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A different kettle of fish in Salford? BBC MediaCityUK row rumbles on as scandals and complaining staff continue

A different kettle of fish in Salford? BBC MediaCityUK row rumbles on as scandals and complaining staff continue

As the BBC’s move to Salford Quays remains embroiled in controversy, MM asks whether prejudice is rife among those formerly established in London?

For many BBC staff, the migration north to MediaCityUK may have been a welcome relocation, but for others, it was a deal breaker.

According to a recent request under the Freedom of Information Act made to GMP, there have been a number of crimes against BBC staff in the last year, including a producer being chased by four youths trying to steal bikes from staff and a worker being shot with an air rifle.

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Todd Fitzgerald | Mancunian Matters | 31st May 2012

Thousands of 12-point motorists on UK roads

New research has revealed that thousands of motorists are currently driving around Britain’s roads despite having 12 points or more on their licence, even though they could be eligible for disqualification under current regulations.

According to a Freedom of Information request made by the Co-operative Motor Group to the DVLA, almost 9,000 drivers with at least 12 points on their licence continue to use UK roads. While motorists who amass 12 points or more within the space of three years are eligible for a ban, the DVLA stated that courts have the option to “use their discretion” when deciding whether or not to implement such a sanction.

“It is concerning that motorists with so many points on their licence can legally be allowed to continue to drive,” said Co-operative Group managing director Tony Guest. “We would hope that at the very least these drivers are having to undertake re-training to ensure that they do not re-offend, but understand this is rarely the case. We would push for a standard test for drivers that reach 12 points for the safety of all road users.”

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Katy Robinson | World News Report | 30th May 2012

Swansea AM demands action as cost of thefts revealed

THE cost of metal theft from publicly owned property in Swansea hit £74,579 last year.

A Freedom of Information request submitted to Swansea Council revealed the cost of stolen items such as road signs, lead, cabling and downpipes during the financial year 2011-12.

The issue was raised in the Assembly chamber by Swansea West AM Mike Hedges, who asked the First Minister what action is being taken to combat metal theft in Wales. It was his information request which revealed the figure for Swansea.

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South Wales Evening post | 31st May 2012

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