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DAY IN 2 MINUTES: levity.

MBE unfairness claim

AN MP protested yesterday about the "gross unfairness" that boxer "Prince" Naseem Hamed should be stripped of his MBE after his conviction for dangerous driving, while two members of the House of Lords, also convicted of serious offences, retain life peerages. Now Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb has called on the Government to strip them of their titles.

Burglar on the run

ONE of the country's most prolific burglars has gone on the run. Mark Wrest, 43, was serving five years for burglary at Hollesley Bay open prison near Woodbridge, Suffolk, when he went missing on Monday between noon and 5pm. Police believe Wrest has burgled tens of thousands of homes and has 62 convictions.

Army homes worry

A SENIOR figure in the Army last night admitted that some forces' accommodation was of a "poor standard" and said it must fight its corner to get service families what they deserved. The adjutant-general, Lt Gen Freddie Viggers, who is the Army's personnel chief, said: "The issue we have is that there is still too much accommodation which is of a poor standard."

Road epilepsy probe

THE Highways Agency has launched an investigation after claims that illuminated road studs used as lane markers could trigger epileptic fits. The agency said it was checking to see if the solar-powered studs on the A12 at Witham in Essex were working properly. It added that the studs might need to be placed further apart.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2007
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