Monday 22 January 2018

Teens warned on crash risks

Most parents underestimate the dangers their teenage children could be in when they drive, or are driven, in cars, a new survey showed.

As many as 74pc of accidental teenage deaths happen on the road but only 11pc of parents polled by the AA considered driving the biggest threat to younger adults.

Drugs (31pc) was seen as the main threat to teenagers, followed by drinking (25pc) and gun/knife crime (25pc).

The AA said that last year more 16- to 19-year-olds died as passengers rather than as drivers, which reinforced the point that parents should vet how their teens travel by car.

Sudan mission for UN chiefs

The UN Security Council is heading to Sudan to promote a free and fair referendum on independence for the south and peace in western Darfur, skipping any contact with President Omar al Bashir who is accused of war crimes and genocide.

The trip comes just three months before the crucial January 9 referendum and at a time of mounting pressure to get all rebel groups to negotiate an end to the seven-year Darfur conflict with the government.

New laydees for comic duo

They may have flown Little Britain but stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas are not ready to take off their dresses, as they unveil a pair of new laydees.

The duo today showed off new characters Keeley and Melody, a pair of check-in staff who appear in their forthcoming BBC1 comedy Come Fly With Me.

The cheesy-grinned staff work for budget airline Fly Lo in the airport-based series, which is due to be screened later this year.

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