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Harry Dunn's parents are demanding justice after he was killed in a car crash

Harry Dunn's bereft parents today revealed they promised their son 'justice' in the minutes after he died as they made an appeal directly to Donald Trump 'as a father' to intervene during an emotional press conference in New York.

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn have flown to the US for a media blitz to put pressure on the White House to step in and force Anne Sacoolas to return to Britain to face justice saying: 'We can't start grieving until this is resolved'.

Harry's mother broke down as she told a press conference this afternoon: 'It's the right thing to to do. It's the humane thing to do.'  

She said: 'It's a clear-cut case. She needs to get on the plane and get back to the UK, just do the right thing. It shouldn't have been this difficult, she surely didn't have to go.'

In a message for the US President, Mr Dunn added: 'I would say to him (Donald Trump) as a man, as a father, how could you let this happen, if you are a father and your child died surely you'd want that person to own up and take responsibility?'

And explaining the purpose of their visit to US, where the shocking case has received less coverage than in Britain, Mr Dunn said: 'We just wanted to come to speak to you guys to put our story out there, to let the American people know what is actually going on, to tell people about Harry and how we just want our justice for our son.' 

Sacoolas, 42, fled to the US on a state-sponsored private jet in the wake of the fatality outside a US spy base in Northamptonshire, claiming diplomatic immunity using her husband Jonathan's job.

CCTV footage from the RAF base captured the moment Mr Dunn was killed in a 'big fireball' following the road crash.

The family said evidence of the video leading up to the crash made it 'a clear-cut case'.

When asked if the footage had been sourced from the RAF base, a Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: 'Yes, I believe so.'

Sacoolas, who had two of her own children in the car, spoke to police but was flown out of the UK from a US air base in Suffolk before she could be arrested and charged. 

The spy's wife claims she was devastated by the crash and sent 'her deepest sympathy to Harry Dunn's family' in a statement released by her lawyer over the weekend.

Asked if the authorities should have done anything different over the handling of the case, Ms Charles said today: 'Not let her go home. Whoever made that decision we do not know, but we shouldn't have gone through this.

'We shouldn't be suffering like this. It should have been an open and shut case. The evidence is extremely clear what happened.

'We've been told that there is CCTV evidence showing her leaving RAF Croughton on the wrong side of the road and that CCTV follows her all the way down the road on the wrong side of the road and you see Harry's headlight of his motorbike and then there is a big fireball when his bike went up.

'So it should have been a clear-cut case. It should have been simple and I promised Harry and we promised Harry as a family when we'd lost him that night, when we were talking to him in the hospital when we'd lost him already, that we would make sure justice was done.

'We thought it would be an easy one, an easy case, with all the evidence that the Northamptonshire Police have, but clearly not and that's why we're here.'

Ms Charles added: 'Of course she's suffering, we've known all along she would be suffering. Her children must be suffering, you know, two of them were in the car and that's horrific.

'Our lad wasn't a little lad, the car was extremely damaged as well as Harry.

'We're not inhumane, we still don't wish her any ill harm but we need to hear it from her, in her own words, in a room, on our terms, in the UK with therapists and whoever else can help us, mediators.

'But just hearing it through a statement, we're seven weeks in now, it's a bit too much too little too late, I'm afraid.'

'We just want to know that she is being brought back to the UK. You know, that would be a huge step in the right direction.

'It's the only right thing to do. It's the only humane thing to do.

'And we would hope then that we can try to start to move forward and the UK justice system do whatever they feel is right because with it being seven weeks later we're not sure if we can be involved with trying to reduce her sentence, which is what we said we would do in the first place.

'They wanted to pursue her or charge her with death by dangerous driving. We spoke to the police right at the beginning, knowing that she had children, we were going to work with them, ask for her sentence to be reduced to death by careless (driving) and ask for a suspended (sentence) so that we didn't take her away from her children although she's robbed us of one of ours.'

She added: 'It was an accident, we understand that, but seven weeks on, and we've had to do this to get an apology just in writing, that's just wrong.' She stopped speaking at this point as she broke down in tears. 

Family spokesman Radd Seiger said: 'Back home we are thinking about our strategies and wondering what to do.

'One of the reasons why I'm here is to try and talk to some lawyers who might be able to help us here in the United States. We are determined to get justice for Harry, whatever that means. We will get justice for Harry.'

The 19-year-old's father Tim Dunn said his family can't start grieving until 'this is resolved'.

He said: 'I've always wanted to ask her if she could explain the moment of the crash, find out if she comforted Harry, if she spoke to Harry, find out what her movements were, did she try and call the emergency services, or I don't know, I'm just struggling because I can't imagine my lad being in the ditch and not having any comfort from anybody until the ambulance and police turn up 'X' minutes later.

'When we had the funeral, which was a lovely tribute to him, I thought maybe that was the time we were going to turn the corner, but then it wasn't until a week later when we found out that she had left the country and now it feels like it has gone right back to the night he died.

'There's just no way I can start grieving yet, as a family we can't start, we need this resolved.'

Mr Dunn added: 'Somewhere, somebody has made a decision to give this lady immunity.

'She's not entitled to immunity as it's been said and we've known that from the start. 

'On that night there was an accident, a lady made a mistake, she killed our son, she didn't mean to kill him, she didn't mean to have an accident, but you cannot walk away from that and just leave and expect nothing to happen. Our boy died and he deserves to have some justice. That's all we want'. 

Speaking to the PA news agency following the press conference, Mr Dunn called on the suspect to 'come out of hiding' and 'set an example' to her own children.

He added: 'Just get on the plane. Face up to what you have done, having left us seven weeks ago with what we have lost - this is 100 times, a hundred times harder than it needed to have been.

'Time is up now. Time is of the essence. Get on the plane. Just face it. Deal with it.

'Then she can move on with her life, her children can hopefully find a way of getting as much therapy as they need because, bless them, two of them were in that car.

'End the suffering. Go back to the UK and face it.'

Mr Dunn also said 'something is not right' after the family were sent a letter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office explaining that Ms Sacoolas does not have diplomatic immunity.

He said: 'It just doesn't seem to sit right with me.

'It just seems like such a long-winded way around things and I think they just need to stop messing about.'

The family reiterated their hope to secure Ms Sacoolas a suspended sentence, rather than immediate custody, so as not to take her away from her family.

But they said their hopes of a meeting between the two parties should happen 'in her own words, in a room, on our terms' back in the UK.

 Earlier today the former couple appeared on national TV in the US said the apology from the US spy's wife arrived 'seven weeks too late' - and described his broken body and final words before he died.

Harry's mother Charlotte told CBS' Gayle King this morning: 'Why has it taken so long? It's seven weeks tomorrow since we lost our boy. We feel that statement should have come out from her right from the beginning instead of getting on a plane and running home. 

'We realise that obviously she may not have been given any choice as such under this supposed diplomatic immunity cloak. We don't believe she did – that's being looked into'. 

  

The family has said they will only meet the US woman suspected of causing their son's death if she promises to return to Britain.    

His mother Charlotte said: 'I don't see what we would gain from that [meeting her in the US]. If it was a few weeks back, we're one week off from being two months since Harry died. 

'We're still very opened to meeting her but it needs to be in a controlled environment in the UK. We've been advised that it wouldn't be the best thing for us to do [meeting in US]. We need counsellors and therapists around us. 

She added: 'She needs to get on the plane, she needs to go back to the UK, just do the right thing. It shouldn't be this difficult - she surely didn't have to go'.

Gayle King asked what would they have wanted from Sacoolas if they had stayed in the UK.

Mrs Charles said: 'We've been very, very open right from the start with the UK police that if she'd have stayed in the UK, knowing she was a parent herself, we'd agreed as a family that we would have done all we could to get death by dangerous driving reduced to death by careless driving and try and get her a suspended sentence so we didn't take her away from her children - we were OK with that'.  

Gayle then asked: 'Are you now asking for jail time for her?', Harry's mother replied: 'I don't think we're going to have any choice now, we're 7 weeks on and it's taken all this time. I'm not sure the police are going to allow us to intervene now. we don't know where we stand now'. 

Spokesman Radd Seiger told Sky News the condition was a 'non-negotiable red line in the sand' if Anne Sacoolas wished to meet with the teenager's parents while they are in America.

Harry, 19, died when his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.

The suspect, 42-year-old Mrs Sacoolas, had fled to the US IN the wake of the fatality, claiming diplomatic immunity. 

But that protection is now in dispute after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab wrote to Harry's parents over the weekend, telling them the government had 'pressed strongly for a waiver of immunity, so that justice can be done.' 

Harry's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, flew to the US on Sunday to, as Mr Seiger said, 'put pressure on the US administration to do the right thing'. 

Ms Charles said before boarding her flight that she had received a letter from Mrs Sacoolas expressing her 'deepest sympathies and apologies'.

'To be perfectly honest, yes, it's the start of some closure for our family. Having said that sorry just doesn't cut it'.

Earlier, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) wrote to the family to say Mrs Sacoolas did not have diplomatic immunity.

Mr Seiger said the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's letter stated: 'The US have now informed us that they too consider that immunity is no longer pertinent.'

The letter, sent by Mr Raab to the family, said: 'We have pressed strongly for a waiver of immunity, so that justice can be done... Whilst the US government has steadfastly declined to give that waiver, that is not the end of the matter.

'We have looked at this very carefully... the UK Government's position is that immunity, and therefore any question of waiver, is no longer relevant in Mrs Sacoolas' case, because she has returned home.'

Mr Raab added that the matter was now 'in the hands' of Northamptonshire Police and the CPS.

