Marks and Spencer reeling over "poor quality" fashion slump as chief executive faces pressure to stop the rot


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Marks and Spencer reeling over 'poor quality' fashion slump as chief executive faces pressure to stop the rot Chief executive Marc Bolland will be under great pressure from shareholdersThe group is set to report quarterly sales down 4.5 per cent By Simon Watkins and Sam Masters PUBLISHED: 23:27 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:04 GMT, 7 April 2013 Marks & Spencer is reeling from a strategy disaster of poor-quality clothes aimed at the wrong customers, critics have warned, as the store prepares to register a slump in fashion sales. Fashion-watchers, rivals and shoppers insisted the group needed to abandon cheap products and aim squarely at Britain’s aspiring middle-class women or risk losing ground

You"ve lived too long. You"re a nuisance: What drunken daughter, 67, told her elderly mother before trying to smother her after row over…


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'You've lived too long. You're a nuisance': What drunken daughter, 67, told her elderly mother, 97, before trying to smother her after row over Christmas dinner Connie Goodman, 97, fought off daughter and pressed emergency alarmJulie Faulkner jailed for five years after admitting attempted murderTold police: 'I promised her when it got too bad I'd put a pillow on her face'Mother has changed her locks and doesn't want to see her daughter again By Rob Cooper PUBLISHED: 11:44 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 22:52 GMT, 5 April 2013 Jailed: Julie Faulkner, 67, tried to smother her mother with a cushion in a row over Christmas dinner in her sheltered accommodation in Blaby, Leicstershire The daughter of a frail 97-year-old woman smothered her with a pillow for asking to be cooked Christmas dinner, shouting: 'You've lived too long and you're a nuisance.' Julie Faulkner, 67, has now been jailed for five years for the assault, which almost cost the life of her mother, Connie Goodman.

Wendy Williams: Husband discovered his wife died in a crash with an ambulance as he arrived home to celebrate his retirement


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Wife killed in 999 crash on day of her husband’s champagne retirement Wendy Williams was killed as she pulled out in front of an ambulance in 2009Husband Terry Williams told an inquest of hearing the devastating news Kevin Webster was found not guilty of causing death by careless driving By Paul Bentley PUBLISHED: 12:25 GMT, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:01 GMT, 5 March 2013 Tragic news on retiring: Terry Williams was devastated to discover that on the day he retired, his wife Wendy was killed in a crash with an ambulance It was meant to be the first day of the rest of their lives. Terry Williams had arrived home, laden with champagne and gifts, to celebrate his retirement with his wife after a 40-year career. But their dreams of sharing a new stage of life together were not to be

Cost of petrol set to rise by up to 5p a litre as stations pass on increase in wholesale prices


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Cost of petrol set to rise by up to 5p a litre as stations pass on increase in wholesale prices 1p of rise in wholesale prices has been passed on at many petrol stationsRetailers insist they are not to blame for the 5p price riseAA attacked fuel industry for failing to pass on 2p fall in diesel wholesale costs that was worth 2.5p at the pump By Ray Massey PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 25 January 2013 Motorists are facing more pain at the pumps, with increases of up to 5p a litre, the AA warned. Already 1p of the rise in wholesale prices has been passed on at many petrol stations – leaving another 4p to come.

HMV: More than 4,000 jobs at risk as firm calls in administrators after rescue talks fail


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More than 4,000 jobs at risk as HMV teeters on brink of collapse: Firm calls in administrators after rescue talks fail Retailer has struggled in the face of growing demand for digital downloadsCompany had a poor Christmas sales period239 stores and 4,350 staff face uncertainty as negotiations unfold By Rob Davies PUBLISHED: 21:08 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:48 GMT, 14 January 2013 One of the most famous names on the high street, HMV, was on the brink of collapse tonight. The music chain’s demise would cost 4,000 jobs and make it the second household name to go under already this year. Administrators from City firm Deloitte were brought in tonight

Danielle Cooke, 22, who fell to her death at Premier League club stadium after splitting with boyfriend


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Pictured for the first time: Christmas partygoer, 22, who fell to her death at Premier League club stadium after splitting with boyfriendDanielle Cooke found dead at bottom of stairs in hotel at Madejski StadiumFamily pays tribute to 'generous, intelligent and beautiful young woman' Police have not yet established cause of death and continue to investigate By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 15:10 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:53 GMT, 4 January 2013 A young woman who fell to her death during an office Christmas party at a Premier League football stadium had just broken up with her boyfriend, it emerged today.

Daughter of PC David Rathband who hanged himself after being blinded by Raoul Moat plans to become police officer to "make dad proud"


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'I want to be a police officer to make my dad proud', says daughter of PC David Rathband who hanged himself after being blinded by Raoul Moat Mia Rathband, 14, has set up work experience with Northumbria PoliceWill follow father David Rathband's footsteps into becoming a traffic officerHer father was shot and blinded by killer Raoul Moat in 2010 PC Rathband was hailed for his bravery but killed himself last year . Proud: Mia Rathband, holding her father's police hat, has set up a week of work experience with Northumbria Police Mia, pictured with her father in 2010, said they used to have long conversations about his work in the force Mia said: 'I know that dad would have been so proud of me. 'This time of year is very difficult for us.

Happy New Year! Spectacular pictures show countries across the globe celebrating the arrival of 2013


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Goodbye 2012! Enjoy the New Year in these spectacular pictures as countries across the globe celebrate the arrival of 2013Swimmers brave freezing temperatures to take part in New Year's Day dips across the world Members of grenadier corps in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, fire 12 shots with a cannon at 8amCentral Pacific Ocean island of Kiritimati (Christmas Island) first to usher in the New YearSydney saw 2013 at 1pm GMT, with some 1.5 million people attending the city's eventsIn Philippines a child fights for life and more than 400 people hurt by firecrackers and gunfire in celebrationsThe increasingly democratic Myanmar – also known as Burma – celebrated with its first ever public countdownMoscow's Red Square was filled with spectators as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin to welcome the new year200,000 turn out in Shanghai to witness the 4D light show and lighting up of historical buildingsMulticolored fireworks danced up and down the world's tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – in Dubai The festive mood in New Delhi has been marred by the death of a young rape victim on Saturday More than 1 million people will pack into New York's streets for the traditional crystal ball drop in Times SquareAmerican Samoa will be the last place on Earth to herald in the New Year on Tuesday at 11am GMT | UPDATED: 16:07 GMT, 1 January 2013 Major celebrations to welcome the new year have taken place in some of the world's most iconic locations throughout today.

Firefighter shooting: Town bids mournful goodbye to firefighters slain on Christmas Eve


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Town bids mournful goodbye to second firefighter slain by deranged gunman who lured him to his death on Christmas EveMichael Chiapperini's widow, Kimberly, tells throng of mourners: 'Even though I’m surrounded by wonderful people, it’s incredibly lonely. My heart is broken'Chiapperini served West Webster, New York as a volunteer fire fighter and police lieutenant The father was killed by a 62-year-old ex-con who set his own home ablaze in order to lure emergency personnel into his assault rifle's line of fireFuneral of second fire fighter also killed in maniacal attack to be held Monday | UPDATED: 04:54 GMT, 1 January 2013 A second firefighter was laid to rest in Upstate New York on Monday, exactly one week after he and a close colleague were shot to death by a crazed gunman in a horrific Christmas Eve shooting. Tomasz Kaczowka, 19, who worked as a 911 dispatcher and volunteer firefighter, was remembered during a solemn ceremony at St Stanislau Church in Rochester