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Evening Update Tue 04 July 2017

Court - A Nice policeman has been found guilty of transporting ‘migrants for money’ across the Italian border. To combat his own personal financial problems, the policeman was charging up to €250 per person for safe passage into France. The court handed down an 18 month prison sentence.

Fire - A motorcycle accident was the cause of yesterdays forest fire at Col de Vence. Flames from the crashed bike took hold of the dry brush, spreading to a large area, which then took eighty fire-fighters and nine Canadair aircraft twenty two hours to control. The motorcyclist is recovering in hospital in Antibes.

July 4th - The number of resident cards issued to US citizens in Monaco is believed to be around 300 with many of them ready to celebrate Independence Day this evening. A number of events are planned including a BBQ Street Party at Stars’n’Bars on the port, while Nikki Beach are hosting an American sports party on the rooftop of the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel.

BUSINESS

Shares in the payments processing firm Worldpay have jumped 28% after the company said it had attracted takeover interest from American payment giants Vantiv and JP Morgan. However, the company warned there can be no certainty on the terms of any offer, should any be made. Worldpay is the UK payments market leader, handling more than 40% of all transactions and employing 5,000 people in London. They joined the London Stock Exchange two years ago and are a member of the FTSE 100 index.

Samsung says a massive expansion of its memory chip business in South Korea has the potential to create 440,000 jobs in the country. The world's largest maker of chips and smartphones announced an eighteen billion dollar investment today, aiming to expand and upgrade its factories in South Korea and China.

SPORT

Tennis - Angelique Kerber avoided an early upset as the world number one overcame a spirited battle by American qualifier Irina Falconi 6-4 6-4. Kyle Edmund has claimed his first Wimbledon win, beating fellow Briton Alex Ward 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 to put him in the second round for the first time. Novak Djokovic needed just 40 minutes to reach the second round after Martin Klizan retired in the second set because of a calf injury. Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic, last year's runner-up, saw off Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 6-2 7-6 in his opening match. Roger Federer is on court now against Alexander Dolgo.polov

Cycling - Britain's Mark Cavendish crashed heavily in a sprint finish as Arnaud Demare won stage four of the Tour de France today. Dimension Data rider Cavendish, made contact with Peter Sagan before hitting the barriers on the right-hand side of the road in Vittel. He required lengthy medical treatment before crossing the finish line. Briton Geraint Thomas, the race leader, also crashed, but because it happened in the final 3km he was credited with the same time as Frenchman Demare and retains the yellow jersey.

Football - Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is having a medical at Arsenal this afternoon before the Gunners complete their record transfer deal. The club had an initial bid for the France international rejected, but talks are continuing, and its thought the move will  surpass the £42m Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

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