Police are wasting millions on kit because they can"t agree on standard issue handcuffs, boots or Hi-vis jackets

Police are wasting millions on kit because they can't agree on standard issue handcuffs, boots or hi-vis jackets Disagreed on basic things, such as how many pockets a uniform needsSome forces are paying 400% more than others for a hi-vis jacketForces differed on whether they wanted a steel or black finish on handcuffsJustice minister Damian Green estimates they will now save 110million through better procurement ” class=”blkBorder” /> Damian Green estimates that the force will have saved 110million by March 2012 through better procurement On handcuffs, forces differed on whether they preferred the steel finish or a black colour, and how the two cuffs should be linked together. Some forces spent just 14 on a set of cuffs, compared to 43 in the most spendthrift constabulary

Theft of designer buggies costing more than 1,000 soars by a quarter in past three years

Theft of 1000 designer buggies by Bugaboo and Silver Cross soars by a QUARTER in three years One in 14 parents with young children say they have fallen victim to crimeTheft of buggies has risen by 23 per cent since 2009, from 738 to 913But this could be just the tip of the iceberg with 42% not reporting the crime By Louise Eccles PUBLISHED: 01:58 GMT, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:24 GMT, 11 January 2013 Theft of designer baby buggies has soared by a quarter in the past three years, official figures show. With some parents splashing out more than 1,000 on the latest prams, the ‘buggy black market’ is on the rise. One in 14 parents with young children now say they have fallen victim to the crime, with the most targeted brands including Maclaren, Graco, Silver Cross, Chicco and Bugaboo

Putin: Ill sign plan to ban adoptions in US

Putin: I’ll sign plan to ban adoptions in U.S.Putin said he will sign the bill to prevent Americans adopting Russian children It is seen as a tit-for-tat response to U.S. bill that will freeze assets of Russians accused of human rights abuse Amnesty International criticises 'childish' response | UPDATED: 23:31 GMT, 27 December 2012 Ban: Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he will sign a law preventing U.S. citizens adopting Russian children Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children

Christmas rush begins in earnest with 3.8bn expected to be spent on high street"s big day

Christmas rush begins in earnest with 3.8bn expected to be spent on high street's big day Retailers are predicting a last-minute spending spree of 3.8billion tomorrow on the British high streetUnprecedented rush could see as much as 5billion spent over coming two days, according to British Retail Consortium The spree – combined with predicted heavy downpours – is expected to result in gridlock in town centres across the country | UPDATED: 19:51 GMT, 21 December 2012 Retailers are predicting the biggest high street shopping day in British history tomorrow with a last-minute spending spree of 3.8billion. The British Retail Consortium believes as much as 5billion could be spent over the coming two days in an unprecedented rush