A TERRIFIED dad was forced to watch as a thug held a shotgun to his son's head and threatened to torture his family in a brutal £20,000 raid. Lee Harris, 48, woke up in the dead of night to find six men wearing balaclavas storming up the stairs of his home in Doncaster, South Yorks. The thugs then tied him with cable ties and marched him in just his boxer shorts to the garage he owns demanding cash. Chilling CCTV shows him arriving home where he found his family being held at gunpoint by the masked robbers. Wife Nicola, 43, and 17-year old twin sons Cameron and Broady were bound, punched and stomped on during the horror on September 11. The armed robbers had also threatened to pour boiling water on her and her sons and said if they moved they would "chop their fingers off". The thugs made off with three cars, sentimental jewellery and £20,000 cash from their home during the early hours raid. Lee was left with horrific injuries to his face including a fractured cheekbone … [Read more...] about Dad watches as gang holds shotgun to son’s head and threatens to pour boiling water over family and chop off their fingers in £20k raid
FEARS that a child snatcher is on the loose have been sparked after men in a white van were spotted trying to grab a pupil - hours after approaching a group of children. Police have since stepped up patrols outside Gosforth Central Middle School in Newcastle-upon-Tyne after the terrifying reports. It is believed three men in a van tried to approach a group of students on Wednesday, later attempting to grab the hand of a Year 11 student. The same individuals and van are believed to be involved in both incidents, Chronicle Live reported. In a message to parents, the school said: "Our pupils were very sensible, refused to get into the van, and came straight to school and reported the incident to staff this morning." Police reassured parents they would be investigating the incident. A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “On Wednesday police received reports of a suspicious van believed to have approached students near to Gosforth Middle School in Newcastle. “We were also … [Read more...] about Fears child snatcher on the loose after ‘white van man grabs pupil hours after approaching a group of children’
A YOUNG man killed by a falling tree on Wednesday as Storm Ali winds swept the UK had been due to pick up his wedding rings the next day. Matt Campbell, 24, had been excitedly organising his wedding to Robyn Newberry, 23, when his life was tragically cut short. The engineer, who was working in Slieve Gullion Forest Park in Newry, Northern Ireland, was killed as Storm Ali's 90mph winds hit. Grieving Robyn told the Independent how she and Matt had been planning to tie the knot in August next year. She said: "I first realised that something was wrong when I tried to ring Matt around lunchtime and it kept going to the answering machine, which wasn't like him. I tried calling him six times and there was no answer. "It wasn't until I was leaving work that a police officer came to my workplace and told me there had been an accident and Matt hadn't survived. I thought it was a joke, that he was just lying. Weather forecast for Thursday September 20th: Storm Ali continues to … [Read more...] about Storm Ali victim, 24, killed by falling tree had been due to pick up wedding rings with his fiancee the next day
NORTHERNERS are funnier than Southerners, a new study can finally reveal. Even southerners agree their northern counterparts earn more laughs, with 74 per cent of voters saying they were the nations' best comics. The poll by Comedy Central Live surveyed 1,500 Brits, including half from the south and half from the north. Liverpool, known for producing comics John Bishop, Ken Dodd and Les Dennis, were voted the funniest after earning 23 per cent of the vote. Brighton received a tiny two per cent, leaving them rock bottom of the table, while boring Belfast, Birmingham and Bristol shared three per cent. Newcastle, home of Sarah Millican, took second spot with 14 per cent, while London had to settle for third, claiming 12 per cent of the vote. It seems no surprise the home city of Billy Connolly and controversial comic Frankie Boyle was voted to have the dirtiest jokers, with Glasgow winning that vote on 12 per cent. The study also found that Britons laughed out loud 11 times a day on … [Read more...] about Northerners ARE officially funnier than Southerners… but which city came out on top?
A MYSTERIOUS 'Silent Man' who keeps standing in busy roads to block traffic has been jailed for a ninth time. David Hampson, 48, was hauled into court after enraging drivers with his bizarre antics in Swansea, South Wales - but refused to utter a word throughout his whole trial. Jurors were given no idea on Hampson's motive and he would not even confirm his name. He was found guilty of being "mute of malice" - meaning he stubbornly chooses not to speak to court officials – before he could even answer his traffic charge. Hampson is no stranger to being in the dock for his odd road-blocking behaviour. He was jailed in 2016 and handed a Criminal Behaviour Order - known as a Crasbo - for a similar offence. But being locked up did not make him see the error of his ways and after release he stood in front of rush hour traffic again. During his hearing today, Hampson was asked by the judge if he wanted to challenge the evidence. But he simply stared at the floor and remained silent. … [Read more...] about Mysterious ‘Silent Man’ who keeps standing in busy roads blocking traffic and won’t say why jailed for ninth time