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The Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus cost parents in the north-west £2,470 per child

A visit from the Tooth Fairy costs parents £5 per visit, totalling to £100 per child

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Spring is the most popular time for DIY projects

D.I...WHY? New research hammers home the true cost of DIY

Half of us (48%) confess to believing we are good or very good at DIY despite a third (33%) having admitted that they have suffered a DIY disaster.

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This is a hybrid between a Spanish stealth slug and the UKs common black slug,

Hybrid ‘super-slugs’ are invading British gardens and we can’t stop them

The Daily Mail calls it a “slime wave”. The Sun calls them “an army”. Either way, both papers have reported 500 billion slugs are set to invade British gardens, after a mild winter created perfect breeding conditions.

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Thandie Newton stars in the last episode of Line Of Duty on Sunday

'Everyone's a suspect' ahead of Line Of Duty finale

Line Of Duty actor Patrick Baladi has said everyone is a suspect on the hit TV drama.

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Some schools have started to ban fidget spinners

What are fidget spinners and where can I find them?

Have you heard of fidget spinners yet? If you haven’t, it’s a safe bet that you will soon.

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Are social media companies failing our kids?

Four in five kids feel social media companies are failing to protect them

Social media companies aren’t doing enough to protect young adults - according to the children themselves.

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Cheeky

No flash required: ‘belfie’ trend sees backsides bared at beauty spots

Feeling confident enough to take a 'belfie'? That's a bum selfie if you don't already know and it's the latest selfie taking trend to come from Instagram.

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The RAC warned drivers to expect delays on Friday

Drivers warned to expect delays as holidaymakers take to the roads

More than 10 million leisure journeys are expected on Britain's roads between Friday and Monday as motorists embark on a getaway for the May Day bank holiday.

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Children should be encouraged to read aloud

Children 'should read aloud and chat about books to aid language skills'

Children should be encouraged to read aloud and talk about books with friends to help improve their language skills, it has been suggested.

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Get rid of your paper notes

There is just a week left to spend or bank your old paper fivers

People have just a week left to spend or bank the 155 million paper Bank of England fivers still in circulation before they lose their legal tender status.
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Is Napercise the next big thing?

Introducing the 40 winks workout

A new health and fitness class has launched this week that consists of nothing but climbing into bed and having a sleep.

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Waiting for the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 trainers

Fever for Kanye West trainers sees fans brave chill to sleep in queue

Trainer addicts have been queuing up and braving the unseasonably chilly April nights in hopes of bagging a pair of shoes designed by American rapper Kanye West.

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Fewer homes are for sale

Estate agents report dwindling number of homes for sale

The number of homes on estate agents' books dwindled to a record low in March - meaning there are now around 10 house hunters for every available property.

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Amazon will open this year

1,200 jobs in store at new Amazon warehouse in Warrington

Online retail giant Amazon is to create 1,200 permanent jobs at a new warehouse.

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Are you confident in spotting a scam?

How to spot an email phishing scam

How do you spot a phishing scam when the email looks entirely legitimate?

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Apology: Orlando Bloom

Radio 1 apology over Orlando Bloom 'pikey' comment

BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has apologised after Orlando Bloom used the word "pikey" on his breakfast show.

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The bill is not as big as once claimed by the Leave campaign

How much money does the UK pay to the EU?

The UK makes a net contribution to the EU of around £199 million a week, according to the latest official estimates.

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Experts have claimed link between saturated fat and heart disease is just 'plain wrong'

Controversial claims that saturated fats do not cause heart disease condemned by specialists

Three experts have argued that there is little evidence linking saturated fat consumption with heart disease.

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Faltyny Rebels perform with the flame throwing car

Canadian Circus Show to visit Leyland

Optimus Prime will be dropping in at Worden Park this week as part of a never-been-seen circus act.

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Prime Minister Theresa May

Theresa May accused of ignoring Muslim voters by holding election during Ramadan

Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of ignoring Muslim voters in the General Election by scheduling it during Ramadan.

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