Paper round

Edinburgh's Evening News reported that William Reynolds, a retired civil servant, left his £4m fortune to three charities under the condition that they spent the cash in Tory constituencies.

Reynolds, who made his will after the 1997 General Election, said his money should be divided equally between the RSPCA, the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the British Heart Foundation.

He also stipulated: "Each of the charities must use their share of my estate for the benefit of a Conservative-voting constituency in the south of England, or for research based in a Conservative constituency in the south of England."

Mr Reynolds died in December 2005 from cancer, but the bizarre clauses have yet to be acted upon because his wife Helen, the sole beneficiary, is still alive.

Wearside Women in Need is opening a hostel - not for the victims of domestic violence, but for the perpetrators, reports The Times.

The thinking behind the idea is that women who are abused by their partners are often forced to leave their homes to escape. By opening a hostel for the abusers, it is hoped more women will be able to stay in the family home, while their partners receive treatment. The £728,000 project in Sunderland will offer 24-hour help for up to 10 men at a time.

The National Trust has been heavily under fire for having 15 goats shot.According to the animal-loving Daily Mail, the goats' fate has outraged residents near Studland, Dorset, where the charity was running a trial to see if the animals could eat gorse that was encroaching on the heathland. The goats were able to jump over a 6ft electric fence put up to stop them roaming, and caused damage to nearby gardens and a golf course during their escapades.

"The National Trust is supposed to be a conservation group," said a local.

HE SAID IT

'The Compact? What do you mean? Can you be less cryptic?'

A Home Office spokesman, when asked to respond to the NCVO Compact league table, which ranked the department worst at sticking to the Compact agreement.

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