Archive for January 11th, 2010

Police warn TV star over knife

Independent: Myleene Klass was said to be “aghast” and “bemused” today after being warned by police for waving a knife at youths who entered her garden.

The TV star and Marks & Spencer model was in the kitchen with her daughter upstairs when she spotted the teenagers peering into her window just after midnight on Friday. She grabbed a knife and banged the windows before they ran away.

Hertfordshire Police officers warned Miss Klass she should not have used a knife to scare off the youths because carrying an “offensive weapon” – even in her own home – was illegal.

Her spokesman Jonathan Shalit said the former Hearsay singer was “utterly terrified” and was stepping up security at the property near Potters Bar.

He told the Sunday Telegraph: “Myleene was aghast when she was told that the law did not allow her to defend herself at home.

“All she did was scream loudly and wave the knife to try and frighten them off.

“She is not looking to be a vigilante, and has the utmost respect for the law, but when the police explained to her that even if you’re at home alone and you have an intruder, you are not allowed to protect yourself, she was bemused.”

Miss Klass’ fiance Graham Quinn was away on business at the time of the scare.

It came amid calls for greater rights for people to defend themselves against intruders on their property.


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Call for all-women shortlists

Independent: Political parties could be set mandatory quotas for the number of women they put forward as parliamentary candidates.

A cross-party review today urged that the move must be considered if there is not a “significant” increase in the number of female MPs in the forthcoming general election.

Such a reform would be highly controversial – even voluntary all-women shortlists have only ever been used by the Labour Party.

But the Speaker’s Conference suggested compulsion might be necessary to increase diversity in the House of Commons.

It also called for the introduction of candidate lists that exclude white people, although they would not be mandatory and it is unclear whether any parties would adopt them.

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NHS should ‘fine drunk patients’

Independent: A right-wing think tank today called for drunk NHS patients to be fined and prescriptions for common pain killers to be scrapped.

The report by 2020Health said treatment for conditions such as acne should not be provided on the NHS, with resources being diverted to tackle “serious illness”.

Responsibility in Healthcare claims that millions are wasted each year on treating obesity, sexually transmitted diseases and alcohol abuse which are a consequence of “bad lifestyle choices”.

Chief executive of 2020Health Julia Manning said: “The universal healthcare system is at the core of our society, but too often it is treated with the same casual regard as calling for a taxi or booking a train ticket.

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Anti-war march plan abandoned

Independent: Islam4UK last night abandoned plans for an anti-war march through Wootton Bassett, the Wiltshire market town where hundreds line the streets to honour British service personnel killed abroad. The plan had provoked widespread public anger.

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Tweet democracy: Who are the best Westminster warblers?

Independent: The posters have been unveiled and the war of words has begun. But it’s Twitter that will make this election unique. Rob Sharp rates the Westminster warblers

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