Father's fury after 'sad face' emoticon in police e-mail appears to show officer's 'disappointment' that his daughter survived car crashDarren Thomas was 'absolutely distraught' when he saw the internal emailAs daughter Laura lay in a coma, investigating officer wrote: 'It looks like the driver will pull through, so no fatal for me to deal with yet :('He discovered email through Freedom of Information request Humberside Police officer since apologised for any offence causedShe said sad face referred to not 'fulfilling my professional development' By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 15:23 GMT, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:09 GMT, 20 March 2013 A father was 'absolutely distraught' after a police officer appeared 'disappointed' that his daughter did not die in a car crash. Laura Thomas suffered a fractured skull, three broken bones in her neck and back and three brain bleeds after she lost control of her car. As she lay in a coma in hospital, a PC investigating the crash sent an internal email to another officer from the vehicle investigation branch.
An insult to stay at home mothers: Backlash grows over Budget plan to penalise mothers who don't workCritics described plan as a 'slap in the face' for stay at home mothersA Government briefing was inadvertently published yesterdayThe document, designed to help press officers rebuff criticism, was removed By Jason Groves and Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 23:12 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 GMT, 20 March 2013 Mothers who stay at home to look after their children do not need as much financial help as those who work, according to the Treasury.
Firm makes six-figure profit by keeping you on hold on 41p-a-minute HMRC tax helplineCompany makes 'less than 1million' profit from premium 0845 numbers Each year 16million callers will be kept waiting for longer than five minutesMPs tell HMRC chief Lin Homer the wait is 'unacceptable' By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:24 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:20 GMT, 29 January 2013 Lin Homer, chief executive of HMRC, admitted the target is to answer 80 per cent of calls in five minutes A private phone company is making hundreds of thousands of pounds in profit from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs premium rate helplines. HMRC chief Lin Homer told a committee of MPs that Cable and Wireless has made 'less than 1million' from the 0845 number.
More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are 'a burden' with average UK household now 3,200 in the redPressure of debt has got worse since the 2008 recession, ONS survey findsSouth-East has the highest levels, Wales the lowestBritish debt mountain now approaching 100bn, based on unpaid credit cards, loans and overdrafts By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 16:17 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 GMT, 28 January 2013 More than eight million families admit their personal debts are ‘a burden’ as the country’s total debt mountain balloons to nearly 100billion, official figures revealed yesterday. The report, from the Office for National Statistics, highlights how debt problems have jumped sharply since the recession struck in 2008. To make matters worse, it ignores people’s mortgages, and looks only at other types of debt such as an unpaid credit card bill, an overdraft and a personal loan
Family to be charged 650 a year by council for keeping seven-year-old daughter's bedroom as a shrine after she died of cancerAshes of Becky Bell have been kept in her bedroom – left exactly as it was when she lost her battle with brain cancer in January 2012Parents Julie and Mark have been told it is now a 'spare room' and that they must pay 56 a month from AprilUnder new plans social housing tenants will face 'bedroom tax' if they are under-occupying their houses .
Homeowners stung as mortgages rates hit four-year high despite Bank of England base rate remaining at historic low By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:13 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 19 January 2013 Mortgage worries: Homeowners are having to face rising costs Homeowners are being stung by the highest variable mortgage rates for nearly four years despite the Bank of England keeping the base rate at an historic low. Official figures show the average standard variable rate mortgage deal, known as the SVR, from a bank or building society charges an interest rate of 4.35 per cent.
Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banksDream Christmas becomes nightmare for 12 members of the Hughes familyThey had to be rescued from a luxury cottage in Uckinghall, GlosIt was the first time the whole family had been together for 20 years | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 31 December 2012 A Christmas break in a luxurious cottage by the Severn probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But it turned into a nightmare for the Hughes family when the river burst its banks and they were stranded indoors for a week looking out at waist-deep water before eventually being rescued by boat.
Setting of Byker Grove youth club to become an Islamic school after council approved plans Grade II-Listed Benwell Towers was bought by BAHR Academy for 400,000Was the setting of BBC series for 17 years but has been empty since 2006The building in Benwell, Newcastle, will cater for 340 boys and girlsAcademy principal welcomed decision by Newcastle City Council to bring derelict building back to life By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 16:39 GMT, 15 December 2012 | UPDATED: 16:42 GMT, 15 December 2012 A building made famous as the setting for children's series Byker Grove will be transformed into an Islamic school. Plans to convert the former Bishop's Palace into a fee-paying faith school have been given the go-ahead.