Man jailed for robbing a bank with a banana

A man who robbed a branch of Barclays Bank armed with a banana has been jailed for 14 months. Laurence James Vonderdell, 50, entered a branch of Barclays and approached one of the tills holding a banana in an orange plastic bag. He told the cashier: ‘This is a stick up, give me the cash.’ He made off with £1,100 in […]

Revealed: Britain’s worst city for traffic jams

Drivers in Edinburgh face the worst traffic congestion in Britain, according to new figures. Journeys in Scotland’s capital city take on average 40 per cent longer than they would if roads were quieter, research by TomTom, the sat-nav manufacturer, found. In rush hour traffic, drivers can expect their trip to take as much as 80 […]

Lush quits Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Cosmetics chain Lush is closing down its social media accounts this week after growing ‘tired of fighting with algorithms’. The firm, which sells natural and handmade soaps, bath bombs and beauty products, tweeted the announcement and asked followers to call, email or message via its website instead. Lush has nearly 1.2 million followers across Instagram, […]