After a series of brutal murders of dissident journalists in Russia, Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, went to investigate.His disturbing report reveals how deeply the cancer of criminality has infected Putin's society One Friday two months ago, Ivan Safronov, defence correspondent of the authoritative Kommersant newspaper in Moscow, made his way home from work. After a mild winter, Moscow had turned cold in March and Safronov held a bag of groceries in one hand while keeping his coat closed against the snow with his other. Arriving at the entrance to his grim Soviet-era apartment block, Safronov punched in the security code which opened the grey metal door at the entrance to the gloomy hallway. Alexei Sidorov (left) and Anna Politkovskaya So far this is a perfectly normal Moscow scene. But then – and this is the official version of events – Ivan Safronov apparently did something extraordinary. He walked up the communal stairs, past … [Read more...] about Investigative report: The Kremlin Killings
An investigation into asbestos in schools has revealed how many schools have the deadly substance, and if it has been disturbed in a way that could affect the health of staff and pupils. Among the schools which come under the control of Devon County Council, 221 of them contain asbestos. It said that between 2011 and 2016, it had dealt with one incident of an asbestos exposure being reported to the Health and Safety Executive. It involved the cutting of a shelf which had asbestos containing material sandwiched in the middle. Within the past five years it said four employees and one former pupil had pursued a claim against them for exposure to asbestos within a school in the county. The amount of money that has been paid in settlement of these claims with and without the authority accepting responsibility during that period was £791,046. Plymouth City Council said it was unable to provide the names of the schools in its area that contain asbestos saying the information was not … [Read more...] about What Devon schools have asbestos in them?
Medway's bus lane cameras caught out drivers almost 10,000 times last year - netting the council more than a quarter of a million pounds. Figures show the area's cameras have nobbled 60,765 motorists during the past five years Read more: Locked up in February: See the terrorists, paedophiles, armed robbers and thugs off our streets With fines of £30 - rising to £60 if not paid within 14 days - this has raised £1,863,239. Next is the one in Waterfront Way, Chatham. It catches an average 9.6 drivers every day. And third is Canal Road in Strood where an average 6.4 drivers are caught each day. 'Cash bonanza' RAC spokesman Simon Williams told the BBC the situation was a "cash bonanza" for local authorities. He added: "Rather than just rubbing their hands together and taking the money councils should be asking questions as to why so many motorists are being caught driving in bus lanes." Read more: A man found injured in Chatham had fallen from a third floor window The … [Read more...] about Medway’s bus lane cameras are catching 10,000 a year – here’s how to avoid a ticket