Phoning on thick ice

Dancing On Ice will return tonight after it was cleared in the review into TV phone-ins, ITV announced yesterday .

Dancing On Ice will return tonight after it was cleared in the review into TV phone-ins, ITV announced yesterday .

The show, featuring Torvill and Dean, was put on hold while ITV launched an independent review following the TV phone-in scandal.

ITV is satisfied the programme did not breach any broadcast codes. ITV launched a review into all programming using premium-rate phone lines after it discovered The X Factor had overcharged viewers.

Levy backed

TYCOON Sir Alan Sugar has waded into the bitter row over the "cash-for-honours" inquiry to defend old friend, Lord Levy.

Sir Alan said it appeared that Labour's chief fundraiser was being "set up as the bad guy" in the police investigation into claims that peerages and honours were traded for donations to the party.

His friend was, he said, paying the price for his "blind devotion" to Tony Blair and he urged the Prime Minister to stand by him.

BA shot down

A WOMAN airline pilot is celebrating victory after a three-year campaign to fly fewer hours and spend more time with her family.

Jessica Starmer, from Wareham in Dorset, wanted to work 50% part-time for British Airways so she could look after her two young children.

She won an employment tribunal claim of sex discrimination and was successful after an appeal by the airline against the decision.

Fit for nothing

POLICE have branded a robber "despicable" for mugging a woman who was having an epileptic fit.

The 27-year-old victim suffered a seizure and fell unconscious on the ground while walking through the Benchill area of Manchester yesterday.

The robber spotted the woman and instead of going to see if she needed help, made off with her handbag.

Inside the bag was a black canvas purse containing the victim's bank card, a black Sony Eriksson K800i mobile phone and a bus pass.

Police sold out

THE Police comeback tour has sold out in record time. Fans snapped up tickets for their Cardiff Millennium Stadium gig in barely an hour.

And tickets for London's Twickenham Stadium were gone in two-and-a-half hours.

The group are reforming more than two decades after their last album.


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