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Norman Green, who received a bill for £526 for damage to a bus and a threat of court action if he refused to pay. The bus company, First Leicester, has suspended the summons until Green's finances improve. Green missed 14 weeks of work after being hit by the bus when he was crossing a road.
Sotheby's and Christie's (above). The auction houses are bracing themselves for a series of lawsuits following accusations of price-fixing of commissions. Lawyers acting in a class action in New York said that they expected litigation to extend to Europe as a result of a criminal anti-trust investigation in the US. The two houses control about 95 per cent of the £2.5bn auction business worldwide. The price-fixing investigation focuses on increases in commission that Christie's and Sotheby's announced within weeks of each other.
The prophet Eleada. The Attorney-General has taken out a High Court injunction stopping the prophet, otherwise known as Dorothy Stewart, from posing as a midwife. The prophet, a member of the Edmonton-based Church of God in Trinity Orthodox, told Camden and Islington health authority that the church was "not under the health service but under the God of heaven. You will never stop the Church having children and delivering them ourself" when it questioned her about her role in delivering babies. The Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997 forbids unqualified people to attend to a birth except in situations of urgent need.
Conspiracy theorists. It seems that out of 25,000 lay magistrates, only 1,207 are freemasons, although another 3,500 declined to reveal if they were or not. But higher up in the judicial system figures released by the Lord Chancellor show that out of 5,707 professional judges, 268 admit to rolling up their trouser legs and another 545 remain bashful.