Plates stolen from Wolverhampton war memorial
31 May
2011
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Plates stolen from Wolverhampton war memorial »

SHAMELESS thieves have stolen two metal plates bearing the names of dozens of war heroes from a memorial. The memorial, in Wolverhampton, bore the names of dozens of soldiers who died during the First and Second World Wars. It is thought that the vandals stole the metal plates over the weekend, before furious locals alerted [...]

Police officers disciplined over private snooping
31 May
2011
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Police officers disciplined over private snooping »

ROGUE POLICE officers are using official police computer systems to snoop on their loved ones for personal reasons. Over 50 West Midlands Police officers have been disciplined for using the high-tech systems to check up on people outside of their working lives. Some officers have been sacked, fined, or handed written warnings, and others have [...]

Supermarkets support government crackdown on blue badge abuse
30 May
2011
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Supermarkets support government crackdown on blue badge abuse »

Following major reforms to the Blue Badge scheme announced earlier this year, seven major supermarket chains have now given their support for the Government’s drive to eradicate Blue Badge abuse. Responding to the concerns of disability groups, Local Transport Minister Norman Baker wrote to all major supermarkets urging them to do what they could to [...]

Savers shunned by banks when looking for inflation-beating solutions for their savings
30 May
2011
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Savers shunned by banks when looking for inflation-beating solutions for their savings »

Now that no bank savings account in the UK can match boast inflation-beating credentials, savers need to look beyond the banks to protect their money from the ravages of rising inflation. One of the most attractive alternatives is lending at Zopa – the online lender that uses the peer-to-peer mechanism to offer market-leading rates to [...]

Salford Reds Go Green For World Record Attempt
30 May
2011
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Salford Reds Go Green For World Record Attempt »

The sportsmen joined the appeal to recycle clothes for World Environment Day – and help break a world record at the same time. The Trafford Centre is spearheading the attempt, to mark the international day for the environment on June 5th. Working in conjunction with Recycle for Greater Manchester, and the children’s charity Barnardos, staff [...]

Birds make home in a traffic cone
29 May
2011
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Birds make home in a traffic cone »

THIS family of Great Tits have made an unlikely home underneath a traffic cone on a car park. The intrepid little birds are enjoying the unusual shelter after their mother decided to nest there. Chris Blake, 65, snapped the amazing images on Thursday of the mother and her chicks under the cone at Holt Hall [...]

Northerners More Stressed Than Southerners About Moving House
29 May
2011
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Northerners More Stressed Than Southerners About Moving House »

People living in the North of England get more stressed about moving home than people in the South, according to a survey by Bishop’s Move. Over a quarter of the North’s residents (27 per cent) listed moving home as the most stressful life event, compared with just under a fifth (19.7 per cent) of those [...]

Charity shop finds almost £1500 in an old sofa
29 May
2011
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Charity shop finds almost £1500 in an old sofa »

THERE can barely be a sofa in Britain that doesn’t have the odd penny stuck down it – but one woman was stunned when she found almost GBP1,500 stuffed down he back of one. Karen Wilson, manager of a charity furniture store in Rugby, Warks, recently took delivery of the two seater couch and discovered [...]

Good Hope Hospital hoaxer
28 May
2011
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Good Hope Hospital hoaxer »

A MAN has pleaded guilty to planting a hoax bomb at a hospital – leading to its evacuation and costing the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds. Jeffrey Martin Horne, 43, of Mile Oak, Tamworth, Staffordshire appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today/yesterday (Wednesday) charged with planting a hoax bomb at Good Hope hospital in Sutton [...]

Sisters give birth on same day
28 May
2011
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Sisters give birth on same day »

TWO sisters have defied extraordinary odds after they both gave birth to baby girls on the same day and in the same hospital ward – just hours apart. Shocked sisters Rebecca and Rhea North saw in their double celebration after giving birth within just hours of each other to the delight of their families. Rebecca, [...]

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