Civilian housing inspectors are first in the country to receive police powers

April 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Two volunteer housing inspectors have become the first in the country to receive special police powers which will allow them to interrogate suspects. Bill Whelan and Michael Hearn were awarded the powers by Hertfordshire Constabulary in order to more effectively patrol residential estates in Stevenage. The unpaid volunteers now have the power to demand the…

Brutal baton attack robbers caught on newsagent CCTV

April 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This is the terrifying moment a shopkeeper was brutally battered over the head with a telescopic BATON in revenge for trying to detain a robber. Brave Deb Kemp, 43, chased after three yobs after they robbed £1,000 cash and hundreds of cigarettes from her newsagents at 6.50pm last Thursday. Two of the raiders escaped and…

Spitfire apprentice mechanic is first for a generation

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A trainee engineer told of his joy after becoming the world’s first apprentice SPITFIRE mechanic in 40 years. Proud Gareth Rutt, 20, will be taught hand crafted skills which his bosses fear could be lost to future generations who now rely on computer aided design. He will join a team of eight experienced engineers at…

Record breaking football dribble UP Kilimajaro

April 8, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Three Brits have become the first people in the world to successfully dribble a football 19,000ft up Mount Kilimanjaro. Dominic Durose, 31, Phillip Malley, 33 and Simon Baker, 32, all of Huntingdon, Cambs., took four days to kick, dribble and volley the ball up the huge mountain. NHS administrator Dominic said he was not a…

Stunning picture of double rainbow photographed in Coventry

April 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This stunning picture of a rare ‘double rainbow’ was captured after a torrential downpour in a city suburb. It was snapped by Rachael Bint, 30, who spotted it outside her home in Coventry, West Mids., last Saturday afternoon. They are caused when raindrops reflect sunlight at two different angles creating a second perfectly-formed, yet fainter,…

It’s all in the mind – new game uses brainwaves to control obstacle course

April 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A ground-breaking game in which players use their BRAINWAVES to move a ball around an obstacle course is launched in Britain today. Competitors wear a hi-tech headset which has sensors to measure brain activity. The player’s level of mental activity determines the strength of a fan used to levitate a foam ball through the air…

Pothole reveals 1920’s tramline buried 60 years ago

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Residents were stunned when a huge pothole on their street became so deep it revealed an historic TRAM line – which was buried 60 YEARS ago. The crater uncovered a metal track which once carried trams through the streets of Plymouth, Devon, in pre-war Britain. Local residents were completely unaware of the historic line except…

Prince Harry all smiles as he meets charity cadets

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Prince Harry visited 30 cadets in Wales who are heading for an action packed exercise to Lesotho. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the cadet movement and the exercise is designed to mark the occasion. As patron of the exercise Prince Harry said “The cadets will provide a huge contribution and it will be…

Damien Hirst paintings in £1 million art fraud

April 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A conman art dealer who swindled wealthy clients out of hundreds of thousands of pounds was facing jail after admitting theft and fraud. Andrew Parkinson, 49, used his respected gallery to broker sales of original works by leading artists including Damien Hirst, Rolf Harris and Jack Vettriano. But in many cases he would take prints…

Motorists beware crisps are most dangerous food to eat while driving

April 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The humble packet of crisps is the most dangerous food to eat while driving. A study found that millions of motorists have crashed while holding the steering wheel in one hand a crisp packet in the other. Unwrapping chocolate bars and trying to open fizzy drinks bottles – which both require two hands – also…

Plymouth pub death girl may have been caused by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

April 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A 22-year-old who died after collapsing in front of 700 people in a packed pub was killed by a rare genetic condition, her family said. Tragic Kirsty Thompson was found unconscious during an evening out with friends at the Walkabout bar in her home town of Plymouth, Devon. She was found slumped on the dance…

Secret to picking a winning horse? The colour of a jockey’s jacket.

April 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Forget studying form, women have more chance of winning money on the horses by gambling on the colour of a jockey’s jacket or a nag with a funny name, a study has revealed. Researchers found more than half of those who placed their bet because of the horse’s name have walked away with cash in…

Rambler survives 300ft cliff fall plunge

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A walker had a miracle escape when he fell 300-feet off a cliff – and suffered only cuts and bruises. The un-named rambler, 55, was strolling along a coastal path in the dark when he stumbled and plummeted 90m over the cliff edge. He plunged off the massive 600ft high cliff, rolled down the jagged…

YouTube singer to get US recording deal from her bedroom in Dorset

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A young singer who posted videos on YouTube of her belting out tracks in her living room is on the verge of signing a recording deal with a major American label. Pretty Beccy May Cooper, 20, was talent-spotted by U.S. music executives and whisked off to New York after they watched clips of her covering…

Deadly Leopard Seal pictures captured underwater by brave amateur photographer

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These remarkable underwater pictures show a deadly Leopard Seal playing and somersaulting in front of the camera. Amateur photographer Steve Jones, 39, was submerged under sheets of ice in the -1c Antarctic sea for over TWO hours to capture the playful beasts. Incredibly, the seals swam to Steve and rubbed their noses against his lens…

22-year-old woman dies in Walkabout bar in Plymouth

April 5, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Four men are in custody after a 22-year-old woman collapsed and died in front of 700 people in a packed pub. The unnamed victim was found unconscious by staff and Bank Holiday revellers at the Walkabout bar in Plymouth, Devon. She was given first aid by paramedics and rushed to hospital but pronounced dead on…

Debt mountain rises as each person owes £6000 in unsecured finance

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The average British adult owes close to £6,000 in non mortgage-related debt, a new report has revealed. A study of 3,000 people found the majority are still struggling under the strain of big balances on either credit cards, loans, overdrafts or finance agreements. This is despite a large percentage making inroads into their debts over…