Preliminary CBI Probe In Ex-Mumbai Top Cop’s Plea Against Minister: Court

Param Bir Singh has levelled serious corruption allegations against Anil Deshmukh. (File)

Mumbai:

The Bombay High Court today ordered the CBI to carry out a preliminary probe within 15 days into former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh’s allegations against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Param Bir Singh, who was recently replaced as Mumbai Police chief, has alleged in a petition that he was targeted because he had complained to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray about Anil Deshmukh, listing several allegations including extortion and illegal transfers.

“I have no comments to make,” Mr Singh told reporters on the court order.

In the previous hearing, the High Court had asked Mr Singh repeatedly why no FIR was filed on his allegations against the Maharashtra Home Minister.

“You are a police commissioner, why should the law be set aside for you? Are police officers, ministers and politicians all above the law? Are you saying that you are above the law?” Bombay High Court Chief Justice CJ Dutta had said.

“We cannot throw aside laws because the home minister and Chief Minister are involved. If a PM is involved who will investigate? You want a super power from outside?”

Mr Singh had said what he had alleged in his petition were “hard facts coming from the person who occupied the highest post in the police force in the city and from someone who has served for more than 30 years.”

He first made the allegations in an explosive letter to the Chief Minister after his transfer. Mr Deshmukh, the former top cop had said, had asked police officers, including Sachin Waze — arrested by the National Investigation Agency in the case of an SUV carrying explosives parked near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s home in Mumbai – to collect ₹ 100 crore each month from bars and restaurants.

The petition also accused Mr Deshmukh of corruption in police transfers and postings, based on allegations by an IPS officer, Rashmi Shukla.

Mr Deshmukh has denied the allegations, which have caused a rift within ruling coalition partners Shiv Sena and NCP.

“Can you show us from the complaint first hand that the Home Minister said this in your presence,” the court asked Mr Singh, apparently referring to the extortion charge.

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“Is there any affidavit from the officers saying that ‘the home minister has said this to me’?”

To which, the former police chief said he had discussed the subject with Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.

Vicky Kaushal Tests COVID+ve “In Spite All Precautions”. What He Posted
Vicky Kaushal Tests COVID-19 Positive 'In Spite All Precautions'. What He Posted

Vicky Kaushal shared this video (courtesy vickykaushal09)

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  • Vicky Kaushal revealed his covid positive status on Monday
  • “I am under home quarantine,” he added
  • “Take case and stay safe,” he wrote

New Delhi:

As India is battling the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more celebs are sharing their coronavirus positive statuses on social media. On Monday morning, Vicky Kaushal turned out to be the second Bollywood star to have tested positive. Vicky Kaushal posted about being COVID-19 positive just hours after his Mr Lele co-star Bhumi Pednekar shared her coronavirus diagnosis. “In spite of all care and precautions, unfortunately, I have tested COVID-19 positive. Following all essential protocols, I am under home quarantine, taking medication as prescribed by my doctor,” Vicky said in a statement posted on Instagram.

Just like all celebs, Vicky too asked those who may have been in his physical proximity in the last few days, to get themselves tested: “I request all those who came in contact with me to immediately get tested. Take case and stay safe.” In the comments section, get well soon messages poured in for Vicky Kaushal, and one among them was from COVID-positive Fatima Sana Shaikh: “Khayal rakho dost. Get well soon,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, here’s what Vicky Kausha’s Mr Lele co-star Bhumi Pednekar posted on Monday:

In the recent past, Vicky Kaushal has been spotted heading to the gym or busying himself with outdoor activities:

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In terms of work, Vicky Kaushal was last seen in horror thriller Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship. Vicky Kaushal has wrapped the shooting schedule of his upcoming movie Sardar Udham Singh, in which he portrays the titular revolutionary freedom fighter. Vicky Kaushal will also be seen in Meghna Gulzar-directed Sam Bahadur – a biopic on India’s first Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

New research reveals the five surprising features could devalue your home by up to 20 per cent
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  • When selling your house, you obviously want to get the best price possible. However, new research shows there are some surprising features that may be devaluing your home.

