Secret payouts for terror suspects reach 30m as Kenneth Clarke argues we 'just pay up to who knows who' UK cannot contest compensation claims because of sensitive evidenceKenneth Clarke says 'we just pay up to who knows who'Vote on 'secret courts' to fight compensation claims will be held on Monday By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 02:04 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:27 GMT, 3 March 2013 Britain has paid out more than 30 million in compensation to terror suspects – and there could be yet more payments to come with 20 cases set to go ahead. The full extent of the payouts has emerged after Kenneth Clarke, the minister without portfolio, warned that Britain is a magnet for compensation claims
Amazing Space razed to the ground: Woodland retreat featured in Channel 4 series torched by arsonistsTim Sands spent 7,000 life savings on building which has now been torchedIt featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces in December last yearExpensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to the teacher's grandad were also destroyed in the blaze . Torched: Arsonists have destroyed a woodland retreat built by teacher Tim Sands using his 7,000 life savings Happier times: The building was featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, on Channel 4, in December last year But it has now been torched to the ground, taking with it both expensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to his grandad when Mr Sands first moved to the Lake District. The wooden building, built with the help of friends, was uninsured, and the blaze is thought to have caused around 25,000 worth of damage.
One-eyed fugitive Dale Cregan 'lured unarmed police officers into trap before opening fire and throwing grenade at them' Dale Cregan, 29, had 'evaded nationwide manhunt when he set the trap'Cregan is accused of murders of David Short, 46, and his son Mark, 23Also allegedly killed PCs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, last year he called in a spurious burglary at Abbey Gardens in Hattersley, luring two unarmed police officers to investigate,’ Mr Clarke said. ‘He lay in wait with a Glock firearm with an extended magazine that was fully loaded. Scroll down for videos Deaths: Cregan is accused of killing PCs Fiona Bone (left), 32, and Nicola Hughes (right), 23, and in a gun and grenade attack on September 18 last year 'PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes attended.
These potholes are getting out of hand: Enormous hole swallows car after winter wreaks havoc on Britain's roadsFirefighters arrived at the scene shortly after the rush-hour accident The road had to be closed so the car could be winched out with a cable By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 14:45 GMT, 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 31 January 2013 Flooding, torrential rain and gales have led to treacherous conditions on Britain’s roads.
DAILY MAIL COMMENT: A welcome U-turn over secret courts By Daily Mail Comment PUBLISHED: 00:48 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:04 GMT, 29 January 2013 This paper warmly welcomes Ken Clarke’s U-turn over some of the more sinister provisions of his plan for secret court hearings. As the Justice and Security Bill returns to the Commons today, it emerges that he has heeded crucial objections raised by defenders of our ancient liberties, who gave it a deserved savaging in the Lords
Tesco spends 28MILLION on private jets flying executives around the world Retail giant's spending on private jets for senior staff reached new high last year Firm has spent nearly 29 million on private plane journeys since 2005Spiralling costs revealed after Tesco issues first profits warning for 20 years | UPDATED: 11:12 GMT, 24 December 2012 With its famous motto of 'Every little helps' Tesco has made its fortune by meeting the needs of cost-conscious shoppers. But the supermarket giant appears to have been less thrifty with its use of private jets for senior executives – spending 8.9 million flying them around the globe last year alone. Since 2005 the firm has spent nearly 29 million on flying executives to different parts of the world, according to information filed at Companies House.
PEN 15 and ORG 45M: Saucy number plates go on sale costing up to 135,000 each (but MU12 DER and PE12 ADO are banned)Rude range of plates goes on sale, including BO11LOX and 53XEYDVLA previously banned inappropriate number plates such as DR12UGSDrivers wanting ORG45M registration will have to pay 135,000 | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 21 December 2012 A range of rude number of plates that use letters and numbers to spell out words such as penis and orgasm have been put up for sale for thousands of pounds each.
U-turn on secret court controls means judges will be given full control on whether to set them up | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 19 December 2012 Controversial: Secret courts will go ahead but judges will be given full control over when to set them up, Ken Clarke said yesterday Secret courts will go ahead but judges will be given full control over when to set them up under a Government U-turn yesterday. Cabinet minister Ken Clarke gave ground on the Justice and Security Bill after a series of defeats in the Lords. He told MPs that judges, not ministers, will have the right to decide what is heard in secret, even in cases of national security.
Order! Order! Get your bottle of ‘Warrington-made Speaker Bercow Vodka' | UPDATED: 23:51 GMT, 13 December 2012 The House of Commons gift shop is now selling ‘Warrington-made Speaker Bercow Vodka’, for 19.