London Lite Friday, 9 October 2009 11 Champers could hit 10 a bottle BOTTLES of champagne could drop to 10 as a result of the recession, experts said today. Even vintage bottles could be half price by December as retailers try to sell stocks. Champagne sales fell by 45 per cent in the first half of the year. Jet liquid ban to stay until 2012 THE ban on taking liquids onto planes is set to be extended for three years. The rule was to be scrapped in April but a delay in perfecting scanners to detect chemicals hidden in bottles means it will stay until at least 2012. Jokebox......... Dont you think were taking this too far?... A great deal more, for less. If you want a phone thats more than a phone, look no further. Whether its to stay in touch with mates, take some snaps, listen to tunes, or even do all three, weve got the coolest phones at the hottest prices. Sony Ericsson C902 Was 199.00 Now 129.95* 70 Save Visit Call 0800 781 7975 *When you top up 10 by credit/debit card or 20 fforor cash purchases. LG Cookie Was 89.95 Was 77.05 Now 69.95* 30 Save Met officers accused of a first-class ticket fraud TWO people were injured when a police car on a 999 call crashed into a Mercedes outside the Ritz hotel in central London. The marked police car, which was using its sirens and flashing lights, crashed at the junction of Piccadilly and Albemarle Street last night. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said two occupants of the grey Mercedes went to hospital suffering non-serious injuries. He said: A police car was in collision with another vehicle. It is believed it was responding to a 999 emergency call. The crash victims are understood to have suffered minor chest injuries in the collision. SIX Met police officers face disciplinary action after being caught travelling free to work in first-class train carriages. The policemen were identified in an operation by the Mets Directorate of Professional Standards, which regulates the force. They are being put through miscon- duct proceedings for breaking the rules of the Mets free travel scheme, which permits officers to travel in standard class only. Commander Moir Stewart, head of the directorate, said: It is not acceptable for officers to misuse the Mets travel concession. There is a small minority who abuse the concession. This will not be tolerated and opera- tions like this one will continue. Under the travel scheme, officers are allowed to use their warrant cards to travel to work for free on all trains within 70 miles of the capital. In exchange, they are supposed to police the carriages and go on duty at any time to arrest rowdy passengers. But the scheme only extends to standard- class seats. The six officers are a detective constable and a detective sergeant from the Specialist Operations unit, as well as three PCs and a sergeant from the borough of Westminster. The directorate carried out the operation on 11 September with the help of the British Transport and City of London forces. A Met officer, who asked not be named, said there had been numerous warn- ings sent out to officers. The Met faced pressure from Whitehall last year to justify the 16m cost of the scheme. Also last year, civilian staff were caught using their ID cards as warrant cards to avoid paying for travel. by kevin widdop Minor injuries: the car outside the Ritz yesterday Twohurtincrash with999copcar H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html