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'Sweetheart deal' row council plans to quit Local Government Association

The council at the centre of a row over allegations of a "sweetheart deal" on finance plans to leave the umbrella body for local authorities.

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Tycoon who banned 'coloured' tenants blames lettings agent for public backlash

A buy-to-let tycoon has blamed a disgruntled lettings agency employee for thrusting him into the spotlight over his ban on "coloured" tenants - but insisted: "I do not apologise for it."

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Tycoon who banned 'coloured' tenants over curry smells could face legal action

A property tycoon who banned "coloured" tenants from renting his homes because he claims they make them smell of curry faces the prospect of legal action.

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Hunting for an affordable home? Head for Feltham

House hunters searching for value in Britain's priciest counties may want to consider Feltham, Stevenage and Milton Keynes, research suggests.

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Man charged with offensive posts on pornographic website

A 36-year-old man will appear in court charged with posting offensive images and comments relating to two women on a pornographic website.

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Ex-BBC employee 'repeatedly sexually harassed woman in 1980s'

A former BBC employee carried out a "persistent, repeated and unwanted sexual harassment" of a woman while he worked for the company more than 30 years ago, a court has been told.

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Glassing attack has shattered my self-confidence, says victim

A glassing victim scarred for life in an unprovoked attack says she has lost all her self-confidence.

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Turning out the light is key to stopping teenagers sleeping late, research says

It has been said that teenagers are programmed to wake up late, but new research suggests that simply turning down the lights at night could help them get to sleep - and make it easier to get up in the morning.

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Brighton's i360 vertical cable car to reopen on Wednesday

The world's first vertical cable car will reopen on Wednesday following technical problems that led to its temporary closure at the weekend.

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Union in plea to Mayor of Liverpool over rail strike on Grand National day

The biggest rail union is seeking an urgent meeting with the Mayor of Liverpool to help resolve a dispute which threatens a strike on the day of the Grand National.

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Redrow abandons pursuit of rival housebuilder Bovis

Housebuilder Redrow has pulled out of the takeover tussle for under-pressure rival Bovis Homes, saying it would not return with a higher offer.

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Chinese firm to help operate South West Trains franchise

A Chinese company will help operate one of the biggest rail franchises in the country after a surprise announcement by the Government.

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Mother of Westminster terrorist condemns son's killing spree as 'atrocity'

The mother of Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood has said she is "deeply shocked, saddened and numbed" by the actions of her son.

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Firm fined £800,000 after driver crushes brother in dumper truck accident

A construction firm has been fined £800,000 after a man accidentally crushed his brother to death with a dumper truck.

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Teenager bailed again in probe over tweets mocking Katie Price's disabled son

A teenager has been further bailed after being arrested by police investigating posts on social media mocking TV star Katie Price's disabled son Harvey.

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Man aged 30 arrested in Westminster terror attack probe

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Birmingham by officers investigating the Westminster terror attack.

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Gruelling day on the beach for lifeboat fundraisers

Bournemouth beach was transformed into a gruelling assault course on Sunday as challengers took on a 5km circuit in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

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Brighton's i360 observation tower shut for third time due to 'temporary fault'

Technical problems have forced Brighton's i360 observation tower to close for the third time since its opening last August.

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UK landmarks join big switch-off for Earth Hour

People are being urged to join UK landmarks and famous sites around the world as they switch off their lights for an hour on Saturday night to back action on climate change.

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Helicopter crashes next to River Thames after going into a 'spin'

The pilot of a helicopter which crashed near a river after going into a spin gave a "thumbs-up" as he escaped with minor injuries, a witness said.

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