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Detectives have arrested eight people in connection with a suspected £40m mortgage fraud, police said today.

Alfie Patten's mother facing truancy charge

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Boy, 13, 'may not be baby's father'

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Father at 13: Little children, big money

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Father, 13, vows to care for new baby

A 13-year-old boy has become a father - and insists he will be a good parent, it was reported today.

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Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: My husband had an affair with a married woman, now she is having his baby

Dear Virginia,

I coped when my partner had an affair with a married woman, and we made up. But now we've heard she's just had his baby, and I can't stop thinking about it. I hate the idea of this little girl growing up without her real father (as my sons did), but contact would be painful, as I had a still born daughter years ago. My partner thinks her visits might be consolation for me, but it would be agony. I'm so confused!

Yours sincerely, Regina

Eastbourne to provide playground for the elderly

A seaside town with a reputation as a retirement haven could become the next area in Britain to provide older residents with an outdoor playground, it was revealed today.

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