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Terrified couple hunt for escaped snake after it sheds skin under toddler’s bed

A terrified couple are desperately searching their house for an escaped snake after discovering its shed skin under their two-year-old son’s bed. Bethan Baldwin-Pierce, 25, and her partner Kayleigh, 23, woke up to find a half-eaten mouse at the bottom of their stairs and the reptile’s skin on the landing of their Kent home one […]

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Mum left in stitches at husband’s blunder after laying ‘artificial grass’ in garden

A mum says she “didn’t have the heart” to point out her husband’s mistake when he proudly fitted the ‘artificial grass’ he picked up on eBay in their garden. Pauline Tremble and her husband Andy had purchased the material online after Andy had spotted the ‘bargain’, which arrived at their front door in Irvine, Scotland, […]

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Leon Briggs: Police restraint ‘contributed to death’ of man in custody, inquest finds

A mum whose son died after being restrained by police says she remains shocked by the “utter disregard for his life” as he lay dying in a cell. Margaret Briggs said the inquest into her son Leon Briggs’ death allowed his “story to be told for the first time” – more than seven years after […]

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Vicar’s wife adds Blues Brothers filter in Zoom blunder and he becomes viral hero

A vicar who opened a live-streamed service looking like a Blues Brother after a Zoom blunder has become an unlikely viral hero. Rev Vaughan Roberts, 62, appeared before his congregation wearing a black fedora and dark sunglasses, looking just like Joliet Jake Blues from the 1980 film. It starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as […]

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Millions buy pet in pandemic sparking food shortage and ‘repercussions’ warning

Around 3.2 million households have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic, figures show. There are now an estimated 17 million pet-owning homes in the UK, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association. Many people took in a furry friend for companionship while they were at home during lockdown. Almost 60% of new […]

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Murderer Jeremy Bamber claims new evidence over mystery phone call will free him

The man jailed for the White House Farm murders says he is “filled with hope” of release after submitting the latest legal challenge against his conviction. Jeremy Bamber, 60, is serving a whole-life sentence for the 1985 killings of his adoptive parents Nevill and June, both 61, his sister Sheila Caffell, 26, and her six-year-old […]

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Inside the Victorian chapel within a cemetery on sale as £350,000 family home

A 150-year-old chapel has in been converted into a ‘heavenly’ home with a belfry, stained glass windows – and the grounds of a cemetery for a garden. The striking 19th-century Grade II listed building known as West Chapel, in Consett, County Durham, is on the market for £395,000 and was built from sandstone in 1876. […]