The compensation culture was blamed this week for a council's decision to cut down dozens of roadside trees.

Havering Council in Essex is reported to be spending £150,000 on cutting down crab-apple and pear trees because of fears that people will slip on rotting fruit on the pavements.

But, according to the News of the World, it appears no one has ever made a claim for compensation for such an accident.

The council justified its decision saying it was not "just about insurance claims". More suitable species of tree are being sought.