The Birmingham Post (England)

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Articles from September 9, 1999

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Arthur Shaw at a Loss as Sales Fail to Rise
Ailing Black Country engineering company Arthur Shaw yesterday revealed a loss for the fourth year running. The Willenhall company said it pared back its 1997 loss of pounds 1.62 million in the year to March to pounds 974,000, ending hopes it might...
Arts Taste Now a Feast; as Birmingham Prepares to Stage Britain's Biggest Free Arts Party This Weekend, Terry Grimley Hears Evidence That ArtsFest Is Already Building New Audiences
Here is a message from the organisers of ArtsFest 99: if you want to be on national television on Saturday night, be sure to be in Centenary Square by 7pm. That is when BBC cameras will start recording events to incorporate into the interval in...
Beatties Shops around for More after Pounds 16m Expansion
James Beattie, the Wolverhampton department stores group, is hungry for more stores - despite creating 600 jobs in a pounds 16 million expansion drive. The group is looking to pick up extra space from the major high street players where the expected...
Blow as Beazer Misses out on Boom
Shares in house builder Beazer Group lost nine per cent of their value yesterday as the group shocked the City by revealing it had completely missed out on the housing boom in the South-east. While sales of Beazer homes across the country were down...
Boost in Quality Investment
It is definitely "party time" as Britain's breweries and leading leisure operators continue to make significant investments in Birmingham city centre. However, quality is certainly the name of the game as the city focuses on improving upon past perceptions....
Bosses Give No Quarter over Shock Rise in Rates
Widespread outrage greeted the Bank of England's decision yesterday to raise official interest rates by a quarter-point to 5.25 per cent. In the West Midlands the move was denounced as unnecessary, ill-timed and a blow to the tentative recovery...
Boy, 13, Is Questioned on Gangland Shooting
Detectives hunting a gunman who murdered a man in a gangland shooting in Birmingham have questioned a 13-year-old boy who was injured in the attack. Christopher Swarray, aged 27, from Manchester, was shot dead as he sat in a car in St Vincent Street,...
Building Bug Alert Goes out to Businesses
Businesses are being warned that the Millennium bug could not only threaten their trading activities but also their offices and factories. Companies operating from computer-controlled modern buildings could end up in major arguments as to who will...
Burgess to Get Compassionate Leave from Blues Derby
Daryl Burgess now looks certain to miss West Bromwich Albion's derby clash at Birmingham City on Saturday following the sudden death of his father, writes ROB BISHOP. The 28-year-old central defender, a key figure in Albion's excellent start to...
Businesses Put on Revaluation Alert
Midlands businesses of all sizes must wake up to the financial and property implications of the Business Rate Revaluation set for April 2000, says Mr Chris Sexton, head of rating at the Birmingham office of commercial property consultants Fuller Peiser....
Castrol Cuts 1,450 Jobs in Global Shake-Up
Oil company Burmah Castrol yesterday announced plans to cut staff numbers by up to 1,450 around the world, including 100 it has already culled in the Midlands. The group said a major restructuring would lead to 450 job losses in the UK this year...
Children Cough Up Their Cash for Food Treats
The average British child eats pounds 103.35 worth of chocolate, pounds 45.94 of savoury snacks and pounds 14.88 of ice cream and lollies every year. A survey has found that the increased spending power of children aged four to 14-years-old has...
City View: At This Rate, It's Still Boom-Time
If you have plans to buy yourself a really expensive house, get on with it. That is one of the less evident messages from yesterday's interest rate increase. The chance that a quarter-point on official interest rates - and nothing on most mortgages...
Comment: VATman and Robbing
It is difficult not to have some sympathy for Mr Graham Judge, the brewer who has been imprisoned for nine months after pleading guilty to fraudulently evading VAT and beer duty totalling pounds 140,000. The operative word here is "fraudulently"...
Consensus Offers Benefits
Over the past few years documents like the Latham Report and Egan's investigation into the construction industry have brought into question the traditional methods of procuring and managing building and civil engineering contracts. According to...
