Bradley Wiggins joins 'abusive' tax avoidance scheme

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From the Sunday papers: from the Tour de France winner's Cayman Islands investment to trained owls in church

LAST UPDATED AT 15:04 ON Sun 21 Oct 2012

TOUR DE FRANCE winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins may have tarnished his golden boy status by signing up to a Cayman Islands tax avoidance scheme branded "abusive" by the Treasury, the Mail on Sunday claims. A front-runner for 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Wiggins has joined Twofold First Services, though the government has pledged to close the loophole it exploits…

DISGRACED media baron Conrad Black has praised his wife Barbara Amiel, 71, for her “magnificent” behaviour during his fraud trial, for travelling to see him in jail nearly 100 times - and for her looks. “People have been saying nasty things about her for a long time,” he told The Sunday Times in an interview to publicise his memoir, A Matter of Principle. “She has always been a good-looking woman. Even with no clothes on, she has the figure of a 30-year-old woman.”

CHANCELLOR George Osborne embarrassed himself last week by being caught by a train guard in First Class with a Standard Class ticket. Now the Sunday Mirror claims it wasn't the first time. An unnamed commuter told the paper that he witnessed Osborne being challenged over having a Standard ticket in First by a train guard five months ago. On that occasion, it's alleged, the Chancellor gathered up his things and moved out of First…

THE SUNDAY TIMES reveals that police forces are "routinely" extracting and storing data from suspects' mobile phones, even if they are not charged of any offence. The information commissioner is investigating the practice to establish whether it is lawful. The information includes call history, text messages, contact books, emails and photos and videos…

AFTER a steamy scene together for TV series Sherlock, actors Lara Pulver and Benedict Cumberbatch, have struck up an "affectionate" relationship with each other, the Mail on Sunday claims. The pair "radiated" sexual chemistry in the episode in which Pulver plaid a naked Irene Adler, A Scandal in Bohemia, and at an awards ceremony last Thursday they were "openly flirtatious"…

OFFICIAL figures on the UK economy offer some relief for the Chancellor, George Osborne, showing that the 'Olympics effect' is expected to lift the UK out of recession. But The Observer says economists are warning that the resurgence is likely to be short-lived. City analysts believe the economy expanded between July and September, after three consecutive quarters of recession…

RACEHORSE Frankel entered the history books yesterday at Ascot, The Observer reports, with a record 14th win, this time in the Champion Stakes. The four-year-old, who has never been beaten since his debut at Newmarket in 2010 and retires after this race, romped home two lengths ahead of the opposition on a course made soft by overnight rain…

TRAINED OWLS and the Sugababes seem likely to start cropping up in Church of England wedding services, says The Sunday Telegraph, after the church set out radical plans to modernise ceremonies. Couples will be allowed personalised touches - like owls trained to carry wedding rings or more modern music than the traditional Wedding March…

LOSING your temper and swearing at a policeman is sinful - but it may not be a crime, says John Rentoul in The Independent on Sunday. In fact, former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell was "more sinned against than sinning" because telling him to push his bicycle through Downing Street's pedestrian entrance was "monstrous anti-cyclist discrimination" and "jobsworthism of the highest order". But Mitchell had to go because the furore meant he would no longer be able to do his job properly… · 

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