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.
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.”
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
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.
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 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.
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
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”.
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 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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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…”
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.”
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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 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 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.”
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.
“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 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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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 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.
“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’.
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 about being trapped in a field of wheat… only to stumble across Theresa May dancing
— Sam (@shiner_sam) August 31, 2018
Dear baby Jesus, I don’t ask for much and sorry about all the blasphemy and stuff, but please can you fix it for me not to have to see another Theresa May dancing video today? Cheers.
— Mitten d'Amour (@MittenDAmour) August 31, 2018
Ahhhhh the old picking apples routine . She’s going straight through my repertoire on this trip 🔥 https://t.co/IOngkrxftV
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) August 31, 2018
Theresa May dancing to Baby Shark is actually the only video you need in your life rn… pic.twitter.com/UczPpxrHoF
— Sam Oliver (@SamOli94) August 30, 2018
You may be laughing at Theresa May’s dancing but in a post-brexit apocalypse, this will be the new Macarena
— •lina• (@agirlcalledlina) August 28, 2018
I would sell my house to watch Theresa May on Strictly
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) August 30, 2018
— Citoyen saboteur 🇪🇺 (@polnyypesets) August 31, 2018
Theresa May is dancing like a possessed corpse again… https://t.co/zlZKV61key
— Dr Fresh Feeling MD (@futurewah) August 30, 2018
Forget stopping Brexit. We need to stop Theresa May dancing first.
— Phil Leivesley (@pleives) August 31, 2018
Theresa May doing a classic Trump & ensuring the media distracted with her exotic #TheresaMayDancing abroad.
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) August 31, 2018
— les moyes on a mission today (@amypond4ever) August 28, 2018
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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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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..”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the location and your contact number.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) July 12, 2018
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”
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.
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
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
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.
— KCL Physics (@KCL_Physics) July 10, 2018
Squadron Leader Mike Child said the arrangement of the aircraft took “months of planning”, with pilots also undertaking simulator training and multiple briefings.
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) July 10, 2018
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.”
— Ady Dolan (@adydolan) July 10, 2018
Main video credit: @paulholland1987
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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
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”.
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
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.
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 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 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
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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.
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”.
— Rachel Morgan (@RachelMorganMFL) May 31, 2018
Originally published on our sister title, iNews
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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”
Although Scottish wildcats share some similarities with domestic tabby cats, the two species are not to be confused.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
These homes offer something a bit different thanks to their modernist design
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.
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.
Avec M. GASSAMA qui a sauvé samedi la vie d’un enfant en escaladant 4 étages à mains nues. Je lui ai annoncé qu’en reconnaissance de cet acte héroïque il allait être régularisé dans les plus brefs délais, et que la brigade des sapeurs-pompiers de Paris était prête à l’accueillir. pic.twitter.com/xMpFlP1UFe
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 28, 2018
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.
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.
Un grand bravo à Mamoudou Gassama pour son acte de bravoure qui a permis de sauver hier soir la vie d'un enfant. J'ai eu plaisir à m'entretenir avec lui aujourd'hui par téléphone, afin de le remercier chaleureusement. https://t.co/DP5vQ1VZYh
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 27, 2018
“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.
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.
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”.
This was not a very smart thing to do. Driving a car at pedestrians has been used by terrorists recently and runners and cars are kept apart for very good reasons. National embarrassment follows a very silly decision. Glad no one was hurt. #plymouth https://t.co/4osXhRbJeP
— Luke Pollard MP (@LukePollard) May 20, 2018
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.
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”.
Disgusting behaviour 😱You need to watch the video to believe it 😂 why do some people think they are above the law and everyone else? 🤦🏼♂️ https://t.co/OSl1G3tiu9
— David King (@DaveKing_) May 20, 2018
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
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”.
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.
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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
From the outside, Park Quadrant Residences in the city’s west-end have the appearance of high-end apartments, but the sandstone and glass facades of Glasgow’s most luxurious new development hide an intriguing secret.
With the UK braced for an extremely cold week of ice and snow, drivers will be faced with the prospect of defrosting their cars in the morning.
But what is the best way to deal with this chilly problem?
Watch the video above for our 8-point guide for getting up and running quickly and safely.
The interiors of a landmark new development in Glasgow will be revealed on Thursday, 22 February, with the opening of a marketing suite and show apartment at Park Quadrant Residences in the city’s west end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Civilisations begins on BBC2 on Thursday 1 March. More info on the BBC website.
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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.
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.
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
Dippy has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905.
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.
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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