Sunday, 24 January 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
The tonic wine Buckfast has been mentioned in 5,000 crime reports by Scotland's biggest police force in the last three years, a BBC investigation has revealed.
Almost one in 10 of those crimes in the Strathclyde Police force area was violent, according to figures obtained by the broadcaster under Freedom of Information legislation.
During that period the Buckfast bottle was used as a weapon 114 times.
Meanwhile: Scotland worst for violence - UN
The report claims there are 2,000 attacks per week
Scotland has been named the most violent country in the developed world by a United Nations report.
The study found that, excluding murder, Scots were almost three times as likely to be assaulted as Americans.
Victims of crime in 21 countries were interviewed by the UN, but senior Scots police officers criticised the study.
The survey concluded that 2,000 Scots were attacked every week. That figure is 10 times the number recorded in official police figures.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Councils that had already agreed to cut gritting by 25% are now having to almost halve the amount of salt used.
"If we did not act decisively, reserves would run down fast and essential roads would be at risk of closure if the freeze continues," said Lord Adonis.
Many police forces are advising drivers to stay off the roads for all but essential journeys:
* Police say black ice is a major problem in North Yorkshire, where two gritting lorries slid off the road. West Yorkshire Fire Service reported a spate of incidents, including two vehicles hitting buildings
* In Sussex, where 5cm (2in) of snow fell overnight, police have had reports of 70 incidents, many weather-related, such as minor crashes and stranded cars blocking roads
* A number of roads in the Highlands were closed, while motorists were travelling in convoy behind a snow plough on the A9 between Kingussie and Blair Atholl, Perthshire
* The A470 between Merthyr Tydfil and Brecon was shut in both directions with local diversions in place
* Motorists became stuck in snow on the Hilltown to Kilkeel mountain road in County Down after ignoring Road Closed signs
* Eleven train operators - including Eurostar - report disruption, with signalling problems between Hereford and Worcester causing delays. Southern train services around Brighton are subject to delays and replacement by buses.
* Buses continue to replace East Coast trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Inverness and Perth, while some services through North Yorkshire and local to Manchester are still affected.
* Snow and ice caused an electrical fire aboard an empty South West train, causing the suspension of services between Southampton and Waterloo
Monday, 11 January 2010
Still, at least Mandy and Ed will continue to care for you.