It's been a bad week for…

Retired cleaner Norma Lomas, one of many victims of crime for whom court orders are not worth the paper they are written on. A judge ordered the thief who stole Lomas' family heirloom gold sovereign necklace to pay her u15 compensation, but two years on Lomas has only received u6.43.

Frankenstein foods. Friends of the Earth's demands for a judicial review of the decision of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions John Prescott (pictured) and agriculture minister Nick Brown to allow scientific trials of genetically modified crops, could delay the trials for a year as the planting season will be over before the case ends.

Law firms' recruitment departments, which stand accused by trainees of being lazy and hypocritical after research conducted by recruitment consultants Bygott Biggs showed nearly half refuse to look at applications from students with less than a 2:1 university degree. The Trainee Solicitors Group points out that many partners at the firms have less prestigious degrees.