Imaginary mistake led stressed actuary to hang himself

AN ACTUARY killed himself in the mistaken belief that he had lost his insurance company millions of pounds, an inquest was told yesterday.

Racing: Sprake in road accident

TIM SPRAKE is in a stable condition in the North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, after being involved in a road accident yesterday morning. The jockey was driving from Marlborough to his home in West Overton, Wiltshire, when his car hit black ice.

PROPERTY: Hot Spot Basingstoke; Stoke's no joke

Basingstoke is no garden suburb, but it's not just commuters who are flooding there from London. By Robert Liebman

Letter: Libraries shelved?

Sir: J M Walpole's overheard discussion between two education students as to the correct spelling of "ninety-nine" is indeed worrying (letter, 1 November). So, too, is the fact that he reports this conversation as taking place in the "book room" - do our colleges not have libraries these days?

The quiet desperation of the provincial English

Philip Hensher `We've lost a crucial degree of pride, civic and otherwise, and gained nothing much in its place'

Shock forecast of rise in teenage suicide bids

IN A SIGN of the growing pressures on the young, one of the most prosperous areas of the country is predicting 1,700 suicide attempts by teenagers over the next year.

Boy, 4, dies in fairground accident

Boy, 4, dies in fairground accident

De La Rue to return pounds 100m to investors

SHAREHOLDERS IN UK cash-to-cards firm De La Rue, are set to scoop a pounds 100m windfall, worth 44p a share after the company announced it will sell its smart-card business to Paris-based Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire for pounds 200m in order to focus on its newly-established services business.

GOING DOWN: Arjo Wiggins

ARJO WIGGINS shares slid 14 per cent last week - their worst week since a 17 per cent decline in one week of September 1992 - as at least some shareholders decided to cash in at of one of the fastest-rising stocks in the FT-SE 250 index.

Which Way 99: clearing file: results day! and where you go from here...

the results weren't what you expected - but there are still plenty of options

Travel: All aboard for full board

David Foster books into a floating hotel and plies the canals of Surrey's commuter belt down to the wide waters of the Thames

Road chaos as hauliers protest

A CONVOY of 800 articulated lorries invaded Park Lane in central London yesterday in a mass protest over fuel prices and road tax. Thousands of motorists were delayed in the latest protest by the haulage industry against Gordon Brown's "anti-truck" Budget announcements which some lorry owners believe will drive them out of business.

Triple axe killer was high on drugs

A MAN who hacked to death three friends with an axe during a 24-hour killing spree was jailed for life yesterday.
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