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Men lured girl, 13, to hotel room before raping her and taking …

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The pair have been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment

Ismail Ali, and Naheem Uddin, both 26, abused the child after picking her up in their car as they cruised a city centre looking for a victim. The sickening rapists behaved like animals and ripped her jeans as they yanked them from her legs. They took photographs of their victim while they abused her then threw her shoes and knickers from the bedroom window before leaving.

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The pair took photos of their victim during the abuse

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was left seriously distraught after her horrific ordeal. Uddin, a married father-of-three from Bradford, was this week convicted at Bradford Crown Court of rape, attempted rape and taking indecent photographs. Ali, a waiter also from Bradford, was found guilty of two rapes and possession of the indecent photographs which Uddin sent to his phone.

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The men apparently went out searching for sex

Both men were cleared of kidnap and false imprisonment. The court heard the pair were roaming the streets of their hometown looking for sex when they spotted the vulnerable youngster and persuaded her go with them to the city s Ibis Hotel with them on the evening of April 18. Jailing them for 14 years each, Judge David Hatton said: On that night each of you was out to find sexual satisfaction and you did not care how you obtained it.

You saw the girl and saw her as your opportunity. The court heard how she went willingly with them to the hotel but she did not volunteer for the vile abuse and degradation that followed”. The judge added: You took it in turns to abuse her and each of you behaved like an animal.”

The judge told the court that although the pair did not know the girl was 13, they did not care how old she was.

He said: You knew that she was very young, and you knew that she was much younger than you.

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The young teenager was left seriously distraught by the abuse

David McGonigal, prosecuting, told the court how the child had self harmed since she was attacked and ripped the wallpaper off her bedroom walls. She felt isolated and needed strong emotional support from her family. In mitigation for Uddin, it was stated that he had three children by a previous partner and his new wife would now be deported.

Frida Hussain, for Ali, said he was brought up in care and had been working as a waiter before the offences. Following the case Detective Inspector Jon Best said: Uddin and Ali subjected their young victim to a horrific ordeal and we welcome the sentences they have been given.

We would firstly like to praise her for her courage in reporting their horrendous crimes and enabling them to be put before the courts.

We hope the lengthy sentences will give her some comfort and allow her to move forward.

Child Sexual Exploitation remains a priority for West Yorkshire Police. It is totally unacceptable and it is the responsibility of all agencies, communities and individuals to identify those responsible and help bring them to justice.