An FCO spokesman told the PA news agency that the office 'would not be commenting further on the content of the letter'.

Before the letter was sent by the FCO, the family's lawyer Mark Stephens told PA: 'There are approximately 20,000 official diplomats in this country - there's a definitive list of who is and who isn't.

'We know definitively that this guy was not a diplomat and therefore was not entitled to diplomatic immunity. That has a number of consequences.

'That means that the Americans have made a false claim. She would not have been entitled to claim diplomatic immunity.'

Meanwhile, Mrs Sacoolas's legal representative Amy Jeffress, from the law firm Arnold and Porter, said: 'Anne is devastated by this tragic accident.

'No loss compares to the death of a child and Anne extends her deepest sympathy to Harry Dunn's family.'

On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said America was 'absolutely ruthless' in its safeguarding of Mrs Sacoolas following the decision to grant her diplomatic immunity.

Mr Johnson said although President Donald Trump was sympathetic towards Mr Dunn's family's views on the use of diplomatic immunity, the US was 'very reluctant' to allow its citizens to be tried abroad.

Speaking of taking their campaign to the US, Mr Dunn's family said in a statement that they 'continue to live in a nightmare' and have so far been unable to grieve after his death.

A statement released on behalf of the family said: 'As if losing Harry was not enough, they now find themselves having to expend enormous time and energy, which they can ill afford, generating sufficient publicity to garner public support to persuade the US government to help achieve closure and return the driver Mrs Sacoolas to England to face the consequences of her actions.'

Mrs Charles said: 'The letter from the FCO was amazing, we felt like we finally had a breakthrough, we finally had confirmed that the immunity that we didn't think she had has been confirmed, that she doesn't have it, certainly since she absconded back to the USA.

A statement from her lawyer is promising that we may be able to hopefully get a meeting put together – whether it's face to face or lawyer to lawyer, not really sure on that basis yet but fingers crossed we're stepping in the right direction.'

Mrs Sacoolas's lawyers said she was 'devastated' and has expressed a desire to meet with the teenager's family, who have arrived in New York in their quest for justice. 

Harry's parents are planning to give a series of interviews with America's main TV networks to heap pressure on the US government to hand Mrs Sacoolas over.

They will then travel to Washington DC to meet senior figures in the US government to express their outrage at the handling of the case.

Their lawyer Radd Seiger told the Mail: 'Harry's parents want to look the US President in the eye and ask him to resolve this painful situation. He needs to understand they are utterly heartbroken.

'We will not rest until we have Mrs Sacoolas back in the UK. That's the only way they can get closure.' 

Mr Seiger said Mrs Sacoolas, 42, has been asked four times if she would be willing to return to the UK, and on each occasion she failed to respond to the question.

He added: 'Harry's family just want a direct answer as to whether she will to back to the UK and continue to help the police with their investigation. 

'We've asked the same question four separate times and on each occasion this question is ignored. That's unacceptable.'

Mrs Charles, Harry's mother, said that Mrs Sacoolas's response to the crash 'just doesn't cut it'.

'My opinion on Anne Sacoolas now wanting to come forward and say sorry... is not really quite enough,' she told Sky News.

'But I'm still really open to meeting her, as are the rest of us. I can't promise what I would or wouldn't say, but I certainly wouldn't be aggressive.' Harry's parents are reluctant to meet the mother of three unless she gives some sort of assurances that she is willing to be extradited to the UK. 

But the matter may now be taken out of her hands if the Crown Prosecution Service applies to the US to extradite her. As the wife of a US intelligence officer, Mrs Sacoolas initially claimed diplomatic immunity and fled the UK after the crash just outside the military base. 

Harry suffered horrific injuries in the crash and died later in hospital. 

Mrs Sacoolas had pulled out of the base, a US spy hub, on the wrong side of the road and collided with the teenager's motorbike on the brow of a hill.

New road markings and a sign have appeared outside the base. Arrows indicating the direction of travel have been painted on each side of the road and a yellow 'Please Drive on Left' sign has also been placed on the roadside.

Home Secretary Priti Patel yesterday played down suggestions that Mrs Sacoolas could be extradited from the US.

Asked on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show whether this could happen, she said: 'It very much seems that the lady in question wants to start co-operating with the discussions and the investigations and I think that we should support that.

'We need to ensure that justice is done but obviously that co-operation with this investigation takes place. That is absolutely right.'  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7571149/Harry-Dunns-mum-says-spys-wife-shouldve-apologised-immediately-instead-hiding.html

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Dad ‘in tears’ watching gang of bullies stamp on son’s head

A distraught father said he broke down in tears after watching a video of his boy being savagely beaten by bullies. The shocking footage shows the 12-year-old being hurled to floor and repeatedly kicked and stamped on by the gang. He has to cover his head and curl in a ball as more kicks fly in at the park in Beaumont Leys, Leicester. One boy is seen stuffing a hammer under his top while another is seen carrying what appears to be a BB gun. Police said they have arrested four boys, aged 13 to 14, in connection with the assault. The victim’s dad said his boy came home ‘a bit shook up’ on Saturday afternoon and said he’d got in a fight.

He told Metro.co.uk: ‘He said the lads had a hammer but he looked normal. ‘He had a few bruises and bumps on his head but he didn’t seem too upset about it. ‘We said to him just be careful when you’re out and about, but then the next day the people who did it put the video on social media. ‘My son showed the video to me and my wife and as soon as I saw it I cried. ‘You never expect any dad to see that.’

A police spokesperson said: ‘Leicestershire Police received a report of an assault on a 12-year-old boy in the area of Beaumont Walk, Leicester, on Saturday afternoon (5 October). ‘It was reported the boy had been assaulted by a number of other youths in the incident which happened sometime between 3.30pm and 4pm. ‘One of the youths was reported to be in possession of what is believed to be a hammer and another youth was holding a BB gun at the time of the incident. ‘The victim of the assault was reported to have suffered injuries including bruising. ‘We are also aware of a video which has been posted on social media in relation to this assault.

Four boys – three aged 13 and one aged 14 – have been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident. They have since been released on police bail. ‘A BB gun believed to be used during the incident has since been recovered. Our enquiries remain ongoing following the report and police continue to carry out proactive patrols in the area. ‘We urge anyone with any information in relation to the incident to contact police quoting incident 19000535709. ‘We would like to reassure the local community that we are working closely with parents and schools.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/10/dad-tears-watching-gang-bullies-stamp-sons-head-10893339/

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Doctor who 'sent her Tinder boyfriend and his new partner over 9,000 messages' fails to have charges dismissed on mental health grounds after being charged with stalking

A doctor who allegedly sent her Tinder boyfriend and his new girlfriend 9,000 messages has failed to get her case thrown out of court. 

Denise Jane Lee, 40, faces 10 charges for stalking and harassment after sending intimidating texts and emails to former flame Matthew Holberton and his new girlfriend Georgia Dempster.

But the radiologist has tried to get her case dismissed on mental health grounds but this was rejected by magistrate Michael Barko on Thursday who said her case should remain before the courts.

Mr Barko said he had reviewed a 'staggering' amount of evidence which indicated Ms Lee was of sound mind

He described the evidence he saw as 'vile' and followed up by saying it had a 'very real impact' on the victims. 

Taking into account all the relevant materials … I'm satisfied that at least now the defendant is not a mentally ill person,' he said.   

He also questioned why it had taken Ms Lee's legal team two years to submit the defence of mental health before dismissing the application. 

Ms Lee allegedly sent the 9000 'threatening and intimidating' texts and emails to Matthew Holberton and new girlfriend Georgia Dempster and other family members between September 2015 and February 2017. 

She has been charged with six counts of using a carriage service to menace and ­harass, one count of contravening a domestic apprehended violence order and two counts of stalking/­intimidation with intent to cause physical harm. 

When Lee was arrested, she was found with social media pictures of Mr Holberton, tracking data from his cycling routes, and information about his friends.

In February Senior Sergeant Amin Assaad told the court Lee and Mr Holberton had met over Tinder, a dating app, in 2015.

The couple had a 'very, very brief relationship', before Mr Holberton moved away from Sydney in February 2016 to live in Melbourne.

In Melbourne he began dating Georgia Dempster, who was a PhD candidate at Melbourne University.

In June that year, Lee allegedly began her digital campaign, spamming Mr Holberton with 9000 texts and his new girlfriend's colleagues with more than 100 anonymous emails.

The court was told the correspondence was so distressing that some of Lee's alleged victims were contemplating suicide.

Sen Sgt Assaad said the emails questioned Ms Dempster's integrity, looks and her relationship with Mr Holberton'.

Emails were also sent to Ms Dempster's mother, Robin Bell, Ms Bell's colleagues at Monash University, her father, Robert Dempster and his colleagues.

Sen Sgt Assaad told the court her behaviour was 'nothing but stalking'.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7558619/Doctor-sent-9-000-messages-ex-boyfriend-fails-charges-dismissed-mental-health.html

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Teenage girl, 17, who was told she would never be able to travel after an accident left her in a coma triumphs over the odds to attend friend's Mexican wedding

A teenage girl who went into cardiac arrest in a locked bathroom and had her brain starved of oxygen has overcome her near-death experience to live the life she always dreamed of. 

Jessica Cofield was 17 when she began to feel tired all the time and struggled to breathe.

The Melbourne woman, now 20, initially thought she was suffering from asthma, given her family's long history with the illness.

However she became concerned enough that she went to a hospital to undergo tests to find out the cause of her issues.

On the first night in hospital she went to the bathroom, strapped up with heart monitors, and locked the door for privacy.