    Related: The pointless home improvements that WON’T add value – so should you even bother?

    Hammonds Furniture has discovered elements of a home that could knock a whopping 20 per cent – or an average of £49,471 – of a property’s value.

    ‘We all have something in mind when we begin a search for our next home, but there are certain features that for many people could be an absolute dealbreaker,’ says Kirsty Oakes, Head of Product and Marketing at Hammonds Furniture. ‘However, some of these features are surprisingly quick and simple to amend if you are looking to sell your house.’

    So read on to discover some of the most surprising features which could be losing you money when selling your home.

    Surprising features that devalue a house

    1. Ugly wallpaper

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    According to the research, a quarter of people would be put off from buying a home, or reduce the size of their offer, if it had what they thought of as ‘ugly’ wallpaper. Since you could of course easily strip the wallpaper yourself and would, no doubt, redecorate to your taste when living there, this one was a bit of a shock! So if you’re selling your home, consider removing any divisive wallpaper, and decorating rooms with neutral colours instead.

    2. Pebbledash

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    It’s official – pebble dash just ain’t flash. One in four people would offer less to buy or even reconsider buying a home if it had this exterior wall covering.

    Pebbledash, which was at the height of its popularity in the 1920s can be a useful addition to a home as it protects the building from bad weather and is extremely hard-wearing, but at least a quarter of people just don’t like the look. Getting rid of this is pretty tricky, but it can be rendered over.

    If selling, repainting the pebbledash can disguise its appearance, making it more attractive to more buyers – just stick to spray paint, as for obvious reasons, rollers and brushes can’t easily complete the job.

    3. Being very close to a pub

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    For a nation of pub lovers – there’s nearly 50,000 in the UK after all – it may be surprising that 3 in 10 people wouldn’t want to buy a house especially close to one. This is most likely due to the potential for noise and general disruption of the peace and quiet.

    Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to change this aside from hoping you get some more sociable next viewers, otherwise, you may have to take the hit and get less than was expected for the sale of your home.

    4. A bathroom with no bath

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    Self-care is the phrase of the moment, so perhaps that’s why 34% of people would be reluctant to pay full price for a home without a bath. Considering that nearly a third of people would feel the same if there was a weak shower – bathing is clearly an important consideration to buyers!

    5. Having mould or damp

    Unsurprisingly, the feature which is most likely to knock money of your home’s value is mould and damp, with 62% of people saying they would put in a reduced offer, if any. ‘Mild cases of mould may not affect value too dramatically if all is needed is a dehumidifier and some mould-resistant paint, but very severe cases can reduce a property’s value up to 20%,’ says Michael Patterson, Managing Director of WeBuyAnyHouse.

    Related:Experts reveal not doing this in kitchens can devalue a property by £20,000

    Do you have any of these features lying around your house?

    See how a creative Instagrammer turned some old pallets into an Ibiza-style daybed
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  • Lockdown has given many people the time and motivation to flex their creative skills, and no more so than Instagrammer Daniela Tasca York from Essex who took the time to build her very own DIY daybed out of pallets.

    Related: Brilliant budget garden ideas – boost your outdoor space without breaking the bank!

    ‘Last summer marked our first lockdown, and being trapped at home with no holiday in sight, I decided to bring the holiday vibes to our garden by building my own cabana day bed,’ says interior designer Daniela, a keen DIYer.

    Now, this may sound like a project for professional DIYers, but Daniela has made it look pretty easy, with the finished result going down a storm on social media. So what inspired her to take on the project? ‘We used to live in Ibiza,’ she says, ‘and our favourite thing to do was chill at the beach on the daybeds until late at night. It was the dream life!’

