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Ditto H6, that was brill...first one i got 5 the second 'of' didn't register n went over n over n still didn't click on to 6...how baffling!2nd one did not bad as it was like readin my daughters texts!!xxxsteeleyma

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Hi All.. thanks for all the posts with regards to 'Did You Know.....'.  Well, I used to.  Not so good at it these days, I'll admit.

 

I have to agree with Steeleyma on the previous post - baffling indeed.  Normally one to be very smug about such logical brain puzzles, and often having been proud of my lateral thinking, all of that has gone oot the windae.  Whereas once I could whizz through a super difficult Sudoku puzzle, now I just thoughtfully chew the pen whilst I work out the Dot to Dot puzzles...

 

But then what has that got to do with anything?  So, no, I don't know.    


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The rights of millions of motorists are at stake in a legal battle over the speeding laws.

 

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Judgement day: Could these become a thing of the past?

Human Rights judges in Strasbourg are hearing a complaint that forcing car owners to state who was behind the wheel of a vehicle caught speeding on camera breaches their right to silence.

The Government said it would "vigorously" defend current motoring rules - but if drivers Idris Francis and Gerard O'Halloran win their claim it could curb the Department of Transport's money-raising ability through speeding fines.

The campaign group Liberty is backing the two motorists, who turned to the Human Rights court when their objections were dismissed in domestic courts.

 

Mr Francis, from West Meon, Hampshire, refused to say who was at the wheel of his vintage Alvis when it was photographed in Surrey breaking the 30mph speed limit.

He said forcing him to provide evidence of the alleged offence breached his right not to incriminate himself.

Similarly, Mr O'Halloran, from London, objected because he said he faced a fine for not revealing who was at the wheel of his car when he was photographed speeding in Essex.

Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed road safety campaign, said: "Despite rapidly mounting evidence that speed cameras have proved to be a deadly mistake, government appears to be incapable of seeing the damage that's being done.

"The so-called 'right to silence' is ancient and worthy. I am certain that speed cameras have made our roads considerably more dangerous by diverting attention from more important safety factors."

A Department of Transport spokesman said: "The UK Government does not accept this claim and is vigorously defending this case. We are confident of its defence, which has been upheld in the UK courts."

 


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29 September 2006
SUICIDE PACT MAN ADMITS KILLING BID...

A MAN yesterday admitted trying to kill a woman he met on the internet in a bizarre suicide pact.

A court heard that 45-year-old John Bell travelled to Scotland with police civilian worker Susan Lyons.

He fled after Yorkshire police began probing an allegation he had downloaded child porn.

Bell, of Richmond, Yorkshire, believed 44-year-old Miss Lyons, who he met on a chatroom, had agreed to a suicide pact with him.

But prosecutor Peter Hammond told the High Court in Glasgow: "She says it was never her intention to go through with the suicide pact but she intended to play along with John Bell in order to buy time to talk him out of it."

Bell admitted attempting to murder Miss Lyons by cutting her wrist with a knife at the Beinn a Ghlinne Forest, by Portree, Isle of Skye, on July 5.

After the couple drove into the forest, Bell produced the filleting knife, slicing through Miss Lyons's wrist, cutting her artery.

Bell then handed the knife to Miss Lyons and said to her: "Go on. Do the same to me."

When she gently pulled the knife across his wrist, he became angry. But he seemed have a change of heart and drove for help, saying: "Don't die on me."

Miss Lyons was taken to Portree Hospital and then by air ambulance to Raigmore Hospital.

Judge Lady Dorrian deferred sentence on Bell for reports.


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GALWAY (Reuters) - Ireland was the proud winner on Saturday of the 2006 World Oyster Opening Championship, beating off competition from 17 other countries to open 30 oysters in the fastest time.

At 2 minutes 35 seconds, Irish restaurateur Michael Moran was five seconds ahead of Sweden's Hasse Johannesson and 46 seconds faster than Britain's Frederick Lindford.