Continued Improvement in UK Economy Points to Rise in Returns
Total returns from direct property are set to improve by the end of this year, according to Knight Frank Research's latest Quarterly Investment Commentary. Mr Andrew Brazier, at Knight Frank's Birmingham office, comments: "With an improvement in...
Counting on a Stress-Free Start; Ros Dodd Visits Joseph Leckie Community School in Walsall Which Has Received a Controversial Pounds 22,000 for "Stress Counselling" New Pupils
They didn't look stressed and they most certainly didn't act it. Immaculate in their new school uniforms, the 11-year-olds clustered around the desk in headmaster Keith Whittlestone's office were bursting with exuberance. Did they know what the...
Cricket: Hick Proves to Hussain He's No Pig in the Poke; at Chelmsford (Day One): Essex (10 for One) Trail Worcestershire (308) by 298 Runs in Their First Innings
It would be understandable if Graeme Hick has wished that the England selectors had replaced the porker at the Pig Roasts that have punctuated his benefit year. Declared surplus to requirements for the winter tour of South Africa, Hick was yesterday...
Cricket: Marathon Man Munton Has Day to Make It All Worthwhile; at Riverside (Day One): Durham Have Scored 211 for Eight in Their First Innings against Warwickshire
A magnificent six-wicket Tim Munton marathon helped Warwickshire widen the gap between them and Durham from four to six points on a weather-truncated day at a gale-ravaged Riverside. Someone had to do the collar work from the Lumley end and, after...
Cricket: Sales Figures Rise Fast to Deliver Impressive Opening-Day Profit
David Sales' superb 183 not out against Leicestershire kept alive Northamptonshire's hopes of a place in Division One next season. Sales was in commanding form, as was colleague David Ripley, who made 105. Leicestershire, looking for a win to...
Cricket: Sri Lankans Face Test in Hair-Raiser Warne
A rejuvenated Shane Warne has been recalled to the Australian team for today's opening Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy. Warne, who lost his Test place to fellow leg-spinner Stuart MacGill during a poor tour of the West Indies earlier this year,...
'Curtain Will Go Up' on Race-Row Showboat
"The show must go on." That was the resounding message from members of Studley Operatic Society last night as they met for the first rehearsal of the musical Showboat. Beset by controversy after Redditch Council threatened to pull the plug if...
Death Sparks 'Tory Boy' Call to Legalise Cannabis
Worcester's own "Tory boy" Alex Lee has called on the Government to legalise cannabis, despite Tory leader Mr William Hague's tough new stance on drugs. The 17-year-old, who last year received a standing ovation at the Tory Party Conference for...
Demand Spurs Building Rush
Strong demand for high-quality distribution and production space in Greater Birmingham is leading to major regional developers, such as Richardsons and A & J Mucklow, launching new schemes to accommodate urgent requirements in the market for speculatively-built...
DNA Tests Bring Hope for Chase-Murder Girl's Family
The family of one of the Cannock Chase murder victims spoke last night - on the 34th anniversary of her abduction - of its hope the killer may finally be brought to justice. Margaret Reynolds, aged six, vanished on her way to school in Aston, Birmingham,...
Eversheds on Brink of Joining Big Five
Eversheds is hot on the heels of the legal world's Big Five after a spectacular set of annual results. Nationally, the firm sent fee income soaring more than 22 per cent to pounds 177.5 million. The Midlands' operation, based in Birmingham, contributed...
Ex-Colliery Site Plans Get Green Light
IM Properties have been granted planning permission to commence a major development of up to two-million sq ft of B1, B2 and B8 use to form what could become the premier business and distribution development in north Warwickshire. The site, formerly...
Ex-Convict 'Fantasised about Murdering Harriet Harman'
An ex-convict told his psychiatrist how he wanted to kill Ms Harriet Harman, a court heard yesterday. A jury at the Central London County Court heard John Masterson (56) bore a long-standing grudge against the former Social Security Secretary. ...
