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Evening Update 24 May

Shots - Forensic police are investigating gunshots fired on a school in Nice Pasteur.  They were called in after a teacher discovered a broken window and several bullet holes in a wall. It’s believed there were no children on the premises when the incident took place.

Porn - Cyber-crime police made a critical error when they took in a man from St Sylvestre for downloading hundreds of child pornography movies. The man, who strenuously denied the charges, was identified from the IP address of his internet connection. However, on investigation it was found that four subscribers in the area, share that same IP addess, and the cyber-paedophile was in fact a 28-year-old neighbour. The wrongly accused man was released, while his neighbour was brought before the court this afternoon.

Nice - After its disappearance caused a lot of concern on social media, the iconic I Love Nice sign has returned to its place, overlooking the Baie des Anges from the foot of the chateau. The three metre sign has spent the last ten days being stripped, repainted and completely refurbished, and is once again set to the be centre-piece of millions of tourist photos this summer.

BUSINESS

Deutsche Bank is to cut more than 7,000 jobs as Germany's biggest lender attempts to return to profit. The bank said it would reduce global staffing levels, including a cut of 25% in the number of jobs at its equity sales and trading business. Deutsche Bank employs around 66,000 people in Europe, 21,000 in Asia and about 10,000 in North America.

McDonald's is to face a vote by shareholders about its use of plastic straws at its AGM tomorrow. A small shareholder is pressing the fast food giant to demonstrate leadership in the elimination of plastic straws, but McDonald's says the move is unnecessary and redundant.

SPORT

Formula 1
Daniel Ricciardo and team-mate Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in both practice sessions today here in Monaco. The Australian saw off the Dutchman by 0.194 seconds in the second session, as both enjoyed a comfortable margin over their rivals. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third from title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen was in trouble this morning for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner when he ran wide at Sainte Devote. He reversed back on to the track, forcing Raikkonen to take avoiding action on the escape road on the inside of the corner. The stewards looked into the incident, but eventually decided he had done nothing wrong, because yellow caution flags were being waved warning other drivers of an incident ahead.

Fernando Alonso had problems during practice today with his brake-by-wire system, consigning him to the garage for most of the morning session. The Spaniard, who has not raced in Monaco since 2016, did get out for the final 10 minutes but could manage only 17th.

In other Grand Prix news, world champion Lewis Hamilton says the return of female models to the  grid at this weekend's Grand Prix is "a beautiful thing". Liberty Media has stopped the use of 'grid girls' in January, saying their use was at odds with modern day society norms. However models for Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer will feature on the grid this weekend, though not in 'grid girl' roles.

The final Formula 1 practice session and qualifiers will take place on Saturday, and we’ll have full coverage this weekend, with our team Rob Harrison, Sarah Lycett, Mark Dezzani and Mark Abson on-air with on-the-spot interviews and updates on the action from our studio right beside the track here in Monaco.

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