"It's just great to bring it home for Ireland," said Moran, whose father Willie took the title twice in the 1970s and whose time of 1 minute 31 seconds is unbeaten.

"I put in a big effort and it paid off -- I can't believe it," Moran, 23, told Reuters.

The secret, he said, was a steady hand with the oyster knife.

"It has to be a smooth movement or you risk crunching the shell and then you get points taken off for grit," he said.

It was the first win for Ireland in 10 years but the country's 15th overall in the four-decade history of the competition, which has long been a major feature of the Galway Oyster Festival, now in its 52nd year.

"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster," observed 18th century Irish writer Jonathan Swift, and by that measure there were a lot of bold men -- and women -- gathered in the mediaeval "City of the Tribes" on Ireland's rugged west coast on Saturday.

"We reckon there are around 12,000 people here this year and they'll scoff somewhere in the region of 100,000 oysters in the four days of the festival," said organiser John Rabbitt.

The festival draws visitors from around the world, as much for the Irish "craic" -- dancing and drinking -- as for the oysters, which mollusc aficionados say derive a distinctive sweetness from Ireland's Atlantic waters.

"I've had more oysters than I've eaten in my life," said first-time British visitor Michael Codrington.

"At least 50 -- all washed down with a lot of Guinness."

The festival, dreamt up by a Galway hotelier to mark the start of the oyster season -- and drum up post-summer business -- has seen its share of famous visitors over the years.

In 1960, U.S. film director John Huston dropped by and in 1993 comedian Bob Hope delighted the crowd with a rendition of "Thanks for the Memories" in the city's main square.

This year the event is expected to generate around 7 million euros (4.7 million pounds) for the local economy.


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A forensic science breakthrough could lead to tens of thousands of unsolved crimes being cracked.

The new technique uses a computer-based system to examine DNA samples which had previously been either too small or of too poor a quality to test properly.

A pilot scheme is being launched in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Northumbria and Humberside.

The Forensic Science Service (FSS) said the technique was a world first which will boost its crime detection rates by more than 15 per cent.

It allows scientists to pinpoint DNA samples when more than one individual has touched a surface, where only small amounts of DNA have been left behind or only poor quality material was found.

The new technique, DNAboost, will lead to scientists identifying 40 per cent more samples than at present.

FSS scientists believe DNAboost could be the key to countless "cold cases" which have been lying dormant in police files when it is combined with existing techniques.

An FSS spokeswoman said using the two systems in tandem could double the number of cold cases that could be solved.

FSS DNA manager Paul Hackett said: "We've been able to demonstrate an increased rate of interpretation even in those areas that have proved traditionally most difficult - fragments of cellular submissions.

"This means a great many more cases have the potential to be solved and a great many more families could look forward to securing justice."


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No Doubt it will help solve past crimes although it is still open to abuse by those who need the ultimate proof


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Good point H6 although I am sure there will be the need to close older cases where evidence has been kept for decades.

 

It will also help snare the evil B******S who raped all those years ago and the DNA was too badly damaged to get a match.


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Tiny fossils reveal inner secrets
By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News


The exact moment when a 550 million year old cell began to divide has been captured in an exquisite 3-D image.

The picture is one of a series taken by researchers examining ancient fossil embryos from Guizhou Province, China.

The specimens, described in the journal Science, are the oldest known examples of fossil embryos, and shed light on the early evolution of complex life.

Scientists used an advanced X-ray technique to peer inside the balls of cells to reveal the structures inside.

"We have been able to tease apart every structure, geological or biological," said Professor Phil Donoghue of the University of Bristol in the UK and one of the team who worked on the 162 pristine specimens.

Digital probe

The tiny fossils are part of the Doushantuo Formation in South China, a limestone bed deposited between 635 and 551 million years ago that contains layers composed almost entirely of fossil embryos.

The team behind the research believe the fossils are the developing offspring of extremely primitive sponge-like creatures.

