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Robbers stole up to pounds 6m in cash yesterday after hijacking a Securicor security van and threatening its crew.

Five held following 400-gun haul

Five people were arrested after a haul of 400 guns was recovered by police at an address in Brighton, Sussex.

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You don't get to choose your birthday, otherwise I guess the Royal Ballet School would have opted for another time - any other time - to celebrate its 50th. What with its parent company in the artistic doldrums, moving house, planning next week's closing-down party and dashing round and round Hammersmith flyover trailing balloons in an ill-conceived publicity stunt, it was a rum week to be having a gala.

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The Government has given the go-ahead for 12 hospitals to be built and run by the private sector with private finance for use by NHS patients.

Dartmoor plans to rise from ashes

An emergency recovery plan is being prepared for around two square miles of Dartmoor National Park nature reserve devastated by fire a week ago.

Election '97: Manifesto for business silent on Labour's sell-off plans

Blair tells invited City audience that his party is entrepreneurs' champion

Fires ignite tinder-dry Britain

National park and woodlands damaged

Hospital beats flu crisis

A hospital which appealed for emergency staff after more than 20 nurses were hit by flu yesterday said it had received an "excellent" response.

Lethal fireworks get sales ban

Fireworks which caused two deaths during this year's bonfire night celebrations were banned from sale to the public under emergency measures brought in by ministers last night. The aerial shell and aerial maroon fireworks, often imported from China, are launched from mortar tubes.

Woman's train raid terror

A woman caught up in the armed train robbery in London described yesterday how the two robbers threatened passengers with a machete and a handgun.



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Heathland schemes are rescuing rare species. By Daniel Butler

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A bullish results statement from Capital Shopping Centres, the leading retail property landlord, underlines two trends in UK retailing. The first is that consumer spending is rising strongly, with sales in some of CSC's centres 14 per cent ahead of the same period last year. The second is that, try as the Government might to clamp down on large out-of-town shopping developments, the public still likes shopping in them.
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