Doctors study Santa visits

Science has debunked the parental advice that Santa Claus only visits children who have been good in the previous year.

In a not-so-serious evaluation of the traditional warning that Santa doesn’t bring presents for naughty children, researchers looked at Santa visits to paediatric wards of 186 hospitals across the UK.

They found that at a local level there was no correlation between the number of Santa visits and absenteeism from school or bad behaviour (which because children rarely admit to it was measured by  local police data for offences committed by