Britain’s youngest beekeeper unable to eat honey because he is diabetic

June 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A schoolboy told of his joy at becoming one of Britain’s youngest beekeepers – despite being unable to eat his own honey because he is diabetic. Adam Dawson, 12, passed an accredited beekeeping course two months ago and has now completed his first hive containing 30,000 honey bees. But while most beekeepers are wary of…

Fears for British aid workers caught up in Israeli Gaza attack

June 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

THERE are fears for two Bristol men who were part of the Gaza-bound aid convoy that was attacked by the Israeli military. Armed forces boarded the eight vessels clashing with some of the 600 people on board and killing up to 20 of them. Dad-of-three Sakir Yildirim and Cliff Hanley, of Bristol, were on one…

Unofficial cheese rolling contest takes place despite ban

June 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Hundreds of daredevils gathered on a steep hillside  for the first ever ‘unofficial’ cheese rolling contest – after the historic event was axed over health and safety fears. Runners and spectators met at Cooper’s Hill near Brockworth in Gloucestershire to carry on the tradition which sees competitors chase a 7lb wheel of Double Gloucester down…

Stunning Kingfisher diving pictures captured by wildlife Photographer Mark Hancox

June 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

These stunning pictures show the split-second a kingfisher spots his prey before diving into a pool of water. Wildlife photographer Mark Hancox, 48, spent a month waiting in a specially-built hide to catch a glimpse of the kingfisher hunting. He snapped the elusive bird at the very moment it launched itself off a perch and…

Fake proof bank note uses technology found on the wing of a butterfly

June 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Scientists studying tropical butterflies have created replica models of their wings using technology that could be used to combat fraudsters. Brightly coloured patterns on beetles, butterflies and other insects could now be reproduced on bank notes and passports to minimise the risk of forgery. Mimicking these iridescent patterns has long eluded scientists as they are…

Desperate dad gets arm stuck in pub vending machine while grabbing childs toy

June 1, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A desperate dad got his arm stuck in a pub vending machine for over an hour after he reached inside to grab a child’s toy. The man had put a £1 coin into the machine for one of his children, but it failed to deliver the promised toy and he became stuck up to the…

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…