Ms Cofield then went into cardiac arrest and hit her head as hospital staff desperately tried to get into the bathroom - and she went 15 minutes without oxygen getting to her brain.

'When I was in the induced coma, the doctors and cardiologist didn't know if it was something I'd be able to wake up from, let alone make a full recovery,' she told Daily Mail Australia.   

'I went 10-15 minutes without oxygen, and with each brain injury being different they weren't able to say how independent l'd ever be able to be.' 

Ms Cofield said she didn't realise at first how much of a hardship her recovery would be - she believed within three months she'd be able to return to life as she knew it.  

'When I started to wake up [from the coma] daily things would take me so much longer - like sitting up [in bed] would take 30 minutes and assistance from four people,' she said.

'It was really long, slow and hard. Everything I took for granted became more of a struggle. Nothing was easy.'

When she went home she thought she would be able to be more independent but even things such as lifting a kettle was a lot for her. 

'After I got home, I was still so limited to what I could do. Mum was my backbone, she did everything I wasn't able to do myself - shower, make breakfast, close and open car doors. 

'I was so tired of being so dependent on everyone around me. Even my 8-year-old sisters at the time were helping me do everything.'

Ms Cofield said when she was moving wards she asked her doctor if she would be able to go skydiving on her 18th birthday and travel, but both were firmly ruled out.

She said this discouragement led her to no longer take an active part in her recovery.   

'For a while when I was in the hospital I gave up and stopped trying to get better. I didn't see the point to get better if there wasn't going to be a life to get better for,' she said.

'After weeks of not doing physio and not getting any stronger and asking visitors to stop coming - I just stopped trying with everything.

'After you get through that mental state of it is not worth it or you're not going to be able to do it anyway - you just need something to go for and look forward to that isn't a surgery or hospital visit.'

She said her friend told her she would be getting married in Mexico - and Ms Cofield was determined to go, now convinced she could lead the life she wanted.    

'That's when I realised, I need to make that one day today, I never know when my last one will be,' she said. 

'No more waiting for someday for anything to happen, I had to make this day happen myself.'

She began to relentlessly train - going to the gym, doing her physiotherapy and training her brain. Ms Cofield was determined to go and get her doctor to approve the trip.

She didn't talk to her doctor until the day before she was to leave for Mexico, scared she would say no, like she had done in the past.

But Ms Cofield got the tick of approval she wanted and was able to attend her friend's nuptials. 

Ms Cofield said going through customs with her medication and defibrillator can be a difficult feat - she is unable to go through metal detectors and is forced to explain in the language of the country she is in.

'It never gets any less awkward - but one day I'm not going to be awkward about it,' she laughed.

Her future goal is to live in Europe - but she has a lot of hoops to jump through.

She said her heart needs to be monitored for at least a year to see how it interacts with the new medication she is on.

'I have to have enough medicine to last me for a year. I just need to make sure I am willing to take the risk if something goes wrong,' she said.

'No overseas doctors know my medical records and my heart won't be strong enough to make the flight home if I get sick.

'I've got to accept the risk and trust doctors can access my files or they'll wing it and hope for the best.'

'I have to have enough medicine to last me for a year. I just need to make sure I am willing to take the risk if something goes wrong,' she said.

'No overseas doctors know my medical records and my heart won't be strong enough to make the flight home if I get sick.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7066261/Teenager-17-makes-miraculous-recovery-brain-starved-oxygen-15-MINUTES.html

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.The 'Gucci line' heroin and crack dealers locked up after a sting operation by undercover police in Bury

Four drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 10 years after being caught in an undercover police sting.

The gang were part of an operation known as the 'Gucci line', which flooded the streets of Bury with heroin and crack cocaine, before they were caught earlier this year.

They were arrested after undercover officers arranged meets with them in locations around the town over a three-month period as part of 'Operation Ballerina'.

Among those jailed at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday was Andrew Dootson, aged 58, of Padiham Drive, Bury, who was sentenced to 40 months in jail.

Also behind bars is Colin Nuttall, aged 65, of Kestrel Drive, Bury, who was sentenced to 32 months behind bars for his role in the operation.

Meanwhile, Kieran Kay, aged 26, of Goldbrook Close, Heywood, was jailed for two years and banned from driving for 26 months for a separate offence in May of this year when he led police on a lengthy pursuit around Heywood before crashing into a parked car.

Kay's partner, Jade Adams, aged 29, of Downham Road, Heywood, was also jailed for two years.

All four had pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs, namely heroin and crack cocaine, at an earlier hearing.

Judge Brian Lever heard that the dealers had worked in teams to deliver the drugs and collect money.

Dootson and Nuttall were caught after being involved in two sales of heroin and crack cocaine to police officers on February 11 and 12 of this year.

Katy Laverty, mitigating for Dootson and Nuttall, said the former had become involved in the operation to help fund his own crack cocaine habit.

She added that Dootson, who has a previous conviction for supplying Class A controlled drugs in 1997, had struggled to cope following the death of his long-term partner last year and turned to crime to fund his increasing drug use.

Sentencing Dootson, Judge Lever said: "You have had your life turned upside down by Class A drugs so you know better than anyone else how awful and dangerous they are."

A long-term heroin addict with a previous conviction for robbery, Nuttall had also become involved in order to pay off drug debts that he had accrued, according to Ms Laverty.

Between November 21, 2018 and February 22, undercover officers also bought drugs on seven occasions from Adams and Kay.

The court heard that, similar to Dootson and Nuttall, Kay's involvement stemmed from a need to pay spiralling debts he owed to dealers over his own cocaine habit.

He recruited Adams to deliver the drugs and collect the money from the purchaser, while he drove them around.

Robert Kearney, mitigating for Adams, said the mother-of-two only became involved because she was 'concerned for Kay's welfare'.

Launched last October to combat the supply of Class A drugs in Bury, 'Operation Ballerina' saw a number of individuals arrested following a series of dawn raids in which a 'substantial amount' of drugs were found earlier this year.

Following Friday's hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Dean Purtill, the senior investigating officer on the operation, said: "We are pleased with today's sentences.

"The operation has been a huge success and shows that Greater Manchester Police is committed to tackling drug dealing within the community."

Lee Cirillo, aged 34, of HMP Manchester, and Bradley Ellis, aged 25, of Nugent Road, Bolton, were also due to be sentenced for their part in the operation after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs.

However, the pair will now be sentenced at a later date.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gucci-line-heroin-crack-dealers-17033612

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Wow ,Abu Dhabi airport staff are shocked as '123-year-old passenger arrives at terminal with a passport claiming he is the oldest man to have ever lived

Staff at Abu Dhabi Airport have been left in shock after a man with a passport saying he is 123 years old walked through the terminal. 

Swami Sivananda's passport says that he was born on August 8, 1896, in Behala, India. 

Mr Sivananda had been travelling from Kolkata to London with Ethihad Airways and had a stop off in Dubai. 

If the date on his passport is correct, Mr Sivananda would be the oldest person to have ever lived.  

The elderly man lost both parents before he was six and was given away by his relatives to a spiritual guru, whom he travelled with around India before settling in Varanasi. 

It is hard to tell whether he actually is 123 because the only record of his age comes from a temple register. 

It is certain that Mr Sivananda looks decades younger than his apparent 123 years, something that he puts down to yoga, discipline, and celibacy.

In 2016, he was reported on because of the date of birth on his passport and he said:  'I lead a simple and disciplined life. I eat very simply - only boiled food without oil or spices, rice and boiled daal (lentil stew) with a couple of green chillies.

Standing five feet two inches tall, Mr Sivananda sleeps on a mat on the floor and uses a wooden slab as a pillow.

'I avoid taking milk or fruits because I think these are fancy foods. In my childhood I slept many days on an empty stomach,' he said.

He has been trying to have his age and status confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records for three years but due to difficulties in proving his age he is yet to enter the book.  

Sivananda, who was born in colonial-era India without electricity, cars or telephones, says he is not enthused by new technology and prefers being on his own.

'Earlier people were happy with fewer things. Nowadays people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot,' he said.

'I just want people to be happy, healthy and peaceful.'  

So far the oldest person ever was Jeanne Louise Calment from France, who reached the age of 122 years and 164 days.

The oldest person who is currently alive and recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records is Kane Tanaka of Japan, aged 116 years and 278 days.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7546789/Abu-Dhabi-airport-staff-shocked-123-year-old-passenger-arrives-terminal.html

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Rich Kid cries when she arrives at £180 camping holiday as it's 'too stressful'

An heiress who usually enjoys lavish holidays in The Maldives with her family was left sobbing when she tried out a rather more modest getaway for a TV experiment.  

At first, Hattie Garmant, 19, from Hemel Hampstead thought she would be able to handle a weekend of camping for 5Star's Rich Kids, Skint Holiday, which airs tonight. 

She was matched with Pete and Louise Hayward and their daughters Katie, seven, and Chloe, four, who decided to take her to a camping site for a three-day stay. 

But within an hour, the heiress, who is used to splashing her cash on designer clothes and beauty treatments, was shocked to tears when it started raining. 

'I thought I'd been able to handle more stuff,' she said. 'It's like, "how can people have fun doing this?".'

'I feel a bit overwhelmed. Ideally I'd rather be in a hot country, with sun and sea, compared to rain and sleeping in a tent.'

The young woman was not expecting to be going camping and struggled to cope from the moment the family arrived at Dernwood Farm.  

Hattie's father funds her lifestyle and her love of labels. She owns a collection of Gucci trainers, heels, Versace blouses, Burberry coats and more. 

