Morning headlines: Friday 18th October 2019

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Brexit breakthrough as Euro Council meeting continues 

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) continues the second day of the European Council meeting in Brussels with other EU leaders today. It comes after a last gasp deal on Brexit, with changes to the withdrawal agreement on the terms and conditions for Britain to leave the EU at the end of October. Rinne says the ball is now in the hands of the British Parliament, who meet Saturday to vote on whether to give this new agreement the green light or not. Read more at our story here.

National Bureau of Investigation probes international fraud

The National Bureau of Investigation is probing an international fraud racket that’s said to have cost Finnish businesses more than €725,000. Police say a criminal gang, involving suspects who live in Finland, got hold of a personal identification number to open a Finnish bank account. The suspects used that account to obtain bank loans and credit cards to set up fake companies. The gang tricked banks into gave loans and credit cards to more than 40 people and several companies – and have also caused data security breaches at several Finnish companies and organisations.

Majority oppose cutting meat & milk from subsidised meals

A clear majority of people in Finland across all age ranges and locations oppose banning meat and milk from school lunches and kindergarten meals. It’s a trend being justified on environmental grounds, with Helsinki University’s cafe the latest to say it’s cutting beef from the menu, while a Helsinki politician wants to ban milk from the menu for school children. However a study in Rural Future magazine finds that 60% of people area against cutting meat and milk for climate change reasons. The survey was conducted in early October by Kantar TNS and 1100 people responded.

Police search for ‘dangerous’ teenager in south west 

Police in south west Finland are asking for the public’s help to find a 17-year old young woman who they say is dangerous, and should not be approached. She was last seen in Harjavalta, and may have blood on her clothing. She’s described as 1.65m tall with blonde hair and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, a black hooded sweatshirt and an olive green winter jacket. She was carrying a backpack. Police are emphasising that members of the public should not try to detain the young woman, but immediately call 112. There’s no more information from the police at this time about any crime they think she might be involved in, but officers have been looking for her since around 06:00 on Friday morning.

WATCH: Surf’s up at Finland’s largest, newest mall

You can’t normally go surfing when you do your grocery shopping, but it’s now a possibility to catch some waves at Mall of Tripla which opened this week in Helsinki’s Pasila neighbourhood. The mall has 250 shops, 60 restaurants and cafes including many retail brands and restaurant concepts that are brand new to Finland. There’s also a music hall of fame museum, a church and an Australian-themed beach area with a bar, volleyball courts and a wave pool for surfing. The beach has been built into the basement of Tripla Mall in a space that’s been ‘future proofed’ – this is the area that planners have set aside for a station in case the metro is extended to Pasila in years to come. Watch video of the surfers in action, and learn more about the new mall – does the capital city region really need so much retail space – at our video here.

Friday morning weather 

It’s a cloudy start to Friday morning for all parts of the country, with rain or drizzle in some central and southern areas, and snow this morning in the north of Lapland. Anywhere to the south of Oulu will see temperatures above freezing on Friday with double digits forecast for Hanko on the south coast up to +10°C this morning. In Lapland temperatures for Friday morning hover a few degrees below freezing. For Saturday, look out for some mild temperatures in the south west, Åland and the capital city region up to +13°C and sunny, but below freezing again in the north.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Friday morning 18th October 2019 / Credit: FMI