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Nottingham cracks down on scams

A campaign has been launched to protect elderly Nottingham residents targeted by criminals looking to con them out of money.

Trading standards officers from Nottingham City Council will be at Wollaton Vale shops today providing advice to try to prevent people from losing thousands of pounds to criminals.

Nottingham City Council say it is estimated that UK consumers lose in the region of £5 billion to scams every year.

Hundreds fewer people claiming benefits in Nottingham

The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Nottingham has reduced by almost four hundred in the past month.

The number of people in work in the city is going up Credit: PA Images

Steady drops in the numbers of people out of work in the city mean that Nottingham's unemployment rate is back to pre-recession levels, with only four per cent of people claiming jobseekers allowance.

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West Midlands punter nets nearly three quarters of a million pounds betting on Villa to lose

Villa played their part in the biggest FA Cup Final bet ever. Credit: PA Images

Despite Aston Villa suffering a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final yesterday, they did play a part in the biggest FA Cup Final bet ever.

One William Hill client from the West Midlands netted just over three quarters of a million pounds after betting on Arsenal to win.

Villa played their part in the biggest FA Cup Final bet ever - a West Midlands online client of ours had £500,000 on Arsenal to win at 8/15 and collected £766,666.67 as a result.

– WILLIAM HILL'S SPOKESMAN GRAHAM SHARPE

Children's pocket money on the slide in the Midlands

Young girl putting money in a piggy bank Credit: PA

Research claims children in the West Midlands receive the less pocket money that anywhere else in the UK.

They are given an average of £5.45 per-week, which was the smallest amount in a regional survey by a high street bank.

The research by Halifax found children in the East Midlands receive an average of £5.64 per week.

Giles Martin, Head of Halifax Savings, said:

A fall in the amount of pocket money children receive for the second year running shows the financial pressures that some households are still under, despite the improving economy.

Nevertheless, parents will be pleased to know that on the whole, children are satisfied with the amount of money they receive.

– Giles Martin, head of Halifax Savings

Smoking puts 400,000 children 'in poverty'

Stock photo of a cigarette Credit: ITV News Central

Smoking is putting four hundred thousand children in poverty according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.

It is the first UK study to highlight how smoking impacts on family finances.

It suggests some parents are likely to forgo basic household and food necessities to fund their addiction.

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