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More than 50 animals rescued from sanctuary

July 14, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Over 50 animals have been rescued from a sanctuary living in ”squalid” conditions including 25 caged dogs left covered in their own faeces, it emerged today. The dehydrated and filthy creatures were removed from the St Francis Animal Sanctuary in Hertfordshire during a raid by the RSPCA. As well as a number of dogs, officers…

Fisherman nearly killed by his own float in freak accident

July 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A teenage angler is lucky to be alive after he almost died in a freak accident when he was speared in the chest – by his own FISHING FLOAT. Tom Mitchenall, 17, had hooked a large carp and was playing the heavy fish when the line snapped sending the slender plastic float at him like…

Sir Ian Botham awarded honorary degree

July 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham was bowled over after being awarded an honorary university degree. Sir Ian – nicknamed Beefy – was given the doctor of laws alongside 3,000 students at Exeter University in Devon. He was given the award by Exeter because of his links to the Westcountry and the university’s strong cricket credentials….

Disabled boy is school sports star despite having no legs

July 14, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A 12-year-old athlete is walking tall after representing his school at football, rugby and cricket – despite having NO LEGS. Inspirational Callum Truscott was born with both legs missing just below the knee and learned to walk using two prosthetic limbs. But he surpassed all expectations by becoming a star sportsman at Brannel School in…

Dad kills himself and disabled son day after wife’s death

July 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A devoted dad killed himself and his severely disabled son the day after his wife died because he could not cope with caring for him alone, an inquest heard today. Tormented Sonnie Gigg, 70, drove his Peugeot 307 into a dock with his son Lincoln, 38, and the family’s two Yorkshire terriers Mitzy and Poppy…

Drug lords jailed for total of 20 years

July 14, 2010 | by | 7 Comments

Two drug lord brothers who lived a lavish lifestyle of strippers, fast cars and luxury holidays ended up penniless after police ruined their reputations in the criminal underworld. Tariq and Mazar Dad went from riches to rags after detectives used the unusual tactic of dismantling their multi-million pound heroin operation by undermining their respectability. Instead…

Rowan Atkinson angers neighbours over space age house plans

July 14, 2010 | by | 41 Comments

Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson has infuriated his neighbours over plans to build a hi-tech house – which looks like a space age PETROL STATION. Atkinson has been involved in the design of the £5 million white three-storey home for the past two years. He plans to demolish the existing 1930s Handsmooth House set in 16…

Super-slim Mike Tyson scoffs a six course Indian meal

July 14, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

Iron Mike Tyson stunned diners at a curry house after turning up looking more light-weight than heavy-weight – before scoffing six courses. The former world champion, who had ballooned in weight until turning vegan this year, was a shadow of his former self in size and washed down the meal with honey TEA. He and…

Council slammed over £6million taxi bill

July 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A council has been criticised for spending more than £6MILLION of taxpayers’ money on taxis to ferry pupils to school – in one year. Northamptonshire County Council spent a staggering £6,151,915 in the last academic year on taxis for disabled special needs children, expelled pupils and gymslip mums. The cash-strapped authority claims parents of special…

Amazing picture reveals how train driver cheated death after crashing into tree

July 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This shocking photograph shows how close a train driver came to losing his life after smashing into a fallen tree – at nearly 100mph. The image shows tree branches packed into the cab and sticking out the window after the high speed collision. A driver suffered suffered cuts, bruises and two fractures to his wrist…

Randy man banned from having sex in public

July 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A 34-year-old man has become the first in Britain to be slapped with an ASBO banning him from having sex – in PUBLIC. Randy Steven Potts has been caught numerous times committing brazen sexual acts with various women. He has been spotted having sex on the streets, on church steps, in a town centre, in…

Cheltenham Gold Cup stolen in £150,000 raid

July 14, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy (similar to the one seen here) has been stolen during a £150,000 raid on a exclusive country home, police confirmed. The prize – one of the most prestigious awards in the racing world – is made of solid gold and worth at least £10,000. The ‘Challenge Cup’ and the…

Property tycoon to sell off £2m empire – aged 96

July 14, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A widow is to sell off her £2million property portfolio – at the age of 96. Landlady Ella Lamplough spent half a century building up her collection of 17 properties throughout Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. The portfolio ranges from town houses to commercial sites and country cottages, All the properties will be auctioned at the…

Cheeky seagull steals hapless cat’s food

July 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An elderly cat has been left feline hungry and losing weight after having his food stolen three times a day – by a cheeky SEAGULL. Old ginger tom Billy has to sit and watch helplessly as the large bird gulps down his meals. Billy, aged sixteen, will only eat outside in his owner’s garden but…

Gambling addict cons £20k from blind father

July 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A gambling addict conned £20,000 from her blind father after asking him to sign a letter – which was actually a form for a bank loan. Sneaky Suzanne Cooper, 29, gave her dad Ray, 69, the piece of paper and told him it was a family letter which she wanted him to sign. But it…

Paralysed man blinks the moment life support machine is about to be switched off

July 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This extraordinary shot captures the moment a paralysed man whose life support machine is about to be switched off signals to doctors he wants to live – by blinking. The heart-wrenching plea for life from father-of-two Richard Rudd, 43, was filmed for a BBC documentary into patients with serious brain injuries. ‘Between Life and Death’…

Red Arrows banned over health and safety fears

July 13, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A town has banned the Red Arrows from putting on an annual flying display – over health and safety fears, it emerged yesterday. The world famous jet formation flying team were due to perform an aeronautical show as part of a town regatta in the seaside resort of Dartmouth, Devon. But they have been banned…