Personal loans drop to lowest level in 14 YEARS as cautious households clear debts

Brits have paid off half their personal loans since the financial crisis, with debts at their lowest since 1999 ” class=”blkBorder” /> Counting the pennies: Cautious consumers chose to pay off more than they borrowed in 2012 Cautious households are making considerable headway clearing their debts, with the amount owed on personal loans dropping to its lowest level in 14 years, according to a report.

Grandfather, 57, sets himself on fire at home after amassing hidden debts of 150,000

Grandfather, 57, set fire to himself after amassing debts of more than 150,000 that he kept hidden from wife and children Former petrol station cashier Ibrahim Omar had '97% full thickness burning'Loans and credit cards were thought to be the reason behind his huge debtA blast in August shattered bedroom door and pushed out bedroom's walls | UPDATED: 15:38 GMT, 11 December 2012 A grandfather set fire to himself at home after amassing hidden debts of more than 150,000 and keeping them hidden from his wife of three decades, an inquest heard yesterday. Ibrahim Omar, 57, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, put family photos and other personal items in his daughter's car and left the car keys outside his house before setting himself alight indoors.

The 12 prep days of Christmas: How organising the big day takes up almost a fortnight

The 12 prep days of Christmas: How organising the big day takes up almost a fortnight Preparations for a typical family Christmas Day take up 12 days, 14 hours and 13 minutes, researchers sayParents spend almost two weeks trying to make December 25 as special as possible | UPDATED: 17:02 GMT, 1 December 2012 Christmas Day comes but once a year – but preparations for December 25 take up almost a fortnight, new research has found.

"Peter Petrauske and Jack Kemp: Male "white witches who abused children were also into wife-swapping"

Male 'white witches who abused children were also into wife-swapping' Ex-wife of Jack Kemp, Pamela James, said she slept with Peter Petrauske and was encouraged to do soPetrauske, 72, from Falmouth, faces three charges of indecent assault and one of rapeKemp, 69, also from Falmouth, faces 15 charges of sexual assault on youngsters aged between three and 15Truro Crown Court heard alleged abuse spans three decades | UPDATED: 15:53 GMT, 29 November 2012 Two men who belonged to a witches’ coven that allegedly sexually abused young girls were also into wife swapping, a jury heard today Peter Petrauske, 72, and 69-year-old Jack Kemp are alleged to have been involved in a pagan group of white witches operating in west and mid Cornwall from the 1970s. Today at Truro Crown Court, Kemp’s ex wife Pamela James told the jury that she and ‘German Pete’ Petrauske had sex a number of times between the early 70s and 80s

Stamp price rises force half of over-50s to cut back on Christmas cards

Stamp price rises force half of over-50s to cut back on Christmas cards | UPDATED: 09:23 GMT, 27 November 2012 One in two Britons over the age of 50 plan to send fewer Christmas cards this year due to the soaring price of a stamp, a report warned yesterday. Royal Mail this year raised the price of a first class stamp from 46p to 60p and the price of a second class one from 36p to 50p. A survey of 8,560 people by Saga, the old age experts, is the first insight into the impact of the increase on ordinary Britons