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30 June 2021

This England: The Crow twins

This column – which, though named after a line in Shakespeare’s Richard II, refers to the whole of Britain – has run in the NS since 1934.

By New Statesman

Two crows have been unmasked as the criminals behind a car crime spree. Human thugs had been blamed for vandalising the motors, which have had their paintwork scratched and wipers snapped off over a number of weeks. 

But then the two birds were spotted attacking the vehicles. Residents have dubbed the crows Ronnie and Reggie after gangsters the Krays.

Sunday Mirror (Amanda Welles)

King of the castle

A granddad has been fined over a tree house in his garden. Dean Geering, 50, paid £766 for breaching an enforcement notice by leaving it up. “Anyone would think I built the Taj Mahal,” he said.

Metro (Daragh Brady)

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Let’s take this outside

A town council has held a meeting in a car park after legislation that allowed it to meet virtually expired.

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The government announced in March that it could not fit in legislation to allow online meetings to continue beyond May. As a result, Middlewich Town Council met outside its usual venue, Victoria Hall, due to the building being used as a vaccination centre. Council clerk Lisa Benskin said it was “extremely frustrating”.

In a video shared on social media, cars could be heard using the car park throughout the Cheshire authority’s meeting. 

Sue Baxter, chair of the National Association of Local Councils, said: “You simply wouldn’t see MPs and peers forced to meet in a car park or a field.”

BBC North West (Christopher Rossi)