Rowan Atkinson’s futuristic home supported by top architect

July 16, 2010 | by | 3 Comments

Top London architect Lord George Rogers has written to South Oxfordshire District Council supporting Rowan Atkinson’s futuristic home. Atkinson has been involved in the design of the £5 million white three-storey home for the past two years, working with world-renowned architect Richard Meier. But the Blackadder star has infuriated his neighbours over plans to build…

Van driver’s miraculous escape after tree smashes through windscreen

July 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This van driver had a miraculous escape after a huge tree branch crashed through his windscreen as he drove along at 30mph – missing his seat by two inches. The quarter tonne branch was bought down in 60mph winds, smashing into the Ford Transit driven by a man in his 60s and toppling a nearby…

Scientists discover 4,500-year-old doodle

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Scientists have discovered what is believed to be one of the world’s oldest DOODLES – an ancient scrawl carved onto a rock by a bored caveman 4,500 years ago. Cambridge University experts believe the crudely etched circles are the Neolithic version of a modern office worker’s scribbles on a post-it note. The 6.6in (17cm) chunk…

End of the (fishing) line for eel catching?

July 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The ancient British tradition of ”eel catching” passed down in the same family for 500 YEARS is under threat because the last surviving catcher is struggling to find an heir. Peter Carter, 45, has harvested the Cambridgeshire Fens for eels using medieval skills passed down over 20 generations between men since 1470. The dad-of-one was…

Shocking CCTV shows mum encouraging daughter to shoplift

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This is the shocking moment a woman is caught on CCTV using her eight-year-old daughter to help shoplift electrical goods. The woman was spotted on security cameras removing security tags from a DVD player at a branch of Tesco’s. She is then seen encouraging her young accomplice to pick the £50 machine off the shelf…

Huge reward offered for return of stolen Cheltenham Gold Cup

July 16, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The owner of the stolen Cheltenham Gold Cup has offered a £15,000 reward for its safe return, it emerged yesterday. Robbers snatched the 1988 trophy from the home of multi-millionaire racehorse owner Raymond Mould, 70, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They also took a King George VI Chase trophy won by his late…

Tragic mum gets cancer all clear – then dies on the drive home to tell husband

July 15, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A tragic mother died in a car crash as she drove home to deliver the news to her husband that she had beaten breast cancer. Jean Allen, 66, was on her way to celebrate with husband Frank, 66, after being given the all clear when her car plunged into a water-filled ditch. The mother of…

Tears in Wootton Bassett as British servicemen repatriated

July 15, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

The devastated girlfriend of a British soldier who died in an explosion in Afghanistan wept  as his body was brought home. Tearful Sara Horsley desperately clutched a bunch of red roses as the body of her Marine David Hart was paraded through Wootton Bassett, Wilts. Marine Hart, of 40 Commando, was serving as part of…

Maldives opens consulate – in Salisbury

July 15, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A humble cottage in a rural market town has become the unlikely home to the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Maldives. The white-washed home in Salisbury, Wilts., is the residence of local businessman David Hardingham, 45, whose links with the island nation stretch back 25 years. Mr Hardingham spent years campaigning for democracy in…

Bloomin’ ‘eck! Plant grows 20ft in six weeks

July 15, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A gardener was blooming overwhelmed after a plant flowered for the first time in two decades and then grew 20ft – in just SIX WEEKS. Green-fingered Sadie Yates has seen her Agave plant shoot up like a ‘Triffid’ and is now four times her size since it suddenly came to life last month. Sadie, of…

Women appealing for donor eggs in newspapers

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Desperate women with fertility problems have been driven to place personal newspaper adverts appealing for donor eggs due to a national shortage, it emerged today. Egg donations have declined steadily in recent years partly due to a change in the law in 2005 allowing children to seek their donor parents. Now with waiting lists stretching…

Carer jailed for stealing £9k from dementia patient

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A carer who stole almost £9,000 from a dementia patient by using his cash point card has been jailed for 14 months. Devious Lynn Slade, 42, used the victim’s pin number to withdraw up to £300 a time over a six-month period. Slade had been working as part of a team looking after elderly people…

Campaign to stop sex shop opening next to school uniform store launched

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A campaign has been launched to stop a sex shop opening next to a store selling – SCHOOL UNIFORMS. Residents say the new shop – selling adult clothing and sex toys – should not be located near a school outfitter. Officials at ‘Mrs Palm Limited’ have submitted plans to open premises next to the school…

Trainers save two-year-old boy’s life

July 15, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A two-year-old boy who suffered a huge 240 volt electric shock after he grabbed live wires hanging from a damaged light was saved – by his rubber-soled TRAINERS. Lucky Tyler Stone was zapped after he grabbed loose cables from a vandalised light outside a council-owned block of flats. He suffered severe burns to his hands…

Junkies jailed for giving child methadone hours before she died

July 15, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A junkie couple who gave their toddler methadone hours before she died were today jailed for a total of nearly three years. Bonny Richards, 28, and John Davies, 32, injected 14-month-old Holly with the heroin substitute to help her sleep and keep her calm – and even rubbed it into her gums to ease teething…

Pervert jailed for voyeurism and possession of child porn

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A Peeping Tom who produced secret home-made films of his neighbour undressing along with a director’s commentary has been jailed for 18 months. Vile Tony Osborne, 50, filmed the woman, in her 20s, five times through her partially closed venetian blinds. He added a sexual commentary on each of the films describing what she was…

Rare South American plant blooms in Devon

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Gardeners were blooming stunned today after this rare plant bloomed for the first time – in ten YEARS. The Puya compacta is usually found flowering in high altitude on the baking hot grasslands of Ecuador. But this specimen has produced purple and blue flowers from its stalk at Trebah Gardens near Falmouth, Cornwall. Head gardener…