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The Environment Agency was fined £169,710 this week after pleading guilty to a breach of health and safety law. Agency operative Steven Hughes drowned in September 2001 when the dumper truck he was driving overturned into the River Witham.

Two wooden buildings in Istanbul collapsed this week killing six people. Eye witnesses said the buildings collapsed simultaneously.

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed plans to tackle congestion on the M1 and M62 in Yorkshire by introducing short-term traffic management techniques such as hard shoulder running at peak periods. Consultant FaberMaunsell is carrying out a feasibility study on behalf of the Highways Agency and will report in spring.

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