Hairdresser died at level crossing after signalman wrongly lifted the barrier when he became distracted by phone callJane Harding, 52, was killed when train smashed into her car Her husband, who was driving, escaped the crash unharmedSignalman Adrian Maund had been taking a call from a farmerCourt told a 40,000 safety device might have prevented the tragedy By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 14:34 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:51 GMT, 7 February 2013 A car passenger was killed by a train at a level crossing when a signalman wrongly lifted the barrier after being distracted by a phone call. Jane Harding, 52, was killed when the family Volkswagen was struck by a passenger train at 60mph, and dragged 150 yards down the track near Moreton-on-Lugg, Herefordshire. The hairdresser's husband Mark, who was driving the black Volkswagen Touareg, suffered shoulder and pelvic injuries but miraculously survived the horrific smash on January 16, 2010.
Firm makes six-figure profit by keeping you on hold on 41p-a-minute HMRC tax helplineCompany makes 'less than 1million' profit from premium 0845 numbers Each year 16million callers will be kept waiting for longer than five minutesMPs tell HMRC chief Lin Homer the wait is 'unacceptable' By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:24 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:20 GMT, 29 January 2013 Lin Homer, chief executive of HMRC, admitted the target is to answer 80 per cent of calls in five minutes A private phone company is making hundreds of thousands of pounds in profit from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs premium rate helplines. HMRC chief Lin Homer told a committee of MPs that Cable and Wireless has made 'less than 1million' from the 0845 number.
Eastbourne care home put under investigation for allowing disabled residents to use prostitutes and strippers 'so they can fulfill their primeval needs' Staff at home in Eastbourne, Sussex would call prostitutes for residentsLeft sex workers alone with disabled people and put red sock on the door so they weren't disturbedManagers defend policy as it 'protects residents' human rights' By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 14:16 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:02 GMT, 28 January 2013 A care home has admitted to calling prostitutes for disabled residents who are otherwise unable to have sex. The home is now under investigation by the local council over concerns the bizarre set-up could place vulnerable residents at risk of being exploited.
Police officer under investigation for smashing man's mobile phone after wrongly telling him it is against the law to film in publicPolice officer in Glasgow approaches group of men after girl claimed they had 'annoyed' herOfficer is filmed appearing to knock man's phone out of his hand Force is investigating incident after officer says man is 'not allowed to take pictures' shows a Strathclyde Police officer approach a group of men in Glasgow after a girl in a nightclub claimed they 'annoyed her'.
Phone firms told to stop the rip-offs on fixed fees: Sneak rises add 90m to bills Customers to be allowed cancel their contracts without penalty if bills go upOfcom said many customers do not know bills can rise in fixed term contractNew escape clause to be available to people will fixed-price broadband too By Sean Poulter, Consumer Affairs Editor PUBLISHED: 00:59 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 GMT, 4 January 2013 Vodafone is one of the major networks that has raised monthly charges on fixed-price contracts in the past year Watchdogs are to stop mobile phone firms making 90million a year by imposing sneak price rises on supposedly fixed-fee contracts. Under plans unveiled by Ofcom, customers faced with unexpected increases in their monthly bill will be able to cancel their contracts without penalty. The new escape clause will be available to those with fixed-price home broadband and landline deals too
The internet is leaving children brain-dead: Inventor warns 'Google generation who spend life in front of screens are losing creativity and skills' | UPDATED: 11:08 GMT, 26 December 2012 One of Britain's leading inventors has warned that a 'Google generation' who rely on the internet for everything are in danger of becoming 'brain-dead'. Trevor Baylis, who invented the wind-up radio, said children are losing creativity and practical skills because they spend too much time in front of screens.
999 My son won't go to bed: Police reveal the ridiculous calls people make to emergency number Calls made to emergency services include a father whose son wouldn't go to bed and a man checking a football scoreOne job seeker rang and asked police to type up his CVBut there is a serious message: Lives are put at risk by unnecessary calls | UPDATED: 01:21 GMT, 26 December 2012 Officer My son won't go to bed: Police have revealed the frivolous calls people make to 999. File picture An angry dad dialled 999 to report his teenage son for refusing to go to bed. The schoolboy, 14, was playing on his games console at midnight and ignored his parents' pleas to switch it off and get some sleep.
Mother overhears her daughter, 15, being raped at knifepoint as she calls her mobile during attack Victim was raped and threatened with kitchen knife in Newcastle Mother made call as she was concerned daughter was late homeAuntie begs public for information as police release CCTVDetectives arrest 19-year-old man | UPDATED: 16:11 GMT, 23 December 2012 A mother overheard her 15-year-old daughter being raped when she called her during the horrific ordeal, it was revealed today. The teenager was attacked in Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, and threatened with a four-inch kitchen knife.
British teenager dies of severe dehydration after collapsing in front of his father on hike in Australia The 14-year-old, from Scotland, arrived in Australia two weeks ago Pair on a walking track in the Cape Range National ParkTemperature soared above 40c and they did not have enough water | UPDATED: 13:20 GMT, 22 December 2012 A teenage British boy on holiday in Australia has died of severe dehydration after collapsing while hiking with his father in a remote desert gorge. The 14-year-old, from Scotland, arrived in Australia two weeks ago to stay with his father, who lives in western Australia, for the Christmas holidays. The pair set out to explore a walking track along the Badjirrajirra Creek in the Cape Range National Park, but as the temperature soared above 40c father and son found themselves in trouble.
'Breaking-in takes b***s': Gang of burglars jailed after police find rap bragging about crime wave on mobile phone Five man gang rapped about the sound of a 'patio breaking' Lyrics found on phone of David Levesconte who was jailed 40 monthsGroup responsible for 65 burglaries across Manchester Police heard that gang stole 24 luxury cars and 400,000 worth of jewellery | UPDATED: 16:53 GMT, 21 December 2012 A bragging burglary gang who boasted about their crimes by writing raps to each other following their raids has been jailed. The five man group recorded the congratulatory rhymes on their mobile phones, sending them to one another