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Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space…

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Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

Homelessness a ‘national crisis’ amid ‘complacent’ attitude to tackling issue

December 20 2017

Homelessness in England is a “national crisis” and the Government’s approach to tackling the problem has been an “abject failure”, according to a damning report. More than 9,000 people are sleeping rough on the streets and over 78,000 households, including 120,000 children, are homeless and living in temporary accommodation, often of a poor standard, said the Public Accounts Committee. Its report said the Department for Communities and Local Government’s attitude to reducing homelessness has been “unacceptably complacent”, with limited action that has lacked urgency. (PA Graphics) The Government’s commitment to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027 will only address the “tip of the iceberg”, said the MPs, adding that there was an “unacceptable shortage” of realistic housing options for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness. The homelessness crisis has been growing for years, with the number of people sleeping rough increasing by 134% since 2011, while there has been a 60% rise in the number of households in temporary accommodation since 2010, said the report. Meg Hillier, who chairs the committee, said: “The latest official figures hammer home the shameful state of homelessness in England and the abject failure of the Government’s approach to addressing the misery suffered by many thousands of families and individuals. The extent of #homelessness across England is a national crisis – read our new Report https://t.co/Mdg0s4A0mW— Public Accounts Comm (@CommonsPAC) December 20, 2017 “As we approach Christmas there are thousands of children in temporary accommodation – a salutary reminder of the human cost of policy failure. “The Government must do more to understand and measure the real-world costs and causes of homelessness and put in place the joined-up strategy that is so desperately needed. “That means properly addressing the shortage of realistic housing options for those at risk of homelessness or already in temporary accommodation. More fundamentally, it means getting a grip on the market’s failure to provide genuinely affordable homes, both to rent and to buy. “There are practical steps it can take now – for example, targeting financial support on local authorities with acute shortages of suitable housing, rather than those councils which are simply ready to spend – that would make a real difference to people’s lives.” "The latest official figures hammer home the shameful state of homelesssness in England" – our Chair @Meg_HillierMP. Read more https://t.co/Mdg0s4A0mW— Public Accounts Comm (@CommonsPAC) December 20, 2017 The MPs made a series of recommendations to the Government, including calls for a strategy by mid-June 2018 on how homelessness can be reduced. The Department for Communities and Local Government has only just acknowledged that its “light touch” approach has not worked, said the report. John Healey, shadow housing secretary, said: “This damning cross-party report shows that the Conservatives have caused the crisis of rapidly rising homelessness but have no plan to fix it. “This Christmas, the increase in homelessness is visible in almost every town and city in the country, but today’s report confirms ministers lack both an understanding of the problem and any urgency in finding solutions. “After an unprecedented decline in homelessness under Labour, Conservative policy decisions are directly responsible for rising homelessness. You can’t help the homeless without the homes, and ministers have driven new social rented homes to the lowest level on record.” Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue magazine, said: “The people we see sleeping rough and living on our streets represent the mere tip of the iceberg. The fact that the ‘hidden homeless’ aren’t even included in the final figures show the extent of the problem.” (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By PA Reporters'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'e4ffc67c-9b41-46cf-9e10-11f9ec3a6ed6'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story-enriched'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', 'paasset:graphic'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Homelessness a u2018national crisisu2019 amid u2018complacentu2019 attitude to tackling issue'});