    Daniela’s Ibiza-inspired daybed was constructed out of pallets and old garden benches – and all for around £200!

    DIY daybed

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    You’d never believe this stylish bed was made using such simple materials, but it looks like the perfect spot for the family to relax on hot, summer days. ‘We situated the cabana underneath our willow tree and in the sunniest spot,’ Daniela says. ‘It’s in-between two large apple trees situated in what was an unused part of the garden.’

    Image credit: Daniela Tasca York

    The project began with Daniela forming the base of the daybed from pallets and an old wooden bench, which she screwed together. ‘Obviously, these looked a bit grim, to begin with, but I knew I’d be covering them with cladding and painting them,’ she says.

    ‘I based the size on a double mattress that I bought from eBay and used two layers of pallets, so the posts for the frame would have enough wood to be attached to – it made the frame stronger.’

    Buy now: Used wooden pallet, from £7.90, Associated Pallets

    Cladding the sides

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    Next up, Daniela used some lengths of wood from Wickes to clad the sides and top of the pallets, leaving a 5mm gap between each strip for ventilation. She attached each one by screwing it into the pallets underneath.

    Buy now: Whitewood PSE Timber, from £2.71, Wickes

    Creating the frame

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    Then it was on to building the frame. ‘We needed two people for this – and a spirit level,’ says Daniela. ‘I used three long wood screws that I put directly through the side posts and into the base. Our ground is uneven so we trimmed a bit off the back two posts to make sure they were the same height as the front two.’

    Next, measure out the length you need between the vertical posts for the top horizontal ones (Daniela did this by measuring the base of her bed). Fix the cut lengths of wood with L-brackets, using a spirit level to keep everything straight. Once all four sides are on, add a middle post for extra strength – you can use straight brackets for this.

    Buy now: Studwork CLS Timber, from £3.85, Wickes

    Adding the back panels

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    Once the frame was built, Daniela added the panels at the back and top. ‘This is mainly decorative, but also so you have a “headboard” to lean cushions up against,’ she says. ‘It adds some extra strength, too.’

    Using approximately 20 wood planks, spaced evenly apart, Daniela hammered nails in both sides to secure them, before adding the same strips to the roof. ‘I made these ones slightly further apart, to accommodate the willow branches,’ she says.

    Buy now: Whitewood PSE Timber, from £2.71, Wickes

    Painting the frame

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    Daniela painted the frame and all the panels white, using just one coat to keep the look more ‘weathered and beachy.’ Once the paint was dry, she hung curtains by attaching hooks to the inside of the top horizontal posts, threading cord through and then hanging the sheer white curtains onto the cord. ‘This way it’s easy to take the curtains down if they need washing in summer or storing in the winter,’ Daniela says.

    Buy now: Cuprinol White Daisy matt wood paint, £20, B&Q

    Buy now: AnnaLouisa curtains, £25, Ikea

    Dressing the bed

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    To make a comfortable base, Daniela used two Terry Towelling mattress protectors on top of the foam mattress, which acts as a waterproof barrier from the rain. Finally, some linen fabric was used as a throw and lots of comfy cushions added.

    ‘It’s a really simple DIY job,’ says Daniela. ‘You need two pairs of hands, but other than that it’s really fun and straightforward to do. In the winter, I simply rolled up the mattress and put it in the loft, and took down the curtains, cushions and throws, so everything was safe from the rain.’

    ‘It was such a bargain,’ Daniela continues, ‘and we had so much use out of it last summer – I can’t wait to use it again this year. It still looks exactly like the day I made it!’

    You can see this project and more of Daniela’s home and DIY makes over at Instagram here.

    Have you been tempted to try this at home?

    Sofa company Snug launches first sofa prenup
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  • The sofa is a key piece of furniture in the home, as anyone who’s moved into an unfurnished flat will know. If you and your partner or housemate are on the hunt for the best sofa, Snug gives you the chance to sign a ‘prenup’. From the off, you know who will have the sofa if things don’t work out, saving disputes down the line.

