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Police 'not properly vetted'

They're in place to ensure police are fit to serve, but a BBC investigation finds that thousands of officers haven't undergone the latest background checks. A Freedom of Information request found that in one force - Northumbria - nine out of ten hadn't been vetted in line with current policy.

The checks, which can take several months, look at officers' finances, employment history and family associations, and include a search for any convictions. The National Police Chiefs' Council says forces are "working hard to reduce any backlog".

Parties clash over Brexit and immigration

Conservative Theresa May and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn didn't take part, but the ITV debate between the leaders of five other parties got pretty feisty, particularly on the issue of immigration. UKIP's Paul Nuttall, the only one of those present who had backed Brexit, warned the government not to "sell out" in negotiations with the EU. But the leaders of the Green Party, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats called his version of Brexit "extreme".

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Timetable for migration pledge?

One of the key pledges in the Conservative manifesto is to reduce net migration - the difference between those entering and leaving the UK each year - to "tens of thousands". Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said he did not know "specifically what year we are going to reach that point".

Remote-controlled runways

London City Airport is to move its air traffic controllers 80 miles away to Hampshire, where, instead of looking from a tower across the runway, they'll get a 360-degree digital view of planes landing and taking off. The system is already in use in Sweden and the airport's boss says he's "very confident" it will be safe from cyber-attacks.

Analysis: How can we protect ourselves against cyber-attacks?

By Matthew Wall and Mark Ward, technology reporters

Cyber-security used to be about building an impregnable wall around your company. But now that hackers seem to be finding weak points in these perimeter defences with increasing ease - largely due to the proliferation of wireless devices accessing the network at home and in the office - focus has moved towards defending critical parts within the network.

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What the papers say

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The Conservative manifesto is picked over, with both the Times and the Daily Telegraph saying it reflects the "mainstream" and the Daily Mail calling Theresa May "a PM not afraid to be honest with you". But the Mirror accuses her of "betraying" pensioners by means-testing winter fuel payments and the Guardian calls the manifesto "heavy on philosophy and light on costed giveaways".

Daily digest

Russia claims - Trump says FBI probe hurts America

Sound familiar? - BBC reporter fools bank's voice-recognition system

Social media - Instagram 'worst for young people's mental health'

Seven days quiz - Exactly how long is that cat?

If you watch one thing today

Scotland's first oil rush

If you listen to one thing today

Banishing the 'bad hombres'

If you read one thing today

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The city where lots of people don't vote

Today's lookahead

Today Sweden's director of public prosecutions and chief prosecutor must decide if they will lift a Europe-wide arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

13:30 Professor Stephen Hawking, who has predicted that the "human species will have to populate a new planet within 100 years if it is to survive", speaks at the Royal Society.

Today Iran holds a presidential election, with Hassan Rouhani expected to win a second term in office.

On this day

1897 Poet, author and playwright Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.

1997 The government announces the sponsorship of sporting events by tobacco companies is to be banned.

2004 Fathers For Justice campaigners throw condoms full of purple flour at Prime Minister Tony Blair, as he addresses the House of Commons.

From elsewhere

The agony of being ghosted (Daily Mail)

Is Steve Bannon on his way back? (Vanity Fair)

The village besieged by Hollywood (New York Times)

Losing a friend brings wild birds closer together (Oxford University)

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