Hospital car parking fees top the list of life’s biggest injustices
to pay and display whilst visiting loved ones in hospital is life’s
biggest injustice payment according to new research released by The
Hospital parking charges head the top 20 of raw deals, with 17%
people citing fees for visiting sick friends and relatives as the
thing they hate to pay most for, making some so angry that they
deliberately risk being clamped by refusing to pay. Having to
pay to spend a penny at public toilets also makes the list of fees
which get the public’s back up, along with prescription charges,
dentist bills and surcharges when booking flights.
The survey, which asked 2,000 people to reveal their most hated
charge, reveals that taxes are the UKs most contested charges when
combined, with 39% of people believing that they are unfair.
Inheritance Tax came 2nd on the public’s unfair hit list, closely
followed by Council Tax 3rd, while tax on savings, National
Insurance and Road Tax all made the list.
Zack Hocking, Head of ISA’s at The Co-operative, said:- “The
research confirms that there are many charges the public
‘begrudgingly’ has to pay for. Unsurprisingly taxes are a bone
of contention, with even tax on savings coming above prescription
charges and dentists bills.”
Despite tuning in on a daily basis the public hate having to fork
out for their television licence, which came 5th in the raw deal top
20, with many admitting to tuning in but deliberately not paying,
despite the risks associated. Restaurants that put a service
charge on bills should take food for thought from the findings, as
17% of people dine elsewhere to avoid paying. Amongst the
remaining disservices making the top 20, are expensive train fares,
vets bills and higher charges for taxis to get home on New Year’s
Police ask for help to
find Paul Robert Barber
Officers in Telford are appealing for information about a 26 year
old man who has not been seen since leaving an address in Muxton
just over two weeks ago.
Paul Robert Barber has not been seen since he left his father’s home
on Good Friday – Friday, 10 April 2009. His father believed that he
was heading to the airport to catch a flight home to Fuerteventura
but it appears that Paul did not catch the flight and he was then
reported missing on Monday, 13 April 2009.
A West Mercia Constabulary police spokesman said:- “We are
extremely concerned about Paul's welfare and want to find him as
soon as we can. Although it is possible that he has flown out of the
country, checks that we have carried out suggest that he is likely
to still be in the United Kingdom. He may still be in the Telford
area but we also believe that he has links to Suffolk and Liverpool
and therefore he may have travelled to these areas since he was last
We have had no definite sightings of him since he went missing and
therefore it is vital we do a safe and well check with him as soon
as we can. He has now been missing for more than two weeks and
therefore we are keen to hear from anyone who may know of his
Paul is described as being white with tanned skin, around 6ft tall,
of medium build and as having a shaven or bald head.
Paul’s family and friends are very concerned about his disappearance
and would like to appeal for him to make contact with them so that
they can be reassured that he is OK. Police are currently
following up a number of leads as they attempt to get in touch with
Paul, but are appealing for anyone with information about his
whereabouts to come forward. Anyone who believes
they may have information that could help trace Paul is asked to
contact Telford Police on 0300 333 3000, or alternatively,
Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
CRIME ON MERSEYSIDE CONTINUES TO FALL
Merseyside is at its lowest level since 1985. Since 2005 Merseyside
has seen a reduction of 33% in all recorded crime this equates to
57,171 fewer victims of crime.
Crime figures for the last year (April 08 to March 2009) show that
recorded crime on Merseyside has fallen by 7.2%. This reduction in
overall crime (comparing April to March 2007/2008 to April to March
2008/09) is on top of the 18% reduction in overall crime the
previous year and the 11% drop in crime in 2006/07. This 7.2%
reduction equates to 9116 fewer victims of crime in this period.
The crime statistics for April 2008 to March 2009 when compared to
the previous year also show:
Recorded Violent Crime on Merseyside saw a decrease of 7.8% in April
2008 to March 2009 when compared to the previous year. This equates
to 1819 fewer victims of violent crime.
Unauthorised Taking of Motorvehicles and Theft from Motorvehicles
offences have both seen a decrease on Merseyside, by 17.5% and 16.6%
respectively. Vehicle crime as a whole has seen a decrease with the
number of recorded crimes falling by 16.9% comparing April 2008 to
March 2009 to the previous year.
Burglary Dwelling offences in Merseyside have fallen by 6.1% when
comparing April 2008 to March 2009 to the previous year which
equates to 507 less burglaries.
Recorded incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour have fallen by 19.5%
when comparing April 2008 to March 2009 to the previous year. This
is a reduction of 19,329 incidents.
Criminal Damage offences across Merseyside have seen a decrease of
16.3% for the period April 2008 to March 2009 when compared to the
In the 12 months to December 2008 there were 362 firearms offences
recorded on Merseyside, a 12.3% decrease on the 413 crimes recorded
in the 12 months to December 2007. Firearms are taken to be involved
in an offence if they are fired, used as a blunt instrument or as a
On Merseyside drugs offences have increased by 19.6% for the period
April 2008 to March 2009 when compared to the previous year. This
figure shows that more people are being dealt with by the police for
being in possession of illegal drugs. This increase reflects the
Force's determination in targeting people involved in drug supply
and distribution and taking drugs off the streets of Merseyside.
Robbery has increased by 0.9% this equates to an extra 15 extra
victims of crime during this period. The Force has a number of
initiatives in place aimed at reducing this type of crime. Officers
involved in these initiatives use their specialist knowledge in
dealing with robbery offences to ensure swift investigations that
result in more detections. This year we have seen a number of
operations being run that involving robbery offender management,
targeting and crime prevention activity alongside a high profile
tactical deployment of officers and PCSOs at identified locations
during key times for robbery. In 2007/08 there were 840 Robbery
related arrests. In 2008/09 there were 855 Robbery related arrests.
Assistant Chief Constable Helen King, said:- "These latest
figures provide great news for people who live and work in
Merseyside and show that the area is getting safer. Merseyside
Police aims to deliver the best police service in the country and is
one of the first forces in the UK to have introduced the national
Policing Pledge. The figures reinforce the commitment of Merseyside
Police to this pledge.
Amongst other things these figures show that our constant emphasis
on using technology and new tactics to stay ahead of the criminal
are reaping dividends, which is good news for victims. By waging a
war on all crime using the Total Policing approach 9116 fewer people
become a victim of crime over this period.
These latest figures are testimony to our focus on working together
with local communities and I would say to all the residents of
Merseyside, come to us with information and we will act on it. It's
fantastic news to see the hard work of police officers, staff and
partners paying off.
Merseyside Police is well on its way to becoming the best police
force in the country, but we must remain focused and will not be
complacent. We will use these further reductions in crime as a
foundation on which to build and will continue to crack down on
criminals and care for victims.
We, the police authority and our partners, have a continued
determination to keep reducing crime and putting the victim first."
Cllr Bill Weightman, chair of Merseyside Police Authority, said:-
"The reduction in crime across the county is testament to the
hard work of the Force and the Police Authority and demonstrates our
commitment to making Merseyside a safer place to live and work. I am
determined that we will continue our commitment to increasing police
officer numbers and to providing the best possible service to the
people of Merseyside."