Black cab's world road trip

A Staffordshire man and two friends took a taxi ride round the world t raise moneu for the Red Cross
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Three university friends are back from a 15-month long record-breaking journey around the world in a black cab.

It has taken them 450 days and if it been on a taxi metered it would have cost them £80,000. Instead, they made money, raising £20,000 for the Red Cross.

Leigh Purnell, from Staffordshire, Paul Archer and Johno Ellison arrived back in the UK today with 'Hannah' - their weather-beaten, 20-year-old K-registered black cab.

The last 70 miles of their world journey took them up the M20 to a homecoming reception of fellow cabbies in London's Covent Garden, where their extraordinary trip began back in February last year.

They've visited 50 different countries during the longest taxi ride ever.