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Here are the latest national news headlines from around the country today (Monday).

SCAM WARNING

Scams using social media, subscriptions and the telephone preference service are among the emerging threats to consumers over the next year, according to frontline trading standards teams.

National Trading Standards (NTS) said it was aware of a growing number of scammers making cold calls claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and attempting to extract money for registration or for useless call blocking devices.

Louise Baxter, from the NTS scams team, said: “This is a sad and cynical scam that targets people who are actively trying to protect themselves or vulnerable relatives.

“Please remember that the TPS never cold calls and its service is always free.”

REWARD OFFERED

A £10,000 reward is being offered in return for information about the murder of a young father who was stabbed to death.

Christian Bagley, 30, was walking home from visiting his two-year-old daughter on Father’s Day in Hereford when he was stabbed in the back and the arm, West Mercia Police said.

He tried to raise the alarm, but collapsing in Rogers Avenue at around 11pm on June 21.

The death of Mr Bagley was due to feature on BBC One’s Crimewatch on Monday.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police incident room on 0800 056 0944 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

PAY RISES

Pay in private firms is increasing at the fastest rate for years, but there is a “big question mark” over the medium term outlook for wages, according to a new report.

The Resolution Foundation said maintaining the recent pay “surge” into next year will be a challenge once inflation starts to rise.

The think tank said that average weekly earnings grew by between 3.4 per cent and 3.6 per cent in the three months to August, which would represent the strongest growth since 2002.

A Treasury spokesman said: “The report is further evidence that our economic plan is working.”

HIKING DEATH

A former Leeds University physics professor has died after falling on rocks while visiting one of the longest hiking trails in North America.

Alexei Likhtman, 44, lost balance while taking photographs and fell around 50ft on a trip to part of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, local police said.

Other hikers tried to save him but he died about an hour later, at noon local time on Sunday. His family has been informed of his death.

PENSIONS PLAN

People can boost their state pension income by up to £1,300 a year as a new “top-up” scheme is launched today.

Pensioners and anyone reaching state pension age before April 6 2016 can buy an additional guaranteed income, in exchange for making a one-off lump sum payment.

They are being offered a chance to increase their state pension by up to £25 a week - equating to up to £1,300 in extra pension payments a year.

The scheme will be open for 18 months and it has been estimated that 265,000 people may be interested in taking it up.

“PRESENTEEISM” PRESSURE

People are increasingly going to work when they are ill, especially in firms with a culture of long hours, new research has revealed.

A survey of 600 employers found that almost a third reported a rise in so-called “presenteeism”.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said companies where workers go to work ill were more likely be hit by stress-related absence among staff or mental health problems.

Its study found that workers were more likely to go to the office while sick if long working hours were seen as the norm, or where operational demands took precedence over employee wellbeing

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