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Evening Update Mon 03 July

Arrest - Police have arrested the gang behind the recent high-profile jewellery robberies at Winston Jewellers in Cannes in January and Cartier in Monaco in March. The eight people arrested in Vallauris, Cannes and Antibes, were believed to be highly organised, and planning more robberies in St Tropez.

Shooting - A 16-year-old boy is recovering from gunshot wounds to the chest and legs, after an altercation in Grasse last night. The incident happened on Rue Sans-Peur in the old town when a resident, exasperated at a group of teenagers making noise at 3am, pulled a gun on the group and fired shots. A 54 year-old man is helping police with their enquiries.

Sex Assault - An Australian man, Sean O’Neil from Valbonne, is to face court for the third time over the same rape charges dating back to 2009. This time, he is appealing the length of his prison sentence, which was increased from 15 to 19 years on appeal. Known as a ‘Krishna guru’, Sean O’Neil had lived with teenage girls, with their parents knowledge, and has always denied forcing the girls to anything.

Accident - Two people are dead, and three others are seriously injured, after a tragic accident, where a car fell 30 meters into a ravine. It happened as the five were travelling to Mendatica, north of San Remo in Italy for a lunch yesterday afternoon.

BUSINESS

A new scheme enabling foreign investors to buy and sell Chinese bonds has been launched. The Bond Connect programme is an attempt by Beijing to open up its financial markets and attract foreign capital. Although China's nine trillion dollar bond market is the third-largest in the world, only 2% of Chinese bonds are foreign-owned. HSBC Holdings were among the first institutions to trade using the scheme, with about $300m worth of bonds purchased in early trading.

A delegation of City of London business leaders are in Brussels this week looking for their own post-Brexit deal on financial services. They’re concerned London's status as a European financial hub will be badly hit when the UK leaves the EU single market. At present, nearly 80% of foreign exchange trading, and 30% of all bank lending in the EU, flows through the UK.

SPORT

Cycling - At the Tour de France, the riders entered France this afternoon, their third country of the day, making the race officially the Tour de France. World champion Peter Sagan won todays stage in a sprint finish as Britain's Geraint Thomas retained the yellow jersey. Sagan, was strongest in the final 500m, and despite unclipping his foot from the pedal, crossed first ahead of Australian Michael MatthewsThomas was among the challengers at the end, finishing two seconds back. His fellow Team Sky rider and defending champion Chris Froome claimed the same time to move to second overall.

Tennis - Nick Kyrgios is out of Wimbledon after retiring from his first round match against France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert with a hip injury. The Australian was visibly struggling throughout the match and pulled out shortly after losing the second set 6-3 6-4.

Former British number one, Laura Robson, is also out after 6-4 6-2 game against Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Cameron Norrie, ranked 221 in the world and playing for Britain, had little luck in the draw when he was given France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as a first-round opponent. Not surprisingly, Tsonga made little work of him this morning, dispensing him in a quick 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 game.

Britain's Andy Murray began the defence of his Wimbledon title with a straight-set win over Alexander Bublik on Centre Court this afternoon. The Scot won 6-1 6-4 6-2, despite a hip injury which disrupted his build-up.

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