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AN OFFER by the Royal Cork Yacht Club to host the Commodores' Cup in the year 2000 has been squashed by the refusal of the sponsor, Rolex, to move from Cowes and the Solent. "We think we could stage a first rate Commodores' Cup ahead of Ford Cork Week in early July and attract up to 15 teams," Royal Cork spokesman Donal McClement said.

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Rolls-Royce couples robbed of pounds 70,000

TWO WEALTHY couples were robbed of jewellery and watches worth nearly pounds 70,000 after driving home by Rolls-Royce from a night out in London's West End, police said yesterday.

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Boxing: King robbed at gunpoint

DON KING found his fame as the world's most famous boxing promoter of little help when four armed men stopped his car in Mexico City.

Muggers make off with pounds 1.5m jewellery haul

For a night out at the cinema, followed by a visit to the kebab shop, South African tourist Datin Melleney was perhaps a little overdressed: mink coat, diamond earrings, gold Rolex watch.

How the elements struck twice

In 1994, three men armed with baseball bats and chains smashed their way into a house in Selsey, West Sussex, then fled without taking anything - but not before explaining to the frightened residents that they had broken into the wrong house. That is the sort of exciting place Selsey is.

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On the face of it, Jurek Piasecki, head of jewellery retailer Goldsmiths, had little reason to smile yesterday. He revealed that the company had slipped into the red in the six months to August, with losses of just over pounds 300,000. The group's share price closed 9p down at 331.5p.
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