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Teddy testing in the name of safety

A fluffy toy is put through its paces

Ripping open teddy bears may not seem much in keeping with the spirit of Christmas. But council workers say it is the only way to test them and ensure they are safe for youngsters to play with on December 25.

Keith's Christmas creation

Keith and Maureen Blackford, from Norbury Crescent, Lanesfield, with their extravagant Christmas lights display on their house

Creating a Christmas scene at the front of his house is an annual ritual for pensioner Keith Blackford - but this year's festive offering proved to be his most challenging one yet.

School pupils have got talent


Susan Boyle, Diversity and Paul Potts all shot to stardom after appearing on the Britain’s Got Talent stage. Now pupils at a performing arts school are hoping to follow in their footsteps.