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Bristol architect was strangled – murder investigation opened

Architect Joanna Yeates, whose body was found on Christmas Day after she had been reported missing for more than a week, died as a result of strangulation, police said on Tuesday. Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones told a televised news conference that Yeates died from “compression to the neck.” Police are pursuing several lines of [...]

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British men are getting heavier

New research suggests that British men and women are getting heavier. According to an Oxford University study, the average British man was 7.7kg (16.9lb) heavier in 2000 than he was in 1986. Scientists put the weight gain down to eating more calories and taking less physical exercise than 15 years earlier. Women’s average weight gain [...]

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UK in talks to tax Britons’ Swiss bank accounts

The UK and Switzerland have signed a declaration to start negotiations on tax issues. The move is a step towards making Britons with Swiss bank accounts pay tax on the interest they earn. Switzerland has long employed strict secrecy laws and has been a highly attractive place for the very wealthy to save their money. [...]

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Driver banned for towing 10 people inside caravan

A motorist who was stopped by police when towing a caravan carrying three women and seven children has been banned from driving for two years. North Wales Police told Caernarfon magistrates court Sameer Mirzar, 46, of Stoke-on-Trent, drove the caravan for about 100 miles (160km) for a picnic in Llanberis, Gwynedd. Mirzar, who admitted dangerous driving, [...]

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‘Decent’ UK state pension rise forecast

The state pension is set to rise to around £140 (156 euros) a week – significantly more than the current offerings, it has been reported. Women will be of particular benefit according to the proposal, to be detailed in a Green Paper before the end of the year. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) [...]

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Belfast police seize cannabis worth £1million

Cannabis with an estimated street value of one million pounds has been seized by police in Belfast. Officers from the organised crime branch seized the haul after stopping a taxi and another vehicle in the Duncrue area at lunchtime on Thursday. The drugs were recovered in the vehicle. Two men, aged 29, and 36, have [...]

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Woman dies after becoming trapped de-icing car

A woman has tragically died after becoming trapped underneath her car as she was trying to de-ice it, police have said. The 43-year-old, was found stuck under her Fiat Panda by a neighbour in Widnes, Cheshire, at about 0700 BST on Wednesday. She was rushed to Whiston Hospital but died later that day. Cheshire Police [...]

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UK disposable income falls

The amount of disposable income families had to enjoy fell for the ninth consecutive month during September 2010, new research has suggested. According to supermarket group Asda, the typical family was £4 a week worse off during the month than they were in September 2009. Once the people had paid all of their bills, they had [...]

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Human skull ‘belongs to Chinese cockle picker’

A human skull recently discovered off the Lancashire coast belongs to one of the 23 cockle-pickers who drowned there six years ago, tests have revealed. In July of this year, a fisherman found the skull near Silverdale Point, on the edge of Morecambe Bay. Since then DNA tests have been made to establish a match [...]

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Identity theft costs Britain £2.7 billion per year

Identity fraud in the UK affects nearly two million people every year at a cost to the country of £2.7 billion (3.09 billion euros), it is claimed. Approximately 1.8 million people suffer identity fraud each year, with criminals gaining an average of £1,000 (1,145 euros) in credit or benefits for each name they steal, the [...]

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