Video shows the moment a horse tries to get into McDonald’s


A hungry horse has been caught on camera trying to get into a McDonald’s restaurant.

The horse, pulling a trap, had tried to enter the fast food outlet after its driver became fed up with long queues at the drive-thru.

The prankster, thought to belong to a group of travellers living nearby, can be heard “translating” his horse’s “order” for staff inside.

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He said: “He wants a double cheeseburger.”

He added: “Check his mouth, his card’s in there. It’s contactless.”

Bystanders can be heard laughing at the horseplay which took place outside the burger joint at the Two Rivers Shopping Centre in Staines, Middlesex, last week.

A 26-year-old local man, who recorded the footage, said: “It was funny. It’s once in a lifetime seeing a horse go into McDonald’s.”

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The man, who didn’t want to be named, added: “I’m a cabbie and was waiting for customers when I saw the pony and trap pull up.

“I saw them trying to get into the drive-thru, but it was busy so they went to the main door.”

At one point the grey looks poised to retreat, but then proceeds further into the restaurant.

Two shocked staff members then appear to usher the horse back out.

The horse then leaves a dollop of manure outside the restaurant – perhaps exasperated by the lack of service – before the travellers trot off, much to the amusement of onlookers.

The ‘bin bag vacuum challenge’ is the latest bizarre craze to sweep social media


Parents have started to vacuum pack their children as part of a bizarre craze which is sweeping the internet, as demonstrated in the above video.

The challenge involves children and teenagers climbing inside a bin bag (any type will do) before using a vacuum cleaner to suck all of the air out of the bag.

What follows is the person in the bag becoming stuck in place as the bag wraps around them – essentially vacuum packing their body inside it.

One person who did the challenge said they ended up on the floor of their kitchen for two hours, unable to move, before their parents came in to rescue them.

Long line of internet challenges

The ‘bin bag vacuum challenge’, or for our American friends, the ‘trash bag vacuum challenge’, is the latest in a long list of internet challenges.

Ranging from the hilarious to the dangerous, they have been a staple of our internet diet for a decade.

Here are three you might remember from the last few years:

The Cinnamon Challenge

The premise is simple, take a tablespoon and fill it to the brim with ground cinnamon.

Delicious in cookies and cakes, less so in large amounts. Videos spread across the web like wildfire of people coughing and spluttering from behind a cloud of cinnamon dust.

Unlike later challenges such as the Tide Pod challenge, which involved people eating washing detergent pods, this challenge didn’t pose any health risks and was simply watching people make a fool of themselves.

The Ice Bucket Challenge

One of the most heartwarming challenge, the ice bucket challenge began as a fundraising and awareness promoting tool for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which is also known as motor neuron disease.

Going viral in 2014, the challenge involved people having large buckets of ice cold water poured on their head before nominating others to do the same, with the forfeit a charitable donation.

Money from donations reportedly brought in almost $140m for ALS and motor neurone disease charities in the US.

The Ice and Salt Challenge

One of the more stupid challenges was the ice and salt challenge.

This involved people pouring salt on their arm before placing ice on top. The mixture would lead to a freezing chemical reaction which could bring the temperature of the liquid as low as -18 degrees Celsius.

Many partakers in the challenge were left with second or third degree burns similar to frostbite, all for a few hundred views.

Watch the bizarre moment a man tries to break a beer bottle over his head for a bet – and fails


The above video shows the moment a daredevil man tried to break a beer bottle on his forehead – and spectacularly fails.

Michael Sawyer, 55, was dared to smash the Budweiser bottle over his head for £20 by pal Gordon Taylor, 59.

The video, filmed by Gordon (a minibus driver) shows the West Yorkshire cab driver brace himself for the moment the lager bottle shatters on his forehead. After a few deep breaths, Michael bashes the glass bottle against his head.

It fails to break, and Michael rubs his head and goes bright red in the face after a loud thud and a roar of laughter from 40 onlookers are heard.

‘A bit of a daredevil’

Best mate of 20 years, Gordon, said he and four other friends met up for their usual sesh on Wednesday evening.

He randomly dared Michael after the cabbie finished his bottle of Bud, and apparently said, “I bet you can’t break this over your head for 20 quid”.

Michael, according to Gordon, said, “It’s easy” – before failing.

Gordon said that Michael is a bit of a daredevil, and once ate a whole jar of pickled eggs – 20 in total – in similar dare for £20 back in 2012.

Raising money for charity

Michael plans to raise money for Air Ambulances UK next week by drinking nine pints of lager and eating nine pork pies – rounded off by a pint of lemonade – in an hour. He’s apparently not allowed to throw up, either.

Gordon said he thinks it’s “ironic” that Michael’s raising money for the emergency service, because “he’ll need an ambulance by the end of that”.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Yorkshire Evening Post

Watch the moment a protester throws a milkshake over a furious Nigel Farage


Nigel Farage had milkshake thrown at him by a protester during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle today.

The Brexit Party leader has become the latest victim of the form of protest that has hit a number of right-wing candidates in the run up to European elections this week.

Ukip’s Carl Benjamin and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson have both been targeted in similar attacks.

Mr Farage was led away by security as a person was dragged away by a Police Community Support Officer and was later seen in handcuffs.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (R) has what is thought to have been a milkshake thrown over him as he visits Northumberland Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. His visit to Newcastle comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23. The Brexit Party, a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019, is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Nigel Farage escorted away by security after the attack. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

The politician had just given a short speech at the city’s Monument as part of a tour of the country ahead of polling day on Thursday.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault, Northumbria Police said.

Last week, police allegedly ordered a McDonald’s outlet near a Brexit Party campaign rally in Edinburgh to stop selling milkshakes and ice cream, the restaurant’s staff have said.

‘My only chance’

Paul Crowther, 32, from Throckley, Newcastle, said it was a £5.25 Five Guys banana and salted caramel milkshake.

He said: “I didn’t know he was in town, I thought this is my only chance.”

Mr Crowther said he saw there was a Brexit Party event in the city centre, thought it was an MEP and then saw Mr Farage.

He explained: “It’s a right of protest against people like him.

“The bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front.”

Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 20, 2019. The Brexit Party leader became the latest victim of a protest which has seen other European election candidates such as Ukip's Carl Benjamin and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson suffer similar attacks. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Farage. Photo credit should read: Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire
Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle.e. Photo: Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire

Mr Farage tweeted: “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible.

“For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”

Watch the dramatic moment a car crashes into a river following a high-speed police chase


The above short video shows the moment a car crashes into a stream following a high-speed police chase through a public park.

Officers in an unmarked blue BMW pursued a suspected stolen white Audi for 10 minutes at around 11am on Saturday (4 May) morning.

A dramatic chase

The five second clip captures the end of the chase, with both cars crashing into a small river in Chinn Brook Park in Yardley Wood, West Midlands.

The blue BMW was left teetering on the edge of the embankment whilst the white Audi dramatically ended up in the ditch with its front doors open and windscreen wipers on.

Three men can been seen running from the white Audi once it comes to an abrupt stop.

After a foot chase, they were soon caught by police, who confirmed three people had been arrested.

In video footage, three men can been seen running from the white Audi once it comes to an abrupt stop (Photo: SWNS)
In video footage, three men can been seen running from the white Audi once it comes to an abrupt stop (Photo: SWNS)

An 18 year old man and two boys aged 17 year old and 16 year old were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

Police humour

West Midlands Police Traffic tweeted close up and aerial images of the crash. They wrote, “We have three people in custody following a pursuit around Solihull and Yardley Wood vehicle reported stolen in a burglary a few hours earlier, great team work with National Police Air Serivce Birmingham and ResponseWMP.

“All three makes well known and wanted for similar crimes across West Midlands Police area.

“And yes, the blue car is my police vehicle.

“No damage caused and it’s already on route to its next job. #MeantToParkItThere #LikeAGlove”

No-one was injured following the pursuit and both vehicle have since been recovered.

A drone operator captured amazing footage of a ‘big cat’ prowling in a British field


A drone operator has captured the above video of an alleged ‘big cat’ prowling the British countryside.

Ashley May, 30, bagged the footage as he used his micro-drone on the playing fields of a college in Launceston, Cornwall.

While the animal appears in form to resemble a domestic cat, May said it was much bigger than any he had ever seen.

May has shared his footage online in the hope that others may recognise the animal.

‘About three feet long’

“I don’t know what it was but it had a long tail and it was the size that stood out. It didn’t look small. I was with someone else at the time who got quite close to it,” May said.

“It just literally came out of the hedge and I caught sight of it from the corner of my eye. I then sent the drone straight over there.

“I go to the fields most days but I’ve never seen it there before.

“There have been carcasses of rabbits around and, at this time of year, I don’t think those would have been caused by a fox.”

Stuart Wilton, 36, also of Launceston, said he managed to walk up behind the creature.

“I said to Ashley, ‘That cat is massive’. I wandered into the field until I was just five feet away from it. It was about three feet long. It wasn’t a panther or anything like that.”

Wilton said that it resembled in size pictures of a large cat caught on camera in west Cornwall.

A private enforcement officer ‘threatened children with an £80 fine’ – complaining they were protesting too loudly


by Joel Lamy

Video footage has emerged showing a private enforcement officer who allegedly threatened children with an £80 fine after complaining they were protesting “too loudly”.

Pupils as young as Year 8 were allegedly told by an enforcement officer from Kingdom Services Group last Friday that their protest about climate change was “anti-social behaviour” and that they could be given tickets if they did not stop.

A spokesperson from the company told the Peterborough Telegraph “there couldn’t have been an intention” to issue the fine as the officer’s body-worn camera had not been switched on.

But footage sent into the Peterborough Telegraph shows a Kingdom officer describing the protest as “anti-social behaviour” as it was “too loud”.

‘Who tells anyone how loud loud is?’

The video sees the officer tell Fiona Radic, who is defending the protesters, “Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 they need to stop shouting as loud as they are because it is classed as anti-social behaviour.”

A lawyer then gets involved. He says, “That’s hilarious. Who tells anyone how loud loud is?”

The enforcement officer replies, “If it’s disturbing the public.”

The officer is then asked if there have been any complaints, to which he replied “no,” before adding, “I’m an enforcement and prevention officer. I’m preventing.”

The youngsters told the Peterborough Telegraph that the threat of the fine was removed once they made it clear their protest had been sanctioned.

 

Kingdom is contracted by Peterborough City Council to patrol areas covered by Public Space Protection Orders, including one in the city centre.

This authorises them to issue fines for littering, spitting, defecating and begging, as well as cycling on Bridge Street. Its staff are allowed to hand out fines of £80, with the firm keeping £45 of the proceeds.

Several councils have broken or not renewed their contracts with Kingdom, but the firm had its contract extended with Peterborough City Council a few months ago after an initial 18 month period.

A spokesperson for the city council said, “We believe that on this occasion a misunderstanding between a group of young people and Kingdom enforcement officers occurred during a protest event.

“The protest was quite loud and mistakenly perceived to be anti-social behaviour in breach of the Public Space Protection Order. Officers initially asked the group to stop before they realised what was happening.

“We have since spoken to Kingdom about their handling of this incident and have reminded enforcement officers of their powers and responsibilities.”

Young people were protesting about climate change across the country on Friday, including in Cathedral Square where school and university students from Peterborough were calling for immediate environmental action both nationally and locally.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, The Peterborough Telegraph

This football mad dog won’t let the postman deliver letters – unless they have a kickabout first


Meet ‘Ronaldog’ – the football-mad dog with serious skills that won’t let the postman deliver to its home until they have a kick about.

Postie Davie Barbour, 50, takes mail to the dog’s owners every day – but “isn’t allowed” to return to work until they’ve had a mini footie match.

The above clip shows the dog use both paws to control and pass the football to Davie, a postie of 16 years.

The mini footie match is part of the duo’s daily routine – and the dog apparently waits at the garden gate with a ball by its side for Davie to drop by.

A daily ritual

If Davie tries to dash off without playing ball, the persistent dog will block his only way out of the garden in Rosyth, in Fife, Scotland.

Davie is forced to take a few minutes out of his working day to play with the dog before being allowed to continue his round.

Since the video was posted online, the talented pup has become a viral sensation thanks to his impressive paw-work.

Davie’s daughter, Amy Barbour, 23, who posted the footage on Twitter, said her dad has been playing ball with the “hilarious” dog for months now.

She said, “If dad doesn’t have mail for the owner he still has to go in and see the dog.

“He is unreal. From the first touch to the pin point passes, they are outstanding. He goes on to use his chest to block the passes it is incredible.”

‘The most talented dog in Scotland’

Amy added the dog is now a local celebrity, and could possibly be the “most talented dog” in all of Scotland.

She said, “It is one of the funniest videos I’ve ever seen, when my dad told us about him we never believed him.

“It does seem too good to be true but then he managed to use his phone camera and captured this classic video.

“ As soon we watched it all we knew it had to be uploaded to Twitter, everyone loves dogs doing mad things but this is something totally different and hilarious.

“He’s the most talented dog I’ve ever come across.”

The clip was filmed on Friday (12 April), and it has since been retweeted 6,500 times and has been liked more than 26,000 times.

Shocking video shows man stumble and fall under a tram


This is the shocking moment a man stumbles and falls onto the tracks as a tram departs.

In the footage the man can be seen staggering towards the tram doors in Sheffield city centre before pushing the button to try and open the door.

However, despite his efforts, the tram sets off leaving the man to stumble alongside the carriage.

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Man falls into tram in Sheffield – Credit: @crag06

As the tram carries on the man then loses his footing and falls into the tram tracks and underneath the moving tram.

Trams were held between Castle and Square and Cathedral as emergency services attended the incident to help the man.

The man was helped from the scene with trams delayed for 15 minutes as a result of the incident.

Originally published on our sister title, The Star

Watch ‘irresponsible’ teen hang on to back of moving double decker bus


This is the shocking moment a teen was caught hitching a ride down a busy high street — by hanging on to the back of a bus.

The clip was captured by commuter, Patrick O’Hanlon, who was a passenger in the car behind the bus in Dublin.

His video shows the boy, who he said looked “no older than 16”, clinging on to the bus as it moved through traffic at around 10pm.

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Mr O’Hanlon, 21, said the youth held on for “at least half a mile” before jumping off when the bus came to a stop.

He said: “My first thought was what if he fell off? I told my girlfriend not to drive too closely because we could have run over him.

‘Unbelievable’

“He was right next to the engine. He could have got burned or could have fallen.

“He was on the back for about half a mile and at least a minute.”

Mr O’Hanlon says he decided to take out his phone and start recording out of disbelief at what he was seeing, in O’Connell Street, on Monday.

He said: “I just thought it was unbelievable. It was so irresponsible and could have ended so badly.

“Everyone was looking at him thinking ‘what the hell is he doing’?”

Dashcam video shows driver going the wrong way along motorway – before reversing up fast lane


This shocking footage shows a driver risking lives by going the wrong way on a motorway – before trying to correct his error by reversing up the fast lane.

The elderly motorist turned right and crossed three lanes of the busy M1 before driving towards oncoming traffic.

When the male driver realised his mistake he tried to reverse back along the fast lane before pulling forward again.

The driver eventually manages to reverse back up the road before driving the wrong way down the sliproad.

The video shows the hapless motorist join the southbound carriageway of the M1 at Milton Keynes at 1pm last Monday (1 April).

Lorry driver Mark Thomas, 54, captured the terrifying moment on his dashcam as he drove from Tilbury Docks in Essex.

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Mr Thomas said: “I was really shaken up by it, he could have killed someone, I couldn’t believe it.

“I was driving in the middle lane and noticed in the distance was not quite right.

“I was doing around 60mph when I saw the car coming up on the fast lane, and slowed down to 40mph in an instant.

“I just slowed right down and put on the hazard warning lights.

“I could see a young bloke in the white van next to me brake hard and he was really straining on the seatbelt.

“The man in the silver car looked like he was 65 to 70 and was very confused.

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“He might not have understood the signs. I wondered if he might be a foreigner.

“When he was reversing on the fast lane I was shouting out the window at him to turn around, in fact I went hoarse from shouting.

“He tried reversing back down the carriageway a couple of times until he weaved his way back down the fast lane and goes the wrong way down the slip road.

“It was lucky it was a clear day because if it had been foggy that would have been it. The road was busy with cars and lorries like mine and he could have caused carnage.

“I have been a trucker for 32 years and this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.

“I sent the dashcam to the police and they say someone has already reported it, I don’t know what’s happened to the driver.”

Dashcam video shows teenagers forcing driver to mount pavement to evade their road rage


Police are hunting two men in an Audi who forced a driver to mount a pavement to evade their fit of road rage – which included throwing a cupcake.

Shocking dashcam footage shows the youths in an A1 braking violently across the dual carriageway and then throwing a water bottle at a Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup, who was with his girlfriend at the time, claims the attackers threw a pink cupcake at his driver’s side window during the ordeal.

The driver, who did not want to be named, said: “People have asked me what flavour it was but I have no idea.”

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According to the victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, the pair were about 18 or 19 and driving in excess of 50mph before undertaking him and braking suddenly.

They had stolen the Audi and put false number plates on, and were trying to pressure the man in the pickup into fighting them.

He said: ”They were driving recklessly, I was just trying to pay attention to the road and not put myself or anyone else in danger.

“I was worried about my girlfriend at the time, she was scared. I was scared a little too.”

Instead of getting out the car, he drove around the Audi to safety.

The A1 rammed the pickup three times and forced the driver to escape on a pathway.

The victim was told by insurers that his car was a “write off” due to the damage caused.

Essex Police said: “The vehicle involved in the incident has been recovered and we have contacted its owner following reports it was stolen.”

Police are looking for anyone who recognises the teenagers in the video of the incident, which happened in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on 13th January.

Police hunt dog walker after their van is caught on camera running over pet dog


Police are hunting a professional dog walker who was caught on a dashcam running over and killing a beloved pet dog in their van during a shocking hit and run.

Graphic footage captured the horrific moment eight-year-old Roxi was mowed down by the vehicle and left for dead in the street.

Owner Sian Giles, 25, said her three-year-old son had been left traumatised after witnessing the entire ordeal unfold at around 1pm on Tuesday.

The vehicle was owned by Dog Days Walking & Training, which states on its website “our philosophy is to treat your dogs as if they are our own”.

But harrowing dashcam footage from Ms Giles’s car showed the driver failing to stop after crushing the animal under its front wheels on a quiet residential street.

Ms Giles says she was forced to scoop up the remains of Roxi, a Jug, a cross between a Jack Russell and a Pug, from the road after she was “literally cut in half”.

She has now reported the matter to West Midlands Police following the tragedy, which took place on Brookside Avenue, in Coventry.

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Ms Giles, a full time carer and mother of two, said: “It was like the scene of a horror movie.

“We haven’t slept for days, we are all just constantly reliving it.

“My youngest little boy, whose only three, was with me in the car at the time, so I had to run over there straight away and put a blanket over her just so he wouldn’t see.

“But he could not but help see what happened. I was so upset, my boy just keeps asking about Roxi.

“He says ‘is Roxi getting better?’ and ‘is Roxi coming back from the vets?’ – but we’d only taken her to the vets to get her cremated.

“It would have been better if it had been a different company it would not hurt as much.

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“But it was a dog walking van and they say all these things about how they care for dogs on their website.

“My daughter is only six and she is literally heart broken. The minute we brought our daughter from hospital when she was born Roxi would never leave the side of the crib.

“Roxi would never let anyone come near her, she was like a guard dog and they’ve both grown up to be the best of friends, they would just play with each other for hours.

“She was literally a big member of the family.”

The incident occurred after Roxi darted from a front door which was left accidentally left open by Ms Giles’s father-in-law.

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Ms Giles, of Coventry, added: “It all just happened so quick.

“I had been picking up Roxi from my father-in-law’s house when she ran out of the front door when he went to get his hat and coat.

“I beeped my horn and you can hear from the footage there’s a loud bang when he hit her, but he didn’t stop.

“He must have hit her with some force because the impact ripped his front licence plate off.

“She is one of the best dogs we ever had and we’ve had a few, she was such as charmer when you spoke to her it was it was like speaking to your children.

“My father-in-law has cancer and Roxi was everything to him and she used to keep him company.

“I have been to the police and sent them the dashcam footage and licence plate.

“The police advised me to contact the company to let them know what had happened. But they have not offered me an apology, it was just a case of point blank denial.”

Jackie Gamble, owner of the Coventry based company, said: “We have been in touch with the police and they have told us not to comment at this time.”

Watch Joaquin Phoenix as the classic villain in chilling first trailer for Joker


Joker is one of the year’s most anticipated movie releases, and a new trailer offers a tantalising glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the DC Comics villain.

The trailer for the Todd Phillips film was shown to industry bods at the CinemaCon event in Las Vegas last night, and is now available to watch for the rest of us (above).

In it, Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck is shown staggering through the streets of Gotham. “My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face — she told me I had a purpose to bring laughter and joy to the world,” he says over a montage, dressed as an entertaining clown.

But then he’s beaten by thugs, which sparks his descent into the world of crime. “Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?” he asks.

Joaquin Phoenix behind the clown make-up in Joker
Joaquin Phoenix behind the clown make-up in Joker (Photo: Warner Bros)

While the trailer features a montage of several scenes, there’s no real sense of the overarching story. Which, given the tendency of trailers to spoil movies, is probably not a bad thing.

“I used to think my life is a tragedy, but it’s a comedy,” Phoenix’s character concludes.

The trailer and poster has already led to many comparing it to Martin Scorsese’s 1982 film The King of Comedy, which is apt considering Robert De Niro is also in the Joker cast.

Joker may not be what you expect

Talking at CinemaCon, Phillips was keen to stress that many fans may have got the wrong impression of Joker after the first teaser aired last year, and that the origin story was still taking shape.

The Hangover director revealed that when Warner Bros asked him to to give the film a genre, he thought about it and and replied, “It’s a tragedy.”

In case you missed it, here’s the poster for the movie:

‘Dark and disturbing’

The initial reaction to the trailer at CinemaCon was largely positive, noting the dark tone instilled by Phoenix.

“If you’re missing the ‘dark’ DC, then here’s your medicine,” was the verdict of movie website JoBlo.com, while Beatrice Verhoeven of The Wrap said: “Joaquin’s laugh will haunt me in my sleep. I can’t wait.”

Erik Davis of Fandango wrote that it looks “super dark and disturbing.”

Who else is in the cast?

Joker also stars Hollywood legend De Niro, along with Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Shea Whigham, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais.

Details of their characters are still under wraps.

When is Joker out in cinemas?

The film is expected to be released in the US on 4 October 2019, with more details on a UK release date to follow.

Originally published on our sister title, iNews

This mysterious black ring hovering 100 feet in the sky baffled onlookers


Tourists at Legoland were left baffled by a hovering black ring they spotted 100 feet up in the sky.

Phil Stewart, 54, took a video of the dark moving circle shape which he said appeared in the air for less than a minute before disappearing.

The commercial director from Perth said he thought it was bees – while others have speculated it could be smoke from a circular chimney.

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Is it birds? Is it bees? Is it midges?

But experts at charity BugLife believe it’s a swarm of chironomidae – a non-biting midge – which was reacting to the noise from the tourist attraction in Windsor, Berkshire.

