Council installs dimpled pavement so blind people can cross into four lanes of traffic

August 25, 2011 | by | 2 Comments

A council was criticised yesterday for installing a dimpled pavement where blind people can cross the road – into FOUR LANES of traffic. The bumpy slabs – known as ‘tactile paving’ – are commonly used to signify a safe crossing place for the blind and partially sighted. But the site in Fishponds, Bristol, has no…

Art world dazzled by photographer’s stunning light-painting pictures

August 25, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

An amateur-photographer has dazzled the art world with his amazing light-painting pictures. Marc Bowyer-Briggs, 33, a quality manager at a plastics firm, has only been experimenting with his using his camera at night for four years. But he is already pushing the boundaries of light-painting – a technique in which long exposures are taken at…

Woman batters cash machine with stiletto heels

August 25, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Police appealed for help yesterday to identify a woman who battered a cash machine nearly 50 times – with her stiletto heeled shoe. The woman rendered the machine useless in the frenzied attack just after midnight on July 2 in Chippenham, Wilts. She stood at the Barclays cashpoint in the town’s Market Place for several…

Fastest ever Skoda hits 202mph on Utah Salt Flats

August 16, 2011 | by | 2 Comments

A daredevil driver has become the first motorist to crack 200mph – in a Skoda. The Czech manufacturer – once the laughing stocking of the motoring world – spent six months creating the modified Octavia saloon. Test driver Richard ‘Dickie’ Meaden hit 202.15mph during the legendary Bonneville Speed Week in Utah, USA. To create the…

Gone ape: crazed chimp throws stolen food over her keepers

August 16, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A crazed chimpanzee went on the rampage after she escaped her enclosure and looted grub from – a zoo KITCHEN, it emerged today. Josie, a female chimp, smashed pots and hurled food at staff after she barricaded herself in the kitchen area where keepers prepare the animals’ food. Staff spent 40 minutes calming Josie down…

Terminally ill father beaten up by thugs

August 16, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A terminally ill father-of-one told today how vicious thugs beat him up as he walked home despite repeatedly telling them he was dying of cancer. Shaun Bowring, 42, had spent the evening playing pool with his son when he was confronted by the sick yobs and punched in the face. He pleaded with his attackers…

Mercedes and Touch Bionics create prosthetic limb for F1 fan

August 15, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

A teenage Formula One fan has been fitted with a souped-up artificial hand after he offered to sell advertising space to Mercedes – on his prosthetic LIMB. Brave Matthew James, 14, who was born without his left hand, sent a cheeky letter to Ross Brawn, boss of F1 team Mercedes GP Petronas, asking for £35,000…

Corporal Stephen Curley: An Apology

August 13, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

South West News Service would like to apologise for any distress caused to the friends and family of a hero and celebrate the memory of a great man. A report provided by SWNS from an inquest into the death of Corporal Stephen Curley and published in a local newspaper may have inferred that he deviated…

Popstars ludicrous demands for their dressing rooms

August 12, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Golf buggies, football tables and children’s playground equipment are some of the bizarre dressing room demands for the rich and famous – including Beyonce and Jay-Z. A staggering list of dressing room ‘riders’ – released by a top British radio station – revealed some of the requests by some of the biggest names in music….

A taste of history: 200 year-old cookbook found in old kitchen draw

August 12, 2011 | by | 2 Comments

A 200 year-old cookbook by the 18th century equivalent to ‘Fanny Craddock’ found in the back of an old kitchen drawer – contains the first ever English recipe for curry. The rare recipe book, ‘The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy’, lifts the lid on the unusual culinary tastes of Georgian Britain and includes…

Father-of-two keeps the streets safe – dressed as a ninja

August 12, 2011 | by | 16 Comments

A crime-fighting father-of-two has taken to the streets at night to protect the public and foil dozens of attacks – dressed as a NINJA. By day martial arts expert Ken Andre, 33, spends time looking after his wife Leigh, 27, and their two young sons like any normal dad. But by night, the ex-military guard…

WWII enthusiasts given the chance to fly an original Spitfire

August 10, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

World War Two plane enthusiasts can re-live ‘our finest hour’ by learning to fly – a restored SPITFIRE. The fighter plane became iconic after it helped secure a decisive victory over the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Now a flight academy is giving people the chance to become a ‘fighter ace’…

Shopworker stung by SCORPION

August 10, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A shopworker was stung by a SCORPION which stowed away in a box of bananas. William Clarke, 48, was unpacking a box of Columbian bananas at frozen food store Farmfoods when the arachnid lashed out with its poisonous tail. Despite the pain, William caught the scorpion in a coffee jar and took it hospital so…

Boxer dog that looks like Phantom of the Opera

August 10, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

An abandoned boxer puppy bagged a new home after he caught the eye of prospective dog owners with his likeness to The Phantom of the Opera. Christine Armstrong, 56, and husband Tony, 72, were struck by the pups distinctive markings and red-eyed stare when they visited an animal rescue shelter. The couple were captivated by…

One in five Brits have already received their inheritance

August 10, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

One in five Brits has already received all or part of their inheritance, it emerged today Researchers discovered millions of young adults, dubbed NINNIs – or Need It Now, Not as Inheritance – have gone cap in hand to mum and dad for an advance on their legacy. Cash deposits for property, paying off mounting…

UK’s riots spread as violence erupts in Bristol

August 9, 2011 | by | 13 Comments

Hundreds of rioters clashed with police in Bristol during the early hours of this morning – looting a jewellers in a shopping mall. Running battles broke out in the city’s St Pauls, St Werburghs and Stokes Croft areas – the scene of bloody riots just four months ago – before spilling into the city centre….

Woman speeds down 23 miles of the motorway in the WRONG direction

August 9, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

A drunken woman driver faced jail today after she admitted speeding down a motorway for 23 miles – in the WRONG direction – whilst TWICE the drink drive limit. Reckless Deborah Hunt, 43, careered dangerously past oncoming vehicles and almost colliding with a police car with its blue lights flashing on the M5. She flew…