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Blair's Britain

Issue No. 1761

TRAFFIC JAMS are at record levels despite the pledge by deputy prime minister John Prescott to cut car use. Government figures show drivers travelled an average 187.5 more miles last year than in 1999. Road traffic also increased by 1 percent last year.

OIL GIANT Shell has recorded an 18 percent jump in profits to £5.2 billion, clocking up £300 profit every second.

THE NUMBER of incidents where police used firearms rose in 21 different forces in the year from March 1999 to March 2000. The police have shot 24 people dead since 1990.

STEEL multinational Corus has appointed a new chief executive, Tony Pedder, on a £500,000 a year salary after slashing thousands of jobs. Meanwhile five former directors of the Iceland supermarket chain have grabbed £5 million between them.

THE FAMILY of James Ashley, who was shot dead by police in Hastings in 1998, have been told the government will not allow a public inquiry into the death. Home Office minister John Denham says there will be a fresh inquest instead. However, the coroner has told the family the inquest will not be reopened.

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Sat 11 Aug 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1761
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