A spokesperson for BugLife said: “The best guess from our experts is non-biting midge swarms.

“Chironomidae can occur in huge numbers and react to sounds – you can alter the height of a Chironomid swarm by humming loudly near it.

“Perhaps there’s some high frequency sound nearby.”

Mr Stewart said he was queuing for a ride with his wife and two kids when he saw people pointing up at the shape on Saturday.

By the time he pulled out his phone to film the spectacle, it had started to disappear.

‘Spinning’

He said: “It was spinning around on the spot — moving around and around. It wasn’t very high up either – about 100 feet up in the air, and easily 100 feet wide.

“I like to go kayaking and going on nature trips by my home up in Scotland, you see, and I can definitely say it wasn’t birds – you’d have been able to see them.

“Plus they wouldn’t have just dissipated like that.

“I spoke to friends about it after, and they said it was bees — but given how big and high up it was, it would’ve had to have been millions of them.

“It was definitely a swarm of something.”

A spokesperson from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said there were no reported fires in the area.

The Met Office said the black vortex didn’t look weather-related either.

A spokesperson from the British Beekeepers Association said it could be a drone congregation area – a mating ritual unique to honey bees.

Watch the moment a driver stops in moving motorway traffic to let child go to the toilet


by Nick Spoors

A motorist has spoken of his amazement after witnessing a car stop on the M1 so a child could go to the toilet.

The incredibly dangerous manoeuvre was performed by the driver of a BMW saloon in lane one of the southbound carriageway near junction 16.

Dashcam video footage shot from the car of the astonished motorist shows vehicles having to take evasive action to avoid ploughing into the boy and the BMW, which had a male driver and a female passenger.

‘Beyond complete belief’

Unable to overtake due to constant traffic to his right, the car with the camera has to come to a complete halt behind the BMW – placing its driver in a vulnerable position.

The driver, who sent his footage to the Northampton Chronicle, said, “I’ve had to stop in a live lane of the motorway behind this mindless idiot.

“What I saw was beyond complete belief and could have easily resulted in a serious injury or even death. I was afraid the cars behind me wouldn’t be able to stop in time.”

The BMW then leaves the scene, driving past a turn-off for motorway services just 50 seconds later.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, The Northampton Chronicle

Watch the dramatic moment an arsonist accidentally sets himself on fire


An arsonist accidentally burst into flames after setting a former farm on fire and being engulfed by a fireball.

Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which took place at Norman’s Riding Poultry Farm in Gateshead.

The former farm, on Garesfield Road, Winlaton, is now used as a workshop and suffered significant damage following the arson attack which took place between 10.30pm and 11pm on Friday, 1 March.

Fireball engulfs arsonist

Officers have released the CCTV of the attack which shows an unknown man walk towards the farm holding a bottle of unknown liquid.

He then pours the liquid close to one of the walls of the main building and tries to set it alight, causing a small fireball which engulfs the attacker and spews fire across the courtyard.

The man is then seen to run away from the site with part of him on fire as the building begins to burn.

Fortunately, no-one was injured in the attack.

Police looking for witnesses

Northumbria Police believe it is likely the man suffered burns following the incident and are asking people in the local area who may know who the attacker is to get in touch.

Investigating officer PC Zoe Walton said: “You can see from the footage that this is clearly a malicious arson and it has caused significant damage to the door of the workshop.

“The CCTV shows the man accidentally setting fire to himself and, although he is able to extinguish the flames, it is likely he would have suffered burn injuries.

“This incident could have been so much worse and we need to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”

Officers are asking anyone who recognises the man or has any information which could help the police investigation to contact officers on 101, quoting log 310 02/03/19.

If you have any information you can report it online, or email PC Walton on 3054@northumbria.pnn.police.uk, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, The Shields Gazette

Watch the horrifying moment a teenager is struck by a car in high-speed chase


The above video shows the horrifying moment a teenage boy somersaulted four times in the air after being struck by a driver speeding at nearly 60mph in a residential street.

Seconds later, CCTV cameras also caught police officers frantically performing CPR on Ibrahim Ahmed, 14, has he lay stricken in the road.

Miraculously, the youngster survived but was left with life-changing injuries.

Driving at 60mph in a 20mph zone

The shocking video was released by police after the Mohammed Casim Hussain, 20, has been jailed for 16 months for being behind the wheel of the car.

Hussain was evading police at the time of the incident and travelling at speeds of nearly 60mph – well in excess of the 20mph limit in the middle of the carriageway.

An armed police unit had become suspicious of the silver Volkswagen Golf and tried to stop it.

Officers ended their pursuit of the vehicle in Luton, Bedfordshire, and immediately called an ambulance and began giving first aid to the teenager at around 4pm on 14 March last year.

Ibrahim Ahmed, 14, who was hit by the car at 60mph (Photo: SWNS)
Ibrahim Ahmed, 14, who was hit by the car at 60mph (Photo: SWNS)

The young teenager was taken to hospital with extremely serious injuries including multiple broken bones, organ damage and internal bleeding.

‘Left for dead’

Hussain, from Southampton, who abandoned his vehicle moments after the collision, was captured on CCTV discarding his jumper in a nearby school.

The driver then convinced a family member to contact police and report his vehicle as stolen.

At Luton Crown Court on Tuesday (26 March), Hussain was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Sergeant James Thorne, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said, “Instead of pulling over in a safe and responsible way, Hussain decided to flee and drove in a dangerous manner that placed numerous people at risk of serious harm.

“His actions ultimately led to a 14 year old boy being struck at high speed and left for dead.

“The pursuing officers did the right thing and stopped – without doubt, their medical intervention saved the life of this young boy.

“While Hussain continued to try and avoid capture, a thorough and professional investigation led to his arrest, conviction and sentencing we have seen today.

“Throughout all of this, I would like to reiterate my praise and admiration for the bravery of the victim.

“His life changed that day, and he continues to have a positive outlook on life and strives for a full recovery.”

Watch the moment passengers laugh in disbelief when told they’ve landed at wrong airport


This is the hilarious moment a baffled airline worker realised a flight destined for Dusseldorf in Germany had landed in Edinburgh by mistake.

Passengers apparently only realised the error when the plane landed and the “welcome to Edinburgh” announcement was made.

The video shows the worker asking the packed plane: “No one to Edinburgh? No one to Edinburgh?”

The passengers shout back “no” and he answers: “Ok. Please don’t make photos or videos.”

‘Holey Smoley’

Passengers can be heard asking each other “how can you now know that?” and another said: “The embarrassment of taking us to the wrong place”.

He tells the cabin “holey smoley” and the passengers can be heard laughing in disbelief.

The incident happened on Monday, and is understood the mistake was made after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly.

Passengers could not resist laughing at the announcement that they had landed in Edinburgh
Passengers could not resist laughing at the announcement that they had landed in Edinburgh

The plane, which took off from London’s City Airport, was then redirected and landed in Dusseldorf.

The member of staff added: “We apologise about that.  We don’t know where…..where the problem is but in a second (sic) and we do the best to bring you as soon as possible to Dusseldorf. Sorry.”

WDL Aviation ran the British Airways flight through a leasing deal.

Twitter joke

After the news story about the flight went viral, rival airline Ryanair attempted to poke fun at BA on Twitter, posting a photo of a ‘Geography for Dummies’ book with the caption “Hey @British_Airways, we have a present for you”.

However, the joke misfired when Twitter users responded to the budget airline, with one replying with an image of a ‘Customer Service for Dummies’.

Another Twitter user suggested that Ryanair would have just called Edinburgh Airport “Dusseldorf North”.

Watch the heart-stopping moment a car crashes into a wall at 100mph, nearly killing a pedestrian


The above video shows the shocking moment a pedestrian avoids death by a matter of centimetres after a drug-driver crashes into a wall, following a 100mph police chase.

Dramatic CCTV footage shows Louis Moore, 21, leading officers on the high-speed pursuit though the streets of Birmingham on 4 January last year.

The motorist can be seen hurtling along 30mph residential roads in the Cotteridge area of the city before losing control of a stolen Ford Fiesta.

A close call

Shocking video, released by West Midlands Police, shows a man withdrawing money from a cashpoint as the car ploughs towards him.

The pedestrian manages to leap out of the way at the last second as Moore smashes his vehicle into a Kwik Fit garage next door, scattering debris across the car park.

The shaken pedestrian can be seen hobbling away as a police officer checks on his welfare, before he returns to the ATM to collect his money.

Over the legal limit

Moore, of Northfield, Birmingham, was found to be over the twice the permitted cannabis level for drivers and only had a provisional licence.

He was jailed for two and a half years and disqualified from driving for four years and three months at Birmingham Crown Court last Thursday (14 March).

Moore previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after his teenage passengers were also badly hurt in the horror crash.

Watch the frightening moment animal activists were repeatedly rammed by fox hunters in a 4×4


The above video shows the frightening moment animal activists were repeatedly rammed by a 4×4 while driving to intercept a hunt.

Hunt saboteurs were on their way to monitor the Grove and Rufford Hunt when they claim they were stalked by a dark blue Land Cruiser.

Masked vigilantes

Dash cam video shows the car – driven by masked vigilantes – emerging from a side road and ramming at speed into the side of a vehicle carrying the saboteurs.

Shockingly the attackers then reverse – and then ram into the front of a second car also carrying the anti-hunt campaigners.

Video shows the balaclava-clad gang speeding off while the driver sticks his middle finger up at the saboteurs.

‘A game of cat and mouse’

Police are investigating the attack – which took place in Edingley, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday (16 March) – and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Alec Holland, 32, a volunteer with North West Hunt Saboteurs, who was in one of the vehicles, said, “Sabs are used to some degree of violence but I never expected them to use their car as a battering ram like that.

“I’ve been assaulted on several occasions but this was by far the most extreme incident I’ve been involved in.

“We tried pointing out that these members of the public did not appear to be that intimidated when they were illegally driving an unlicensed 4×4 and using it as a weapon, but this fell on deaf ears.”

The saboteurs were on their way to a hunt when they ended up in a “game of cat and mouse” with alleged hunt supporters.

Video shows the two sides encountering each other on roads around the area, and Alec said his team called Nottinghamshire Police before the attack.

The sabs said they were filming the incident to aid future police investigations.

‘Lectured’ by police

Alec said police handed out dispersal orders to the saboteurs and “lectured” them on how they look to members of the public.

They said they were going to oversee the hunt after alleged assaults in Lincoln and West Yorkshire by “aggressive” supporters last week.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said, “We’re investigating a report of driving offences and criminal damage involving a vehicle in Lower Kirklington Road, Southwell, which happened at around 11.18am on Saturday.

“We received a report that two vehicles were rammed by a dark-coloured 4×4 vehicle. One person suffered minor injuries.

“We’re aware of the existence of video footage of the incident which we have requested as part of our investigation.”

Grove and Rufford Hunt has been contacted for comment.

Billboard mishap leaves Mr Blobby appearing to spy on naked woman in the bath


Comical images show TV’s Mr Blobby appearing to spy on a naked woman while she is in the bath following a billboard mishap.

Residents have been left in stitches after high winds from Storm Hannah partially brought down a section of the giant poster in Leicester city centre.

The BT advert shows a woman watching a tablet computer while relaxing and having a soak in the bath.

But workmen have clearly papered over the previous display as a partially torn section of the billboard reveals a beaming Mr Blobby beneath.

It appears to show the iconic nineties character gatecrashing in typical ‘Blobby-style’ while staring at the woman with a large grin on his face.

One commuter captured the comical scene on his mobile phone as he returned home from work and uploaded the footage online, where it has gone viral.

The 33-year-old musician, from Leicester, who did not want to be named, said: “I was on the way back from Loughborough on the bus when I was suddenly quite taken aback.

“The usual creepy BT advert had a vibrant pink interloper – staring in the window at a woman in the bath was none other than Mr Blobby.

“I thought it was intentional at first, as it was too perfect, but then I realised the flapping tear of paper. The wind had peeled it back.

“I decided to take a photo as it made me laugh, I got a lot of weird looks as I was there a while.”

The web user posted the footage on Twitter with the caption ‘The most perfect thing to happen in Leicester’.

The video has been retweeted over 10,000 times and liked more than 36,000 times since it was uploaded on Friday.

He even got a reply from BT, who wrote back to him from their official account with a tongue-in-cheek letter to pass on.

They said: “Dear Mr Blobby.

“It’s BT here, the telecommunications company.

“We just want to say thank you for popping by, its always a pleasure.

“We do, however, have a favour to ask. Last night in true ‘blobby, blobby, blobby’ fashion, you decided to crash in to one of our adverts.

“The thing is, we’re just trying to keep people connected with wi-fi in every room of their house.

“We know, its pretty neat with BT you can watch TV in rooms you wouldn’t usually be able to and we’re honoured you stopped by, but there’s no need for this behaviour.

“So, consider our plea, leave our adverts alone

“Many thanks, BT.”

Nail-biting footage shows the moment walkers were nearly crushed by a falling cliff


This shocking video shows the moment a group of walkers had a miracle escape as they narrowly avoided a cliff fall at a beach made famous by TV’s Broadchurch.

Around 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the cliff and members of the public were warned to stay away as the area remained unstable.

Now, the Environment Agency have released a video of the moment the rock fell – which shows a group of walkers at the base of the cliffs.

The chunks of cliff fell away at around 5pm on Tuesday 13 March, from East Cliff on West Bay beach in Dorset – known as a key filming location for Broadchurch.

The shocking video above shows the dramatic moment the cliff gave way, sending huge plumes of dust into the air, with at least two people stood in close proximity.

No injuries

The footage was captured on a webcam video operated by Environment Agency Wessex.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said, “The Jurassic Coast is a popular destination for walkers and fossil hunters.

Around 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the cliff (Photo: SWNS)
Around 1,000 tonnes of rock fell from the cliff (Photo: SWNS)

“Foul weather can cause rock fall from the cliffs so avoid these areas. Heavy rainfall contributes to cliff sumping because of the extra weight and lubrication.

“So it might be tempting to look for fossils or inspect the rock fall, but the risk of further collapse can last for a few days.”

Several people can be seen on the beach at the moment the rocks fell, but nobody was injured.

‘Your life is not worth risking for a walk’

The Facebook post by the Environment Agency reads, “No one was hurt or killed when 1,000 tons of rock collapsed at East Beach during foul weather.

“But it is extremely dangerous to be on or near cliffs when the wind is high and waves are strong.

“There is no minimum safe distance. Be wise: your life is not worth risking for a walk.”

Public are advised to stay away

At the time of the fall, a multi-agency search and rescue operation was launched.

Chief Inspector Lance Cliff, of Dorset Police, said on Tuesday evening, “At this stage it is not believed anyone is trapped following the fall.”

The beach remained closed on Wednesday morning, after being sealed off shortly after 5pm on Tuesday.

Speaking at the time, a spokesman for Dorset County Council said, “There’s been a large rockfall of approximately 1,000 tons at East Cliff West Bay.

“The police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have closed the coastal path between West Bay and Freshwater.

“The beach is also closed, and there are dangerous overhangs from top of cliff. The public are advised to stay away.”

This house is on the market for just £45k – because the inside is covered in bird poo


A four-bed property is being sold for just £45,000 after the owner fled due to a huge problem with pigeon poo – which still covers the inside.

The house (located in a desirable part of Devon) is available for a knock-down price, but estate agents have warned there is a big catch.

Number 1 Coburg Villas in Ilfracombe has been described as a large, terraced house with big rooms, outdoor space and stunning views over the Bristol channel. Prospective buyers have been warned the project is not for the faint-hearted and it needs a lot of work.

In addition to the missing windows, no staircase to the first floor, fallen in ceilings and several rotten floors, this property has had a serious pigeon poo problem.

‘Massive potential’

The upper floors are absolutely coated in bird faeces and in some places up to two feet thick with the stuff.

The house is located in a desirable part of Devon (Photo: SWNS)
The house is located in a desirable part of Devon (Photo: SWNS)

Webbers director Lee Hussell said the house was lived in until the end of last year.

He said, “The lady who lived here kept herself to herself and has now moved into rented accommodation.

“The property is in a very sorry state of repair but has massive potential.

“Due to the structural state of the building and the large amount of pigeon waste, which is a hazardous substance, we are not able to offer any viewings on this property.”

Take a virtual tour

A virtual tour of the property was filmed for marketing purposes by Panoptic Motion, which featured a man wearing a large pigeon head hovering behind a door on the third floor.

Hussell added, “The people at Panoptic Motion were able to go in and provide a virtual tour – which obviously has a big surprise on the third floor.

“We knew nothing about this until we looked through it ourselves, but it’s very funny and tongue-in-cheek and the more we can get people talking about this property the better.”

Hussell said the state of the property – as well as the surprise in the virtual tour – has led to tens of thousands of views of the property online.

The house is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years (Photo: SWNS)
The property is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years (Photo: SWNS)

“It’s gone properly viral – we’ve had people contacting us to say its been shared in Australia,” he said.

“So far thousands of people have seen the property online so I’m hopeful for a fair bit of interest when it comes to auction.”

‘Not for the faint-hearted’

Number 1 Coburg Villas is part of a wider auction lot of properties in Ilfracombe and Woolacombe which will take place at midday on Friday 5 April at the Lantern Centre in Ilfracombe.

On the website the premises is described by Webbers as a “proper renovation project not for the faint-hearted”.

The listing continues, “The house is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.

“The three-storey accommodation is in a very poor state of repair with some areas open to the elements and the bay windows in a state of dilapidation and in need of rebuilding.

“There is no staircase to the first with access being required by ladder only and some of the floor areas being held up on acrow props.

“There are several areas of rot and dampness with the property likely to require a complete strip out and re-fit.

“As a result of the works required we can almost certainly say that the property is not suitable for mortgage lending purposes.

“The popular location is just metres from the high street, seafront and picturesque harbour and the many top quality restaurants, bars and small independent shops that the town has to offer.”

Watch the incredible moment a man bursts through his own roof to avoid the police


The above video shows the incredible moment police stormed into a house – and a man appears to flee by bursting through the roof.

Footage captured from an office building across the street shows six officers ram the locked residential front door.

But seconds after they enter, tiles can be seen coming loose from the roof – before a man pokes his head out.

The police officers then run from the house as the man bursts out onto the roof and begins pelting tiles down into the street below – all while taking a phone call.

An unusual stand-off

A witness, who did not wish to be named, filmed the peculiar stand-off from the office building across the road in Penarth, Wales, on Friday afternoon (1 Mar). And the 36 year old witness said at 4pm that the man had been on the roof for about an hour.

He said, “There’s been about 10 people in our office watching the stand-off for about an hour now, and a crowd of about 20 or 30 people out in the street.

Six police officers rammed the locked residential front door (Photo: SWNS)
Six police officers rammed the locked residential front door (Photo: SWNS)

“There must be about 50 police officers outside the house. There’s at least at 10 police vans here. There’s a negotiator pacing round as well, because the man was throwing tiles.

“The man did go back inside the attic for a bit, and then he kept going in and out. The police are waiting outside – they can’t do anything, in case the man falls from the roof.”

The witness added, “There’s a woman and a young child who have come out the house and onto the street. But the man is refusing to come out.”

He said a 50 metre police cordon was put in place around the house.

This video of a British Airways flight attempting to land in high winds is terrifying


Footage has emerged of a British Airways Airbus A320 fighting to stay level as it battles with a strong crosswind above Gibraltar.

The hair-raising video, posted by Airlive.net, shows flight number BA492 (between London Heathrow and Gibraltar) rocking violently in the air while performing a go around.

Ultimately, the plane attempted to land at Gibraltar International Airport just before 11am (UTC), then changed course and diverted to Malaga at 11:40am.

Despite the alarming nature of the clip, the plane landed safely in Malaga, and the passengers on board were then transferred to Gibraltar by bus.

Watch Freddie Flintoff smash his car into a market stall while racing on Top Gear


Shocking video footage has captured the moment Freddie Flintoff crashed a pick-up truck into a market stall while racing his Top Gear co-hosts around a town centre.

The former cricketer was competing against Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris during filming for the 22nd series of Top Gear.

But after apparently misjudging a bend, he smashed the retro car straight through a buffer of straw bales and into an empty market stall in Mansfield on Sunday (10 Feb).

Onlookers said a red-faced Flintoff escaped the customised mid-90s Subaru MV pickup truck without any injuries.

‘Some people laughed – others were in shock’

A witness, who filmed the footage said, “Reactions were mixed. Some people laughed, others were in a slight shock.”

The footage, captured at 9:50am, shows the trio racing against each other around Mansfield Town Centre whilst testing the pros and cons of electric cars.

A council spokesperson confirmed Flintoff was driving the car which crashed.

Executive mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop, said the team arrived at 3am and had left by 11am. She joked they were going to name the market stall after the TV host.

Council were ‘sworn to secrecy’

“We can confirm that BBC Top Gear presenters Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness were in Mansfield filming for an episode of the hit BBC Two show,” said a Mansfield District Council spokeperson.

Onlookers said a red-faced Flintoff escaped the customised mid-90s Subaru MV pickup truck without any injuries (Photo: SWNS)
Onlookers said a red-faced Flintoff escaped the customised mid-90s Subaru MV pickup truck without any injuries (Photo: SWNS)

“We were sworn to secrecy by the BBC because of concerns about safety if a large crowd had turned up to watch.

“Freddie slightly lost control and crashed into an empty market stall – nobody was hurt.

“This shows the most important thing when holding a driving event like this in a town centre is ensuring people are safe, which is why this couldn’t be publicised.

“There was plenty of action and the smell of burning tyres as seven cars did loops around the inner ring road.

“There was a risk that filming wouldn’t have gone ahead if word had got out in advance. This was an offer we couldn’t refuse.”

The stunt was part of the new series – the first one to be hosted by Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness since former host Matt LeBlanc last year.

This is the dramatic moment a plane is forced to abort its landing due to high winds


Storm Erik is causing chaos across the country as it batters the UK with high winds.

Yellow weather warnings have been issued for high winds in the south, west and north of the country tonight.

There is more travel disruption expected throughout rush hour, with the Met Office warning there will be a “tricky commute”.

The weather has also made for some rather uncomfortable experiences for plane passengers too.

Big Jet TV were on hand to catch the dramatic moment an aircraft was forced to abort its landing at Heathrow Airport earlier today due to the high winds.

The plane can be seen heading down to the runway, but gets blown from side to side and then pulls out of the landing and flies back up into the sky.

The plane can be seen heading down to the runway, but gets blown from side to side and then pulls out of the landing and flies back up into the sky.

You can watch the video, courtesy of Big Jet TV, at the top of this story.

This ‘reckless’ biker was jailed after he filmed himself driving into traffic


A “reckless” biker who filmed himself dodging in and out of traffic and jumping red lights during a mass ride out has been jailed.

Kamal Richards, 24, clocked up more than 30 motoring offences – including speeding and riding the wrong way around roundabouts – during the 60 minute incident across south London on New Year’s Day, 2016.

Police say that Richards could have killed himself or other road users at least four times during the ride out, alongside dozens of other bikers.

