What the papers say - August 2, 2007

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A bogus firefighter left a town without emergency cover when he diverted its only available fire appliance to pump out a flooded pub. Peter Jennings...

A bogus firefighter left a town without emergency cover when he diverted its only available fire appliance to pump out a flooded pub. Peter Jennings claimed to be a senior fire officer from Liverpool, who had driven 200 miles from his home to help out during the recent floods in Gloucestershire. In fact, Jennings was a serial hoaxer with a history of turning up at incidents dressed as a firefighter. Magistrates in Stroud, Gloucestershire, were told yesterday that Jennings, 49, had ordered the fire appliance from Cheltenham to pump out the Canterbury pub in Tewkesbury, leaving the town without any fire cover. Because he was dressed in the uniform of a commander, no one questioned his order. He was only unmasked when a police officer from Merseyside recognised him on a television news report. Jennings was bailed to reappear at the court on September 7, when he will stand trial for theft - The Times

Cadbury Schweppes said it is prepared to demerge its North American soft drinks business if the proposed £7bn sale is scuppered by turmoil in US credit markets - The Guardian

It has been a long time coming but August might just spell the resurgence of summer after the damp squib of June and July. Forecasters believe the weather is saving the best for last after weeks of misery caused by the recent heavy rain and flooding - Daily Mail

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