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Euro urges year ban on cod

THE European Commission has called for a halt to cod fishing for the whole of next year off the West of Scotland and in the Irish Sea in a bid to boost conservation.

The crackdown is part of proposed EU catch allowances unveiled today which signal the start of intense haggling over quotas for fishing fleets in the run-up to a final deal in December.

The Commission says its recommendations are based on scientific advice on the state of key stocks.

Corrie rape

Charity Rape Crisis says its has recorded an 800pc increase in calls to its London HQ after a Coronation Street storyline depicted the violent rape of character Carla Connor.

Carla, played by Alison King in the ITV1 soap, was assaulted by her partner, Frank Foster, played by Andrew Lancel, after she called off their wedding.

ITV blunders in IRA expose

ITV has admitted that a documentary about the IRA mistakenly used a scene from a video game and claimed it was a real IRA attack.

Monday night's Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA lifted footage from the internet that shows a clip from a game called Arma II, but described it incorrectly as footage of a 1988 IRA attack on a British Army helicopter. ITV said it was a case of "human error".