Czech Compensation

A BRITISH tourist, knocked over by a falling Christmas tree while on holiday in Prague, is to receive compensation from the Czech authorities. Malcolm Tuffin, 56, suffered serious leg and spine injuries when high winds knocked the 100ft tree onto a packed Old Town Square. Now a judge has ordered the city of Prague, and the agency responsible for organising the traditional Christmas market in the square, to pay him 60,500 pounds sterling. Mr Tuffin, who was on holiday at the time of the incident in December 2003, has, since then, been confined to a wheelchair as a result of his injuries.