It's the big squeeze

The cost of fruit juice could rise by 25% because supplies have been hit by poor weather, the British Soft Drinks Association warned yesterday.

The cost of fruit juice could rise by 25% because supplies have been hit by poor weather, the British Soft Drinks Association warned yesterday.

Hurricanes and strong winds have hit orange growers in the US and the Caribbean, pushing the wholesale price of by more than 50%, the trade association said.

Jammy dodger

A ROBBERY suspect was on the run yesterday after escaping from police by stealing a patrol car.

He gave officers the slip and drove the marked Ford Focus for around five miles before he dumped it and ran off, a police spokesman said.

He was one of two men stopped in Little Melton, near Norwich, on Sunday. Police wanted to question them about a street robbery in Norwich.

Rivalry factor

GIRLS Aloud have hit out at contestants in reality TV show The X Factor.

The group, formed in 2002 from TV talent show Popstars: The Rivals, said The X Factor's singers were second rate.

Nicola Roberts, 20, told OK! magazine: "That's what you get when you try and make good TV rather than a talent show."

Banger battle

SAUSAGE makers in Cumbria are applying to the European Commission for a ruling that only sausages produced or processed in Cumbria can call themselves Cumberland.

They want the Cumberland Sausage to get the same protected status as that of Parma ham and Feta cheese.

Second trial

FORMER deputy head Sion Jenkins, 48, of Lymington, Hampshire, went on trial at the Old Bailey yesterday accused of murdering his foster daughter Billie-Jo, 13.

He denies battering her to death at the family home in Hastings, East Sussex, in February 1997. A jury could not agree a verdict during a previous trial in July.

Terror fear

DEPUTY Prime Minister John Prescott's wife Pauline told a court yesterday she feared for her life when Greenpeace activists she thought might be terrorists climbed on to the roof of the couple's home in Hull.

Eight people went on trial at Hull Magistrates Court yesterday. All deny using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour and contravening a police direction.

The case continues tomorrow.

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