7 delightful ways people are coming together to help the homeless at Christmas

December 21 2017

People across the UK are using time-off over Christmas to help homeless people also enjoy the festivities. From opening gyms and theatres, to giving people a place to stay and offering those without a home somewhere to enjoy a meal for free, the Christmas spirit is well and truly on show all over the country. Here’s a selection of how people are coming together to make December 25 a day for everyone to remember. 1. Network Rail is opening London Euston to 200 homeless people for Christmas dinner To help spread Christmas cheer, we will be providng hot meals to 200 invited homeless guests on Xmas day with volunteers from @networkrail , @StMungos & @Streetkitchen https://t.co/RLvwqg8ITg pic.twitter.com/z2iHrB99lc— London Euston (@NetworkRailEUS) December 13, 2017 The concourse of Euston Station will be transformed with decorations and tables set out for 200 homeless guests to enjoy dinner. The invited diners will arrive from 11am on Christmas Day. The event is a partnership between Network Rail and the St Mungo’s and Street Kitchen charities. 2. A church in Sunderland is opening its doors for a Christmas lunch All welcome this Christmas Day in #Sunderland… pic.twitter.com/9PZDPGJLfo— Sts Mary's & Cecilia (@St_MarysRC) December 12, 2017Don’t be alone on Christmas Day. All welcome in #Sunderland. pic.twitter.com/NTOQ1MSNWe— Fr. Marc Lyden-Smith (@frlydensmith) November 28, 2017 St Mary’s has been backed by fundraising efforts across the city, including at Sunderland AFC, where supporters were encouraged to “bring a tin” to a recent match. The items have been donated to St Mary’s and other homeless support charities. The lunch is being served from midday until 1.30pm. 3. A burger van in Liverpool has been feeding homeless people for free all month Steak House food van in Liverpool has been offering hot food to homeless people for free between 10am and 11am this December. It will open on Christmas day too, reported the Liverpool Echo. Local traders have backed the van, owned and run by Tommy Ager, by bringing fresh fruit and other items to add to the hot food he has served. 4. Caribbean eatery Cummin Up offers free lunch on Christmas Day Please spead the wprd..freemeal to all 02086909167..389 Lewisham High street SE13 6NZ pic.twitter.com/5dDtDHxDbw— #cumminup, #carib (@cumminupcaribbe) December 18, 2017 The Lewisham restaurant shared its plans for a free Christmas meal on Twitter, creating a buzz about the restaurant. It is not just for people who are homeless. A banner outside the restaurant reads: “Open Christmas Day. All welcome to our Christmas meal. Money too tight, or lonely?” It is serving from 1pm to 7pm. 5. A theatre opens its doors to offer homeless people a place to stay (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));DONT YOU JUST HATE WALKING PAST THESE POOR HOMELESS PEOPLE IN PLYMOUTH, WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO HELP , WELL NOW YOU CAN…Posted by Help the homeless in Plymouth on Friday, December 15, 2017 In Plymouth, the owner of the Palace Theatre is opening the doors of the venue to homeless people, allowing them to sleep in the foyer. The efforts have been led by a Facebook group called “Help the homeless in Plymouth” where locals have offered everything from Christmas decorations to make the theatre’s foyer more festive to practical items like coats, shoes, blankets and jumpers to keep homeless people warm at winter. 6. Fish and chips are available for free (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Posted by Westlode Fisheries on Friday, December 15, 2017 Westlode Fisheries in Spalding, Lincolnshire, is also opening on Christmas Day. It is offering a free hot meal for the “homeless, elderly or people who are struggling this Christmas” when it opens between 1pm and 3pm. In addition, on Christmas Eve, 10% of takings will be going to charity. 7. A gym is offering shelter, food and haircuts (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));***IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ, SHARE AND SPREAD THE WORD***Christmas Time is a special day for many. A lot of our closest…Posted by Muscle Factory Burnley on Friday, December 8, 2017 In Burnley, businesses have come together in a scheme spearheaded by Muscle Factory gym. It will open between 1pm and 3pm on Christmas Day so that “no one should feel alone on Christmas Day”. As well as food from Oasis Grillaz, Blades Professional Barbers and Second Impressions Barbers will be offering free haircuts and shaves. 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‘National scandal’ of 128,000 children spending Christmas Day homeless

