Rush to Europe

Annual passenger numbers on Channel Tunnel high-speed Eurostar train services could grow from eight million to 10 million within three years of journey times to the continent being slashed in November, company chief Richard Brown predicted yesterday.

Annual passenger numbers on Channel Tunnel high-speed Eurostar train services could grow from eight million to 10 million within three years of journey times to the continent being slashed in November, company chief Richard Brown predicted yesterday.

Twenty minutes will be cut from the London to Paris and London to Brussels journey when the second, and final, section of the £6bn Channel Tunnel Rail Link opens on November 14.

Private view

A GALLERY owner has been forced to cover up parts of a painting of a nude male angel after a customer branded it disgusting and inappropriate for children to see.

The painting, on display in the front window of Gallery 618 in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, now has a sign placed over it offering "private viewings by request".

Tycoon guilty

A BRITISH millionaire was given a two-year suspended sentence yesterday for killing an elderly couple in a car crash in Macedonia during last month's Gumball Rally, his lawyers said.

Nicholas Morley, 30, from Cheshire, was convicted of "endangering traffic, leading to death" by the court in Struga, Macedonia.

DIY nation

THE number of DIY enthusiasts is rising with more than half of homeowners undertaking some work around the house over the last 12 months.

A survey by Halifax found that 58% of respondents had redecorated, installed a new feature or modernised their property during the last year, up 12% on 2005's figures.

Flights hike

BRITISH Airways is to increase the fuel surcharge for passengers on its long-haul flights from next week because of oil price rises.

Short-haul flights are not affected, but the surcharge on long-haul flights of less than nine hours will rise from £33 a flight to £38 from next Wednesday.

The surcharge on flights longer than nine hours will rise from £38 a flight to £43.

Estate charge

A MAN has been charged with going equipped for burglary after he was allegedly found in the grounds of the Prince of Wales' Highgrove home, police said .

Cheltenham Magistrates' Court heard that Desmond Kellaway, 55, was said to have been in the grounds of the estate in Gloucestershire in the early hours of January 30 carrying a pitchfork.

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