Lincolnshire council staff found using porn, adult chat and Facebook at work

June 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Council workers have been sacked and others reprimanded after bosses found them logged onto porn sites, using saucy adult chat rooms and posting work gossip on Facebook. Lincolnshire County Council axed one member of staff and handed others final warnings following an investigation into office internet abuse. One embarrassed worker was marched out of his…

Climber survives broken neck horror plunge after falling into ice cold stream

June 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A trainee army officer who broke his neck in a 500ft plunge down a mountain ravine survived five hours before being rescued – because he landed in an ice-cold stream. Super-fit Simon Miller, 24, was thought to have died in the horrific fall down the slopes of 2,848ft (868m) Blencathra mountain in the Lake District….

Giant caterpillar’s web cocoons hedgerow

May 31, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Residents have been flocking to look at this spin-credible sight – a giant caterpillar’s web which has completely cocooned bushes and hedgerows. The sticky, silky mass is the work of thousands of tiny caterpillars of the Spindle Ermine moth which all start weaving at the same time. Caterpillars, which feed on cherry trees, hawthorn and…

Teenagers found guilty of killing mother in firework house attack

May 28, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Two teenagers have been found guilty of killing a mother by pushing a firework through her letterbox as part of a campaign of bullying against her teenage son. Sick Owen Hewitt, 18, and Samuel Luckes, 17 – along with Ryan Croft, 18, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing – dropped the specially-adapted explosive into…

Facebook paedophile used different profiles to groom 1,000 ‘victims’

May 28, 2010 | by | 3 Comments

Police have criticised Facebook over security failures after a postman used the site to groom up to 1,000 children – scores of whom he sexually abused. Vile Michael Williams, 28, used different ‘profiles’ to target children he met on his post round, while doing schools runs as taxi driver, and as the secretary of a…

Ambulance for obese patients costs NHS trust thousands

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An NHS health trust has spent £5,000 on a super-sized ambulance – which can carry patients weighing up to 110 stone. South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust invested in the vehicle after the number of obese patients increased 10-fold in five years. The vehicle, called a bariatric or ‘chronically obese’ ambulance, can carrying up to…

Hero teen catches burglar red-handed and chases him into river

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A teenager was hailed a hero after he caught a burglar red-handed and chased him out of his house into a river. Luke Franklin, 17, was stunned to see crook Peter Gaughan, 25, stealing electricals from his house on Monday afternoon. But Brave Luke squared up to the serial burglar and chased him over five…

Britain’s grumpiest pub landlord crowned in Herefordshire

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A pub owner who has upset dozens of customers with his bad moods has been dubbed Britain’s grumpiest landlord. John Wilkins, 63, took over the Ewe and Lamb pub in Kington, Herefordshire, when he retired two years ago. But regulars in the tiny village were stunned at John’s short temper and constant moaning when they…

Egg the size of a tennis ball laid by chicken in Devon

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A landscape gardener was left shell shocked after his chicken laid this giant egg – which is three times the average size. Stunned Dan Rouncefield (corr), 70, found the 5oz (140g) egg after it was laid by his seven month old bird at his home in Buckfastliegh, Devon. The average weight of an egg is…

Postcard collection of wartime sweethearts washes up on British beach

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A mysterious collection of postcards written from a young soldier to his sweetheart during World War One have washed up on a British beach. Glynis Dray, 58, spotted the collection as she strolled along the high tide line at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. She first noticed a tattered card in the sand and began scouring the beach,…

Dyson balloon video with a lot of fans is viral internet hit

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A video of Dyson engineers using their cutting-edge bladeless fans to move a balloon around the factory has become a YouTube sensation. The video shows designers setting up an obstacle course using the company’s new bladeless ”Air Multiplier” fans. They then release a blue balloon which gets sucked through tunnels made by the fans as…

Father offers reward to find bullies who left son with brain-damage

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A devastated father is offering a £5,000 reward for information about a bullying incident which he believes left his son permanently brain-damaged. David Luckett, 52, says his 13-year-old son Ashley’s life was destroyed after he was tripped up by a group of pupils and banged his head last year. Three days after the incident the…

Teen girl gets new lungs to beat cystic fibrosis eats for first time and becomes curry addict

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A teenage girl who was fed through a tube for her whole life has finally eaten her first full meal following a double lung transplant – and discovered a craze for CURRIES. Cystic fibrosis sufferer Chloe Baker, 14, who survived for 13 years on high calorie milk, now adores munching on Chicken Tikka Masala, pilau…

long shot – golf ball lost in Devon found in Holland

May 28, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A golfer playing a round in Holland found a lost ball belonging to his friend back in Britain – who had never used the Dutch course. Stunned Basil Williams, 74, was on holiday in Utretch when he drove his ball into the rough and went in to try and find it with his son. But…

Scandal of wrongly discharged pensioner, 92, left to die in son’s arms

May 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A 92-year-old woman died just minutes after being wrongly discharged from hospital – after two doctors misdiagnosed bleeding in her heart as a chest infection. Frail Evelyn Jones fell unconscious in her son’s car when her heart ruptured shortly after she left hospital in the middle of a freezing night last December. Son Robin, 51,…

Simples: Alexandr the meerkat puppeteer reveals all

May 27, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

This is the man who literally pulls the strings on the ‘simples’ meerkat TV ads after he hand-built the puppets – in his shed. Puppeteer John Roberts, 58, was commissioned by an advertising agency to create a puppet model of the famous meerkat Alexandr Orlov. He built the wooden character in three days and later…

Gaydar study proves that homosexuals can spot other gay people faster

May 27, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Homosexuals really do have a ‘gaydar’ that enables them to spot other gay people, scientists have revealed. A study has discovered that gay men and women respond to detailed visual stimuli at least 40 milliseconds faster than their heterosexual counterparts. Researchers believe that this increased attention to visual detail allows homosexual people to pick up…