Watchdog warns water firms | UK | News

The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) has asked Bristol Water, Surrey-based SES Water and Southern Water to provide quarterly reports highlighting the action they are taking to reduce complaints following their “relatively poor” performance. CCWater’s annual report shows households made more than 2.1 million calls to resolve problems last year. Southern Water has been asked to provide quarterly reports for a third successive year despite reducing written complaints by a fifth. Bristol Water reported a 37 percent increase in “unwanted contacts” from customers to resolve problems and a 52 percent…

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Boxing mum who attacked girl, 11, dodges jail | UK | News

Little Kiesha Schofield was 11 years old when Jade Binch, 28, assaulted her. Now 13, the youngster is said to be still too scared to walk to school alone. Her mum Tiffany Schofield, 33, shared the graphic photos of Kiesha’s injuries that left her in hospital. She said: “You can see the state Kiesha was in from the pictures. “She had blood all over her face and was bruised on her head and body. “Jade fractured Kiesha’s nose, she had a bruised and blood shot eye which took a long…

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Cruise secrets: Never use the lift on a ship to avoid waiting times and bacteria | Travel News | Travel

Cruise secrets have recently revealed how to find the secrets decks on a number of ships such as Carnival and Princess. However there are other ways to make the most of a holiday while on a cruise. Cruise expert Adam Coulter, UK Managing editor of website Cruise Critic, has revealed his best advice for holiday. One of those is to always avoid the lift on a cruise ship. Most cruise ships have a lift at the front, middle and back of the ship. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the lifts can take an…

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Joshua vs Povetkin: Anthony Joshua lets slip what round he’ll try to KO Alexander Povetkin | Boxing | Sport

Joshua will defend his WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO titles against the dangerous Russian at Wembley on Saturday night. Povetkin enters the contest riding an eight-fight win streak, in which he’s knocked out all but two of his opponents. Joshua is expecting nothing less than a tough test from the former kickboxer and is aiming to take him out before the start of the championship rounds. When asked for his thoughts on the outcome of the fight at yesterday’s open workout, the Olympic gold medallist said: “Hopefully (I’ll) take…

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Get creative to make the most of your savings | Personal Finance | Finance

Yesterday the Daily Express revealed how savings rates are at a five-year low despite the Bank of England hiking base rates to 0.75 per cent in August. You can get far better returns if you make the effort to shop around and look beyond cash. Damien Fahy, founder of personal finance website MoneyToTheMasses.com, said savers need to vote with their feet: “Do not let the banks profiteer at your expense.” Cash With average easy access savings accounts paying just 0.49 per cent, savers can be forgiven for giving up on…

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Police dog who killed woman had bitten 10 other people: Dog put down | UK | News

The officer who organised the transfer of seven-stone German Shepherd Dano to Cleveland Police said had he known about the facial bite he may not have even travelled to Hampshire and Thames Valley Police’s kennels to view the dog. Irene Collins, 73, was repeatedly bitten in her kitchen in Penrith Road, Middlesbrough, in July 2014 after Dano, under the control of his handler Pc Mark Baines, had carried out a sweep of her garden as officers searched for a suspected drug dealer. The pensioner had lung cancer and emphysema and…

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