    Related: Best sofas in a box – fancy a sofa that arrives in boxes and is assembled in five minutes?

    The ‘sofa in a box’ company is the first to offer a contract to set out in writing exactly what will happen to the sofa in the event of a break-up or fallout.

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    While it might sound overly official at first, it could be a very smart move. According to Snug’s research, 40% of us said things have got ‘messy’ when we’ve tried to split items. The specific issue of ‘who keeps the sofa’ causes the most arguments of all when dividing up possessions. 18% of people surveyed said it has been the biggest item of contention in a break-up. It even trumped the TV, car, and bed. This is just how attached we are to our couches.

    Snug hopes that the legal document will save arguments over who gets to keep the new Cloud Sundae sofa if things turn sour. It seems all the more necessary given some of the things we’ve admitted to doing post-breakup, including changing the Netflix logins and stealing the lightbulbs.

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    Former Love Island star Chris Hughes is the face of the ‘sofa prenup’ service. The TV presenter has had his fair share of high-profile break-ups and plays the lead role in the promo video. ‘Things don’t always go to plan in relationships, and I should know,’ says Chris Hughes. ‘Dividing up possessions can be difficult, and this service will genuinely help people avoid arguments.’

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    Snug’s sofa prenup

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    Related: 7 best sofa beds 2021: the most stylish sofa beds around

    So if things don’t go to plan, the prenup will save arguments over who clings on. Hopefully, you won’t need to use it at all.

    Would you sign a sofa prenup?

    You won’t believe the views from this Cornish beachfront apartment in St Ives
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  • If you’ve been missing the beaches and can’t wait to see the sea (!), then you’re going to love our tour of this water-front apartment.

    Related: See the transformation of this neglected period cottage on the Norfolk coast

    Set on St Ives’ famous Porthmeor Beach, one of only seven of Cornwall’s beaches that hold the prestigious Blue Flag Award. Lower Saltings is a one-bedroom property with the most breath-taking, panoramic coastal views.

    It’s up for sale but is also rented out for holiday lets, so whether you want to buy or just fancy a stay, we guarantee this scenery will not leave you disappointed.

    Ready to take a look? Here we go…

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    Let’s start with the location. As we said, the apartment is set on Porthmeor Beach, which is popular with surfers and swimmers, and just a stone’s throw from the centre of St Ives. Number 1 Lower Saltings is set on the ground floor, and there’s an inner, protected courtyard off of which you have a parking bay – but we know it’s not the parking you want to hear about. Let’s step inside instead.

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    The dining room, kitchen and living area are all part of one open-plan space, and the main feature that you can’t help but notice is that view. An arched window looks out onto the beach – imagine eating your breakfast while watching the waves roll in!

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    There’s a sweet window seat too, where you can sit and read – although we think we’d be hard-pressed to do anything other than look at the sea.

    Kitchen

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    It may not be the largest kitchen you’ve ever seen, but it comes equipped with everything you need. Quartz worktops, a built-in fridge and freezer, induction hob and electric oven, plus a dishwasher and washing machine. The light blue cabinetry reflects the blue of the ocean and by keeping the wall cabinets white it makes the space feel light and bright

    Living area

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    Across from the dining table is an L-shaped leather sofa, which doubles up as a bed – meaning when it’s rented out, the apartment can sleep four. White walls make the perfect backdrop for the small pops of blue and yellow, brought in by cushions, throws and ceramics.

    The arched window is large enough that you can also see the view from the sofa – what would you watch, the TV or the surfers outside?

    Bedroom

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    Off of the hallway is this sweet bedroom, with a built-in wardrobe, smart TV and large full-length mirror. The same blue and yellow colour palette have been continued into this room too for cohesion and we like how uncluttered the room feels. We spy a feather-light fitting and that luxurious velvet bedspread looks extra cosy.

