Ofcom boosts efforts to trace nuisance callers as study finds numbers have DOUBLED in a year Three quarters of landline owners received an unwelcome marketing call in the past year – up from one in four the year before, according to telecommunications watchdog Ofcom. At the same time, almost three in four received some form of hard-sell cold call from salesmen pushing everything from compensation for accidents that never happened to home broadband. Fury: Nearly half of us have reported receiving a marketing call in the past year (file photo) Silent calls are caused by call centre computers which randomly dial thousands of numbers and should have a salesman ready to talk to anyone who picks up.
Man's home trashed by 21st birthday party revellers after it got out of control while parents were on holiday | UPDATED: 10:29 GMT, 5 December 2012 A man has admitted causing a public nuisance after more than 1,000 people turned up to his 21st birthday party which had been advertised on Twitter and Facebook. Revellers flooded to the party, dubbed Project XXX, at Oliver Boorman's parents' home in Tewin, Welwyn, Hertfordshire. The party was advertised on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter in the days leading up to the event on September 29.
The have-a-go-hero schoolboy: 14-year-old jumps into middle of eight-man brawl in shopping centre to protect security guard Jack Slater was still wearing his uniform when he leapt in to helpThe fight in Maidstone, Kent, saw guards bitten, punched and headbuttedTeen, who said he would do it again, was given a reward for his bravery | UPDATED: 17:35 GMT, 30 November 2012 Jack Slater was still wearing his school uniform when he jumped in to help. He has since been rewarded for his bravery A teenager in his school uniform dived in to stop a fight which saw four security guards punched, kicked, head-butted and bitten. Have-a-go-hero Jack Slater, 14, did not spare a thought for his own safety until after he saved the security man from four attackers
Silencing the cold call claim sharks | UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 28 November 2012 Finally! Fines were given to two businessmen who bombarded people with nuisance text messages At last! Yesterday the Information Commissioner struck a significant blow for a British public sick and tired of being endlessly bombarded by automated phone calls promising compensation for mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance. Fines worth 440,000 were levied on two unscrupulous businessman who had been text messaging people at random, saying without any justification that the recipient was entitled to a four-figure sum from their bank.