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

Murderer, 56, went into prison as a man and was released a WOMAN after taking female hormones and is awaiting a 45,000 NHS sex change

Murderer, 56, went into prison as a man and was released a WOMAN after taking female hormones and is awaiting a 45,000 NHS sex change Matthew Richardson was jailed for life for murder in 1986He has been undergoing female hormone treatment in jail Former male kissogram Richardson now goes by the name of MaxineHe is due to undergo an NHS funded sex-change operation By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 13:07 GMT, 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:01 GMT, 25 February 2013 Freedom: Killer Matthew Richardson, who now goes by the name of Maxine, pictured on weekend release from prison A killer who stabbed to death a prostitute who mocked his performance as a male kissogram has been spotted enjoying a temporary release from prison – as a woman.

86-year-old afraid of being burgled is mugged on way home from casino carrying 6,000 life savings and 1,000 winnings

Pensioner, 86, mugged of 6,000 life savings and 1,000 casino windfall after carrying cash in fear of being burgled She lost 6,000 life savings and 1,000 casino winningsAfraid of burglary at Christmas so kept money on her digg] | UPDATED: 10:25 GMT, 24 December 2012 Genting Casino, Salford, where the 86-year-old victim had won 1,000 before being mugged on way home A pensioner who carried around her 6,000 in life savings because she was afraid of being burgled was mugged on the way home from a casino. The 86-year-old woman's bag, containing about 7,000, was snatched at 2.35am shortly after she got out of a taxi on her way home from Genting Salford Casino, Greater Manchester Police said. Along with her life savings, she was also robbed of her 1,000 winnings by the suspect, described as a young man, about 5ft 4ins and skinny

Great-grandmother, 69, ordered to remove her hood at Tesco by staff "who feared she was a robber"

Great-grandmother, 69, ordered to remove her hood at Tesco by staff 'who feared she was a robber' Barbara Francis had hood of her parka coat up because it was rainingTesco Express assistant asked her to remove hood for 'safety reasons'Preston store said it had acted after concerns about robberies by yobs | UPDATED: 11:16 GMT, 18 December 2012 A great-grandmother was ordered to take off her hood in a Tesco supermarket after staff feared she may be a robber. Barbara Francis, 69, had her fur lined hood of her yellow parka coat up because it was raining heavily outside. But when she dashed into Tesco Express near her home in Preston, Lancashire to buy a packet of porridge, a jobsworth assistant told her to remove the hood for 'safety reasons'.

"An apple tree, two boxes of cheese and a Lego police station for me please": This year"s most adorable letters to Santa

'An apple tree, two boxes of cheese and a Lego police station for me please': This year's most adorable letters to Santa | UPDATED: 20:30 GMT, 12 December 2012 Millions of children have sent their Christmas wishlists to Santa, and while most have simple asks others clearly get a little carried away. A list compiled by a boy named Trajan features 17 different demands including a Baltimore football helmet, two boxes of cheese, a big blanket, a small apple tree, 600 quarters and 100 pennies.

The Vicar wears Prada: How the Rev who posed for a fashion shoot in a dog collar has caused a most unholy row among the faithful

The Vicar wears Prada: How the Rev who posed for a fashion shoot in a dog collar has caused a most unholy row among the faithfulRev Sally Hitchiner posed in tight silver leather trousers worth over 1000Shoot was response to vote for women bishops that took place last monthRev Hitchiner: 'Why shouldn't a priest be interested in Prada I dress in a way that reflects my personality.' | UPDATED: 23:08 GMT, 2 December 2012 An interesting poser has been exercising the Reverend Sally Hitchiner over the past week. She has posted several tweets on her Twitter page — where she describes herself as an ‘Anglican priest, faith adviser, broadcaster…