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Obituary: John Wright

Ernest John Wright, commercial artist and composer, born the Curragh County Kildare 24 August 1911, married 1936 Grace Wright (died 1990), died Isleworth Middlesex 5 February 1993.

Law Report: Questioning at time of arrest was interview: Regina v Cox - Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). (Lord Justice Staughton, Mr Justice Waterhouse and Mr Justice McCullough), 4 November 1992

Whether or not a series of questions put to a suspect at the time of his arrest and his answers to them constituted an interview as defined by note 11A of the 1991 revision of Code C, a code of practice issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, depended on all the circumstances of the case, as considered against the framework of events contemplated by the code, beginning with the decision to arrest and culminating in a formal interview following the suspect's notification of his right to free legal advice.

Detective fined for rubbish theft

A private detective was fined pounds 150 yesterday for stealing a newspaper executive's rubbish as part of an industrial espionage plot.

Letter: Too much want, not enough like

Sir: What has happened to 'I would like'? I ask as the four children interviewed about Christmas presents ('All they want for Christmas', 17 December) used 'want' 12 times against only one 'I would like'.

A dinosaur that does not deserve to die

THE CAR is an endangered species, but some examples are closer to extinction than others. Take the case of motoring's dinosaur, the luxury saloon. No car, critics say, needs to be that large, luxurious, or expensive. That is true, but space and comfort are there to be enjoyed. And if you let the first, fat-cat owners bear the brunt of depreciation, luxury saloons do not have to be expensive.

Doctor fined over abortions

Ramanlal Aggrawal, 47, a gynaecologist, was fined pounds 2,000 at the Old Bailey for carrying out illegal abortions in National Health Service hospitals. Mr Justice Garland told him that he had 'dishonestly abused the resources of the NHS and betrayed his profession'.

Obituary: Johanna Breitenfeld

Johanna Maria Schoenborn, charity organiser, born Korompa Hungary 14 September 1899, married 1928 Walter Breitenfeld (died 1971; one son, one daughter and one daughter deceased), died Isleworth Middlesex 9 October 1992.

Letter: Lousy advice

THE FEARS of Dr John Maunder that 'bug busting' provokes the unnecessary dosing of children with insecticides are groundless. ('Scientist warns of 'hysteria' over lice', 20 September).

Letter: The future of environmental policies as the Green Party falters

Sir: So, vale, Green Party. Sara Parkin and Jonathon Porritt have dealt the death blow to anything that remained of its public credibility and the media are writing the official obituary, but the truth is that it began to die in 1989, at the moment of its greatest - and only - triumph.

Pizza giveaway

A man who used a stolen mobile phone to make bomb hoax calls to airports was caught when he ordered a pizza and left his address, Isleworth Crown Court was told. James Cummings, 20, now homeless, was sent to a young offenders' institution for 18 months.

Letter: Cloud-free Sky

Sir: We are writing in response to your article (3 August) regarding City valuations of British Sky Broadcasting. Your article suggests the City's view about Sky is being influenced by disappointing dish sales figures.
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