Employers "reluctant to hire over-50s" as they can"t force them to retire at 65


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Employers 'reluctant to hire over-50s' as they can't force them to retire at 65Unemployed over 50s are struggling to find work due to 'ageism' Since October 2011 no worker can be forced to retire at the age of 65 By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 01:58 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 12 March 2013 Ageist market: Unemployed over 50s are struggling to find work as bosses fear they may continue to work into their 70s and beyond Unemployed people in their 50s are finding their desperate hunt for a job ‘made worse’ by a key Government rule change, a damning report warned yesterday. Before the change, a boss could ask a worker to leave from the age of 65, known as the ‘default retirement age’, as long as they had been given six months’ notice

Office worker, 24, fined 400 for dropping small sachet of SALT in front of litter warden


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Office worker, 24, fined 400 for dropping small sachet of SALT in front of litter wardenLaura Howells, 24, dropped the KFC salt sachet – measuring 2.5cm by 5cmShe was spotted by a council litter enforcement officer and given a 75 fineMiss Howells was taken to court when she failed to pay the fine and charged a further 316 in court costs and a 15 victim surcharge fee By Suzannah Hills PUBLISHED: 12:32 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:06 GMT, 28 January 2013 Fined: Laura Howells, 24, was given a 75 on-the-spot fine when she dropped a packet of salt in a car park in Llanelli, west Wales A young woman has been fined 400 for dropping a packet of salt on the ground in a car park. Office worker Laura Howells, 24, dropped the tiny sachet – measuring just 2.5cm by 5cm – as she ate her lunch from a KFC takeaway. But she was spotted eating in her car by a litter enforcement officer from the local council who handed her a 75-on-the-spot fine.

"They sent her home and she lay in my arms dying": Husband"s anger at hospital and pub after his wife dies from suspected Christmas Day…


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'They sent her home and she lay in my arms dying': Husband's anger at hospital and pub after his wife dies from suspected Christmas Day food poisoningDella Callagher, 46, fell ill hours after Christmas dinnerShe had eaten the meal at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, EssexHer furious husband said hospital sent her home despite poor conditionHe is now planning legal action against both the hospital and the pubHealth Protection Authority said 30 diners fell ill after dinner at venueHotel spokesman said it's 'wrong to speculate' until after investigation . One person has sadly died after being admitted to hospital. ‘Laboratory testing has confirmed the presence of Clostridium perfringens bacteria in a number of samples submitted by those experiencing symptoms, including the patient who died.’ The HPA and environment health officers from the London Borough of Havering, which covers Hornchurch, are jointly investigating whether there are any links between the outbreak and the food served at the Railway Hotel.

Colombian company makes child-size bulletproof vests after Sandy Hook shooting


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Colombian bulletproof clothing designer launches new CHILDREN'S line of vests and backpacks in wake of Sandy Hook massacre | UPDATED: 02:32 GMT, 31 December 2012 A Colombian company that makes stylish bulletproof clothing has launched a new line of child-sized vests and backpacks in the wake of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Twitter shuts down string of accounts containing child abuse images after hackers expose indecent content


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Twitter shuts down string of accounts containing child abuse images after hackers expose indecent contentNSPCC says hacking groups exposed the files last nightThe charity says it has received a 'flurry' of reportsUnclear whether images came from British users or those abroad Cases will now be investigated in the US where the site is basedAnother child protection group received 30 reports of such images | UPDATED: 20:01 GMT, 24 December 2012 A string of Twitter accounts have been closed after they were revealed to contain disturbing images of child abuse. The graphic pictures were apparently made public late last night after hacking groups claimed to have broken into the private accounts to expose their indecent content, the NSPCC said

Plebgate crisis engulfs Met Chief: Hogan-Howe "compromised by police stitch-up of ex-chief whip"


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Plebgate crisis engulfs Met Chief: Hogan-Howe 'compromised by police stitch-up of ex-chief whip'Scotland Yard is investigating claims of a conspiracy against Mr MitchellMet Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe returns from holiday early as he is drawn into scandal Mail on Sunday reveals officer at centre of the storm as Toby Rowland | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 24 December 2012 Scotland Yard boss Bernard Hogan-Howe was fighting for his credibility last night as senior Tories said he was ‘completely compromised’ by the police ‘stitch-up’ of Andrew Mitchell. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner flew home from holiday amid claims that he blindly accepted the word of officers in Downing Street who said the former Tory chief whip called them ‘plebs’.

So why did No 10 throw Mitchell to the lions?


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So why did No 10 throw Mitchell to the lions | UPDATED: 23:44 GMT, 23 December 2012 Vilified by police as an arrogant snob who'd called Downing Street officers 'f****** plebs and morons', Mitchell was forced out of Government They say a lie is halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on. But when the lie is told by police the truth might never be known.

First there was norovirus, then came flu and next there will be whooping cough as figures show there have been 9,000 cases this year


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First came norovirus, now it's the start of flu season and an outbreak of whooping cough Number of whooping cough cases increased by nearly ten times last yearFigures for November show a total of 1,080 confirmed casesMeanwhile, flu cases highest in children aged five to 14, says HPANorth East England appears to be worst affected area of the country Doctors given the green light to prescribe antivirals to those who need themThose in at-risk groups yet to be vaccinated are urged to have flu jab | UPDATED: 16:02 GMT, 22 December 2012 The number of cases of whooping cough has jumped from 944 last year to nearly 9,000 this year, according to the latest figures After doctors up and down the country have dealt with an influx of patients suffering from norovirus, followed up by a wave of flu patients, medical staff are now gearing themselves for people needing help for whooping cough.

Cold-call champion is victorious again: Ambulance-chasing lawyers pay up for wasting his time


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Cold-call champion is victorious again: Ambulance-chasing lawyers pay up for wasting his time Richard Herman has won a payout after being targeted by no-win, no-fee personal injury lawyersPreviously awarded 195 plus costs from a firm promising compensation for mis-sold PPI | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 22 December 2012 Invoice: Richard Herman is celebrating another victory over cold-callers A businessman who successfully sued cold- callers for wasting his time on the phone has scored another victory. Richard Herman, who won 195 plus court costs from a firm that promised compensation for mis-sold payment protection insurance, has received a payout after being targeted by no-win, no-fee personal injury lawyers. After his first win in October, Mr Herman, 53, was bombarded by phone calls from ambulance chasers promising him compensation for a road accident

Outrage as British paedophile, 71, who travelled to Cambodia to abuse boys is jailed for just one year


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Outrage as British paedophile, 71, who travelled to Cambodia to abuse boys is jailed for just one yearReginald Blakely charged with molesting five boys aged between 7 and 14Sentenced to two years in prison but one year was suspendedChild victim groups said the sentence is too lenient and will do nothing to deter other abusers of children in Cambodia | UPDATED: 15:42 GMT, 21 December 2012 A British child molester who slipped through the hands of UK police because they did not have enough evidence against him has been sentenced to prison in Cambodia. But the one-year-jail sentence imposed on 71-year-old Reginald Blakely has outraged child protection groups in the south east Asian country, the previous haunt of notorious child sex abuser Gary Glitter. Child victim groups said the sentence was too lenient and would do nothing to deter other abusers of children in Cambodia