Entries by David Hobbs from 01/2012

England's Social Care System Failing 800,000 Elderly People

Posted 01.03.2012 | UK Politics

The government and the Labour Party are being urged to overhaul England's "failing" social care system, which experts say is leaving 800,000 elderly p...

Peterlee Murders: Police Name Shooting Victims (PICTURES)

Posted 01.03.2012 | UK

Police have named the victims of a New Year's Day gun rampage in which a man shot himself after killing three women. Durham Police said Michael Ath...

Rail Fares: Commuters Urged To Speak Their Minds

Posted 01.03.2012 | UK

Commuters returning to work after the festive break are being urged to tell the government exactly what they think of the above-inflation rail fare ri...

Fierce Storms And Heavy Rain Batter Britain

Posted 01.03.2012 | UK

Fierce storms have battered Britain today, with heavy rain and winds gusting up to 85mph. The latest round of unsettled weather added more misery t...

Labour Calls For More Support for Women Over Breast Implants

Posted 01.03.2012 | UK

Private cosmetic surgery firms have a duty to support women with faulty breast implants, Labour said today. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham ca...

Peterlee Murders: Michael Atherton Was 'A Good Man' Says Devastated Son

Posted 01.04.2012 | UK

The devastated son of triple killer Michael Atherton said he could not understand why "such a good man" would kill his partner and three relatives. ...

Mortgage Approvals Reach Highest Levels For Two Years

Posted 01.04.2012 | UK

The number of approvals for new house purchases has defied expectations by rising to its highest point in almost two years, but economists warned of d...

Stephen Lawrence Murder: Judge Condemns 'Racist Thuggish' Gary Dobson And David Norris

Posted 01.04.2012 | UK

It took less than 30 minutes for Stephen Lawrence's killers to be sentenced for their "terrible crime" at the Old Bailey today. Mr Justice Treacy t...

Stephen Lawrence Murder: Judge Urges Police To Continue Hunt For Killers' Accomplices

Posted 01.04.2012 | UK

The judge in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial has urged police not to "close the file" on the case as the dead teenager's father called on convicted ...

Stephen Lawrence Murder: Attorney General To Review 'Unduly Lenient' Sentences for Killers

Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

Britain's top law officer is reviewing whether the jail terms handed out to Stephen Lawrence's killers are "unduly lenient". A formal request to th...

Animal Exports: Joanna Lumley Sets Sights On 'Ghastly Trade'

Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

One of the nation's most popular actresses, Joanna Lumley, called on the services of another old favourite today - a London Routemaster bus - to highl...

Antonio Horta-Osorio 'Exhausted' Lloyds Bank Boss Set to Return From Sick Leave

Posted 01.06.2012 | UK

Lloyds Banking Group boss Antonio Horta-Osorio will return to work on Monday after extreme fatigue forced him to take a two-month leave of absence. ...

Sandringham Murder: More Time Needed To Identify Body

Posted 01.06.2012 | UK

Police investigating the discovery of a body on the Queen's estate have said identification could take another three days. Detective Chief Inspecto...

Bewdley Murder: Pensioner Discovered Dead At Home

Posted 01.06.2012 | UK

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of an elderly woman was discovered at a Worcestershire cottage. The woman, in her 70s, was ...

David Cameron Accused Of Compromising British Interests Over Europe

Posted 01.06.2012 | UK

David Cameron was accused by Labour of compromising British interests on Friday after he admitted he had not achieved a "safeguard" for the UK when he...

'Good Samaritan' Michael Ritson Died Trying To Stop Driver Leaving Accident Scene

Posted 01.09.2012 | UK

A Good Samaritan who tried to stop a driver fleeing the scene of an accident was killed when he was thrown on to the roof of the car as it accelerated...

Police Attack 'Fools And Horses' Culture As Counterfeit Gang Convicted

Posted 01.09.2012 | UK

A senior detective attacked Britain's "Only Fools and Horses" culture today as a gang faced gaol for a fake goods empire worth tens of millions of pou...

HS2 Approved By Transport Secretary Justine Greening, But Campaigners Likely To Appeal Decision In The Courts

Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

The government has approved the HS2 High Speed rail line project from London to Birmingham, in a project which will cost £17 billion in its first pha...

Workers Hospitalised After Scottish Chemical Spill

Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

More than 20 people have been taken to hospital following a chemical spill at a warehouse in Livingston, Scotland. The chemical involved was unders...

Three Injured In Salisbury Helicopter Accident

Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

Three people have been injured after a helicopter crashed near woodland in Wiltshire this morning. Great Western Ambulance Service said three men o...

MPs Launch Racism Inquiry Following High Profile Football Incidents

Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

Racism in sport is to be investigated by an influential parliamentary committee, it has been announced. The Culture, Media and Sport Select committ...

Patients' Lives At Risk As Junior Nurses Asked To Administer Drugs

Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

Patients are being put in danger by hospitals allowing junior nurses to take on jobs they are not trained to do, including looking after intensive car...

Little Chef To Close 67 Restaurants, Up To 600 Jobs Lost

Posted 01.11.2012 | UK

Up to 600 staff will lose their jobs at roadside restaurant Little Chef after the chain announced it was closing 67 of its 161 sites across the countr...

Pensioners Expect Retirement Income To Drop

Posted 01.11.2012 | UK

People retiring this year expect to receive some £3,000 a year less than those who retired in 2008, a study has found. The typical retirement inco...

Family Pay Tribute To Murdered Suffolk Jeweller

Posted 01.15.2012 | UK

The family of a jewellery shop owner stabbed to death in the flat above his store have paid tribute to the "gentle, old-fashioned" man. The body of...