    Bathroom

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    The shower room is the last on our list and what is it they say about good things coming in small packages? Pale wood wall cladding, blue and white accessories and smart fittings make this room a great addition to the recently renovated apartment.

    Related: Step into this idyllic Cornish home – once a run-down cottage, now a dream holiday home

    Interested in Lower Saltings? It’s up for sale with Knight Frank, with offers in excess of £930,000 – and we’d say that view is pretty priceless. You can see the listing here but be prepared to fall in love with this totally dreamy coastal pad.

    Avoid cloudy water in your inflatable hot tub with this simple hack
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  • The Aldi hot tub Specialbuys favourite is coming back in stock on Sunday, April 4, and it’s sure to sell out in no time. If you’re sitting back and relaxing in your own inflatable tub and notice the water seems a little cloudy, don’t panic.

    Related: 5 cheap hot tub deals under £500 – to transform your garden (on a budget) for summer 2021

    This is one of the most common problems hot tub owners experience and we have a handy hack to fix it so you can sit back and relax in the garden.

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    Avoid cloudy water in your inflatable hot tub with this hack

    A hack that will avoid problems with your tub is to use a hose filter when filling it. ‘Household water supplies often contain traces of metal,’ Tim Sidebotham, Ecommerce Director at All Round Fun says. ‘While this doesn’t cause major problems with everyday tasks like cooking and laundry, it can prove to be a problem when it comes to your hot tub,’ he adds.

    ‘For instance, water containing trace metals can drastically change a tub’s water chemistry and stain its surfaces. With this in mind, it’s crucial to always use a hose filter when filling your tub as this will remove any contaminants from your hard water, which are otherwise likely to cause cloudy water,’ he explains.

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    Given that debris and algae can also make water ‘milky’, you definitely don’t want to be creating problems from the get go.

    It’s also essential to keep your hot tub covered whenever it’s not in use. It’s simple, but a hot tub left exposed to debris and sunlight is more likely to develop cloudy water. Dead leaves, grass, blossom and pollen can fall into the tub, clogging up your spa’s circulation system and filter. ‘As the debris breaks down, the water in the tub will become cloudy, and unfortunately, a potential health risk,’ says Tim.

    Luckily, it’s fairly easy to get rid of debris by using regular hot tub cleaning chemicals, so make sure you always have some handy. Keeping your tub covered will also limit the growth of algae. These aquatic plants can form in a tub when chlorine levels are low, and sunlight will help them to grow.

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    Related: Garden bar ideas – create your own inspirational DIY outdoor bar to entertain from home

    And if you notice that cloudy water only occurs during a week when you’re constantly in and out of the tub, it’s worth increasing how much sanitiser you use. The Bank Holiday weekend is the ideal chance to get out your best barbecue and enjoy some sunshine with friends in the garden – and no one wants murky water in the tub.

    Will you be trying a hose filter?

    The most popular candle scents in the UK revealed – no.3 surprised us
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  • There’s something about candles that really evokes a relaxing, cosy vibe, and with the last year being so uncertain, candles have been key in creating a comforting atmosphere in our homes.

    Related: Best candles – our 5 favourite aromatic picks for your home

    Whether it’s seeing them flickering in a fireplace, on a mantlepiece or in lanterns, we, as a nation, love them and it’s not just their look that appeals to us, either. Choosing the scent – the one that makes you ‘happy sigh’ when you breathe in the fragrance – is all part of the experience… and once you’ve found the one you love, it’s hard to be swayed.

    However, it appears we’re not all the same when it comes to the fragrance we like, and although that’s not so astonishing, you may be surprised to know the scents that are leading the way in candle sales and searches. Leading interior design company Dowsing & Reynolds have delved into data from Google Search to find out our favourite scented candles.

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    The cosy living trend reflects our current mindsets; in difficult times, we seek comfort,’ says brand co-owner Ally Dowsing-Reynolds. ‘The rise of movements like hygge have highlighted the practical elements of our home interiors, showing us how they create a feeling as well as reflecting our personalities.’

