Nationwide: House prices up 7.2% in 2014 – we reveal the top 20 hotspots
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London was the region that saw prices grow fastest, said Nationwide, but the ripple effect meant St Albans and Reading were the cities with the highest inflation.

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Moment Virgin pilot landed 747 jumbo jet on broken landing gear pictured
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The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 with more than 450 people on board was meant to go to Las Vegas but returned to London at 3.45pm after developing a technical fault shortly after take-off.

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Upper Crust cuts baguette sizes by 10 per cent
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SSP, which runs outlets including Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza in stations and airports around the world, insists the move is to bring sizes ‘in line with competitors’

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Schoolboy performs in nativity play dressed as Soviet dictator because he mixed up Josephs
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Ilya Gavrichenko had to say his lines dressed as the wrong Joseph (Picture: YouTube) Fluffing up your lines is normally the biggest mistake a child makes during their school nativity. But one 12-year-old went a step further and fluffed up his entire character. Ilya Gavrichenko went home and told his parents that he had landed the […]

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Man ‘exposes himself to children, takes Taser from officer and tries to steal police car’
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Lunarness Mendoza is accused of going on a rampage (Picture: Police) A man went on an unusual pre-Christmas rampage that allegedly involved him exposing himself to children, stealing an officer’s Taser and then attempting to get into a police car. Lunarness Mendoza, 32, was eventually caught and arrested on charges of assaulting an officer, indecent […]

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Woman threatens pet owners who let dogs poop on her lawn with strange punishment
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Someone left this sign on their lawn (Picture: Twitter) A woman annoyed with finding dog poop on her lawn has decided to fight fire with fire. The homeowner, who only gave the name ‘Annie’ when signing off on her angry letter, threatened to find the dog’s owner and ‘take a dump on their doorstep and car windshield.’ […]

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People are voting for Nigel Farage as ‘Rear of the Year’
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The competition counts Rachel Stevens and Carol Vorderman as previous winners (Picture: AP Photo/PA, Gareth Fuller) After being named Briton of the Year by the Times this week, Nigel Farage has been put forward as a candidate for another – and rather different – accolade: Rear of the Year. The annual competition, which counts Rachel Stevens, […]

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Man hospitalised after downing carton of eggnog in 12 seconds
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You might impress your mates, but you’ll end up in hospital. (Picture: Fox News) Most of us will have indulged in some seasonal excess at some point this Christmas- but perhaps not to the extent of this man, who was hospitalised after downing an entire carton of eggnog in 12 seconds. Ryan Roche, from Utah, […]

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Police tweet vines of cute puppies that will grow up to be fearsome crime fighters
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These puppies are really cute, for now (Picture: West Midlands Police) These puppies may look cute now but wait until they get older and they’re chasing you down a dark alley way. The animals are currently being trained by West Midlands Police and will eventually be able to locate drugs, firearms, cash and explosives. ‘CUTE […]

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Dog collar video captures what home alone pet get ups to
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When a man attached his friend’s GoPro video camera to his dog’s collar, he might have expected some food and sofa-related high-jinks. Unlike Home Alone’s Kevin McCallister, this dog does not destroy the family home or tick off everything normally prohibited. Instead the dog appeared to persistently pine for its master looking through different windows to see if he is returning. The […]

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Hampstead and Westminster men's hockey team in naked calendar for charity
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Sixteen of the Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club men’s first team took part in the shoot after a former teammate was diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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An end to madness of winter fuel cash for expats on the Costa del Sol: As bill reaches £130million, the law WILL be changed
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EXCLUSIVE: Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith today condemns the ‘absurd’ handouts and vows to change the rules which have cost the UK taxpayer £130million in a decade.

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Britain wakes to another frosty morning – but it's all about to thaw
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Benson in Oxfordshire was the coldest place in the UK this morning with a temperature of -7.3C, while Farnborough, Hampshire, was second at -7.1C.

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