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White van men across the country will be bereft. The mighty Ford Transit van, so loved by tradesmen and small-business owners, is no longer a minor British institution.

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Concept design to charge electric cars packs into the boot, unfolds like a pop-up tent

Motown misery

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Paul Casey celebrates his eagle on the 18th green

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Paul Casey mastered difficult conditions to hit a five-under-par 67 and claim the Irish Open by three shots yesterday, securing his first European Tour victory in over two years.

An airliner is distorted by the heat waves rising up from the north runway at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix

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Missing 14 year old girl Lorna Vickerage, left and John Bush, right, 35. The teenager has been missing since 10 June and police believe she has vanished with a man over twice her age, believed to be John Bush

Lorna Vickerage found: Missing 14-year-old girl from Doncaster and family friend John Bush found near London's Euston station

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Easy financing helps car sales return to 2007 levels

Car sales returned to pre-recession levels last month as consumers took advantage of special offers and shifted increasingly to more energy-efficient vehicles.

Woman killed in crash while driving wrong way down M5

A woman has died after driving her car the wrong way up a motorway in the early hours of this morning, police said.

The latest scandal to hit The Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, is an alleged video of him smoking crack cocaine that’s been seen by three journalists who all identified the Mayor

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He is embroiled in a crack-cocaine sting – and it’s not his first brush with trouble. Will Dean lists his other greatest hits

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