Farm Digest
Applications hit by rule change Delays will arise in approving applications to some agri-environment schemes because of possible changes in European Commission rules, the Ministry of Agriculture has warned. Countryside Minister, Mr Elliot...
Fishing Where the Fish Are Biting .
If you are the sort of person who talks of "sharing" what you have to say with people instead of "telling" them something, you won't need to read on. You already know enough about consultant-speak to hold your own in a dynamic yet challenging, fast-changing...
Football: Blanked-Out Scots Look to Home Front; Estonia 0 Scotland 0
Scotland remain on course for the finals of Euro 2000 despite yesterday afternoon's disappointing draw at the Kadrioru Stadium. At least they remain in front of their Tallinn hosts and, with two home games to come, against Bosnia and Lithuania in...
Football: Dismal England's Red Sunset; Euro Hope Now Rests on Swedes Poland 0 England 0
England were left to depend on Sweden resurrecting their Euro 2000 hopes after an Austrian referee emerged as Kevin Keegan's potential nemesis. While one referee can hardly be held to blame, given the paucity of England's previous displays, Keegan...
Football: Luck of Irish Keeps McCarthy Lads Alive; Malta 2 Rep of Ireland 3
The Republic of Ireland finished hanging on to their Euro 2000 dream by the skin of their teeth after the minnows of Malta frightened the life out of Mick McCarthy's side. It needed a rocket-like free-kick by stand-in skipper Steve Staunton 16 minutes...
Football: McMenemy's Men Sent Crashing Again; Germany 4 Northern Ireland 0
Lawrie McMenemy must be glad the Irish FA decided to offer him a two-year contract before their last two matches. On top of Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Turkey came last night's trouncing to Germany in Dortmund's Westfalen Stadium. And, with...
Football: Taylor Set to Spike Hoodoo at Highbury
Ian Taylor returns to the scene of his Aston Villa debut on Saturday, determined to celebrate an overdue Highbury victory. Villa have not beaten Arsenal on their last six league and cup visits to North London, dating back to Taylor's first appearance...
French Pile in with Bid for Allied Carpets
French carpet retailer Tapis Saint-Maclou yesterday launched its long-awaited bid for troubled Allied Carpets - offering 93p a share and trumping rival bidder venture capital group Wassall. Saint-Maclou's bid has been agreed by Allied's board, who...
Glynwed Goes Organic after Frenzy of Activity
Former metals conglomerate Glynwed yesterday pledged to concentrate on organic growth after two years of restructuring which has seen it buy or sell a business at the rate of more than one a month. Chief executive Mr Tony Wilson, said "We've done...
GM Deal Key to US Soya Export Boost
Soya bean exports to Europe could be boosted by the United States, with maize sales, at a reduced levy, resumed to Spain and Portugal. But it depends on suppliers segregating genetically modified stock from conventional crops, said European agricultural...
Golf: Confidence Growing Fast in Lawrie's Cup Belief
There are old-timers who swear there has never been a finish to the Open Championship as charged as the one at Carnoustie this year and no doubt, Jean van de Velde would agree. So, too, would the winner, Paul Lawrie. As he prepared for today's Victor...
GPs' Spending on Drugs Is Getting out of Control
Family doctor spending on prescribing in Birmingham is continuing to rise out of control, health officials said yesterday. The majority of the city's primary care groups are now facing unexpectedly high levels of spending on drugs, Birmingham Health...
Hammer Blow for Smugglers as Customs Land Pounds 5m Haul
Customs and Excise last night claimed to have almost wiped out organised smuggling in the Midlands after seizing goods worth pounds 5 million and rounding up 50 people in less than two weeks. A series of raids across the region has removed dozens...
I Had Gay Affairs When Young Admits Portillo
Mr Michael Portillo, the former Tory Defence Secretary widely tipped for an imminent Westminster comeback, last night confessed to having homosexual experiences as a young man. In a dramatic personal revelation, Mr Portillo said: "I will say what...