‘Heart in the mouth material’

Dramatic footage taken by Richards (described by the Judge as “heart in the mouth material”) shows dozens of riders, some on quad bikes, performing wheelies and other stunts as they weave in and out of traffic in wet weather.

Richards – of Dulwich, south east London – was snared after uploading footage of himself during the ride out to a video sharing platform.

He was jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving at Croydon Crown Court.

He was also disqualified from driving for 31 months, and will be required to complete an extended test to regain his licence.

Multiple offences

The bikers set off from Croydon at 2pm that day and completed a circuit through Purley, Coulsdon via Reigate Hill, and back to Croydon.

Richards, who was riding a black Honda motorbike, filmed it using a camera mounted on his helmet.

The resulting footage showed him committing multiple offences, including contravening several red lights, and riding on the offside of keep left signs – clearly marked by central reservations – deliberately obstruction of the highway.

At points, the footage shows Richards driving on the wrong side of the road (Photo: SWNS)
At points, the footage shows Richards driving on the wrong side of the road (Photo: SWNS)

Sentencing Richards, Judge Elizabeth Smaller told him, “You took part and committed an offence of dangerous driving in a ride out.

“I have seen the lowlights of it – wrong way round roundabouts, on the wrong side of the road, total disregard for other traffic in their rightful lane, sometimes wholly on the wrong side of the road, more than once travelled down the wrong side of the road at parts separated by central reservation, wrong way down a tunnel as other cars were entering. It is heart in the mouth material.”

The video included footage of Richards riding on the offside carriageway separated by a solid divider through a tunnel, against oncoming traffic. Three cars were waiting to enter the tunnel from the correct direction.

Police said that if the approaching vehicles hadn’t reacted positively, a head on collision would have been likely due to the restricted space available in the tunnel.

‘Driving in this manner will not be tolerated’

Richards was arrested in January last year and charged with four offences of driving a motor vehicle dangerously.

Sergeant Elizabeth Hockley, of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said, “Richards’ extremely dangerous driving could have easily resulted in serious injury or even death of himself or other road users.

“Even considering the time that has elapsed, this sentence must have some element of deterrence for those recording and posting this type of behaviour on social media.

“I also hope it sends out a strong message to others that driving in this manner will not be tolerated on London’s roads.”

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance, Policing and On-Street at Transport for London, commented, “We welcome this sentencing and will continue to take these offences seriously and push for the strongest sentences possible.”

Horrific video shows the moment a drink driver on the wrong side of the road nearly hits a dad and baby


by Paul Fisher

A drink driver who narrowly missed a father and his baby son when he crashed his car in Peterborough last year has been jailed. The shocking event was caught on camera.

Badrul Khan, 44, was driving his black BMW 320d on the wrong side of Lincoln Road at about 11am on 19 June when he tried to swerve back into the correct lane.

He drove over the left-hand lane, mounted the kerb and hit a telephone exchange box at the junction with Alma Road.

The father, who was standing by the road carrying his son, saw the vehicle approaching and made a dash for safety.

One and a half times over the limit

Khan ditched the vehicle and ran back to his home in Garton End Road, but was arrested by officers 40 minutes later when they visited the vehicle’s registered address and he blew 52ugs – one and a half times the legal alcohol limit.

He was found guilty today (25 Jan) of dangerous driving and driving while over the legal limit after standing trial at Peterborough Crown Court. He was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for more than three and a half years.

Report drink drivers, police urge

PC Adrian Anderson said, “Thankfully, no one was hurt in this crash but it could have been a lot more serious for the pedestrians. Khan told officers in interview he had been drinking mouthwash, which is why he failed the test. He would have had to have consumed a lot of mouthwash to blow 52ugs.

“Driving while under the influence is unacceptable and we will continue to do everything we can to make our roads safer.

“We would ask people to help us by reporting anyone they believe drink drives so we can ensure they are dealt with.”

A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site, Peterborough Telegraph

Shocking video shows disabled teenager being battered by bully – whose punishment was writing a letter of apology


This is the shocking moment an aspiring teenage boxer savagely battered an autistic 14 year old schoolboy as laughing pals filmed the sickening attack.

Harrowing footage recorded by an onlooker shows Mackenzie Mealor being brutally assaulted after he was ambushed outside a train station.

The youngster was left with a swollen jaw and bruising all over his body after he received seven heavy punches during the violent attack.

Letter of apology deemed fitting punishment

According to his mum, Mackenzie was lured to the Ellesmere Port Railway Station before being set upon by the bully as a group of 30 youths egged him on.

The attacker was later spoken to by police who decided the best punishment was to make him write a letter of apology.

Mackenzie’s mum Kim Mealor, 33, has now slammed the decision to let the culprit off ‘scot-free’ as her son now suffers from anxiety attacks and nightmares.

Attack left a massive impact on the victim

Mum-of-three Mealor, a care worker from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said, “After it happened my son came home and he was in a right state.

“The lad had threatened to bully him nearly three weeks before this happened. When I saw the video was posted on Facebook I was disgusted.

“He was with a group of so-called friends that lured him down to Ellesmere Port Railway Station.

“That’s when the lad just turned up and set on him – the other group are all from another school.

“He’s not eating properly and that’s having a knock on effect with the medicine he’s taking for his condition – it beginning not to work and it’s making him poorly.

Eyewitnesses say Mackenzie Mealor was brutally assaulted after he was ambushed outside a train station (Photo: SWNS)
Cheshire police have defended their decision to punish the attacker by forcing him to write a letter of apology (Photo: SWNS)

“I’m having to take him to see a paediatrician, its having a massive impact on his life.”

‘Kids will be kids’, say police

“We told the police about what happened and they said they would get him done for a Section 39 assault – but nothing has happened,” Mealor continued.

“One of them said ‘kids will be kids’- so all we got was this letter of apology.

“This lad’s just going to go on bullying people, he shouldn’t get away with what he’s done.

“That boy deserves to have been hauled in front of the youth court to receive a proper punishment. Otherwise he knows he can get away with this sort of behaviour.

“I just want him to know that he can’t go around hitting people with disabilities, knowing they won’t fight back.”

It is understood the 14 year old assailant has now been kicked out of the boxing club he attends following the incident.

‘A fair and proportionate outcome’

The attack took place at around 3:45pm on 18 November last year, but footage of the attack has only recently surfaced.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police has defended its actions, describing the outcome as “fair and proportionate”.

A force spokesperson said, “Officers from Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit have spoken to all those involved in the incident and, as part of ongoing enquiries, a 14 year old boy has voluntarily attended a police station where he was interviewed under caution.

“The teenager has subsequently admitted his part in the incident.

“Following a thorough investigation and, having consulted with a number of partners in the criminal justice process, we have reached what we believe is a fair and proportionate outcome in this particular case.

“We have spoken to everyone involved to ensure they have been kept fully updated.

“Cheshire Constabulary takes any allegations of assault seriously and all incidents that are reported to us will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate action taken where necessary.”

Andy Murray reveals he will retire from tennis at Wimbledon or earlier – watch his tearful press conference


Sir Andy Murray has revealed he plans to retire from tennis after this year’s Wimbledon – but admits he may be forced to quit the sport even earlier.

In a tearful press conference at the Australian Open this morning, the Scot explained why he plans to call time on his career.

“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” he told the media. “I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I’m not certain I can do that.

The 31-year-old, who has been battling a long-term hip injury, still intends to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.

(Photo: Getty)

But he candidly admitted this could be his last tournament as a professional player.

“I’m not feeling good, I’ve been struggling for a long time,” he added.

“I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now. I’ve pretty much done everything I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads.

“I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but I’m still in a lot of pain. I can still play to a level, but not a level I have played at.”

‘The pain is too much’

The three-time Grand Slam winner had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.

“The pain is too much really,” he said. “I need to have an end point because I’m playing with no idea of when the pain will stop.

“I’d like to play until Wimbledon – that’s where I’d like to stop playing – but I’m not certain I’m able to do that.

“I have the option of another operation which a little bit more severe – and involves having my hip resurfaced – which would allow me to have a better quality of life and be free of pain.

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“That’s something I’m seriously considering now. Some athletes have had it and gone back to competing but there’s no guarantee of that. If I had it, it would be to have a better quality of life.”

His announcement prompted a wave of support from the world of tennis.

Tributes to a champion

Billie Jean King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, tweeted:

 

Commuter claims to have captured footage of the drone that caused flight chaos at Heathrow


A commuter claims to have captured footage of the drone over Heathrow Airport which caused flight chaos last night.

Around 40 flights were grounded for an hour shortly after 5pm after police received reports of a drone.

Matt Charter, who was travelling back from work in Southall on the A30 in Stanwell, spotted what he thought was a drone above near the Southern boundary at 5.54pm.

Matt, 24, of Wraysbury, Berkshire, said: “I was travelling home from work when I noticed the news about the disruption caused by the drone at Heathrow pop up on my phone.

“Me and my colleague who I was travelling home with then saw what I thought was a drone hovering in the sky.

“We started filming it and we pulled over before we filmed it again closely at the A30 at Stanwell.

“It certainly was a drone as it was hovering stationary at about 300ft in the air and was flashing distinct red, green and white LED lights.

“It was quite a surprising five minutes.”

Heathrow
The drone sighting led to the suspension of flights at Heathrow (Photo: Getty)

A Heathrow Airport spokesman said that they were working with Air Traffic Control and the Metropolitan Police who are investigating the incident.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy, said: “Shortly after 5pm we received reports of a sighting of a drone at Heathrow airport.

“As part of our established response plans to such an incident, officers were swiftly deployed across the airport and we continue to work closely with colleagues from Heathrow Airport Limited.

“As a precaution, departures were stopped at the airport whilst initial enquiries were made.

“Once it was established it was safe to do so, departures were resumed just after 6pm and the airport is now fully operational.”

Full criminal investigation

He continued: “Our priority is to ensure that there is no ongoing threat to the safety of those at the airport and identify those responsible for this dangerous act.

“Police officers were amongst those who saw the drone and a full criminal investigation has been launched.

“We are carrying out extensive searches around the Heathrow area to identify any people who may be responsible for the operation of the drone.

“I want to be clear that the illegal operation of drones at an airfield is extremely dangerous.

“Under the Aviation Security Act it is an offence to endanger the safety of an aircraft, anyone found guilty of this offence could face a life sentence.”

The incident came three weeks after major pre-Christmas disruption at Gatwick Airport which saw thousands of people stranded when drones were apparently sighted.

This adorable bulldog can skateboard better than most humans – and she taught herself


A talented pet bulldog has become an internet sensation after videos of her skateboarding attracted thousands of views online.

Owner, Debra Chandler, 33, says her beloved pooch, Pumpkin, has proved to be a “complete natural” at the action sport since taking it up as a puppy.

The 14 month old dog has taught herself how to skateboard and enjoys nothing more than scooting around the streets much to the astonishment of onlookers.

‘She can go quite fast’

Debra began filming videos and taking pictures of Pumpkin riding around near her home in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, in Leicester, and posted them on social media.

Since then, Pumpkin has become an online hit, with videos of her in action being viewed thousands of times.

“It started when she was just an eight week old puppy and we bought her a skateboard just for a laugh, really,” said her owner.

Videos of Pumpkin have been viewed thousands of times on social media (Photo: SWNS)

“I’ve seen bulldogs in the USA skateboarding but none over here and thought it would be great if she took to it.

“We’ve never forced her on it or used treats to tempt her. She just naturally jumped on it and proved to be a complete natural.

“It took her a while to master it though but now she’s always by the garage or the car constantly looking for her skateboard.

“As soon as I show her the skateboard she starts jumping up and down and gets really excited.

“She’s got a drive to do it. She just climbs on board and then casts herself off – she can go quite fast

“I just let her do it because she finds it so much fun and she can just keep going and going.

“She’s completely obsessed with it. Even if I put out a bowl of treats in front of her, she wouldn’t be bothered and would only want her skateboard.”

A social media star

Debra already has Facebook and Instagram pages set up for Pumpkin, as well as a new YouTube account, and hopes to grow her online presence further.

Pumpkin with her dad, Prince (Photo: SWNS)

She added, “I want to find someone who will sponsor her and maybe get her a new skateboard.

“But for now, we’re just happy that people enjoy watching her.

“I’ve taken her to industrial estates and skate parks and I’ve even had neighbours trying to film over my fence and them telling me they were going to sell the footage.

“Pumpkin’s dad, Prince, who is five and a half years old, runs after her when she’s doing the skateboarding. But he never fancied the sport himself.”

Shocking police dashcam video shows car crashing and flipping at 90mph


This is the moment a boy racer was caught crashing at 90mph – on the dashcam of a parked police car.

Officers were waiting in a layby when Lewis Box raced past with three terrified friends in his Citroen C1.

Moments later, he lost control and swerved from side-to-side before crashing into a vehicle from behind.

Banned from driving for two years

Box, 20, has now been banned from driving for two years and given a 12-week suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

Remarkably, nobody in the vehicle suffered serious injury in the collision on the A4 near Chippenham in Wiltshire, on 7 July last year.

PC Andy Lee of Wiltshire Police said, “Box was travelling at such speed that the impact of the collision caused his vehicle to spin off to the right violently, into the verge on the opposite carriageway, before rolling multiple times.

“The officers who witnessed the incident remained with Box while emergency services attended and were able to cut him free from the vehicle.”

The consequences of driving dangerously

Swindon Magistrates Court heard how three friends got a lift from Box which turned into a terrifying ordeal.

They begged him to slow down but he only went faster, reaching speeds of about 90mph down Chequers Hill between Corsham and Chippenham.

Box, of Chippenham, was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, pay a victim surcharge of £85 and costs of £85 at the hearing on December 19.

PC Lee added, “It is really fortunate that nobody was seriously injured in this incident.

“I hope that releasing this footage of the collision highlights the dangers and consequences of driving dangerously.

“The speed limits on our roads are there for your own safety – please respect them and other road users by driving within the limit at all times.”

CCTV footage captures moment this banned dog walker hit a client’s pet


By Georgina Morris

A professional dog walker has been banned from keeping or caring for any dogs for two years after she admitted hitting a pet belonging to two clients.

Magistrates told Jacqueline Wilkins, owner of Wilkins Walkies, that she must also find someone else to care for her own dog until the disqualification expires.

Boxer dog Bella was hit twice by professional dog walker Jacqueline Wilkins, of Leeds-based Wilkins Walkies

Wilkins, 46, struck boxer Bella twice and shouted at her repeatedly when the dog would not stay still long enough for her to remove its harness after a walk.

She can be heard shouting “You’re not doing as you’re told, are you?” and “Do you want another smack?” in footage captured on CCTV cameras inside the Bramley home of owners Gary Hirtsch and Louise Williams.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard the couple had hired Wilkins when Miss Williams broke her wrist and was unable to walk Bella and their other dog, Coco.

They became concerned when Bella’s behaviour changed in February last year and made a report to the RSPCA after seeing the footage.

Prosecutor Andrew Davidson said: “What you can see there is what the defendant now accepts was unnecessarily rough treatment. The prosecution say there’s very rarely any reason for using that type of behaviour to discipline a dog.”

Wilkins, of Dorset Grove, Pudsey, admitted failing to meet the needs of a dog by protecting it from injury or distress.

She had initially pleaded not guilty but changed her plea following expert evidence about the psychological damage Bella may have suffered.

‘Moment of madness’

A separate charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal was dismissed.

Magistrates were told that Wilkins had experienced a “moment of madness” and felt she was disciplining Bella at the time, but now recognised her behaviour was wrong.

The court heard she was of previous good character and had told her clients about the case, prompting a number to write references and two of them to attend court in support.

A probation officer also reported that Wilkins had reflected on the harm she may have caused Bella and was “completely remorseful” about her actions.

Magistrate Brian Wright, acting as chairman of the bench, said she must complete a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and an RSPCA education programme, and pay £300 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

He added: “We feel that we will have to give you a banning order for two years. For the next two years you are not allowed to deal with any dogs.”

Speaking afterwards, Mr Hirtsch said: “I feel relieved. We had put her in a position of trust. I think they’ve done the right thing for the safety of the other dogs.”

He said Bella’s behaviour had changed significantly following the incident, adding: “Bella was so friendly, but then she was reluctant to go out. She used to cower on the sofa.

Wilkins was visibly upset as she left the courtroom after being told that she would not be allowed to keep her own dog, Bentley, during the two-year ban.

Friend and client Janet Pearson said: “Obviously she’s not going to have an income now but the thing she’s most upset about is losing her dog. Her dog is like her baby.

“I think the court has made an example of her. If I thought she didn’t care and was cruel, clearly there’s no way she would look after mine. It’s not just a business to her though. Dogs are her life.

“She’s worried about her clients too. What are they going to do?”

Originally published on our sister title Yorkshire Evening Post

Driver and passenger laugh as they deliberately knock cyclist off his bike in dangerous video prank


A motorist deliberately drove into a cyclist and knocked him off his bike in a dangerous prank filmed from his car.

Police are hunting for the driver whose passenger filmed him following the cyclist down a street before veering onto the pavement to mow him down.

A passenger in the front seat filmed the prank and the pair were heard laughing after the man fell off his bike into the road.

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Surrey Police are hunting for the people involved in the incident which took place on a residential estate in Epsom, Surrey, last year.

A spokesperson said: “We are appealing for the public’s help in tracing the people involved in a video where a cyclist was hit by a car in Epsom.

“The incident was filmed by a passenger in the front seat – we did not receive any reports at the time.”

Shocking CCTV footage shows dog walkers being pelted with lit fireworks


This is the shocking moment two dog walkers narrowly avoided being seriously injured after being pelted with lit fireworks in the street.

Luke Priest, 23 and Jacob Feltham, 23, had been taking their pet cockapoos out for an evening stroll at 8.30pm on New Year’s Eve when they were targeted by yobs.

CCTV footage shows the pair being forced to dive for cover as two rockets explode just inches away from them and dogs Ziggy, ten, and two-year-old Nico.

One of the fireworks can be seen bouncing off the windscreen of a parked car while the other lands on the street before they both erupt in a flash of sparks.

The thugs are believed to have shot the two rockets sellotaped together from a nearby grass verge close to the scene on Boundary Hill, in Gornal, near Dudley, West Midlands.

Luke’s mum Nichola Priest, 49, captured the drama on her home’s security cameras and said her son and his partner were lucky not to be killed.

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The gran-of-two said: “My son and his partner were going out to walk the dogs – they do it all the time.

“You can see that out of nowhere this firework comes flying at them. Luckily, they weren’t hit as it bounced off the parked car.

“The boys leapt out the way, they ran back into the house and phoned us to say what had happened.

“When we got home, we saw it all on the CCTV – it was just horrible. When it went off it was so close to Jacob’s head.

“The firework came from the bank just down the road Thankfully no one was injured – it could’ve blinded or even worse killed one of them.

“The dogs Ziggy and Nico were so frightened – I was worried as the scare could’ve caused Ziggy to have a heart attack because he’s ten-years-old.

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“They were shaking that whole night and I tried to take them out the next day but they were too scared to even leave the house.

“They loved going out for walks too.

“I know it is the time of year when people celebrate with fireworks and normally people in the area set them off safely.

“This clearly was an idiot messing around as it was two rockets taped together.

“There was more than one lying the in street so you can tell this person was not doing this accidentally.”

West Midlands Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 101.

Shocking video shows huge New Years Eve firework smash into house and explode


This shocking video captures the moment a New Year’s Eve firework display goes horribly wrong.

A massive rocket can be seen arcing into the front of a house and exploding, setting off a car alarm and filling the front garden with smoke.

Neighbours said the rocket was part of a makeshift display on Hoe Lane in Enfield, London, that misfired.

Olly Anasiz, 21, who lives nearby, saw the incident unfold and took a video on his phone which went viral, with more than 100,000 views on Twitter.

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He said: “I saw it happening on the street. One of the fireworks went the wrong way so I started filming. I just thought it would be funny to show my mates.

“But then one went up in the air. I thought it was going to make it over the house at first but then it hit.

“I could see it was dangerous but there was noting I could do to stop them.”

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Olly’s sister, who did not wish to be named, was watching with him, added: “The first one went really long, that’s when we started to video.

“I was shocked when I saw one hit the house. I was concerned for the guy who lived inside – he came out screaming and shouting – I think he has two daughters in there.

“Olly’s Twitter is private, we just put it on there to show friends and family – we had no idea it would get picked up by Twitter moments and get 133,000 views.”

What to do if someone is setting fireworks off in your street

If you buy fireworks for personal use, you are only allowed to use them on your private property or property where you have the consent of the landowner.

It is considered a criminal offence to set off fireworks in the street or other public places without permission, and you can contact the police if someone is doing this.

If you want to set them off in a public place for events, such as for a street party, you will need to obtain express permission from the local authority.

Dashcam footage shows moment drone falls from sky – almost crashing into oncoming car


This dashcam footage shows the moment an “out of control” drone almost crashes into an oncoming car after falling from the sky.

Peter Kearsley, 21, was driving home from work when he came within seconds of being involved in a crash with a sky-diving drone.

Mr Kearsley had to act fast to slam on the brakes to avoid a head-on collision with the drone – which came plummeting out of the sky as he made his way home in Portishead, Somerset.

His dashcam footage shows the drone falling from the sky – directly into his driving path – in busy rush hour traffic.

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To avoid the drone crash-landing straight into his car, Peter was forced to perform an emergency stop – almost causing the car behind to smash into him.

After stopping, Mr Kearsley gets out of his car and throws the drone into a roadside bush, well out of the way of other drivers.

“It just dropped completely. I had to slam my brakes on or else it would have hit me head on,” he said.

“I had just come off a roundabout and didn’t even see it hovering above me.

“It was quite frightening because it took me by surprise. You don’t expect something to fall out of the sky like that.

“Why was someone flying a drone so close to a road like that? It’s dangerous and irresponsible.”

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Mr Kearsley said he couldn’t see who may have been responsible for causing the drone to crash in to the road.

He has reported the incident to the police and adds that all drone pilots should find a “safe open place” when flying the gadgets.

Peter said: “I was astounded because it all happened so quickly. It could have caused damage to my car.

“I just threw it in a bush out of the way because I didn’t know what to do with it.

“No one should be flying a drone near the road or near vehicles at all.

“They are a distraction. I’m just relieved that no one crashed in to me when I stopped.”

Dashcam video shows ‘well known’ footballer overtaking police car at 125mph on motorway


A “well known” footballer could face a lengthy driving ban after it was alleged he overtook a marked police car at 125 miles per hour.

Officers pulled over the sports star between junction 22 and 20 of the Westbound carriageway of the M25 after he was spotted driving at high speed and undertaking on the slip road.

(Photo: Beds, Cambs and Herts Police)

The dashcam video was posted on Beds., Cambs. and Herts. Road Policing Twitter and shows the footballer undertaking in his Mercedes.

BCH Road Police tweeted: “Having just overtaken a marked police X5, this somewhat well known footballer decided 125mph and undertaking on an off slip of the M25 was OK #taxitotraining.”

(Photo: Beds, Cambs and Herts Police)

Hertfordshire Police confirmed an unnamed man in his thirties from London was reported for summons for excessive speed following the incident on Sunday morning.

He will appear at magistrates’ court at a later date.

