Catching thieves half naked

Two thieves in Paris messed with the wrong delivery driver as he protected his delivery and caught them whilst being half naked.

The Polish driver was carrying a cargo of shoes to England and stopped in France for a rest. He noticed  the thieves trying to raid his parked van through his hotel window and without putting his trousers on, he dashed through the building and jumped on the roof of the looted van.

He held on for a mile until the van stopped at a red light, wearing only his pants, socks and top. As soon as the van stopped, the half dressed driver leapt down and grabbed the thief in the driver seat through the window. The other thief fled.

A police spokesman said: “He held him until police arrived and managed to recover his goods.”

The suspected thief will face magistrates this week.

We like this driver’s dedication!


75g/km CO2 or lower for Congestion Charge exemption

Up to 19,000 greener vehicles will lose their dispensation to the London Congestion Charge because of new regulations and changes. The current Greener Vehicle Discount (GVD) will be detached by a new tighter Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) with a limit of 75g/km CO2, down from 100g/km CO2.

Green cars need to be greener in order to have free congestion charge

The positive aspect of tightening the criteria would help London to achieve the air pollution target which was criticised by the EU and faced also to fines for United Kingdom.

Transport for London (TfL) assume that the ULED will help to minimise the use of diesel cars in London. Over the decades the sale of diesel cars have increased from ca 10% to 50% which is the main result of low carbon vehicle incentives and inducements.

TfL Director for Congestion Charging, Nick Fairholme said: “We are really keen to hear what Londoners and motorists have to say about the proposed changes to the Congestion Charging scheme. We do listen to the views of our customers and have made significant changes to the scheme in recent years, including the removal of the Western Extension and the introduction of Congestion Charging (CC) Auto Pay. The proposed changes will make the scheme greener and more efficient.”

A public advice into the suggestions is open now and closes on the 8th February 2013.

Royal Mail To Take More Legal Action Against Dog Owners

Royal Mail has voiced to take more legal action against owners of dangerous dogs that attack postal staff. According to the Royal Mail more than 3,000 attacks were listed on postal workers in a year.

As a consequence of that they try to take strict concepts to refuse deliveries to addresses where tackles by dogs take place.

One aspect is that an action cannot be taken if a tackle takes place on private premises which limits legal defence to postal workers.

Donald Brydon, chairman of Royal Mail said: ‘Dog attacks cause injuries and terrible trauma to our staff. Nobody should have to endure this and our staff are at an increased risk of such attacks simply because of the job they do.´

The report called on the Government to overturn the current rules so that legal action can be taken against dog owners wherever an attack happen. New legislations have been announced in Scotland and Northern Ireland and are also planned in Wales.
‘This Government has procrastinated and steadfastly refused to act on the issue of dangerous dogs while people continue to suffer serious injuries and lose their lives in dog attacks.´ said general secretary Billy Hayes from the Communication Workers Union.

5 times Olympian turned postie

Chris Maddocks is a race walker who holds the record as the only athlete to compete for Team GB at 5 Olympic Games. Now 55, Chris has found a new use of his quick steps: a career as a Royal Mail postman.

Since joining the mail company, Chris has been given a nickname ‘the fastest postman in the UK’. The Olympian turned postie, from Tiverton, Devon, says his new colleagues are surprised by his Olympic background.

Source: Daily Mail

Chris said:”There was a mix of disbelief and amazement among colleagues when they found out about my Olympic background. I didn’t really advertise it though. But I did a stint of TV work for NBC during the London Olympics and some of the people on my round recognise me from that.”

Chris’ British records include 10km in 40 minutes and 17 seconds, a speed of 9mph, three times faster than an average person (3mph). No excuse for late delivery then Chris!

Flood safety tips

In the last few days downpours have caused serious flooding across the UK, especially in South West and Wales. The Met Office warned there would be more heavy rains coming up so make sure you are prepared for the weather and stay safe.

If you are or going to be affected by floods, the following tips might be helpful to you:

Preparing for a flood

  • Build barriers such as levies, flood walls around your house to stop flood water from entering.
  • If you have basements, seal walls and holes with waterproofing material to avoid seepage.
  • Get a battery powered portable radio to listen to the latest flood updates just in case you have to turn off electricity during the flood.
  • Prepare an evacuation bag with most important items just in case you need to evacuate from your home.
  • Move important and valuable belongings to the higher floors in your house.
  • Keep updated with latest weather forecast news.

During a flood

  • Turn off all utilities in the house at the main switches if you are instructed to do so. Disconnect all electrical appliances.
  • Do not walk through flood water as six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over.
  • If you have to walk through flood water  bring a stick to find hidden dangers and walk slowly with cautions.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. Two feet of water can float your car easily. If flood water rises around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if possible.
  • Do not touch any electrical equipment unless you are dry and not standing in water.
  • Watch out for hazards such as fallen trees or power lines.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after touching flood water as it might contain contamination.

After a flood

  • Listen to the news or ask your local government to make sure the water supply is safe to drink and use.
  • Drive carefully through areas where flood water has receded as the roads might have been weakened during the flood.
  • If you have evacuated from your home, only return home if your local authority says that it is safe to do so.
  • Stay away from buildings and construction sites which are still surrounded by flood water.
  • Clean thoroughly anything which got wet during the flood as they could contain contamination.

Electric helicopters – the future of luxury personal transportation?

Green, quiet, compact, futuristic and the ultimate James Bond moment! Hirobo have showcased their one-man electric helicopter at an expo in Nagoya, Japan.


With the prototype able to travel up to 100km/h for 30 minutes, it bets the daily commute. The one-seater is currently under development for personal transportation and emergency relief. For those that can afford it and like a little adventure before work, this could be the perfect way to get around and there is no need for a helipad.

The helicopter is equipped with an electric engine that doesn’t produce any noise or pollution an upgrade from GEN H-4 the previous development, which can on noisy gasoline but was much cheaper. The new model is expected to sell for £232 000 and £77 300 for the one manned model. A two seater is also in the plan.