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Tax credits crisis as £1.46 billion overpayments found at HRMC amid Brexit chaos

A new tax credits crisis has emerged after more than a billion pounds in overpayments were identified.

As a result, HM Revenue and Customs has been told to work harder to combat fraud and errors.

It's believed to have been focusing on Brexit plans to such an extent that tax ...

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Gemma Atkinson haemorrhaged and nearly died after giving birth to baby daughter

Gemma Atkinson has told how she nearly died giving her birth to her first child.

The actress posted a photo of herself and baby Mia on Instragram, alongside a lengthy explanation about how close her and her daughter were to dying.

The 34-year-old became a mum for the first time on ...

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'Understandable but sad' Aston Villa fans react to this big decision

Aston Villa fans have been reacting to the news that the long-standing privilege of access to players at the training ground has come to an end.

In an announcement today the club have advised fans that the decision has been made to prevent access to Bodymoor Heath for supporters.

The ...

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'I believe' The Leeds United transfer message Aston Villa were dreading

Aston Villa have been dealt a crushing blow in their pursuit of Kalvin Phillips after Leeds United director of football Victor Orta all but guaranteed the midfielder will stay at the Championship club.

Villa have been keen on Phillips all summer but the two clubs remain well apart on ...

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Player set to leave club after West Brom transfer bid- report

West Bromwich Albion transfer target Matheus Pereira is set to leave Sporting this summer, according to reports in Portugal.

Portuguese news outlet Record (via Sport Witness )  have said that Sporting have fielded a number of offers for the Brazilian winger and both parties have now ...

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'No better tribute' Raheem Sterling's brilliant message after Wolves beat Man City

Wolverhampton Wanderers were once again the scourge of the 'big six' as they held Manchester City 0-0, before beating them on penalties to win the Premier League Asia Trophy.

After earning a reputation for upsetting the odds last season, Nuno Espirito Santo's men once again ...

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Aston Villa's latest Premier League odds following transfer spending spree

£100 million doesn't last long nowadays!

Aston Villa are fast approaching that mark after a no nonsense spending spree aimed at making their squad Premier ready.

Villa have made eight signings so far this summer following their promotion through the Championship ...

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Aston Villa set to seal another signing as Manchester United confirm £117m deal and the latest on Liverpool and Phillipe Coutinho - Premier League rumours

With Aston Villa already spending big ahead of the new Premier League season, there is still plenty of time left for more deals.

Dean Smith and Christian Purslow have confirmed that more deals are likely.

Here we take a look at the latest news and rumours surrounding Villa, and ...

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Title, Europe and relegation: How the bookies rate Wolves' chances in the Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers enjoyed one of the best seasons for a newly promoted side in recent memory.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side adapted to life in the top flight with consummate ease and ended on 57 points, a club record in the Premier League.

That total ensured Wolves finished ...

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Live updates as Winson Green factory goes up in flames with huge smoke plumes seen for miles

A huge fire is underway at a city factory - with smoke being seen from across Birmingham.

A total of 45 firefighters raced to the scene on Hooper Street, Winson Green, this afternoon (Saturday, July 20).

Fire crews were called at 12.37pm as dozens reported seeing large plumes of ...

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Family faced losing £4,600 on TUI holiday after terror attack

A family faced losing more than £4,500 after trying to change their holiday following a suicide bomb attack.

Richard and Debbie Smith wanted to pull out of the trip to Tunisia after a police officer was killed in one of two terror strikes in the capital, Tunis, on June 27.

But the ...

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'My life and crimes as a drug dealer' - confessions of a reformed gang member

A reformed gang member and drug dealer has penned a novel that that reveals shocking details of criminal industry at the highest level.

Ezekiel King’s first book, “From Innocence to Arrogance”, looks certain to ruffle feathers with its warts-and-all accounts of the narcotics ...

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This is what happened when a family adopted a homeless couple's child

Donna and Matthew Sharpe began fostering children a year after having their son Matty.

One day, a two-week-old baby arrived in their home who would change their lives forever.

Little Amy had foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) which meant she had poor muscle tone. Her condition was caused ...

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'Avoid area' - City Hospital bosses advice after huge factory fire in Winson Green

Hospital bosses urged people to ‘avoid the area’ after a huge fire ripped through a nearby factory in Birmingham.

A total of 45 firefighters had battled the massive inferno at a disused factory in Hooper Street, Winson Green, this afternoon (Saturday, July 20).

Nine fire engines ...

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The 'lazy parents getting tickets in post' for bad parking outside school

Police have posted photos of parents who dumped their cars outside a school on the last day of term.

It seems that some mums and dads were so eager to start the summer holidays that they parked on zig zag lines right outside the entrance.

Officers in Acocks Green took these ...

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Aston Villa and Newcastle United sent update over transfer target - reports

There have been no Premier League bids for wantaway Southampton striker Charlie Austin, according to reports from the south coast.

Austin has been told he is surplus to requirements at St Mary’s and launched an astonishing blast at manager Ralph Hassenhuttl.

The 30-year-old was ...

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Leeds United chief sends Aston Villa clear message over Kalvin Phillips

Aston Villa have been dealt a crushing blow in their pursuit of Kalvin Phillips after Leeds United director of football Victor Orta all but guaranteed the midfielder will stay at the Championship club.

Villa have been keen on Phillips all summer but the two clubs remain well apart on ...

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Man charged with murder of Malik Hussain following Sparkhill stabbing

A man has been charged with the murder of Malik Hussain after he was fatally stabbed in Sparkhill.

Haseeb Mirza, aged 25, of St Benedicts Road, Small Heath , has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday July 20).

A 36-year-old ...

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‘She’s already dead fam’ – horrific moment women is dragged by car in Halesowen

A brave woman who was dragged along the road by a car during a serious assault has released shocking images of her injuries in a bid to trace the thug responsible.

Nikkita Leigh-Gayle has told Black Country Live that she suffered cuts to her face, hands and legs during the brutal and ...

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Pub's licence suspended after huge fight between women in bikinis

The pub that hosted a 'pool party' which ended in a mass brawl between bikini clad revellers has had its licence suspended.

A huge fight broke out at the Dog and Partridge in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 14), which resulted in armed police racing to the scene in ...

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Birmingham City and West Brom transfer deals compared to Leeds United and Championship rivals

The Championship transfer window is in full swing but now only has a few weeks before it slams shut in mid-August.

There is still plenty of time for deals to be done and it is expected there will be plenty of business conducted in the remaining weeks - but some are already leading the ...

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