Using the public purse to prescribe drugs to drug addicts as a means of cutting crime may cause some to scoff. But a pilot project at a London hospital appears to have shown dramatic results in its area in terms
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Voter apathy rather than bad weather is often cited as reasons for a poor turn out on election day. But how about Harrow Council’s attempts to canvass the opinions of locals as an example of people simply not giving a
Small, independent businesses are often the first to suffer in a recession. And some reports now suggest that traditional butchers are closing at a rate of 23 per month during 2009. By contrast, there has been an upsurge in classes
Almost a quarter of seven to 14-year-olds are chomping their way through junk food on their way to school. A new survey by cereal maker Kellogg’s also suggests that around £646m is being spent per year on biscuits, crisps and
The devil will find work for idle hands to do – and one alcohol charity is worried that bored teenagers will hit the bottle over the summer holidays. Drinkaware has created ‘The Ultimate Day’ – a competition which challenges teenagers
Ignorance is bliss so the saying goes but perhaps not when it comes to matters of personal health. A worrying new survey from Cancer Research UK suggests that one in seven people cannot name a single symptom of the disease.
Deployment of tasers by police increased by 25pc in the first quarter of 2009 compared with the final three months of 2008. New figures show they were actually discharged 62 times during the period – a rise of 56pc. The
New research from Save the Children and Family Action suggests that families across the UK are struggling to buy school uniforms and essential educational items for their children. Around a quarter of those surveyed, earning £30,000 or less, said they
Love them or loath them, Apple iPhones are very popular and generally everywhere you turn. The marketing and technology companies have had a field day with some 65,000 applications being created since the phone first hit shelves. Around 1,500 of
The plight of the postal service, and particularly small post offices, has been well-documented in recent years. Meanwhile, the local pub is also struggling during the recession as people stay in or flock to cheap drinks promotions in town centre
A world record attempt to photograph the highest number of bikini-clad women in one place proved a miserable failure. The bid on an Essex beach attracted just 42 women – a figure somewhat shy of the current record which stands
Nostalgia features and Memory Lane slots have been a staple of the local paper for decades. But now they can take a darker and more sinister twist. Website Ancestry.co.uk has published details of more than a million court trials from
Over half the population is unaware that dementia can kill while 70pc wrongly think it is mainly a hereditary illness. The eye-opening stats came out of research conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society which also showed that two-thirds of those surveyed
Scenes of young, sophisticated types enjoying a glass of Chablis as they put the world to rights may be becoming a thing of the past. Research suggests that the 25 to 34 age range are deserting the grape, leading to
Not enough is being done to protect the future of the humble honeybee. According to MP Edward Leigh, chair of the public accounts committee, colonies are dying at an alarming rate. Speak to your local bee farm and see how