UK Peace Index: Rate of murders and violent crime falling faster than anywhere in Western Europe

How Britain is becoming a SAFER place to live: Rate of murders and violent crime falling faster than anywhere in Western Europe New report reveals UK's murder rate has fallen by half over the past decadeBroadland in Norfolk is most peaceful area and Lewisham is most violentPeople believe they are four times more likely to be attacked than is actually the case , just eight weapons crimes were recorded in the area, which has a population of 125,000 people. The other areas ranked as least violent were Three Rivers in Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Dorset and Maldon in Essex. Among urban areas, Cardiff was found to be the most peaceful, along with Sheffield, Nottingham and Leeds

Rise in shoddy DIY plumbing is flooding UK rivers with sewage and killing fish

Rise in shoddy DIY plumbing inspired by TV home makeovers is flooding UK rivers with sewage and killing fishPoorly-installed plumbing spreads toxins and kills marine life, say experts300,000 homes in England and Wales have botched pipeworkProblem will get worse thanks to home improvement fever | UPDATED: 13:44 GMT, 2 December 2012 Poorly-installed pipes fitted by DIY-crazy homeowners are leaking raw sewage and other toxic materials into UK waterways, killing marine life. As more and more home improvement enthusiasts, inspired by programmes like DIY SOS and Grand Designs, tackle their own plumbing issues, fish and water-based plants are dying off, experts have warned.