Npower"s profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises

Npower's profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises German-owned company saw profits soar by 77million from 313millionIncreased gas tariffs by 8.8% in November and electricity by 9.1%The company's price rises pushed the average bill up by 108 to 1,352Bosses blamed government policy, including green energy plans, for risesMP on Commons energy select committee described profits as 'despicable' , taking its total up to 606million. Profits at parent company Centrica rose 14 per cent to 2.7billion. Britain’s six biggest power firms insist they must make strong profits to finance 150billion of spending on rebuilding Britain’s energy supply

Lulu chases thief as she"s mugged at cash machine

You make me wanna shout… stop thief!: Pop legend Lulu chases robber after he snatches her bank card at cash machineThe 5ft 1in star was robbed as she went to withdraw cash in KensingtonShe then chased after the thief before calling the police for help Cashpoint is just a few hundred yards from the Kensington Palace home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge By Charlotte Griffiths PUBLISHED: 23:45 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:45 GMT, 3 March 2013 Pop legend Lulu has been the victim of a frightening cashpoint robbery – a few hundred yards from the Kensington Palace home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

15 arrested and smoke bombs hurled at police as English Defence League confront anti-fascist group

15 arrested and smoke bombs hurled at police as English Defence League confront anti-fascist groupNewlyweds caught up in demonstration as they get married in city squarePolice penned in opposing protesters on opposite sides of square By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:14 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:07 GMT, 2 March 2013 Fifteen people were arrested today as smoke bombs were hurled at police during a rally by the far right English Defence League.

Saga Zone shuts down social website over bullying and offensive comments

Over-50s social website Saga Zone is shut down over ‘racist, homophobic and offensive’ comments Saga Zone will shut down its social network site completely on February 26Users say they will lose a vital lifeline when the website is closed By Larisa Brown PUBLISHED: 12:20 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:04 GMT, 6 February 2013 It is a social website considered to be a lifeline for elderly people who live at home on their own and find comfort in talking to others over the internet. But over-50s group Saga has been forced to shut its network site down because it cannot 'afford' the man power to police 'offensive' comments.

Eon customers facing 100 rise in energy bills as company becomes last of the "big six" to raise tariffs

E.on customers facing 100 rise in energy bills as company becomes last of the 'big six' to raise tariffs German-owned supplier will put gas and electricity prices up on January 18 Families on dual fuel contract will pay an extra 103 on average annual bill | UPDATED: 23:41 GMT, 10 December 2012 Millions of E.on customers face an increase of more than 100 a year in energy bills after it announced a rise in tariffs. The company, which will put up prices from January 18, is the last of the ‘big six’ suppliers to hit customers with an increase. E.on blamed higher wholesale prices, coupled with the cost of cutting the nation’s carbon emissions through a shift to green energy

New Tory split on wind farms as minister hails turbines as "wonderful and majestic"

New Tory split on wind farms as minister hails turbines as 'wonderful and majestic' Climate change minister Greg Barker also claims turbines in his Bexhill and Battle constituency are a 'tourist attraction'Comments are at odds with fellow Conservative John Hayes, who has complained about wind farms 'peppering' the countrysideMr Barker joined David Cameron on infamous 2006 Arctic tripHe said the PM is still committed to being green, adding: 'The idea that the huskies have been put to sleep is nonsense' | UPDATED: 16:13 GMT, 4 December 2012 Conservative party divisions over green energy widened today, after climate change minister Greg Barker hailed wind farms as ‘wonderful’ and ‘rather majestic’. Mr Barker appeared to take a swipe at his Tory colleague John Hayes, who has made plain his opposition to more turbines ‘peppering’ the countryside

Two million acres of fields "may be lost" to tackle growing housing crisis

Two million acres of fields ‘may be lost’ to tackle growing housing crisisTold Newsnight that large areas of 'open land' may have to go Blamed developers making 'pig ugly' estates for growing objections to proposals | UPDATED: 08:25 GMT, 28 November 2012 Warning: Planning minister Nick Boles has said that the amount of developed land may increase by a third to ease the housing crisis Up to two million acres of green fields may have to be sacrificed for housing, the planning minister warned last night. In comments that will alarm conservationists, Nick Boles said the amount of developed land may have to increase by up to a third to tackle the growing housing crisis. He told BBC Two’s Newsnight that ministers would protect the Green Belt – but warned that large areas of ‘open land’ may have to be given over for housing.