It is amazing that such delicate biological structures can be preserved in such an ancient deposit
Shuhai Xiao
Virginia Tech

To resolve the delicate internal structures, the scientists used a technique known as microfocus x-ray computed tomography (microCT). The method allowed the team to construct 3-D images of the tiny fossils.

Computer software was then used to analyse individual cells.

"We digitally extracted each cell from the embryos and then looked inside the cells," said Shuhai Xiao of Virginia Tech University in the US.

Inside, the team found kidney-shaped structures which they believe could be nuclei or other subcellular components.

"It is amazing that such delicate biological structures can be preserved in such an ancient deposit," said Professor Xiao.

In some four-celled embryos, each cell had two of the kidney-shaped structures, suggesting they were caught in the process of splitting prior to cell division.

Explosion of life

Although the bed is packed full of the tiny fossils, the team has been unable to find any adult specimens.

Previous research has suggested that the embryos were the product of complex animals, the ancestors of modern organisms.

Ammonite fossils
Complex life continued to evolve after the Cambrian Explosion

If true, this would suggest that complex multi-cellular life got started much earlier than previously thought, prior to the "Cambrian Explosion" 542 million years ago.

At this time, fossils record a dramatic change in animal diversity with many of today's modern groups suddenly making an appearance.

Some researchers believe that the Cambrian Explosion marked the emergence of modern animal life. Although complex animals had started evolving before 542 million years ago their development accelerated at this point.

Others maintain that complex animals lived long before this event and that the period just marks a time of exceptional fossil preservation.

The Doushantuo formation is important because it gives a window into the time leading up to the Cambrian and the new analysis goes some way towards resolving the dispute.

Unique insights

Using the microCT technique to analyse late stage embryos, with up to 1,000 cells, the team was able to gain insights into the creature that produced them.

This work provides a constraint on when advanced groups evolved,
Phil Donoghue
University of Bristol

Although the cells show some modern traits they crucially lack others.

"Even in these late-stage embryos there is no evidence of the formation of a tissue layer," said Dr Donoghue.

"You would expect to see that in modern embryos, even those of sponges."

The team believes the cells probably came from extremely simple creatures.

"They would have developed into sponge-like creatures, but more primitive," said Dr. Donoghue.

If right, this means that the Cambrian Explosion theory for the origin of complex animal life would still stand

"This work provides a constraint on when advanced groups evolved," Dr Donoghue said.



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Wastebins an 'ID theft goldmine'
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Be careful what you throw out say Police
Householders are still throwing out too many bits of paper that might help criminals steal their identity.

To help solve the problem police and other consumer organisations will be launching a second national identity fraud prevention week starting Monday.

A bin-raiding test in London found nearly half of 120 households had thrown away enough information for their identity to be stolen.

The government has estimated that ID fraud cost the UK £1.7bn last year.

Throwing away your personal details is as good as advertising them in the local paper.
Nigel Evans MP

According to CIFAS, the UK's fraud prevention service, identity theft has risen more than five-fold from 20,000 cases in 1999 to 137,000 in 2005.

But experts have suggested that the true figure of ID fraud cases is in fact far higher.

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The bin-raiding experiment was carried out in four streets in the London borough of Wandsworth.

Researchers, helped by the council, rifled through the rubbish and re-cycling boxes thrown out by the residents.

The results gave a hint at the ease with which criminals might be able to steal valuable data.

Credit and debit card numbers had been thrown away in their rubbish by 30% of the 120 homes, the researchers found.

HOW TO AVOID ID THEFT
Do not use your mother's maiden name or place of birth as a security password
Check your credit record annually
If you move, make sure you let your bank know
Shred or rip-up post before throwing it in the bin
Never use the same password for all your accounts
Do not carry address details in your wallet
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Documents containing bank account numbers and sort codes had been thrown away by 46% of those whose rubbish was investigated.

And 73% had thrown out paper showing their exact signature on a credit or debit card, the said.

Such a small sample is not representative, either geographically or demographically, of the wider UK population.

But the government believes this sort of carelessness is one reason why identity fraud has been a growing problem in the last few years.

