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Hefty hounds shed pounds in weight loss challenge

Borris, a formerly rotund Cavalier King Charles spaniel, tipped the scales at a whopping 4st 6lb, but doggedly worked his way down to a svelte 3st 4lbs

Sports Direct counts cost of House of Fraser rescue

The retailer, controlled by tycoon Mike Ashley, said House of Fraser had notched up a loss of £31.5m since it was acquired in August for £90m

Brexit blamed as housing market hits six-year low

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said its house price balance - a gauge of whether values are more commonly rising or falling - slipped to -11 in November, down from -10 in October

Rail passengers ‘do not know they can get compensation’ for timetable chaos

The watchdog Transport Focus has said more Thameslink and Great Northern passengers should apply for payouts over the disruption when the schedules changed earlier this year

2018 London homicide rate the highest this decade

There have been 125 violent deaths in London in 2018 so far, the latest being that of 18-year-old Jay Sewell who was stabbed to death in a fight in southeast London on Tuesday

Nearly half of slime toys contain unsafe level of toxic chemical, research finds

The consumer association Which? tested 13 products from a range of high street and online retailers

Stuntwoman sues for £2.2m after losing arm in horror bike crash on Resident Evil...

Olivia Jackson, from South Africa, has performed stunts in the films Safe House and Dredd, and was the stunt double for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Mad Max: Fury Road

Theresa May heads to Brussels after surviving confidence vote

The prime minister defeated the motion, triggered by hardline Brexiteers, by 200 votes to 117 in a showdown which failed to heal the bitter Tory divisions over Europe

Poppins for PM? Meryl Streep calls Mary ‘a gift in dark times’

The original Disney film, which bagged multiple Oscars back in 1965, firmly established the magical nanny within the British childhood landscape, and she has subsequently been passed on down the generations

Thursday’s national newspaper front pages

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