Beautiful blooming magnolia tree heralds ‘perfect’ Spring

March 23, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This magnificent magnolia tree finally burst into life in its latest flowering for 25 years – as experts hailed the ”perfect” conditions for a blooming Spring. The stunning tree erupted into an orgy of bright pink one month late at the National Trust’s Overbeck’s gardens in Salcombe, Devon. It normally blooms in February but this…

Doctor banned for life after groping patient’s breasts

March 22, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A doctor who was suspended for groping a patient’s breasts has been banned from medicine for life. Dr Subhas Pattar was hauled before the General Medical Council after a string of patient complaints emerged two years ago. He was suspended from the medical register after a panel heard lurid allegations that he had performed an…

SWNS archive – The last flight of Concorde

March 22, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

The final flight of the most incredible aircraft ever built. On 20th April 1979 the British Airways Concorde registration G-BOAF took off from Filton, Bristol on her maiden flight. After a career spanning 18,257 flight hours, 6,045 landings and 5,639 supersonic cycles, the elegant white plane was retired and on 26th November 2003 she returned…

£35million drug cartel ordered to pay back less than £200,000

March 22, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The head of a drug cartel which netted £35million in one year has been ordered to pay back less than £200,000 – just 0.5 per cent of the gang’s earnings. Robert Brooks, 63, led a cartel including Olympic judo expert James Waithe which shipped class-A drugs into the country before cutting and distributing them. They…

Here’s looking at you! – Amazing photos of nuthatch admiring it’s own reflection

March 22, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This is the incredible moment a beautiful Nuthatch is caught admiring its own reflection using a pool of still water – as a MIRROR. Photographer Mark Hancox waited for a MONTH in a specially built hide just yards from the pool for the opportunity to get the perfect shot. He snapped the bird as it…

Eight-year-old boy breaks his leg after releasing handbrake on grandmothers car

March 21, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An eight-year-old boy suffered a broken leg when he accidently released the handbrake on his grandmothers car and ran himself over. Matthew Joyce was visiting his grandparents when he climbed into the vehicle, which had been left running in the driveway. However, as he entered the black Peugeot he slipped and released the handbrake, causing…

Teacher becomes first female Black Cats helicopter pilot

March 21, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A former teacher is set to become the first ever female pilot to fly in the Royal Navy ‘Black Cats ‘ helicopter display team. Lt Becky Frater, 36, who serves at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, is currently the only female pilot in the Maritime Lynx helicopter fleet. She has now been selected as the leader of…

Police arrest murder suspect

March 20, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a fitness instructor who  went missing over two weeks ago, it has emerged. Donavan Van-Lill, 29, who is South African, failed to turn up for work on 3  March and has not been seen since. Concerned friends have organised night-time searches in his hometown of  Chippenham,…

Imperial Commander Gold Cup winner parade

March 20, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has revealed he was in bed by 11.30pm on Friday night despite celebrating taking home the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Nigel, 52, enjoyed a treble on the last day of the Festival with Imperial Commander, Baby Run and Pigeon Island all finishing first. To add to the celebrations Nigel’s 17-year-old son Sam, who…

British families will shell out £1.8 BILLION this year to repair damage caused by their kids

March 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

British families will shell out £1.8 BILLION this year – to repair damage caused by their kids. Accidents such as drinks spilled on carpets, ripped wallpaper or food stains on furniture leave a £105 dent in the family finances every year. Other common mishaps include children shoving foreign objects into a DVD or CD player,…

Mountain of 12,000 plastic bottles found on 1km stretch of river bank

March 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Volunteers were stunned when they collected 12,000 discarded plastic bottles from just one kilometre of riverbank at a beauty spot. Ornithologist Tony Scott, 62, organised a clean-up of the Avon Gorge in Bristol because it was overrun with litter. But his group of volunteers were stunned when they amassed 12,000 bottles and 100 bags of…

British brewer toasting his success after creating the world’s bitterest beer

March 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A British brewer has toasting his success after creating the world’s bitterest beer. Ale-lover Peter Fowler, 58, produced tart tipple ‘The Hop’ after he was challenged by a drinking buddy to produce a world beater. Tests revealed the beer measured 323 International Bittering Units (IBUs) compared to the previous record of 200 for American beer…

70 year old grandmother up in court on benefit fraud

March 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A 70-year-old grandmother has been warned she faces a jail term – after fraudulently claiming £18,000 in benefits. Margaret Clarke, of Plymouth, Devon, was paid the housing benefit and council tax relief over a 14 year period. But she failed to inform authorities that she had a private pension, Plymouth Magistrates Court heard. She admitted…

Royal Marine told he might never walk becomes personal trainer

March 19, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A Royal Marine who was warned he might never walk again after suffering horrific injuries in Afghanistan has made a miraculous recovery – and become a personal trainer. Marine Tom Birch, 21, was seriously hurt when a Land Rover he was a passenger in plunged more than 100ft off a cliff in Helmand Province in…

Imperial Commander is shock winner of Cheltenham Gold Cup after former champ Kauto Star falls

March 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Imperial Commander is shock winner of Cheltenham Gold Cup after former champ Kauto Star falls.

Spain unveiled as the sick man of Europe

March 19, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Spain was yesterday unveiled as the sick man of Europe – because more British holiday makers fall ill there than anywhere else. Seven out of ten Brits are struck by sickness on their hols, with one in five of those staying at a Spanish resort, according to a study of 3,000 people. And queasy British…

Woman collects one million bottle tops for charity

March 19, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A woman who started collecting plastic bottle tops for her son’s school project was inundated with donations – and now has over a MILLION. Jeanette Kemlo, 47, started hoarding the colourful tops three years ago and asked friends, family and local parents to help out. But the collection ”ran out of control” when people began…