Devastating moment dog tries to catch up with owner after being abandoned


This is the distressing moment a helpless dog tries to catch up with his cruel owner who appears to have abandoned him in the street.

CCTV footage captures the owner, who takes a white and black Staffordshire bull terrier from a car and leads it to the other side of the road.

The footage appears to show a man abandoning the dog before the poor Staffie chases the car. Photos/video: RSPCA/SWNS

 

He then runs back to the car while the faithful dog follows him, only for the owner and driver to drive off – leaving the dog desperately chasing the vehicle.

The footage was recorded at around 5pm on December 17 at the corner of Timor Grove and Pacific Road, Stoke-on-Trent.

A man is seen leaving the passenger side of the car carrying a dog bed, and leading the dog.

The footage shows him cross the road, leaving the bed on the pavement and unclipping the dog’s lead, before running back to the car and driving away.

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The distressed dog jumps up at the window and chases the car as it drives away.

The dog was found sitting in the bed by a passer-by during the following hour.

They took him to a local vets who called the RSPCA – and nicknamed the dog “Snoop”.

RSPCA inspector Natalie Perehovsky is now investigating and is appealing to the public for any information about the men responsible for dumping the dog.

Inspector Perehovsky said: “The footage has to be seen to be believed, it’s just awful. “To see the poor dog in such obvious distress jumping up at the car as it drives away it just heartbreaking.

”I can’t understand how someone could do this.

“The vets scanned his microchip and we have traced two previous owners in the Birmingham area, but do not believe either are the current owners, and therefore not those responsible for abandoning the dog.

“One man can be seen clearly in the footage dumping the dog, and there is a second person in the driver seat of the car. I am very keen to hear from anyone who recognises the vehicle, the man or the dog.

“The veterinary staff have nicknamed the dog Snoop, and he is in good condition, thought to be two years old.

“He is a white Staffie with black marking, and is such a friendly, lovely boy.

“He’s currently being cared for at a private boarding kennels where he will get all the care he needs whilst I investigate further.

“Anyone who recognises the vehicle, the dog or the men in the footage can contact me in complete confidence, by leaving me a message on our inspector’s appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.

“It’s beggars belief that someone could abandon a dog like this at Christmas, but we are so thankful to the kind people who found Snoop sitting sadly in his bed, for taking him to the safety of a vets straight away.”

Shocking CCTV footage shows driver ploughing into nightclub doorstaff after they had thrown him out


Warning: some viewers may find this footage distressing

This shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a driver ploughed into doorstaff at a nightclub after they had thrown him out.

Shailem Dodson, 20, had been evicted from the club after complaints had been made about his behaviour in the outside smoking area.

He returned in his car before mounting the pavement and crashing through the club’s metal barriers – colliding with the victim at speed.

The car then collided with a lamp post and Dodson got out of the vehicle and attempted to run away.

Passing members of the public who witnessed the incident chased after him and restrained him before police officers arrived.

Dodson, of Blandford, Dorset, was taken to hospital for treatment to cuts and bruises and police said it was a miracle that the victim only sustained minor injuries.

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In court he was cleared of attempted murder and GBH but admitted dangerous driving, drink driving and assault by beating.

He has now been sentenced to 16 months in prison and handed a three-year driving ban extended for eight months to allow for his prison sentence.

The victim – a 32-year-old man – was working as a member of door staff at Halo nightclub in Bournemouth, Dorset, at the time of the incident.

At around 1.50am on Tuesday 12 December, Dodson was evicted and then punched another member of door staff on the pavement outside before being restrained.

He was released a few minutes later before going off to pick up his Vauxhall Corsa.

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A breathalyser test at a police station a few hours later discovered he had 57 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. Back calculations suggested that Dodson had 88 micrograms of alcohol in his breath at the time of the collision. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Astonishingly, the victim escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.

Detective Constable Laura McQueen, of Bournemouth CID, said: “It is an absolute miracle that the victim only sustained minor injuries and I wish to praise the actions of the members of the public and other door staff who were able to restrain Dodson so he could be arrested.

“I would also like to thank those who provided statements and attended court to give evidence.

“Dodson made the reckless decision to get behind the wheel after he had been drinking. He was clearly not in a fit state to drive and his actions could have resulted in far more serious or even fatal consequences.”

‘What a palaver!’ – Danny Dyer to deliver Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message


EastEnders star Danny Dyer will deliver Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message, and will say that Westminster has seen “more backstabbing than in Albert Square”.

In a clip released by Channel 4, the actor sits at a festively decorated table, sipping tea from a royal wedding mug with the faces of Prince Harry and Meghan.

Offering his views on the state of the country’s leadership, Dyer says: “That shambles down in Westminster, what a palaver that is. I mean, where are our leaders? Where are they? There’s been more backstabbing than we have in Albert Square.”

‘Leave off’

He doesn’t mince his words on the US President either, referencing Donald Trump’s cancellation of a visit to a a cemetery in France last month “due to the weather”:

“It ain’t any better for the Yanks though, is it, you know. What an absolute melt they’ve got there. He don’t want to turn up to memorials because it’s raining. He don’t fancy a little trip to Britain because there’s people here that just don’t like him. Leave off.”

Danny Dyer plays Mick Carter in EastEnders
Danny Dyer plays Mick Carter in EastEnders (Photo: BBC)

Mr Trump is not the first political leader to feel the wrath of Dyer, who earlier this year called David Cameron a “t**t” on national television.

Dyer launched a diatribe against the former prime minister while appearing as a guest on ITV’s one-off show Good Evening Britain, and gave him a tongue lashing over the EU referendum and Brexit.

An unlikely role model

Dyer will also “call for more heroes and role models”, and reveal a few of his personal ones including playwright Harold Pinter, who died in 2008.

He says: “My dad… he weren’t around when I was a kid. And er… you know, I love him and that, I don’t blame him.

“I was brought up by my Mum and my Nan, and they were brilliant women, and they worked their socks off for me, but I was angry, and I got into trouble, you know. I had the Old Bill round my gaff every five minutes. I was a wrong ‘un.

“And no-one knew how to help me. And then one day I found a father figure I didn’t even know I needed.”

He goes on to say that Pinter “became the most influential man in my life” who taught him “that where I came from didn’t dictate where I went to”.

‘I ain’t no saint’

“I teach my girls they can be who they want to be, and I try and teach my boy to be a good man.

“Now don’t get me wrong, I ain’t no saint, you know, I can do better. I think we can all do better. And as dads, we can’t stop trying to do better until there’s no need for hashtags to remind us that no means no.”

He signs off saying: “Life can get a little stressful and we might get on each other’s nerves a bit, but remember how much there is to be proud of, to be grateful of, and get yourself a Harold, you know, if you can. Merry Christmas, my loves.”

An alternative Christmas message has been broadcast by Channel 4 since 1993 and last year’s was delivered by child survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Previous messages have been delivered by the parents of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, Sharon Osbourne and even The Simpsons’ Marge Simpson.

The alternative Christmas message will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas Day at 3.50pm.

Shocking video shows drunken van driver going wrong way along motorway – until police force him to crash


An incredible police video shows a drunken van driver going the wrong way along a motorway, until it collides with a police car and spins out of control.

Lee Johnson, aged 44, was arrested by officers after driving the wrong way along the westbound carriageway of the M4 near Reading on Saturday.

Video shows Johnson heading up the westbound carriageway as traffic passes him going the other way, while the lights of a police rolling roadblock head towards him.

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Police dashcam video then shows a terrifying game of chicken with Johnson barrelling towards a police car in the fast lane.

Officers swerve past him at the last second and then skilfully tap his Citroen Berlingo van with their vehicle, causing it to spin out, bringing it safely to a halt.

Senior investigating officer Gaz Doughty said: “Thames Valley Police received multiple reports of a vehicle travelling the wrong way along the motorway between junctions 11 to 12 at about 11.30pm on Saturday.

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“Roads policing officers were deployed and implemented a rolling road block from junction 11, heading towards the vehicle, a red Citroen Berlingo van.

“Moments later, the vehicle was sighted by the officers heading straight for them.

“Despite the obvious risks to themselves and potential for sustaining injuries, the officers made a fast time decision to make deliberate contact with the suspect car to bring it to a halt and thereby prevent it getting past them and head on into members of the public.

Johnson was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving. He was later found to be almost four times over the prescribed drink drive limit.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst over the limit and driving without insurance at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He is due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court in the New Year.

Officer Doughty added: “Thankfully, due to the swift police response, no-one was injured during this incident, but unfortunately far too often we see the death and destruction caused by drug and drink-driving.”

Video shows huge Russian cargo ship grounded off British coast


Emergency services have launched a major operation after 16,000-tonne Russian cargo ship grounded off a British beach.

The Kuzma Minin become stranded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth in Cornwall.

The RNLI launched out of Falmouth just after 6am with pilot boats from the nearby docks also in the water.

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Witnesses have taken pictures of the boat close to the shore. It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow warning of severe weather with 65mph winds forecast.

Gales have already been recorded at up to 74mph in Cornwall and 40knots on the River Tamar – disrupting traffic.

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Kuzma Minion is a 23,169 tonne bulk carrier registered in Russia, running at 180.5metres long. She was built in 1980.

@SeanKernow tweeted: Russian Ship Wrecked on Gyllyngvase Beach! She’s Broadside onto the beach, in my Opinion Falmouth Shipyard Tugs won’t be Powerful enough to Pull Her off the Suction Affect of Sand. A Salvage Tug is needed but they No longer Station one at Falmouth…I’m claiming Wreckers Rights!

@CocklinIan said: ”it’s huge and it’s close….”

This dramatic video shows Brit surfing 100ft wave – which could be a new world record


This is the moment a British surfer claims to have sailed into the history books – by breaking the record for surfing the biggest wave.

Daredevil Tom Butler, 29, took on a huge swell at The Nazaré in Portugal – estimated to be more than 100ft tall (30m).

He says onlookers and surfing experts are confident he had beaten the previous record of 80ft – set earlier this year by Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa.

Tom of Newquay, Cornwall, said surfing the wave was like ”running away from a raging bull”.

He must now submit photographic evidence to the World Surf League who will officiate the claim ahead of an awards ceremony in April.

Tom said: “It’s the biggest wave surfed in the world this season and could beat the current big wave world record.

“Time kind of slows down, it’s instinct really. I was doing everything to hold my balance.

“That’s when you’re training comes in – I do lots of gymnastics training to help me keep balanced.

“It’s hard to say exactly how big it was, I’d say it was 20 times my height and I’m 6ft2.

“You don’t really see it behind you because you’re so concentrated on what’s ahead of you.

“It’s like running from a raging bull, you don’t stop to think about how much it weighs – if you get eye contact then you’ve already failed.

“I reckon it was maybe 90 or even 100ft. I haven’t had a ruler handy while in Portugal but when I get home I’ll try to figure it out.

“It was a monster, I know that for sure.

“But many photo journalists who cover the sport here on a regular basis believe my wave surfed on Friday could be taller than the previous world record wave.”

Tom is no stranger to big wave surfing – in 2015 he made headlines around the world after a dramatic crash at The Nazaré.

He was left with a lung injury and bleeding from the ear but lived to surf another day – and is now back in the same spot in search of monster waves.

His potential record-breaker was filmed on Friday when he said the conditions were just right.

He added: “I was under the whole peak of the wave. It was definitely one of the most committed lines and biggest waves I’ve ridden.

“I was completely underneath and there was more risk, there’s a lot more power and a higher mass of water.”

Tom is a professional surfer and grew up surfing the waves at Fistral Beach near his home in Newquay.

Since then he’s gone on to become one of the world’s best surfers and is sponsored by GoPro, NineFeetTall and Sudeste Sports.

He spends his life surfing the best spots in the world – and is a frequent visitor to the Nazaré, near Praia do Norte in Portugal – known for producing massive waves.

He added: “I fell off here two years ago during a big wave event and the waves were nowhere near as big as this one. It’s nice to be back here, I didn’t really have any doubts.

“It’s more terrifying afterwards when you’re watching the wave back because at the time you are so focused in the moment.

“I’ve been coming here each winter for six years with my teammate Sebastian Steudtner and now we’re one of the longest standing teams.

“On Friday, Sebastian had about five goes then I had my turn and that’s when the big one came.”

With the hard part done, Tom will now submit his evidence to the World Surf League ahead of the Big Wave Awards in April.

He added: “The World Surf League are the people that give the official confirmation, they work with Guinness.

“No one knows how they measure it, it’s a closed panel.

“The decision will be made in April but it’s exciting. I’ve made the last five for Barrel of the Year but I didn’t win it.

“They don’t rank it, they just give a winner out. It will either be the biggest wave or not.

“There’s more time to go yet, the Atlantic will keep producing big waves in January and February.”

Gran does her own version of ‘elf on the shelf’ in mischievous videos


A grandmother has attracted thousands of fans by doing her own version of ‘elf on the shelf’ – where she dresses up as Santa’s helper in a series of mischievous videos.

The traditional craze sees parents pose a naughty toy elf in various positions around their home every night to trick kids into thinking Santa is watching.

But fancy dress shop owner Christina Hutson, 50, has taken it a step further and has been dressing up as an elf herself.

Her husband Jason, 46, films himself catching her in the act – being naughty and causing havoc – and she posts the funny videos on Facebook for others to see.

Thousands of people have watched her scoffing mince pies while hiding inside the fridge, or creating sparks by pulling wires out the TV.

Another shows the mum-of-two stealing sweets off the tree, making a snow angel in flour, unrolling the loo roll, and turning the tree upside down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina said: “Everyone thinks that we are absolutely barmy but honestly it’s so hilarious.

“My daughters Laura and Sophie think I’m quite silly but people love it and it makes them laugh.

“We own a fancy dress shop so I love getting dressed up, especially as a naughty elf to play tricks on my family.

“‘Elf on the shelf’ is usually targeted at children and can be quite scary so we wanted to create something for the adults and make them laugh.”

The couple from North Marston, Buckinghamshire, is sharing one video on Facebook every day since mid-December, and plans to continue until Christmas Eve.

Christina said: “My husband always catches me in the act every time. I could never get away with anything.”

The ‘elf on the shelf’ craze started in 2005 as a children’s book which tells the story of how Santa sends a scout elf to check whether children are being naughty or nice.

Christina said: “It’s certainly been well received on social media but there’s quite a lot of people calling me a mad woman.

“But it certainly leaves them in hysterics whilst watching me make a fool of myself around the house.

“We have plenty more planned and have a big one planned for Christmas Eve before the elves return to the North Pole for another year.

“I can’t give too much away but it will be a big one to see in the festive season.

“The videos are really popular and I get people asking me when we are posting the next one.”

Christine’s step-daughter Leila Hutson, 25, a hairdresser from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, said: “When I first saw it on Facebook it was generally the funniest Christmas-sy thing I’ve seen all year.

“They are crazy grandparents to my two-year-old.”

Daughter Sophie Chamberlain, 23, from North Marston, said: “My parents are very creative and often do projects like this for the community’s enjoyment, so I’m glad their efforts are being appreciated.”

Daughter Laura Chamberlain, 25, an estate agent from Southampton, said: “When I saw the videos I really wasn’t surprised.

“It’s totally typical of my mischievous parents!”

Police release dashcam footage of driver swerving across motorway as part of Christmas drink-drive crackdown


Police have released shocking footage of a female motorist swerving between lanes on a busy motorway as part of a crackdown on Christmas drink-drivers.

The 25-year-old, who only had a provisional licence, was stopped at 6.20am on October 20 near junction 6 of the M6 in Birmingham and was over twice the legal limit.

She recorded 76 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit it 35.

The motorist had been travelling home the morning after a boozy party and can be seen in dashcam footage dangerously weaving between lanes.

The woman, from Weoley Castle, Birmingham, later pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.

She was disqualified from driving for 22 months and slapped with fines and costs of £275 at Birmingham Magistrates Court on November 20.

The footage has been released as part of West Midlands Police’s Christmas drink drive campaign

This weekend the force kicked off its annual month-long operation to crackdown on motorists who get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Sergeant Jon Butler, who is leading the campaign, said: “Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is a dangerous cocktail which can tragically cost lives.

“We want people to enjoy the festive season safely and there is no excuse for being irresponsible or reckless.

“Sadly this footage is not untypical of what we see from someone driving while intoxicated and it can be shocking how alcohol impacts a drivers’ control of their vehicle. Fortunately, no-one was injured on this occasion.”

Officers will carry out roadside breath tests and those caught over the limit risk of penalty points, losing their licence or even time behind bars.

The intelligence-led operation will also see officers armed with drug testing kits to check those suspected of being under the influence of illegal substances.

A giant inflatable Santa got loose and caused traffic chaos on a busy road


by Paul Fisher

A giant inflatable Santa Claus came loose from its moorings yesterday (27 Nov), causing traffic chaos in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

The AA’s official traffic alert read, “Partially blocked and slow traffic due to a large inflatable Santa on road on B198 Cromwell Road both ways in Wisbech.”

Muhammad Fareed captured some footage of the giant Santa Claus blocking the road
The giant Santa was reportedly bigger than a seven-seater car (Photo: Muhammad Fareed)

Footage of the escaped Santa Claus was captured by Peterborough Telegraph reader and taxi driver, Muhammad Fareed, who filmed the incident at around 1:30pm yesterday afternoon.

When contacted, Cambridgeshire Police said they had not been notified of the obstruction. Traffic was still able to pass the scene as only one lane of the road was blocked, but there were delays in either direction.

“I saw it wobble and then come down on to the road – it did raise a smile,” Mr Fareed told the BBC.

“It was massive – bigger than my seven-seater car.

A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site, Peterborough Telegraph

Shocking video appears to show Syrian refugee being pinned down and assaulted by school bully


by Albert Evans

Thousands of people have donated over £38,000 to a schoolboy subjected to an allegedly “racially-aggravated assault” captured in a video that has been shared widely on social media.

Police are investigating a report of a “racially-aggravated assault” against a 15-year-old boy after a violent video was circulated. Reports have suggested the boy is a Syrian refugee.

The victim, with his arm in a cast, is seen to be dragged to the floor by his neck before his attacker says “I’ll drown you” while forcing water from a bottle into the victim’s mouth.

The incident is said to have taken place on playing fields at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire on 25 October.

‘Absolutely shocking’

Barry Sheerman, MP for the town, said he had been supporting the boy and his family.

He tweeted, “Video of assault against one of my constituents absolutely shocking.

“Have been supporting the family since it was first brought to my attention.

“Understand from council that the school have taken strong action. Will be following up to ensure all available support is being given!”

The video has been shared thousands of times on social media. (Image: Twitter/Mohammed Khan)
The video has been shared thousands of times on social media (Photos: Twitter/Mohammed Khan)

The victim is reported to be a refugee from Syria and a fundraising page has received more than £38,000 since Tuesday night.

The video, was shared originally by Mohammed Khan, who said, “I am absolutely disgusted and mortified by the level of hate and ignorance shown by the cowards in this video.”

“It is of a Syrian refugee who has been bullied constantly in Almondbury High School where apparently…this hasn’t been taken seriously.”

The victim’s nationality has yet to be officially confirmed.

‘Racially-aggravated assault’

Superintendent Steve Dodds, of West Yorkshire Police Kirklees District, said, “We are investigating a report of a racially-aggravated assault of a 15-year-old boy which occurred on playing fields at Almondbury Community School at about 1pm on October 25.

“A 16-year-old boy has been interviewed by voluntary attendance in connection with the incident and we are continuing to progress the investigation.”

Kirklees Council said, “Neither us nor the school condone violence in any form and behaviour like this will not be tolerated.”

This article originally appeared on our sister site, inews

Watch as dogs hear Amazon Echo’s ‘Wolf Sounds’ feature for the first time


This video captures the moment two dogs first hear the ‘Wolf Sounds’ feature on the Amazon Echo, the voice-activated smart device.

The pair of adorable cockapoos can be seen giving the smart device a questioning look, tilting their heads from side to side.

The Wolf Sounds feature is one of the many Sleep and Relaxation Sounds available on the Amazon Echo.

Users can enable the free feature using the accompanying mobile app or visiting Amazon’s website and searching for “Sleep Sounds”.

Once installed on their smart device, users can activate the skill by saying “Alex, play Wolf Sounds”.

The comedic video doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident. Several five-star reviewers on Amazon reveal that dogs “love to sing along”.

Jean, 87, stars in nursing home’s touching recreation of John Lewis Christmas ad


This year’s eagerly anticipated John Lewis Christmas advert aired last week, with Elton John portraying the story of his life through the years.

However, residents of a nursing home have created their own version of the ad, making a touching through-the-ages video which stars one of its residents.

The leading lady is 87 year old Jean Clews, with staff and family members signing up to play younger versions of her in a story about how she dreamed of making her teddy fly as a young girl.

The touching video echoes the sentiment of this year’s John Lewis ad (Photo: SWNS)
The touching video echoes the sentiment of this year’s John Lewis ad (Photo: SWNS)

Making teddy fly

The video begins with a young Jean, played by six-year-old Ella (daughter of the home’s activities manager Laura Davis), blowing up balloons in a failed attempt to make her teddy bear fly.

Deputy manager Tina Lilly’s daughter Olivia, 12, then plays slightly older version of Ms Clews, in another attempt to launch the bear in her back garden a few years later.

Ms Lilly, 41, then plays Ms Clews as an adult, who briefly takes the bear out of its box and dusts it off, but seems to have forgotten about her childhood wish.

Ms Clews then plays herself in the final scenes when the bear finally takes to the skies with the help from the home workers and many helium balloons.

The real Ms Clews smiles with happiness when she sees the teddy rise up in a basket at Springfield House Care Home in Codsall, Staffordshire.

The home’s gardener stars in the video playing his ukulele, with the soundtrack to the video featuring Ms Davis singing Over The Rainbow.

This touching video echoes the sentiment of this year’s John Lewis ad, which features Sir Elton showing how a gift of a piano as a young boy shaped his life.

The video of Ms Clews fulfilling her childhood dreams racked up 19,000 Facebook views in just four days.

Ms Davis told Metro: “We’re so proud to have created something that seems to have touched the hearts of so many.”

“We had a really good few days filming this,” she said. “We really enjoyed it, especially the children.”

Watch as train narrowly misses ambulance abandoned on level crossing by getaway driver


Dashcam footage showing a getaway driver abandoning an ambulance on railway tracks in front of a high-speed train has now been released by police.

The police car chasing the vehicle captured the footage, which shows driver Shane Hughes, 41, from Halifax, stop just inches from the train as it passed through at 70mph, in Kildwick, North Yorkshire on July 13.

Hughes led officers on a chase for 37 miles before smashing the decommissioned ambulance through a railway barrier and jumping out of the vehicle, which then came within inches of colliding with the oncoming train.

The dashcam video shows Hughes driving the wrong way around a roundabout as he is followed by police, and after crashing through a barrier and stopping on the railway line, he is then seen running away from his vehicle.

A getaway driver abandoned an ambulance on railway tracks, narrowly missing a high-speed train (Photo: North Yorkshire Police)
A getaway driver abandoned an ambulance on railway tracks, narrowly missing a high-speed train (Photo: North Yorkshire Police)

Officers then frantically wave to try to warn the train driver of the danger ahead as it speeds past, just missing the getaway vehicle.

