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Snarling attack Wine merchant’s dogs savaged woman on walk and killed her pet
‘Lawrence killers had met’ Suspects claimed to be strangers but were photographed together
Talking to gorillas Angelique Todd, the ‘gorilla whisperer’ from Tunbridge Wells
The expat Calendar Girls How British women in Mallorca became pin-ups for 2012
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By James Kirkup Deputy Political Editor BRITISH embassies in the eurozone have been told to draw up plans to help British expatriates through any collapse of the single currency, amid renewed fears for Italy and Spain.
As the Italian government struggled to borrow and Spain considered seeking an international bail-out, British ministers privately warned that the break-up of the euro, once almost unthinkable, is now increasingly plausible.
Diplomats are preparing to help Britons abroad through a banking collapse and even riots arising from the crisis.
The Treasury confirmed that contingency planning for a collapse was under way, and a senior minister has now disclosed the extent of the Government’s concern, saying Britain is planning on the basis that a euro collapse is just a matter of time.
“It’s in our interests that they keep playing for time because that gives us more time to prepare,” the minister told The Telegraph.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office instructions to embassies and consulates request contingency planning for a currency collapse that could leave Britons unable to access bank accounts or even withdraw cash, and facing rioting and social unrest.
Adding to fears for the euro, reports from Madrid suggested the new Popular
Party government could seek a bail-out from either the EU rescue fund or the International Monetary Fund.
Concern is also growing for Italy, whose new government paid record interest rates on bonds issued last Friday. The yield on six-month loans was 6.5 per cent, nearly double October’s rate. The yield on outstanding two-year loans was 7.8 per cent, well above levels considered unsustainable.
The Italian government has to sell more than €30 billion (£26 billion) of bonds by the end of January to refinance its debts. Analysts say there is no guarantee investors will buy all of those bonds, which could force Italy to default.
The Italian prime minister,
Mario Monti, had said in talks with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, that an Italian collapse “would inevitably be the end of the euro”.
EU treaties contain no provision for members to leave, meaning a break-up could be chaotic. If eurozone governments default on debts, European banks that hold their bonds face collapse.
Some analysts say such an event would risk the collapse of the entire financial system, leaving banks unable to return money to retail depositors and destroying companies dependent on bank credit.
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By Victoria Ward and Louise Gray THEY are as unscrupulous as they are prolific, stripping copper from railway power lines, prising lead from church roofs, and making off with war memorials and plaques.
Now metal thieves have committed arguably their most brazen crime yet: lifting 18 garden gates from a village in a single night.
Householders, mainly pensioners, in Thatcham, Berkshire, woke last week to discover that they had become the latest victims of a scourge driven by record prices for scrap metal. They estimate that gates taken from two streets will cost up to £7,200 to replace.
One victim, Angela Bint, 53, a carer, said elderly residents of the village — a few miles from where Kate and Pippa Middleton grew up — had been left feeling more vulnerable than ever before.
“We had them [the gates] specially made, I can’t believe someone would do it. They just lifted them straight off,” she said.
“I looked around thinking someone must have come round drunk and dumped them in the garden, but then I realised there were others missing, too.
“There are a lot of pensioners on the estate who can’t afford to buy a new set of garden gates. My dad George, who lives along the road, had his stolen, too.”
It is believed that the gates were loaded into a blue Transit van in the early hours.
Pip Davidson, a local landscape gardener, said of the gates stolen from his home: “They were the
The nine properties that had gates stolen between 1am and 4am on November19
Close original wrought iron and the replacements will not be such good quality. Whoever stole them was just so brazen. It’s almost solely pensioners around here and even if anyone had heard anything, they wouldn’t have dared confront them.”
In a separate incident, a woman and her dog fell 12ft down a manhole after metal thieves removed the cover.
Chris Long, 59, said she felt lucky to be alive after she fell into the hole, which was full of water, while walking her two dogs in the dark. Her golden retriever, Sam, fell on top of her.
It is thought that metal thieves had attempted to steal the cover of the manhole in Sedgeberrow, near Evesham, Worcs, but abandoned it when they realised it was made of concrete.
The gate thefts occurred as the Government is coming under mounting pressure to legislate to make it more difficult for criminal gangs and unscrupulous scrap metal dealers to profit from the illegal trade. Millions of pounds’ worth of copper cable is being stolen from the railways every year, delaying trains and having a knock-on effect on businesses, while farms, churches and historic buildings are being targeted for their metal.