The heiress has never had to worry about money in her life, and explained that she can spend between £500 and £1,000 on makeup and beauty treatments a month. 

The family's last holiday was in the Maldives, and thought it cost a grand total of £8,000 - £2,000 per person - the heiress admitted she found the experience boring. 

Later in the day, things became awkward over dinner when Hattie revealed her Gucci trainers cost more than £700, to a shocked Pete and Louise. 

'What you're wearing is five times more expensive than my wardrobe,' Pete joked. 

Pete, an oven cleaner, and Louise, a weight loss consultant, are both self-employed and sometimes struggle to make ends meet. 

This camping adventure was the Haywards' first holiday as a family, and it took them six months to save up the £180 fee for the two-nights stay. 

And Hattie didn't do herself any favours by adding that her parents give her a £500 allowance to cover her commute, even though she is working and earning a salary. 

Louise who had set a daily budget of £40 for the trip, did not seem impressed by Hattie's spending habits. 

'It's quite tough to know that for some people, it is just that easy,' she said. 

'How much would we love to be in that position where we could just have that disposable income.' 

And while she stayed diplomatic in front of Hattie, Louise opened up further in an aside to the camera. 

'It's a little bit uncomfortable to be honest,' she said 

Hattie was not blind to the mother-of-two's uneasiness, but to her, it was all a matter of perspective.   

'She has to think about it in a different perspective because I don't have to worry about certain stuff at the moment,' Hattie said. 

Curious to see whether Hattie would be able to handle a smaller budget, Louise tasked her with finding the family and activity for the afternoon with only £22.50 in her pockets, including food. 

Finding she couldn't afford any of the activities around the camping site, Hattie bought a sticker book and a bug-spotting guide for £4.99 and £2.99 in order to entertain the kids. 

With the remaining £14.52, Hattie then tried to cover dinner. 

Overall, she found activities and dinner for the family for £20.23. 

She admitted to being 'pleased with herself,' and was quite happy when the family went on to explore the nearby woods to look for wildlife. 

Later in the evening, Pete and Louise opened up to Hattie about how hard their finances make it to deal with Katie's autism diagnosis.  

'There are so many activities for kids like her to try, but there's definitely a limit as to what we can do so far with our budget,' Louise explained. 

'You probably don't imagine what kind of impact money can have on someone's development,' Louis added, 'because it shouldn't.'

And indeed, Hattie was shocked by the couple's revelation.  

'I never thought money could have this much of an impact,' she said.

The next day, wanting to pay for a nice activity for the Haywards to do, and touched by their conversation about Katie's autism, Hattie bought the family a trip to the stables, where Katie and Chloe met horses and ponies, an activity recommended for children with autism. 

Louise and Pete were very touched by her attention and say she 'couldn't have picked a better treat.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7537325/Rich-heiress-19-cries-hour-camping-skint-family-four.html

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Amy Hart says welfare officer had to climb into bed with her on Love Island after Curtis dumped her

She found overnight fame after her ill-fated stint on Love Island this summer.

And, while speaking to heat after pledging to support their Where's Your Head At? campaign, Amy Hart, 27, revealed that she had a 'borderline obsession' with securing a place on the reality show because she thought it would 'solve all of her problems.' 

The former air hostess also claimed that her former half-boyfriend Curtis Pritchard's behaviour triggered her anxiety, which led to a welfare officer getting into bed with her while she cried in the villa, following their break-up on the ITV2 show.

The reality star detailed her rollercoaster experience inside the Love Island villa and the impact on her mental health. 

Amy revealed that the ITV2 show impacted her before she had been signed up, admitting: 'It started way before being in the villa. I applied for Love Island in October so I had this goal of Love Island, everything in my life was centred around love island.

'So, my Instagram, everything - I'd want the ultimate picture. I'd never been interested in the "Instagram life" before, but I was like "I need to get my Instagram good for Love Island," so everything... 

'Borderline obsession I would say with getting on love island, because I thought: "it is gonna solve all of my problems. I'm gonna get a boyfriend and my life's gonna be perfect after that".'  

The blonde beauty also claimed that her former half-boyfriend Curtis Pritchard's behaviour triggered her anxiety, which led to a welfare officer getting into BED with her while she cried in the villa, following their break-up. 

Detailing the support she received in the villa, Amy explained: 'The welfare girl came in every single lunchtime apart from one day a week to check how much water we were having, how much we'd eaten and how we were.

'And when it all went t*ts up for me and I was lying in bed crying at lunchtime, she would get into bed with me and just stroke my head and talk to me and now I speak to her on the phone twice a week to check how I am.'

And the Love Islander can't fault the aftercare. She said: 'We've been given 18 months of sessions as mandatory from ITV and then we can have more if we want them afterwards.

'I'm very unorganised and busy at the moment so I let my psyche sessions go and [my welfare rep] ended up phoning my manager and saying "we need to get a date in Amy's diary when she's free" so they are really on it.'

Amy also revealed that she has suffered with anxiety since she was 18 years old, but felt unable to accept that she was struggling. 

She said: 'I have had mental health issues in the past but I was reluctant to accept it. I didn't admit that I had anxiety until a couple of years after I first started my job flying at British Airways.

'My previous anxiety issues manifested within food. I would order the biggest dinner you've ever seen and take one bite and start shaking, crying and saying I can't eat this anymore.

'I felt like wasn't in control of the rest of my life - I was convinced I was going to get sacked, so food was my control thing.'

Amy continued: 'I lost a stone in my first six months in BA and when Curtis finished with me I wasn't hungry and wanted to control my [diet] again but ITV stepped in and made me eat as the psyche was watching me all the time.'

Following her stint on Love Island, Amy has been subjected to cruel jibes from trolls online, which have left her contemplating having her veneers redone.

Detailing her experience, she said: 'It's like someone pushing down on you all the time. I just try and block a lot of words on my comments so I don't see them – [words like] fat and ugly.

'I was going to block 'teeth' as well as I got a lot of [stick] about my teeth…

'I had my veneers done when I was 17 and I was fine with them before I went onto Love Island but now I'm thinking "well if I have my teeth done that's one less thing they can troll me about' but they will just find something else"!'

heat's Where's Your Head At? has garnered support from a number of celebrities including: Gemma Collins, Ferne McCann, Kem Cetinay, Chris Hughes, Anne-Marie and Megan Barton-Hanson who have all spoken openly about their personal experiences with mental health.

To get help on mental health issues and find out how you can support the Where's Your Head At? campaign so that mental and physical health are given equal treatment in the workplace, please go to www.wheresyourheadat.org. 

Read Amy's full interview in this week's issue of heat on newsstands on Tuesday 8th October. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7546383/Amy-Hart-reveals-OBSESSION-Love-Island-claims-Curtis-behaviour-triggered-anxiety.html

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Eight months after doctors told them to let their little girl die, Tafida Raqeeb's parents share the triumphant story of their landmark court victory

The three huge gold balloons tied to the foot of five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb’s hospital bed bear a single word: Congratulations.

They look strangely out of place in the cold and clinical intensive care ward with its banks of flickering screens and medicine trolleys.

Nurses smile kindly as they move briskly around, yet it’s obvious this is a place where there’s usually precious little to celebrate.

But today Tafida’s jubilant parents are bubbling over with joy. On Thursday, Shelina Begum and Mohammed Raqeeb won a historic legal victory which now allows them to take their little girl to Italy for treatment. Until that moment, it looked as though Tafida’s short life was going to end in this soulless room in the children’s intensive care unit at Royal London Hospital.

Instead, Judge Mr Justice MacDonald stunned the medical establishment by blocking the hospital’s bid to switch off Tafida’s life-support machine.

He ruled that it was right that difficult decisions should ‘be taken by a parent in the exercise of their parental responsibility’. As Tafida was not suffering, it was vital for him to consider ‘the sanctity of life’.

The couple’s lawyers — who spent five days arguing in court last month — say the ruling establishes that parents know best what care is right for their child.

It is in the starkest contrast to the tragic cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, where judges sided with the NHS. Yesterday, the hospital announced it would not pursue an appeal.

‘I am still in shock,’ says Shelina, 39, a dignified woman who finds it hard to believe she has been catapulted into the limelight.

Talking for the first time since the judgment, exclusively to the Mail, she says: ‘When the judge gave his verdict, I burst into tears. It’s the first time I’ve allowed myself to cry in public. I was overwhelmed. All the stress and tension just poured out.

‘We have waited over three weeks for the verdict and it has been horrific — even harder than when this all started. Privately, I’ve wept every night. On Wednesday I was so petrified that I paced all night.

‘I couldn’t banish the fear that Tafida was going to get a death sentence. I kissed her goodbye and all I could say was, “Pray for life, baby.” ’

‘I knew the judge had listened very carefully to all our arguments and I have great faith in the justice system — I’m a lawyer. But I was in such a state it took seconds for the verdict to sink in.

‘We aren’t deluded. We know that — even with treatment — Tafida is very unlikely to ever be the same. But this gives her the best chance.

‘She was such an energetic, happy girl with a big smile and a huge heart. I don’t know whether she will ever tear around on her bike again with her dad or whirl around the kitchen showing off her ballet steps.

‘But I hope and pray that one day she will run into my arms. Just to hear her call me “Mummy” again would be magical.

Whatever happens — whatever adaptations we have to make — we will bring her home and love her. Her life is precious and our love for her is unconditional. It isn’t based on what she can or can’t do.’ It’s impossible to know whether Tafida has a sense of the significance of what has just happened.

