Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council could face a Government-commissioned inspection following Professor Alexis Jay's highly critical report into child sexual abuse in the borough.
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Most politicians don't like being kept in the dark. But not Eric. Nothing he likes better than to have the lights turned low of an evening - on whole streets, in fact. The old romantic.
On a recent visit to Basildon, while no doubt wading through the grateful throng, the Chief lavished praise on Essex County Council for its "immensely brave" decision to pull the plug on over 70 per cent of street lights between midnight and 5am.