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High-living college in fees fiddle must repay pounds 9m to government

A COLLEGE has been ordered to repay pounds 9m in government fees after an investigation found it had made claims for ineligible students, funded lavish trips abroad and covered personal expenses on college credit cards.

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FISHERMEN have been accused of mutilating dolphins after a number of headless animals were washed up on the holiday beaches of South-west Britain.
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