This England

Finding Philip Peters's car parked illegally, [Westminster Council] used a winch to hoist the vehicle up in the air, painted double yellow lines on the road, then issued him with a ticket.
After prompting yesterday, the council said it would cancel the £30 fine. - Guardian (David Browning)

A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a knife claimed yesterday that it was "a terrible accident".
Margaret Jones-Bloss told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that she had picked up one of several knives lying around 53-year-old Edward Brennan's flat because she was concerned for her safety.
She said that earlier in the evening she and Mr Brennan had a couple of minor disagreements, including one about whether or not the Irish Guards were the Queen Mother's favourite regiment. - East Anglian Daily Times (John Cook)

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This article first appeared in the 01 October 2001 issue of the New Statesman, What would you do?