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Head recruits sniffer dog to tackle drugs

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THEY SURVIVED the Reformation and stood firm in the face of anti- papist riots, but nearly 700 years after their foundation, Britain's Franciscan friars face extinction.

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Allied Carpets still weighing offers

ALLIED CARPETS said yesterday it was still considering offers for the entire company following the sale of its troubled Carpetland subsidiary to Carpetright for pounds 13.75m. The offers include one from Alchemy, the venture capital group, at less than 60p per share.

Design: Swings and roundabouts

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Property: Going Up In The World

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Hot Spot: Nunhead: Back from the dead

A FEW years ago, if an area were said to be near Peckham, it would elicit the question: "How near?" Very near meant too close to a place best known for its high crime rate. But supersonic gentrification has zapped Peckham, and its spillover is helping to transform Nunhead, which had been a nondescript sleepy community mostly unknown and ignored except for its famous cemetery.

Allied Carpets surges 23% on bid report

ALLIED CARPETS was at the centre of takeover speculation last night after the troubled carpet retailer said it had received a number of bid approaches.
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