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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.

Judo: Howell is at pains to throw down challenge

Britain unearths a gem who can pick its Olympic challenge off the floor but first she must recover from serious injury

Rising toll fears over crossing sell-off plans

Motoring groups expressed fears today that drivers could face increased toll charges under Government plans to sell off the Dartford Crossing on the M25 - Europe's busiest motorway.

Dutch courage: Eden Project drafts in 25,000 bulbs from Holland in a bid to brighten up Britain's street corners

The Eden Project's creator, Tim Smit, absolutely loves to get people together (maybe, as a Dutchman, he thinks we uptight Brits need a bit of Netherlandish help to love our local communities). Earlier this summer, he was all about the Big Lunch, where we were encouraged to close down local traffic and hold a street party with our neighbours. And now, as autumn rolls in, it's the Big Bulb Plant.

Gang 'plotted to flood Jersey with cannabis'

Six men plotted to flood the island of Jersey with £1m worth of cannabis, a court heard today.

Three lorry crash forces Dartford tunnel closure

A crash involving three lorries forced the closure of one of the Dartford tunnels today, the Highways Agency said.

Toilet tale flushed out of Johnson

Glen Johnson might be England and Liverpool's first-choice right-back earning £120,000-a-week and 11 months from playing in a World Cup finals – but to some people he will always be the bloke who stole a toilet seat from B&Q.

Massive blackout meant toll-free Thames crossing

Motorists were allowed a toll-free ride over a key river crossing today after a major power cut affected thousands of homes and businesses.

Avalanche survivor in £8 million Lottery win

A Kent man who survived an avalanche in which four of his friends died was celebrating a change in fortunes after his family won almost £8 million on the Lottery.

'All schools should be free to drop GCSEs'

All schools should be given the freedom to ditch GCSEs in favour of a new baccalaureate qualification for 16-year-olds, the headteacher of one of the country's leading independent schools will say tomorrow.

400 jobs go as Zavvi closes 18 stores

More than 400 workers at high street music retailer Zavvi are to lose their jobs after administrators today announced the closure of 18 stores.

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Judo: Sport that aims to save kids from guns and knives

New campaign hopes to unearth inner-city talent and atone for Olympic failure

Woman arrested after boy found dead

A woman is under arrest in hospital after a child's body was discovered at a house, police said.

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