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In the papers today - 2 January

A beach walker was crushed to death by a falling cliff yesterday. Caroline Palser, 55, was walking with her partner along South Beach, Whitehaven, Cumbria when a section of cliff slipped away and fell on her. Metro
Saying goodbye to your old banger will no longer hit you in the back pocket thanks to European legislation that came into full force yesterday. Instead of motorists paying to scrap their wheels, manufacturers will pick up the tab.The GuardianA new boatmaster's licence came into force yesterday, making it easier for people to be able to captain a vessil on the London stretch of the Thames. It replaces a harder to obtain qualification and which takes as long as six years to obtain. Boatmen have warned that the new licence could compromise safety.The GuardianLast year was the warmest across England since records began nearly 350 years ago. The average temperature was 10.9 degrees centigrade, bettering the previous warmest year - 1990 - when the average was 10.7 degrees. The Times Hundreds of Central Trains services in the Midlands were cancelled for a second day yesterday after a 48 hour strike by conductors. Metro Two of the largest holders of Eurotunnel's £6.2bn debt have issued High Court proceedings against the company's bondholders, claiming the Channel Tunnel operator's restructuring plan contravenes an earlier agreement between lenders. American investors Oaktree Capital Management and Franklin Mutual Advisers, which together own about half of Eurotunnel's £1.78bn Tier 3 debt, are suing Law Debenture, the trustee to the bondholders. They claim that Eurotunnel's restructuring plan contravenes a previous agreement barring bondholders from swapping their bonds for equity.Daily Telegraph

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