A DIY builder living in a treehouse hailed as “truly inspiring” by Man Made Home presenter Kevin McCloud has been told to tear it down because he did not have planning permission, a court heard. Eddie McIntosh, 52, was ordered by council planners to rip down his hand-built wooden treehouse, cabins, footbridge and classroom on his rural farm near Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales. The father started developing his “holistic retreat” to live a more sustainable lifestyle in the buildings made out of recycled materials featured on Channel 4’s Man Made Home. McCloud said: “What Eddie has concocted here is off-grid luxury and I rather like it.” McIntosh has been embroiled in a court battle with the planners to save his creation on his 12-acre site. It is alleged he didn’t have planning permission and faces 18 charges in the case by Powys County Council. The charges are related to alleged failures to comply with notices from 2015 to demolish and … [Read more...] about Builder whose treehouse home was hailed by Man Made Home’s Kevin McCloud as an ‘inspiration’ ordered to rip it down
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WAYNE Dean knew he could not sit by anymore when a friend was battered in his own home by hammer-welding thugs. It came after a masked axeman had attacked a pregnant woman in a shop raid, and chilling footage emerged of a machete gang rampaging through the street. No-one was arrested for the attack on his pal and the gang attack footage shocked the nation. Enough was enough. Feeling West Midlands Police were doing little to help, he took to social media to encourage his community to police itself. Wayne says: “I wanted to set the group up because crime is getting out of hand, it’s running the area down." He was stunned when more than 2,000 members, all desperate to work together to keep each other safe, joined his online vigilante community - clearly the issue had struck a nerve. We Stand Together is one of a growing number of vigilante groups across the UK patrolling their own streets. Kingshurst residents Wayne, 47, and Tracy Quinn, 48, set up the group and now carry … [Read more...] about How vigilantes are taking streets back from machete gangs in town where cops ‘do nothing’
THE first male victim of disgraced US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has broken his silence on the paedophile. Here, we look at the chilling crimes committed by Nassar, 54, who was sentenced to more than 175 years behind bars after being convicted of abusing scores of young women and children. Who is Larry Nassar and what did he do? Larry Nassar, 54, graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in kinesiology in 1985 and joined the USA Gymnastics team's medical staff a year later. The disgraced doctor also ran a clinic and gymnastics club at Michigan State University. He abused his position over two decades to grope girls during medical treatment - sometimes in front of their parents. USA Gymnastics cut ties with Nassar in 2015 and Michigan State fired him in September of the same year. Nassar has admitted penetrating females with ungloved hands when they visited him for various injuries. The number of victims who have come forward exceeds 250, going back decades. Nassar, … [Read more...] about What did Larry Nassar do and how long has the former USA gymnastics doctor been jailed for after sexually assaulting young gymnasts?