It's been a good week for…

The nation's drinkers, after the Government announced that it intends to reform outdated licensing laws – some of which are nearly 40 years old – in favour of new legislation which would allow pubs and shops to sell alcohol around the clock. The Home Office's white paper on licensing laws has also recommended the abolition of Sunday restrictions and changes allowing children increased access to pubs and bars. The traditional closing time of 11pm has been said by some to encourage binge drinking in a bid to drink up before it's too late.

The dental floss industry, after Italian investigators discovered that mafia hitman Vincenzo Curcio had found a new use for minty tooth tape. It took the prisoner just a week of careful flossing to saw his way through the iron bars of his cell before making his escape. Turin's puzzled prison officers were amazed to find that the prison's architects had used a soft variety of iron to make the bars, installed in the jail during the 1970s. Curcio is not the first offender to use his dental hygiene habits to aid his criminal intentions. Last month, a man flossed his way through the bars of a Texan jail and stabbed a fellow prisoner to death.