Staff at BBC"s 1bn revamped offices using EAR PLUGS to protect themselves from noisy performance area

Staff at BBC's 1bn revamped offices using EAR PLUGS to protect themselves from noisy indoor performances Loud music and noise from atrium areas distracting workers in open-plan environment BBC staff will be hoping it's not a sign of things to come with the new 'World' piazza close to completion | UPDATED: 18:33 GMT, 29 December 2012 BBC staff members have taken to wearing ear plugs after 'noisy' performances were carried out inside the newly-revamped headquarters in London. The complaints over loud music came as the 1billion development of New Broadcasting House, in Portland Place, nears completion.

Farmer fined 5,000 for shooting at off-duty policeman who strayed onto his land while out jogging

Farmer fined 5,000 for shooting at off-duty policeman who strayed onto his land while out jogging | UPDATED: 17:28 GMT, 17 December 2012 A 76-year-old old farmer has been ordered to pay more than 5,000 after shooting at an off-duty police officer who had strayed onto his land while jogging. PC David Sharpe, 38, described how Fred Kirk faced him at gunpoint after the pensioner fired his .22 rifle in his direction, accusing him of trespassing on a private road near his farm in /12/17/article-2249444-168E31C3000005DC-592_634x316.jpg” width=”634″ height=”316″ alt=”PC Sharpe thought the lane was open to the public after looking on Google Maps during his 14-mile run” class=”blkBorder” /> PC Sharpe thought the lane was open to the public after looking on Google Maps during his 14-mile run Following the incident on June 26 this year, Lincolnshire Police revoked Mr Kirk's firearm and shotgun licences, which he had held for over 40 years. Mr Kirk appealed the decision