December 6 2017

On Christmas Day 128,000 children will wake up homeless in Britain, the highest number in a decade, according to a leading housing charity. The figure, which has jumped by two-thirds since 2011, was labelled a “national scandal” by Shelter chief executive Polly Neate. Families shunted into temporary accommodation are rocked by “psychological turmoil” with children often suffering from feelings of anxiety, shame and fear, the charity said. Graphic showing numbers of homeless children (PA) The Shelter report comes amid the first sustained increases in child and pensioner poverty for 20 years. Almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are living in poverty than four years ago, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Louis Williams with his letter to Santa asking for a “forever home” (Shelter/PA) Ms Neate said: “It’s a national scandal that the number of homeless children in Britain has risen every year for the last decade. “Many of us will spend Christmas day enjoying all of the festive traditions we cherish, but sadly it’ll be a different story for the children hidden away in cramped B&Bs or hostel rooms.” Families placed into emergency B&Bs and hostels often live in a single room, with parents sharing the bed with children, the Shelter report found. 65,000 homeless families at Christmas – the number keeps rising. Make donating to Shelter your Christmas tradition: https://t.co/DUF0OACY6R pic.twitter.com/uYpsTeFEr5— Shelter (@Shelter) November 7, 2017 Several parents also said their child’s mental and physical health had declined since they became homeless, citing bed bug infestations, broken heating, and stress. placed into B&Bs stay beyond the legal six-week limit, the charity added.Shelter said: “Most of us are unaware of how homeless children live. Families rarely experience the most visible symptom of homelessness, having to sleep rough. “They are often embarrassed to even let relatives or friends see where they are having to live.” NEW > @jrf_uk state of the nation report out today. Here’s what’s happening to 14 million people living in poverty in the UK: https://t.co/dHY8XfEghn #solveukpoverty pic.twitter.com/hkRqEt55Gp— Joseph Rowntree Fdn. (@jrf_uk) December 4, 2017 Ms Neate added: “No child should have to spend Christmas without a home, let alone 128,000 children.” An NSPCC spokesman said: “Shelter has exposed the devastating impact on children of losing a roof over their head. “It’s frightening to think the anxiety felt by some children leads to them feeling ashamed, or even considering taking their own life. “For any child struggling to cope in this situation, Childline is available, free and at any time of day or night, to help them talk through their worries.” To support Shelter’s Christmas appeal visit www.shelter.org.uk or text Shelter to 70080 to donate £3. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Tom Ross'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'd01e0840-db74-41ad-bc56-3bb8f28092d8'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story-enriched'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'u2018National scandalu2019 of 128,000 children spending Christmas Day homeless'});

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This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.

Scottish Labour leader Leonard attends NEC meeting with Corbyn

November 26 2017

New Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has met Jeremy Corbyn for the first time since being elected a week ago. The politicians were in Glasgow for a meeting of Labour’s governing body, the National Executive Committee (NEC). Mr Leonard, a left-wing trade unionist and long-time Corbyn supporter, defeated MSP Anas Sarwar in the leadership contest, with the result announced last Saturday. Warm reception for @LabourRichard addressing his first NEC. Great to see a top table with great Trade Unionists. #RealChange indeed. pic.twitter.com/2v59pKpylh— Siobhan McCready (@SiobhanMcCready) November 26, 2017 The UK Labour leader said he was “very pleased” to welcome the Central Scotland MSP to the post, adding that the pair have “known each other for a very long time”. The meeting of the NEC comes as Scottish Labour launched a weekend of national campaigning, with activists on the streets across Scotland. Mr Corbyn arrived in Glasgow on Saturday, with the two leaders meeting volunteers from a help the homeless project in the evening. Some of our mini-volunteers and another visitor @jeremycorbyn #HelpTheHomelessGlasgow pic.twitter.com/RX0NHS5gsO— HelpHomelessGlasgow (@HTH_Glasgow) November 25, 2017 They were pictured with youngsters from Help the Homeless Glasgow, including well-known Celtic superfan Jay Beatty. The non-profit community group distributes food, sleeping bags and clothing to rough sleepers around the city centre. The group tweeted a picture of the two leaders and youngsters captioned: Some of our mini-volunteers and another visitor @jeremycorbyn #HelpTheHomelessGlasgow. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By PA Reporters'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '45a2570f-fa7c-4e5f-bf65-3161a166f934'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story-enriched'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Scottish Labour leader Leonard attends NEC meeting with Corbyn'});