Hughes pleaded guilty to a number of driving offences and a charge of theft and was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court to 22 months in prison, and banned for driving for six years and 11 months.

A judge at Bradford Crown Court said it was the worst case of dangerous driving he had ever seen.

After sentencing, Traffic Constable Gemma Brett, of the Major Collision Investigation Unit who led the case for North Yorkshire Police, said: “On the day of these offences, Shane Hughes put numerous lives at risk and could have caused untold carnage.

“His actions were totally irresponsible, illegal and focused entirely on himself with no thought whatsoever for the safety of anyone else.”

This is the ‘stupid act’ that cost one motorist six points


A careless driver was caught out after his antics were caught on camera by traffic officers.

Video footage recorded by Highways England traffic officers led to a BMW driver admitting a charge of careless driving.

Highways England traffic officers have both front and rear-facing cameras fitted to their vehicles.
Jeremy Dillon, 51, was due to appear at court earlier this month, but admitted the charge by post.

The court heard how, on May 4 at around 5.30pm, the Highways England officers were in a vehicle heading a rolling roadblock put into place to allow an obstruction from the carriageway on the M6 northbound to be removed.

As the officers began the roadblock they noticed a BMW driving very close behind them and switching lanes, giving the officers the impression he was trying to get past.

The driver was seen to remove his hands from the wheel and, at one point, wave both of his arms out of the car window.

Police shared footage of the driver
Police shared footage of the driver

Dillon was subsequently interviewed by Cumbria Police. He initially told officers that he felt his driving was not careless. However, his actions were captured on the Highways England vehicle’s rear-facing camera, near junction 44, near Carlisle.

When Dillon was shown the footage, he accepted the distance between his own car and the Highways England vehicle would amount to driving without due care and attention.

Dillon said he could not recall sticking his arms out of the car window but accepted it was a “stupid act”.

He could not provide a reason for his behaviour other than being annoyed at being held up by the roadblock.

Dillon, of Hespek Raise, Carlisle, was fined £286 and received six penalty points on his licence.

Otter caught on supermarket CCTV wandering around store and evading staff


This is the moment an otter was caught on CCTV running around a supermarket.

The clip shows the slippery customer run through the doors from the street and past the tills – giving the cashier a shock.

Staff at Mr Price in Swinford, County Mayo, Ireland can be seen trying to corner the unexpected visitor, but it keeps running away through the aisles.

Store manager Cathy Nolan said an animal charity came to the rescue and took the otter away for treatment.

She said the expert said the animal had a chest infection and a temperature and was also close to starvation when it was found.

She added: “She is now nursing him back to health with all her other animals.”

The store put together a selection of treats and accessories from their pet aisle to send to the charity as a thank you for all their help.

Shocking CCTV footage shows pedestrian being shoved into traffic – after brushing shoulders with another man


Startling CCTV footage has been released of a “horrified” pedestrian being shoved in front of a taxi after brushing shoulders with another man.

The victim was walking along New Bridge Street in the City of London at around 8am on July 23 when he was pushed into the path of rush hour traffic.

The victim told police that before the incident he brushed shoulders and exchanged words with the suspect.

The victim continued to walk down the road on his way to work but he was followed by the suspect who then pushed him towards the oncoming cars.

City of London Police posted on Twitter: “After brushing shoulders and exchanging words with the suspect, the victim was pushed into a busy road at rush hour.

“We’re appealing for any witnesses to the incident. If you have any information please call us on 0207 601 2999.”

The victim suffered grazes to his hands and arms, but was not otherwise hurt.

Members of the public followed the suspect and one took a photograph of him, which has also been released by City of London Police:

A photo of the suspect was released by police
A photo of the suspect was released by police

A spokesman for the force said: “We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident in July or who may know the man in the photograph.

“The quick thinking actions of the taxi driver undoubtedly prevented this incident having much more severe consequences for the victim. However he is still naturally shocked and horrified by what happened to him.

“If you have any information that can assist our investigation please call us on 0207 601 2999.”

Horrifying dashcam footage shows car flipping on busy road and rolling 300m


The horrifying moment a Land Rover flipped over and rolled 300 metres through traffic on a busy road has been captured on dashcam footage.

The £30,000 car can be seen losing control in the right lane of the dual carriageway before turning on its side and veering into a cloud of dust.

The moment the Land Rover started to roll

The car narrowly misses a number of other vehicles as it ploughs through three lanes of traffic on the A11 near Six Mile Bottom in Cambridgeshire.

The crash which took place on Friday, November 9, happened in a 50mph zone.

Police later described the car as ‘half the size it should be’ when emergency services arrived at the scene after being called at 12.44pm.

The moment the Land Rover started to roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “We were called to the incident at 12.44pm after reports of an RTC on the A11 near Six Mile Bottom.

“A Land Rover Discovery had rolled 300m along the carriageway and ended up 15m into a ditch, on its roof.

“Traffic officers said the car was ‘half the size of what it should be’ and referred to the driver as a ‘miracle male.’

“Witnesses said it was a spectacular incident and the driver walked away with only slight injuries.”

The moment the Land Rover rolled over

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highways England tweeted yesterday : “The exit slip road on the A11 on to the A1304 near Six Mile Bottom is closed due to a collision where a car has left the carriageway. Please take care on approach.”

The exit slip road was closed for around two hours to allow recovery to take place.

Shocking footage shows woman attacking driver after climbing on car bonnet


Video footage of a woman attacking a man after climbing on his car bonnet has gone viral.

The mobile phone footage of the incident in Doncaster on Wednesday night has been shared thousands of times on social media.

Filmed by a teenage schoolboy, the footage shows a woman stopping a car in the middle of the street to block its path.

She is then seen climbing onto the bonnet.

A woman was captured attacking a motorist in Mexborough
A woman was captured attacking a motorist in Mexborough

When she climbs down she then stops another car and pulls its windscreen wipers up.

The driver of the second car is seen getting out and questioning the woman about her behaviour.

A scuffle follows and the woman can then be seen punching the man’s head.

Members of the public then intervene but as the driver tries to get back into his car the woman returns and slams the car door into him.

She is then seen kicking the door.

A police investigation into the incident is underway after it was reported to the force.

Officers have also viewed the mobile phone footage.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

CCTV footage shows armed robber raiding Tesco – before trying to steal a police car


By Michael Drummond

An armed robber who raided a Tesco with a wheelie bin and carried out a ‘harrowing’ attack on a police officer has been jailed.

Owen Smith, 29, and another man drove up to a petrol station at Redkiln Way, Horsham about 12.30am on July 6 wearing balaclavas.

Police have now released shocking CCTV footage, which shows the robbery and later assault on the police officer.

Owen Smith was jailed for his part in the robbery and attack
Owen Smith was jailed for his part in the robbery and attack

Smith, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty in August to robbery, making threats with an offensive weapon, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, driving whilst disqualified and stealing number plates, Hove Crown Court heard.

The two men can be seen bringing a wheelie bin into the store and demanding that the staff member open the tills. The second man has never been identified, Hove Crown Court heard today.

CCTV footage shows the 'harrowing' attack on a female police officer. Picture: Sussex Police
CCTV footage shows the ‘harrowing’ attack on a female police officer. Picture: Sussex Police

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “An assessment was being carried out when a police car on routine patrol happened to pull onto the Tesco Express garage forecourt and discovered the crime in progress.

“The officers quickly called for assistance from other units, while trying to get other members of the public, who were turning up at petrol station, to stay away.

“However Smith had seen the officers turn up and ran at them threatening them with a baseball bat. He managed to open the police car door and attack PC Ellie Young, pulling her from her seat.

“PC Young received injuries to her arms, legs, neck and shoulder but bravely, she, along with her colleague PC Vicky Canales, continued to tackle Smith. Within seconds back-up arrived and Smith was Tasered and arrested. His accomplice ran off and is still being sought.”

The two men ripped parts of shelves off to get at the high value cigarettes
The two men ripped parts of shelves off to get at the high value cigarettes

Detective Chief Inspector Justina Beeken said the attack on her officer was ‘harrowing’.

She said: “Watching the CCTV of Owen Smith attacking our officers is absolutely harrowing, not least due to the ferocity of the attack, and I commend the officers’ bravery and commitment that evening in arresting him.

“No officer should be attacked while doing their job and I am thankful that no officers were more seriously hurt.

“I also commend those officers who ran to their colleagues’ assistance, trying to prevent Smith from getting away from the scene, without a moment’s thought for their own safety.

“Smith’s behaviour has also had an impact on those working in the Tesco Express that evening who were also threatened while going about their job.”

Judge Jeremy Gold QC jailed Smith for 10 years, with an additional four year licence period to be served after that. Comments from the judge, as well as from the victims, will be published soon.

Video provided by Sussex Police.

Originally published on our sister title, West Sussex County Times

Shocking video shows gangs of youths shooting fireworks at each other in residential street


A gang of around ten youths were caught on camera launching rockets and roman candles at rivals in the middle of a busy residential neighbourhood.

Footage of the dangerous action shows members of the gang lighting fireworks in their hands and aiming them towards one and other across a park.

The clip was captured near the Shepherdess Walk Park in Hoxton, London, on Saturday evening at around 8.30pm.

The footage resembled scenes of wizarding duels from the Harry Potter film series, where firework-like effects are fired towards characters.

The youths then take to the surrounding streets with the fireworks and continue to fire them directly at each other.

One of the gang members is even hit by one of the fireworks from close range.

Loud explosions can be heard on the video clip, as well as the sound of laughter from some members of the gang.

Gang fires handheld fireworks in London Street

Witness James Castle, 38, was relaxing at home with his girlfriend, but reached for his phone to record the clip in “disbelief” after being disturbed by the noise outside his flat.

He said: “We were watching TV and heard loud explosions close by. My first reaction was to phone the police. They were showing a blatant disregard to the safety of themselves and members of the public.

“They were actually firing them directly at each other. It was extremely dangerous.”

He described seeing people “running” in the street as the gangs launched the explosives at each other across the open Shepherdess Walk Park.

Gang fires handheld fireworks in London Street

He added: “My first thought was about how many people usually walk up and down the street.

“A lot of families live nearby. I was concerned for the welfare of the public. There were people running in the street.

“It’s just simply shocking that people would do that in the middle of the street.

“It did look like they were getting enjoyment out of it. It could have had a devastating impact on someone’s life.”

He recalls how at one point during the five-minute firework brawl, bushes near the park caught fire.

The fire service were called by a member of the public to extinguish the flames.

Dashcam footage shows driver going the wrong way around roundabout into head-on traffic


This is the moment a motorist narrowly avoided disaster going the wrong way around a roundabout into head-on traffic.

The footage was captured on the dashcam of Shujah Saklain on a busy Saturday afternoon last weekend.

The blue car ahead can clearly be seen approaching the roundabout in Peterborough before pulling onto the wrong side of the road and driving anti-clockwise around the junction before pulling off across oncoming vehicles.

Footage shows the driver going the wrong way round the roundabout
Footage shows the driver going the wrong way round the roundabout

Shujah tweeted: “This guy just drove the wrong way on the roundabout on a busy Sat afternoon towards oncoming traffic #Dangerousdriving.

Originally published on our sister title Peterborough Today

Dashcam footage shows moment mum and daughter were almost ‘wiped out’ by overtaking lorry


By Damian Holmes

A mum has made a heartfelt appeal for all drivers to think twice before overtaking after she and her teenage daughter were almost wiped out by a lorry.

Dramatic dashcam footage shows Kim Lovelace having to take evasive action to avoid an oncoming lorry on the A16 last week.

The near miss on the A16 caught on dashcam

And now Ms Lovelace, who lives with daughter Mary, 13, in Old Leake, has told how she burst into tears in the aftermath of the incident as she realised how close they had come to a horrific accident.

The heart-stopping footage was shared on the ‘Idiot Drivers in Lincolnshire and the UK’ Facebook page.

It shows the vehicle the dashcam is in is travelling at more than 50mph as the lorry overtakes it, and the oncoming headlights of Kim’s car approaching in the same lane as the overtaking lorry.

Ms Lovelace has nowhere to go, and the video shows how close the lorry comes to ploughing into her before she is able to swerve onto the verge at the side of the road and emerge on the other side of the lorry. The video shows her car almost touching the HGV as it emerges.

‘My heart was in my mouth’

She recalls: “As I came around the bend, I could see two sets of lorry head lights coming towards me on either side of the road. I immediately took my foot off the accelerator. I was travelling at 60mph at the time.

“I realised the lorry wasn’t past the other lorry enough to get in on time so I started to brake and then realised I’d still have to pull into the verge to give it enough room to pass.

“It passed so closely that I had no time to identify any details of the lorry or trailer. My heart was in my mouth. I grabbed my daughter on her leg and was just in total shock for a few seconds, and then I burst into tears.

“My little Fiat 500 would not have stood a chance against a lorry.”

Scottish woman films amusing video of cow charging with bucket on its head


A visitor to the scenic Scottish island of Uist was met with an unusual sight as she filmed a herd of cattle.

Louisa Queen from Edinburgh captured the amusing video of one cow which had got a bucket stuck on its head.

Posting the video on a public Facebook page, she wrote: “Saw this little cracker on Uist last week while walking the Hebridean Way…”

The unfortunate Uist cow a bucket on its head
The unfortunate Uist cow a bucket on its head (Photo: Louisa Queen)

In the clip, a herd of cattle begins to charge down a field on the Hebridean island, with the cow with the bucket on its head bringing up the rear.

The video, posted last Saturday, won over many fans on Facebook, although one viewer questioned whether the cow needed help.

However, Louisa responded: “I can assure you no animals were hurt as part of this video…. Also the farmer was there and well aware. Cows love to play. It wasn’t in any distress.”

As she’s filming, Louisa says: “It’s not very often you get to see this thundering down the road towards you.”

And as the brown cow with the bucket passes, she adds: “Especially this guy.”

This pub-goer climbed a 150ft bridge to escape police after being refused a drink


A pub-goer who climbed to the top of a 150ft suspension bridge to escape police after being refused a drink in a pub has been jailed.

Video footage captures Craig Lee Jones, 31, walking along the railings to the highest point of the Menai Suspension Bridge, where he remained for an hour.

The clip shows him climbing up to the highest point, with his arms outstretched, then wandering around on the top with his hands in his pockets.

He can be seen sitting down on the stone plinth in Anglesey, Wales, taking his shirt off, and then jogging down the sloped bridge support.

Jones admitted causing a public nuisance, threatening behaviour, destroying property and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Jailing him for eight months, Judge Huw Rees said the episode “beggars belief”.

The court heard the caravan park worker from Bangor had been for lunch with his girlfriend on September 15 but was refused a drink because he was on a Pubwatch list.

He lost his temper and stormed out of the Antelope Inn, breaking a glass pane in the door, it was heard.

When police were called, Jones ran to the 200-year-old bridge and climbed over the railings, the court heard.

Police had to close off the bridge causing two-hour long tailbacks while Jones walked along the railings with his t-shirt off and made phone calls, it was heard.

Paramedics, firefighters, coastguards and an RNLI lifeboat supported the police in trying to get Jones down from the bridge safely.

He came down voluntarily after an hour at the top.

Police hunt Audi driver after CCTV footage shows shocking hit-and-run


Shocking footage shows the moment a 64-year-old man was mown down by a powerful Audi in a horrific hit-and-run.

The victim was crossing the road when he was struck by the white Audi A3 or S3 model leaving him with critical injuries.

CCTV shows the moment the car speeds towards the man on St James Lane, Willenhall, Coventry, at 7.20pm on Monday

The victim, who lives near the crash site, was rushed to hospital where he is still fighting for life.

Parts left at the scene indicate that it the car was an Audi A3 or S3 manufactured in 2012/13.

Shocking CCTV shows moment a 64-year-old man was mown down in hit-and-run

Sergeant Alan Wood, of West Midlands Police, said: “I would appeal to the driver of this vehicle to think about the consequences of their actions and identify yourself to us.

“The impact has left a man critically injured but you now have an opportunity to at least start to put this right by handing yourself in and doing the decent thing.

“We have released CCTV to get help from the community of Coventry – does anyone who was in the area on the night of the collision or have any dash-cam footage of a white Audi that may give us a registration number of this vehicle?”

Seal slaps kayaker in the face with an octopus in extraordinary video


By Akilah Russell

A kayaker was slapped in the face by a seal with an octopus while on an excursion in New Zealand.

The once-in-a-lifetime event was captured by GoPro content creator Kyle Mulinder, who was visibly stunned by the humorous attack.

Since the video was posted online it has become a viral sensation.

‘What a day to remember’

In the clip, which is currently making it way around the net, you see Kyle enjoying the waves with his team.

Suddenly the water next to him gets rough and a seal jumps out with an octopus in its mouth – and slaps Kyle directly in the face.

Kyle Mulinder gets struck by the octopus (Photo: Kyle Mulinder
Sealed with a slap: Kyle Mulinder gets struck by the octopus (Photo: Kyle Mulinder / Instagram)

Taiyo told our sister title iNews: “We were kayaking in the winter NZ Kaikoura, beautiful day, seals were swimming and enjoying sun on the rocks.

“Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around.

“We just thought they were refreshing their body, yet apparently they were seeking more food.

“One seal swims right next to us, having an octopus in his mouth, pops right up of the surface next to us, then tries to chew up the leg but ended up slapping our face!”

He went on: “Such a raw moment, brought us so much laugh to all of us all day long.

“What a day to remember!”

Dinner time

The angry little seal is reportedly a New Zealand fur seal – one of many that live near South Island.

The sea creatures have octopus as a staple in their diets, usually grabbing them on the sea floor.

Seals often rise to the surface when ripping off tentacles before eating the body – this one however proved to be a very messy eater.

Bride’s hilarious wedding dance video with dad – featuring Madness, Queen and Beyonce – goes viral


By Darren Burke

This is the hilarious moment a bride and her dad become a viral web sensation with their amazing wedding dance video.

Amie Milner and proud dad Ian Richards strutted around the dancefloor to whoops and cheers as they bopped to a string of hits – and the video of their unique and funny routine has become a smash hit with more than 15,000 views.

Amie Milner and dad Ian show off their dance moves in the viral wedding video

Amie from Doncaster, who tied the knot with husband Liam on Saturday, says she’s stunned at how popular the video of the pair dancing to songs such as the Monkees’ Daydream Believer, One Step Beyond by Madness and Single Ladies by Beyonce has become.

She said: “The response has been absolutely incredible. All kinds of people have been watching it and saying how amazing it is.

“Even though it was my wedding day, people have been saying that dad was the star of the day and telling me: ‘Your dad’s a legend‘.”

In the clip, the pair can be seen ‘Nutty Boy’ dancing to ska legends Madness – complete with shades – before launching into a disco dance routine to the Bee Gees’ classic Stayin’ Alive.

The dance routine formed part of the celebrations for Amie’s marriage to Liam

The pair then rock out to Queen’s much-loved Bohemian Rhapsody with a few headbanging and air guitar moves before copying Beyonce’s sultry moves on Single Ladies.

Dance teacher Amie, 29, came up with the idea shortly after getting engaged to Liam, also 29 – and since then, her and her dad, a former police officer, have been having secret lessons to hone their routine.

She said: “We managed to keep it a secret from everyone until the night. People knew something was going on because dad was going to the studio with me but no-one knew what was going to happen or what the songs were going to be.

“People had asked if me and Liam were going to do a dance routine but we just wanted an ordinary romantic one and that’s where the idea came up to do something with my dad.”

Amie said the choice of songs tied into her and her 53-year-old dad’s love of the same songs and added: “He loves Madness, so we had to have that in there. And when I was a kid we used to headbang together to Queen.”

But right up until a few moments before unveiling their slick dance moves to their 130 guests, the pair were sneaking in a few last minute rehearsals.

Added Amie: “I wasn’t nervous because I dance all the time but dad wanted to have one last quick run through, so while they were setting the buffet out, we sneaked off and did the routine out of sight of everyone else!”

Such was the incredible response to the pair’s antics, Amie and her dad reprised the routine once more at the end of the night as cameras captured their moves.

She said: “People were chanting my dad’s name. He was brilliant and it went absolutely perfectly. People got to see a different side to him.”

This article originally appeared on our sister site, the Yorkshire Post.

Shocking footage shows ‘zombie spice’ addicts on UK streets


By Colin Ainscough

Shocking footage has been captured showing three people sparked out on a public bench in broad daylight after apparently taking the zombie drug ‘Spice’.

The two men and a woman lie unconscious on the seat and the ground below as pedestrians walk past them in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Marketing boss Daniel Healey, 35, captured the pictures and video footage from his office window shortly after 2pm last Tuesday (Sept 12).

He said: “It’s completely freaked me out, they look like the addicts are virtually dead.

“They are plaguing the streets and it’s very harrowing and freaky to watch but members of the public just simply walk past and don’t care.

Shocking footage shows ‘Zombie’ spice addicts on the streets of Lancashire

“It’s like the street is turning into zombie central from the footage and photos, it’s disturbing.”

Spice is a psychoactive drug which is a former legal high and designed to mimic the effects of cannabis.

Concerns about the substance have been repeatedly raised around the UK in recent years.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, the Lancashire Evening Post.

This hilarious footage shows a pub-goer’s failed attempt to do the Worm


This is the hilarious moment a pub-goer attempts to pull off the ‘Worm’ dance move – before falling flat on his face and kicking drinks into the air.

The amusing footage, filmed by a pal, shows the 44-year-old man dropping down to perform his “party trick”.

The Worm is a dance motion associated with breakdancing when the dancer lies prone position and forms a rippling motion through their body.

In this case, the ‘dancer’, who did not wish to be named, can be seen trying to perform the Worm – also known as the Swan dive – but as he drops down, his legs kick a table behind him.

Around four glasses filled with drink can then be seen flying in the air, as a number of pub-goers can be heard cheering and laughing.

‘It didn’t hurt him – just hurt his pride’

An eyewitness filmed his friend at the Childwall Fiveways pub, in Liverpool on Friday night.

He said: “He went to do a swan dive but his feet flicked up at the back and knocked everything.

“It didn’t hurt him – just hurt his pride.

“But he laughed about it.

“It is his little party trick, he always performs it when we are out but this time it didn’t work.

“The manager came over after and we showed the video, everyone was just laughing.”

Watch the tense moment a pilot lands vintage plane on busy beach after running out of fuel


by Albert Evans

Video captured the moment a pilot was forced to land a vintage aircraft on a busy Devon beach after he ran out of fuel mid-air.

Pilot Zac Rockey, 47, was forced to bring his 1930s light aircraft in to land on the beach while his passenger, Trudi Spiller, frantically waved out the window warning bathers to move.

No-one was hurt during the landing, which happened on Jacob’s Ladder beach in Sidmouth, Devon, on 5 May.

Air accident investigators found an engine fault had caused the plane to burn fuel at a fast rate – leaving the pilot with just two litres left at 1,200ft.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said he had to swerve to avoid bathers and land safely on the beach after he struggled to find another place to land.

The report said: “At a height of approximately 1,200 ft, whilst flying a short distance off the coast near Sidmouth, the engine lost power. “The terrain inland was undulating and crossed by hedges and wires, so the pilot determined that the most favourable option for a forced landing was an adjacent south-facing beach.