Figures from the insurer NFU Mutual suggest that 507,906 crimes took place in the countryside between January and June 2011, compared with 195,907 in the previous six months, largely due to raids on farms for gates, railings and drain covers. More than 7,000 churches have reported metal thefts in the past five years.
Thames Valley Police has advised residents to invert and cap the hinges on gates so they cannot be lifted off, and to mark garden property with special ink.
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will be offered work experience of up to eight weeks, while continuing to receive benefits. Money will also be paid to firms taking on another 20,000 apprentices.
Teenagers “failing to engage positively” with the Youth Contract could be forced to accept job placements. Those dropping out of the programme may lose their benefits.
“The aim of the Youth Contract is to get every unemployed young person working or learning again before long-term damage is done,” Mr Clegg said. “But it’s a contract, a two-way street: if you sign up for the job, there will be no signing on for the dole. You have to stick with it.
“Despite the huge pressures on the public purse we’re pulling out all the stops. But young people have to meet us halfway. If you break your side of the bargain, don’t just expect to live your life on benefits.”
The work scheme was drawn up by Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, and Chris Grayling, a minister in the department. The ministers were buoyed up by early indications that large numbers of teenagers on a work-experience programme secure longer-term employment.
The youth unemployment scheme was set to form a key part of the growth strategy to be presented by George Osborne, the Chancellor, this week. Ministers were rushing to unveil an array of programmes to boost employment, the housing market and infrastructure projects as officials prepared to downgrade forecasts for the economy. telegraph.co.uk/expat
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By Daily Telegraph Reporter POLICE interrupted a funeral to fingerprint the body after receiving a tip-off that the coffin contained a fraudster who had fled Britain 24 years ago.
Andrew Paterson went on the run in 1987 after he was charged with using his position as a solicitor in Guildford, Surrey, to defraud a client of £17,200 in an imported car scam.
He adopted a fake identity as Mark Attwood and became a wealthy property developer, setting up a series of successful holiday resorts, marrying three times and having six children.
But he longed to return home — and gave instruction for his body to be laid to rest in Begelly, west Wales, where he grew up.
After his death from a heart attack aged 58 in the beach resort of Goa in India, his wishes were carried out by his third wife, Chatchanok, who paid for his body to be flown back to Wales.
Police, who were tipped off, allowed the service to go ahead but delayed the burial for several days while the dead man’s fingerprints were taken. Their inquiries proved that the body in the coffin was Paterson.
Stewart Treharne, the funeral director, said: “It was an incredible end to a very dramatic life.”
As Attwood, Paterson cofounded the Karma Royal group, which expanded to become Asia-Pacific’s largest timeshare resort development with villas in Bali, Thailand, Indonesia and Greece. His funeral was attended by his six children and three wives.
By Tom Whitehead Home Affairs Editor AS AN example of the success of a scheme encouraging young criminals to show remorse to their victims, it leaves a lot to be desired. As an insight into the mind of a burglar, it is priceless.
Given the opportunity to write a letter of apology to the owners of a house he had broken into, this particular teenager chose to blame the crime on them.
Far from showing any remorse, the 16 year-old said it was the “dumb” family’s own fault because they lived in a high-crime area and had left a window open.
The teenager even attacked the householders for having left their curtains open and said he was “not bothered or sorry”.
The letter, which was as lacking in good spelling as it was in good manners, was so abusive that it was never sent to the intended recipients.
The police have decided to publish it, however, as a warning to householders of how burglars take advantage of failures to take simple security measures.
Officers said it showed the “cold and dispassionate way” in which a criminal targets a property.
The teenager was told to write a letter of apology as part of the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) programme which is offered as an alternative to custody for the most serious or persistent juvenile offenders. He was put on the court order for 12 months after being convicted of the burglary at a house in the Stainburns area of Leeds.
But instead of apologising for his offence, he wrote: “I don’t no why I am writing a letter to you! I have been forced to write this letter by ISSP.
“To be honest I’m not bothered or sorry about the fact that I burgled your house. Basicly it was your own fault anyways. I’m going to run you through the dumb mistakes you made.
“Firstly you didn’t draw your curtains which most people now to do before they go to sleep. Secondly your dumb you live in Stainburns a high risk burglary area and your thick enough to leave your downstairs kitchen window open.
