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1. Waterworks, which could prevent hose ban, “secretly mothballed”

A £250million water system built to protect hundreds of thousands of homes from the effects of the drought has been shut down, The Telegraph has learned.

As hose bans were imposed on over a million more people in southern England, Thames Water admitted a major water desalination plant opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2010 will not be operational until next year at the earliest. Read the full story.

2. Cameras capturing flouters in congestion zones may be illegal

Using spy cameras to catch motorists with polluting cars may be illegal, surveillance commissioner has ruled.

Professor Fraser Sampson, the Commissioner, said the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to identify motorists violating LEZs was of “questionable legality” and there was “limited evidence it would benefit society”. . Read the full story.

3. Suella Braverman declares war on “awakened witch trials”.

Suella Braverman revealed that her officers participated in nearly 2,000 hours of diversity training when she declared war on the “woke witch trials.”

The attorney general announced that she had scrapped her department’s training programs, claiming they were “downright dangerous” in the wake of high-profile court cases focused on transgender and equality issues. Read the full story.

4. The Bank of England admits that high inflation will last much longer than hoped

The Bank of England on Thursday will be forced to admit that inflation will remain high for much longer than previously forecast as it hikes interest rates for a sixth straight month.

Andrew Bailey, the governor, is expected to release forecasts showing inflation will still be well above 10 percent in 2023 as Britain grapples with soaring energy bills sparked by the war in Ukraine. Read the full story.

5. Rishi Sunak accused of ‘political flip-flop’ after U-turn in onshore wind

Rishi Sunak has been accused of a major U-turn in onshore wind power after announcing he would lift a ban on new turbines.

The former Chancellor said Wednesday night he supports the construction of new wind farms if they have the approval of local communities and suggested residents could be financially motivated to support them. Read the full story.

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