LUKE KIRKEBY Last updated 16:41, April 10 2018 FACEBOOK South Waikato District Council Putaruru Ward councillor Adrienne Bell. A South Waikato councillor's controversial comments on apartheid has resulted in an official investigation, sparked by a fellow councillor.Widespread outcry followed councillor Adrienne Bell's claim during a heated debate on Facebook that apartheid was only necessary once blacks looking for a "white lifestyle" had flooded South Africa.Race Relations Conciliator Susan Devoy dubbed her comments inappropriate for an elected representative and veteran anti-apartheid campaigner John Minto called for Bell to go. LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF South Waikato mayor Jenny Shattock. READ MORE:Apartheid comments could see councillor resignFollowing the backlash South Waikato Mayor Jenny Shattock called all councillors to an "urgent" non-public meeting on Monday night where "a way forward" was set to be discussed.The meeting was then cancelled … [Read more...] about New Zealand Law Society to investigate South Waikato councillor
0 Have your say Red flood warnings have been in place for some rivers in Leeds this week following wintry weather over Easter and heavy downpours of rain since. READ: Highways Agency responds to scores of complaints about 30mph limit on M621 in LeedsSome of those warnings and less serious alerts have now passed, with river levels returning to somewhere close to normal.But Environment Agency officials are still warning of the potential of some stretches of water in the city after heavy rain and thundery showers hit Leeds on Tuesday.Here is a list of the alerts in place around Leeds: Lower River NiddTidal River OuseTidal River WharfeFlood alerts are less severe than warnings. They tell people that flooding is possible, and to be aware.Luckily, there is no more rain forecast by the Met Office in Leeds today.READ: Why motorists could face big fines for parking on Yorkshire's pavements under new laws … [Read more...] about FLOODING: Is there STILL a chance of flooding in Leeds?
A PENSIONER who was set alight by her former son-in-law in a horrific cul-de-sac attack has died from her injuries. Jennifer Cronin, 72, was at home when Kieren Lynch, 50, set upon her in the garden of her posh home next to a golf course. Shocked witnesses described how Lynch waved a machete and poured petrol over himself and Mrs Cronin before lighting the fuel. The pair both suffered horrific burns and were airlifted to hospital in a critical condition - with Mrs Cronin hanging on for 17 days. Lynch was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the brutal attack on March 13 but died of his injuries soon after. Mrs Cronin lived alone at the £800,000 property in Benfleet, Essex, and the motive for the horror attack remains unclear. A spokesman for Essex Police said: "A woman has died following a disturbance in Benfleet "The 72-year-old suffered serious burns during the incident within the garden of a property in Boyce Green, Benfleet, on Tuesday, March 13. "She was taken to … [Read more...] about Woman, 72, dies after ‘machete-wielding son-in-law set her on fire then torched himself’ at her £800,000 Benfleet home
0 Have your say This week is the first week of April, and that means new laws for 2018 are coming into effect - including for motorists. Here we run down six laws including motoring, tax workplace and home regulation changes which could affect you from today. Road taxNew rules on Road Tax were introduced in April 2017 - and this April will mark the first year many motorists will be charged the new flat rates for the second year onwards.-> New diesel tax charges and motoring law changes in fullThe second year standard rates are now:£140 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles£130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles (hybrids, bioethanol and LPG)£0 a year for vehicles with zero CO2 emissionsNew rules will mostly affect drivers of new diesel cars in a clampdown on emissions.Diesel cars will be pushed up a band from April 1, if they fail to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards in real-word testing. The rise for a Ford Fiesta could be as little as … [Read more...] about Benefits, diesel tax and four other laws being changed from this week
An Outwoods resident who leaped into action to help neighbours following a 24-hour downpour claims flood damage which forced householders out of their homes for three months was "entirely preventable." Hayley Walker has told the Burton Mail that angry families could have been spared being left unable to stay in their homes if a storm drain had been properly maintained. Hayley, 36, said her husband Craig, 40, was among those trying to help friends and neighbours when properties in Kitling Greaves Lane were hit by floodwater on March 12. The homes were swamped when many rivers and brooks burst their banks after 24 hours of intense rain brought chaos to the region. The Outwoods homes are close to a brook which overflowed during the deluge. Mrs Walker, who works as an administrator for a security company, said: "I received a call from my sister-in-law who told me there was a river running down our drive. I thought she was exaggerating but it turns out she wasn’t and the road was … [Read more...] about Outwoods mum enlists help of MP to take council to task over flooding