Schoolboy, 15, bullied to death by trolls on the internet: friends say vile posts drove him to despair Friends say Joshua Unsworth was hounded by internet trollsThe 15-year-old was found dead behind his home in LancashireSchool says staff and pupils are 'shocked and upset' By James Tozer PUBLISHED: 14:40 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 8 April 2013 Victim: Joshua Unsworth, 15, was found hanged after allegedly being bullied on social media sites A schoolboy found hanged in his parents’ garden had complained of cyber-bullying on a notorious social networking site, it has emerged. Josh Unsworth, 15, had endured months of abusive messages on his profile on Ask.fm, which has been described by child safety experts as a ‘stalker’s paradise’. At one point his father Gary, 46, apparently took over the page, threatening to report the abusers to police.
Who needs to tweet when you've got the Roy-owl MailAnimal sanctuary trained owls to deliver internal mail after budget cutsKirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire had a backlog of mailBirds trained to recognise primary colours and pick up post from trays By Nesta Vowles PUBLISHED: 23:00 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 1 April 2013 It is a wizard idea straight out of Harry Potter and ensures the post always wings its way out on time. Experts at an animal sanctuary have trained their owls to deliver the internal mail – just like the birds of prey do at the fictional Hogwarts School. Kirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire introduced the feathered posties after budget cuts forced it to reduce staff numbers, leaving a backlog of mail
Budget 2013: Corporation tax slashed to 20% and ALL firms to get 2,000 National Insurance cut to boost business and encourage small companies to hire staff Chancellor has already slashed the headline tax rate from 28% to 24%Due to fall to 23% next month, 21% in April 2014 and now 20% in 2015But some bosses believe it should be cut lower than the 12.5% in Ireland Employers' NI contributions will be reduced by 2,000 for every company /13″ class=”blkBorder” /> Going down: This graph from figures on the Institute for Fiscal Studies website shows how the standard rate of corporation tax has dropped from 34 per cent in 1990/91 to 24 per cent in 2012/13 Announcing the cut to 21 per cent in the Autumn Statement last December, Mr Osborne said it was ‘the lowest rate of any major western economy’. He added: ‘It is an advert for our country that says come here, invest here, create jobs here. Britain is open for business.’ Tax experts said a further cut could be on the way in the Budget
Cancer victim who lost his nose to disease is growing a new one in his ARM for surgeons to sew back in place British man, 56, who is being kept annonymous, lost his nose to skin cancer Experts at University College London hope it will have a sense of smellProfessor Alex Seifalian said the nose will be the same as the man's orginalIt is the first time a nose has been grown from scratch and scientists say it procedure could be used to help car crash victims and wounded soldiers By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent PUBLISHED: 22:31 GMT, 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 05:02 GMT, 23 January 2013 A British businessman who lost his nose to cancer is growing a new one – in his arm.
Money seized from drug dealers 'should be spent on research into treatment' say campaigners'Lack of leadership' a major factor hindering drugs policy moving forward 'Billions of pounds' spent on unproven policies, commission claims | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 31 December 2012 Millions of pounds seized from drug dealers should be funnelled into a new independent researcher in a bid to tackle the country's drug problems, campaigners said today. In a highly-critical report, the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) warned a lack of leadership and high turnover of ministers and civil servants were hindering progress. A new body funded by up to 10million a year in cash raised through the confiscated assets of drug-related crime is required to improve drug policy, the UKDPC said.
Assassination attempt on Belfast policeman foiled as live bomb is found attached underneath car outside his homeBomb found underneath car parked near off-duty policeman's home Police in east Belfast said it was a clear assassination attempt Policeman's home is also close to Police Service of Northern Ireland HQ | UPDATED: 19:55 GMT, 30 December 2012 A bomb has been found under the car belonging to an off-duty policeman in east Belfast. The booby trap device was detected by the policeman himself around 2pm this afternoon, near his home off a busy road in the Northern Irish capital.
Big business makes more money but pays less tax as small firms are hit harderCorporation tax payments by UK's largest firms have fallen by more than a fifth since 2000A report warned cash payments could cost families over 200 each yearInvestigation found profits of big businesses have risen by 65% to 329bn | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 28 December 2012 Strong criticism: Lord Oakeshott slammed the 'culture of collusion' between large companies and HMRC The full extent of tax avoidance by big business was laid bare yesterday on a ‘black day’ for taxpayers. Despite soaring profits, corporation tax payments by the UK’s largest firms have fallen by more than a fifth since 2000
UK High Streets set for nightmare 2013: 140 retail chains 'could fail next year' as consumers look to online bargains | UPDATED: 09:15 GMT, 24 December 2012 Consumer cutbacks and the increasing popularity of online retailers mean around 140 retailers could soon join Comet in collapsing into administration, according to research by business recovery experts. A number of national or regional retail chains could fail in 2013, says Begbies Traynor, which warns that those on its critical watch list are unlikely to see the year out. Its research measures corporate distress levels among businesses across the UK
Now shops brace for the 'man dash'! Seven out of ten shoppers on Christmas Eve will be panic buying blokes, say experts Shoppers hit streets for 'most intense' day in build up to ChristmasMeanwhile, 70 per cent of shoppers tomorrow are expected to be men Major stores have already started their seasonal sales offering discountsGap and French Connection have cut prices by up to 60 per centAbout 1.3bn expected to be spent on 'Manic Monday' – nearly 55m an hourAnd the shopping won't stop on Christmas Day with online record predicted | UPDATED: 18:10 GMT, 23 December 2012 Britain's high street Christmas shopping frenzy has finally peaked – with only men still 'panic buying', according to retail bosses.
Young women's car insurance 'will rise' by 300 today – but men could see a 180 drop as EU gender ruling hits Young female drivers will see premiums increase by roughly 24%But young male drivers will see them decrease by 9%Pricing from individual insurers will become clearer in the coming months | UPDATED: 16:35 GMT, 21 December 2012 Young female drivers will bear the brunt of new European rules which come into force today and could deliver a 300 increase to their average cost of car insurance. A change to the rules means it is now illegal for insurers to set prices according to gender – and young women are set to be hit hardest. This is despite the fact that young females are statistically safe drivers – young men are twice as likely to suffer a serious collision, according to the AA