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Evening Update Weds 12 July

Thieves - Police have arrested a Romanian couple in Beaulieu-sur-mer, believed to be behind a number of daylight robberies along the coast. They worked, with the woman approaching mainly elderly people in markets, and after engaging them in conversation, would steal watches and jewellery as she hugged them goodbye. Then her husband would drive her off with the proceeds of the robbery. Police believe the couple operated along the coast between Nice and Menton, and are appealing for other victims of the scam to come forward.

Smoke - The League Against Cancer and Villeneuve-Loubet have signed an agreement to label 44 new smoke-free areas. It means there are now 121 spaces throughout region that are smoke free, meaning the Alpes-Maritimes department makes up a large proportion of the 684 available nationwide.

Nice - The city of Nice is inviting everyone to take part in a special tribute on Friday for the victims of last years July 14th attack. People are invited to the Quay des Etats Unis between 9am and 8pm Friday, to write a message on a stone painted red, white and blue. The stones will be laid out to form a message 170 meters long and 8 meters wide, visible from the sky. At 8pm, the message will be filmed by a drone and unveiled on the giant screens along the Quay.

Antibes - There was a heavy police presence in Antibes earlier today as gunshots were heard on the Boulevard Wilson after lunch. Visibly armed police in flak jackets were on the scene as investigators look into the origin of the shots.

BUSINESS

The Royal Bank of Scotland has agreed a £3.65bn settlement for its role in the sale of risky mortgage products in the United States before the financial crisis. The settlement is with the US Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the secondary mortgage market. A separate deal with the Department of Justice is expected later this year. The bank has set aside a total of £6.7bn as a provision for both fines.

Burberry has reported increased sales in the three months to June, helped by demand from China. The fashion retailer started the year with a 4% increase in like-for-like sales. It is the first set of results to be reported under new chief executive Marco Gobbetti.

Ten employees of Australian casino group Crown Resorts have been released from jail in China. The group served nine months in prison after admitting illegally promoting gambling in China. Six others remain in custody including Jason O'Connor, an Australia

SPORT

Tennis - Defending champion Andy Murray has been knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals by American 24th seed Sam Querrey. Murray led by a set and a break but then lost 12 of the last 14 games as he appeared to struggle physically. The final result was 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1. The defeat means Novak Djokovic could now overtake Murray as the world number one. Djokovic, who is playing Tomas Berdych right now on Court No.1, needs to win the Wimbledon to return to the top of the rankings. Finally, Gilles Muller is also out of Wimbledon losing to Marin Cillic 6-3 6-7 5-7 7-5 1-6

Tour de France - Marcel Kittel has won his fifth stage of this year's Tour de France with victory on Stage 11 as Britain's Chris Froome retained the leader's yellow jersey. Poland's Maciej Bodnar was caught in the final 300 metres in Pau, having led for the rest of the 203km route. Froome leads by 18 seconds overall from Italy's Fabio Aru and is 51 seconds ahead of Romain Bardet in third. Britain's Daniel McLay finished fifth in the stage.

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