    ‘We’re now exploring sensory ways to create an element of comfort in our homes; it’s not just mood lighting and blankets. Scents are the perfect way to create a relaxing atmosphere, and we’ve seen a spike in interest in comforting scents.’

    Think you know what the most-searched candle fragrances might be? Read on to find out if you’re right…

    Most popular candle scent

    1. Lavender

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    Top spot goes to lavender, which has around 3,600 online searches a month – which is a huge amount! Perhaps not so surprising when you consider that the fragrance (taken from the oils of the lavender plant) is believed to promote calmness and wellness, helping to reduce stress, anxiety, and even mild pain. Definitely, one to have by your bedside or lit while you’re having a long relaxing bath.

    2. Vanilla

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    Next up comes vanilla, with around 2,400 people searching for this fragrant candle a month. Its sweet, warm scent is a great comforting fragrance and it’s extremely versatile, mixing well with other scents. Vanilla also works well from day to night, whether it’s the background notes to your evening meal or a satisfying scent while you’re getting on with the housework.

    3. Gingerbread

    In third place comes the gingerbread candle, closely followed by chocolate orange. ‘Interestingly, these scents remind us of times enjoyed with family and friends, giving us that warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia,’ says Ally.

    ‘Our favourite Christmas scent, gingerbread, ranked third. We embraced Christmas 2020 earlier than usual as a way to comfort ourselves, so it’s unsurprising to see this warm, festive scent soar in popularity, bringing sensory joy to our surroundings.’

    Lastly, sea salt has proven the south-east’s favourite candle, paying homage to the area’s coastal surroundings. ‘With holidays unavailable to many of us over the past year, we’re recreating that unmatched vacation feeling at home in our scented candle choices,’ Ally says.

    Related: You can officially buy Yankee Candle’s 2021 Scent of the year for £25.99 – it’s perfect for spring

    How about you – what’s your favourite candle scent and why?

    10 garden solar lights you can click & collect today – to brighten up your outdoor Easter celebrations
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  • If you’re in need of some new garden solar lights to illuminate your outdoor space and extend the amount of time you can spend outside this year, then we can help you find a stylish option for your space. Ahead of the Easter weekend, that is. So that you can spend even longer socialising safely outside with family and friends, even after the sun has gone down. And, of course, for style reasons – festoon lighting is particularly in right now, and we’ve also found an outdoor floor lamp to complete a space, as well as solar-powered lanterns for hanging or placing on a decking.

    Why garden solar lighting? This rids the need to place your lighting near a plug socket, and it means you can place your new lighting wherever you want in your garden. Whether that’s right at the end of it or draped across the branches of a lovely yet large tree. Solar lighting also automatically comes on after dark and it charges itself, and the clue is in the name that it doesn’t cost to run them since the sun gives them power during the day. If you are in need of some new garden solar lighting, then you can see all of the most stylish buys for 2021 – that are still in stock right now – below.

    Related: Garden lighting ideas – all the inspo you need for SS21 decorating

    Keep scrolling for our favourite garden solar lights that you can click and collect, or buy online and get delivered fast. From everywhere including Argos, Habitat and Dunelm.

    Garden solar lights we love – 8 top buys to Click & Collect today

    Habitat Solar 20 Festoon Warm White Lights

    Habitat Solar 20 Festoon Warm White Lights

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    How cute are these festoon lights? They are warm, easy to hang and obviously solar-powered, too. Hang them from your pergola, draped over the branches of a tree or across your fencing – either way, they’ll be sure to make a statement. Each pack features 20 bulbs, which should be plenty enough to illuminate a smaller, cosy space. They also feature black detailing, to give them a little elegance.

