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In the papers - Thursday, 14 February 2008

British Energy is considering a £5.5bn break-up plan that would involve creating a new company focused on building the next generation of nuclear power plants, The Times has learnt.

The proposal would mean splitting the group in two, leaving one company to oversee its eight existing power stations - The Times

The creator of an inflatable sculpture which blew 9m into the air and killed two people was charged with manslaughter yesterday. Maurice Agis, 76, was arrested over the July 2006 tragedy at Riverside Park in Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, following a lengthy police inquiry - The Metro

Crime and transport emerged as the key battlegrounds in London's mayoral election as the Conservative candidate, Boris Johnson, yesterday pledged to put more police on the capital's transport, punish youngsters who abuse their free travel, and introduce maps giving a local picture of crime levels - The Guardian

Iran has taken a significant step forward in its nuclear programme by producing quantities of a gas crucial to the enrichment of uranium – The Daily Telegraph

The rail industry came under renewed attack yesterday after it emerged that passengers were sold tickets via the internet for non-existent trains during the New Year engineering fiasco – The Daily Telegraph

The Department for Communities and Local Government paid £2.7M to the wrong council…after mixing up its Newcastles. Grants based on increased business rates meant for the Tyneside city went to the quiet Potteries town Newcastle-under-Lyme instead - The Daily Mirror/The Times

Britain's worst performing train company has imposed the highest fare increases of any operator since privatisation, more than doubling the price of open tickets, a study has found. Since 1995, the average standard single fare of First Great Western has risen by 145%, well above inflation over the period of 41% - The Times

Thousands of protesters are to throng the streets of Florence tomorrow before a local referendum on a new tram system that some conservationists say will cause irretrievable damage to the city's medieval renaissance treasures. The first rails for the new £530M tram system - designed to cut congestion and pollution in the city centre - were laid in October despite protests - The Times

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