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Fifty shades of outrage? As a British heiress' violent lover goes on trial amid claims her death was caused by 'rough sex' gone wrong, PAUL BRACCHI examines the tragic case

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Anna Reed had expensive tastes. She could afford them. She was from a very privileged background, after all; her family owned a renowned racehorse stud farm in Yorkshire. ‘Still need a Louis Vuitton suitcase, a Mulberry handbag, a Burberry trench coat, a pair of Louboutins, a Chopard watch and much, much more,’ she once tweeted from a shopping expedition to Munich. It was typical Anna. On her last trip, travelling around the globe — a 21st birthday gift from her millionaire father before the world went into lockdown — she continued in the style to which she was accustomed. How many people of her age, on what was effectively a gap year, would have been able to stay at the Hotel la Palma au Lac at the foot of the Alps, overlooking Lake Maggiore? Just hours after that romantic champagne meal on the evening of April 9, 2019, hauntingly captured in a photograph on Facebook, Anna was found dead in Room 501 back at the Hotel la Palma au Lac Anna checked into Room 501 on the top floor (more t

Ultra Tune tycoon is BANNED from Crown Casino amid claims he violently attacked his glamour model girlfriend while living in one of the gambling mecca's suites - as she threatens to release explosive 'secret recordings'

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The multi-millionaire boss of car-servicing franchise UltraTune has been banned from Melbourne's Crown Casino after claims he attacked his girlfriend in one their suites. Business magnate Sean Buckley was told of the ban in recent days by management of the casino. Mr Buckley's spokesperson said he was seeking clarification.    UltraTune tycoon Sean Buckley and Jennifer Cruz Cole (pictured above) are locked in an ugly legal battle 'Mr Buckley was surprised and bemused by Crown's notice,' the spokesperson told the Herald Sun. 'Prior to moving to Queensland Mr Buckley had stayed at Crown for over 12 months without any issue.'  The spokesperson said no reason had been given by the casino for the ban. It is the latest blow to befall the tycoon who is locked in an ugly legal battle with his bikini-model ex-girlfriend Jennifer Cruz Cole, after she secretly taped him and handed the recordings to police. Mr Buckley's lawyers applied for an urgent injunction to st

Tampa mayor slams Super Bowl fans for not wearing masks as they crammed into bars to celebrate - before announcing an official Buccaneers celebration this week where 'everybody' can participate

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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor slammed the thousands of Bucs fans who took to the city's streets on Sunday night in open defiance of Covid restrictions to celebrate their team's unprecedented home-field Super Bowl win.  'It is a little frustrating because we worked so hard,' Castor said during a Monday morning news conference in regards to the maskless partying seen going on in Tampa after the Bucs won the Super Bowl. 'At this point in dealing with COVID-19, there is a level of frustration when you see that.' Yet just a few short hours later, the mayor appeared to have a change of heart, announcing a celebration event later this week for the Tampa team.  'We can’t have a historic event of this significance in our community and not celebrate it,' Castor said. 'We definitely have to celebrate this momentous occasion.'  It's not clear what this celebration would look like, as Castor didn't provide any further details. Typically, a sports team would

The Royal anniversary gift that sent Britain wild: Can't picture a summer's day? Then delight in Prince Charles's 2013 brainwave to mark 60 years since his mother's coronation by carpeting the nation with majestic wildflowers

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Harebell, Loose-strife, Bird’s-foot Trefoil . . . They could be characters from a Shakespeare comedy, or Thomas Hardy, or else, perhaps, an exotic spy novel. In fact they all star in an enchanting new book on one of the most precious, spectacular and vulnerable features of the British countryside — the wildflower meadow — thanks to an idea by the Prince of Wales. It was back in 2013, as Britain was marking the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, that he proposed an enduring celebration. Harebell, Loose-strife, Bird’s-foot Trefoil . . . They could be characters from a Shakespeare comedy, or Thomas Hardy, or else, perhaps, an exotic spy novel. Pictured: Chatsworth The unusual names all star in an new book on one of the most precious, spectacular and vulnerable features of the British countryside — the wildflower meadow — thanks to an idea by the Prince of Wales. Pictured: Highclere In 2013, as Britain was marking the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, Prince Charles proposed an enduring