Gob-smacking story of the week goes to the American sex offender who ended up working with Vernon Coaker, now Police Minister, in 2005.
Tim Russo (above), who bears an eerie resemblance to celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (below), lived in Gedling for six weeks working with Big Vern.
The Post reported that the Labour Party paid him expenses as a volunteer.
But as he wasn't getting a wage they didn't need to get him a work permit – which would have flagged up his offence.
It was BBC East Midlands that got the scoop, showing Russo had discussed sharing porn with a boy he met online in 2001 and arranged to meet him - only to find out that it was actually an FBI agent.