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  1. Finsbury Park: 'Several hurt' as vehicle hits pedestrians READ MORE HERE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40322960
  2. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/credit-card-time-bomb-personal-10356434?service=responsive Over the last couple of years - CAG has been advising people in debt to start paying it down and stop taking on more debt. It is frightening that consumers simply don't say NO to their children at Christmas and Birthdays - even just for one year - do you really need to upgrade your TV or sofa, EVERY year?
  3. According to a security expert, tens of millions of usernames and passwords have been hacked, concerning email accounts with Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo, with the details traded online. The report says that data from somewhere in the region of 97 million accounts have been swiped. It looks like personal information from around 40 million Yahoo Mail accounts, 33 million Hotmail accounts and 24 million Gmail accounts have been accessed. You can read Hold Security's full report on this breach, right here, if you want to know more. Obviously, it'd be a good time to update your password if you have accounts with any of those companies http://www.bitterwallet.com/privacy/cyber-attack-hits-millions-of-gmail-hotmail-and-yahoo-accounts-91917
  4. A MAN who hit a bailiff with a cricket bat, then challenged his sentence for it, has been given a suspended jail term. Richard Burton, 35, attacked the bailiff David Knight when he went to his house in Phipps Road, Oxford, on March 5 last year. He was convicted of assault by beating at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on October 14 and was given a 12-month conditional discharge. He was also told to pay £100 compensation, a £15 victim surcharge and £200 costs. But Burton appealed against his sentence at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday. The court heard Mr Knight told Burton he was a bailiff as he went into the house. Judge Zoe Smith said Burton went into the kitchen and first picked up a knife, then put it down and picked up a cricket bat instead. He raised it above his head and brought it down, hitting Mr Knight’s left hand, causing bruising and swelling. Dismissing the appeal, Judge Smith warned Burton that bailiffs played an essential role in the criminal justice system. She said: “People employed to carry out the duties of bailiff must have the protection of the courts and it is only right people who harm them should expect imprisonment. “The job this gentleman was undertaking was essential.” She gave Burton a three-month prison sentence but suspended it for 12 months saying: “We were impressed by the character witness you put before us.” Burton was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay Mr Knight £150 compensation and the Crown Prosecution Service’s full costs of £526. Judge Smith warned him: “If you do not undertake this unpaid work to the best of your abilities, you will have to serve the prison sentence.” http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/11657762.Man_hit_bailiff_with_cricket_bat/
  5. The bank could see customer exodus worsen when it increases current account fees for many this summer Troubled Co-op Bank is to increase the fees on some of its current accounts by 20pc this summer. The bank, which announced a £1.3bn loss earlier this month, had admitted that customers were leaving over fears for its future. It could now face a further exodus. From July 1, charges will be increased on several Co-op packaged current accounts, which provide a bundle of different insurance perks for a monthly fee. The cost of its Privilege Premier account will increase from £13 to £15. Privilege account holders will pay £11, up from £9.50.In addition, the Smilemore account – part of the bank’s Smile internet-only arm, will pay £15.50, up from £13 More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10797002/Co-op-hits-customers-with-20pc-fee-increase.html
  6. Despite the number of interest-free purchase and balance transfer deals on the market, the average purchase rate on credit cards has hit its highest peak for 18 months. The average credit card purchase rate, which dipped to 18.1pc a year ago, had risen to 18.9pc one month ago and today stands at 19.1pc. This is the highest it has been for 18 months, according to Moneyfacts.co.uk. Consumers taking advantage of the abundance of balance transfer and interest-free purchase deals on the market should be aware that the purchase rates are being pushed up by lenders needing to maintain these offers. Coupled with the interest rate hike, providers are also allowing customers to pay back less each month, therefore keeping the debt on the books for longer and acquiring interest for a longer period of time. With Christmas looming ever closer, many consumers will be relying on their credit cards to see them through the festive period financially. Rachel Springall, of Moneyfacts.co.uk, advised: “If in doubt, shoppers should opt for an introductory interest-free purchase card, which gives them some breathing space so they can focus on repaying solely the amount they have spent. Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/creditcards/9671826/Average-credit-card-purchase-rate-hits-19.1pc.html
  7. The Libor rate-rigging scandal that is currently engulfing the banking sector has led to further condemnation of the behaviour of bankers and calls for criminal prosecutions for those involved. Among the most vocal is the man who became known as the HBOS whistleblower. "The people of this country are totally fed up and angry with the continuous greed, dishonesty and wrongdoing of our banks," says Paul Moore, who was head of group regulatory risk at the bank until 2004. He is calling for "the fullest, most forensic, most transparent 'people's public inquiry'" into the behaviour of banks, and has launched a lobbying group, the New Wilberforce Alliance, to lead a campaign for such an inquiry. Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a full parliamentary inquiry of the banking sector, as well as a narrower inquiry specifically into the Libor market, but Mr Moore believes this does not go far enough. Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18908879
  8. Thousands were left out of pocket yesterday after the Royal Bank of Scotland was at the centre of a new computer meltdown. About 100,000 customers of Thinkbanking, whose accounts are held by RBS, did not have their balances updated because of a technical problem. The hitch came a fortnight after the RBS computer breakdown left millions of customers of NatWest, owned by RBS, unable to access their cash. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2170378/Second-RBS-glitch-hits-bank-s-savers-100-000-customers-balances-updated.html#ixzz203dwi900
  9. The losses of £37million incurred by the 116,000 people who were left high and dry when Farepak collapsed in 2006 may look trivial in the greater scheme of things. But when one considers that among this group – disparaged by their bankers as Doris’ – are some of the least well-off in the country, who scraped and saved for a wonderful family Christmas, it is hard not to feel the most enormous sympathy. What is really disturbing about this sorry tale is the role played by Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS), the rotten bank that was saved from the knackers’ yard by Lloyds TSB and then the Government in 2008-09. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2162891/ALEX-BRUMMER-Banking-morals-hits-Farepak-victims.html#ixzz1yfpMsK36
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