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What is Spice and why is the drug so dangerous?

Synthetic cannabis, of which Spice is an example, is linked to serious health issues ranging from difficulties breathing to psychotic episodes.

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The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+

Christmas release for handheld ZX Spectrum

Just when it looked like it couldn’t get any better for gamers hankering after a refreshed take on their childhood, Sir Clive Sinclair has stepped in to ramp up excitement further;

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Kids can drive you round the bend.

Lego, phones - children flush the funniest things

Building bricks, dolls and mobile phones are among the items that Britain’s kids regularly drop in the loo, according to a new report.

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The charred plug of the lead bought to charge a Samsung S5.

‘There was a flash of light and I could smell smoke’ – concern after mobile charger plug goes bang

An 18-year-old woman was awoken when the plug of her mobile phone battery charger went bang in the night.

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B&Q recalls hedge trimmer over injury risk

B&Q recalls hedge trimmer over injury risk

B&Q has recalled a hedge trimmer after it emerged that the motor could fail and fragments could be ejected through the casing vents, posing an injury risk to users.

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UK mobile users

UK phone users check their mobiles a billion times a day

UK mobile users are collectively checking their phones more than one billion times a day, according to a new survey of consumer habits.

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What grinds your gears whilst behind the wheel

The bad habits of the UK’s drivers

Using mobile phones while driving rates as the worst habit among fellow motorists, according to a new report.

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‘Safe’ cigs and alcohol on the way - thanks to Brexit

‘Safe’ cigs and alcohol on the way - thanks to Brexit

Hangover free booze and safer alternatives to cigarettes could be a legacy of post Brexit Britain, suggests new research.

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Cooking cockney? Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer in list of Bake Off replacement favourites

Nigella Lawson is the viewers' favourite to replace Mary Berry in the Great British Bake Off, according to a new survey.
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Smartphones change the way we eat

Smartphones are even changing the way we eat

Until very recently, using a phone at the dinner table was frowned upon.

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Perranporth beach, Cornwall, where thousands of jellyfish have been washed up. (James Dadzitis / SWNS.com)

Deadly stinging creatures arrive on UK beaches

Beach-goers in Britain have been warned about an invasion of a deadly JELLYFISH-like creatures.

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Yahoos headquarters

What to do if you’re one of the 500m hacked Yahoo users

Internet giant Yahoo has admitted to a data breach affecting as many as 500 million user accounts, pointing the finger at a “state-sponsored actor”.

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One of the new, lower-numbered notes for sale on an auction website

Are you quids in? New Bank of England fivers could be worth hundreds

The launch of the Bank of England’s first-ever plastic banknote has resulted in an unexpected rise in the value of... the plastic fiver.

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An Asian hornet found in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire

‘Bee killer’ hornet arrives on British shores

An invasive hornet which hunts bees has reached Britain and is feared to be breeding successfully

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Mary Berry

Mary Berry leaves Bake Off - social media reacts

Lancashire people have reacted to the news on our Twitter and Facebook sites.
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Protesters in London following the Brexit vote - Jane Campbell/Shutterstock

Brexit voters don’t regret their decision, says polling expert John Curtice

In the hours and days after the EU Referendum vote, much was made of the supposedly huge “Bregret” vote – people who had voted to Leave and then either saw the error of their ways or were shocked that it actually won.

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Pugs are among the breeds vets are urging people to avoid for health reasons. See letter

The breeds of dogs vets are urging owners to avoid

Vets have warned would-be dog owners to think carefully before buying breeds with “flat faced” features, due to concerns over their welfare.

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Soon you won’t be able to pretend you’ve missed WhatsApp messages from annoying friends

Soon you won’t be able to pretend you’ve missed WhatsApp messages from annoying friends

An update being tested for popular messaging app WhatsApp could mean you’ll never be able to pretend you’ve missed a message again.

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Matalan car park

Pensioner slapped with parking fine – for putting letter O instead of number zero into electronic meter.

SHOCKED Violet Moore was handed an £84 parking fine – because she pressed the letter O instead of a zero on an electronic parking meter.

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How can we tell when we are being watched?

A sixth sense? How can we tell when we are being watched

Harriet Dempsey-Jones, a postdoctoral researcher in clinical neurosciences at the University of Oxford, explains.
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