Landlord taken to court over boiler and oven

A Hyndburn landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence after failing to check an unsafe boiler and gas. Steven Ladell, from Great Harwood, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after serious faults were uncovered at a house in King’s Lynn last year. One of his tenants had approached housing standards officials at

Man, 70, sentenced for benefit fraud

A 70-year-old man has been sentenced after wrongly claiming almost £20,000 in benefits, assisted by his wife who was herself a benefit fraud investigator. Paul Stevens told the Department for Work and Pensions that he needed help bathing, dressing, cooking and getting in and out of bed. Stevens claimed he was in constant pain, needed crutches to