Major rail disaster narrowly averted after two huge construction drills burst through tunnel wall

Major rail disaster narrowly averted after two huge construction drills burst through tunnel wall Train driver noticed water pouring down onto the roof of his train Train sent to investigate stopped just as drills penetrated tunnel ahead By Emily Davies PUBLISHED: 20:56 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:57 GMT, 8 March 2013 Rail staff averted a possible major disaster today when two huge construction drills came through a tunnel wall on a major commuter route. The driver of a train from Moorgate in London to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire saw muddy water pouring on to the roof of his 10.02am First Capital Connect (FCC) train north of Old Street station. He reported the incident and all rail services were stopped.

UK-bound aircraft carrying 149 passengers narrowly avoided disaster after pilots forgot runway had been shortened by engineering works

UK-bound easyJet flight carrying 149 passengers narrowly avoided disaster after pilots 'forgot' runway had been shortened by engineering works Calculations for take-off were mistakenly based on the normal runway length Pilots did not understand a pre-flight announcement in 'heavily-accented English' in the Czech Republic By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 01:39 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:21 GMT, 14 February 2013 Pilots of an easyJet flight returning to the UK from Prague started take-off forgetting that temporary works had considerably reduced the runway. The pilots of the easyJet Airbus, with 149 passengers aboard, only realised their mistake when they saw the temporary runway end come into view, an accident report said today. The plane approached the works closer than intended on its flight back to Stansted, but managed to take off at planned speeds, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) reported

Universal credit plan "is a disaster in the making", says Minister just months ahead of launch

Universal credit plan 'is a disaster in the making', says minister just months ahead of launchDavid Cameron's new benefits initiative 'set to fail'Universal credit scheme criticised by Cabinet ministerNew system will replace list of unemployment handouts | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 31 December 2012 The universal credit scheme is a disaster waiting to happen, a Cabinet minister has warned. The initiative, which is the centrepiece of David Cameron’s welfare reforms, is due to begin with a pilot scheme in April and a national roll-out in October. Aimed at making it pay to return to work, the single benefit will replace a raft of unemployment and in-work handouts

"I stopped eating, I could not sleep", Andrew Mitchell describes toll "Plebgate" row took on him

'I stopped eating, I could not sleep', Andrew Mitchell describes toll 'Plebgate' row took on himAndrew Mitchell has spoken of the pain he underwent as the controversy raged around him'I could not sleep. I also stopped eating,' he said.He revealed he was brushing his teeth when PM told him to quit | UPDATED: 01:09 GMT, 24 December 2012 Stress: Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has spoken of the torment he underwent as the 'Plebgate' row raged on Andrew Mitchell says he stopped eating, lost a stone in weight and struggled to get out of bed as the ‘Plebgate’ storm raged. He would sit for hours, clutching his BlackBerry and fretting about the crisis in his career, according to his first account of the scandal.

Plastic fivers? That will really devalue the pound

Plastic fivers That will really devalue the pound | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 17 December 2012 Should you believe that Britain is in terminal decline, an announcement by the Bank of England seems to offer incontrovertible proof. I jest, but only slightly. For a tender has been put out for the printing of banknotes, and by 2015, it seems, they may be plastic

Lucky escape for elderly man who drove electric buggy onto DLR tracks as train stopped just a few feet away from him

Lucky escape for elderly man who drove electric buggy onto DLR tracks as train stopped just a few feet away from him | UPDATED: 19:28 GMT, 11 December 2012 An elderly man had a lucky escape today after falling on the tracks of the Docklands Light Railway. The man was apparently waiting for a train at West Ham station in east London when the accident happened

When Russell Brand and Richard Branson are helping shape drug policy, something"s gone horribly wrong

When Russell Brand and Richard Branson are helping shape drug policy, something's gone horribly wrong | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 10 December 2012 From the carefully-placed story in a Sunday paper over the weekend, you’d think that today’s report from the Home Affairs Select Committee had come out with all guns blazing for the legalisation of drugs. That’s because the leak was intended to create an impression of an overwhelming move towards such a revolutionary change in policy. In fact, the report does not spell out this agenda so explicitly

Auckland tornado: Three killed after rare and deadly tornado rips through New Zealand

Three killed after rare and deadly tornado rips through New Zealand Destructive twister leaves 250 people homeless in western AucklandOne hit by uprooted tree, two others believed to have been crushed by slab of concreteDeadliest tornado to hit the country in 60 years | UPDATED: 19:04 GMT, 6 December 2012 A fierce tornado swept through New Zealand's largest city today killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes. The storm hit Hobsonville and Whenuapai, western suburbs of Auckland, at around midday leaving uprooted trees, damaged buildings and flooding that closed roads

Conservative MP Gary Streeter named Geoffrey Genge, who was cleared of sexual abuse charges earlier this year, in Parliament: MP criticised CPS…

Man cleared of child sex abuse named in House of Commons by his MP – who says he is guilty and ‘getting away scot-free’ Conservative MP Gary Streeter named Geoffrey Genge in ParliamentCharges of sexual abuse against Genge were dropped earlier this yearMP said CPS handling of case had been a 'disaster'South West Devon MP accused Genge of 'getting away scot-free' | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 5 December 2012 A man cleared of child sex abuse has been named in the House of Commons by his MP – who claimed he had 'absolutely no doubt' that the man is guilty. Conservative MP Gary Streeter told the House of Commons that Geoffrey Genge, whose sexual abuse case was dropped earlier this year, is 'getting away scot-free'. Genge, 67, was due to appear in court in March this year charged with five offences of rape and sexual abuse but his case was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

World"s worst jailbreak sees tubby prisoner lodged in escape hole blocking exit for his two accomplices

The world's worst jailbreak: Porky prisoner gets lodged in escape hole blocking exit for his two accomplices 16-stone Rafael Valadao ended up surrounded by giggling guardsFire brigade had to be called to cut him free | UPDATED: 13:43 GMT, 5 December 2012 It wasn't a bad plan but there was just one small, or perhaps that should that be one large, flaw. This tubby prisoner's audacious bid for freedom ended in total disaster after he got lodged in his escape hole and ended up surrounded by giggling guards leaving two accomplices still trapped inside. Firefighters in the Brazilian city of Ceres ended up having to be called in to free 16-stone inmate Rafael Valadao when his big belly stopped him making his escape