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'Hard Wok Kafe' comes second in pun awards

A cafe in Portsmouth has reached the number two spot in a national competition - for having the best shop pun name.

Hard Wok Kafe, in Charlotte Street, made to it to second place with 15% of the vote, which were cast by visitors for their favourite shop name nationwide.

In January we selected our best ten shop puns of 2014 and asked you to vote for your favourite. Credit: Local Data Company

A breakdown of the winning ten:

1.Ace of Vapes, Eastwood, Nottingham 9%

2. Glasgrow, Glasgow 12%

3. Bit-A-Sweet, Seahouses, Northumberland 12%

4. Hair Dot Comb, Falkirk 27%

5. Lunch & Judy, Birkenhead 4%

6. Hard Wok Kafe, Portsmouth 15%

7. Peaches & Clean, Feltham 0%

8. Café Indie Pendent, Scunthorpe 8%

9.Croc-A-Tile, Chesterfield 6%

10.Peaches n Pairs, Uttoxeter 8%

Anxious day for families as school places offered

Families will find out via email, letters and websites Credit: PA

It's set to be an anxious day for parents and children across the region as thousands of secondary school places are allocated.

Emails and letters will let people know if they've received their first choices.

Different counties handle the process in different ways . In Medway, for example, nearly 95 per cent of primary aged children have been offered one of their preference places at secondary school according to the Council.

If you have a problem with a decision affecting you or your child, please let us know by emailing us the details on


New kits launched to combat drug-driving

Police will now be able to test for drugs as well as alcohol Credit: PA

New kits to help police test drivers for the use illegal drugs are being launched today.

Roads policing units across the region will be able to take a specimen of saliva at the roadside or police station to carry out quick drug tests.

It coincides with the introduction of a new law concerning drug limits for people behind the wheel.

Penalties will include a criminal record. a minimum 12 month driving ban or a fine of up to five thousand pounds.


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