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Granny saved her beloved dogs from a fire but left her grandson sleeping

June 8, 2010 | by | 4 Comments

A family rescued their beloved pet dogs from an horrific house blaze but left their grandson asleep upstairs – after they FORGOT about him. Guilt-ridden grandmother Mandy Hands, 45, saved her four greyhounds from the fire leaving 11-year-old Curtis in bed. Luckily firefighters managed to find the lad in the inferno and scrambled Curtis through…

Men moan about illness more than women

June 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Men moan more than women when they are sick, according to new research. Experts discovered men are more likely to exaggerate illnesses to try and gain maximum sympathy when laid low by a bug or virus. It also emerged that, while women are likely to complain about minor ailments on a daily basis, men feel…

All 16 bar staff change names to Wayne Rooney by deed poll

June 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Football-mad bar staff in one pub have all changed their names by deed poll – to WAYNE ROONEY. All 16 workers at the boozer, which includes four barmaids, now legally share the same name as England’s pint-sized striker. Landlord Steve Dukes, 48, has also joined in – by changing his name to manager Fabio Capello….

Boy dies after collapsing during football match at party

June 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A devastated family has paid tribute to their eight-year-old son who died after collapsing while playing football with friends at a children’s party. Tragic Charlie Fidler is believed to have suffered an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction at Hemel Hempstead Cricket Club, in Hertfordshire on Saturday. Shocked onlookers told how the youngster’s mum Nicole…

ASBO bans man from throwing a ball for his dog

June 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A man has become the first in Britain to be given an ASBO banning him from throwing a ball for his dog – after he kept hurling it towards his neighbours. Aggressive Sean Gallogly, 48, regularly threw a tennis ball for his dog to chase and catch every time he walked his pet. But he…

Most expensive bread revealed as the Shepherd Loaf

June 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The best thing since sliced bread… A baker has created Britain’s most expensive bread – a 2kg loaf which costs a staggering £21. The Shepherd Loaf is hand-crafted from organic Somerset spelt flour, Cotswolds spring water, Cornish sea salt and raised by a secret 55-year-old sourdough recipe. The loaves were created by Tom Herbert, 33,…

Gaza flotilla survivors speak of terrifying experience

June 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Two survivors of the Gaza aid flotilla yesterday described the moment they saw friends gunned down ”in cold blood” as Israeli military took control of their convoy. Peace campaigners Ibrahim Musaji, 26, and Cliff Hanley, 61, were on board the Mavi Marmara when it was stormed by Israeili troops. Speaking at a press conference in…

Developer demolishes pub after he was refused planning permission to build flats

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A developer who was denied planning permission to convert an historic pub into flats has outraged the local community – by having it bulldozed. Brian Williams bought the The Greyhound Inn – built in the 1840s – and applied to the local authority to convert it into several apartments. But the proposals were thrown out…

Rock band arrested after illegal immigrants hijack European tour

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A British punk rock band were arrested for human trafficking after illegal immigrants stowed away in their van as they returned from a European tour. Ben Waldock, Josh Reed and Ben Dowling, all 18, who play in the band Criminal Mind, were stopped by officials as they drove through Dover. Customs officers discovered four Vietnamese…

Gaza flotilla survivors describe seeing friends gunned down ”in cold blood”

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Two survivors of the Gaza aid flotilla haved described the moment they saw friends gunned down ”in cold blood” as Israeli military took control of their convoy. Peace campaigners Ibrahim Musali, 26, and Cliff Hanley, 61, were on board the Mavi Marmara when it was stormed by Israeili troops on May 31. Speaking at a…

Woman lied about rape to escape motoring offence, court hears

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A woman lied to police and pretended she was the victim of a brutal double rape in order to get out of – a motoring offence, a court heard. Twisted Sarah Hunter, 30, told cops she was dragged from her boyfriend’s car and raped in an alleyway by two men. Specialist officers spent seven hours…

Brewery launch new ale from a recipe written in 1865

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

One of Britain’s oldest independent breweries has launched a ‘new’ ale using the recipe for its first-ever beer in 1865 – after it was discovered during a spring clean. The ale was included in one of Donnington Breweries’ first recipe books which has been lying behind a cask for the last 145 years. Eagle-eyed bosses…

Britain’s oldest swingers have enjoyed more than 300 wild parties since the 70’s

June 7, 2010 | by | 26 Comments

Britain’s oldest married swingers are celebrating 30 years of ”total and utter hedonism” and are stilling enjoying partner-swapping parties – aged in their 70s. Retired Ian and Jean Smith – dubbed the ‘King and Queen of the Swingers’ – have taken part in more than 300 ”wild” sex parties since the 1970s. The couple, who…

Badger sett relocated to edge of back garden by local council

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A woman has blasted her local council after they moved a well-established badger sett into her back garden with no warning. Mum-of-two Alison Hughes, 52, moved into her new home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, three months ago. But she was shocked to wake up last week and find a man-made badger sett had been moved to…

Lorry driver trapped for three hours miracle escape

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A lorry driver had a ”miracle” escape when his tanker overturned – leaving him trapped upside-down for THREE hours. The 42-year-old driver lost control of his 15 tonne lorry and smashed into a barrier as he approached Stoneybridge Island on the A46, in Coventry just before 10am on Saturday. Incredibly, the driver, who has not…

Eastenders actor Steve MacFadden charity swim

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Eastenders actor Steve MacFadden helped raise £15,000 for charity by swimming one mile across a river. Steve, 51, who plays Phil Mitchell in the hit BBC soap – swam across the River Fal in Cornwall to raise funds for the RNLI lifeboat charity. He took 30 minutes to front crawl between the two castles at…

Five-year-old boy catches 12lb carp using a plastic toy fishing rod

June 6, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A five-year-old boy stunned anglers by catching a 12lb carp using a plastic toy fishing rod and a piece of sweetcorn. Matthew Pretorius was fishing with his twin brother Markus and father Albert in South Cerney, Wilts., when he landed his monster catch. He battled for around five minutes with the carp, which almost snapped…