More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are 'a burden' with average UK household now 3,200 in the redPressure of debt has got worse since the 2008 recession, ONS survey findsSouth-East has the highest levels, Wales the lowestBritish debt mountain now approaching 100bn, based on unpaid credit cards, loans and overdrafts By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 16:17 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 GMT, 28 January 2013 More than eight million families admit their personal debts are ‘a burden’ as the country’s total debt mountain balloons to nearly 100billion, official figures revealed yesterday. The report, from the Office for National Statistics, highlights how debt problems have jumped sharply since the recession struck in 2008. To make matters worse, it ignores people’s mortgages, and looks only at other types of debt such as an unpaid credit card bill, an overdraft and a personal loan
Office worker, 24, fined 400 for dropping small sachet of SALT in front of litter wardenLaura Howells, 24, dropped the KFC salt sachet – measuring 2.5cm by 5cmShe was spotted by a council litter enforcement officer and given a 75 fineMiss Howells was taken to court when she failed to pay the fine and charged a further 316 in court costs and a 15 victim surcharge fee By Suzannah Hills PUBLISHED: 12:32 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:06 GMT, 28 January 2013 Fined: Laura Howells, 24, was given a 75 on-the-spot fine when she dropped a packet of salt in a car park in Llanelli, west Wales A young woman has been fined 400 for dropping a packet of salt on the ground in a car park. Office worker Laura Howells, 24, dropped the tiny sachet – measuring just 2.5cm by 5cm – as she ate her lunch from a KFC takeaway. But she was spotted eating in her car by a litter enforcement officer from the local council who handed her a 75-on-the-spot fine.
Greggs baking heir arrested by child sex police as his luxury farmhouse is searched by officers The former non-executive director of Greggs was arrested on SaturdayPolice seized mobile phones and a laptop from his Gosforth homeHe was questioned over alleged sexual abuse of a child in the 1960s The former teacher and headmaster has been released on police bail By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 09:13 GMT, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 7 January 2013 Colin Gregg, pictured arriving back at his home after being arrested The former co-owner of national bakery chain Greggs has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse. Colin Gregg, 71, son of Greggs' founder Jack, was questioned by police on Saturday over alleged sexual abuse of a child in the 1960s. Police raided his luxury farmhouse in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, and seized two mobile phones and a laptop
Mother's horror as surgeon who left her unable to speak or breathe after botched thyroid op is allowed to work again Jo Roche, 43, had routine surgery to remove the thyroid gland on her neckThe operation, due to take up to three hours, was done in 90 minutes and left her barely able to speak after the vocal cords were damaged Also needed a tube through her neck and into her windpipe to allow her to breathe properlySurgeon was suspended last year after mistreating patients and lying to coronerNow declared fit to work again by the General Medical Council, much to the horror of Mrs Roche and others treated by him | UPDATED: 20:10 GMT, 27 December 2012 A mother-of-two who has been left breathing through a tube and barely able to speak after a routine operation went wrong has spoken of her horror that the surgeon is being allowed to work again.
Is it really the same guy What happened when a man spent an entire YEAR without shavingDave Phillips, 27, preparing to finally lop beard off on New Year's DayWill be able to give newborn baby girl a smooth kiss for the first timeChallenge so far raised 1,000 for armed forces charity Help 4 Heroes | UPDATED: 21:55 GMT, 27 December 2012 A father is preparing to kiss his newborn baby for the first time after he went the whole of 2012 without shaving. Dave Phillips, 27, took part in last year's Movember, but thought one month without shaving was too easy. So the warehouse worker took facial hair growing to the next level by not shaving for a whole year
South widens property price gap with the rest of Britain: Value of London home up 28,500 in a year but falling in seven other regions | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 21 December 2012 Britain's housing market has ‘a stark North-South divide’, with house prices rising in London and the South but falling across the rest of the country, a report said yesterday. It showed that the value of homes in London has jumped by an average of 28,500 over the last year, but prices have been dropping in seven out of 11 regions
TV researcher, 24, forced to unmask pervert caller herself after 18 months of torment during which police ignored pleas for help Sophie Daysh from London paid online phone company to discover caller's identity Abdul Rafiq, 43, got her number after showing her a flat in Manchester | UPDATED: 01:26 GMT, 21 December 2012 Detective: Sophie Daysh used her own methods to trace the caller who rang her at all hours after the police said they could not take action She was left distressed and frightened after being plagued by a phone pest for more than 18 months. But when Sophie Daysh turned to the police, they told her they were powerless to help because the caller had withheld his number. Eventually the 24-year-old TV researcher turned detective herself to expose the stalker who rang her all hours of the day and night.
Taliban shoot dead THREE MORE polio aid workers in 'revenge campaign' for fake vaccination ruse that helped capture Osama bin Laden Horror killings follow earlier murders of five women across countryAid workers were giving polio jabs as part of 3-day vaccination driveTaliban claim the campaign to immunise children is a cover for U.S. spies | UPDATED: 19:01 GMT, 19 December 2012 Gunmen shot dead three more aid workers running a U.N.-backed polio vaccination campaign just a day after similar attacks across Pakistan murdered five female polio workers. The unprecedented killings are a major setback for a campaign that international health officials consider vital to contain the crippling disease but which Taliban insurgents say is a cover for espionage
Care worker, 25, almost blinded and loses eyebrows for life after they were tinted with chemicals at beauty salonNatasha Henshaw, 25, left in agony after waxing sessionTreatment left pores open before tint was appliedDoctors say it is unlikely her eyebrows will grow back PUBLISHED: 12:49 GMT, 18 December 2012 | UPDATED: 13:19 GMT, 18 December 2012 A mother-of-one has had her eyebrows permanently burned off during a bungled routine tinting session. Care worker Natasha Henshaw was nearly blinded when the tint was applied after her eyebrows had been waxed, leaving her pores open to the chemicals The 25-year-old from Dingle, Liverpool, was left in searing pain and awoke the next day to find her eyebrows 'scattered all over' her face. Doctors say it is unlikely her eyebrows will ever grow back.
Pictured: Blonde who sparked stockbroker brawl when her fiance was told she'd slept with colleagueAlex Miller, 25, inadvertently triggered the mayhem when her stockbroker fianc Robert Nicolson was told she had cheated on him Dozens of bankers looked on in horror as Nicolson angrily confronted unsuspecting IT worker Anthony FieldThis ignited an ugly scuffle that tore through the packed Queen Of Hoxton cocktail bar in Shoreditch, east LondonNicolson yesterday admitted affray but was cleared of assault after a three-day trial | UPDATED: 23:02 GMT, 13 December 2012 Fight: Alex Miller, 25, is the blonde at the centre of a love triangle that saw a City firm's Christmas party descend into a violent brawl This is the blonde at the centre of a love triangle that saw a City firm’s Christmas party descend into a violent brawl. Alex Miller, 25, inadvertently triggered the mayhem when her stockbroker fianc Robert Nicolson, 27, was told she had cheated on him with one of his colleagues.