Gliding distance

“The pilot reported that the long straight beach appeared clear of people and easily within gliding distance.

“Approaching the western end of the beach he noticed several bystanders watching from the water’s edge and positioned the aircraft to avoid them, landing in a short distance on the surface of pebbles and sand.

“The pilot and passenger disembarked unaided and without injury, and pushed the largely undamaged aircraft above the high tide mark with the assistance of those present.”

The vintage plane was pushed above the high water line with the help of bystanders (Photo: SWNS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zac and Trudi had spent Saturday afternoon taking the World War One-era plane down to Bodmin Airfield for an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

It was as the pair were making their way back to Branscombe that the plane suddenly started to lose power – before the engine then cut out completely.

Not ideal

Speaking at the time he said: “You know what – I have had better runways. It was not ideal.”

The AAIB report published on September 13 concluded: “The aircraft made a successful forced landing on a beach following a loss of engine power.

“A spring in the fuel primer operating system had become disconnected, causing the primer to continue operating and resulting in the available fuel being consumed faster than expected.”

This article originally appeared on our sister site, iNews

Watch the terrifying moment a speeding van flies over a busy roundabout


This amazing footage appears to capture a Dukes of Hazzard-style moment when a speeding van flies through the air after hitting a roundabout.

The silver Citroen van is caught hurtling along a dual carriageway before failing to stop and launching into the air as it strikes the cambered edge of the roundabout.

Not badly injured

Motorcyclist Andy Daynes, 35, said he caught the footage on his helmet cam while driving behind the van on the A11 at Attleborough, Norfolk, earlier this year.

Andy, of Hingham, Norwich said: “I was actually on my motorbike behind him so I saw it all.

“I pulled over along with some other drivers to see if he was OK.

“He had to be cut out of the van – but he seemed to be alright, he wasn’t badly injured.”

‘Didn’t see the roundabout coming’

“It is quite a bad roundabout, he just didn’t see what was coming because he was going so fast,” added Mr Daynes.

“He was on his own, he had a few cuts and bruises but the ambulance came straight away and took him to hospital.

“He just didn’t see the roundabout coming.”

Norfolk police today said it was trying to establish whether it had a record of the incident which Mr Daynes said happened in January.

England fan punched police horse after World Cup defeat to Croatia


A man punched a police horse in the head after the England vs Croatia World Cup semi-final match, a court heard.

Scott Spurling, 23, lashed out at the service animal, named Quantock, as a booze-fuelled fracas broke out following England’s football defeat on July 11.

Spurling struck Quantock on the side of the head as the horse was ridden in by PS David Williams in an attempt to break up a fight Spurling had become involved in.

Spurling additionally threw two punches at victim Ron Ganfield, striking him on the side of his head and causing a cut under his right eye.

And the booze-fuelled fight also saw recently-unemployed Spurling, of Weston-super-Mare, throw a punch at Avon and Somerset police constable Mark Hodder, striking him on his body armour.

Spurling was sentenced on Thursday at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court to a 10-week community order and a 10-week curfew, and was ordered to pay £500 compensation to Ron Ganfield.

Scott Spurling arrives at Weston-Super-Mare Magistrates Court (Photo: SWNS)

The magistrates were told that on July 11 at approximately 9.50pm, Spurling had been in Allstars Sports Bar in Regent Street in Weston-super-Mare watching the World Cup semi-final match.

Prosecutor Rebecca Pearce told how, a short time later, the defendant left the bar and was standing in the street outside when a fight broke out between Spurling and another male.

Ms Pearce said: “The victim of Mr Spurling’s assault, a man named Ron Ganfield, approached Mr Spurling and attempted to push him away from the other male with open palms.

“The defendant then punched Ron Ganfield three times to the side of his face, unprovoked, causing a cut above his left eye.”

The prosecutor continued: “Mr Ganfield then moved away into Allstars, and Mr Spurling became involved in another altercation.”

Ms Pearce told how police officers had at this time arrived at the scene to break up the altercation.

“Mounted police sergeant David Williams moved towards Mr Spurling using a diagonal leg-lock move used by horses to disperse crowds,” said Ms Pearce.

“Mr Spurling then swung round and punched the horse to the side of his head, and was heard cheering the action.”

The court heard that PC Mark Hodder, who witnessed the punch to the service animal, then approached the defendant and attempted to arrest him.

But Spurling then allegedly aimed a clenched fist towards the right side of PC Hodder’s face – which missed, instead punching the officer’s stab vest.

Spurling was then arrested at 9.55pm and placed in the back of a police van, before being taken to Patchway Custody Station and further being arrested at 10.25pm for his assault on Ran Ganfield.

Chair of the magistrates Adrienne Henderson imposed a 10-week community order on Spurling for all three of his offences, as well as a 10-week curfew from 7pm to 7am.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £500 to Ron Ganfield for his injuries and loss of earnings.

Steve Coogan stands up for commuters sitting in first class on packed train


Steve Coogan has been spotted exchanging words with a ticket inspector who told passengers they could not stand in the carriage without first class tickets.

One commuter said: “He was saying that it was outrageous that they should face any penalty and that they should have somewhere to sit.

“He was being very chivalrous defending the other passengers. There was one woman who was being told to leave even though she had a lot of luggage and wanted to stay with her bags.

Steve Coogan in discussion with the ticket inspector
Steve Coogan in discussion with the ticket inspector (Photo: SWNS)

“The train was ridiculously overcrowded with people packed into the aisles and a few passengers had wandered into the first class carriage simply to find a seat or somewhere a little bit more comfortable to stand.”

Sadly the comedian’s efforts came to nothing as the commuters were ushered out of the first class carriage on the overcrowded 8.46 train from Lewes, Sussex, to London Victoria this morning.

The onlooker added: “The outcome was that the passengers were forced to leave anyway.

“There was a ticket inspector and a guard in the carriage. The guard said to the other passengers: ‘I don’t think the ticket inspector realises who he is.'”

It is difficult to hear what Coogan is saying but can be heard telling the guard he is ‘not being pragmatic’.

The funniest Twitter reactions to Theresa May’s dancing


Theresa May has been dancing again.

The Prime Minister’s trade tour of Africa has thrown up some rather cringe-worthy footage when Mrs May was captured attempting to replicate the moves of Cape Town schoolchildren earlier this week.

But yesterday she had another attempt at a dance while attempting to mimic the moves of a group of Kenyan scouts.

It’s not the Prime Minister’s job to be fleet-footed of course, but the results were not likely to impress Craig Revel Horwood.

And Twitter waded in hilariously.

‘I’m going to have nightmares’

Some prayed to a higher power to keep the videos away

A robot dance pioneer weighed in…

The latest video got paired with some meme-worthy music

The post-Brexit Macarena?

Could reality shows come calling?

Harsh?

#StopDancing

Most took a cynical approach

While others just called it ‘gross’

Originally published on our sister title, iNews

Video shows girl, 5, left speeding along motorway after parents flung off motorbike


A five-year-old girl was left speeding along a motorway on a motorbike after her parents were flung off the back in a collision with another motorcyclist.

The little girl travelled a nail-biting 200 metres along Tumakuru-Bengaluru Highway, India, miraculously avoiding dozens of speeding vehicles.

Dashcam footage shows the family impatiently trying to overtake vehicles on the multi-lane carriageway in Karnataka, India, before slamming into the back of a scooter.

The collision sends both mum and dad off the big motorbike while their daughter is left holding onto the fuel tank for dear life.

The young girl then travels 200 metres, crossing the three-way carriageway, and narrowly misses colliding with a truck before she safely crash lands on a patch of grass.

Onlookers were then seen to be rushing to the aid of the young girl.

The scooter rider was also admitted to Nelamangala Government Hospital after sustaining several head injuries.

The unnamed female motorbike passenger was also admitted to hospital after suffering minor bruises on her forehead.

The biker – believed to be the little girl’s dad – fled from the scene.

Nelamangala Traffic Police Inspector Ramesh G R said: “The biker was riding rashly and that too without a helmet and fled from the scene after the accident.

“A case of rash and negligent riding has been registered against the biker.”

Watch: Investigation after police officer’s ‘open handed strike’ of 14-year-old girl


Lancashire Police has promised a full investigation into a video which appears to show a police officer striking a teenage girl.

The film, which was circulated on social media, seems to show a teenage girl being violently restrained by police officers in Accrington, Lancashire.

But police have now responded, saying their officers had come under attack.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “At around 5.45pm last night, police officers were flagged down by a member of the public who reported that a large group of youths were fighting at the Market Hall on Peel Street, Accrington.

“The officers attended straightaway and when they arrived the group turned on them.

“As the officers dealt with the incident they used reasonable force to bring the situation under control. This involved the use of an open hand strike when a 14 year old female attempted to grab the officer’s taser and radio. She was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. She has been interviewed and has since been referred to the Youth Offending Team.

“A 52 year old female was also arrested at the scene for assaulting a police officer and is still in custody.”

Chief Constable Andy Rhodes added: “I am aware of the mobile phone footage of this incident and have reviewed it personally. My officers have responded as a result of a concerned member of the public and have been met by a very hostile situation. As they’ve brought the situation under control officers have been assaulted and have received medical treatment as a result.

“It is very easy to judge from the side lines without the full facts when you’ve never been in a similar situation yourself. These are your police officers and they are here to keep you safe. They do not come to work to be assaulted and they have my full support.

“Perhaps those filming the incident may have better used their time helping the officers to calm the situation.”

This story was originally published on our sister title, Lancashire Evening Post

Tiny kittens rescued from derelict building that was due to be demolished


Three trapped kittens had a lucky escape after being rescued by builders who heard their cries coming from under the floorboards of a restaurant they were about to demolish.

The team of workmen spent a painstaking three hours freeing the animals after they became stuck inside the walls of the derelict building.

George Harman and his colleagues discovered the kittens as they were working on the former restaurant in Reading last week.

The builders were carrying out end-of-day checks on the building which they were set to demolish in a few hours time when they heard tiny cries coming from inside.

They set about finding the source of the noise and were shocked to discover a black kitten crying for its mother when they looked down a hole in the floorboards.

kittens

The team set about carefully cutting and removing floorboards and eventually came across another two stranded kittens.

Video footage shows the tiny creatures covered in debris and cobwebs following the three hour rescue mission.

George Harman, Project Manager at Bellwood Homes, said: “The third kitten was the challenge.

“We had heard more cries in the room but then there was silence. When it started crying again we managed to trace the noise to a bay window.

“We removed more and more flooring but we still couldn’t see a kitten anywhere. We could still hear the cries and then we realised they were coming from inside the wall.

“We started to remove each block by hand, gently tapping the blocks with a hammer trying to loosen them without causing any disruption or discomfort to the kitten.

“We removed 10 concrete blocks in total to find that a third kitten had somehow got into the cavity of the building.

kittens

The kittens looked to be in a pretty poorly state with gunk around their eyes.

“They were covered in cobwebs, dirt and dust and were so small you could feel every bone in their body. I can only imagine that they were starving hungry.”

There was no sign of the kittens’ mother so George took them to the Blue Cross’s re-homing centre in Lewknor.

The kittens were so young that they initially required around the clock care, having to be bottle-fed every four hours and helped to go to the toilet in the absence of their mother.

Now aged five weeks, the trio, who have been named Bill, Elle and Beatrix, are getting stronger by the day and will be going to new homes when they are old enough.

Laura Smart, Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross Lewknor, fostered the kittens at her home.

Thief caught on video trying to sell bike back to family he stole it from


A thief was caught red-handed on video trying to sell a stolen bike for £100 – back to the family he stole it from.

The footage was filmed by mum Jemma Shaw, 29, who lured the thief in to her home after offering to buy the bike less than 24 hours after it was taken.

Jemma Shaw spotted the bicycle for sale on Facebook just hours after it was stolen on Sunday (Photo: SWNS)

Jemma’s 12-year-old son Alfie Whitby had his beloved BMX stolen from a park close to their home in Cleethorpes on Sunday (August 5).

Mum-of-two Jemma scoured Facebook and saw the thief had listed the item for sale on a local selling site, so she contacted the seller to see if she could have a look at it.

Bike post on facebook.

The hapless thief can be heard on the video saying ‘I’ve had it for ages’ after being challenged by Jemma about where he got the bike from.

He is seen trudging into her front room with the bike and she challenges him: “No you haven’t, you stole this yesterday, you’re on video.”

The thief, who was sporting a South Park t-shirt, then says ‘errr, ok then’ before running out the front door.

But it wasn’t all bad news for Jemma and Alfie – who bought the bike for £160 new – as the thief had even fixed his broken back brake.

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: “We always encourage anyone who has had any property stolen to call us in the first instance and report it.”

Dramatic drone footage shows entire mountainside engulfed in flames


This incredible drone footage shows the fires sweeping 250 hectares of the Horseshoe Pass area.

More than 60 of firefighters have been battling the series of blazes at Llangollen, North Wales, for three weeks.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have been working around the clock to put out the flames after the wildfire started on July 19.

A spokesperson said: “We still have two appliances there, as well as the incident command unit and the environmental protection unit, and the crews are damping down and dealing with hotspots.

“The area affected is about ten square kilometres. The future challenges are primarily associated with monitoring the site to ensure that any hotspots do not flare up again.

“The hotspots involve peat burning deep underground which is difficult to see.

“They make the ground quite hot and can easily flare up in the wind picks up.”

Drivers caught on camera taking shortcuts through fields to avoid roadworks


These brazen drivers were caught on camera taking a sneaky shortcut through a field to avoid an 11-mile diversion.

The desperate drivers stopped at nothing to avoid a 20-metre section of a main road which is currently closed for roadworks.

The off-road route has become a popular diversion amongst impatient motorists – including a Royal Mail van which was spotted taking the shortcut.

The field leads on to the back of residential homes where neighbours say cars have been cutting through the area for at least a year.

The cars can often be seen avoiding the roadworks in the village of Lakenheath, Suffolk because it seems they aren’t prepared to go the long way round.

Incredible footage shows wild pony herd stampeding across moorland


You might think this is a scene from the lush, greenlands of America as a herd of stallions gallop over the horizon, but this video was captured as crowds gathered to watch as the massive herd was moved on UK moorland.

Dawn Westcott, 52, captured the crossing on film and said some people in the crowd were brought to tears by the sight.

The video was captured as the massive herd of around 100 ponies travelled across Brendon Common, passing through Lancombe Crossing in Exmoor, Devon.

Dawn, co-founder of the Exmoor Pony Project, said: “Brendon Common is one of the largest and wildest moorlands of Exmoor National Park.

This incredible image shows Britain’s largest wild pony herd – stampeding across a moorland.

“The ponies are truly semi-feral and have to be tough and robust to survive and thrive in the challenging conditions and terrain.

“The video shows the Tippbarlake Exmoor pony herd which is the largest Exmoor pony herd in the world.”

This towering 50ft ‘firenado’ broke out during a factory blaze


A giant spiral of flames known as a “firenado” broke out during a factory blaze.

The 50ft-high column of swirling fire could be seen up to 26 miles away after the inferno broke out in the early hours of Tuesday.

Fifty firefighters rushed to Ravensbourn plastics factory in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, just after 1.40am to tackle the blaze.

Ten fire engines from three counties spent 12 hours at the scene, where 600,000 plastic pallets were destroyed.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service filmed the incredible moment a 50ft “firenado” spiralled into the air from the centre of the blaze.

What is a firenado?

The phenomenon, also called a “fire whirl”, occurs when cool air enters the top of an area of hot air.

The road was closed in both directions while fire crews battled the blaze. East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but no injuries were reported.

Ten fire engines from three counties spent 12 hours at the scene
Ten fire engines from three counties spent 12 hours at the scene

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said: “In the early hours of Tuesday, firefighters from Ashby Station were called to a large fire at Occupation Lane, Swadlincote.

“Whist we were firefighting at Occupation Lane we witnessed a firenado or a fire whirl.

“It’s created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire involved approximately 100 metres x 100 metres of stacked plastic pallets.

“At the height of the fire, ten fire engines, crews and specialist appliances from across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire had been at the incident.”

Fire investigators are still trying to establish the cause of the blaze.

‘Like a scene from a horror film’

The film of the firenado was posted on Facebook and quickly went viral with thousands of people sharing and viewing the footage.

Facebook user Rob Higham said: “It was me who called 999 and I smashed the locks off both sets of gates ready for you guys.

User Val Ingram said: “Thanks for all you do that looks like a scene from a horror film.”

User Anita O’Connell said: “Hope everyone (including fire service) are all okay.”

Factory owners David Meredith, 74, and his son Russell, 36, said three members of staff were in the factory at the time of the blaze but they escape unharmed.

Watch: ‘Reckless’ driver filmed ‘swerving into path of cyclists’ after row


Police are hunting for a “reckless” driver seen in footage on social media arguing with a cyclist before driving at him “at speed”.

IT consultant Dave Clifton, 50, was nearly struck by the driver of a black Audi A3 in Clapham, south-west London, at around 8am last Wednesday.

Scotland Yard issued an appeal on Sunday after being unable to track down the “dangerous” man after he sped away in reverse from an officer.

Watch the video below. Warning: very strong language.

“Luckily no-one was seriously injured or even killed by this reckless driver,” Detective Constable James Preston said.

Mr Clifton’s video starts with the driver yelling while stopped at traffic lights near Clapham North station.

He then swerves into a bus lane, nearly striking the cyclist for the first time.

Stopped at a further set of lights, the driver repeatedly throws debris from his car at the cyclist while hurling obscenities.

“When the lights turned green, the driver turned his car towards the victim and drove at him at speed before changing direction,” police said.

The Audi takes a left onto a side-street where a witness said he nearly hit another cyclist, according to police.

‘It’s a stolen car’

A large group of cyclists stop and the driver turns around, mounts the pavement and drives towards them.

“It’s a stolen car,” the driver says as they threaten to call the police.

An officer in an unmarked car turns up to cheers, but the driver reverses down Dorset Road at speed.

“It’s worrying having drivers on the road like that, certainly,” Mr Clifton, of Wimbledon, south-west London said.

“It’s all just really bizarre. I don’t know if he’s just having a bad morning or what. He seems to be picking on everybody.”

Police appeal

Det Con Preston said: “We are still trying to trace him and urge anyone who recognises him to contact the police as soon as possible.

“The sooner you call us, the sooner we can take this dangerous driver off the road.”

Witnesses should contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Watch: Man performs hilarious dance for busker because he has no change


This is the feel-good moment a passer-by danced along with a busker after realising he didn’t have any change.

The unidentified man was seen thrusting his hips along Cheltenham High Street in Gloucestershire as the busker played Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You on his saxophone.

At one point he appears to stop traffic as he moves into the road while waving his hands in the air.

Perfect timing

Onlooker Courtney Wilson, 21, captured the touching – and funny – moment while out shopping on Wednesday (August 1).

She said: “I was on the phone to my boyfriend and he heard the saxophone in the background and said it sounded really good.

This is the hilarious moment a man danced along an entire high street after realising he didn’t have any change for a busker.

“I told him I’d go over and film the busker so I could show him later.

“When I whipped out my phone the guy with the rucksack mooched over.

“It was just perfect timing.

“He was just brilliant, he made me want to get up there and dance.

“After the song finished the man went up to shake the musician’s hand. They were both laughing.

“I don’t think he had any change on him so showed appreciation in his own way.”

The footage has since been viewed over 90,000 times on social media and has racked up 1,400 shares.

Facebook user Caen Serpa said: “Think I’ve have found a new best pal! Neeeed to find my man and have a seshhhh.”

Michael Sheldon said: “How the busker managed to keep playing while the man’s gyrating his hips I’ll never know..”

Watch the heart-stopping moment a man falls 50 feet while trying to take a selfie


A man survived a 50-foot drop after slipping down a waterfall – because he tried to take a selfie on the edge.

The youth broke his pelvis in the terrifying plunge, and is recovering in hospital.

He had been visiting his friends at the waterfall In Gariaband District in northern India.

But he slipped on the wet stone – and narrowly avoided seriously injuring another man standing at the bottom of the waterfall.

Local police have urged people to avoid taking life-threatening selfies.

Take a look at this dinosaur-loving couple’s epic Jurassic Park themed wedding


A couple who bonded over Jurassic Park brought their obsession to a new level when they made the movie the theme of their wedding.

Courtney McMillion, 28, has loved the dinosaur film since she was a kid, and was thrilled to realise Billy McMillion (26) was also a fan when they began dating in 2013.

Event manager Courtney always joked with Billy, an engineer, that they would have a Jurassic Park-themed big day.

Then, when they got engaged last February, they decided to make it a reality.

A £19,000 dinosaur extravaganza

Courtney spent 18 months organizing the $25,000 (£19,000) bash, which was complete with dinosaur decorations and saw her arrive in a Jeep Wrangler like the one in the movie.

The wedding cost around £19,000 (Photo: SWNS)
The wedding cost around £19,000 (Photo: SWNS)

Their venue, The Landings 1841, in Burlington, Wisconsin, was decked out in forest greenery and their 170 guests were issued VIP passes for the prehistoric ceremony.

The bride walked down the aisle to the film’s score and groom Billy even crafted a doughnut wall to look like the front gates of the fictional park.

Watch the video above to see the highlights of their day.

Watch: American driver clips British cyclist – before hitting him with a walking stick


Warning: video contains very strong language

This is the moment a motorist “cut up” a cyclist on the road – before allegedly running over his foot and trying to hit him with a walking stick.

Dino Boni, 47, was cycling to the gym wearing his helmet GoPro camera when he claims the car clipped his arm and pedal from behind as it passed him.

But when he confronted the driver at a nearby petrol station car park his camera footage shows the driver trying to hit the dad-of-three with his walking stick.

‘I wanted to talk to him’

Dino, from Bournemouth, who now lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, released the footage in a bid to encourage others to wear helmet cams.

He said: “He was literally millimetres from my front tyre.

“I followed him. I wanted to talk to him, and at the very least let him know he had hit me.

“He pulled in but he didn’t stop.

“I told him he needed to stop and I put my front wheel in front of him thinking he would stop like any sane person would, but he ran over my right foot.

“Then his wife got out yelling at me that she was deaf. I was wearing a bright orange top – I’m not sure what that has to do with being deaf but they couldn’t have missed me.

“Then he comes out and goes to hit me with his cane. I couldn’t believe it.”

Watch: Ambulance worker given parking ticket after stopping to buy water


This is the shocking moment a parking warden issues a ticket to an ambulance parked on double yellow lines – while paramedics took their first break in eight hours.

The workers for North West Ambulance Service parked up outside a supermarket while on shift to nip in for some water to drink.

But a video shows the warden issuing a ticket while the emergency worker pleads “I’ve had nothing to drink and nothing to eat”.

In the video, he can be heard explaining the paramedics were on call, but the warden answers: “It’s not on call – she was having lunch. Where’s the sirens?

“They are getting some food so they are not on call are they?”

‘You can’t be parking on a double yellow line’

The female paramedic then appears and asks where she should park, because the van doesn’t fit in any of the bays – apart from disabled spots.

