Tag: Read and Weep

Points Mean Prizes!

Hundreds of schools have driven up the amount they will be paid under the Government’s “pupil premium” initiative – designed to “reward” them for taking poorer children – by encouraging parents to apply for free school meals (FSM) for their…

“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag…”

Ooooh, that Mary Poppins! She’s cruising for a hefty fine! Leaflets are to be sent to every house in Portsmouth telling people not to feed pigeons and seagulls. Portsmouth City Council’s environment department has come up with the scheme as…

Some Are More Equal Than Others…

Oxford City Council is consulting on plans to introduce parking charges at six city parks, with motorists facing charges of between 50p and £10. But the council says people working at its depot in Marsh Road can apply for free…

A Rather Interesting Development…

Laura Williams, 23, was a passenger in her boyfriend’s Mini when it was hit from behind by Giles Furnival and sent crashing into the central reservation on the M25. Furnival, who failed to tell the DVLA he was epileptic, was…

It’s Your Own Fault, You Know…

Police warned people to be wary of using expensive phones in public following a spate of street robberies. Officers are receiving reports of at least one mugging a day in Southend, Rochford, and Castle Point and have stepped up patrols.…

Clashing Rights…

The father of a 12-year-old boy who hanged himself in his York bedroom says he is planning to challenge a coroner’s handling of the inquest. Mike Wilson said he was “very disappointed” by York Coroner Donald Coverdale’s decision not to…

Dying for the toilet

Or almost dying, anyway. Meet Michelle Egglestone of Ballarat, a town in regional Victoria an hour or so west of Melbourne. Going for a quick number one could have killed her and in fact did inflict some pretty horrific injuries.…

Hard Realities…

…Diane Bamber needs to heed them: The so-called ‘shield run’ involves officers covering a distance of 500 metres in less than two minutes, 45 seconds while wearing full riot gear and carrying a shield. But when Inspector Diane Bamber, 51,…