Fracking for shale gas begins in the United Kingdom for the first time since it was suspended in 2011 after being linked to a series of earthquakes. Cuadrilla Resources say they will spend at least three months fracking two horizontal wells in Lancashire.
Thirteen men are arrested in the United Kingdom for drug smuggling. The authorities believe that over several years, the suspects imported approximately 50 tonnes of illegal drugs from the Netherlands, valued at several tens of millions of pounds. The National Crime Agency called it “the biggest ever [drug] conspiracy that we've seen in the UK”.
Pizza Express, a UK-based chain with 470 restaurants, including 150 overseas, reportedly hires financial advisors ahead of talks with its creditors. The business is £1.1 billion in debt and has made a loss for two consecutive years. It employs around 14,000 people.
Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom, announces he has sent a team to Essex to verify the identities of the 39 bodies found in a lorry this week, who are thought by UK authorities to be Chinese nationals. Post-mortems are due to begin today. The Northern Irish driver remains in police custody, suspected of murder.
At the Old Bailey a UK jury convicts a British man who traveled to fight against the Islamic State of a terror offence for visiting a training camp used by the PKK. He is the first UK man found guilty of such a crime, and is remanded in custody to await his November 7 sentencing hearing.