    Buy now: Habitat Solar 20 Festoon Warm White Lights, £20, Argos

    Argos Home 20 Ivy Solar String Lights

    Argos Home 20 Ivy Solar String Lights

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    These solar lights are disgusted by artificial Ivy – what a good idea! They are great for brightening up an otherwise plain wall or fence, while they can also be draped across your garden, from one end of your patio to the other. They are 400cm long and feature 20 warm LED lights. Ideal if you aren’t as green fingered as you would hope, and need some artificial help adding some greenery to your outdoor space…

    Buy now: Argos Home 20 Ivy Solar String Lights, £15, Argos

    Habitat 10 Warm White Caged Bulb LED Solar String Lights

    Habitat 10 Warm White Caged Bulb LED Solar String Lights

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    These lovely lights can be used for illuminating spaces lower to the ground since they are caged so safe to use around pets and children. That’s not to say you couldn’t use them wrapped around a pergola or scattered across your fencing, of course. On this string, there are 10 LED lights that are warm white in colour. These lights can offer up to six hours of illumination once fully charged by the sun. Not just stylish, clearly…

    Buy now: Habitat 10 Warm White Caged Bulb LED Solar String Lights, £25, Argos

    Habitat 10 Warm White Wire Wrap LED Solar String Lights

    Habitat 10 Warm White Wire Wrap LED Solar String Lights

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    These Habitat garden solar lights are some of our favourites for SS21. With an eye-catching spiral design, they can add more than light to your garden. We love them hung around a garden, at the top of a fence, or even hung from a tree or draped from one corner of your patio to another. Just 10 lights come in a box, so you may want to buy two or three to fill your space. You won’t regret it…

    Buy now: Habitat 10 Warm White Wire Wrap LED Solar String Lights, £15, Argos

    Habitat Small and Medium Solar Caged Lightbulb

    Habitat Small and Medium Solar Caged Lightbulb

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    What about a solar-powered lantern? This one from Habitat is caged and it has a handle for hanging. Alternatively, just pop it next to your patio furniture set and let there be light. You could also use these lanterns perched atop a table and they are portable so that you can move them around your garden, from one corner to a different table, as much as you like. Their battery life should last six hours once fully charged, too.

    Buy now: Habitat Small and Medium Solar Caged Lightbulb, £16, Habitat

    Argos Home Warm White Outdoor Tripod USB LED Solar Lamp

    Argos Home Warm White Outdoor Tripod USB LED Solar Lamp

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    An outdoor-friendly floor lamp? Yes, please! This single light can transform the look of your space, and make it look super bright come sundown. Not just that, but since it’s solar-powered, you can pop it anywhere you like – no worries about wires and plug sockets! It’s also completely weatherproof so you can leave it outside year-round, and it will tie your space together when popped on your patio with your fire pit, garden furniture set and outdoor rug. *adds to basket*

    Buy now: Argos Home Warm White Outdoor Tripod USB LED Solar Lamp, £50, Argos

    Wooden and Metal Outdoor Solar Lantern

    Wooden and Metal Outdoor Solar Lantern

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    If your garden is filled with wooden furniture, then this solar lantern might be a better fit for your space. It has a metal handle for carrying or hanging, while it was made to be either hung or placed on a patio. It’s rustic, inexpensive and decorative.

    Buy now: Wooden and Metal Outdoor Solar Lantern, £15, Dunelm

    Set of 3 Star Solar Light Up Stake Lights

    Set of 3 Star Solar Light Up Stake Lights

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    Aren’t these solar lights lovely? Pop them in a flowerbed or planter and wait for dark to see them glow. The three stars have a total of 90 warm lights wrapped around them, to illuminate a path or light up your patio. They will automatically turn on for six hours after sunset, and they are easy to fit to the ground. We love!

    Buy now: Set of 3 Star Solar Light Up Stake Lights, £12, Dunelm

    Will you be sprucing up your outside space with some garden solar lighting ahead of Easter weekend? We sure hope we have inspired you to do so.