Scotland Yard said they are "very concerned" for the safety of three sisters - Shaventelle Downer, five, and identical twins Shania and Shamina Rose, 12 - who went missing from a day centre in London today.
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The department store chain said nearly 400 jobs would be lost as it grapples with the pressures facing the retail sector.
Consumer prices have rocketed by 58% since 2003, with the UK industry paying the biggest bills in Europe.
Friday will be a much calmer day for many, with the weather set to remain dryer with sunny periods and much lighter winds than on Thursday.