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Ohhhh no! Churchill Insurance did not want to insure a bulldog as it was too old

Advertising: Will you insure me?

Ohhh no, we can't insure your bulldog. This was the response from Churchill Insurance when Timothy Taylor, of Leicestershire, tried to get a quote to cover his six-year-old bulldog, Monty, who'd just been given a clean bill of health.

Thomson Holidays child-free advert 'misleading', rules ASA

A Thomson Holidays ad that promised a child-free resort has been ruled misleading after the company said it could not guarantee the claim.

Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt banned by ASA

A Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt has attracted a third round of complaints, this time over misleading claims about doubling "everyone's" broadband speeds.

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Watchdog bans Wayne Rooney Nike tweets

Tweets sent by footballers Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere have been banned after a watchdog ruled they were advertisements for sportswear giant Nike.

Northgate Solar Controls 'terror threat' glazing advert banned

An ad for an anti-shatter window firm warning of the possibility of a terrorist attack during the Olympics has been banned for causing undue fear and distress, a watchdog said.

KFC (2005) - Viewers said call-centre workers singing with their mouths full set a bad example. The ASA ruled it would not harm parental authority

KFC advert is the most complained-about campaign of all time

The ASA has received 430,000 complaints during its existence, with a record 31,548 in 2011

The billboard campaign for Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings prompted hundreds of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority

A Big, Fat victory for Travellers as 'racist' adverts to be investigated

Advertising watchdog finally orders inquiry into Channel 4 campaign for Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Amazon warned over delivery claim

Online retailer Amazon has been ordered to clarify advertising about its premium one-day delivery service after customers complained that they had been left waiting for orders.

Alcohol adverts 'target teenagers' despite strict code

Seven years after strict new rules were introduced to stop drinks companies marketing alcohol to children, teenagers are again being targeted, a report finds.

Misleading BT broadband adverts banned

A BT campaign has been banned for misleading customers about the speed of its Infinity broadband service, a watchdog said.

An ad featuring actor Vinnie Jones carrying out CPR has been cleared

Watchdog clears Vinnie Jones CPR advert

An ad featuring actor Vinnie Jones carrying out CPR has been cleared following complaints that he performs the technique incorrectly, a watchdog has ruled.

Speeding ticket avoidance advert banned

An ad for a website promising the "top 10 tricks" for getting out of speeding tickets has been banned by a watchdog.

Bar apologises over 'midgets' advert

A bar that promised revellers the chance to party with "our very own Xmas midgets" acted offensively and irresponsibly, a watchdog has ruled.

Regulator clears NSPCC publicity

Publicity for children's charity the NSPCC has been cleared by the advertising regulator after complainants described its reference to child abuse as "disturbing and offensive".

Harvey Nichols escapes ad censure

Upmarket department store Harvey Nichols has escaped censure following complaints that a Christmas ad showing women doing the "walk of shame" was offensive and demeaning.

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