Cheryl has got better - Cowell

Halstead Gazette: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini arrives at the X-Factor press launch at the Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, London.

6:40pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has said co-star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is a better judge for being away from the show for a few years.

Business focus in referendum debate

Halstead Gazette: Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown during a Better Together Scottish referendum event at Marryat Hall in Dundee, Scotland.

1:13am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Scotland's business community has taken centre-stage in the independence campaign today as 130 company chiefs insisted the case for leaving the UK ''has not been made''.

Terror 'drum beat has changed'

Halstead Gazette: Would-be jihadis should lose their British passports Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said

9:18am Wednesday 27th August 2014

British extremists who go to fight abroad should be stripped of their passports , the country's most senior police officer has said.

Tesco gives ice profits to charity

Halstead Gazette: Both sides of the referendum debate have embraced the ice bucket challenge

12:35pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Tesco has donated the profits from its ice cube sales to charity and challenged other supermarkets to do the same in the wake of the ice bucket challenge craze.

Attenborough family in charity plea

Halstead Gazette: Acclaimed director and actor Lord Attenborough died on Sunday aged 90

2:07pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Lord Attenborough's family have asked fans who want to pay tribute to the Oscar winner to make a donation to the care home where he spent his final years.

Banksy art sale saves youth club

Halstead Gazette: Dennis Stinchcombe, of Broad Plain club in Bristol, with Banksy artwork Mobile Lovers

4:02pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A Banksy artwork which was painted on a wall outside a cash-strapped youth club has been sold to a private collector for £403,000.

Police training building to be sold

Halstead Gazette: Police training in a mock-up plane crash incident in the grounds of Bramshill House

5:02pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A 402-year-old Grade-I listed building which has been used as a police training college for decades is to be sold and turned into a residential site.

Fine for RBS over mortgage advice

Halstead Gazette: Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14.5 million by the City regulator

7:33am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland is to pay a fine of £14.5 million after it failed to address serious failings in its advice to mortgage customers for nearly a year after being alerted by the City regulator.

Aldi and Lidl keep up the pressure

Halstead Gazette: Half of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer, it is reported

12:36pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Half of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer as the discounters kept up their pressure on the "big four" supermarkets.

Pixie Lott to appear on Strictly

Halstead Gazette: Pixie Lott is the latest celebrity to confirm she is appearing on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

3:20pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Pixie Lott has been confirmed as the 11th celebrity taking part in this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC said today.

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