"Identity fraud is costing the UK billions of pounds a year, and is one of Britain's fastest growing crimes," said Nigel Evans, MP for Ribble Valley and chair of the all party group on identity fraud. "Yet people are still not doing enough to protect themselves.

"Throwing away your personal details is as good as advertising them in the local paper. We are making it far too easy for the identity thieves," he added.

Criminal call

Campaigners have been calling for ID theft to be made a criminal offence in the UK, at present only using a stolen identity to obtain goods and services by deception is outlawed.

In the USA, which faced an upsurge in ID theft earlier than the UK, stealing someone's identity is now an jailable offence.

One reason for the stiff penalites is that in the US the problem of ID theft can be exacerbated by the use of social security numbers.

The wide use of social security numbers can mean that an individual's identity can be thoroughly compromised by criminals, analysts said.

And in some extreme cases, according to CIFAS, victims have had to declare themselves legally dead to resolve the situation, a phenomena known as 'pseudocide'.

 

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Pseudocide: Doing a Reggie Perrin
Lord Lucan: Pseudocide or simply suicide?
The Americans know it as pseudocide. The British refer to it as doing a Reggie Perrin.

Elsewhere, they simply call it faking one's own death.

Lee Simm, who was given a five-month suspended sentence on Monday, is the most recent faker to hit the headlines. He tried to use the Paddington rail crash to end his former life as Karl Hackett but was eventually prosecuted for wasting police time.

Last year the grieving family of Graham Cardwell was startled to discover him alive and well and living, for the previous eight months, as a bachelor 200 miles away.

Paperwork makes "doing a Reggie" difficult
Wiltshire Police remain sure that missing Essex businessman Andrew Hoy, whose bloodstained clothes were found in his car in 1998, staged his own death and created a new life for himself.

Some suspect Lord Lucan of pseudocide after he vanished in 1974 on the night of a murder in the Lucan household. His family, though, are convinced the peer killed himself for real.

Shortly afterwards came the case of John Stonehouse. The former Labour MP left behind a wife, a daughter, a mistress and a mountain of debts when he deposited piles of clothes on a beach and fled to Australia with his secretary, to begin a new life as John Markham.

He was tracked down and jailed for seven years in 1976 for theft and false pretences.

Probably the best-known pseudocide was that of Regginald Perrin, the 1970s TV sitcom character played by Leonard Rossiter. A bored sales executive who lived a stale, suburban life and thought of his mother-in-law as a hippopotamus, Perrin jacked it all in for a more exciting identity.

Reggie Perrin: The TV character faked his death on Brighton Beach
Yet today, disappearing is more difficult, says Andrew O'Hagan, author of The Missing.

Wherever you go, he says, paperwork such as mortgage details, bank accounts and driving licences amount to a body of evidence that is both hard to erase and difficult to create.

Those who are successful tend to be teenagers or the dispossessed.

The trend has spawned a mini-publishing industry. Get Lost!, published by Info-Assist, estimates the cost of creating a new identity to be £16,000.

That includes transport, six months' temporary accommodation, and the cost of obtaining the passport, birth certificate or other paperwork of a deceased person.

But what drives people want to such extreme measures?

Osmond said he had jumped off Severn Bridge
Kevin Gibson, of the British Psychological Society, says there is no obvious single psychological prompt. It is more a matter of personality and how people see themselves compared with the rest of society.

In Britain, the cases are dominated by men aged 30 to 50, whose seemingly successful exterior masks a hidden sense of frustration, failure and disappointment.

The National Missing Persons Helpline says feelings of frustration and disappointment are a common trait.

"Stress, financial pressure, family circumstances, can all make someone feel they cannot bear that life any more," says spokeswoman Clare Ainsley.

Nevertheless, pseudosides are "extreme cases" she says. Most disappearances are down to a spur-of-a-moment need to escape.

Does it ever work?

The disappeared may then begin to develop a new identity because they find it emotionally too difficult to get back in contact with those left behind.

