LONDON Councils have been blasted by the RAC for the amount of money they make from car parking fines, but the Local Government Association, which represents most of the locak authorities in Britain, have hit back saying that the £693 million pounds revenue is spent on running the service while any surplus is used for transport projects such as clearing roads repairs backlog or creating more parkingspaces. To find out more click on this link goo.gl/myZHpV
A COUNTY Antrim man who made and sold fake T-shirts online, has been fined almost £70,000 and given 80 hours of community service.Paul Gerard McDonald 53, of Serpentine Road, Newtownabbey, pleaded guilty to eight charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994 at Belfast Magistrates' Court.He sold more than 20,000 items, worth £100,000, on eBay.
Grannie,75, ripped off for £3,600 by rogue roofers
ROOFING cowboys ripped off a grandmother of 10 for £3,600 – and even left her without completing the work.
The gang overcharged 75 year old Dorothy Blackbourne for guttering work after she had responded to a flyer pushed through the letterbox of her High Road, Rayleigh, home.
She had called the number on the flyer and agreed to the work which they said would cost £1,100. But they added another £2,500 to the bill and left her conservatory and outside toilet with no guttering or drainpipes.
Mrs Blackbourne, who lives alone, went to the bank to get the cash, where a cashier asked her if she was being pressured. She said: “I said I was fine, I didn’t really think there was anything wrong at the time.
“But I didn’t notice everything that was missing until they had gone. It was a proper cowboy job.
"They even took the flyer from the living room table so there was no way of contacting them again.”
THE former manager of two northern filling stations avoided a jail sentence after admitting he embezzled and fraudulently obtained £20,000 worth of cigarettes from his former employers and also accumulated almost two million loyalty card points, redeeming them for more than £8,000 worth of goods, including two plane tickets to Mexico. FULL STORY
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Biggest cocaine haul was hidden in tuna
SUFFOLK police constable Charlotte Lingwood has been sacked from the force after she illegally accessed police data about her ex-boyfriend’s new partner.
She had been an officer with the constabulary for 13 years and was stationed at Landmark House, Ipswich.
Lingwood, of Capel St Mary, pleaded guilty at Norwich Magistrates’ Court to obtaining or disclosing personal data without the consent of the Constabulary.
A tree surgeon allegedly carried out work in Benfleet by removing trees for an elderly resident for a nominal sum.
Once the trees had been taken down, the trader then insisted on an additional sum per kilo to remove the trees, which was an extra £1200. On this occasion the resident refused.
COCAINE with a street value of more than £50 million has been seized after being discovered hidden in a shipment of tinned tuna.
Border Force officers found the class A drugs, which had been shipped from Ecuador via Belgium, in a container at DP World London Gateway, in Essex.
The smugglers stashed eight holdalls with 500kg of cocaine, which Border Force said had a wholesale value of £16m and an estimated street value of more than £50m.
Mark Kennedy, Border Force assistant director, said: "Cocaine is a destructive drug which ruins the lives of users and damages the wider community.
"This was the biggest we have made here in the port's short history, and will have significantly disrupted the activity of the criminal parties involved."
MORE than 40 fraudulent websites have been shut down in a major crackdown on the sale of fake degrees. The sites closed included those selling authentic-looking certificates using the names of real British universities.
Others were providers offering distance learning courses but were not valid UK degree awarding bodies.
An agency set up to investigate the issue, Higher Education Degree Datacheck (Hedd), said it had reports of more than 90 bogus institutions.
It follows a BBC South East investigation which found fake University of Kent degree certificates on sale online in China for £500.
Jayne Rowley, the higher education services director at Prospects which runs Hedd, said last September was its busiest month so far, with the closure of four bogus university sites and three websites selling fake degree certificates from multiple UK universities.
"One of the institutions we shut down in September was Stafford University. Now, of course there is an entirely genuine Staffordshire University, so they are piggy-backing on a name," she said.
"There are some sites where they've actually taken the name of a real university - Surrey for example.
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