Who hasn't played out a scene like this in their dreams? One cold night in January, 18 years ago, a pair of ordinary grandparents settled down on the sofa to watch the National Lottery. Ray and Barbara Wragg loved their little Saturday night routine: they played five lines, picked at random, using the registration plates of cars parked in the street on their way back from the supermarket where they bought their tickets. Then they'd discuss how they would spend their winnings. Barbara rarely went beyond swapping their ex-council house for a nice big property with posh bay windows, where she could sit and look out over the garden. On the sofa with them that night was their four-year-old granddaughter, Danielle, who they were babysitting. Ray and Barbara Wragg (pictured celebrating), from Sheffield, won £7.6million on the lottery having played six numbers at random every Saturday night up until then RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'When I first started Margaret … [Read more...] about The story of the couple who won £7.6m on the lottery and gave it away
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Courts in and around Greater Manchester dealt with dozens of serious cases in March. They include killer policeman Darren McKie, a football supporter who 'rammed' a Man United fan's head into a toilet wall, and a Salford gangster who spent years on the run in Spain after a string of violent gang robberies. Here's our rogues’ gallery of criminals who were convicted or sentenced last month. The teenager who stabbed a boy in the heart as he played chess in the park A teenager who stabbed a boy in the heart as he played a game of chess in a park was locked up for more than 10 years. Ramario Laird, 17, nearly killed his young victim during the attack, detectives said. Two teenagers were playing chess in Pickering Lodge Park in Timperley when they were approached by a gang of four boys, aged between 15 and 17, who tried to steal their bikes. When the pair tried to stop them, one of the victims was stabbed twice, with one of the blows piercing his heart. The boy required life saving … [Read more...] about Locked up in March
There's dysfunctional, and then there's Deutsche Bank AG. The German lender wants to replace CEO John Cryan as tensions between him and chairman Paul Achleitner boil over, according to The Times of London.That probably wouldn't solve anything. The lender's problem is one of strategy rather than implementation. For that, Achleitner -- who appointed Cryan -- should surely bear some responsibility. Chewing through another boss would merely heighten fears among investors that this is a bank without a workable business model.Cryan became CEO in July 2015 alongside Juergen Fitschen (who left a year later). His mission was to stabilize the bank, sell assets, cut costs and then get it growing again.He's accomplished the first two, at least. The lender reached a $7.2 billion deal to settle a U.S. probe into mortgage-backed securities in December 2016, and Cryan raised 8 billion euros ($9.9 billion) in a rights offering the following year. He took the asset-management arm public last week.Yet … [Read more...] about Boardroom Blame Game
One of the nation's favourite pub games has been transformed by Matchroom Sport since they got first got involved 14 years ago, writes Craig Birch. Barry Hearn's company are putting up record-breaking pots for their players, giving more incentive than ever to take up and reach the pinnacle of the sport. It will shoot through the roof further with the £1.5million on offer at the next World Championship, with the title winner set to walk away with a cool £300,000 – the sport's richest-ever prize. Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor's career earnings of over £6.3m are unlikely to ever be surpassed, but Michael van Gerwen became the first to hit seven-figures this year. The PDC is definitely the place to be if darters want to earn a bob or two, but this is not easy money anymore. Hearn, himself, will tell you they only "reward the elite." It's big business and there's no mucking around anymore, whether it's live on Sky Sports or the non-televised 'floor' … [Read more...] about Big Interview: How tough is life in the PDC?
0 Have your say Britain’s biggest banks will reveal annual figures this week after another eventful year for the sector, clouded once more by mis-selling scandals and controversy over past misdeeds. The performance of state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland, which reports on Friday, will hinge on whether the lender is hit by a pending settlement with the US Department of Justice over claims it mis-sold risky mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.Further provisions or a final settlement included in the results could push the bank to yet another annual loss, which would mark a full decade in the red.Consensus figures point to a full year attributable loss of £592m, with conduct and litigation costs expected to come in at £2.7bn.Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets, said: “RBS management have been careful to downplay the prospect that we could see the first annual profit in this particular decade, probably a wise course … [Read more...] about Big week for banks as market looks to RBS report