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Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit – a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk

Call to clear rough sleepers for royal wedding ‘not referring to real homeless’

January 9 2018

A Tory council leader who called on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding has claimed he was not referring to genuine homeless people. Windsor and Maidenhead council leader Simon Dudley also said he regretted bringing up the marriage of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. In a series of tweets last week, Mr Dudley said beggars could present the town in a “sadly unfavourable light” during the wedding and complained in a letter to police about “aggressive begging and intimidation” and “bags and detritus” on the streets. He originally sidestepped calls to apologise despite attracting criticism from Prime Minister Theresa May and homeless charities, one of which described his comments as “sickening”. Please read this letter. My concerns are with antisocial behaviour and the security implications in #Windsor. @RBWM has done much to alleviate #homelessness and we/I will do even more to tackle this national issue. Both with our #RBWM_BLP and other initiatives with the 3rd sector https://t.co/XEsVfzQ5Vv— Simon Dudley (@MrSimonDudley) January 4, 2018 But six days after he originally referred to “an epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy”, Mr Dudley said he wanted to draw a distinction between the “abomination” of homelessness, and “commercial” begging. He claimed beggars who are not homeless set up pitches in Windsor to run a “commercial enterprise” exploiting tourists. The council leader told The Andrew Peach Show on BBC Radio Berkshire: “I would like to apologise if I was not clear enough in my communication that this was an issue about anti-social behaviour, and if that message failed to get across the responsibility for that is firmly with me. Windsor and Maidenhead council leader Simon Dudley regrets bringing up the royal wedding (PA) “And look, I’m steadfast that the council will continue to provide comprehensive support for vulnerable residents or anyone who’s visiting us.” Asked why he brought up the royal wedding, Mr Dudley said: “I wouldn’t have done on reflection. I wouldn’t have put a hashtag in a tweet that said Royal Wedding. I would not have done that. I think that allowed people to look at it in a certain way when it really wasn’t about that. “What it was about was not the wedding ,but the circumstances which bring about anti-social behaviour, i.e. the size of the opportunity to commercially (beg) is going to grow in Windsor. “It wasn’t the wedding, it was the fact that the situation is deteriorating, clearly, and in my view, and consulting with other colleagues as well, is something which is going to get worse given that there will be more people there. “More people with more money means more people trying to earn money.” (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By PA Reporters'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'a8dadd35-4982-427e-8e75-005b8cf1163d'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:news,paservice:news:uk'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story-enriched'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', 'paasset:social'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', null); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Call to clear rough sleepers for royal wedding u2018not referring to real homelessu2019'});

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Form an orderly Q for Audi SUV

August 10 2016

First there was the Q7. Then the Q5 and Q3. All have been a phenomenal success for Audi. I’d be surprised if that script changes when the Q2 arrives in November. Audi’s baby SUV is available to order now with prices starting at £22,380. Can’t quite stretch to that? Don’t worry, an entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre version will be available later this year with a cover tag of £20,230. From launch, there are three trim levels available for the Q2 called SE, Sport and S Line. The range-topping Edition #1 model will be available to order from next month priced from £31,170. While the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre unit isn’t available right away, engines you can order now include a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, both with manual or S tronic automatic transmissions. Also joining the Q2 line-up from September is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 148bhp or 187bhp. This unit comes with optional Quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 litre petrol with Quattro and S tronic joins the range next year. Standard equipment for the new Audi Q2 includes a multimedia infotainment system with rotary/push-button controls, supported with sat-nav. Audi’s smartphone-friendly interface, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated and electric mirrors are all also standard for the Audi. Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front with pedestrian recognition that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.

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