It has been a good week for

Cheltenham firm Bretherton Price Elgoods’ John Beevor, who has been appointed as Honorary Consul to Estonia. The post, which was granted by the Estonian government because of the firm’s close links with the country, will mean Beevor has the authority to issue visas and other official paperwork to Estonian residents and visitors in the UK.

The criminal courts, which are locking up far more serious offenders than people realise, according to research just published by the Home Office.

Lord Woolf, who has taken a leaf out of the method acting book by agreeing to spend a night in prison with his wife for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief. “My wife, who is a magistrate, and I believe it is important that those who work in the justice system should know as much as possible about all aspects of it,” he says.