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Parents of Claire Tiltman 'were her idols'

Friends of Claire who have attended court every day of the trial broke down in tears as the verdict was read out at Inner London Crown Court.

We've spoken a lot about how much Linda and Cliff [Claire's parents] loved Claire.

She was their world. But until now we've never talked about how much she loved them.

They had one of the strongest bonds I have ever seen in a family. Her parents were her idols, and she was never embarrassed to say that or to show it.

– Lisa Gribbin, Claire's best friend

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Billion pound boost for London's motorways

The government money will go towards making road improvements across London and the South East Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Plans to unveil a two billion pound boost to improve roads across London and the South East will be unveiled by the government later today.

The money will go towards expanding junctions on the M25 as well as building a new bypass on the A27.

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Shoppers urged to save their cash for 'Buy Nothing Day'

Credit: Buy Nothing Day

Today is 'Buy Nothing Day,' and a campaign is challenging consumers to refrain from splashing their cash for 24 hours.

The campaign aims to encourage people to 'switch off from shopping and tune into life.' It also wants to get people to consider the ethical and environmental consequences of consumerism. For more information visit the 'Buy Nothing Day' website.

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