She adds: “I’ve been on since quarter to seven this morning. I’ve had nothing to drink and nothing to eat, and now I’d like to go to Tesco to get some water.”

He answers: “I understand, that’s fine, you can do that, but you can’t be parking on a double yellow line, can you?”

It is understood the attendant works for a private firm rather than Tesco.

The heated exchange was filmed by outraged passerby Ian French, who claims the cap-wearing attendant told him he was “proud” of issuing the ticket.

Ian, 47, said: “I felt so strongly about the unfairness of what was happening that I started filming on my iPhone, hoping to bring attention to what was happening to the hardworking paramedics.

“I believe they were just collecting some food and water eight hours into their shift.

“It is a private parking firm working for the landlord, who I believe owns the car park and the businesses around it.

“The parking enforcement signs were only installed a few weeks ago. The locals are not happy about it, nor are some of the businesses.”

The incident happened at Kingsmead Square, Northwich, Cheshire, at around 3pm on Tuesday.

Watch: Queen’s Guard soldier shoves tourist out of his way at Windsor Castle


A tourist at Windsor Castle was surprised when a patrolling Queen’s Guard soldier shoved her out of his way.

The tourist was having her picture taken with the guard behind her, but failed to realise that she was standing in front of a white barrier, which tourists are asked to stand behind.

The barrier is used so that tourists can watch the guard as he patrols.

However, she was standing right in the path of the royal guard – and they are ordered to carry out their patrol, no matter what.

As the guard approaches the unsuspecting tourist, he does not stop, slow down or make an attempt to go round her, but instead gives her a shove, making the woman let out a high-pitched yelp.

Royal Guard protocol

According to a Royal guard on Reddit, known as nibs123, guards are actually allowed to speak in a situation like this to get people out of their way: “[Guards]are allowed to get [people] away by shouting…warnings if they fail to move away or start to act aggressively,” the Reddit guard says.

For instance, they’re known to yell “make way for the Queen’s Guard!” at tourists who get in their way.

It is not unheard of for a guard to shout warnings at unrelenting tourists or push them aside if they are in their way

If someone is being particularly aggressive or they are perceived as a threat the guards will point their rifles at them as a warning.

The guards themselves must follow strict rules – with severe penalties.

For example, if a guard is caught by a superior breaking the stern demeanour they are often seen to have, they can be docked a week’s pay.

Doctor Who trailer: here’s what we learned about Jodie Whittaker’s debut


It’s San Diego Comic-Con at the moment, which means that news from the world of geek culture is dropping thick and fast.

One of the first big reveals from the American convention was the release of a brand new trailer for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who debut.

Here’s everything we learned about her upcoming appearance as the lucky thirteenth Doctor.

New faces – but zero spoilers

The new 50-second trailer really doesn’t give too much away, with new head writer Chris Chibnall, talking at Comic-Con, explaining that’s because he really loves “television when it’s a communal experience”.

“I want you guys to all be talking about it at the same time, and we have things you’re not going to want to be spoiled for,” he said.

But judging from the teaser, the new series of Doctor Who will be packed with new things for fans to get their teeth into, whether that’s new faces – the Doctor comes with three fresh companions this time, including Bradley Walsh’s Graham O’Brien – or new places.

The trailer is narrated by the Doctor: “All of this is new to me,” she says. “New faces, new worlds, new times. So if I asked really, really nicely, would you be my new best friends?”

The promo focuses on the central four characters, but we do get a glimpse of Broadchurch’s Shaun Dooley running around with the team.

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The Doctor’s three companions are Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin “Yas” Khan, and Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien (Photo: BBC)

But what about old favourites?

One thing that’s notable about the trailer is the fact that any Doctor Who staples – Daleks, Cyberman etc – are non-existent.

In fact, there appears to be no recognisable foes or locations in there, which points towards the series bringing fans a whole glut of new monsters and otherworldly locales to get excited about.

The only familiar Whovian trope we do see – the Sonic Screwdriver – has undergone a redesign and now looks much more alien than recent versions of the device, including an orange light on the end.

It could be that producers are holding off on the old favourites for maximum impact when they do rear their heads in the series.

But with the trailer’s strong emphasis on the ‘new’, could Series 11 be something of a soft-reboot for Who?

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor will be fun

The trailer ends with Whittaker’s Doctor exclaiming, “This is going to be fun!” and from the look of the trailer, she’s not wrong.

Chibnall told the Radio Times that the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor is “incredibly warm, funny, energetic, inclusive”, so we could be in store for a fan-favourite manifestation. “She’s the greatest friend you could wish to have as your guide around the universe.”

Couple that with Whittaker’s Yorkshire twang, and the recipe for a good Doctor is set.

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The Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver has been given a revamp ahead of the new series (Image: BBC)

Times they are a’changing

There’ll also be new faces behind-the-scenes for this eleventh series of Doctor Who, with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin stepping aside for Chibnall, and executive producers Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle.

At Comic-Con, Chibnall confirmed that he is writing five episodes of the new series, and that two of the five guest writers on this series are women, including the first ever woman of colour to contribute to the show.

Also announced was the fact that there will be no two-parters in this series, with each episode being a self-contained adventure.

The new trailer really doesn’t give too much away, with Chibnall explaining that work on the new series is gathering pace “so that we can get it to you guys and everyone else in the world at the same time all polished.”

Series 11 of Doctor Who will air on BBC One later this year

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Watch: Cyclist ignores barriers at closing drawbridge and falls into gap


This is the heart-stopping moment a cyclist ignored a warning barrier and fell into a gap in a closing drawbridge.

Dramatic footage shows the 37-year-old woman riding through closed gates as the structure is pulled up.

She then swerves and wobbles before falling into the crevice of the Racine Street Bridge in Menasha, Wisconsin in the US.

Fortunately, the drawbridge operator was aware of the incident and ensured the bridge was not pulled up further.

Bystanders rushed to rescue the unidentified woman and were able to free her after around a minute of her being stuck.

She was taken to the nearby Theda Clark Medical Center and treated for facial injuries before returning home that day.

Watch: This ‘priceless’ pair of wildcat kittens were rescued in the Scottish Highlands


Two orphaned Scottish wildcat kittens have been rescued by conservation group Wildcat Haven, and moved to a purpose-built rehabilitation and release centre in the West Highlands.

They will be released back into the wild at the first opportunity and will provide a “priceless” addition to the wild population.

While most wildcat sightings reported to Wildcat Haven turn out to be domestic tabby cats or part-wildcat ‘hybrids’, this is the first time they have been recently born wildcat kittens, seemingly orphaned and not far from a road.

“I almost fell off my chair when I saw the photos,” explains Wildcat Haven’s chief scientific advisor Dr Paul O’Donoghue.

“The markings looked amazing, far better than any kitten I’d seen in a zoo, but in a very exposed place. It seemed likely they had been abandoned or orphaned and were in grave danger.”

(Photo: Charlie Chandler)

“I am overjoyed that we’ve been able to give these two orphaned wildcat kittens a lifeline,” continues O’Donoghue.

“They’re safe in the largest wildcat enclosure in Europe, Highland Titles have literally put a fence round a forest, there’s even a stream. It’s a near-wild environment for these priceless kittens to grow into adults with our whole team looking out for them as they do so.

“I hope everyone across the Highlands remembers we have this facility available; orphaned kittens or injured adults, we can provide them a safe place to recover, and ensure their return to the wild. We must do everything we can to keep as many wildcats in the wild as possible. The look in these kittens’ eyes tells you immediately that they don’t belong in a cage.

“Once these kittens are old enough they will be released at the first opportunity. Any wildcat that comes here will be returned to the wild. The purest wildcats are in the wild, they can be protected there, and it’s where they belong, not in a cage selling zoo tickets. These kittens will be a huge boost for the species in the wild”

The Scottish wildcat, which can grow up to twice the size of a domestic pet cat and has much thicker fur, is one of the rarest animals in the world with only 35 thought to exist.

If you ever come across wildcat kittens don’t assume they have been abandoned. Their mother may have just left them to go hunting. Try to get some photos and send them to admin@wildcathaven.co.uk with the location and your contact number.

Watch: the moment a teenage driver crashes after 80mph police chase


A teenage driver who was caught on police dashcam driving at 80mph in a 30mph zone before smashing into a parked car has been spared jail.

Callum Hill, 18, was filmed careering over speed bumps, driving on the wrong side of the road and narrowly colliding with oncoming cars as he fled police.

At one bizarre point during the chase, Hill even indicated left as a police car pursued him for four miles between Brownsover and Hillmorton, in Rugby, Warwickshire.

Callum Hill drove at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour through a residential area

The chase finally came to an end when Hill lost control on a narrow road and ploughed into a parked car.

Hill, of Rugby, admitted dangerous driving and driving under the influence of drugs when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court last week.

He was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 to the owner of the car he crashed into.

He was also banned from driving for 12 months.

Watch: Gareth Southgate is positive about England future after World Cup


The England squad arrived back on home soil yesterday, touching down at Birmingham Airport as fourth place finishers in a World Cup which has surely instilled hopes for future success on the international stage.

Fresh off the plane, England manager Gareth Southgate sat down to discuss his team’s experience at the tournament and his hopes for England’s future.

“We came through so many barriers that have been historic hurdles to overcome – no knockout win for ten years, no penalty shootout win in a World Cup ever, the last semi-final 28 years ago – so it will have given belief to the players and the experiences of the wins and the defeats that we’ve had will make us a better team.”

Speaking about the tremendous support his team have received, Southgate admitted he hadn’t yet fully comprehended the impact his team progressing to the semi-final had on the nation, having only witnessing the mania back home via videos he’d seen online.

“It’s a privilege to be able to bring that enjoyment to everybody’s lives. Football has the power to do that, and we’ve talked to the players about that in the past and, having had some difficult experiences with England, they now can see the positive effect they can have as well.”

Watch the video to see the full interview.

Watch: The exact moment Liam Gallagher’s night is ruined as he sees Croatia score mid-song


Credit: zombisis on Instagram

It was business as usual last night for Liam Gallagher as he took to the stage at the Sion Sous Les Etoiles festival in Argeles Sion, Switzerland.

Fans however were treated to a double-header as they got the opportunity to watch Liam’s performance with the World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia on a big screen behind the Mancunian rock ‘n’ roll star.

Liam Gallagher performs in front of a big screen showing the England match
Liam Gallagher performs in front of a big screen showing the England match

Liam was performing his song ‘For What It’s Worth’ when Croatian forward Ivan Perisic struck in the 68th minute to level the match.

In a video (posted on Instagram by @zombisis) Gallagher can be seen taking a sneak peak at the screen behind him before shrugging off the goal and returning to the microphone to finish off his song.

Gallagher tweeted after his performance, “That England team were biblical and the best thing to come out of this is that we got a proper manger Gareth Southgate you rule LG x”

Watch: Schoolgirl photographs her malformed hand ‘Fred’ in funny scenarios


A 16-year-old schoolgirl has the internet in stitches after photographing her malformed hand ‘Fred’ in a range of funny scenarios.

Haylee Gardner, of Macksburg, Iowa, is missing fingers due to amniotic band syndrome, which cut off blood flow to her left hand while she was in the womb.

Growing up, the high school student would doodle on her ‘little hand’ with marker pen, bringing it to life with eyes and a smile.

 

Haylee nicknamed the limb Fred and after realising it made her friends laugh, decided to set up an Instagram page devoted to her alter ego.

She has since staged photoshoots showing ‘Fred’ in a range of real-life scenarios – including driving a car, travelling on a plane, playing scrabble and blowing bubbles.

You can follow Haylee and Fred on Instagram at @littlehandfred.

Watch: The incredible moment two boys are pulled out of a drain after getting trapped in a sewer network


A video shows parts of the shocking emergency rescue operation after three boys got stuck in a town’s drainage system on Monday night.

A huge emergency operation involving fire crews, police office and the ambulance service saw a rescue plan get underway in Northampton on Monday evening after three boys became lost and trapped in the town’s drainage system.

Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service was called at 6:37pm by a boy who reported that he was lost in Northampton’s sewage system alongside two of his friends.

An operation to locate and rescue the three young people began with a coordinated response from all three emergency services.

When crews and officers arrived, they worked together to locate the boys who were eventually found and rescued in the Kingsthorpe area.

A video has since emerged of two of the boys being pulled from the drain. One of the boys can be seen sitting on the side of the road after already being rescued.

A second boy is then pulled from the drain by emergency crews.

During the operation, road closures were put in place including shutting Kingsthorpe Road and Washington Street.

The young boys had been ‘urban exploring’ – a practice that can be very dangerous if not without safety in mind, according to emergency services.

Originally published on our sister title, the Northampton Chronicle

Watch: Pupils celebrate finding out Gareth Southgate attended their school


Crowds of young children filled their school playground, cheering with excitement that one day they could achieve as much as Gareth Southgate.

The youngsters have at least one thing in common with the manager of England’s World Cup team – they attended the same school – and they’re very proud of it.

After hearing rumours the former footballer went to Padnell Infant School in Waterlooville, Hampshire, staff scoured its archives and found he was in fact on the admissions register from 1976 – having started on January 7 that year.

Mandy Grayson, Padnell Infant School’s headteacher, said: “We became aware of the link after seeing a post on a Facebook group, so staff started searching the internet and archives to find out if Gareth went to Padnell.

“The admissions register from 1976 confirms his attendance at our school and when we told the children, excited screams filled the classroom – they’re happy about this.

“Sport brings the nation together and through his leadership Gareth has grown a team the nation can be proud of, and we’re proud to have his name attached to our school.

“Knowing he went to Padnell has given the children the belief they can achieve anything, providing they follow our school values.’

Watch the video to find out the full story.

Originally published on our sister title, The News

Watch: 22 fighter jets create ‘100’ formation in the skies to mark RAF centenary


In a spectacular display in the skies over London, the largest ever formation of Royal Air Force Typhoons spelt out ‘100’ above Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary of the service.

In total, 22 of the RAF fighter jets took part in the flypast, forming into the numbers, which had served as a surprise for the public and royal family watching the spectacle.

Squadron Leader Mike Child said the arrangement of the aircraft took “months of planning”, with pilots also undertaking simulator training and multiple briefings.

Asked how hard it has been putting together the formation, he said: “It has been difficult because it is the biggest formation we have ever done as a Typhoon force.

“We have done nine ships – which are the diamond nine – which is a relatively basic formation, but it is actually making something that big.”

Main video credit: @paulholland1987

Video captures shocking moment man jumps on driving instructor’s car


The above video captured the shocking moment a pedestrian ran up to a car being driven by a learner driver and started repeatedly headbutting the windscreen in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

Mitchell Bryan, 18, was driving down a residential street during a mock test when a topless attacker ran into the road and launched himself onto the bonnet.

A terrifying ordeal

After sliding part way down the roof, the man smashed his head into the windscreen while shouting abuse at the young motorist and instructor Sharon Hopkinson, 57. Sharon then told Mitchell to drive on but, to the pair’s horror, the attacker chased after them while they were stuck at a red light.

Luckily, the traffic lights turned green before he arrived and they were able to drive away to a police station to report the frightening incident.

History’s most stressful mock driving test?

Hopkinson, who runs 5 Star Driving Academy, and Mitchell had been driving in Long Eaton, when the bizarre attack took place on Sunday.

“I was taking out my student Mitchell who is test-ready but hasn’t passed his theory yet,” said Hopkinson.

“I was performing a mock test on him, and his driving had been excellent. I had just asked him to pull up on the left, but as we moved on I saw a pedestrian on the pavement.

“I said, ‘Just be aware – there’s a person behind this van,’ and then he was in the middle of the road. He started running towards us making noises like a wild animal.

The incident was caught on the car’s dashcam

“I said, ‘Stop the car,’ and then he ran up onto the car, onto my roof. I was shouting out the window, ‘It’s on camera you know,’ thinking he would go away.

“He slid down the windscreen and he started head butting it four times. He was swearing, shouting and being abusive.

“It really terrified me. It was incomprehensible what he was saying but it was lots of swear words. He did the last head butt to my side of the car.”

Making an escape

Luckily, the young learner in the driver’s seat was able to keep his cool under pressure.

“I said, ‘Drive, drive,’ and Mitchell was so good. I’m so proud of my student. He was very calm,” Hopkins recalled.

“If it was another student who couldn’t get the car started again, I dread to think what would have happened if we had to swap seats.”

“He got the car going again and we carried on down the road and then we got to traffic lights where there were road works.

“I looked in my rear view mirror and the man was chasing us. Luckily, they changed to green before he caught up with us.

“I can’t stop thinking about it. It scared the hell out of me. Was he taking advantage of a learner driver?

“I have never seen anything like this before. Being a driving instructor you see lots of incidents – it’s part and parcel of the job. But this terrified me.

“I would say he was in his late 20s. It was like he was possessed. He was definitely on something, or was just deranged.”

Driving instructors need dashboard cameras

Hopkinson posted the video on a driving instructors’ forum as well as social media and it has now been viewed over 15,500 times.

“I have the camera because as a driving instructor you have incidents where people will try to make it look like learner drivers have bashed into them, or throw themselves on the bonnet and fall on the floor to make it look like they have run them over,” the instructor explained.

“This has seriously made me doubt I am in the right job.”

Appealing for information

Derbyshire Police are now appealing for information about the incident and urging anyone who recognises the man to get in touch.

“He was a white man in his late 20s, of a slim build. He’d got no top on and was wearing jeans,” said a police spokesperson.

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 and quote reference number 18000292248.

This article first appeared on our sister site, Ilkeston Advertiser

VIDEO: Freddie Flintoff and Ricky Wilson record England World Cup song – a cover of Boney M’s Rasputin


Is this a future England World Cup anthem?

A new version of Boney M’s Rasputin by England cricket legend Freddie Flintoff and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has been released.

The track, Rasputin Rebooted by The Stars House Band featuring Freddie and Ricky, is a modern reworking of the 1978 Number 2 hit telling the story of the England captain rather than the song’s original namesake, Rasputin, the Russian mystic famous for his ability to predict the future.

The new version features lyrics including, “There lived a certain man in England long ago, he was big and strong, he played football like a pro,” leading to the chorus, “Ha ha, Harry Kane, England’s greatest goal machine”.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson in the video for the World Cup song
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson in the video for the World Cup song

The idea for creating an anthem sprang from a wager between Freddie and BetStars during the filming of a recent advert for the Stars £100 Million Challenge, which offers customers the opportunity to win up to £100 million if they correctly predict all 64 win, lose or draw results of the World Cup.

Flintoff said: “When I heard that England had no official anthem, I told the BetStars team that I was gonna get a band together to create a song. Naturally they bet that I couldn’t get a star big enough and talented enough to perform the song, but that they’d back the production if I could. That’s when I rang Ricky.

“It’s a perfect choice for a football anthem this summer. It’s Russian, it’s got all the noises, and all the dances – the only dodgy thing is I’m in it. There’s been some cracking World Cup songs in the past and it would be nice to think that the fans will get behind this one and sing it in the stands over in Russia. If they don’t, Ricky and I will just have to fly over there and get it going on the terraces ourselves.”

Ricky Wilson rose to fame as leader of the Kaiser Chiefs, who took their name from South African football club Kaizer Chiefs FC, the first club of ex-Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, and has since added radio DJ and TV presenter to his resume.

He said: “Rasputin has such a great chorus. The test for any song is imagining a group of football fans singing it on the terraces. It worked with Ruby, Ruby, Ruby and now it’s working with Ra Ra Rasputin. And it’s another R: Riot, Ruby, Rasputin”.

A version of this story originally published on our sister title, Lancashire Evening Post

VIDEO: Boy, 5, finds out meat comes from animals – instantly turns vegetarian


The moment a boy realises meat comes from animals – and instantly turns vegetarian – has been captured on video.

Five-year-old Zayn Oukaci from Milton Keynes was filmed by his mum Christine Bell as he chatted away about his favourite food – green beans.

Zayn then listed chicken, bacon, and lamb as more of his favourites.

When he said ‘lamb is kebab’ Christine started laughing, only for Zayn to upset when he realised lambs are turned into meat.

Ever since the conversation Zayn has refused to eat any meat at all.

Zayn Oukaci
Zayn Oukaci reacts to the realisation that meat comes from animals (Photo: SWNS)

Christine said: “I was sitting with Zayn and we were just chatting and he started talking about green beans. He loves green beans and says they make him like the hulk and he thinks everyone should eat them.

“Then he was talking about meat and he was saying, ‘cow is beef’, ‘chicken is chicken’ and ‘lamb is kebab’.

“I just burst out laughing, but Zayn started to get upset.”

“He got upset about lambs saying we shouldn’t eat them.

“One day I went to give him beef and he refused to eat it because it was cow.

“If I give him meat now he says ‘no’.

“I suppose he’s turning vegetarian.”

Christine lives in Milton Keynes with Zayn and his siblings, Harry, 18, and 13-year-old Emelia Oukaci.

Originally published on our sister title, Milton Keynes Citizen

VIDEO: The shocking moment a man is knocked down by a bus – and gets back up


Video footage has emerged of a man who was hit by a bus on a busy road – and immediately gets back to his feet.

The incredible dash-cam footage shows the man crossing the road on Black Lion Hill in Northampton between the train station and the university’s Innovation Centre.

The man appears to step into the path of an oncoming bus before being hit.

The shocking moment the man is a hit by a bus as he steps into the road on Black Lion Hill
The shocking moment the man is a hit by a bus as he steps into the road on Black Lion Hill

The incident happened at around 3.20pm on Thursday last week (May 31).

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said the pedestrian received minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

Stagecoach has been approached for comment.

Originally published in our sister title, the Northampton Chronicle

Video: Amazing sight as 30-40 dolphins swim alongside tiny boat


By Paul Larkin

A pod of up to 40 dolphins have been filmed off the coast of Northumberland last night.

In an amazing sight, the dolphins can be seen swimming around the small motorised rowing boat, leaping from the sea individually and in groups, almost like a choreographed water-ballet.

The footage was taken on a mobile phone by Kate Durie, who was on the boat with her boyfriend Callum Hewitson’s family.

Callum’s brother Connor spotted the dolphins from the shore at Seaton Point, then Kate joined Fin and Tamsin Bowron, from Boulmer, and Ruth Cook, also from Boulmer, and headed out on Fin’s rowing boat, which is fitted with an outboard motor.

The brothers followed in kayaks. On the video, the party can be heard screaming with delight as the dolphins frolicked around them.

They headed north, reaching Howick with the dolphins still following.

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Later, Tamsin posted the video on Facebook, saying: “For an hour tonight, time froze as we had the most surreal experience EVER. A moment to treasure always.”

Tamsin told the Northumberland Gazette: “The dolphins followed the boat for just over an hour. They were clearly visible under the surface because the water was so still.”

Fin said: “It was an incredible sight. There were 30-40 dolphins swimming alongside and under the boat and leaping out of the water. There were young ones among them.

Originally published on our sister title, the Northumberland Gazette

Video: Question Time audience member earns applause for saying Scotland is ‘angry’ over Brexit


An audience member on BBC Question Time who argued that Scotland should be seen as its own country and that Scots feel ignored in the Brexit negotiations won fans on social media last night.

The woman also received applause from the audience when she said: “We voted two thirds to remain in the EU and we were lumped together as this country Britain.

