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Vile Christmas card withdrawn

Clintons have been forced to issue an apology after a Christmas card branded "vile" and "beyond offensive" on social media was withdrawn from sale.

The £2 card listed "10 reasons why Santa Claus must live on a council estate", including: "He has a serial record for breaking and entering!", and: "He only works once a year".

On Twitter, one commentator labelled the card "seriously vile", while another wrote "this is beyond offensive" and another said it was "vilifying and stigmatising the poor for corporate gain".

Labour MP Kerry McCarthy also stepped into the row, tweeting: "Wow, this is so wrong".

A spokesman for Clintons said: "A card in our range has been withdrawn immediately. It is in no way reflective of our views and we apologise without reservation".

Saudi women defy drive ban

A Saudi activist and family members say two Saudi women have been detained for six days for defying the kingdom's driving ban.

Police stopped the women after they drove into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates on December 1. Loujain al-Hathloul (25) had been planning to defy the kingdom's ban on women driving by crossing into her country from neighbouring UAE, where she has a driver's licence.

Dr Who star's wee problem

Doctor Who star Samuel Anderson has told how dressing in a Cyberman costume can play havoc with bodily functions - and left him bursting for the toilet.

The actor, who played teacher Danny Pink in the show, explained that he had to keep drinking to deal with the heat of the costume, but spending a penny took around three-quarters of an hour.

UK 'legal high' deaths soaring

Deaths associated with the use of so-called legal highs in England have increased eightfold, rising from 12 in 2009 to 97 in 2012, according to new figures. The Centre for Social Justice, which revealed the statistic, has called on the Government to grant police powers to close shops selling the killer drugs.