Mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a 13th birthday present, RoboCop mayor claims as he says EACH problem family costs taxpayers up to…

Mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a 13th birthday present, RoboCop mayor claims as he says EACH problem family costs taxpayers up to 600,000Children should be 'targeted in the womb to stop problems', Ray Mallon said Former detective was speaking out about problem families in Middlesbrough He said one household was costing the public purse 600,000 a year By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 18:17 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:45 GMT, 12 March 2013 A mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a present for her 13th birthday, it emerged last night. The woman was reported to social services after handing over the Class A drugs as a special prize for becoming a teenager. It is understood the family, from Middlesbrough, are now being monitored by social workers – although the mother was not prosecuted.

Fury at Facebook online casinos: Social network is "tempting young to gamble" with new betting games

Fury at Facebook online casinos: Social network is 'tempting young to gamble' with new betting gamesCritics say the deal with gaming group 888 will create 'tomorrow's generation of problem gamblers'Users will be able to place bets of up to 500 on Las Vegas-style slot machines Experts warn the deal could cause 'the floodgates to open' as more gaming companies utilise social network sites | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 12 December 2012 Facebook has been accused of creating ‘tomorrow’s generation of problem gamblers’ by rolling out real money casino games. Under a lucrative deal with online gaming company 888, the social networking giant will offer Las Vegas-style slot machines and games such as roulette and blackjack

Village green at popular vantage spot in Cotswold village is replaced with artificial grass

Turfed out: The Cotswold village green that's so popular with tourists they've had to plant artificial grass The grass in Bourton on the Water was being left threadbare by tourists Councillors hope they will save money with long-lasting imitation grass | UPDATED: 16:31 GMT, 10 December 2012 A village green in a Cotswold beauty spot has been partly replaced with artificial turf after the grass was being ruined by crowds of tourists.

Today presenter Justin Webb undergoes heart surgery – but still manages to joke about it

'The BBC gave me heart disease,' jokes Justin Webb: Today presenter undergoes surgery at 51 | UPDATED: 22:27 GMT, 4 December 2012 Today programme presenter Justin Webb has revealed he has had heart surgery, joking the stress of the job had taken its toll on his health. Friends of the 51-year-old said he was unaware he had a heart problem until a few weeks ago after suffering from some discomfort

Police ignore yobs and drug pushers to swoop on OAP for playing Perry Como too loud

Police ignore yobs and drug pushers in troubled neighbourhood to swoop on OAP for playing Perry Como too loud People who complained about 71-year-old woman's music were reportedly among thugs who rule the street – and who make the woman's life a miseryMember of one of local 'problem families' was seen smirking as police forced 'shocked' elderly lady to turn down her Perry Como music | UPDATED: 07:44 GMT, 30 November 2012 Police swooped on a 71-year-old woman who was playing her Perry Como, pictured, records too loud In a neighbourhood plagued by open drug dealing and general yobbery, the police had a wealth of potential targets. They could have started by rounding up the pushers said to use ten-year-olds as drug couriers

Pictures show schoolboy and couple pushing pram darting over level crossing in Crawley as barriers come down

What were they thinking Police warn about dangers of level crossing after schoolboy and couple pushing pram risk their lives Transport Police say consequences could have been 'horrific'Four deaths in five years at danger crossing in Crawley, Sussex | UPDATED: 15:39 GMT, 28 November 2012 This is the moment a school boy diced with death by running over a deadly level crossing as the barriers came crashing down. Another reckless couple were caught on camera pushing their baby’s buggy over the crossing despite the red warning lights clearly flashing in front of them

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw tweets horror at state of Parliament"s crumbling plumbing

'Urine is pouring through my ceiling': Labour MP Ben Bradshaw tweets horror at state of Parliament's crumbling plumbing Former Culture Secretary uses Twitter to reveal his office 'stinks' after urinal springs a leakExeter MP thanks staff for wearing strong perfume to disguise the smell Houses of Parliament are in need of urgent repairs worth 1.6billion | UPDATED: 17:39 GMT, 28 November 2012 A former Cabinet minister tonight revealed urine has been pouring through the ceiling of his Commons office. Labour MP Ben Bradshaw took to Twitter to complain that his office ‘stinks’ after sewage from a toilets above his office seeped through Parliament’s crumbling walls. The former Culture Secretary revealed Victorian copper piping was to blame for the disgusting plumbing problem which has plagued his office for two days.