Bungling council officials paint double yellow lines in an alleyway which is too narrow to drive down

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.

Iran earthquake: 32 killed and hundreds injured near nuclear plant

Huge earthquake near nuclear plant in Iran kills 37 and injures hundredsTremor strikes in rural deep south of Iran crushing houses to rubble Authorities insist no damage to nuclear plant nearby but no verification PUBLISHED: 17:20 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 10 April 2013 At least 37 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a 6.1 magnitude earthquake near a nuclear plant in southern Iran on Tuesday, Iranian officials said. The earthquake struck the town of Kaki some 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bushehr, a town on the Persian Gulf that is home of Iran's first nuclear power plant, built with Russian help

Leopard gets into a spot of bother… by falling down a well: Amazing rescue in India

Leopard gets into a spot of bother… by falling down a well: Amazing rescue in IndiaLeopard saved after falling down a well on food hunt in northeast India By Sara Malm PUBLISHED: 18:57 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 05:44 GMT, 6 April 2013 A young leopard found itself in a deep trouble, after it fell down a well in northeast India

Rickmansworth Cricket Club cancels season after badgers destroy pitch

Badgers stop play! Historic cricket club cancels season before it begins after protected animals tear pitch to pieces Manicured grass of Rickmansworth Cricket Club has been totally shreddedClub officials are powerless to stop the animals which are protected by lawThey say they can't afford to re-turf it so don't know when they'll play again By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 15:28 GMT, 4 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 5 April 2013 For more than 200 summers, the sound of leather on willow has echoed around Rickmansworth Cricket Club. Not this year

Holidaymakers protest at French ski resort after British instructor is arrested on the slopes for "giving lessons without the right…

Holidaymakers protest at French ski resort after British instructor is arrested on the slopes for 'giving lessons without the right qualifications'Alex Casey, 40, from Kent, arrested at alpine resort for filming British skiersAround 100 protesters demonstrate against arrest at Megve police stationLatest chapter of ongoing 'piste war' with French authorities By Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 13:13 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:23 GMT, 3 April 2013 Arrested: Ski instructor Alex Casey is accused of working without the correct qualifications Holidaymakers today staged a demonstration outside a French police station to protest against the arrest of a British ski instructor. Alex Casey was accused of providing lessons without a licence in the alpine resort of Megve, where he spent last night in custody.

Kate Middleton and Prince William"s Sandringham home to have privacy protecting trees and rooms for police

Trees protecting their privacy and new rooms for police: Plans unveiled for Kate and William's future Sandringham homeWill have a pergola and shrubbery to shield their homeNorfolk mansion will have extensive changesSprawling property will be used by royal couple and their growing family By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 11:12 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 2 April 2013 As Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for the birth of their first child, the royal couple have made a host of changes to the Norfolk mansion that is expected to be their new home. Royal officials submitted a secret planning application for substantial changes at the Grade II listed Anmer Hall, which the Queen is reportedly planning to gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council have approved plans to transform the home on Her Majesty's private Sandringham Estate

Dangerous bacterial meningitis outbreak in New York City with 22 people infected and 7 dead

Dangerous bacterial meningitis outbreak in New York City with 22 people infected and 7 dead By Damian Ghigliotty PUBLISHED: 22:55 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:01 GMT, 25 March 2013 New York City has been hit with a bacterial meningitis outbreak with 22 people infected so far, according to city health officials who are urging promiscuous gay men to get vaccinated against infection. The dangerous strain of the disease which causes an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord appears to be spreading through sexual encounters between men who meet up online and at bars and parties, according to a news release from the city’s health department. ‘Vaccination is the best defense,’ City Health Commissioner Dr

PC admits selling story about John Terry"s shoplifter mother to The Sun: Prison officer also leaked information

PC admits selling story about John Terry's shoplifter mother to The Sun: Prison officer also leaked information Alan Tierney sold information about arrest of John Terry's mother Sue Tierney also sold information about arrest of Rolling Stone Ronnie WoodPrison officer Richard Trunkfield admitted leaking high profile inmate detailsTierney and Trunkfield were arrested under Operation Elveden By Helen Lawson PUBLISHED: 12:29 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:51 GMT, 9 March 2013 A policeman and a prison officer yesterday pleaded guilty to selling stories about a celebrity and a high-profile inmate to The Sun.

Osama Bin Ladens spokesman and son-in-law captured in Jordan in very significant victory, U.S officials say

Osama Bin Laden’s spokesman and son-in-law captured in Jordan in ‘very significant victory’, U.S officials say Al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith has been captured in JordanThe CIA and FBI caught him in the last week reportedly on his way to KuwaitHe reportedly took part in orchestrating the September 11 attacks By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:00 GMT, 7 March 2013 Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by U.S. intelligence officials in Jordan

HMRC accused of missing its target "by a mile" during crackdown on tax fraud and error

HMRC accused of missing its target 'by a mile' in attempted crackdown on tax credit fraud and error 2.27billion lost in 2010/11 due to tax credit fraud and error despite efforts to curb lossesTax bosses had hoped to reduce losses by 1.4billion But they only cut 500million as a fifth of cases resulted in overpayment Margaret Hodge said that senior officials needed to 'get a grip' and resolve 'deeply worrying' issues By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 01:36 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 14 February 2013 A HMRC crackdown on tax credit fraud and error missed its target 'by a mile', as tax bosses failed to stop losses of more than 850 million. Despite instigating a plan to tackle inefficiencies, error was still rife in the taxation system throughout 2010/11 as 2.27 billion was lost. Watchdogs criticised the failed approach, demanding that tax bosses 'get a grip' and saying that the money could have been spent on 'schools and hospitals'.