News The MP Louise Ellman branded the use of parking fines to raise revenue unacceptable and illegal

Councils across England have been accused of implementing “an unacceptable mass ticketing culture” after the release of figures showing that car parking charges have generated £600m of surplus profit in the past year.

Market report: Retail investors light up Aga shares

What's cooking at Aga Rangemaster? Its shares were warmed up nearly 5 per cent during afternoon trade yesterday as retail investors started to snap up the stock. The cooker maker's shares had a terrible summer after it slashed its dividend to bolster its pension fund.

'Dead man' turns up at his own wake

A car washer shocked his family by turning up at his own wake.

Family in shock as 'murdered' Brazilian man turns up at his own wake

A family in the Brazilian town of Alagoinhas had the shock of their lives this week, when a relative they thought had been murdered turned up to his own wake.

Want to walk home? That’ll be £16. Council introduces 'pedestrian permit' for residents wanting to walk through car park to their homes

A council has introduced a ‘pedestrian permit’ for residents wanting to walk through a council-owned car park to get to their homes.

DNA advances see 1987 rapist jailed

A rapist who cheated justice for nearly 25 years has been jailed because of advances in DNA profiling.

The scene at The Marylebone Road Car Park

Woman fights for life after fireball in basement garage of prestigious London apartments

A woman was today fighting for her life after being engulfed by a fireball as she attempted to escape a burning car in the garage of a block of flats in London.

Parking fines just the ticket for cash-strapped councils

More than half of drivers say parking in their nearest town or city is more difficult now than in 2008

Burnt body found in Chippenham supermarket is of woman in her 40s

A badly burnt body discovered among the debris of a fire in a supermarket car park is that of a woman, police have said.

Decomposed body found in supermarket car park in Chippenham

A police investigation has been launched after human remains were found in a supermarket car park.

Missing oil executive Carole Waugh 'killed by single stab wound'

The search for the missing businesswoman Carole Waugh ended yesterday with the grim discovery of a dead woman’s body hidden inside a car at an anonymous line-up of rented garages used by builders for storage.

75 per cent of Rangers' season-ticket holders in a recent poll said that they wanted to play in the Third Division

Dundee to replace Rangers in SPL

Dundee will be invited into the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season to replace Rangers, the SPL confirmed today.

Two found dead at bottom of Beachy Head cliffs

The bodies of a man and a woman have been found at the bottom of cliffs at Beachy Head.

Leading article: A welcome move to take on whiplash claims

The most cursory glance at the statistics for whiplash injuries is enough to raise suspicions. There are now more than 1,500 insurance claims for whiplash every day. Indeed, claims have gone up by a third in recent years, even as accident rates have dropped, adding around £90 to ballooning car insurance premiums.

Government to continue annual MOT test

Annual MOT tests will continue, the Government said today as it abandoned the idea of making the vehicle check-ups less frequent.

Album: Guided by Voices, Let's Go Eat the Factory (Fire Records)

After a 15-year hiatus, the "classic" line-up of Dayton, Ohio, lo-fi veterans reformed in 2010 for a year-long tour, culminating in this new album of 21 songs with titles such as "Doughnut For a Snowman".

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