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A third of West Midlanders given unwanted presents

A third of people in the West Midlands receive unwanted Christmas presents, according to research from Triodos Bank.

Younger people were found to get the more expensive unwanted gifts Credit: PA

The study found 32% get at least one, with 7% saying at least two, and 3% of people said they get three or more.

The average cost of these unwanted gifts per person is £220, with 13% of those who said they were given an unwanted gift saying the value of it was more than £750!


Hinckley councillor asks County Council to scrap Santa's sleigh parking ticket

A Hinckley councillor has asked Leicestershire County Council to scrap a parking ticket given to Santa's sleigh.

Chris Uttley was towing the sleigh when he got the ticket Credit: BPM Media

Volunteer Chris Uttley was towing the Hinckley Round Table sleigh when he stopped on zig-zag lines.

He said he only stopped for 30 seconds, but was given the £35 fine by a 'smug' traffic warden.

A Leicestershire County Council spokesperson had said they were reviewing the ticket.

But Michael Mullaney, who is the county councillor for Hinckley, has called for the ticket to be scrapped.

Christmas tree throwing raises money for Help the Heroes

Visitors to a farm in Keele, Staffordshire got more than they bargained for today when they went to buy a Christmas tree and ended up throwing one instead!

The tree throwing event is the first competition of its kind in the UK and is in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.

Organisers say they'll crown the overall winner of the two-day event tomorrow.

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