Clamp on DVLA info

Tough new measures to ensure only those properly accredited can receive details about car drivers from the official register of vehicle owners were announced by the Government yesterday.

Tough new measures to ensure only those properly accredited can receive details about car drivers from the official register of vehicle owners were announced by the Government yesterday.

The regulations are designed to stamp out such practices as wheelclampers getting car-owner information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

At present the DVLA can give out car-owner details to inquirers who claim "reasonable cause".

The AA Motoring Trust said it was disappointed that the DVLA would not have to notify vehicle keepers when a request for personal data had been made by a parking enforcement firm.

Cancer alert

Women who take a male sex hormone to boost their sex drive in middle age could be increasing their risk of breast cancer, new research suggests.

Hormone replacement therapy that combines testosterone and oestrogen can more than double a woman's chances of having the disease, according to a report in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine by scientists led by Rulla Tamimi from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Baby on board

A truck driver said he had taken the most unusual delivery of his career - when he towed an ambulance carrying a baby in an incubator to hospital.

First Bus engineer Pete Woodward, 55, from Clutton, Somerset, spotted the ambulance broken down on the M4 near Bristol and asked the crew if he could help them.

They said they desperately needed to get to the Bristol Maternity Hospital, but could not move the delicate medical equipment to another ambulance. So Mr Woodward loaded the ambulance, with baby and crew onboard, on to his 65ft truck and a police escort cleared the route as the lorry negotiated narrow roads to get to the unit, six miles away. The baby is now well.

Tree three

Police yesterday defended their decision to arrest and reprimand three children caught damaging a tree after their parents accused officers of over-reacting.

West Midlands Police said the boy aged 11 and two girls aged 12, were held following reports that they were stripping branches from a council-owned cherry tree in Halesowen, West Midlands. Their shoes were removed, their photos and DNA samples taken and they were then given a reprimand.

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