I Have No Plans to Retire, Says Whittington
Veteran Birmingham coroner Dr Richard Whittington has rejected calls for his retirement and will today spend his 70th birthday working as normal. The former GP, who has headed the city's Coroner's Court since 1976, was expected to retire when he...
I'm Bitter at 'Pound of Flesh' Jailing
A brewer jailed for not paying tax when his business ran into financial difficulties has spoken from his cell of his anger and shock at being imprisoned. Graham Judge criticised Customs & Excise for extracting their "pound of flesh" and the...
Industrial Rents on Increase
Industrial property rents in the West Midlands are on the increase and performing on a par with other provincial centres, according to a new survey. The findings, contained in a quarterly research document called National Property Insight published...
Initiatives Raise Standard
The benefits of standardisation, in whole or part, of legal documents in common use-particularly in the context of property transactions have long been recognised. One of the more compelling reasons today for introducing standard forms is the saving...
Innovation Key to Leisure Site
Star City, Europe's largest leisure development, which has reached the half-way stage on the former Nechells power station site in Birmingham, incorporates a number of construction innovations. Thousands of motorists each day are able to witness...
Interest Rates Shock Rocks Footsie
The Bank of England's decision to raise interest rates sent a shockwave through the Footsie. While some City economists had warned a rate rise was possible in the light of the quickening economic recovery and the rising housing market, most had...
Key Appointments for Quartet
Stourbridge-based construction and property company MJC Construction has announced four key appointments within its management team. Simon Jones is appointed as contracts manager in charge of new construction and housing developments. Having...
KLA's Killer Shells Pound Serb Villages
The relative calm in Kosovo's American sector was shattered yesterday as shells rained down on two all-Serb villages, killing two and wounding four. Villagers in Donja Budriga had no doubts the Kosovo Liberation Army attacked them. They also said...
Letter: Don't Let Blunkett Make Us Silly City
Sir, - Yes, Ros Dodd (Post, Sept 1) is right to endorse the views of Prince Edward. We British are jealous of success, at least in education! If proof positive were required, one has only to witness the genocidal savagery of Governmental policy...
Letter: Feeling Betrayed and Let Down
Sir, - When Britain's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks accuses Mr Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown of "using empty words" and when increasingly a range of pressure groups, including Family Youth Concern, accuse the Government of "destructive and counter-productive...
Letter from Washington: Bradley Faces Tall Order in Run for the White House
As a professional basketball player, Bill Bradley used his cross-country travels with the New York Knicks to study America and its problems. He dined with fans, consulted with local politicians, visited out-of-the way neighbourhoods. Such a lifestyle...
Look out Internet Superhighway; Driving School's Maureen Rees Turns Her Hand to Search Engines and Tells Ros Dodd All about It
Had the people of Birmingham known Maureen Rees was in town yesterday, they might well have decided to remain behind closed doors rather than venture out on to the roads. But they needn't have worried. The woman dubbed the "driver from L" arrived...
Losses Are Really the Pits for RJB Mining
Britain's biggest coal producer RJB Mining posted a whacking pounds 133 million loss for the half year to June. Profit before exceptional items for the Doncaster-based company which operates Daw Mill colliery, near Tamworth, and a huge open cast...
M5 Corridor Lures Car Parts Companies
There is a marked increase in the numbers of automotive component suppliers moving to the M5 corridor between Birmingham and Gloucester, according to property advisers, GVA Grimley. The motorway is well linked and allows companies in the automotive...
Meggitt Ready to Sell Mobrey If the Price Is Right
Meggitt chief executive Mr Mike Stacey said yesterday the group may sell Mobrey, one of its industrial controls units, if it is offered the right price. "We have had a lot of interest expressed in this company, but whether that interest manifests...
Michael Blair's Golf World: Warwickshire's Unpaid Talent Ready to Open Professional Eyes
Amateurs, mere amateurs, are supposed to be a cut below their professional brethren, so it comes as something of a surprise that in Warwickshire, the great unpaid hold sway. In something like the last ten years of the Warwickshire Open, one professional...
