Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Is this the end of unwanted texts from PPI firms? Two men face £250,000 fine for sending millions of messages

  • The Information Commission is trying to bring an end to the modern plague of unwanted messages
  • ICO wants victims to contact them so they can fine those responsible for the stream of calls

  • The end of unwanted calls and texts from marketing firms could be in sight after two men responsible for millions of spam texts to mobile phone users were told they face a £250,000 fine.
    The case, the first of its kind, is part of a wider crackdown by watchdogs on marketing texts and recorded message calls sent at random and without permission.
    Tens of thousands of people have complained about being subjected to a constant stream of nuisance texts, often from claims firms promising to pursue personal injury claims or payment protection insurance refunds.

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    Monday, 17 September 2012

    Safety warning as potential injury claims top £5m

    Faced with claims that might end up exceeding £5 million from injuries inflicted by farm animals, the UK’s leading rural insurer yesterday issued a checklist for all those working with livestock.

    Richard Percy, chairman of the NFU Mutual, said that many of the attacks on humans by farm animals came unexpectedly. “In my experience, it is always the bull that has shown no aggression in the past that catches you out, everyone stays clear of the grumpy one. So, beware the quiet bull.”
    Percy also stressed that it was vital to remember that cattle, particularly bulls, were unpredictable and that the risk of an accident increased when handling livestock took place in confined spaces such as yards, cattle races and when loading cattle on to vehicles.

    Another regular cause of cattle attacking humans occurred he said with cows with newly-born calves acting aggressively even if they had never had a history of bad behaviour.

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