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Ukrainian family moved to tears by fundraiser to help diabetic daughter

A family who escaped the war in Ukraine were moved to tears after a British man raised more than £5,000 to help their diabetic daughter. John Rice, 56, who is from Northampton but has lived in Slovakia for a decade, opened up his home to the family after they were forced to flee their home in Chernihiv, northern Ukraine. Mr Rice set up a GoFundMe page to cover the cost […]

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Teddy collector set to auction more than 1000 bears accumulated over 58 years

A woman from Wiltshire who amassed a collection of more than 1,500 teddy bears over 58 years will put many of the toys up for auction. Lynda Fairhurst’s collection is set to go under the hammer on Tuesday as part of the Teddy Bears, Dolls, Dolls’ Houses and Traditional Toys Auction in Newbury, organised by Special Auction Services. Ms Fairhurst, 69, has parted with 1,005 of her bears ahead of […]

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Motor insurers facing challenges from rising costs and supply chain issues

Motor insurers are facing pressures from rising costs and supply chain challenges, which may also mean some drivers waiting for longer for vehicle repairs. Despite the cost pressures on insurers, the average amount paid by motorists for insurance having fallen to its lowest level in more than six years in the first quarter of 2022. The average price paid for comprehensive motor insurance in the first quarter of the year […]

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Treasury backed interest free loan scheme to be expanded to reach up to 20000

A Government-supported scheme which provides interest-free loans to the financially vulnerable will be expanded to reach up to 20,000 people. The No Interest Loan Scheme (Nils), which is backed by the Treasury but run by credit unions and other lending organisations, has been successfully trialled in Manchester and from September will be rolled out in other parts of the UK. It aims to offer emergency loans to those who would […]

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Rail and Tube strikes to go ahead after talks fail to resolve dispute

Union leaders have confirmed that next week’s rail and Tube strikes will go ahead after talks failed to resolve a bitter row over pay, jobs and conditions. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said it had held discussions in the past few weeks at senior levels with Network Rail, train operators and London Underground. General secretary Mick Lynch said: “Despite the best efforts of our negotiators no viable settlements […]

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Ukraine banner attached to chapel at University of Cambridges Kings College

A banner in support of Ukraine has been tied between the two spires on King’s College Chapel at the University of Cambridge. The sign reads “Slava Ukraini”, which roughly translates to “Glory to Ukraine” and also features a Ukrainian flag. Students and Cambridge locals took to social media on Friday morning to document the emergence of the banner which is hung across the top of the 80-foot building in the […]

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Mayors back calls for greater control over taxes raised in their areas

Mayors should have greater control over taxes raised in their areas in order to end “micromanagement” of England’s regions by Whitehall, a think tank has said. Nine of England’s 10 metro mayors have backed a report from centre-right think tank Onward that calls for “radical” changes that include giving mayors control over 1% of income tax revenues along with the ability to raise taxes and cut business rates in their […]

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Temperatures to fall after heatwave forecasters say

Temperatures are predicted to drop by nearly 15C in some parts of the UK after the hottest day of the year so far. The Met Office has said the Midlands may see temperatures fall to 15C after seeing highs of 29C on Friday as well as some rain after gusts of hot continental air swept across the UK. As a result of an influx of cooler Atlantic air, the mercury […]

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European court intervenes over fighter sentenced to death alongside British pair

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has intervened in the case of a Moroccan man sentenced to death alongside two Britons for allegedly fighting Russian forces. The Strasbourg-based court will indicate to the Russian government that it should ensure the death penalty imposed on Brahim Saadoune is not carried out. Mr Saadoune was sentenced to death on the same day as Shaun Pinner, 48, from Bedfordshire, and Aiden Aslin, […]

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