Midland News Digest
Motorcylist dies in head-on crash A Black Country motorcyclist died when his machine was in a head-on crash with a car. Lee Dalwood, aged 23, of Branfield Close, Coseley, was certified dead at the scene of the crash on the A454 near Bridgnorth,...
Midland News Digest
Teenager dies after being flung from car A teenager has died after being thrown 20ft from a car in a crash in Shropshire. The 19-year-old was driving a red Renault 19 which left the road and hit a fence, tree and railings before landing on...
Millionaire Steps in to Save His Father's Firm
A millionaire industrialist has stepped in to save a Black Country manufacturing company founded by his father. Mr Con Folkes, owner of the Folkes Group, has put up "a substantial sum" to back a management buy-out at Bronx Engineering and save the...
Ministers' Fury as Brown Refuses Help; Scots and Welsh May Devise Own Aid Packages for Livestock Farmers
The Government has refused to offer any state aid or cash handouts to crisis-hit farmers, but politicians in Scotland and Wales threatened to go it alone and devise their own support packages. Agriculture Secretary Mr Nick Brown remained adamant...
Murray Set to Net Pounds 41m after US Group Concentric Swoops for ITG
Technology entrepreneur Mr Jan Murray is set to scoop a pounds 41 million windfall following the sale of his Internet company to US group Concentric. His London-based Internet Technology Group has agreed terms with the Californian bidder for a recommended...
Nappy Girl Chained to Her Bed for Five Years
Police freed a six-year-old girl they believed spent almost all of her life chained to a bed in a room filled with human waste. The girl, found in a foetal position and apparently unable to speak other than by grunts and moans, was found by police...
Office Scheme Boost for Jobs
Work is expected to start early next year on a new high quality 200,000 sq ft flagship office development in the West Midlands, it has been revealed. The pounds 50 million greenfield scheme, named Provident Park by developers Castlemore, will be...
Offices Gain Heritage Status
Conservation experts in Birmingham have voted the 27-storey Alpha Tower - one of the city's tallest buildings - into a guide to Britain's most important heritage sites. The curvaceous 1970s office block, located on Suffolk Street near busy Broad...
On-Line Shopping Will Impact on High Street
High-tech internet shopping will have a "considerable" impact on the industrial warehousing market, according to Kate Hallam, an associate director of FPD Savills in Birmingham. Looking at the anticipated growth of on-line shopping, she predicts...
Peugeot Speeds Ahead as Europe Takes to the 206
Peugeot-Citroen returned a 60 per cent rise in first-half profits yesterday helped by output of the 206 at Ryton. More than 60 per cent of the 206 models built at Ryton go to continental markets to meet the strong demand for the car. Last year...
Phone Pest from Hell in Threats to Kill Mother
A teenage phone pest tormented a mother and her child as he played out his fantasy of being a caller from Hell, a court heard yesterday. In dozens of sexually explicit and abusive telephone calls, self-styled Satan Luke Rudge repeatedly threatened...
Pilot Ignored Warnings before Fatal Crash
A pilot failed to heed "alarm bells" over a faulty fuel gauge before a crash in which he and a Midland RAF student were killed, an inquest heard yesterday. Ms Alison Arnold, aged 20, of Walsall Road, Four Oaks, and Sqd Ldr Mike Murphy, aged 34,...
Plan for Car Park Tax Angers Sector
The West Midlands commercial property sector has been angered by proposals announced for the potential introduction of car parking taxation. The region's developers and their property advisers are seasoned campaigners at attracting more inward investment...
Plotting Course for Progress
Birmingham is some distance away from the modern vision of the 24-hour city at the moment, but the tide is now turning with trendy professionals seeking homes in the city rather than commuting. As the man chairing Accelerating Development, Birmingham...
Police Name Sex Offender Who Jumped Bail by Train
Police yesterday named a missing man as an "ultra-high risk" child sex offender. Michael Andrew Wilson, who has convictions for sex offences against boys, has not been seen since boarding a train in Accrington, Lancashire, heading towards Liverpool...
