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.

BSM course could cut cost of motor insurance

Cheaper motor insurance may be on the way for newly qualified drivers who are prepared to undergo additional training, writes Fiona Bawdon.

Junior car builders

Sharon Kearney, Zoe Hughes, and Lindsay Shorten, of St Mary's School, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, showing off their school's entry in the BP build-a-car competition at the Army's Reme headquarters in Bordon, Hampshire, yesterday. The St Mary's car won a prize for comfort but was pipped for the top award by Norton Hill School, of Midsomer Norton, Avon.

Bunhill: And that's an order

ONLY three weeks after imposing a draconian hose pipe ban on its customers, Yorkshire Water has relented. After six days of torrential rain and further dire warnings of bad weather, bemused customers told to resume washing cars. Just what they wanted to hear on a Sunday morning.

Boy 'critical'

SIMON TEESE, aged eight, of Normanton, West Yorkshire, was in a critical condition after being struck on the head by a scaffolding pole which fell from the top of a multi-storey car park. A 15-year-old boy was being questioned by police.

How to get even with odd angles: In her Workshop series, Anna Pavord comes up against a couple of brick walls

We have moved into a small, modern terrace in central Ipswich. The garden faces south and the soil is sandy and fast-draining. The overwhelming problem is the side wall of the neighbouring house which looms over us. Also, our garage sits awkwardly at an angle, with a little bit of space behind it. How can it be integrated into a design? I sense that pergolas, archways, and a square trellis might help, and a small tree carefully positioned might give a bit of privacy. We are also over- endowed with drainhole covers. Please help.

Sir Donald Gosling

In a profile of Sir Donald Gosling published on 10 July, we stated that National Car Parks bought Europarks for pounds 30m. We now understand that the figure was, in fact, less than pounds 4.5m. We have also been asked to point out that Sir Donald is not the chairman of NCP, but joint chairman.

Garage bomb

A bomb containing several hundred pounds of explosives was found and defused at a garage in Creggan, Ulster, where masked terrorists, who said they were from the IRA, had earlier held 23 people captive for eight hours.

Car park fire death

The burned body of a man was discovered in a residential car park early yesterday.

Travel light in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Building Society is offering a free pounds 5 Boots voucher with every order of travel money above pounds 500. This rises to pounds 10 for orders above pounds 1,000. The society is also offering all travel money customers a 15 per cent discount on BCP car parking at 10 UK airports and the Port of Dover.

Ascot fashion fiascos are a racing certainty

Ascot racegoers in the Royal Enclosure car park watching the Queen arrive in the carriage procession from Windsor Great Park yesterday. Racing reports, page 29

Cover for diabetics

Churchill Insurance is offering no-load car insurance to diabetics, as long as they have told the DVLA of their condition, have been diagnosed for at least three years and have had no diabetes-related accident in the past three years. Call 0800 200300 for details.

Snapped up

Unmodernised houses in Kensington are proving very popular, according to Cluttons. The agent has just sold 7/7a Logan Mews, W8, next-door to Freddie Mercury's former house, for more than pounds 200,000 after 15 buyers tendered sealed bids. The property has two garages with three rooms above, but the total floor area of 1,185sq ft offers great potential.

Bryan cautioned

The Duchess of York's former friend John Bryan was formally cautioned and released from custody at Heathrow police station after being arrested for alleged evasion of car parking fees.

Test driveaway

A man who asked for a test drive in a pounds 10,000 Volkswagen Passat in Hove, East Sussex, repeatedly punched the salesman in the face and sped off in the car, after asking if they could both get out to listen to the

Violent Britain: Officers branch out to tackle the car park thieves

POLICE in Cumbria are using fir trees to beat car thieves. Officers stationed at Keswick are spending up to eight hours at a time perched in trees overlooking car parks in the Lake District.
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