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Monday, 16 March 2009


'Trainspotting ban' sparks anger

Trainspotters are outraged after it emerged a rail firm was planning to ban them from its stations under moves to crack down on fare dodgers. General secretary Gerry Doherty said: "Sir John Betjeman will be turning in his grave at this news. It means that the barbarians have finally taken over the industry. Only people with no sense of history would commit such an act of mindless vandalism.
"Young trainspotters have been with us since Victorian times. Now National Express are saying they should be banned because they are a nuisance.
"These people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. They do not respect the industry or its values. They should go back to running buses." Link

Government website to show you which criminals live in your area

Details of any convicted criminals living in your area could soon be available just by typing your postcode into a website.
The plan, to allow online access to the court results of offenders, is among a number being unveiled by the Government.
But the Government has been criticised for the plan which would see victims of minor crime and loutish behaviour urged to text the police rather than call 999.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is spending £3.5million on an advertising blitz asking the public to text a new 66101 number using their mobile phone.
Crimes to be reported to the non-emergency number could include criminal damage, graffiti, anti-social behaviour and low-level burglary and theft.
The plan is part of a new ten-point 'policing pledge' designed to improve battered public trust in the police.

'Betrayal of Britain's railway heritage': Trainspotters could be denied the chance to photograph engines like the new £3m steam locomotive Tornado, pictured here at London King's Cross station.

Continuity IRA graffiti close to the spot were a policeman was killed in Northern Ireland last night

A contractor cleans up the graffiti left by angry locals who have been priced out of the housing market by wealthy interlopers

'Go away': Priced-out locals' graffiti protest on holiday homes

Luxury homes in a seaside village have been vandalised in protest at the fact that locals cannot afford to live there.
Words such as 'no more 2nd homes', 'greed' and 'go away' were daubed on walls and driveways of new-built houses on sale for up to £485,000.
But on the eve of the estate agent's open day the vandals struck, using white paint to graffiti hostile slogans in two-foot high letters.
Contractors were called in to jet-wash the paint off before prospective buyers arrived on Saturday.

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