“We are not a country, we are countries, and we should be respected as separate individuals countries with our own views.”

‘Perth is quite Tory’

During the televised debate, which took place in Perth, the woman told the panellists not to treat the city as representative of Scotland.

“Don’t judge Perth as an example because Perth is quite Tory,” she said “But Scotland is quite angry in the way that we are being ignored in the Brexit negotiations.”

The Question Time audience member won fans on Twitter for her comments
The Question Time audience member won fans on Twitter for her comments (Photo: BBC)

She went on: “I find it incredible that there is so little knowledge of what is going on in Scotland and the feelings that are about in Scotland.

“Our Government, that we voted for is being ignored and sidelined.”

She added: “I get very annoyed…With Tories,” which was met with laughter from the studio.

‘Mature fury’

When asked by presenter David Dimbleby if she wanted a vote on independence, the woman replied, “I would like it.. It is surely every countries right to self determination?”

“Your fury is very mature,” Dimbleby jokingly said to the woman.

To which she replied: “It is, it has been festering for a few years”.

Viewers at home were equally impressed by her “mature fury”, calling her a “legend” and a “hero”.

Originally published on our sister title, iNews

VIDEO: Flamingo Land visitors trapped on ‘Kumali’ roller coaster


An group of visitors to Flamingo Land near Malton in North Yorkshire had an unlucky experience when the ride they were enjoying broke down.

The Kumali roller coaster came to a halt as it began its first ascent due to a mechanical issue, trapping the riders for about an hour yesterday.

They were freed by mechanical teams using the ride’s maintenance cage.

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The Kumali ride at Flamingo Land (Photo: Stefan Scheer/Wikimedia Commons)

A Flamingo Land spokesperson said: “Due to a minor mechanical issue, the Kumali roller coaster train stopped a short distance up the initial ascent, in accordance with its safety systems.

“Customers were safely evacuated from the ride as per our standard training and formal procedures by our experienced engineers and operations team.”

Video: Jonathan Somerville / Twitter

Scottish wildcat kittens offer hope that species can be saved from extinction


Three Scottish wildcat kittens are getting used to their new surroundings at the Highland Wildlife Park – and they offer hope that the species can be saved from extinction.

The trio, born in March to mother Ness, have recently begun to emerge from their den at the Royal Zoological Society park near Kingussie.

Scottish wildcat
Photo: RZSS

They might look similar to domestic tabby cats, but they are the newest additions to a breeding programme which aims to protect the iconic Scottish wildcat from extinction.

David Barclay, RZSS cat conservation project officer said, “While it is always a joy to see the excitement in the visitor’s faces as they catch a glimpse of the kittens exploring their enclosure, it is an even greater feeling knowing that young wildcats like these could be the saviour of the species in Scotland.

“With little evidence of viable populations in the wild it is clear to see how valuable reintroductions from the captive breeding population could be. These kittens, from a wild born father, possess genes that will allow for new breeding pairs to be established ensuring the population continues to grow.

Scottish wildcat
Photo: RZSS

‘Very real threat of extinction’

“The Scottish wildcat is facing the very real threat of extinction due to hybridisation with domestic and feral cats as well as habitat loss and accidental persecution,” adds Barclay.

“However, together with our partners in Scottish Wildcat Action, Scotland’s national conservation project for the species, we will continue to deliver conservation efforts for the species and make sure we give them the greatest hope of survival for future generations”

How wildcats differ

Although Scottish wildcats share some similarities with domestic tabby cats, the two species are not to be confused.

An adult Scottish Wildcat in captivity at the Highland Wildlife Park
An adult Scottish Wildcat in captivity at the Highland Wildlife Park (Photo: TSPL)

The Scottish wildcat is the same subspecies of wildcat as is found in continental Europe, but has been separated from them since the end of the last ice age, around 9,000 years ago.

Domestic cats originate from Near Eastern wildcats and have been through a process of domestication. So they have a quite separate evolutionary history to Scottish wildcats and behave quite differently.

Wildcats are less social, generally just coming together for a short period for breeding, normally giving birth to two or three kittens, which the mother will protect fiercely.

Scottish Wildcat
Photo: RZSS

Douglas Richardson, head of living collections at the park said, “RZSS Highland Wildlife Park first bred Scottish wildcats in 1981.  Over the years we have provided many of our offspring to other high-standard collections and so from quite early-on we sowed the seeds for what is now the formal conservation breeding programme.

“It is comforting to know that the wildcats within the formal breeding programme will provide the lifeline that the species needs to ride-out the very real threat of extinction in the wild.”

VIDEO: German tennis player left bemused by Yorkshire reporter’s accent


German tennis player Alexander Zverev was left bewildered by a reporter’s strong Yorkshire accent during a French Open press conference.

The 21-year-old could only smile awkwardly when he was asked about his hopes for the future after his win against Serbian Damir Dzumhur.

‘Where you from, buddy?’

Reporter: “Do you feel like Rold-Garris could be a turning point for you in terms of having a run in this tournament? If so, what will the difference be?”

Zverev: “Where you from, buddy?”

Reporter: “Do you wanna guess? Yorkshire.”

Zverev: “Jesus. Nice. If they ever make a tournament there I’m definitely coming because of that accent. Love it.”

Zverev then adds: “I didn’t understand a word you were saying… But it’s not important.”

Zverev

After a few more attempts at asking the question the reporter suggested he ask questions at “all of his Winner’s press conferences.”

“I’ll definitely make sure if you get to the final you’re asking multiple questions” said Zverev.

Zverev will play against Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur in the third round after his 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.

Footage: BBC

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A Malian migrant who rescued a four-year-old child hanging from a balcony has been hailed a hero and “real-life Spider-Man”.

Mamoudou Gassama climbed up four floors to reach the child on Saturday evening in northern Paris.

Footage on social media showing the 22-year-old climb up the block of flats has gone viral with one post having been watched over seven million times.

Given French citizenship

President Macron invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace to thank him personally, according to his office.

And it has now been confirmed that Mr Gassama is to be made a French citizen.

After meeting him, President Macron said he would be made a naturalised citizen. He personally thanked Mr Gassama, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be made a fireman.

“I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,” Mr Gassama told reporters after the event.

‘An example for all citizens’

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo congratulated the young man in a tweet and said she had called him to thank him for his actions.

“Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child,” Ms Hidalgo said.

“He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here.

“I replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France,” she added.

VIDEO: Woman sparks outrage after driving her car into half-marathon


A woman has been described as “very silly” after she drove her car on to the route of the Plymouth Half Marathon.

Eyewitness footage of the incident taken by Rob Bricknell on Sunday shows several runners stop to express their outrage at the driver as her car disrupts the race, pulling out of Hawkers Avenue.

She knocks over a cone and almost injures one runner who stands in the way of the car.

‘I went very slowly’

When a runner shouts at her that she could have killed someone, she replies: “I can’t get out… listen, I have tried to get out every which way. I have a workshop in Okehampton. I have had no information… I went very slowly.”

Referring to recent terrorist incidents which have involved vehicles being driven into crowds, local MP Luke Pollard said the woman’s behaviour was “very silly”.

Lorna Empson, a marshal at the race, told the BBC that the driver was trying to get on to a main road and that “people were not happy with her”.

“I cannot blame them as she could have caused a serious accident,” she added.

An official tells the driver to stop
An official tells the driver to stop

Team GB sprint hurdler David King also expressed his shock at the driver’s actions on Twitter, questioning “why some people think they are above the law”.

Before she can get any further, an official runs over to stop her, saying: “Don’t move, stay there!”

The woman replies: “You phone the workshop [to tell them I’ll be late].”

Video credit: Rob Bricknell

VIDEO: Spectacular drone footage captures wildfire on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh


Drone footage of a wildfire on Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat has emerged following dramatic scenes on the iconic landmark yesterday.

Captured by YouTuber Shaun Vlog, the aerial video exhibits the extent of the damage caused to the city’s beauty spot.

The fire, which took ten hours for fire crews to extinguish, is believed to have taken hold of the tourist hotspot on Sunday afternoon, with local authorities being called to the scene at 1.40pm.

Grass was alight near the summit and six fire appliances attended. At the height of the fire, around 30 officers were at the scene, with firefighters using water backpacks to tackle the flames.

One casualty was taken into the care of paramedics with a leg injury. The Scottish Fire and Rescue service said crews left the scene at around 11.30pm on Sunday.

The blaze comes after firefighters warned on Saturday for members of the public to beware of such risks.

Chairman of the Scottish Wildfire Forum Bruce Farquharson called for people to heed safety advice and “enjoy the weather responsibly”.

Video: singing taxi drivers go viral with ‘Cabpool Karaoke’


You’ve heard of Carpool Karaoke – now Sunderland has its own version with ‘Cabpool Karaoke’.

Station Taxis has launched the online feature inspired by the small screen phenomenon launched by James Corden’s Late Late Show – itself produced by Fulwell 73, which is led by Sunderland fans.

The first of the acts to appear is Sunderland band Fire Lady Luck, who joined driver Rob Berry for a sing-a-long around the city, taking in Hendon, Leechmere and the A19 during the journey.

Within a day of it being uploaded onto Facebook, the clip has been viewed more than 18,000 times.

It features the band as they first sing along to their own cover of Billy Idol’s Dancing On My Own.

They go on to belt out the words to Toy Dolls’ version of Nellie the Elephant before the carload moves on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, complete with added kazoo, played by Lewis.

Originally published on our sister title, Sunderland Echo

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Civilisations: the BBC documentary series that’s been three years in the making


A new nine-hour documentary series charting the rise and fall of some of the most important civilisations in history is coming to BBC2 next month.

Civilisations begins on 1 March, and will aim to be just as encyclopedic as the series it is spiritually succeeding – Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, from 1969.

The nine-part series aims to introduce new generations to the artistic works of the past, using each as a point to examine the civilisations they came from – from the marks on cave walls made 40,000 years ago, to the art of the present.

Travelling across six continents, Civilisations will compare those societies to today’s modern, globalist population, looking at paintings and sculptures to answer fundamental questions about human creativity.

The Civilisations episode on 'How Do We See?' features the Acropolis in Athens
The Civilisations episode on ‘How Do We See?’ features the Acropolis in Athens (Photo: BBC)

Who are the presenters?

Historian Simon Schama heads up the trio of presenters. The Professor of History and Art History at New York’s Columbia University is no stranger to extensive documentary projects, having fronted the 15-part series A History of Britain between 2000 and 2002.

Another well-known face, Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature, and has fronted recent BBC documentaries on Ancient Rome and Pompeii.

David Olusoga has presented a number of historical documentaries (most recently A House Through Time), and has written award-winning books on military history.

With an academic focus that also includes the histories of race and slavery, he’s perfectly poised to provide deeper context to some of the darker periods of humanity’s history.

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Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’ was a landmark series (Photo: BBC)

Even the trailer for Civilisations runs to nearly seven minutes, a reflection of the show’s mammoth scope.

“It’s taken three years of thinking, writing, filming and editing, every shoot, every encounter with great art, a daunting challenge and an immense satisfaction,” Schama revealed.

Civilisations: more than a TV series

Beyond the TV series, there will also be the Civilisations Festival, which will see the BBC partner with more than 250 museums, galleries, libraries and archives across the UK.

Then there’s Civilisations Stories, a collection of 11 programmes on BBC1 exploring the art of each region, and what they say about the communities in which we live.

David Olusoga on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia
David Olusoga on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia (Photo: BBC)

Beard will also present Civilisations on your Doorstep, a one-off programme that will explore the stories and controversies behind extraordinary works displayed in museums across Britain.

There will also be two special Performance Live programmes, special broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and The Civilisations Podcast will explore the themes raised in the main programme.

When can I watch it?

Civilisations begins on BBC2 on Thursday 1 March. More info on the BBC website.

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This article originally appeared on our sister title, iNews

Dippy the Diplodocus begins UK tour – when and where to see it


After spending more than a century delighting visitors in London, Dippy the Diplodocus has embarked on a UK tour.

The 26 metre long plaster cast of the dinosaur skeleton has stood in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London since 1979, but now it’s on the move for the next three years.

It’s estimated that 5 million people will see Dippy at the eight locations across the UK, which have all been chosen to cover the grand sweep of geological time.

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Dippy in its new temporary home in Dorchester (Photo: Natural History Museum)

The tour begins on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, and ends in Norwich, exploring how we might secure a sustainable future. It will also visit Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff and Rochdale.

Dippy only just squeezed into Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, with 4in (10cm) to spare, where it went on display at the weekend.

Dippy the Diplodocus tour dates in full:

10 February – 7 May 2018: Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
26 May – 9 September 2018: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
28 September 2018 – 6 January 2019: Ulster Museum, Belfast
22 January – 5 May 2019: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
18 May – 6 October 2019: Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne
19 October 2019 – 26 January 2020: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
10 February – 28 June 2020: Number One Riverside, Rochdale
11 July – 31 October 2020: Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

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Dippy in its former home at the Natural History Museum

Dippy has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905.

Watch a timelapse of Dippy being installed in Dorchester:

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, which is supporting the tour, said: “Generations of children have been awestruck by Dippy’s spectacular presence at the heart of the Natural History Museum and we hope he continues to inspire the nation to rediscover nature as he works his way round the UK. The Foundation’s Trustees are looking forward to Dippy taking pride of place in the different venues and to seeing children enthused and engaged by the wildlife around them.”

Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum.

Diplodocus facts

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Dippy – a member of the Diplodocus carnegii species – would have lived between 145 million and 156 million years ago in North America, at the end of the Jurassic period.

A Diplodocus has 292 bones, although Dippy comes together in 86 pieces.

The meaning of the name Diplodocus is ‘double beamed lizard’ – in reference to its double-beamed chevron bones located in the underside of the tail.

They were plant eaters with peg-like teeth, designed for stripping the leaves from ferns

Early research believed that Diplodocuses would have stood with their necks high in the air. However, more recent studies have suggested the neutral position was more likely to have been horizontal.

They are the longest known dinosaur, and could measure up to 27 metres. They weighed about 12 tons (equivalent to a large truck).

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Former distillery home for sale in Perthshire


Escape the rat race and enjoy a slower pace of life in the beautiful Perthshire countryside thanks to this spacious family home, which sits on the site of a former whisky distillery.

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You can rent this Game of Thrones star’s childhood home


Fans of the popular TV show can now experience the grand childhood home of Rose Leslie, who played Wildling Ygritte, as it is available to rent on Airbnb.

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Take a tour of this stylish New Town flat in Edinburgh


Enjoy city life in the capital in this beautiful renovated flat, which is now on the market.

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Inside a stunning cottage for sale in Midlothian


A Victorian beauty in a conservation village is a tempting proposition, finds Kirsty McLuckie.

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Edinburgh ranked top in UK housing index


If you love living in Scotland’s capital city then you’re not alone as Edinburgh has been found to be the best place to live in the UK

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Three of the best one bedroom properties for sale in Edinburgh


It is convenient to have a spare bedroom for guests, but if can put all your property purchasing budget into a one bedroom place, you can get a lot more sociable space for you money says Kirsty McLuckie.

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Remote croft and cottages for sale in Shetland’s most northerly village


Find total escapism in this remote croft, which has been uninhabited for almost 80 years, and is now on the market.

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Is this Scotland’s most interesting abandoned building?


Even in a state of disrepair, it’s easy to see that this building is something special. Built by Peter Womersley for Bernat Klein as a studio, the abandoned property has been sitting empty for years.

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First look inside the luxury Glasgow Park Quadrant Residences


A collection of apartments, duplexes and penthouses that will form the missing piece of Park Circus, Glasgow have recently been released for sale, and this is what buyers can expect from their luxurious new home.

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Midlothian

Take a tour of CALA’s award-winning properties in Midlothian


 

There’s no denying that the opening of the Borders Railway has made many parts of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders even more desirable for commuters, whether heading into Edinburgh for work or simply for a day out.

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Inside the iconic Klein House currently for sale in Scottish Borders


A Category A listed iconic home from the 1950s designed by architect Peter Wormsley and built for renowned textile designer Bernat Klein, has been put on the market for the first time and keen buyers and design lovers can soon step inside it for a viewing.

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Unique castle flat for sale in Fife with surprising history


Own a piece of a Scottish castle – for a bargain price – with this two bedroom flat, which has an interesting history and links to a former British Prime Minister.

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Is this Scotland’s ultimate party house?


With facilities such as a cinema room, hot tub, games room and bar, Stuckgowan House may be the ideal place to throw your next party…and without the clean up.

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A-listed mansion for sale in Dumfries and Galloway


Realise regal dreams with this stunning, listed mansion home, which has just come on the market.

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Luxury Glasgow residences continue city property growth


A contemporary luxury residential development, which will complete Glasgow’s famous 19th century masterplan within the city’s prestigious Park area, has generated more than 600 buyer enquiries.

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Glasgow SME start-up Swipii sets sail for Europe


Since the dawn of e-commerce on the internet, high-street retailers have been struggling to offer up tangible alternatives to the efficiency and ubiquity of online shopping. Read more

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Grand design: modern home for sale in Perth


If you love contemporary design and are a fan of mod cons worthy of the Channel Four show then this home in Perth is worth a look.

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Fly-through video showcases missing piece at Park Circus


An impressive fly-through video has been unveiled to provide a glimpse of the new residential development that will form the missing piece at Park Circus, Glasgow.

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A look inside a once derelict East Linton cottage


Converting a derelict East Linton cottage into a holiday home offered conservation architects and interior design specialists Ron and Katrina Tremmel the chance to do something a little different.

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David Dunbar Buick: Scots engineer who lost everything on automotive gamble


The iconic luxury of Buick motors have the distinction of being the oldest American brand of automobiles, but Scotland has the honour of being home to its founder. Read more

Jimmy McLaughlin: Creating a fictitious matriarch befitting of QMU history


In the many years Jimmy McLaughlin served pints and peanuts at Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret Union, he served up a side of ridiculous fiction that became legend on campus. Read more

Graeme Obree smashed records on homemade cycles


Graeme Obree should need no introduction, but alas, he shares his name with an iconic Scottish locomotive. Read more

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Ten things you didn’t know about JK Rowling


When talking about JK Rowling in the context of great Scots of the modern age, we should perhaps first dispense with the elephant in the room.

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Heather Reid shares optimism over future of science education


‘Heather the Weather’ spent 15 years greeting the nation with her trademark “Hello there” as Reporting Scotland’s effervescent meteorologist.

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Robert Watson-Watt: Scotland’s top secret war hero


Compared to the true grit of pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain, accounts of Robert Watson-Watt barely appear as a blip on the radar in the history of aerial warfare. Read more

Teenage esports star at forefront of competitive gaming


Professional gamer Alessandro ‘Palmatoro’ Palmarini has three European Championship titles under his belt and the 17-year-old hasn’t even left school. Read more

Thomas Dewar: A lesson in whisky advertising


Dewar’s scotch has long been one of the most recognisable brands in the whisky world. Crack open a bottle and your palate finds itself at the epicentre of the Scottish flavour map. Read more

Alexander Fleming: Everyman who saved millions


Consider how many lives Alexander Fleming has saved with the discovery of penicillin. Most people return from a vacation to a stack of mail; Fleming returned to a universal miracle cure for infection. Read more

Seven of the best quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson


You can’t win 49 trophies and finish your career regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time without saying a few interesting things along the way. So without further introduction, here are the seven most memorable quotes from legendary Scottish football figure Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Paul Walker: Designing 21st Century tweed


In a secret green space off of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, Paul Walker’s studio is packed with tweeds of every imaginable pattern, colour and texture.

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Take a tour of The Kelpies in 360 degrees


Scottish sculptor Andy Scott has created some of largest pieces of public art with dozens of installations appearing in public places across the country – and now you can view it in our 360-degree tour. Read more

Greatest voices in Rangers history


There have been countless great voices to enter through the famous doors at Ibrox.

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Joan Eardley: The painter’s painter


While her name may not be first on the list of prominent Scottish painters, Joan Eardley carved out a niche for herself in 20th Century Scottish art.

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Hastings brothers: Destiny with Scottish greatness


There’s an old tale which states the career of Gavin Hastings, and by extension his younger brother Scott, two talismanic figures for Scottish rugby through most of the 80s and into the mid-90s, might not have happened were it not for a freak accident involving a car, the school rugby coach and young Gavin’s leg.

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Founder of Made Brave Andy Dobbie

What it’s like founding a start-up in Scotland


When Andrew Dobbie quit his job in 2012, he had a two-week old baby and £1000 in the bank. Since then, his brand-led digital marketing agency Made Brave has grown to accommodate 30 staff offering a full service agency working for clients in Scotland and beyond.

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How Charles Rennie Mackintosh shaped Glasgow


The design influences of Charles Rennie Mackintosh have sunk tendrils deep into Glasgow’s cultural identity over the course of 100 years.
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Ten of the best quotes from Scottish comedians


The Scottish sense of humour is renowned for being one of the most unique anywhere in the world.
In fact, Scotland has produced some of the world’s finest comic performers. Read more

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Ena Baxter: a pioneer of Scotland’s food industry


Ena Baxter, née Robertson, was a cook, painter and businesswoman, who became one of the UK’s wealthiest women in the 1990s.

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Billy Connolly: the one man comedy “revolution”


He was the original Glasgow patter merchant who shook up the comedy establishment with a brand of Scottish humour that allowed us to laugh at ourselves – and laugh like never before.

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Sean Connery: the original James Bond


FOR an entire generation, Sean Connery is James Bond.

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Five little known facts about Robert Burns


The life and works of Robert Burns are celebrated right around the world, and none more-so than January 25: Burns Night. Read more

James Clerk Maxwell: the inventor of colour photography


One of the top-3 influential physicists, alongside Einstein and Newton,  and responsible for the greatest revelation in modern physics.

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How Andy Murray triumphed against the odds


Andy Murray rounded out 2016 as the World No1 tennis player and a knighthood, but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Scot.

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Irvine Welsh: An Edinburgh “inspiration”


Irvine Welsh’s ascent from obscurity to Scottish literary royalty was born from an ability to capture the brutal realism of everyday life in some of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: the secret behind his success?


Sir Alex Ferguson’s illustrious career in football management famously began in modest circumstances at East Stirlingshire in 1974.   Read more

Robert Louis Stevenson: a pioneer of the written word


Robert Louis Stevenson is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers to come out of the flourishing Scottish literary scene.
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Donald Dewar: Scottish Parliament’s founding father


Donald Dewar was the man who delivered devolution and became tagged “Father of the Nation” – but he hated the title.
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Conan Doyle: what was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes?


Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, has had an enormous influence on popular culture over the last century.

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Scotsman poet William Letford. Picture: TSPL

Billy Letford: the teacher who inspired me to become a poet


When Billy Letford received career advice from one of the country’s highest regarded literary figures, he initially brushed it off.

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Dan Bell is vlogging the road less travelled on his bike


Adventurous photographer Dan Bell is exploring Scotland’s great outdoors in a new series of Facebook vlogs, discovering the journey is just as important as the destination.

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The unsolved mystery of Gilmerton Cove


The intriguing subterranean dwelling of Gilmerton Cove has been shrouded in mystery since a 1906 Scotsman article poked holes in its origin story. Read more