As good as new: Three-bed house that was completely covered in ivy TREBLES in value after massive makeoverThe 'Ivy House' is on the market for 350,000 after makeoverThe Chelmsford property went up for sale for 120,000 last year | UPDATED: 00:57 GMT, 7 December 2012 After decades of embarrassing the neighbours, the scruffiest house in Britain has, well, turned over a new leaf. The previous owner went 20 years without trimming the ivy that covered the outside of the property – until eventually it started to invade the inside too. /12/06/article-2243921-1660478F000005DC-912_634x532.jpg” width=”634″ height=”532″ alt=”Engulfed: Ivy covered the entire front of the house, including the garden and the wall, and had become a 'tourist attraction' in the area” class=”blkBorder” /> Engulfed: Ivy covered the entire front of the house, including the garden and the wall, and had become a 'tourist attraction' in the area But fortunately for fed-up residents, the new owner was not so content to rest on his laurels.
5m will be paying higher-rate tax: Record number snared in 40% trap within next three years Hundreds of thousands of families who do not consider themselves wealthy are being pushed into tax band which they thought was for the well-off Worker currently qualifies for 40p rate when their salary is 42,475Salary threshold will be lowered next year to 41,450 | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 6 December 2012 A record five million workers will be paying higher-rate tax by 2015 – half a million more than the Treasury has predicted. The true scale of the 40 per cent tax trap was revealed yesterday by Britain’s leading economic forecaster
Hoarder who has filled his flat with thousands of newspapers, magazines and books faces eviction because he is a 'fire hazard' Brian Clenshaw, 52, also can't help collecting coins, DVDs and stamps Former salesman claims syndrome was brought on by a road accident in 2004 | UPDATED: 21:55 GMT, 5 December 2012 A former salesman is facing eviction from his home after his problem with hoarding spiralled out of control. Brian Clenshaw, 52, has filled his flat to the brim with thousands of newspapers, magazines, DVDs, books, coins and stamps.
Postmen threaten to ditch half of their deliveries in bid to protect Royal Mail from 'unfair' competitionStrike could happen in New Year and all non-Royal Mail post would just be ignoredUnions say commercial competitors are costing jobs and don't have to meet same standards of service or payRoyal Mail has been criticised for putting up price of stamps Its delivery arm made a profit for the first time in four years this year | UPDATED: 07:51 GMT, 5 December 2012 Postmen are threatening to deliver only half the mail, a militant union warned last night. Thousands of vital letters such as energy bills and bank statements would fail to reach customers if the boycott went ahead – causing chaos for households and businesses. Royal Mail has lost business to the likes of TNT Post and UK Mail over the past seven years
Top secret MI6 counter-terror intelligence feared stolen by disgruntled Swiss IT worker who walked out with millions of data files in backpack Suspect walked out of Swiss intelligence service NDB with stolen data after becoming 'disgruntled' with his job MI6 and CIA both warned secret information could have been compromised Switzerland's NDB security procedures now under scrutiny | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 5 December 2012 MI6 intelligence on counter- terrorism operations may have been stolen by a rogue Swiss official, it emerged last night. Security chiefs in the UK have been warned that hugely sensitive information they provided to the NDB, Switzerland’s spy agency, could have been ‘compromised’. Hundreds of thousands of pages of classified documents were copied by a senior IT technician for the NDB, which he then copied for himself on to portable storage devices carrying them away in a backpack.
Winter vomiting bug hits 700,000 people as early onset of virus catches NHS 'unawares' | UPDATED: 09:35 GMT, 5 December 2012 Increase: Almost 700,000 people have been struck down by norovirus Hundreds of thousands have been struck down with the winter vomiting bug, according to figures. The number of confirmed cases of norovirus is already up two-thirds compared to this time last year and experts warn they will only rise further over the next few weeks
Festive family adorn their home with 20,000 Christmas lights display featuring reindeer, Santas and even a snow machine Twin brothers Paul and Lee Brailsford have decorated house for 16 yearsWallace and Gromit turned on 2012 display which costs 450 a day to run | UPDATED: 13:07 GMT, 3 December 2012 A grandmother's semi-detached house has been transformed into a winter wonderland after her builder sons spent weeks decorating it with tens of thousands of Christmas lights.