But can a staged suicide ever work?

For Simm, it appeared that a new identity brought a new lease of life.

As Hackett, he was weighed down by convictions for one indecent assault, and various other minor offences. As Simm, however, his career flourished. He was soon earning up to £45,000 a year as a computer consultant.

But others say the daily grind does not disappear, and they simply spent a miserable time worrying about the life they left behind.

For Mike Cilgram, a 28-year-old poultry processor from Norfolk, the stunt totally backfired.

He left his clothes on the shore of Gorleston beach, Norfolk, and then hid, in the hope his wife would realise how much she missed him.

Marriage breakdown

Instead, she told him the marriage was over. "I still loved him when I left, and we were trying for a child," she says.

"But I can't trust him and there's no guarantee he won't do something like this again."

Worse, some pseudocides are not even believed.

Civil servant and father-of-three Thomas Osmond left a suicide note in March 1995, the day before he was due to stand trial for sex offences, saying he had jumped off the Severn Bridge.

However, one suspicious detective was not convinced, and spent three years tracking him down.

He eventually found him in Bristol, living as a bachelor called Stephen Williams and working as a telesales clerk. His "new life" turned out to be a seven-year prison term.


 


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Our dear green place grew from a small fishing village circa 550 AD into the post-industrial sprawl it is today as the result of a very significant period of rapid expansion during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

This is without doubt.

However, what is not so well known is that the Glasgow merchants leading this growth, whilst primarily concentrating on the trade in tobacco, rum and sugar, were indirectly involved in the slave trade.

Black history tour
People taking the tour during October are told a fascinating story
Glasgow's Black History Tour involves a guided walking tour centring on the Merchant City area of the city.

It reveals the hidden clues of the great wealth and prosperity of Glasgow which is inextricably linked to the exploitation of African Slaves and black people from the former British Empire.

The tour starts at the Ramshorn Kirk and Graveyard and tour guides Frank Boyd and Pauline Brown from Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance show us the final resting place of Glasgow's most famous "Tobacco Lord", John Glassford.

Glassford's companies were involved in the slave trade and he himself took slaves back to Scotland to be employed as family servants.

Tobacco plantations

Glassford's family portrait hangs in Glasgow's People's Palace and initially featured a black servant.

This was an example of a time in Glasgow when it was fashionable to employ young black servants.

However, it was repainted with the servant coloured out at the height of the abolitionist fervour of the late 19th Century.

This serves as a shining example of how attitudes and indeed history can be changed over time.

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A portrait of John Glassford and his family by Archibald McLauchlan

The slave trade was triangular - European goods were shipped to West Africa, where they were traded for slaves which were then shipped to the Americas to be used as labour on the sugar and tobacco plantations.

With money gained from the sale of slaves, European merchants could buy crops to take back to the huge European markets.

Glasgow served as a go-between port for the Americas and Europe and as a result Glasgow merchants were well placed to profit from this trade.

The tour continues around the Merchant City with Frank and Pauline pointing out and explaining the significance of the visual clues on buildings such as the City Chambers, George Square and its monuments, the Merchants House, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Tobacco Merchants House, ending up at the Corinthian in Ingram street.

This tour is one of the highlights of the fifth year of Glasgow's Black History Month.


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20,000 SCOTS FACING XMAS MISERY

TWENTY thousand Scots families face Christmas misery

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18 October 2006
FOUR FACE OPS A DAY ON VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE
Exclusive Horror surgery figures for city
 

ONE person undergoes surgery for a serious facial injury every six hours in Glasgow.

Shocking figures have revealed the west of Scotland has the highest number of such injuries in the UK - with an average of 1460 a year.

And many victims are seen a number of times at hospital suffering similar injuries.

Now they will be given lessons in how to stop getting into more trouble.

Nurses at Glasgow's Dental Hospital are being briefed to try to help reduce the numbers of patients requiring help.

They will then visit the city's Southern General Hospital as well as Monklands District Hospital in Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

There, they will speak to victims of violence about the dangers of alcohol abuse and of carrying knives and how individuals can best avoid trouble.

