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A measure in George Osborne’s 2013 Budget which made no headlines outside the financial pages was the abolition of stamp duty reserve tax on UK-domiciled asset management funds. That may not sound like an attention grabber, but it was manna for Britain’s hedge-fund bosses, who by the Government’s estimate saw £145m drop off their companies’ collective annual tax bill.

Biker Luke Weeks banned from roads after swearing at speed camera 19 times

Weeks was caught swearing at speed cameras while driving past on a motorcycle at up to twice the speed limit

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Architecture needs you! 'Heritage army' enlisted for big survey of England’s 345,000 Grade II listed buildings

English Heritages' annual 'at-risk' survey has found 5,700 listed buildings or sites deemed to be imperilled by neglect or decay, a fall of 131 from the previous year

Man detained under Mental Health Act after M25 Dartford Crossing closure

A man arrested in connection with a bomb hoax which led to the Dartford Crossing being closed in both directions and severe delays on the M25 has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Mesut Ozil poses with new Arsenal team-mate Lukas Podolski while on duty with the Germany. Podolski, currently out with a hamstring injury, was being examined by the national team doctor

Arsenal investigate academy coach tweet after alleged Mesut Ozil transfer bet

Coach Mark Arber posted on his Twitter account 'Lovely bit of 14-1 Mesut' causing the Gunners to launch an investigation into whether betting regulations have been breached

Donald Macintyre’s Sketch: Portas the prophet of profits brings her high-street cred to the Commons

Every age has its prophets. Ancient society had its augurers, soothsayers, seers. The 21st century has its shopping gurus. Like Mary Portas, her mythical predecessor Cassandra had flaming red hair; unlike her she was tragically believed by no one. The readers of Ms Portas’s weekly retail reviews, the viewers of her television programmes, the followers of her tweets have gratefully hung on her every word. She is a prophet celebrated in her own era. 

Mary Portas and Bill Grimsey in high street battle

Retail expert Mary Portas will mount a vigorous defence of her efforts to revitalise the high street in front of MPs today.

Commuters led to safety after smoke scare delays Southeastern train during rush-hour

Hundreds of passengers forced to escape from train after fire scare

Hither Green train evacuated after fire breaks out

Passengers on a rush-hour train have been led to safety after smoke was reported underneath the rear four carriages.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 11 June 2013

Japan GDP is revised up

World War II Veteran, Ian Hammerton, pictured at his home in Dartford, Kent (Picture: Jason Alden)

Normandy veterans speak: Ian Hammerton - ‘We just wanted to get off the beach quickly’

Lieutenant Ian Hammerton, 91, from Dartford, Kent, is one of a small band of surviving  D-Day officers. He was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. He commanded five “flail” or “crab” tanks, belonging to the 22nd Dragoons, equipped with frontal booms and chains to detonate mines

Normandy Voices: Captain Ian Hammerton

Mr Hammerton was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944

Motorist jumps to his death from Dartford Bridge leaving traffic delays of up to seven hours

42-year-old man plunged into the River Thames after four hours of negotiations with police failed to talk him down

Huxley, left, with the Dave Clark Five in January 1964; within two months they were on 'Ed Sullivan'

Rick Huxley: Bassist with the Dave Clark Five

Although critically dismissed today, the Dave Clark Five was one of the most successful groups of the 1960s, having several UK hits and a following not far behind the Beatles' in America. Rick Huxley was part of the Dave Clark Five throughout their career and played bass on all their records, adding backing vocals when required.

Rents in London over twice as much as those in the North East

Tenants in Greater London are paying rents on average 132% more than those in the North East, according to figures from HomeLet.

Towie sisters at Old Bailey for father's £1 million heist sentencing

The Only Way Is Essex sisters Sam and Billie Faiers were at the Old Bailey today to see their step-father sentenced for a daring £1 million bullion heist.

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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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