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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,…