iPhone app to aid wildlife rescue in Gulf of Mexico oil leak

June 21, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A new iPhone app allowing users to send labelled photos of oiled wildlife direct to rescue databases has been developed to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The Mobile Gulf Observatory (MoGO) application was built in just a week by University of Massachusetts computer scientists in a bid to track the spread…

Thug jailed for ripping the head off a goose

June 21, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A thug who ripped the head off a Canadian goose in ”sadistic and torturous rampage” was jailed for 25 weeks. Jobless Barry Sinfield, 36, swung the bird around his head before kicking it repeatedly as it lay in agony on the ground last October. He then trapped the bird’s neck against the floor with his…

Drunken man punches girlfriend in the face after mistaking her for a buglar

June 21, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A drunken man punched his girlfriend in the face following a boozy Christmas Day romp after he mistook her for a burglar, a court heard. Ian Campbell, 45, had been drinking heavily on Christmas Day last year when he met a barmaid and invited her back to his flat. After the pair ”became intimate” she…

X-ray reveals hidden masterpiece by artist Robert Lenkiewicz

June 21, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A collector who bought a portrait by a celebrated British artist has uncovered a £50,000 masterpiece – after this X-ray revealed another picture hidden underneath. The art lover bought the original piece – which shows artist Robert Lenkiewicz in a nude pose with a female model – at auction. But after advice from an expert…

Woman is dying from passive smoking caused by her parents’ 120-a-day habit

June 21, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A woman who has never smoked a cigarette in her life is dying of terminal ‘smokers lung’ – because of passive smoking from her childhood. Lynda Mitchell, 52, inhaled the smoke of up to 120 cigarettes a DAY which her parents puffed through at their home. The damage inflicted on her lungs has now caused…

Stonehenge solstice 2010 draws crowds of thousands to witness sunrise

June 21, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The summer solstice at Stonehenge drew the largest crowd for years – but cloudy skies blocked out the rising sun. Thousands of people gathered at the ancient monument – more than last year – to celebrate the start of the longest day at 4.58am. It marks the shortest day of the year, when the sun…

26-year-old jailed after she was caught stealing from her 83-year-old fiancee

June 21, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

An 83-year-old man who fell in love with the 26-year-old heroin addict who robbed him has broken off their engagement – after she stole from him for a second time. Keith Williams took pity on junkie Michelle Davies after he found her sleeping rough in the stairwell of his flats and invited her to stay…

Drug addict turns life around to become entrepreneur millionnaire

June 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A mum-of-two who blew £500,000 on drugs has turned her life around to become a successful entrepreneur with a £1million cleaning business – in just five years. Dedicated Laura Walsh, 45, became addicted to prescription medication in 1987 after taking painkillers following a car crash. She spent £60 a day on a cocktail of 30…

Grieving mother tells how sons bullies drove him to his bulimic death

June 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A devastated mother told how her 21-year-old son died after vicious bullies drove him to bulimia and he lost over 10 STONE in weight. Tragic Ben Spencer, 21, died at Northampton General Hospital on 24 October last year from cardiac arrest caused by the long term effects of the eating disorder. His weight had plummeted…

World cup economy boom is a myth

June 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The boost in economy expected during the World Cup is a MYTH experts revealed and retail sales may actually take a dive as a result of the tournament. Research into the past ten major football tournaments has shown that retail sales usually dip below the annual average during the contests instead of booming. Spending may…

Bungling school workmen need spelling lesson

June 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

These bungling council workmen could do with a spelling lesson – after painting the word ‘SHOOL’ on the road outside a primary school. Contractors omitted the ‘C’ when they daubed ‘SHOOL KEEP CLEAR’ outside the gates of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School in the Lawrence Weston, Bristol. It was hoped the wording…

Cambridge students create canal so they can punt to the ball

June 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Students at this landlocked Cambridge University college built their own 650ft Venetian CANAL for their traditional May Ball so they could still enjoy a riverside punting experience. Sidney Sussex College built an artificial lake and river costing £5,000 for Wednesday night’s ball as it is one of the few colleges which does not have access…

Churchill’s draft of finest hour speech shows dozens of last minute changes

June 18, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Drafts of Churchill’s iconic ”finest hour” speech were released for the first time – showing how the famously off-the-cuff orator had actually painstakingly planned his masterpiece. Winston Churchill’s address to Parliament on June 18 1940 on one of the darkest days of the Second World War after France fell to the Nazis heralded the start…

Football legend Nobby Stiles in hospital after suffering stroke

June 17, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles is recovering in hospital – after he suffered a STROKE. The 68-year-old – famous for his toothless smile and ferocious tackle – collapsed earlier this week. Nobby was forced to cancel a public appearance at a pub in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks., ahead of England’s crucial match against Algeria. Harvey Gill,…

Simon Cowell makes appeal for missing Britain’s Got Talent star

June 17, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Music guru Simon Cowell has  appealed for a woman who once starred on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ to contact police after she vanished from her home six days ago. Thelma Townsend, 62, and husband Don, 68, captured the hearts of the nation when they performed their whistling and dancing double act in 2007. But Thelma, who…

Motorist fell asleep and killed two after driving 500 miles in 22 hours

June 17, 2010 | by | 3 Comments

A motorist who killed her partner and teenage brother in a car smash after driving 500 miles in 22 hours without sleep has narrowly avoided jail. Reckless Joanne Taylor, 27, was behind the wheel for a whole day and night when she smashed into the back of a tractor. The bingo worker, of Plymouth, Devon,…

Wife Swap benefits cheat faces jail for illegally claiming £10,000

June 17, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A benefits cheat mum who claimed £10,000 as a single parent living alone was caught and is facing jail — after she appeared on wife swap. Scrounger Kelly Jones, 23, failed to tell the authorities that she and bus driver husband Steven Jones were living together for 18 months in Bristol. She illegally claimed £4,976…