On life support, she cannot speak or do more than move her arms and legs a little. But, pointing at the balloons swaying gently in the slight breeze, Shelina says, ‘You’ve done it, Tafi. You brave girl. You’ve been Mummy and Daddy’s strength. You’ve done it,’ before covering the little girl’s forehead in kisses.

Tafida, an outwardly perfectly healthy, happy little girl who had just started school, was left brain damaged in February when a blood vessel burst in her brain.

It happened because she was born with the rare and undiagnosed condition AVM (arteriovenous malformation), which causes a tangle of blood vessels with abnormal connections between the arteries and veins.

The shock for the family is unimaginable. For eight months they were forced to fight through the courts to give her a chance of life.

While they are proud that their victory may give hope to the parents of other desperately ill children, uppermost in the family’s mind is that it clears the way for them to take Tafida to the specialist Gaslini children’s hospital in Genoa, Italy.

Doctors there, who have studied her case and seen 11,000 images, are confident they can offer treatment and are poised to send an air ambulance to collect her next week.

Her father Mohammed, a 45-year-old construction consultant, was so ecstatic when the judgment came that he insisted the only way to celebrate was to buy the biggest balloons he could find and rush back to the hospital with them.

‘It’s Tafida’s victory,’ he says. ‘There have been so many times when the doctors said she was going to die — but she has always fought back. That’s why we have kept fighting.’

Tafida’s 14-year-old brother (who the family are choosing not to name) heard the news from friends.

‘We tried to ring the school. But we couldn’t get an answer,’ says Shelina. ‘By the time we spoke to him, he knew. He was over the moon. . . He’s so excited — we all are.’

Gaslini, on the northern Italian coast, is one of the top children’s hospitals in Europe. In its neurology department Tafida will get an advanced rehabilitation programme, including hydrotherapy and state-of-the-art robot technology, to help her to walk again.

Shelina says: ‘Tafida will paddle in the sea and even swim if she’s strong enough . . . She will get to feel the breeze on her face. It will be the first time she will have been in the fresh air since February.’

The family are well aware that going to Italy for six months will take a massive financial and emotional toll. Neither parent has been able to work for months. Through crowdfunding they are seeking to raise £400,000 for the costs of treatment, travel to Italy and legal costs. So far, they have raised over £35,000.

While they are in Italy, their son will stay behind with family members. Shelina and Mohammed are at the centre of a huge and loving family who all live in Upton Park, East London.

‘It’s not ideal but he understands it’s necessary. He adores his little sister so much he even wanted to make his own appeal to the judge,’ says Shelina. ‘We will miss him desperately. But he will fly out to see us at weekends.’

Mohammed is acutely aware of the sacrifices to come. ‘I worry about the toll it is taking on Shelina and my son,’ he says. ‘She has been amazing — even stronger than I realised. And he has been a star. I am so very proud of him.’

In reaching his decision, Mr Justice MacDonald made it clear that he was moved by the obvious devotion of Tafida’s family.

But the couple are the first to admit that until February 8 there was absolutely nothing to mark them out as anything other than completely ordinary.

‘Tafida was sleeping in our bedroom and just after five in the morning she woke me and said, “Mummy, my head’s hurting,” ’ recalls Shelina. ‘Her eyes were fixed on the ceiling. She wasn’t moving but tears were rolling down her cheeks and she was struggling for breath.

‘Mohammed had gone out for an early-morning jog. When I called out in panic, my son came. I asked him to call the paramedics. I was so distraught that he had to talk to them. He got Tafida on the floor and started doing CPR —pushing on her chest to keep her alive. He had learnt the technique in school. He saved her life. She took a breath, her pulse came back just as the paramedics rushed in.’

Mohammed arrived home to find his daughter being put into an ambulance. ‘I still can’t really believe it,’ he says, his eyes welling up. ‘I think I will wake up and find it’s a nightmare.’ Tafida went through a seven-hour operation at London’s King’s Hospital and was in a coma. Outside the operating theatre, the consultant was frank.

‘He told us: “She only has a one per cent chance. Most likely, she is going to die on the table” ’ recalls Shelina. ‘We were in agony.’

But while Tafida survived, her condition has been unpredictable.

The morning after the operation her heart stopped. She went into a coma and the family were told if she had not died by noon, she would die within 24 hours. But to the family’s intense joy a brain stem test showed that, although Tafida had sustained a brain injury, she was not brain dead. ‘That was the best moment,’ recalls Shelina.

After two weeks, Tafida opened her eyes for the first time. The family started researching the condition. A birth defect, AVM is caused where blood vessels do not form correctly and can rupture.

In the brain, the effects are similar to a huge stroke. Around ten babies a year in England are affected, although the condition may not be picked up until later in life. The family learned that AVM patients like Tafida go into a deep coma but can slowly emerge as the brain builds new connections.

In April, Tafida was transferred to Royal London Hospital. In June the medical staff concluded that any more treatment was pointless. ‘They sat us down and said, “Look, we are taking the decision away from you. Any more treatment is futile,” ’ recalls Shelina. ’They would take her breathing tube out and that would be it.’

The couple have spent eight months camping out beside Tafida. Their ‘home’ is a single bedroom with shared facilities in a house provided by a charity. Shelina has not set been home since February.

‘Most days I am with Tafida from 8am until midnight when Mohammed takes over,’ she says. ‘If I can’t be there — because of seeing lawyers — family step in. We don’t want her ever to wake up and feel frightened or wonder, “Where’s Mummy and Daddy?”

‘Walking into the hospital I always take a deep breath. Although the staff are kind, it still feels wrong. I’ve made her bed a little oasis of calm. She has her toys, including a teddy I brought back from Italy and the pink cushion she used to cuddle up on, saying princess.

‘If she’s asleep, I call her name and she wakes to my voice. Her pupils open wide and she looks at me. I brush her teeth and plait her hair. It’s waist-length now.

‘Then I chat, pray and read to her. I have a Disney book about princesses. And we watch Frozen, her favourite Disney film, at least twice a day.

‘Staff haven’t mentioned the case. I’m not angry with the hospital. I am just upset they have put us under such needless pressure and wasted so much of our money and theirs.’

Most of us will never know how it feels to be in Shelina’s position. But few of us would argue that she deserves to feel vindicated.

‘I remember reading about those other cases — Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans — and thinking that parents should be allowed to have the final say,’ Shelina says. ‘But never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen to us.

‘This has been a victory for all parents. It shows that parents’ rights won’t be taken away. And it recognises the value of disabled children. Tafida might be profoundly disabled but her life is still of value.’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7539957/Tafida-Raqeebs-parents-share-triumphant-story-landmark-court-victory.html

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ABoy Badly Burned After Friends Set Him Alight For Viral 'Fire Challenge'

A 12-year-old Michigan boy suffered second-degree burns to his chin, chest and stomach when his friend sprayed him with nail polish remover and set him on fire as part of a viral internet challenge.

Tabitha Cleary said her son Jason, of Deerborn Heights, described the terrifying moment she saw her injured son after his body burst into flames. 

'So we came running out. That's when we saw his friend Bryce riding him on the bike with no shirt on,' she told WDIV. 'I start to freak out. "Take him to the hospital, take him to the hospital." I'm crying. He's crying.'

Jason was hospitalized for four days after the September 28 incident at a friend's house.

'I just want everybody to know that these challenges, or whatever they’re watching on YouTube, is not worth risking your life,' Tabitha told WDIV. 'My son got burned second-degree — and it could have been way worse.'

Jason admitted they actually tried the challenge twice. 

'The first time it was like a little tiny fire, then they swatted it out,' Jason said. 

On the second try, he said, flames flared up. 

The fire challenge usually involves people being doused in rubbing alcohol and lit on fire for a few seconds. The alcohol burns off quickly, and the fire is supposed to be extinguished in a bathtub or other water.

A 12-year-old Detroit girl experienced burns to half of her body attempting this stunt last year, while a 12-year-old boy in South Carolina suffered burns to 40 per cent to his body attempting the challenge home alone last year.   

Children in Kentucky and California have fallen victim to the fire challenge.  

The University of Iowa's Injury Prevention Research Center said the dangerous and potentially deadly stunt started popping up around 2010. 

Other unsafe challenges, including ones that involved hot water, arrived on the scene in the years that followed, NBC News reported. 

There was a similar challenge in 2016 when the 'fire spray challenge' gained popularity on the internet. 

Teenagers would get their kicks spraying open flames with hairspray and other household items. 

Another viral dare involved eating Tide Pods, which had a design of swirling colors, initially giving off the appearance of candy. 

Trying to understand why children would put themselves in harm's way, Devorah Heitner, author of 'Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World' told USA Today: 'It could be that that kid is more isolated and has something to prove to peers.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7540123/Boy-12-suffers-second-degree-burns-friend-sets-fire-internet-challenge.html

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Shocking moment woman, 22, slashes man's throat at Taco Bell after he told her to 'zip it' and stop berating staff for 'taking too long with her order'

A terrifying video of a knife-wielding woman slashing the throat of another customer in a Maryland Taco Bell has been released by prosecutors, following her conviction. 

Caley Mason, 22, pleaded guilty in a Clackamas County court last month to second-degree assault in relation to the July 9 incident, which left 48-year-old Jason Luczkow with an eight-inch gash spanning from his ear to his Adam’s apple. 

An altercation was sparked between the pair when Luczkow entered the fast food chain in Sandy – around 30 miles east of Portland – to find Mason, dressed in a blonde wig, berating employees for taking too long with her order.

‘Apparently the management had already told her to leave,’ Luczkow recalled to Oregon Live. ‘As she continued to rant and rave, I told her to be quiet. Told her to zip it.’ 

