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QUIZ: Mark World Ninja Day by checking which keyboard warrior you are

International Ninja Day (yes, really!) affords topical opportunity to test your covert agent credentials.

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Alloa keeper Neil Parry preparing to take the fateful goalkick, with the unsuspecting seagull overhead

GULLKEEPER! Video of goal kick striking flying seabird

This is the moment a keeper's goal kick went astray after it was deflected ... by a gull.

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Carol Vordermna in this year's line-up for I'm a Celebrity

I'm a Celebrity... line up announced

All bets are off as we can now reveal the full lineup for I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 2016 which includes TV star Carol Vorderman, Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt and Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas.

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Watch With Rover: relaxing TV for dogs

PETFLIX: Films for cats and dogs to reduce weekend fireworks stress

Fifth of November can be fun for all the family but, remember, remember, firework flashes and loud bangs can prove pet-stressers across South Yorkshire.
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Granddad Joe castle with his 'snail mail'. Photo: Dean Atkins

New meaning to 'snail mail' after slimy critters eat Sheffield granddad's post

A Sheffield granddad has given a whole new meaning to 'snail mail' after letters posted to him were nibbled by the slimy critters in transit.

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Thriller police style

VIDEO NASTY: The beat goes on with creepy cops' Thrilling dance moves

"South Yorkshire beware, you're in for a scare" is spooky tag line of a police video nasty.
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Pumpcanine

GOOD GOURD! Six unusual things to do with a pumpkin!

We’re accustomed to seeing pumpkins with evil faces every Hallowe’en but there are plenty of other uses for our favourite Autumn vegetable.

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Household chores

Britons spend eight years of their lives on housework

Brits will spend nearly eight years of their lives doing household chores, a study has found.

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So haunted a priest was called in to perform an exorcism: Borthwick Castle near Edinburgh

Hallowe'en break favourite haunts!

For a more unusual weekend get-away, try one of these ‘haunted’ hotels, castles and guest houses where you can stay overnight around Hallowe'en – or any time of the year. Disclaimer: no guarantee of good night’s sleep!

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Top trending Hallowe'en costumes The Joker & Harley Quinn

Top pop culture Hallowe’en costumes

Hallowe’en costumes are increasingly being influenced by TV shows and films.
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Hallowe'en horrors await ... and that's just the cost!

Brits will spend frightening £310 million on Hallowe’en

Money spent on Hallowe'en is expected to soar above £300 million for the first time this year - thanks to British millennials.

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Clown masks not funny for kids

Eight EVIL kids' Hallowe'en costumes

Worried parents have slammed retailers, including Duchess of Cambridge's parents, for selling sickening seasonal outfits for young children.

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killer clown craze hits UK

Police warning as ‘killer clown’ craze hits UK

Police have warned pranksters who are posing as “killer clowns” to terrify children that they could face arrest.

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Nessie: true or false?

NESSIE LIVES! Is this the Loch Ness Monster?

A whisky warehouse worker has taken a picture of what could be one of the most convincing Loch Ness Monster sightings to date.

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Stock image - Mocked up theft pictures

Poverty-stricken Sheffield pensioners forced into life of crime

Sheffield pensioners are being pushed so far below the poverty line they are being forced into a life of crime, according to an expert in the city.

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REVEALED: Pensioner crime soars by 25 per cent in Sheffield

REVEALED: Pensioner crime soars by 25 per cent in Sheffield

Crime committed by old age pensioners in Sheffield has soared by 25 per cent in the last three years, The Star can reveal.

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Austin Grant has managed to grow bananas in his back garden. Picture: Andrew Roe

Grandad makes history by growing bananas in Sheffield back garden

A green-fingered Sheffield grandad has made city history after growing bananas in his garden.

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The science of naked attraction

The science of naked attraction

The selection and attraction of a suitable mate is of fundamental importance to all species.
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Pokmon Go-ing, going gone?

FAD: Has Pokémon Go come and gone?

Pokémon Go became a pop culture phenomenon this summer.
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Pokemon (trademark of Nintendo)

NUTS: Squirrel is dead ringer for Pokémon character

The hunt is on for an elusive scaly-tailed rodent that is a look-alike for Rattata.
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