Poor Safety Procedures Led to Planes Almost Crashing
Sloppy safety procedures at Birmingham International Airport led to a plane carrying 100 passengers coming within feet of colliding with a light aircraft on the runway, an aviation expert claimed. A Piper training aircraft, with a trainee pilot...
Portillo - the Man Who Could Be King; Michael Portillo Could Be the Ghost of a Tory Past to Haunt William Hague, Says Chief Feature Writer Jason Beattie
The rehabilitation of Michael Portillo may be over. Political social workers and right-wing probation officers can give themselves a pat on the back for their exemplary strategy which could see the former Tory offender reinstituted into the Westminster...
Pounds 1.4m for Family of BSE Victim Surgeon
The family of an orthopaedic surgeon who died from CJD yesterday accepted pounds 1.4 million damages in the High Court in settlement of their compensation claim over his death. Mr Neil Kreibich, who was treated with contaminated human growth hormone...
Pounds 320m Warehouse Scheme Completed
The Catesby Property Group is taking a lead in brownfield site regeneration in the Midlands with the completion of a pounds 320 million development which includes a 250,000 sq ft warehouse for international glass-maker, Pilkington plc. Stratford-upon-Avon...
Quake Death Toll Tops 60 as Rescuers Battle on and Athens Counts the Cost; Thousands Face Homelessness as Inspectors Survey Buildings
More bodies than survivors were dragged from under slabs of concrete in Athens yesterday as the death toll from Tuesday's powerful earthquake rose to more than 60. But a full count of the misery is not over. Inspectors began surveys of damaged...
Racing: Ramsdens Astonish at Doncaster
Bookmakers who thought the threat to their livelihoods posed by Jack and Lynda Ramsden had disappeared when the latter stopped training were Astonished, as was the winner of the Tote-sponsored Portland Handicap. It was at the end of the 1998 Flat...
Racing: Touch 'N' Fly Set to Confirm True Worth for Cecil's Top Team
Every season brings its talking horses. Some shout their names from the rooftops, others are reduced to mere whispers. Henry Cecil knows all about them (remember Killer Instinct?) but Touch 'N' Fly might well fall into the first category and he...
Rationalisation Set to Spread; A New Trend - "Capitalise Then Rationalise" - Is Emerging in the Leisure Market. Steve Evans, Head of Leisure at GVA Grimley, Looks at Which Sector Will Be Next
The leisure industry hauled itself out of the 1992 recession to dramatic effect. Rapid sector growth led to a significant expansion in certain areas with demand often outstripping supply. This resulted in high rents being paid in all sectors including...
Religious Equality for Ulster Police; Patten's 50-50 Arrangement for Recruits
A Catholic will be recruited for every Protestant in a major push for religious equality in the make-up of the new Northern Ireland Police Service. The 50-50 arrangement is one of the key recommendations in the Patten Commission's report on the...
Report Highlights Challenges Facing Developers
"A combination of factors including an increasingly polarised market, fierce competition for market share and a widening gap between primary and secondary rents, will present major challenges for investors, developers and occupiers operating in the...
Rugby Union: Painful Fate Opens Hall Door in Luckless Hurcombe's Face
Chris Hurcombe sat on Stourbridge's bench for more than a season, the patient understudy to last year's club captain, Rob Merritt. But last Saturday, Hurcombe's long wait ended. Merritt was injured in the first half of the game against Sheffield...
Six-Point Plan to Emerge Unscathed from a Merger
The rush of worldwide mergers and acquisitions continues to accelerate, posing problems for staff caught in the middle. But Birmingham-based recruitment consultancy, Drake Beam Morin, says it is quite possible to survive such an upheaval. "Given...
Sports Digest
Trio polishing up Challenge form In-form European Challenge Tour trio Iain Pyman, Greig Hutcheon and Hennie Otto were again to the fore after the opening day of the Daewoo Warsaw Open in Poland. Yorkshireman Pyman and Kent-based Scot Hutcheon...
