British drivers spend up to three days a year stuck in gridlock as the UK ranks 5th in Europe for time wasted in traffic

British drivers spend up to three days a year stuck in gridlock as the UK ranks 5th in Europe for time wasted in trafficFindings are revealed today by leading in-car data company INRIXIt found worst hit by jams in the UK are drivers in Greater LondonThe capital is followed by Greater Manchester and Merseyside .' INRIX chief executive Bryan Mistele said: 'There has always been strong correlation between the state of the economy and the level of traffic congestion on our roads. 'It tells us if people are employed and driving to work, going out to eat or doing some shopping, as well as whether or not businesses are shipping products.' He added: 'Considering unemployment hit record highs in 2012 and European household wealth dropped 13.6 per cent it's hardly surprising that traffic levels have dropped significantly.' The report notes: 'The UK capital, London, has moved up the European traffic congestion ranks to become the third most congested city in Europe in 2012.' The report says: 'Drivers in London spent a full three days of 2012 sitting in traffic, that's over a day more than the UK's second most congested city Manchester, where drivers spent 45 hours in congestion.

"Be more lenient to help boost trade": Pickles wages war on traffic wardens


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Pickles wages war on 'over-zealous' traffic wardens as he orders them to stop fining people who have popped into the local shop to boost tradeCommunities Secretary said wardens can be 'overzealous'Drivers should be able to 'pop into a local shop', without fear of a ticket By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 01:49 GMT, 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:05 GMT, 18 March 2013 Ease up: Pickles demanded that 'officious' wardens should be more lenient to help boost local businesses Drivers should no longer me hit with parking fines just for stopping at the local shop for 10 minutes, Eric Pickles has said. The Communities Secretary said he wanted to put an end to the 'over-zealous culture of parking enforcement'. He demanded that 'officious' wardens should be more lenient in a bid to help boost local firms

Daughter of PC David Rathband who hanged himself after being blinded by Raoul Moat plans to become police officer to "make dad proud"


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'I want to be a police officer to make my dad proud', says daughter of PC David Rathband who hanged himself after being blinded by Raoul Moat Mia Rathband, 14, has set up work experience with Northumbria PoliceWill follow father David Rathband's footsteps into becoming a traffic officerHer father was shot and blinded by killer Raoul Moat in 2010 PC Rathband was hailed for his bravery but killed himself last year . Proud: Mia Rathband, holding her father's police hat, has set up a week of work experience with Northumbria Police Mia, pictured with her father in 2010, said they used to have long conversations about his work in the force Mia said: 'I know that dad would have been so proud of me. 'This time of year is very difficult for us.

Molly Crumley death: Mother leaves daughter, 11, in car as she plunges 55 feet to her death off busy traffic bridge to land on frozen-over lake


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Mother leaves daughter, 11, in car as she plunges 55 feet to her death off busy traffic bridge to land on frozen-over lake | UPDATED: 07:20 GMT, 30 December 2012 A Wisconsin mother left her 11-year-old daughter in the car as she jumped to her death off a busy traffic bridge to land on the frozen-over lake below. Molly Crumley, 48, of River Falls, pulled onto the shoulder of eastbound I-94 on the St. Croix River bridge at around 8.30am on Thursday, during morning rush hour.

Archived files show Soviet Union used civil airliners to conduct secret Cold War spying missions over Britain

Archived files show Soviet Union used civil airliners to conduct secret Cold War spying missions over Britain Aircraft would veer off their approved flight paths to carry out missionsDefence Secretary said RAF was monitoring monthly flights through UK | UPDATED: 09:13 GMT, 28 December 2012 Defence Secretary John Nott in 1982, who informed prime minister Margaret Thatcher in December 1981 that the RAF was monitoring the hundreds of monthly flights through UK airspace by Warsaw Pact airliners The Soviet Union used civil airliners to conduct secret Cold War spying missions over Britain, according to newly published Government files. Some aircraft would switch off their transponders, alerting air traffic controllers to their position before veering off their approved flight paths to carry out aerial intelligence-gathering missions over sensitive targets, papers released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule show.

M6 crash: Emotional tributes to three members of same family killed on their way to wedding


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'Joy turned into tragedy in a split second': Emotional tributes to 'precious jewels' killed on their way to wedding in Christmas Day crashMohammed Arsalaan Habib, 4, and Adnan Habib, 10, died in the M6 crash Today their family said they were 'precious jewels' who brought joy Their aunt Bushra Tazarib, 32, was also killed in the same crashShe was described as a loving and 'vital and beloved' member of the family Boxer Amir Khan was at the wedding in Bolton the family were travelling toFamily of couple who died in separate Christmas Day crash also pay tribute Ann and Paul Goodrich were described as 'devoted and much loved' parents | UPDATED: 21:39 GMT, 27 December 2012 The boys killed in a crash on the M6 on Christmas Day were ‘precious jewels’, their family said yesterday. Adnan Habib, ten, and his four-year-old brother Arsalaan died when the car their mother Parveen was driving overturned on the motorway, apparently after hitting a branch. Their aunt Bushra Tazarib, 32, also died

Police to put up huge fences at scenes of motorway crashes to stop rubberneckers causing traffic jams


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Police to put up huge fences at scenes of motorway crashes to stop rubberneckers causing traffic jamsGovernment purchased 3,000 screens measuring two metres in heightScreens cost 2.3 million and form part of DfT's CLEAR initiativeScheme aims to improve accident clear-up times750 million cost to economy due to traffic incidents in England every year | UPDATED: 21:47 GMT, 27 December 2012 Drivers who peer across motorway lanes to observe the aftermath of crashes are to be thwarted in a bid to prevent traffic jams.

Join our gang – it"s grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drain


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Join our gang – it's grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drainRow of cute creatures in grate pictured in California Raccoons were caught in the act by passing motorist | UPDATED: 22:52 GMT, 27 December 2012 They tend to make their beds in the hollow of a tree.

Stranded on the road to nowhere


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Stranded on the road to nowhere | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 27 December 2012 Saddest story of the week was the death of two young brothers, aged four and ten, in a crash on the northbound M6 in Staffordshire on Christmas morning. Their mother, who was driving the car, survived, but another woman passenger was also killed.

Fasten your seatbelts and watch what happens inside a cockpit in video of 43-minute flight from Rio to Sao Paulo


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Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride: Watch everything from take-off to landing in cockpit video of passenger jet flight | UPDATED: 21:18 GMT, 26 December 2012 Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to find out exactly what happens inside a plane cockpit on a normal everyday flight.