Tycoon accused of taking 300m from British investors faces freeze on assets after failing to build luxury homes

Tycoon accused of taking 300m from British investors faces freeze on assets after failing to build luxury homes Former bankrupt David Ames could be forced to stop trading this weekLegal papers will be lodged to freeze the assets of Harlequin PropertyCompany paid tennis star Pat Cash to appear in its promotional materialHarlequin Property failed to make interest payments to investors By Russell Myers and Sharon Churcher PUBLISHED: 22:00 GMT, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:01 GMT, 3 March 2013 David Ames is alleged to have collected millions of pounds for ambitious building projects in the Caribbean and Brazil A businessman accused of taking 300 million of British investors’ money – and failing to build thousands of luxury properties – could be forced to stop trading this week. Former bankrupt David Ames is alleged to have collected millions of pounds for ambitious building projects in the Caribbean and Brazil, but less than 300 properties have so far been built

Thomson Majesty liner: Five killed and three injured after lifeboat falls into sea off Canary Islands cruise ship

Five killed and three injured after lifeboat falls into sea off Canary Islands cruise ship carrying hundreds of Britons Thomson Majesty liner had arrived at La Palma port just three hours earlier It had come for stopover from Gran Canaria en route to Funchal in MadeiraEmergency exercise saw eight men fall 65ft from upper deck into the water By Mark Duell, KARL MCLAUGHLIN AND TOM WORDEN PUBLISHED: 16:00 GMT, 10 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 10 February 2013 A winter cruise holiday for hundreds of Britons in the Canary Islands was hit by tragedy today when five crew members died during a routine emergency drill. The Thomson Majesty liner had arrived in the port of the island of La Palma just three hours earlier from Gran Canaria for a six-hour stopover en route to Funchal, Madeira, when the incident occurred.

Cable and Wireless make six-figure profit by providing 41p-a-minute HMRC tax helpline

Firm makes six-figure profit by keeping you on hold on 41p-a-minute HMRC tax helplineCompany makes 'less than 1million' profit from premium 0845 numbers Each year 16million callers will be kept waiting for longer than five minutesMPs tell HMRC chief Lin Homer the wait is 'unacceptable' By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:24 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:20 GMT, 29 January 2013 Lin Homer, chief executive of HMRC, admitted the target is to answer 80 per cent of calls in five minutes A private phone company is making hundreds of thousands of pounds in profit from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs premium rate helplines. HMRC chief Lin Homer told a committee of MPs that Cable and Wireless has made 'less than 1million' from the 0845 number.

An unfair policy that fails on every test

An unfair policy that fails on every test By Daily Mail Comment PUBLISHED: 23:36 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 GMT, 4 January 2013 Unfair: The new plan makes a mockery of David Cameron's oft-made promise to stand up for the traditional family On Monday, the Government’s wrong-headed, fiendishly-complicated plan to strip child benefit from 1.2million families will officially come into force. The Mail has long argued this policy – which will remove the benefit altogether from couples where one person earns more than 60,000, yet leave untouched a household in which two parents earn up to 50,000 each – is grotesquely unfair on mothers who wish to stay at home to raise children. It makes a mockery of David Cameron’s oft-made promise to stand up for the traditional family, punishes aspiration and, as we reveal today, will disproportionately impact on voters in the Tory heartlands.

And you thought your Christmas was dull… More than 1,500 people spend Christmas Day filling out their online tax returns

How dull must your Christmas Day be if you'd rather fill out an online tax return Maybe ask one of the 1,500 people who did | UPDATED: 18:13 GMT, 27 December 2012 While most of us spent Christmas Day enjoying good food and a well-earned break with family, some Britons were not so lucky. More than 1,500 broke off festivities on Tuesday to fill out their tax returns – an increase of 40 per cent on last year. And Christmas Day was not the only day to be filled with onerous duties, as thousands knuckled down to do their taxes on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day too

Prisoners are given dreadlock holiday: Hundreds of convicts allowed four days off prison work a year to celebrate Rastafarian festivals

Prisoners are given dreadlock holiday: Hundreds of convicts allowed four days off prison work a year to celebrate Rastafarian festivals | UPDATED: 22:46 GMT, 8 December 2012 Hundreds of criminals are to be allowed four days off prison work every year to celebrate Rastafarian festivals. Prison governors have been issued with a list of holy days on which Rastafarian inmates must be excused their normal tasks

Starbucks caves in to pressure and promises to pay 20m in corporation tax in next 2 years

Starbucks caves in to pressure and promises to hand the taxman 20m after public outcry The US-owned coffee chain has paid just 8.6 million in corporation tax in the past 14 yearsAfter public pressure, it will pay 20million to the Treasury over the next two years Campaigners are unhappy with the pledge, and are preparing to protest at cafes on Saturday There are hopes that Amazon and Google will be next to pay more tax | UPDATED: 07:50 GMT, 7 December 2012 Anger: Starbucks will pay 20million in corporation tax over the next two years after it was accused of acting 'immorally' for not paying the levy over the last three years Starbucks last night caved in to public pressure and agreed to pay millions in corporation tax amid fears of a growing consumer boycott. The global coffee group struck a deal with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to pay 20million over the next two years, whether or not it reports a profit. The move will bring valuable money into Treasury coffers and piles pressure on other multi-nationals such as Google and Amazon to restructure their affairs to make contributions

Kate Middleton pregnant: Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry set for new role as godparents

Her Royal Hotness Pippa and Party Prince Harry set for new role as godparents: Wills and Kate expected to follow tradition by asking chief bridesmaid and best man The pair, who took lead roles at the wedding, are odds on to be named godparentsAlso in the running are William's old friends the van Cutsems and the van StraubenzeesThe Prince is godfather to several children and is expected to 'return the favour' | UPDATED: 17:40 GMT, 4 December 2012 They played a key role when the young couple walked down the aisle. And now Prince Harry and Kate's sister, socialite Pippa Middleton, are favourite to become godparents to their child

Queen looks rather perplexed as she meets sniper in full camouflage

Whatever happened to short back and sides Queen looks rather perplexed as she meets sniper in full camouflage Queen met soldiers and horses from the Household Cavalry RegimentSniper wears unusual work outfit and carries rifle to meet the Queen | UPDATED: 22:45 GMT, 26 November 2012 It is a dilemma faced by anyone invited to meet the Queen: what exactly does one wear This sniper serving with the Household Cavalry Regiment opted for his work outfit… leaving the Queen looking more than a little perplexed. Looking like Chewbacca from the movie blockbuster Star Wars, the crack marksman wore a 'ghillie suit', a type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage, leaves and twigs to remain concealed from the enemy.