After exchanging a few terse words, Mason then swiftly left the restaurant only to return minutes later armed with a blade.

Cell phone footage captures the moment Mason swiped the knife at Luczkow’s neck, drawing gasps and screams from workers and other customers at the road-side eatery.

Mason then quickly left the scene in a silver Kia Soul, nearly running Luczkow’s wife who had given chase to her husband’s attacker.

Police pulled over the 22-year-old moments later with her boyfriend and two children – aged two and four – inside the car, Clackamas County prosecutor Matt Semritc revealed.

Mason was no longer wearing the blonde wig when she was apprehended by police. It was found a short while later ‘in [her] boyfriend’s pants’.

Luzkow's wound required more than 100 stitches, and Luczkow has since grown a beard to cover up his sizable scar.

Incredibly, Luczkow narrowly avoided fatal injury, with Mason’s blade missing his jugular vein and his carotid artery by ‘just millimeters’.

Mason was later indicted on multiple criminal counts, including attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. 

Her boyfriend, Phillip Thomas, was arrested for tampering with physical evidence but the case was later dismissed, court records show.

According to prosecutors, Mason was on state supervision for an armed robbery conviction in Maryland after she held up a pizza delivery man inside her home.

Meanwhile, Mason’s children have reportedly returned to Maryland with a relative, police said.

Mason was sentenced to seven years in prison last week. She will likely face addition time in Maryland when she completes her sentence in Oregon, in which she’s ineligible for early release.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7546409/Shocking-moment-woman-22-slashes-mans-throat-Taco-Bell-told-zip-it.html

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Morbidly obese woman whose weight spiralled to 590lbs after her teenage son died sheds 370lbs in time for her weddin

An obese woman who tipped the scales at 590lbs (267kg) managed to trim down to 221lbs (100kg) after undergoing gastric-bypass surgery. 

June McCamey turned to comfort food when her son suddenly died aged just 17 in 2011. 

After suffering both a stroke and a heart attack, Ms McCamey decided enough was enough and met with Dr Younan Nowzaradan, star of the hit TLC reality show My 600lb Life.

After undergoing bariatric surgery in her native Texas, Ms McCamey managed to get down to 242lbs (109kg).

But the stress of planning a wedding to her lesbian partner Mary caused her weight to creep back up to 300lbs (136kg).  

Determined to get back on track, Ms McCamey appeared on the follow-up show My 600lb Life: Where Are They Now?.

She eventually said 'I do' at 221lbs, edging one step closer to her 200lb (90kg) goal.

Ms McCamey's weight started creeping up during each of her four pregnancies.

It then became out of control after her son Kenneth died just a few months before his 18th birthday eight years ago.

Ms McCamey's now-ex lesbian partner Sadi was eventually forced to help her wash when she became too large to look after herself.

But Sadi also encouraged Ms McCamey's weight gain by picking up fast food for her up to three times a day. 

Ms McCamey's obese frame led to her suffering a stroke in 2010 and a heart attack the following year, which prompted her to meet Dr Nowzaradan.

Dr Nowzaradan told Ms McCamey she had to lose weight before she could be eligible for bariatric surgery.

But the pain of grieving her son made it too difficult for her to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

On the recommendation of her doctors, Ms McCamey decided to see a therapist.

This allowed Ms McCamey to finally accept her son's passing. She later became slim enough for a bypass. 

Ms McCamey started losing weight almost immediately after her bariatric surgery, which left her desperate to have her excess folds of skin removed.

This caused her to butt heads with Dr Nowzaradan, who said she had to be less than 300lbs (136kg) to qualify for the operation.

With Ms McCamey marginally missing out at 306lbs (138kg), the medic agreed she could have the surgery, but only on her right thigh. 

He also warned Ms McCamey her weight loss was stalling from a rate of 16lbs (7kg) a month to just 7lbs (3kg). 

Ms McCamey argued she could not be overeating while she was continuing to lose weight, but admitted her size made walking painful.

After having the skin removed from her right thigh, Ms McCamey still weighed 292lbs (132kg), which she put down to 'bad choices'.

Dr Nowzaradan argued her weight was a 'chronic problem' and she should be less than 200lbs by now.

Ms McCamey insisted she had a 'handle' on the situation but has 'moments' when her willpower slips. 

She even said she did not want to weigh less than 200lbs, which led Dr Nowzaradan to accuse her of 'justifying her eating disorder'.

During the heated discussion, the medic agreed she could have excess skin removed from her left thigh if she got down to 250lbs (113kg).

'I'm going to rise to the occasion and show him what I can do,' Ms McCamey said.   

Appearing on the update show, Ms McCamey weighed in at 242lbs, Starcasm reported. She then lost more ahead of her wedding.  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7213103/Obese-woman-weight-spiraled-590lbs-got-221lbs-time-wedding.html

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Mother, 35, who is often mistaken for being pregnant reveals her 'baby bump' is caused by a rare cancer that causes her abdomen to expand

A mother has revealed how people often mistake her rare form of cancer as being a baby bump.

Jemily Brown, 35, was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei in September 2017. The disease is said to strike just one in 500,000 people every year.

PMP usually starts as a polyp in the appendix. The cancerous cells then spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity, where they produce a mucus that accumulates as jelly-like fluid called mucin.  

In an attempt to beat the disease and her so-called 'jelly belly', she endured a 12-hour operation to remove six litres (1.3 gallons) of mucin in October 2017.

Mrs Brown, from Sandhurst in Surrey, also had eight non-vital organs removed - but the tumour returned in September last year.  

With doctors warning there is little more they can do, Mrs Brown is now on the waiting list for an experimental treatment, where she will receive a donor stomach, small intestine, large bowel and pancreas. 

Speaking of her 'bump', Mrs Brown said: 'I was in a queue at the bank and the cashier looked at me and asked, "When's the baby due?".

'I said I wasn't actually pregnant and she got very flustered.

'I've become far more blasé about it. I don't take it to heart as much, it doesn't make me cross these days like it used to.'

This was not the only occasion a stranger thought Mrs Brown was expecting. 

Her husband Tim, 40, added: 'Just before she had the operation Jemily and I went out to pick up a new wedding ring as I didn't want her original one damaged in hospital.

'The shop assistant looked at us and asked if were getting married because Jemily was having a baby. I was speechless.

'Jemily said, "It's a tumour and it's coming out on Tuesday".' 

Mrs Brown, who is mother to 10-year-old Mayana, started vomiting multiple times a day in April 2017.

She was also battling fatigue and noticed her abdomen was expanding.

Doctors were initially baffled as to what was wrong and treated Mrs Brown for a pulmonary embolism. An expanding abdomen is not usually a symptom. 

Five months after her symptoms began, a scan showed fluid was accumulating in her abdomen.  

Mrs Brown was forced to undergo cytoreduction with HIPEC, dubbed 'the mother of all surgeries', at a hospital in Basingstoke.

Cytoreductive surgery removes all visible tumours lining the abdominal cavity. HIPEC, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, is a highly-concentrated, heated chemo delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery.

Doctors removed eight organs - her large bowel, part of her small bowel, appendix, spleen, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and omentum - sheet of fatty tissue that stretches over the abdomen. 

Mrs Brown also had her belly button taken out and her diaphragm 'stripped' of mucin.

Without a large bowel, she has to be fed intravenously every night, with waste accumulating in a stoma bag.

The ordeal also forced Mrs Brown to give up her job as an administrator. 

The operation seemed to be a success, until the disease returned a year ago.

'The initial surgery took a lot away from me but was worth doing for the 14 months I had afterwards', she said. 

This time, Mrs Brown was told she needed six rounds of chemo. After completing the grueling therapy, the mother-of-one went to hospital in January with a blocked stoma bag.

While doctors were looking for the cause, they found the 'jelly' had returned and was 'squeezing' her internal organs. 

Mrs Brown met with consultants in March to discuss the next step. She was told the only option left was a multi-organ transplant, which has reportedly only been performed 14 times in the world. 

She is on a waiting list to have the procedure at Oxford University Hospitals. Mrs Brown is expected to be in hospital for around eight weeks, followed by six months of recovery at home.

Doctors have warned the operation will not cure Mrs Brown but could extend her life and improve her quality of living. 

'One of the hardest things for me is how rare this condition is,' she said. 'It's uncertain territory a lot of the time.  

'I'm on edge all the time waiting for the phone call from the hospital.' 

Despite all she has endured, Mrs Brown insists the ordeal has brought her family closer together. 

'It's not something you ever want to go through but at the same time it's brought us closer, we definitely appreciate our time together,' she said.  

Her husband, a photographer, added: 'It's been pretty life-changing. You have to adapt to what is normal though.

'She's kept a positive outlook in pretty horrendous circumstances and she tries to remain positive.

'It's hard though to know what she's gone through and what could still come.

'Despite that we still try to enjoy things and try and live each day to the full.'

Mrs Brown is raising money to help her make ends meet while she fights the disease. Donate here.   

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7493707/Mother-35-reveals-two-million-cancer-leaves-people-thinking-shes-pregnant.html

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School caretaker getting married invites all 450 students to the wedding

A primary school caretaker had a very special wedding - after walking down the aisle in her school in front of 500 children.

Cindy Cassin, 57, from Erdington, Birmingham, was over the moon when her entire school agreed to partake in her church wedding ceremony to her partner, Dave, 62.

The big day - which involved more than 450 school pupils, dozens of teaching staff and several parents - took place last Friday, September 20th.

Cindy’s dad, Ray Gaunt, 74, walked her down the aisle, and her reception, which included cake cutting and her first dance was held on the school field.