Strategy Identifies Renewal Priorities; Malcolm Gloster, Regional Senior Partner of GVA Grimley, Welcomes the Proposal to Establish Regeneration Zones
"One of the strategic priorities highlighted in the recent draft economic strategy document from Advantage West Midlands is to identify major new regeneration zones to deliver sustainable, economic, environmental and social development of the region....
Street Slasher Kills Woman, Injures Seven
TOKYO: A man armed with a knife stabbed a woman to death and slashed seven passers-by on a Tokyo street before being arrested. The man, believed to be in his early 20s, told police he attacked the people at random because he was frustrated about...
Super Hospital 'Bypass' Storm
Birmingham health bosses are to bypass protesters' blocking tactics and press ahead with plans for a new pounds 200 million super-hospital. Health Secretary Mr Frank Dobson will have the final say on the plans after South Birmingham Community Health...
Take-Over Brings Added Benefits
Last month, one of the country's biggest chartered surveying practices, Lambert Smith Hampton, was taken over by property services giant WS Atkins. Mr Michael Kearney, who runs Lambert Smith Hampton's Birmingham office and is also responsible for the...
Theme for the Day
Since coming to Birmingham nearly 50 years ago, I've had four wonderful dogs, all strays, from various dogs' homes. Each one of them has been a character, all of them intelligent and affectionate. Even after being told off, they come along and nuzzle...
The Post Files
Singapore authorities have rejected an appeal to let the controversial film Eyes Wide Shut run uncut. It means the film might not be screened in the city-state, as distributor Warner Bros is under contract to show it exactly as it was made. "We're...
Think Again, Judge Tells Straw; Home Secretary Criticised over Broker's Deportation
A High Court judge has urged lawyers for Home Secretary Mr Jack Straw to reconsider their position over a controversial decision to deport commodities broker and "model citizen" Mr Ben James. The surprise request from Mr Justice Scott Baker came...
Third Air Ambulance on Way as Money Flows In
The Midlands is to get a third helicopter ambulance - making its flying paramedic service the biggest in Britain. And the rapid expansion of the service, launched in 1991, has been fuelled by the success of public fund-raising campaigns. The...
This Nanny State Is Making Wimps of Our Children; Children Must Be Allowed to Learn Life's Valuable Lessons, Says James Egan
We've failed. It's the only answer that makes any sense. Adults are responsible for the nanny state that requires primary schoolchildren to undergo counselling for the "trauma" of entering secondary education. It is those people - and I include...
Tory Fury as Lord Sainsbury Donates Pounds 2m to Labour Party
Controversial Science Minister Lord Sainsbury yesterday announced he was donating pounds 2 million to Labour - sparking fresh controversy over the way political parties are funded. Tories immediately demanded that the Minister at the centre of a...
UN Decides to Stay and Man Besieged Mission as British Warship Heads for East Timor
The United Nations last night postponed the closure of its besieged mission in Dili, saying a skeleton staff was likely to remain. Houses were burning 40 yards from the UN compound in East Timor's devastated provincial capital, where the electricity...
US Open - Tennis: American Dream Strangled by Rusedski's Sad Failings
Greg Rusedski woke up in the shadow of the Empire State Building to the stark realisation that his tennis game had been shaken to its foundations. His choking fit against Todd Martin, which saw him lose a fourth-round tie from two sets up and serving...
Village in Shock as Young Mother Dies Saving Her Daughter
A mother crushed to death by a runaway trailer in front of her two daughters pushed the younger child out of danger moments before she was hit, a retired nurse who comforted the girls said yesterday. Miss Wendy Smith, aged 33, of Leaside, Halton...
Warning That Energy Levy May Be Final Straw
Government plans for an energy tax could pull the plug on many farm businesses already struggling to survive a disastrous collapse in prices and incomes. The warning was given yesterday by the Country Landowners Association. The association has...