War on speeding motorists: Drivers face more 20mph limits and extra cameras

War on speeding motorists: Drivers face more 20mph limits and extra camerasLower limits and more road humps are among guidance given to councils Calls for cameras to have wider role in 'calming traffic' as they slash fatalities the number had fallen by 75 per cent to 8,677. In the decade to 2011 alone 29 per cent of forecourts shut. This ‘increased minimum driving time required to reach the nearest forecourt’, the government report by Deloitte said

Councils pleading poverty have put 16billion in the bank despite railing against "Dickensian" cuts

Councils pleading poverty have put 16billion in the bank despite railing against 'Dickensian' cutsReserves up by 15.5%, from 14.2billion in 2011 to 16.4billion this yearA third of councils' annual spending now put straight into the bank | UPDATED: 23:23 GMT, 30 December 2012 Hitting back: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles accused councils of scaremongering Councils have salted away an extra 2.2billion in the last year – while stepping up their campaign against the Government’s ‘Dickensian’ cuts. Official figures reveal that council reserves have rocketed by 15.5 per cent, from 14.2billion in 2011 to 16.4billion this year. The figures emerged as local authorities launched a two-pronged attack on ministers over ‘grossly unfair’ cuts that will require them to trim their budgets by an average of 1.7 per cent next year

Lord McAlpine receives total of 310,000 in libel damages from BBC and ITV for wrongful child sex abuse allegations

Lord McAlpine receives total of 310,000 in libel damages from BBC and ITV for wrongful child sex abuse allegationsFormer Tory Party treasurer was wrongly linked to abuse at a Wales care homeHe intends to give the money to charity, it is saidBoth broadcasters have 'apologised unreservedly' for the mistake | UPDATED: 13:31 GMT, 18 December 2012 Lord McAlpine has today settled his libel actions against the BBC and ITV after they wrongly implicated him in child sex abuse allegations Lord McAlpine has today settled his libel actions against the BBC and ITV after they wrongly implicated him in child sex abuse allegations.

Investment banker Thomas Ammann jailed for helping lovers make 1.5m by leaking inside information

Investment banker jailed for helping his two lovers make more than 1.5m by leaking confidential inside information Thomas Ammann persuaded two girlfriends to invest in shares in Dutch photocopy company Oce, knowing they were going to go up in price Love-rat netted close to 500,000 after agreeing to split profitsBanker jailed for two years and eight months today after pleading guilty to two counts of encouraging insider dealing and two counts of insider dealing | UPDATED: 01:15 GMT, 14 December 2012 Thomas Ammann, 39, pictured yesterday as he was jailed, handed over price sensitive details to his two girlfriends about a takeover bid The serial love-rat who tricked two of his girlfriends into carrying out illegal trades worth almost 1.8million was jailed for two years and eight months yesterday. Thomas Ammann, who wears a toupee, persuaded Christina Weckwerth and Jessica Mang to buy and sell shares in a firm he knew to be the subject of a future City takeover bid. Ammann, who worked at the London offices of Japanese bank Mizuho, was one of only seven at the bank who knew that global electronics company Canon was planning a takeover of Dutch printing firm Oce.