The pupils at Saint Barnabas Church of England Primary School, Erdington, West Midlands, had been helping to plan Cindy’s wedding since the start of the year after their deputy head teacher, Jenny Arnold, proposed the idea.

Cindy, who has worked at the school for 27 years, said: 'I was really nervous about getting married in front of so many people.

'I don’t like all the attention being on me, but it was such a special day for everyone

The whole school got involved, one of the parents baked 450 cup cakes and another created my wedding cake.

'It was lovely to see the children so excited on the run up to our wedding day.

'They’d all created little gifts to present to us at the reception as well, it was adorable.'

Dave and Cindy first met in 1979, the pair had a ceremony abroad before their big day at Saint Barnabas Church of England Primary School.

Cindy added: 'We went to Zante with 30 of our closest friends and family on August 22.

'But I was more nervous for our school wedding as it was huge in comparison.. The ceremony was held at Saint Barnabas Church before the reception at the school.

'I wore the same white long dress to both and Samantha Jayne Hair curled my hair and I also had my make-up professionally done. I felt amazing.

'It was such a great day and so special to share it all with the school as they’re like family to me.

'I was really nervous before the school wedding but it really was one of the best days of our lives.'

Deputy head teacher, Jenny Arnold, added: 'Since we began planning this day at the start of the year it has just got bigger and bigger.

'The children have all been so excited and we think it’s really important to allow them to enjoy life experiences as part of the curriculum.

'Cindy is an amazing asset to our school as she always goes above and beyond at any opportunity.

Her husband, Dave, doesn’t work at the school but he’s always keen to help Cindy when needed.

'The children made good luck favours for the newlyweds before the wedding reception took place at 1pm.

'We had afternoon tea on the field and it really was a day we’ll remember forever.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7493919/Primary-School-caretaker-gets-married-school-grounds-450-children.html

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Lecturer Carries Her Student’s Baby At Her Throughout A 3-Hour Lecture

A college professor has gone viral for going above and beyond her job description by carrying a student's baby during a three-hour class when the mother was unable to find a babysitter. 

Dr. Ramata Sissoko Cissé, 51, is a professor at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 

Last week, her daughter Anna Cissé shared an image of her on Twitter, showing the professor carrying a student's infant child on her back throughout the three-hour biology lecture. 

'My mom is my role model,' Anna wrote at the beginning of her tweet. 

'Her student couldn’t find a babysitter today & being the true African mother that she is, taught a THREE hour class with the baby on her back & fed him. I’m so blessed to be raised by a woman who loves the world as much as her own children.' 

The tweet, shared on Sept. 19, included an image of Dr. Cissé wearing a homemade wrap-style baby carrier with the infant positioned on her back. 

This quickly went viral with people praising the professor for her good deed to help out one of her students. 

When speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, Dr. Cissé explained how the kind gesture happened during her 8am class. 

The student had called Dr. Cissé the night before asking if it was acceptable to bring her child. 

'She asked if she could bring the baby with her to class because she had missed a class already and did not want to be behind,' the professor told the publication. 

'I know the student is very smart and ambitious. She really wanted to learn.' 

The student brought the infant, but it was clear during the lecture that she was struggling to take notes while juggling the child on her lap. 

This inspired the professor to come up with a better system so the student could concentrate.   

'I knew I could make it easy for her not only to concentrate but also to take notes with ease,' she said. 

'In my native Mali, we used sheets and other pieces of fabric to securely carry babies on our backs. My natural instinct was to find a way to secure the baby and I was standing next to a rack with a clean lab coat.' 

Her student helped secure the infant in the makeshift wrap on her back, where the baby then slept for the majority of the class.  

'Towards the end, he woke up and I took him off my back, sat in the first row and fed him with a bottle. He did not cry once,' she said.

Anna sharing the post about her mother online encouraged a number of the professor's former students to comment and express how amazing the teacher is to her class. 

'I recognize that style of hat anywhere! Dr. Cissé is BY FAR one of the best professors I ever had,' one student commented. 

Another person wrote: 'Your mother was the absolute BEST anatomy professor I ever had!!!' 

Dr. Cissé later commented on the post and expressed her gratitude towards her current and former students. 

'You guys are my role model! Love you all,' she wrote.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7512711/College-professor-goes-viral-carrying-students-baby-class.html

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Mum-of-three reveals how losing 35kg left her with crippling anxiety

A woman who shed a staggering 35 kilograms has spoken about the shock of being left with crippling anxiety after reaching her goal.

Kylie Cassidy, 35, a mum-of-three from Wellington, New Zealand, once tipped the scales at 92 kilograms.

While losing weight came relatively easily and was achieved through diet and exercise, Kylie, then aged 23, said she spent the next 13 years constantly worrying she'd regain it all - and she'd lose the approval of friends and family.

'Funnily enough, I felt full of confidence when I was overweight,' Kylie told FEMAIL.

There was the odd comment but I didn't care about it. I was quite happy and my partner loved me for who I was.'

Kylie said she while she had always been a 'larger girl', she didn't think of herself negatively and, in fact, considered herself to be happy, healthy and confident.

However, after the birth of her first child at 19, extra weight began creeping on, a problem she said was caused by a bout of post-natal depression.

'When my daughter turned 18 months old, I became aware my weight had tipped,' she said.

'I had an upcoming art exhibition and when I went to buy a dress at my favourite shop, I realised they stopped at size 16.

'I couldn't fit anything anywhere, something that prompted me at the time to try and lose some weight.'

Her goal at that time was simple, she wanted to slim down from 92kg to 80kg.

The first changes she made were to her diet as it previously consisted of sausages and bread, sugary treats, litres of Coke and carb-laden meals.  

'I grabbed a few books from the library and learned about eating whole foods and clean eating,' she said. 

Kylie also said she focused on fitness - something she made a daily habit.

'I walked as much as I could. If the weather was bad I'd dance around the lounge with my then two-year-old daughter.

'As my energy grew and the weight fell off I introduced Yoga.'

Hitting her first milestone took three months - an achievement which inspired her to continue.

After reaching 68kgs, she plateaued. Regardless, she said she pushed on and within a year she weighed 57kg.

At first, Kylie revelled in the rewards of her newly slimmed-down physique; she had more energy for her kids and people around her were complimenting her.

'The more weight I lost, the more compliments and attention I received. Things like "Wow, no offence, but you were so big" or "You look so much better now",' she said.

However, rather than feel as if she deserved to be acknowledged for her hard work, Kylie started to worry her weight loss was all people saw.

'The same men who had made fun of my husband for being with a "chubby" girl were hitting on me, not realising who I was,' she said.

'I was unrecognisable. It made me feel so sad for my former self and I developed anxiety about putting weight back on.

'I started to believe people liked the smaller version of me.' 

Kylie said the problem was she believed her worth was entirely wrapped up in her appearance, and if this changed others might start excluding her from their lives.

'I would even get anxious putting up photos on Facebook in case people thought I'd gained a bit of weight. It was that bad,' she said.

'I'd had issues at school with bullying - people making fun of me and calling me ugly - all the things I thought I'd gotten over suddenly came back to haunt me and I just felt like a big fraud. 

'When people started to call me "beautiful" I just didn't believe it.'

Her battle with her appearance raged for the next 13 years, eventually coming to a head after she hit rock bottom, crippled by anxiety.

'Last year I had a bit of a mental breakdown and started on anti-anxiety medication and counselling.

'I was stressed at work, and being a busy mum of three, I just couldn't keep up with life.' 

Symptoms of her breakdown included difficulty functioning in her daily life as well as problems sleeping.

'It wasn't until this happened that I was able to go through the process of healing and learning to love the things about myself that weren't anything to do with how I looked,' she said.

Finding her self-worth meant rediscovering a passion for art, design and photography - hobbies she'd once loved.

Today, Kylie has learnt the only opinions she cares about are those of her family and friends.

'They've always stuck by me 100 per cent throughout the years and always treated me the same regardless of my weight,' she said.

Kylie has also done away with punishing diets and gruelling exercise regimes, although good food and fitness continues to be part of her life.

'I eat well 95 per cent of the time but allow for sneaky treats. I love a glass of red wine and Kit Kats!,' she said.

'It's important to stick with a weight and lifestyle you know you can maintain without feeling miserable. 

At 59 kilograms, the mum-of-three said she feels healthy and is no longer driven by numbers on the scale.

'I don't weigh myself anymore and I don't think of exercise and food as punishment,' she said.

To those who might be struggling similarly, Kylie advised taking a step back to focus on 'filling yourself up in other ways'.

'It is easy to believe that by losing weight it'll solve all your problems but unless you're feeling good on the inside you're just setting yourself up,' she said.

'Remember, your weight is not your worth.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7418377/Mum-three-reveals-losing-35kg-left-crippling-anxiety.html

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Little Boy, 14, shot dead mom and pregnant teen daughter whose baby also died

A 14-year-old boy from Texas has been accused of fatally shooting a mother and her 18-year-old pregnant daughter whose child later died after an emergency C-section, authorities revealed.

The teenager suspect was already in custody accused of aggravated robbery when he was arrested for the April 9 murder of Janette Quiroz, 37, and her daughter, Bernadette Quiroz.

Janette was found dead outside of her home at the Rosemont University Park apartments in San Antonio, and Bernadette – who was seven-months pregnant – was discovered critically injured.

The 18-year-old was rushed to a local hospital but sadly died just hours later.

Her daughter, Tabitha Quiroz, had to be prematurely delivered by emergency C-Section.

Initially the child survived the birth but sadly died three days later having suffered a bleed on the brain, according to KSAT.

