Bungling council officials paint double yellow lines in an alleyway which is too narrow to drive downContractors 'forgot how big cars were' and painted the linesThey were supposed to be part of clampdown to stop illegal parking in alleywaysSpace between lines measures just 13 inches By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 10:07 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 22:35 GMT, 16 April 2013 It would make a good racing track for model cars.
Police chief is ignoring drug use… because it takes up too much timeVera Baird will not target drug use as Northumbria's Police CommissionerCouncillors speak out against plan and insist drug trade must be stopped By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 12:28 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 2 April 2013 An elected police commissioner will not prioritise low-level drug users because it will take up too much of her officers’ time. Former Labour minister Vera Baird QC, who is in charge of the Northumbria police force, has ignored drug use in her new policing plan.
Amazon under fire for selling illegal products that 'claim to cure or treat cancer' Products claim to 'relieve' cancer and cleanse bloodIt is illegal to advertise such products in the UK By Helen Lawson PUBLISHED: 08:37 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:34 GMT, 1 April 2013 Amazon has come under fire for listing products for sale that claim they can cure cancer. The products, available to order from third parties through Amazon's UK website, include dried crocodile's blood pills, apricot kernels and blood cleansers
Good Samaritan given parking ticket when she stopped in disabled bay to help woman who collapsed in the streetLesley Mair abandoned her car in Edinburgh street to help young womanBut when she returned to her car she had been booked for illegal parking By Jane Borland PUBLISHED: 11:56 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 1 February 2013 When Lesley Mair leapt out of her car to help a collapsed woman, most bystanders saw her as a Good Samaritan. But it appears that Edinburgh’s notorious parking attendants saw her as nothing more than an errant motorist, and gave her a ticket for leaving her vehicle in a disabled bay.
Solicitors 'ran immigration scam arranging thousands of sham marriages by submitting touching love stories about couples who'd only just met'Gang arranged for brides or husbands from EU to marry non EU individualsAt one stage several EU citizens a day were flown in from Eastern EuropeThey were housed in London before going to various registry offices By Tom Kelly PUBLISHED: 16:18 GMT, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:39 GMT, 11 January 2013 A law firm invented scores of 'touching' love stories about foreign couples to convince immigration authorities that their sham marriages were real, a court heard yesterday.
The lie, the snitch and the wardrobe: Drugs police bust cannabis operation after finding secret doorway inside 6ft cupboard By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 10:43 GMT, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:58 GMT, 11 January 2013 Police discovered a secret doorway inside a 6ft wardrobe which led to a cannabis growing operation. Officers stumbled on the hidden passage during a raid on Tuesday following a tip-off from suspicious neighbours.
Money seized from drug dealers 'should be spent on research into treatment' say campaigners'Lack of leadership' a major factor hindering drugs policy moving forward 'Billions of pounds' spent on unproven policies, commission claims | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 31 December 2012 Millions of pounds seized from drug dealers should be funnelled into a new independent researcher in a bid to tackle the country's drug problems, campaigners said today. In a highly-critical report, the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) warned a lack of leadership and high turnover of ministers and civil servants were hindering progress. A new body funded by up to 10million a year in cash raised through the confiscated assets of drug-related crime is required to improve drug policy, the UKDPC said.
Big business makes more money but pays less tax as small firms are hit harderCorporation tax payments by UK's largest firms have fallen by more than a fifth since 2000A report warned cash payments could cost families over 200 each yearInvestigation found profits of big businesses have risen by 65% to 329bn | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 28 December 2012 Strong criticism: Lord Oakeshott slammed the 'culture of collusion' between large companies and HMRC The full extent of tax avoidance by big business was laid bare yesterday on a ‘black day’ for taxpayers. Despite soaring profits, corporation tax payments by the UK’s largest firms have fallen by more than a fifth since 2000
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) 'was the most popular pirate DVD this Christmas'First time in four years a Harry potter film has not been most counterfeitedList compiled by film industry's anti-piracy body FACTBody says court cases have led to decline in online piracy | UPDATED: 20:13 GMT, 25 December 2012 The first installment of American vampire series Twilight was the most counterfeited DVD over the festive period. The film industry's anti-piracy organisation FACT seized hundreds of thousands of illegal copies of the The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
'Don't blame migrants for Britain's troubles': Tony Blair delivers series of thinly-veiled warnings to Ed MilibandEx-Prime Minister urges greater welfare reform but warns of the dangers of Euroscepticism and 'flattening' the City with regulation He defends the Bush years, insisting rendition and torture was wrong but happened at a time when 'our people were threatened' | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 19 December 2012 Tony Blair yesterday delivered a series of thinly-veiled warnings to Ed Miliband over Labour’s positions on immigration, welfare reform and the Leveson Report. In a highly unusual intervention into British politics, the former prime minister declined to say whether he would campaign for the Labour leader at the next election expected in 2015