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Labour minister says 14 year olds should get ID cards

A government minister has spoken glowingly of the prospect of kids as young as six handing over their biometrics as she boasted that the Tories and LibDems would find it impossible to unpick the government’s ID card scheme. Meg Hillier, an under secretary at the Home Office, told a fringe meeting of tobacconists and …
Joe Fay, 23 Sep 2008
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Red Devil assaults Burnley FC's stadium roof

Burnley FC has suspended all pre-match entertainments at its Turf Moor stadium after a member of the elite Red Devils parachute team performed an unscheduled assault on the roof of the ground's David Fishwick stand, the BBC reports. In what Burnley described as a "major embarrassment", kick-off of Saturday's clash with Ipswich …
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2008
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Three found guilty of web extremism plot

Three British Muslims face prison after a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court in London today found them guilty of involvement in an online plot to spread jihadism. Dewsbury schoolboy Hammaad Munshi was 16 when he was arrested in 2006. Along with 23-year-old Aabid Khan, from Bradford, and 23-year-old Sultan Muhammed, from …
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Judge points laser dazzler man towards prison

A 21-year old man was yesterday sentenced to four months in prison for shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter. Dean Bottomley of Stockport, Greater Manchester had already pleaded guilty to endangering an aircraft. The helicopter pilot said the £30 laser pen made him temporarily blind and unable to see instruments …
John Oates, 27 Jun 2008
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Bloke crams 13 into Volvo S70

A north London teacher has been banned from driving for 12 months, fined almost £1,000 and ordered to take an extended driving test after breaking the "most people in a Volvo S70" world record by cramming 12 passengers into the red saloon before squeezing behind the wheel. Abraham Gniwosch, of Tottenham, was pulled on 8 August …
Lester Haines, 24 Jun 2008
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Manchester's congestion charge: pay-to-leave

Manchester council looks set to pick up a big pile of cash from central government in exchange for setting up a two-tier congestion charge system to tax drivers who enter or leave the city. The congestion zone covers most of Manchester. You will pay to go into the centre in the morning and pay again to leave in the evening. …
John Oates, 9 Jun 2008
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Notorious car clamper facing Asbo

An employee of a car-clamping outfit which has "brought misery to visitors to a Yorkshire tourist village" looks likely to be immobilised himself - by an Asbo. According to the Yorkshire Post, George Albert McDicken, 38, of Wilsden, near Bradford, is due in Leeds magistrates court today accused of "intimidating and aggressive …
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Oz Big Brother in dead dad ding-dong

The Oz version of human zoo Big Brother has copped flack for not telling a contestant her dad has died, the BBC reports. Emma Cornell has been in the BB house for a month, and is unaware her father Raymond succumbed to cancer last week. The show has moved quickly to stem criticism of the decision not to inform her by publishing …
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Sin City director to remake Barbarella

Sin City director Robert Rodriguez is to remake sci-fi cult classic Barbarella, the BBC reports. Rodriguez, currently in Cannes with Quentin Tarentino to punt the horror double-bill Grindhouse, will work with the 1968 film's original producer Dino De Laurentis to "introduce Barbarella to a new generation of moviegoers", as the …
Lester Haines, 23 May 2007
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New, New Labour gets new logo and website

Anyone wondering why it took Tony Blair so long to fall on his sword has the answer this morning. He was waiting for Gordon's marketing boutique to okay the shiny new logo. Visitors to the Labour Party website this morning will see a purple rose and Labour logo. New Labour it seems is New no longer. The red has gone and so has …
John Oates, 11 May 2007
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Boffins to UK.gov: Don't muck around with science teaching

A group of prominent UK scientists is warning that changes to the way science is taught in schools are being made too fast, and without proper consultation. The Science Community Partnership Supporting Education (Score)* says the planned changes should be piloted before being rolled out on such a massive scale. Its report was …
Lucy Sherriff, 4 May 2007
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Hot-air powered railway to harvest energy from cars

An American architect has come up with a scheme, now picked up on Slashdot, to harvest the wind generated by fast-moving motor vehicles and use it to power a light-rail network running alongside the highway. The idea is that sections of dividing barriers would be replaced by rows of Darius turbines, which would whirl in the …
Lewis Page, 2 May 2007
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Japan wants levitating trains by 2025

Japan says it is going to roll out (or possibly levitate out) a network of "maglev" trains by 2025. It will be the first commercial magnetic levitation line anywhere in the world outside of China, which has one line running in its Shanghai province. The trains will have a top speed of 310mph and will run between Tokyo and …
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Apr 2007
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'Traffic Taliban' moots speed cameras in cats' eyes

North Wales Police's anti-speeding campaigner Richard Brunstrom - aka the "Traffic Taliban" to those who oppose his zero-tolerance approach to excess velocity - has suggested the possibility of deploying miniature speed cameras in cats' eyes, the BBC reports. Brunstrom used a debate road safety at St Asaph Business Park, …
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2007
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UK crematoria eye heavyweight incinerators

The UK's crematoria are struggling to cope with the nation's oversized corpses, the BBC reports. According to the Local Government Association, the nation's growing levels of obesity mean many cremators simply cannot accomodate the wider coffins required to dispatch the deceased to the hereafter, and local councils are footing …
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2007
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N Korea preps nuclear reactor shutdown

North Korea may be preparing to shut down its main nuclear reactor, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. Although the reactor at the Yongbyon facility "remained in operation today", as The Telegraph explains, South Korean sources suggest "a high possibility that movement of cars and people at the site recorded in …
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2007
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Asbo-breach OAP jailed

The 81-year-old "neighbour from hell" who was found guilty of harrassment and six breaches of an Asbo after making her neighbours' lives "a misery" has been jailed for six months, the BBC reports. Dorothy Evans, of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, failed to appear in court yesterday for sentencing, "claiming she was unwell and in …
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2007
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World's biggest tiger stages a clawback

The threatened Amur tiger - the world's biggest* - has staged a bit of a comeback in its native Siberia, with the population "finally stabilised", according to the WWF. The Amur population, which by the 1940s was represented by just 40-odd individuals in the Russian wilds, is now estimated at 480 to 520, The Telegraph reports. …
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007

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