Malida Quiroz, who would have been Tabitha’s great grandmother, described the moment she came to the agonizing decision to switch of the baby’s life support system, after doctors declared her brain dead.

‘She had a leak on her tummy, a leakage on her brain, and again, she didn’t have [any] signs of life,’ Malida told the station.

‘I didn’t want her to suffer, so I made that decision. And all I can say is she went with her mom because she was dead by the time they got her to the hospital, too.’

Investigators have not yet revealed the boy’s identity because of his age, but on Thursday he was charged with capital murder in relation to the deaths.

It’s unclear what relationship the boy may have to the victims, but the Quiroz family have called for him to be tried as an adult and issued the death penalty.

‘I feel like, we’re in Texas. So I want them to get the full punishment. I don’t care how old you are, or how young you are, you deserve the death punishment,’ Bernadette’s brother Damian said.

On Wednesday, the teenager appeared in Bexar County Juvenile District Court where Judge Arcelia Treviño informed him the boy he would be remaining in custody for the foreseeable future.

‘Right now this court is not releasing you,’ the judge said. ‘You are a danger to yourself or another human being.

‘Based on the complaint and the allegations, the court doesn’t feel you are safe being in the community,’ the judge concluded.

Prosecutors now have 30 days to decide whether they would like to file a petition to continue with their pursuit of capital murder charges and try the boy as an adult.

‘The law does not allow the state to seek the death penalty on someone as young as 14,’ Bexar County District Attorney Joe D. Gonzales told News4.

‘Typically you don’t see someone as young as 14 being subject to adult certification but the law does allow it in extreme circumstances and certainly this would be one of them.’

The teenager will next appear in court on June 12. He has not yet entered a plea.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7088669/Boy-14-gunned-mother-pregnant-18-year-old-daughter.html

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Bride's dad may not walk her down the aisle after Thomas Cook collapse

A proud dad may not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day as a result of the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Kirsty Morrison is due to tie the knot with her fiancé Lee Carruth in Rhodes, Greece, next month.

The couple's family and friends were due to fly out for the ceremony, however some may now have to stay at home due to the cancellation of all Thomas Cook flights and trips.

Kirsty and Lee had to spend £1,100 on new flights yesterday after the world's oldest travel firm went bust, the Daily Record reports.

The bride-to-be's father, John, who booked his travel through Thomas Cook, is likely to miss out on his daughter’s big day.

And the extra flight costs have thrown a planned wedding reception for 150 guests in Scotland into doubt.

Kirsty and Lee, both 33 and from East Kilbride in Scotland, fear they’ll no longer be able to fund the event.

The couple, who have two children, Arya, four, and Joshua, one, booked their flights to Rhodes, departing October 2, back in December for £630.

Kirsty, a beauty therapy lecturer, said: “As soon as we saw Thomas Cook had gone bust, we managed to get Jet2 flights from Leeds Airport for me, Lee and the kids. That cost £1100.

“We thought about waiting to see if the flights got cheaper, but if they got booked up then we’d have missed our wedding.

“The wedding venue at Kallithea Springs and other costs had already been paid so we’d have lost it all.

“But I don’t think my dad will be able to come as the flights have went up so much in price. He’s the only family member I really have.

“My brother-in-law booked his flight on a debit card so he’s not got any insurance. He won’t be able to get another flight so he’ll miss it.

“There was 27 people going out in total, and many of them booked through Thomas Cook.

“I’m not sure who can come and who can’t.”

Kirsty, who has been with PE teacher Lee for ten years, is frantically trying to rearrange plans to allow her wedding and two-week  holiday  to go ahead.

She said: “We’re not flying until October 3 now so we don’t have a hotel room booked for our last night. Hopefully the hotel can fit us in so we don’t need to stay somewhere else before flying home.

“Thankfully the hotel wasn’t booked through Thomas Cook.

“I don’t know how we’ll get down to Leeds with the children and my wedding kit.

“I’m grateful we got the flights so we can get married, but we’re struggling with cash. It's so stressful.”

Thomas Cook’s collapse has meant their reception booked with a deposit at the Dalmeny Park House Hotel in Barrhead is in jeopardy.

Kirsty said: “There’s 150 guests coming on November 8. It’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, all the people we love and want to celebrate with.

“We doubt we’ll be able to afford to go ahead with the reception due to the extra flight costs.

“People were coming from all over the country. It’s letting them down.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brides-dad-not-walk-down-20161904

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A woman said her daughter has every right to be part of society. We made sure she could be

A mum-of-four who was scared her daughter was becoming 'isolated' has created a safe place for her and others like her to meet.

Debbie O'Brien, from Huyton, struggled to find a day centre where Jodie's complex needs would be met - and where she could learn to socialise more.

So she decided to create her own - and is now turning the old Natwest Bank in Prescot into a day centre for adults with disabilities and complex medical needs.

Debbie said: "We actually felt quite isolated because of the lack of services and divisions that I felt able to put my daughter into.

"We didn't know exactly which way to turn.

"There are a few services around, but they don't have the facilities that we needed."

Jodie, 25, has has multiple health needs, including cerebral palsy, severe learning developmental delay, encephalitis, Lennox Gastuat syndrome, short-term memory loss, cirrhosis, kyphosis, osteoporosis, hypopituitarism, edema and a rare disease called panhypopituitarism.

She is not able to express her feelings but after a while her family started to notice a change in her behaviour.

Debbie said: "We did notice Jodie becoming a bit more reclusive and refusing to go to certain stuff because she didn't feel comfortable doing it."

"Jodie has life-threatening illnesses and a rare disease so she needs a unique personal package."

Debbie's eldest daughter, Becky, 26, also has a learning disability and is borderline autistic, but is high functioning.

Whilst looking for a day centre six years ago, Debbie was given the opportunity to set up her own club for adults and their families in Kirkby.

She named it Al's Club, after her late father, and it was through there that she met a fellow-mum Andrea Evans, who soon came on board as a director.

Wanting to make a change for other families, Debbie and Andrea are now transforming the former Natwest building on Eccleston Street, Prescot, into Al's Activity and Respite Centre.

Due to open at the end of October, it will provide a bespoke service for adults aged 18 and over with disabilities and complex medical needs.

Debbie said: "Our life has changed dramatically. It's given Jodie another purpose and a focus in life.

"We provide a service that benefits the adults with disabilities. We give them a chance to be part of society because they have every right to be a part of it and some people don't feel that way, they feel isolated.

"It's going to make a massive impact on the community as a whole, from the residents of Knowsley to the surrounding areas."

Work inside the premises has already begun. Al's Activity and Respite Centre will offer an aromatherapy room, sensory room, music therapy, a mini gym, health and well-being sessions, a mini library area, a chill out zone, a learning zone, arts and crafts, cookery sessions and more.

It will also have a nurses' bay with a registered general and learning disability nurse on base at all times, and offer a gardening project with support from a local church.

Debbie is hoping to work with more local businesses in the future and said the centres main priority is to provide choice.

She said: "It's a dream and we want it to become an actual reality now.

"We are still looking for help to get it refurbished, and anybody who can come and decorate it and bring life to the old bank.

"Right now it's quite vibrant and stern. We want it to be bright, alive - full of good energy." 

Debbie said the team has already received dozens of donations and support from neighbours, businesses and Knowsley Council.

She said: "It's been overwhelming.

"When you know you've got the community and people wanting to support you, it makes a big difference and that's what's driven us further."

The day centre can cater for 20 members and costs £65 per person, which will come from the individual's Government-paid benefits.

Debbie said the former bank will also be available to other community groups to use in the evenings from 6pm till 9pm and will have subletting offices upstairs, which have already gained interest.

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/what-one-former-natwest-building-16858536

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Mum branded ‘disgusting’ and told to ‘cover up’ by a man for breastfeeding her four-month-old baby

On September 14, Ashley Rogers decided to take her daughter and baby out for breakfast.

The three of them headed off to a coffee shop in a shopping centre and the mum says she "carefully" picked a spot where she would be able to breastfeed her four-month-old son without her boob being in people's faces.

Once satisfied she'd found the right table, the 30-year-old from Melbourne, sat down and set about feeding her little one but after a few moments she heard a commotion.

A man seated about 10 meters away from her stood up and began yelling - and it turned out he was yelling at her.

Recalling the incident in a post on Facebook , Ashley wrote: "I turned around to see what the hell they were yelling at. It wasn't until I turned back, I realised he was yelling at me.

"I then heard him say, 'You're disgusting, that's disgusting, cover your t*ts and put them away.'

"All while his elderly mother sat by his side, doing and saying nothing."

Ashley claims to have defended herself, before bursting into tears from the shock of the incident.

Thankfully several kind people in the area came over to support her.

"I was shaken, angry, embarrassed and on the same hand so honoured these women came to help me," she said. "By the time I turned around he was gone."

In her post, she also reveals her struggle with breastfeeding.

"What a lot of people don't know is my boy was hospitalised for failure to thrive, I must feed him on demand," she adds.

"He is 4.5 months and the size of a new born. What people also won't know is how God damn hard I have worked to breastfeed - medication, natural supplements, several pump sessions a day, hundreds if not thousands spent on anything that would help me."

She finishes her post with a poignant message for the man that yelled at her - and those who came to see if she was ok.

"To this man I want to say, go eat your lunch in a smelly bathroom with a blanket over your head - tell me how you like it.

"To these amazing women who supported me, and one lovely gentleman, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You are the reason I will continue to feed uncovered in public."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/family/breastfeeding-mum-called-disgusting-man-20074565

 

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