Review of 2006: October

THE Comet looked at what had happened in a year since the Pakistan earthquake which left 73,000 dead and 3.3 million homeless. The parents of Stevenage taxi driver Zia Khan were still to begin re-building their house in Muzaffarabad, a town that was deva

THE Comet looked at what had happened in a year since the Pakistan earthquake which left 73,000 dead and 3.3 million homeless.

The parents of Stevenage taxi driver Zia Khan were still to begin re-building their house in Muzaffarabad, a town that was devastated by the quake. Zia's sister died in a school but his parents and younger brothers survived. He said: "Things are getting back to normal but it's very slow."

* In the same month racist graffiti was painted in full view of a Stevenage mosque. The words that were painted on the side of the Lytton Theatre in the Sishes at Vardon Road with an arrow underneath pointing to Stevenage Central Mosque were condemned as "ignorant" and "insulting".

Muhammad Abdullah, a member and volunteer at the mosque, said: "I do think it is an insult on both of us. We are neighbours and we get on well."


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* A poll carried out by The Comet suggests few people aged 18 to 25 know the legal drink-driving limit and almost a third of people asked admitted to driving while over the limit.

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