David Koppel, a consultant craniofacial surgeon at the Southern General, will be taking part in the project, which is being backed the Violence Reduction Unit.

He said: "My colleagues and I treat some horrific facial injuries from bruising and swelling to fractures, right up to the scale of nerve damage and permanent scarring.

"Hospitals in Glasgow treat a serious facial injury every six hours and our nurses here help care for around 600 victims a year.

"The incidences of alcohol-related facial injuries in the west of Scotland is higher than in the rest of the UK.

"Most of these injuries result from inter-personal violence and there is a high incidence of victims returning with similar injuries."

According to latest figures, violence costs Scotland's health service up to £517million each year.

Dr Christine Goodall, a lecturer in oral surgery at Glasgow University Dental School, said: "Patients will be provided with either alcohol intervention - which we know will help some people reduce their alcohol intake - or a new initiative designed to help patients recognise and avoid potentially violent events in the future.

"Both of these interventions will be provided by trained nurses and patients will be followed up for a year afterwards."

She added: "Clearly, this study is just getting off the ground but if successful, it has the potential to prevent a significant number of recurrent injuries each year and to reduce both the human cost of injury and the actual costs to the health service."

Karyn McCluskey, deputy head of the Violence Reduction Unit, added: "We have repeatedly said that the police alone cannot solve such a deep-rooted culture of violence.

"This is just a pilot study but it is important that we use new methods."


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Norway Spruce Christmas Tree

20,000 SCOTS FACING XMAS MISERY

TWENTY thousand Scots families face Christmas misery

after losing £8million in the collapse of a national savings club.

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19 October 2006
CHRISTMAS IN MALLAIG GETS CANCELLED...
 

CHRISTMAS has been wiped out in a fishing village where locals lost £40,000 in the collapse of national savings club Farepak.

More than half the 1000 villagers in Mallaig, in the Western Highlands, face festive misery after losing their Christmas savings.

Many people in the Inverness-shire village rely on Farepak vouchers to buy presents.

And most also use the savings vouchers to stock their freezers for winter.

The Mallaig villagers are among 20,000 Scots who have lost more than £8million with the collapse of the savings club.

One local Farepak agent told how the village has been left reeling with the news that they have collectively lost more than £40,000.

She said: "At least half the families were members of the Farepak savings club and most people saved hundreds, even thousands, for Christmas.

"Because of Mallaig's location, you can't just run to the shops to buy Christmas presents. So an awful lot of people saved with Farepak.

"Everybody is gutted. I'm an agent myself and I had collected £4000 for myself and five friends.

"I'd saved £400 myself for Christmas. Now we've all been left with nothing.

"Most of the people I collect for have children, and how do you explain to a five-year-old that Christmas is cancelled?"

The woman, who owns a hair salon in Mallaig, explained how most villagers use the savings club to stock up their freezers for winter.

The village, at the end of the Road to the Isles, is more than an hour's drive from the nearest large town, Fort William.

She added: "We rely on the fishermen to fill our fridges with seafood. But boats can't go out in the winter because of the stormy weather, so people tend to use the savings scheme to stock up their freezers.

"The only shop we have is Farmfoods, so villagers save up their vouchers so they can take a drive to Fort William or Inverness to do a huge shop.

"So people have lost the cash they saved for their winter supply of food until the boats go out again."

The agent added: "I had saved a lot of cash to decorate my living room, but I'm going to have to use that money for necessities now.

"I know six other agents well. Between us alone, we have lost the best part of £30,000."

Farepak customers continued to swamp the Record with calls yesterday.

Administrators BDO Stoy Hayward said customers could claim for compensation but warned they were unlikely to get any money back.

Customers can make a claim by emailing customer. claims@farepak.co.uk

They can also fax to 01793- 606057 or write to Farepak Food & Gifts Limited - In Administration, Kings Wharf, 20-30 Kings Road, Reading, Berkshire. RG1 3EX.


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