The army has been placed on standby to help the Met police, after more than 100 firearms officers handed in their guns in protest at the decision to charge one of their colleagues with murder for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man last year. The soldiers will be available for counter-terrorism operations and will have no powers of arrest. The backlash over the possible scrapping of the planned HS2 rail link between Birmingham and Manchester is growing, says BBC News. With a decision on the high-speed line expected this week, former chancellor George Osborne said ditching the extension would be a “gross act of vandalism”. A Nasa capsule containing a 250g sample of the far-off asteroid Bennu safely touched down in Utah yesterday (pictured). The fruits of the Osiris-Rex mission, which took seven years to complete, should provide new insights into the earliest history of the solar system.