News A container reportedly used to transport cobalt-60 was found in a truck in the town of Hueypoxtla

Officials have begun the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a field in central Mexico.

Letter: Green fuel

Sir: Your report on green motor fuels (13 November) needs correcting in relation to the benefits of using propane (LPG). I confess I am surprised that Friends of the Earth should damn LPG with faint praise.

Cars: Green fuel for ministers might not be green after all

The Government will try to set an example to the nation next week by converting its fleet of Jaguars, Rovers and Mondeos to run on natural gas. Ian Burrell finds one problem - there are still doubts over whether such fuel is environmentally sound.

County mail gets current transport

A state of the art electric car takes to the streets of Devon today as part of the county council's commitment to exploring the use of alternative fuels.

Letter: Fragrant fields

Fragrant fields

Harrison on target

TOM STEVENSON

Sniper attack

CARS on a holiday route near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, were shot at by snipers, hidden in woodland, who fired high-calibre .22 pellets at passing vehicles. Three youths were helping police with their inquiries.

Boy shoots teacher

A teacher was shot in the back by a pellet from an air pistol fired by a 13-year-old boy at Greenfield Comprehensive, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham.

These guns should never be played with: Replica guns, which look like the real thing and can injure, are becoming a playground craze. Christine Aziz reports

FOURTEEN-year-old Ryan had been spending a weekend with a schoolfriend, when his mother received a call from the family saying he had been shot in the eye by a 'soft air gun'. Ryan and his mates had been playing with the gun, which belonged to his friend (also 14). One of the boys had fired it, and the plastic pellet (the size of a small pea) had grazed Ryan's right retina. After five days in hospital it is still not certain whether he will regain full use of his eye.

Cuttings: Cactus complete

THE Complete Book of Cacti and Succulents by Terry Hewitt (Dorling Kindersley, pounds 15.99) says that slugs and snails 'feed on leaves and fleshy stems . . . To eradicate persistent offenders, scatter slug pellets between the plants or apply a preparation based on aluminium sulphate.' An A-Z plant catalogue forms the chief part of this beautifully produced book but there is a useful section on ways to use succulents and cacti inside and out.

Letter: William vindicated: it was an accident

Sir: The suggestion that David Townsend should eat his way through all 38 William books ('An appetite for Just William'; Diary, 23 July) gives an added resonance to the meaning of consumer.

Gun goes off during trial

A gun being examined by an Old Bailey juror considering verdicts in a robbery case went off yesterday, damaging a ceiling.

Airgun attack

A man was wounded in the face by an airgun pellet fired into his home in Yelverton, west Devon, from a passing car. The pellet passed through a window and hit him just below the right eye.
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