“I wouldnt do that in a million years. But anyways I don’t feel sorry for you and Im not going to show any sympath or remores.” During the burglary, the family had a PlayStation 3, a camera, a
The 16 year-old says the family made ‘dumb mistakes’
camcorder, two television sets and two speakers stolen by the young criminal. Police arrested him soon afterwards and recovered all the items except for the PlayStation and camera.
Chief Insp Melanie Jones, of West Yorkshire police, said: “The contents of the letter are disgusting but it highlights the cold and dispassionate way burglars select a property to target.”
The force, which pointed out that one in five break-ins is the result of an insecure property, said it was worth publishing the letter to warn householders to lock doors, keep downstairs windows closed and set alarms.
Others could not contain their anger at the offender in question.
“Is he so brazen he is actually warning the community that if they don’t lock up he will break in?” said a spokesman for the Neighbourhood Watch Trust.
“He is saying what the Neighbourhood Watch have been saying for the best part of 30 years. We advise people how to keep their homes secure.
“But to come from a perpetrator who is not indicating any level of remorse and basically laying the blame on the victims is appalling.”
Javed Khan, the chief executive of Victim Support, added: “This is a disgraceful letter that shows a total lack of concern for the victim.
“It goes completely against the spirit of restorative justice, which many victims find extremely helpful in coming to terms with what they’ve been through and which can also have a positive effect in reforming offenders.
“It’s a very good thing that the professionals involved intervened to stop this letter going to the victim.”
Sharon Hamilton, a Labour councillor who represents the Moortown ward where the burglary occurred, said: “It’s not for him to be telling people in the area who have worked hard to have what they have to tell them how to look after their homes.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said last: “If the letter does not show suitable understanding or remorse… it will not be sent.”
By Mark Hughes Crime Correspondent THE Metropolitan Police Commissioner says he is “deeply disappointed” by a court ruling that swearing at the police was not a crime.
Bernard Hogan-Howe, Britain’s most senior police officer, said that officers could find ways around the ruling, which was made by a Court of Appeal judge last week.
Mr Justice Bean overturned the public order conviction of a suspect who repeatedly used the F-word while being searched for drugs.
Quashing Denzel Cassius Harvey’s conviction, Mr Justice Bean said officers were so regularly on the receiving end of the “rather commonplace” expletive that it was unlikely to cause them “harassment, alarm or distress”.
But Mr Hogan-Howe said: “I do not agree. I can only speak as a police officer with a few years’ experience. It is not acceptable to be sworn at for anybody, so why would it be any more acceptable for a police officer?”
‘What’s the ****** time?’
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley opens M&S Paris
By Henry Samuel in Paris THE queue that snaked 150 yards up the Champs-Elysées towards the Arc de Triomphe was curiously orderly by French standards.
But then, at least half of the 500-odd queuers were British, mostly women, stoically waiting to get a foot in the door of the first Marks & Spencer outlet on French soil since the group shut up shop 10 years ago.
No sooner were the doors of M&S’s three-floor Gallic flagship flung open, however, than calm gave way to an unseemly stampede for Scotch eggs as expats and French Anglophiles succumbed to their cravings for British “delicacies”.
Staff distributed free Rich Tea biscuits to keep bloodsugar levels in check, as one disconsolate woman complained that the scone shelf had been savagely plundered and was now empty. “It’s mayhem in there. People are throwing themselves at the stuff,” said Maxime Boathier, 23, a student who spent a year living in Britain. She took consolation from managing to bag spicy mango chutney, English mustard, shortbread and flapjacks. With exotic-sounding labels such as “feuilletés à la saucisse” and “oeufs écossais”, this wasn’t quite the M&S of Middle England, but then none of its other stores is situated on the world’s “most beautiful” avenue. Items were on average 10 per cent more expensive than in Britain.
Still, the relief was palpable among Britons living in Paris, who felt as if a vital link to the mother country had been severed when M&S withdrew its 18 stores from France in 2001, causing bitter ructions with unions and French politicians. “I knew it was opening, all my English friends did,” said Joanne Robinson, from Keswick, married to a Frenchman and living in Paris for 16 years. Mrs Robinson said she would “always buy [her] basic underwear” in the 15,000 sq ft store, which sells a full range of women’s clothes, but, like most of those in the queue, she was mainly interested in the food.
“I’ve missed the chicken pies, scones, Percy Pig gums, and the atmosphere really,” she said. But it is not just the British who are pleased. According to an internet poll by Le Figaro, more than 80 per cent of French people also “welcomed” the return of M&S.
Queues in the Champs-Elysees; pork pies on display; and shoppers in the new Paris store