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Crackdown on black market tobacco

Times Series: The LGA said fake cigarettes cost the UK economy £3bn a year in unpaid duty

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Efforts to reduce smoking and improve health are being hampered by the black market trade of millions of illegal cigarettes filled with excrement, dead flies and asbestos, local authority leaders have warned.

BT phone bills poised to climb

Times Series: BT will increase the price of standard line rental for direct debit customers

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

BT is alerting millions of customers that it is increasing prices by up to 6.5% in a blow to households struggling with soaring utility bills.

Thousands to attend Pride parade

Times Series: The Pride parade is traditionally led by Greater Manchester Police

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Tens of thousands of people will converge on Manchester this weekend as one of the world's biggest gay pride events gets under way.

Kellie Maloney in CBB quit threat

Times Series: Kellie Maloney told Celebrity Big Brother housemates that she felt weak and vulnerable

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Celebrity Big Brother star Kellie Maloney broke down in tears and dramatically threatened to quit the show.

Body of Reynolds to lie in state

Times Series: A full state funeral will be held for former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

The body of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds will lie in state today in Dublin's Mansion House for members of the public to file past his coffin and pay their respects.

Top marks for private school pupils

Times Series: Some independent school pupils are now taking the Cambridge Pre-U examination

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Nearly a fifth of A-level entries from private school pupils were awarded an A* this year, according to new statistics.

Hunt reforms hospital parking rules

Times Series: Jeremy Hunt said patients and families should not have to deal with the added stress of "unfair" parking charges

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Relatives of chronically ill patients must be given free or cheap hospital parking under new rules announced by the Government.

Buying home 'cheaper than renting'

Times Series: The average monthly cost of running a three-bedroom house is £677 - £110 lower than the typical rent

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

The cost for a first-time buyer of owning a home is now around £1,300 a year less expensive than renting, research has found.

BBC 'cover up' over Sir Cliff raid

Times Series: The BBC has been accused of a cover-up in events concerning the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's house

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

The BBC has been accused of a "cover up" over its role in the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's flat following sexual assault allegations.

May to bring in anti-extremist laws

Times Series: Theresa May said Britain must introduce all the legal powers necessary to win the struggle against terror

12:13am Saturday 23rd August 2014

The Home Secretary is poised to bring in new laws to tackle British extremists in the wake of the horrific killing of American journalist James Foley by a jihadist with an English accent.

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