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

ON benefits in Birmingham, the African war criminal we can"t kick out: Rant of "murderer" staying on human righgts grounds is being…

On benefits in Birmingham, the African war criminal we can't kick out: Rant of 'murderer' staying on human rights grounds is being funded by tax payer By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 00:24 GMT, 23 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:24 GMT, 23 March 2013 Benefiting from Britain: Ex-Sudanese Janjaweed fighter Mohamed Issa Salim at home in Birmingham A war criminal who took part in attacks in which countless civilians were killed is living rent-free at taxpayers’ expense in a large house in the West Midlands. Mohamed Salim, 27, claimed he was in a militia that ‘wiped out entire villages’ in his native Sudan

Airport "sorry" after publishing photo of a fatal plane crash on its Facebook page to boast about its own safety record

Luton Airport forced to apologise after 'appalling' Facebook post about fatal plane crash to boast of their own safety recordUsed 'insensitive' image of 2005 Chicago crash that killed Joshua Woods, 6'This is what we prevent you from when it snows……Weeeee :),’ staff wroteThe Boeing 737 slipped off runway in snow and smashed into passing cars Airport forced to apologise after people complain about 'appalling' post By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 07:15 GMT, 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:33 GMT, 15 March 2013 An airport has apologised after it posted on its Facebook page a light-hearted comment with a photo of a plane crash in which a child died. Luton Airport published the image of the plane crash with a joke boasting about its own safety record

Cambridge debating stars left in tears over sexist heckles about their looks during prestigious student competition

Cambridge debating stars left in tears by barrage of sexist heckles about their looks as Glasgow's male students wreck finals of competitionStudents at Glasgow University made derogatory comments during debateCompetition judge abused as she tried to quieten the hecklersCambridge University's debating club will not send students there again By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 22:39 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:42 GMT, 5 March 2013 Target: Rebecca Meredith was reduced to tears as she tried to make herself heard over the sexist heckles and intimidation during the debate at Glasgow University It was supposed to be a meeting of the brightest young intellects. Sadly, some of those involved in a prestigious student debating competition were only interested in small-minded behaviour.

UK weather: Temperatures to fall again by end of the week (and snow could make a comeback)

The sun's out… but spring hasn't sprung: Temperatures to fall again by end of the week (and snow could make a comeback)Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands saw temperatures of 13.4C yesterday South East and East Anglia could see snow flurries by the end of the week By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 01:19 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:18 GMT, 18 February 2013 Britain enjoyed an early taste of spring yesterday as the country basked in sunshine and some ventured out for the first time this year without a coat. Just days after snow brought disruption to parts of the country, temperatures jumped into double figures.

100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts "eye-watering" golden handshakes

100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts 'eye-watering' golden handshakesCouncils have spent between 100,000 and 420,000 to 135 staff Many have started other lucrative public sector jobs since leavingMinister says pay-offs show 'a lack of respect' to taxpayers By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 02:08 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:48 GMT, 2 January 2013 Councils have given six-figure ‘golden goodbyes’ to more than 100 officials in the past year. Despite town halls complaining about funding cuts, they gave compensation packages of between 100,000 and 420,000 to some 135 members of staff for leaving their jobs. Many of the workers have since taken up high-paid jobs elsewhere in the public sector, including positions in Whitehall.

The police union that turned into a wounded animal

The police union that turned into a wounded animal | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 24 December 2012 Power: Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was assistant commissioner of human resources at the Met between 2001 and 2004, is under no illusion about how powerful the Fed can be For decades, the Police Federation has terrified senior politicians and police officers.