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Civils in the news today - Tuesday 14 April 2009

Cyclists in London will be able to legally run red traffic lights if plans by Boris Johnson, the capital’s mayor and a keen cyclist, get the go-ahead from the government…

…Johnson has written to the Department for Transport (DfT) to moot a pilot scheme that would allow cyclists to turn left at traffic lights, even if they are on red, as long as they give way to pedestrians. Currently, cyclists can be handed an on-the-spot fine of £30 for running lights - The Guardian

Police have carried out what is thought to be the biggest pre-emptive raid on environmental campaigners in British history, arresting 114 people believed to be planning direct action at a coal-fired power station. The arrests - for conspiracy to commit criminal damage and aggravated trespass - come amid growing concern among protesters about increased police surveillance and infiltration by informers - The Guardian

The Serious Fraud Office has established a whistleblowers’ helpline for City workers in response to rising levels of fraud emerging as a result of the banking crisis. The SFO’s fraud reporting line has led to hundreds of instances of fraud in London’s financial centre being reported by phone and email as people working in the City are coming forward - The Guardian

Police have arrested 114 environmentalists suspected of preparing an attempt to shut down one of Britain’s biggest power stations. In what is thought to be one of the first cases of its type, the demonstrators were rounded up 10 miles away from the likely target - the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal fired power plant, Notts - before any protesters had reached the site - The Daily Telegraph

Householders are facing early morning spot checks on their bins - and fines if they flout rubbish rules. Residents have accused officials of being “sneaky” after they spotted inspectors for Labour-controlled Lancashire county council carrying out rubbish “audits” to identify “waste patterns” of households. People ignoring recycling rules are sent warning letters, and can be the subject of a fine. Residents said they were woken at dawn by contractors emptying bins into containers before driving off in white vans - The Daily Telegraph


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