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Lad cleans up with 150 hoover hoard

June 6, 2018

A schoolboy who has amassed a collection of 150 vacuum cleaners is cleaning up after turning his obsession into a ‘suck-cessful’ business – even flogging hoovers to his teachers. Matthew Lock’s devotion to vacuums started from the age of two when he got his first toy Henry – and by the age of five he was happily hoovering the family home. And now he’s turning a profit fixing up old machines and selling them, even to his secondary school teachers, while carrying out repairs on just about every range of cleaner on the market. A favourite with his friends’ parents, the 13-year-old will often hoover when he’s invited over for tea so he can diagnose and fix any issues with the machines. He’s also […]

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Mystery Cough Stops Schoolboy’s Heart

May 6, 2016

A schoolboy’s family have told how they are living ‘in fear’ over his mystery cough that is so severe it stopped his heart FOUR times in 48 hours – and could kill him at any moment.     Dylan Fitton, six, had to be resuscitated by his uncle after collapsing at home while watching a film and was revived again as he waited for treatment in A&E.   The youngster then had another two life-threatening coughing fits while he was being treated by doctors at Royal Oldham Hospital.   His mum Leanne said Dylan wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for the actions of his quick-thinking uncle Liam Fairfoull, who performed CPR while they waited for paramedics to arrive.   […]

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Vigil for Hillsborough Victims

May 6, 2016

Thousands of people attended a poignant commemoration to mark the end of the Hillsborough inquests at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall.   More than 20,000 people came together for the evening of tributes, music, speeches and moments of reflection in memory of Hillsborough’s 96 victims.   It came after an inquest jury ruled the 96 Liverpool FC fans were unlawfully killed in the 1989 tragedy and supporters played no part in causing the disaster.     The verdict of the new inquest into the 1989 tragedy is a huge victory in a long-fought battle for justice by the families of those who lost their lives.   The victims’ families and survivors have fought for 27 years against South Yorkshire police claims that misbehaving supporters caused […]

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Amazingly Realistic Cakes

May 6, 2016

A young woman who taught herself to bake now spends hours crafting amazingly realistic cakes which look just like SAVOURY SNACKS. Former makeup artist Molly Robbins, from Rossendale, Lancs, became a cake artist after she got an amazing reaction when she baked a sweet treat for a friend. The 25-year-old – who is the daughter of Phoenix Nights legend Ted Robbins – set up business Molly’s Creative Cakes three years ago and prides herself on making quirky and unusual cakes for her customers. Molly has also won two gold and two silver awards at the Cake International competition since she started baking five years ago and plans to continue competing. She said: “I did a degree in special effects makeup so I was […]

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Cumbrian Flood Wedding

January 8, 2016

A tenacious wedding photographer showed extraordinary commitment to the cause as she battled through flooded Cumbria to snap two ceremonies. Tiree Dawson waded through freezing waist deep water to make her first Lake District nuptials on Saturday, before hitching a lift in a tractor to make Sunday’s event. But she was rewarded with amazing shots of bedraggled guests arriving and romantic shots of one couple posing in the flood water in their wellies.

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Christmas Street

November 27, 2015

Christmas came more than a month early to a quiet cul-de-sac after a neighbour was told he might not survive until December 25.     Dad-of-three Andy Haworth – dubbed ‘Mr Christmas’ by his family – has been given eight to 12 weeks to live after a diagnosis of terminal oesophageal cancer last month. The 48-year-old put up his Christmas lights at Halloween in a show of defiance against the disease in case he did not live to see the festive season. And when his neighbours in Leyland Grove in the village of Haslington, Cheshire found out what he was doing they conspired to bring Christmas forward for the much-loved HGV driver. Nearly every home on the stretch of road […]

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Parcel Farce

November 27, 2015

A couple were left with a mountain of cardboard in their living room after a supermarket delivered their new dinner set in 48 SEPARATE boxes. Joanne and Billy Murphy were stunned when each plate, bowl and mug in the 24-piece set they ordered online from Tesco showed up in their own individual boxes, which were then inside even bigger boxes. Already unimpressed at having waited 14 days for the goods to arrive, Joanna took to social media to vent her fury as despite the extreme packaging, five items still broke during delivery. The boxes took up so much space that the family, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, couldn’t see the living room floor once the items were unwrapped

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Supersonic seagull photobombs Red Arrows

September 18, 2015

An amateur photographer has had the internet in a flap with his once-in-a-lifetime snap of a seagull photobombing a Red Arrows display. David Black, 34, from Colchester, Essex, was visiting the Clacton Air Show on August 27 when the legendary formation flying squad put on a performance. Floor and roof tiler David was taking photographs with his iPhone 5S all the way back to the bus and could not believe it when he got on with wife Ruth, 33, and one-year-old Ellana and assessed his shots.

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The two million-to-one Down’s Syndrome twins

September 10, 2015

Identical twins born with Down’s syndrome at odds of two million to one have celebrated a milestone their parents thought they might never see. Happily, it looks like teachers telling them apart will be the biggest worry for Abigail and Isobel Parry on their first day of school. The adorable four-year-olds were diagnosed with Down’s syndrome three weeks after their premature birth in June 2011. Parents Matt and Jodi Parry admit they first thought this was “a life sentence” – but now devote their lives to busting myths and misconceptions around the genetic condition.

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Pregnant mum barged out of the way

September 10, 2015

A heavily-pregnant expectant mum was left ‘embarrassed, angry and in agony’ as she was forced to stand when a businessman would not give up a train seat – despite her showing him her ticket. Mhari-Claire Doolan, 29, said she was mortified to be barged out of the way in the ‘scrum’ to get aboard the train and was forced to get on last. But the situation quickly got worse when the exhausted 34-week pregnant recruitment manager found a businessman in his late 30s or early 40s sat in the seat she had booked.

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