Woman PC handed 1,000 compensation after being spat at by unemployed father-of-two

1,000 fine for spitting at a police officer: Unemployed thug ordered to pay compensation to woman PC… and even Police Federation 'astonished' by size of awardLee Birtles spat at Sarah Botham in police station1,000 fine described as 'astonishing' by police union By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 13:35 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:47 GMT, 4 January 2013 A female police officer has been awarded 1,000 compensation from a criminal who spat at her when she was trying to restrain him. PC Sarah Botham feared she could have caught hepatits from the spittle of unemployed father of two Lee Birtles, but tests later proved negative

Lord Patten and Tory MP Philip Davies: Mongoose v snake – this contest was as thrilling as I"ve seen

Mongoose v snake … this contest was as thrilling as I’ve seen | UPDATED: 08:26 GMT, 28 November 2012 Rudyard Kipling wrote a Raj story about a mongoose fighting a cobra. I thought of that pulsating tale while watching BBC chairman Lord Patten thrash in the dust with Tory MP Philip Davies (Shipley).