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Petrol price wars consigned to history as supermarkets say customer defection less likely

Former Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King said changing consumer attitudes partly spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic had left customers less likely to shop around for deals. He said the dip in competition had disincentivised supermarkets from offering lower prices on fuel in particular, as loyal customers were more likely to fill up at their usual […]

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Sophie gets her hands dirty! Countess dazzles in down to earth Royal Family engagement

The Countess of Wessex was warmly greeted by staff and volunteers as she visited Capability, Riccarton Service on Wednesday, June 29.  The royal received a tour of the centre and got stuck into activities including planting flowers, baking and painting.  Sophie met with members of the community and learned more about the centre’s work. Capability […]

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German economy crumbles – confidence evaporates as Russia chokes gas supplies

G7 leaders mock Putin at roundtable meeting in Germany The Gfk German consumer confidence survey showed on Tuesday that consumer sentiment in Europe’s largest economy is forecast to slide to a record low next month as the war in Ukraine and supply chain disruptions continue to drive food and energy prices higher. The index predicted […]

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M25 CLOSED: Delays of over one hour and four-mile queues after lorry flips

The vehicle flipped shortly before 11:40am on Tuesday (June 28), initially blocking all four lanes of the motorway at J8 A217 near Reigate and causing delays of over two hours on the M25 clockwise.  The hard shoulder and one regular lane are open while two other lanes remain closed.  A report from traffic service Inrix […]

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Russia ‘state of emergency’ declared as unexploded WW2-era mine found next to oil pipeline

Authorities in the port city of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea introduced a state of emergency on Tuesday, June 28, after a deep-sea mine was discovered off the coastline of one of its districts. Ships have been warned to avoid the area where the 1943-type mine was found. The mine weighs 8.8 kg and cannot […]

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‘Britain facing 1937 moment’ New head of army warns UK must prepare to ‘fight and win’ war

In a speech on Tuesday, General Sir Patrick Sanders, the Chief of the General Staff, said Britain faces its “1937 moment” and must be prepared to act rapidly in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “brutal aggression”. In his first public engagement since taking up the post, Gen Sanders said he has never seen […]

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‘Good thing Queen doesn’t depend on him’ Harry savaged as William and Kate plot move

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to move into Adelaide Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle before their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, start a new school term in September. The young family are set to move into the modest four-bedroom cottage near the Queen’s permanent residence. The […]

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Kate’s parental solutions blasted as Duchess’ tactics labelled ‘throwing money at it’

The Duchess of Cambridge convened a group of civil servants, experts and ministers including Health Secretary Sajid Javid for a discussion on Thursday to discuss the findings of a new poll commission by her think tank, the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. The poll revealed that under a fifth of parents understood the “unique” […]

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Russia bares its teeth to NATO in WW3 threat over Lithuania blockade – Putin poised to act

NATO member Lithuania became the flashpoint of tensions between Russia and the military alliance on Saturday when it banned the transit of EU-sanctioned goods through its territory to and from the Russian exclave Kaliningrad. The Kremlin described the move as “openly hostile” and warned it will take action if the ban is not lifted “in the near […]

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NATO member Lithuania risks triggering all-out war with Russia as Putin blasts export bloc

Lithuania banned the transit of goods sanctioned by the European Union through Lithuanian territory to and from the exclave on Saturday, June 19, citing EU sanction rules imposed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The transit ban has ramped up already high levels of tension between Russia and NATO over Moscow’s invasion of […]