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Black Friday, Cyber Monday: Tips to protect yourself from fraud when shopping online

In the rush to snaffle up those Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains, shoppers often fail to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves when buying online. But anyone who lets their guard down risks falling victim to fraud, with 'Grinch-like' cyber-fraudsters waiting to pounce.
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Cassettes the new vinyl?

Rewind to the future: cassettes could be the new vinyl

Any music fan will be aware of how vinyl records have become strangely fashionable again, with the retro format enjoying a resurgence as an alternative mp3 downloads and streaming.
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Don't let thieves ruin your Christmas

How to stay safe from crime whilst Christmas shopping

Christmas markets spring up across the country and the high street seeing a surge in visitors, shoppers are being warned not to leave themselves vulnerable to theft this Christmas.
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Calls to ban electric dog collars

Calls for ‘cruel’ electric dog collars to be banned

There are renewed calls for the use of electric dog collars to be banned in the UK
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Lottery shake up

You could win £10k for life with new Lottery shake up

Lottery winners could be swapping their multi-million pound prizes for a lifetime monthly payout of £10,000 in a possible new shake up to increase ticket sales.

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TV has been doing its best to keep us safe on the roads

VIDEO: 12 classic TV ads for Road Safety Week

We're constantly being told to take more care on the roads, whether a driver or pedestrian - and those doing the telling have got pretty creative over the years
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B&M has apologised

Mum blasts B&M over store’s Christmas letter which breaks the ‘unwritten Santa Code’

B&M has apologised after a furious mum accused the store of almost ruining Christmas for her children with one of its products.
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£26k car could go for pennies in Black Friday auction

£26k car could go for pennies in Black Friday auction

One lucky punter could land what's been dubbed the greatest Black Friday deal ever - by driving away a brand new car for as little as a few pennies.
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Drivers are now 13 times more likely to receive a ticket than a decade ago

RAC warn drivers of increased private parking fines over Christmas

Overstaying in private car parks could prove to be a hidden cost this Christmas as the RAC is warning drivers they are now 13 times more likely to receive a ticket than a decade ago.
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Inappropriate emails

Are you guilty of sending inappropriate emails?

A staggering 92.6 per cent of Brits think there are certain things you should never do over a work email, with the sending of inappropriate content, kisses and not addressing people correctly, taking the lead.
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Apps for kids to explore the world of music

Top apps for introducing your kids to music

Want to introduce your child to music? There’s an app for that.
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The 49-year-old has been in custody since Thursday afternoon on suspicion of the 19-year-old's murder.

Police continue to quiz man, 49, in Gaia Pope disappearance probe

Murder probe detectives are continuing to question a man believed to be known to missing teenager Gaia Pope over her suspicious disappearance.

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Do you have one of these?

First edition Harry Potter book sells for £106,250 - here’s how to tell if you have one

A signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold for a world record £106,250.
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A Chinese-made Android TV box that was recalled by the EU

Illegal streaming devices entering UK fail safety tests

Households using illegal streaming devices should unplug them immediately to avoid the risk of a fire or electrical accident, campaigners have warned.
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Harris, a family favourite for decades, was jailed for five years and nine months after being convicted of assaults which took place between 1968 and 1986.

Rolf Harris has one of 12 indecent assault convictions overturned

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has had one of 12 indecent assault convictions overturned by the Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown and Lord Justice Treacy at the Court of Appeal.

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Police launch 20-year anniversary appeal to catch killer of schoolgirl Kate Bushell

Twenty years on from the murder of 14-year-old Kate Bushell, her family has urged anyone holding onto vital information to ‘find it within themselves’ to come forward to police.

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Do you have one of these coins?

Check your loose change - you could have a 50p worth hundreds in your pocket

Check your pockets, piggy-banks and down the back of the couch now, folks.

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Meet the new hijab wearing Barbie

Meet the new hijab wearing Barbie

Mattel has made history by unveiling its first ever hijab wearing Barbie doll.
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Anthea Turner faced some serious teasing

Anthea Turner trolled for hilarious Twitter blunder

Anthea Turner faced some serious teasing after she tweeted a request to cancel an order - but forgot to include the name of the company.

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