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News Digest: Miliband's election pledge not to increase borrowing

Ed Miliband has ruled out borrowing more money to pay for his party's manifesto commitments as he sought to show voters that Labour could be trusted with the nation's finances.

In what he said was his first election campaign pledge, Mr Miliband said Labour would cut the deficit every year of the next Parliament and balance the nation's books if it wins power next May.

He warned that Tory plans to cut spending "way below" the levels seen during Margaret Thatcher's premiership would have "dramatic consequences for the social and economic fabric of our country".

Cheers as Savile pal jailed for child rapes

A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile has been branded a "monster" after being jailed for 25 years for a string of historical sex offences.

Ex-Radio Caroline presenter Ray Teret (73) used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on his under-age victims who were between 13 and 15.

Teret - known as Ugly Ray - was mentored by Savile in the early days of his career and was described as following him around "like a shadow", his trial heard.

Sentencing him at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Mr Justice Baker said: "It is clear that you exploited your celebrity status to sexually abuse young girls when they were between 13 and 15 years of age.

"Those who were raped had little or no understanding what was happening to them and felt they could do little to prevent the abuse taking place."

He said Teret's "ill-judged cynicism" that his victims would not come forward was matched by his belief that the jury would not believe their accounts.

The public gallery, which contained a number of complainants in the case, erupted into applause when the sentence was passed.

Pro-democracy students vow to fight on

Authorities have cleared away the last barricades and tents of a democracy protest in Hong Kong - but student leaders and activists vowed their fight is not over.

Hundreds of police officers carried out a peaceful operation to shut down the protest that sprawled across a normally busy road on the edge of the specially administered Chinese city's financial district.

The student-led demonstrators have been protesting against Beijing's restrictions on the first election for Hong Kong's leader. It has lasted two-and-a-half months, though the movement's momentum has been fading in recent weeks.

Hundreds of remaining protesters heeded police warnings to leave the area, but dozens of students, pro-democracy politicians and others stayed sitting on the street.

They chanted "I want true democracy" and "We will be back", but offered no resistance as they were taken away one by one, many lifted off the ground. Earlier, workers removed barricades on the edge of the protest site before officers moved in and dismantled tents and obstructions from the rest of it. They had warned protesters that they faced arrest if they did not leave.

"I think the spirit of the movement still lives, but the idea of occupying streets is over," said student Andrew Chan (20).

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