Dame Shirley praises pilot

Dame Shirley Bassey last night praised her "brilliant" helicopter pilot for his decision to land in a field because of bad weather.

Dame Shirley Bassey last night praised her "brilliant" helicopter pilot for his decision to land in a field because of bad weather.

The 70-year-old star was forced to touch down last night at Collingwood College in Camberley, Surrey, while being flown home after performing at Glastonbury. Her spokeswoman said: "The pilot acted brilliantly."

Bosses suffer

MORE managers are resigning amid a dip in wage rises.

The Chartered Management Institute says alarm bells should ring for employers because of recruitment problems.

A survey of 42,200 managers showed earnings increased by 5.3% in the past year, against 5.7% in 2005, the lowest rise since 1996, while resignations rose from 4.6% to 7%. A average total earnings for managers were £47,449.

White for danger

SOME DIY teeth whitening kits contain illegally high levels of a bleach used in hair dye, says the Trading Standards Institute.

Tests on 20 products showed 18 had too much hydrogen peroxide. The bleaching agent can aggravate gum disease and even cause chemical burns.

The only products which passed the tests were Boots Expert Teeth Whitening Programme and the Brilliant Tooth Whitening System, distributed by Brilliant Products.

Web fight plan

A MASS fight fixed over the web by pupils from three schools was prevented by police.

Youngsters were carrying metal bars, pieces of wood, baseball bats and bicycle chains with padlocks.

The 30 involved on Saturday were from schools in Tiverton, Cullompton and Uffculme, Devon.

Short blue line

ONE in five police is unavailable for operational duties.

A poll of senior officers in England and Wales by think tank Policy Exchange found that on average 5% of officers are sick, 5% are seconded to HQ, 5% are training and 4% of jobs vacant.

Petrol down

ASDA supermarket chain has cut its petrol price to 93.9p a litre and others are expected to follow.

Madeleine calls

THERE has been a host of reported sightings of missing Madeleine McCann in Malta.

Malta Police have had eight reports in two days on the four-year-old who disappeared in Portugal more than 50 days ago.

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