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Six million British households face blackouts this winter because of gas shortages caused by the Ukraine war, Whitehall officials have warned. Plans to alleviate the shortage include delaying the closure of three coal-fired power stations and the almost 50-year-old nuclear plant Hinkley Point B. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has demanded an investigation into the brutal tactics of French police after they teargassed Liverpool fans, including a nine-year-old boy, before Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris. Top gendarme Didier Lallement said he “regrets that several attendees may have been inconvenienced”. The Ukrainian winners of this year’s Eurovision have sold their trophy for £712,000 to buy drones for the war effort. Frontman Oleh Psiuk raised another £293,000 auctioning off his signature pink bucket hat.