What economic crisis? Wedding bill rises to 22,000 (and bank of mum and dad foots much of the bill)


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What economic crisis Wedding bill rises to 22,000 (and bank of mum and dad foots much of the bill) Average cost has risen by more than 7,000 in a decade Number of guests has fallen by seven per cent from 101 to 94More than half of couples admit they share cost of big day with parents By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 23:26 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 28 March 2013 Counting the cost: The average wedding bill is now almost 22,000 (file photo) Any groom will know that there are some things you just don’t mention to a stressed-out bride.

One in three criminals are prolific offenders with more than 15 convictions – and the number is rising


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100,000 'hard core' criminals have at least 15 convictions – and the number is rising Ministry of Justice figures show worrying rise in hardened criminalsConvictions for serious and more minor offences see riseAverage prison sentence length jumps dramatically in 10 yearsPrison expert says public is at risk from repeat offenders By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 17:39 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:52 GMT, 22 February 2013 Hardened: Ministry of Justice figures show a worrying rise in repeat offenders. The number of criminals with 15 or more previous convictions or cautions is now one in three

"Nazi mob" attacks Tottenham fans in French bar ahead of cup match: Fans claim the attack had anti-Semitic motive


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Mob of 50 Nazis attacks group of Tottenham fans in French bar ahead of European cup match Around 150 fans were attacked by mob of 50 in Lyon's Smoking Dog pubThugs said to have been making Nazi salutes and threw flare into the pubWitnesses said three fans were taken to hospital, one with a head injurySpurs fans were ambushed in Rome last year ahead of game against Lazio /11/24/article-2237760-1628D8B8000005DC-793_634x418.jpg” width=”634″ height=”418″ alt=”Brutal: Ten supporters were hurt and one seriously injured in the Rome attack, while two Roma fans were charged with attempted murder” class=”blkBorder” /> Brutal: Ten supporters were hurt and one seriously injured in the Rome attack, while two Roma fans were charged with attempted murder In the last decade English football fans have been the subject of a series of knife attacks when going to support their team at games in Rome In November, some were ambushed inside a pub in Rome on the eve of their game against Lazio. Tottenham fan James Taylor drove through the night from his home in Ilford, Essex, to attend tonight's Europa League second round second leg clash

Average London house "to cost 500,000 by 2020"


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Average London house 'to cost 500,000 by 2020': Welcomed by home owners but 'grim news' for first-time buyers Economic growth is expected to be stronger in the capitalThere is evidence of a growing 'North-South' divide in the housing market outside London By James Salmon PUBLISHED: 01:34 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 11 February 2013 The price of a typical London home will hit half a million pounds by the end of the decade, according to leading economists. The average house in the capital will cost 383,000 this year and then rise more than 30 per cent by 2020, the Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank said. Experts last night said the figures would be welcomed by home owners in the capital but said it was ‘grim news’ for those already struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

Young woman, 20, knocked down and killed at accident blackspot where her uncle had been campaigning for a crossing for ten years


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Young woman, 20, knocked down and killed at accident blackspot where her uncle had been campaigning for a crossing for ten years Vicki Woodbridge was killed as she crossed a busy road in Swanley Her uncle Robert Woodbridge is a councillor for Swanley Town Council He campaigned for more than 10 years for the speed limit to be reduced PUBLISHED: 15:00 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:44 GMT, 7 February 2013 Vicki Woodbridge, 20, who died after she was hit by a car in Swanley The uncle of a woman who was knocked down and killed at an accident blackspot campaigned for the road to be made safer for more than a decade. Vicki Woodbridge, 20, was crossing the busy London Road, in Swanley, Kent, on January 30, when she was hit. She was rushed to King's College Hospital, in central London, where she was put on a life support machine but died the following day from serious head injuries

Colin Morton: Fears for financial manager missing since Christmas Eve after he was sacked from his job


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Fears for financial manager missing since Christmas Eve after he was sacked from his job over paperwork blunderNewcastle Building Society senior executive, 52, accidentally signed colleague's formWas devastated that people would think him dishonestWent to GP on Monday morning and rang wife of 34 years to say he was going to end his life | UPDATED: 11:26 GMT, 28 December 2012 Colin Morton (pictured) went missing on Christmas Eve, days after losing his job Fears were growing last night for a building society executive who disappeared days after being sacked for making a ‘simple mistake’. Colin Morton, 52, was devastated to lose his job of ten years over the administrative error and was left feeling ashamed and depressed

Why do women stop wanting sex? Nearly HALF of all women will suffer from lost libido, with devastating consequences, but only now are the reasons are…


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Why do women stop wanting sex Nearly HALF of all women will suffer from lost libido, with devastating consequences, but only now are the reasons are emerging | UPDATED: 02:23 GMT, 27 December 2012 With her stunning looks and voluptuous figure, Nicky Allen is used to turning men's heads. And with three marriages behind her, it's hardly surprising that people assume she must be sexually confident

Creator of Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson dies aged 83 after long Alzheimer"s battle


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'Inspirational' creator of Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson dies aged 83 after long Alzheimer's battle Father of four created classic sci-fi series but had been battling dementia One of Britain's leading creative brains over six-decade production career Family is 'touched by the outpouring of gratitude for what dad did for TV' | UPDATED: 00:48 GMT, 27 December 2012 Gerry Anderson, the creator of classic TV series Thunderbirds and Stingray, has died aged 83. The father of four, of Nuffield, Oxfordshire, who also created the Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 shows – had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for almost three years and died peacefully in his sleep

Lego to Furbies: The must-have Christmas toys of the past 50 years


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From Lego to Furbies: The must-have Christmas toys of the past 50 years | UPDATED: 22:05 GMT, 22 December 2012 Every year since 1965 the Toy Retailers’ Association has awarded one new toy or set of toys the accolade of Toy Of The Year.

Super centenarians! Number living to 105 doubles in eight years with 640 now reaching grand old age


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Super centenarians! Number living to 105 doubles in eight years with 640 now reaching grand old age640 Britons have reached 105 compared with 350 in 2002Experts predict Britain's ageing population will continue on the same trendNearly one million pensioners are working in Britain | UPDATED: 22:54 GMT, 17 December 2012 The number of people surviving till the age of 105 or more has almost doubled in less than a decade, official figures revealed yesterday. There are 640 Britons who have reached that grand old age or greater, compared with 350 in 2002, the Office for National Statistics, reveals.