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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

First-time buyer numbers rise 15%

Report shows that the average price of a home bought by first-time buyers was up 2% in April

Pistorius is due to appear in court for a hearing next week in Pretoria

'Distressing' leaked pictures show blood in bathroom where Oscar Pistorius shot his lover Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day

Defence lawyers have described their appearance in the public domain as “distressing”

Slogans painted on Alt-na-reigh, the cottage owned by Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile's Highland cottage for sale

The Highland cottage owned by disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile will be sold at auction today.

How to avoid paying your bedroom tax – get it reclassified as a study

Councils and housing associations are reclassifying thousands of bedrooms across Britain as box rooms, studies or non-specific rooms so that tenants can avoid the so-called “bedroom tax”.

Housing authorities have reported large numbers of tenants simply unable to pay the extra rent

Tenants face eviction over controversial ‘bedroom tax’

Thousands could lose their homes as councils and housing associations begin a clampdown on those in rent arrears

Jonny Wilkinson 'falls into the elite category of rugby players'

Revealed: Devastating impact of 'bedroom tax' sees huge leap in demand for emergency hardship handouts for tenants

Exclusive: Demand for emergency handouts increases by 338 per cent

Bedroom tax blamed for suspected suicide of grandmother

A grandmother who killed herself left a note in which she blamed the Government for her death.

Five-minute memoir: Peggy Hesketh remembers a fire that engulfed her bedroom

My aunt told me many years later that the fire had been started by children flinging sparklers at the sky. Sparklers are a particular wonder of my American childhood: punk sticks dipped in something volatile that made them fizz and pop in a wondrous fireworks display that we could hold in our hands and wave and swirl until the sticks burnt down. Or we would throw them as high as we could and watch the sparks shower down as we screamed and clapped, feeling as if we controlled the stars.

Leonardo Di Caprio playing Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby needs more than three dimensions

I'm worried my love of the book will be killed if I watch Lurhmann's new film

Chic villas in Corfu

The Big Six: from clifftop locations to freshwater pools and rustic interiors

A police officer stands near a scene-of-crime tent after a 19-year-old man died after he was found injured in Bounces Road, Edmonton, following reports of shots being fired, Scotland Yard said

London teenager shot dead after row in suspected gang killing

A teenager was shot dead after an argument between two groups of youths in an area at the centre of gangland disputes, it emerged yesterday.

Number of house sales is increasing

Three bedroom semi-detached properties are selling the fastest

Protesters against the ‘bedroom tax’ in Trafalgar Square this weekend

D-day for benefits claimants as unions go for the jugular

David Cameron’s government is the “nastiest” in British history, the leader of the TUC claimed today, as the country’s poorest families brace themselves for sweeping benefit cuts which take effect this month.

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