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The new must-have car accessory comes in Queen or Pope

Ever get lonely on long car rides?
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Are you a 'model citizen'?

Are you as kind as you think you are?

NINE in ten Brits would describe themselves as "kind" - yet a third would never give cash to a stranger in need, one in twenty do not bother to hold doors open for people - and as many as one in five admit they never pay people compliments.

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Peter Rabbit is the first of the 50p pieces to go sale on Monday

Peter Rabbit among Beatrix Potter characters to star on new coins

In Beatrix Potter's much-loved Tale Of The Flopsy Bunnies, Mr McGregor - the ever-menacing anti-hero - announces he will make quick cash by selling a sack of his floppy-earred neighbours.

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Blackpool Magistrates Court

Removal man 'staged kidnapping and demanded ransom from his pregnant girlfriend so he could get drunk with pals'

A removal man from Blackpool staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom from his pregnant girlfriend so he could get drunk with his mates, a court has heard.
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Sean is 2nd from right'Photo: ITV

'My strange Oxo cube habit cost me a date on Take Me Out!'

He never got to enjoy the island of Fernando’s with the woman of his dreams, but Sean Smith wouldn’t swap his appearance on TV’s Take Me Out for anything.

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Old romantic: Meet the Yorkshireman who has sent the same Valentine's card to his wife for the last 39 years

A devoted husband is celebrating St Valentine's Day by sending his beloved wife the same card he has posted to her - for the last 39 YEARS.
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The collection of charming and sentimental Valentine's cards

Lessons in love: Victorian Valentine's cards unearthed in shoebox give modern day bachelors lessons in romance

A collection of Victorian Valentine's cards have fetched £100 at auction after being found lying in a dusty shoebox.
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Woman found hiding from police with a washing basket on her head

A woman who failed to appear at court was found by police trying to hide with a washing basket on her head.
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The Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal royal wedding plans

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed eagerly-awaited details of their forthcoming wedding.

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6 alternative Valentine’s activities in Lancashire

If you are looking for alternative ways to spend Valentine’s Day, click on the gallery to find some inspiration.

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Paul Jelley of Playtime UK and Stuff It, with the largest size of tiger. A smaller version caused an armed police response when found on a Scottish farm.

"Blackpool tiger" in Scottish police's gunsights

A huge toy tiger which caused armed police to be called out to a farmer's barn, is likely to have come from Blackpool, a businessman has said.
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The term snowflake has taken on a less than complimentary meaning

New Oxford English Dictionary words are a BFP (big fat positive, apparently)

Mansplaining, ransomware and snowflake along with more than one hundred parenting terms have been entered into the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
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Kate Bullen sporting her 'Vegan' tattoo

Kate faces trolls for ‘vegan’ tattoo

​A Preston woman has been attacked by internet trolls for having the word ‘Vegan’ tattooed on her face.

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James Chilvers was found with multiple stab wounds when police were called to a domestic incident

Mum charged with murder of toddler in Manchester

A woman has been charged with the murder of a 23-month-old boy.

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Monkey clones said to be a 'stepping stone' to copied humans

Scientists have been accused of paving the way to living human clones after creating two genetically identical monkeys.

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Tesco swings axe on supermarket staff in jobs cull

Tesco is to axe 1,700 shop floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive at Britain's biggest retailer.

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Bill Billingham, 54, is in a critical condition in hospital after he was found with a stab wound to his stomach at the property on Valley View.

Tributes to girl stabbed to death as father held in attempted murder inquiry

The father of eight-year-old Mylee Billingham was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said, as tributes pour in for the schoolgirl.

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Princess Eugenie is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie to marry long-term boyfriend

Princess Eugenie is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank - at the same wedding venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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Undated family handout released through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of Amelia Blake, 22, who was the victim of a suspected murder-suicide and found dead in the Newtown suburb of Sydney last Friday

Family tributes to British backpacker killed in Sydney

The family of a British woman killed in a suspected murder-suicide have said they are "deeply shocked and saddened" by her death.

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