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Five new laws were also implemented, and you need to know about them.

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You may not know but October meant that there was 5 new changes in the law that impact you. 

You now have a 30-day refund right
You now have a 30-day refund right at any shop which is mandatory by law. 

The exchange period only applies to faulty goods.

This is now included in the Consumers Credit Act, now offering online protection 

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms 
It is now law that all floors of rented  accommodation have a smoke alarm on every floor and now a Carbon Monoxide alarm installed in every room where soild fuel is burnt.

If a landlord ignores the law they will face a £5,000 fine. 

Ten minute grace period on parking tickets

Parking Artendants are no longer allowed to be rewarded for hitting fine targets.

Parking Attendants will now no longer be able to wait over your car for the exact second your parking ticket runs out. 

They now have to allow a 10-minute grace period when handing out parking fines. 

You can no longer smoke in cars with children in them

If you have someone under 18 in your car it is against the law to smoke. Anyone caught will be fined £50

Vaping is allowed, you are also allowed to smoke if your car has a convertible roof.

Driving with the windows down does not count. But if your under 18 your allowed to smoke but anyone in the car with you over 18 is not allowed.

Police have confirmed they will look  to offereducation rather than fine. 

The new 5p bag law

From Monday the 5th October you will have to pay 5p for you carrier bags. 

If the shop has 250 full time staff you will be forced to pay. 

This includes clothes shops, pound shops, frozen food shops and supermakets. 

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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