HMV saved from closure after 50million deal which will save 2,500 jobs 141 iconic HMV stores will be saved by restructuring firm HilcoMusic and film companies 'back the deal' as they want to keep a High Street rival to internet retailers First HMV store opened on Oxford Street in 1921 By Rob Cooper PUBLISHED: 09:30 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:03 GMT, 5 April 2013 The HMV brand has been rescued after administrators agreed a 50million deal which will save 2,500 jobs. Hilco, a specialist restructuring firm, will acquire 141 HMV-branded stores – including 23 which had previously been set to close. The iconic brand had faced disappearing from high streets altogether if a rescue deal could not be agreed.
Racing pundit John McCririck collapses at Cheltenham Racecourse 'suffering from the stress of being axed by Channel 4'Veteran broadcaster taken to hospital after becoming ill at CheltenhamHis wife blamed collapse on pressure after he was dropped by Channel 4Earlier that day he had complained of 'feeling unwell' By Louise Eccles PUBLISHED: 19:13 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:15 GMT, 12 March 2013 Racing pundit John McCririck was in hospital tonight after he collapsed at Cheltenham Racecourse. His wife Jenny blamed his collapse on the stress of being sacked by Channel 4 after 29 years with the broadcaster. McCririck is currently suing the channel for 3m for ageism and loss of earnings.
Amazing Space razed to the ground: Woodland retreat featured in Channel 4 series torched by arsonistsTim Sands spent 7,000 life savings on building which has now been torchedIt featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces in December last yearExpensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to the teacher's grandad were also destroyed in the blaze . Torched: Arsonists have destroyed a woodland retreat built by teacher Tim Sands using his 7,000 life savings Happier times: The building was featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, on Channel 4, in December last year But it has now been torched to the ground, taking with it both expensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to his grandad when Mr Sands first moved to the Lake District. The wooden building, built with the help of friends, was uninsured, and the blaze is thought to have caused around 25,000 worth of damage.
'One was bigger than my waist!': Presenter Sian Welby left stunned after measuring German cyclist's freaky 28 INCH thighs Cyclist Robert Frstemann met ITV4 presenter Sian Welby in ManchesterAt National Cycling Centre for Round 3 of Revolution Series cycling event Frstemann made headlines at London 2012 following photo of his thighs Olympics – and they’re back again. German cyclist Robert Frstemann left ITV presenter Sian Welby speechless in Manchester when she used a tape measure to find the circumference of one of his thighs was a whopping 28 inches.
TV Hotel Inspector Ruth Watson gets a taste of her own medicine as she launches legal bid after her restaurant was given just ONE star out of FIVE for food hygiene62-year-old furious after The Crown and Castle in Suffolk was poorly rated Suffolk Coastal District Council carried out the inspection in November Certain dishes have been removed from the menu because of rating 'We strongly disagree with the score we have received' said Mrs Watson By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 09:41 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:07 GMT, 4 January 2013 Angry: Top food writer and broadcaster Ruth Watson has launched a legal challenge after inspectors gave her hotel The Crown and Castle just one star out of five for food hygiene As a top food writer and broadcaster, Ruth Watson is used to giving advice to struggling hoteliers desperate to revive their fortunes. But it seems the 62-year-old could do with some advice of her own after her rural hotel restaurant received a damning critique
Snowman and the Snowdog melts hearts of six million: Animation draws one of Channel 4's biggest audiences of the year (but it's still beaten by Coronation Street and Merlin) Sequel to Christmas classic The Snowman was big winner for Channel 4New animation got peak of 5.8m viewers and an average audience of 4.9mOriginal version of Raymond Briggs's story also performed well this year | UPDATED: 22:34 GMT, 25 December 2012 In an age of computer wizardry and high-tech animation, one might have expected its simple hand-drawn style to leave a modern audience slightly nonplussed. But the sequel to Christmas classic The Snowman has become one of Channel 4’s highest-rated programmes of the year
Snowman sequel 'on too late for children': Parents' fury over Channel 4's decision to air Raymond Briggs's show at 8pm… and it clashes with last-ever Merlin | UPDATED: 22:27 GMT, 22 December 2012 It is the long-awaited sequel to a children’s Christmas classic… but many youngsters will miss the premiere of The Snowman And The Snowdog tomorrow – as it will be shown after their bedtime.
I was stitched up by police: Sacked Chief Whip goes to war with Met after PC falsely claimed he witnessed 'f****** plebs' rantComes as new CCTV footage casts doubt on account in leaked police logAndrew Mitchell demands an inquiry into 'completely untrue' allegations'Three phrases were hung around my neck and used to destroy my career'David Cameron 'furious' as No 10 calls for police to 'get to bottom' of case | UPDATED: 23:22 GMT, 18 December 2012 On the attack: Sacked Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has called for an inquiry into the Plebgate affair after it emerged a police officer falsely claimed he witnessed his alleged 'f****** plebs' rant A bitter row broke out last night between Downing Street and the police over an alleged plot to bring down the former Chief Whip. A constable is now known to have falsely claimed he witnessed Andrew Mitchell’s encounter with two other officers in Downing Street when he is alleged to have called them ‘f***ing plebs’.
It's good to bee back! Beetle not seen in UK for more than a century spotted on the South Coast after hitching ride across the Channel from bees | UPDATED: 14:57 GMT, 14 December 2012 A species of beetle thought to be extinct for more than 100 years has been spotted on the South Coast – after flying back to the UK on the back of a bee. The Mediterranean oil beetle was last seen in Essex in 1906, and it was believed that it had simply died out
Young teenagers 'turned into criminals by sex texts': Increasing numbers being arrested with many ending up on sex offenders' register Police fear that children as young as 13 are sending 'sex texts'Three police forces run counselling groups for children sending messages Expert says there is an 'increase in indecent images sent by young people' | UPDATED: 23:36 GMT, 11 December 2012 Explicit: Children as young as 13 are viewing naked images on their mobile phones or downloading explicit content, with many being placed on the sex offenders' register (stock image) A generation of young teenagers is at risk of being criminalised as increasing numbers are arrested over online sexual offences, police warned last night. More are being investigated for swapping naked images of each other on their mobiles and downloading sexual pictures of teenagers, with many put on the sex offenders’ register.