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September 2005

Water charge grievances

Complaints about the cost of water services in England and Wales have soared by more than 150 per cent in the past 18 months, according to an industry watchdog.

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Counterfeit goods raid

Forty thousand smuggled cigarettes and other counterfeit goods have been seized after police and customs officers swooped on markets across Manchester.

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Bogus prize scams

Consumers are losing up to a billion pounds a year to mass-marketing fraudsters whose cons include falsely claiming you've won a prize - but must pay to get it.

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Crazy frog ringtones

The company behind the Crazy Frog ringtone craze has been rapped by a watchdog after parents complained that children were being tricked into running up huge bills.

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Car servicing kitemark

A new scheme has been unveiled which aims to protect motorists from dodgy garages and rogue mechanics.

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Songs on your mobile

Appleand Motorola have announced the world's first mobile phone with iTunes.

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Spammers convicted

British companies who illegally spam consumers' mobile phones with calls and messages have had their own wake-up call from a landmark case in the Irish courts.

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‘Cut petrol tax’ call

Two motoring organisations are calling on Gordon Brown to tackle rising oil prices by radically changing the way the government collects tax on petrol.

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Beetle threat to trees

Gardeners are being asked to look out for a Chinese, tree-destroying beetle after several were found in the UK.

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Hardy imports

A new study by Gardening Which? has found many exotic plants can weather even a bitingly cold British winter - with the right care.

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