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Richard Ord: Boxing clever? More like ‘boxing stupid!’

Former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand announced this week that he is ready to ‘walk the walk’ as he bids to step into the professional boxing ring.

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This week our legal expert gives advice on Child Protection Plans.

What happens when a Child Protection Plan is drawn up?

Q: Social Services have informed me that, as of today, my twins aged 8 have been made subject to a Child Protection Plan - I do not know what this means.

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Legal eagle: Twins on Child Protection Plan

Legal eagle: Twins on Child Protection Plan

Social Services have informed me that as of today, my twins aged 8 have been made subject to a Child Protection Plan - I do not know what this means. Will my children ever be taken off the Child Protection Plan? Should I get in touch with a Solicitor at this stage? Would there be Legal Aid available to me as I am a single mother receiving benefits? Would you be able to provide me with some advice regarding Child Protection as I don’t really understand it as I’ve done nothing wrong?

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Time for Hartlepool United fans to hand out some stick? Picture by FRANK REID

Kelly’s Eye on Pools: Applauding the away fans, has football gone soft?

Has football gone soft? It is a question you often hear posed and I swear it’s true, swear being the key word.

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Your coffee intake could be preventing you losing weight.

Is drinking too much coffee stopping you losing weight?

Autumn is just around the corner and the coffee shops are starting to sell their pumpkin spice lattes, pecan lattes and salted caramel cappuccinos.

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A healthy pumpkin spice latte.

Recipe of the week: Healthy pumpkin spiced latte

I’ve just told you that your favourite pumpkin spiced latte is full of sugar, and may be preventing you from losing weight.

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Graham Low doing his workout.

Shaping Up: Try this 20-minute high intensity workout

This high intensity interval training session only lasts 20 minutes, but it’s sure to give you a good challenge!

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A bee on lavender flowers.

Gardening: How to encourage bees back into the garden

Not cutting your lawn and planting foxgloves are the two most popular things to do to encourage bees into the garden, according to a survey.

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Martin Lewis: Have you been Plevined? The new twist in the PPI tale

Have you been Plevined?

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James Walker: How to keep the books balanced now the schools are back

Can you believe it’s September already?
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How to make big savings on your supermarket shop

Do you come home from the supermarket laden with random "grab me now" offers you wish you’d left on the shelf?

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Alex Neill: What to do when disaster strikes - advice to anyone caught up in hurricane chaos

The destruction that severe weather events have wrought across parts of America and the Caribbean over the last two weeks has been horrific to behold.

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Great North Run 2017 finishers.

Feeling great: Tips on how to recover after a run

So the Great North Run is over and if you took part I hope you enjoyed it! In the build up to the run a lot of preparation goes in. You spend weeks, sometimes months training and building up your stamina, you stretch and you might even adjust what you eat to fuel your run.

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Mike Hill MP: Why we must lift the ‘punitive and cruel’ pay cap on all public sector workers

Mike Hill MP: Why we must lift the ‘punitive and cruel’ pay cap on all public sector workers

So, it’s finally over. The Government’s cruel and punitive cap on public sector pay is at an end. Well, almost.

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Liam Gallagher

Richard Ord: Liam Gallagher, sock wars and teenage rebellion

My wife and I once discussed how our children would grow up and rebel against us using the power of fashion and music.

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There are calls to make taking 'upskirt' photos without permission a separate criminal offence.

Legal eagle: Should ‘upskirting’ be made a crime?

“Upskirting” is the act of taking pictures underneath an individual’s clothing without their consent. It is not currently classified as a crime in England and Wales.

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Drinking more water can help get you into shape after the holidays.

Five easy ways to get back in shape after letting yourself go during the holidays

If you’ve been indulging too much throughout the summer holidays you may be tempted to go to extreme measures to undo the damage.

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What benefits will we be entitled to?

Can we claim benefits for looking after a third child when we have two already?

Q. My husband and I have two children and social services have asked us to look after my sister’s baby when it is born in November, but we are trying to find out what we will be entitled to, as I have read that you can’t get extra benefits for a third child.

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Unclear terms and conditions and surprise fees and penalties are leaving car hire customers with hundreds of pounds of additional charges to meet.

How to avoid hidden car hire costs which can send bills soaring

Hiring a car is an inevitability of modern life.

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An estimated 18 million PPI claims still need to be investigated to check if they were mis-sold.

How to avoid the minefield of making a PPI complaint

I’ve had a great response to my last column on PPI and why millions of people still don’t know if they’ve been mis-sold - so thank you!
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