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Paying for a sun trap.

Britons are prepared to pay an average of pounds 6,000 extra to secure a house with a south-facing garden, research showed yesterday.

Four out of 10 people said they would be prepared to pay more to get a home with a sunny garden, claiming they would happily offer an average of 4pc above the asking price.

With the average home in the UK now costing around pounds 163,000, this represents a premium of pounds 6,063, according to Barclays and The Woolwich.

Ring discovery

A GOLD Viking arm ring, only the second of its kind to be discovered in Britain, has been handed in to experts for analysis.

The 325-gram ring, which consists of 95pc gold, was discovered in the possessions of a deceased York builder whose relatives brought it in to experts at the Yorkshire Museum.

It is now being studied and valued at the British Museum after being declared treasure at an inquest in York earlier this week.

Stress warning

FIRMS do not know how to deal with their stressed-out workforce and are sitting on a "ticking time bomb", according to a survey.

Just over half of human resources (HR) managers know what the company is legally required to do when managing stress, figures published by law firm Eversheds revealed.

A heavy workload was found to be the most common cause of stress, followed by outside influences, lack of training and bullying.

Lost trust

SALES of investment trusts dived during July as people remained reluctant to put money into the stock market, figures showed.

Just pounds 171.6m of new money was invested in unit trusts and OEICs (Open-ended Investment Companies), well down on the pounds 882.4m put in during June.

Hunter cleared

A HUNTER who shot a wildlife expert after mistaking his night-vision binoculars for a fox's eyes was cleared of assault yesterday.

Anthony Burns, 52, from Prestwood, Buckinghamshire, was out "lamping" for foxes late one night in April last year when he shot journalist Trevor Lawson.

Mr Lawson, 37, had been looking for barn owls along a footpath through farmland when he was shot in the chest.

Although there was no suggestion Mr Burns shot Mr Lawson deliberately, it was argued he had acted recklessly.

Paddle power

A FEMALE adventurer yesterday became the first person to kayak solo around the British Isles.

Fiona Whitehead, 34, paddled into her home town Portsmouth to complete the 2,700-mile trip battling some of the world's strongest tides over five months.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2004
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