A life in local government means being ready for anything - but even the hardy souls who embrace this rollercoaster existence are sometimes flummoxed by the queries, requests and demands that come their way.

Another summer, another round of recycled stories about Bristol City Council's anti-dog fouling poster showing a child 'eating' dog mess in a playground.

Forget potholes, fly-tipping and graffiti, Brighton & Hove City Council found itself confronted with a new urban scourge this month when a member of the public reported that a "portal to other times, places and dimensions" had unexpectedly ope

Residents of Muriel Street in Barnsbury, north London, could not believe it when signs went up re-naming it Leirum Street.