We know you’re busy so we’ve condensed some of the bits of news from the last 24 hours that you’ve might have missed into bite size chunks.
OAP, 77, battled mugger with her crutches
An elderly woman recovering from a knee replacement operation used her crutches to try to fight off a robber. Jason Sheldon, 31, who was on a bike, grabbed the handbag of the 77-year-old.
The attack, in Newark, near Nottingham, last February, was caught on CCTV. Sheldon also beat up a 52- year-old man on the same day.
He was convicted of robbery and attempted robbery and jailed for six years.
DC John Wilson said: ‘This attack was despicable. We were determined to bring him to justice.’
Nursery worker stole £100k to fund shopping habit
An accountant stole more than £100,000 from a nursery where she worked to fund her shopping addiction, a court was told.
Jayne Myhill, 55, admitted plundering Worcester and Madresfield Early Years Centres to buy luxury items, Bitcoin, make-up and a new kitchen, the city’s crown court heard.
Myhil, from Cromer, Norfolk, was jailed for 28 months.
Cyber gangs switch target from big firms to workers at home
Online criminals are swapping complicated big money scams for thousands of small ones in a new tactic called silent stealing.
Gangs are ‘going down market’ to target huge numbers of people working from home rather than big firms, the Royal United Services Institute warns.
‘Trying to steal £10million off a bank is an option, but stealing £10 a hundred thousand times gives you a good return and will probably be below the radar,’ said report author Sneha Dawda.
‘Are you going to call Action Fraud or your bank in a case where you lose £10?’
Beatles dram and a magical whisky tour…for £500k!
A bottle of whisky with a label by Sgt Pepper artist Sir Peter Blake, 88, could fetch more than £500,000 at auction.
It is one of 13 he has designed to tell the story of makers The Macallan, and contains a spirit from 1967 — the year he made the iconic Beatles LP cover.
The other 12 are not for sale. The lot — being sold by Sotheby’s in New York — includes a VIP trip to the distillery in Craigellachie, Moray.
Farewell to RAF food-drops hero Joe, 103
An airman honoured by the Dutch for dropping food to starving people in Operation Manna in 1945, has died aged 103.
Joe Ball was a rear gunner in Lancaster bombers on missions over Germany.
Son-in law Stephen Taylor said: ‘He never spoke much about it.’ Joe, of Lincoln, is survived by his wife of 72 years Frances, 98.
Aldi is top of shops (but only because it’s cheap)
Aldi is shoppers’ No.1 supermarket, says Which? Although it scored low on store layout and product quality it got the only five-star rating for value.
M&S was second with Lidl, Tesco and Waitrose joint third in the annual survey. Sainsbury’s was voted best online supermarket.
You gave bad review? I’ll just poppadom over
A customer who complained their takeaway did not contain a free poppadom was confronted by the restaurant’s owner on his doorstep.
Sussex Police, called to Haywards Heath, said the owner ‘clearly took umbrage’, but added: ‘People are entitled to leave an online review.’
Oar inspiring record for Jasmine, 21
Briton Jasmine Harrison has become the youngest female to row across an ocean.
The 21-year-old, from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, completed the 3,000-mile Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge from the Canary Islands to the West Indies in 70 days.
‘I’d do it again,’ Ms Harrison said.
Girl, 4, among three killed in house blaze
A girl aged four and two adults believed to be her parents have been killed in a house fire.
Three other children — boys aged nine and four and a seven-year-old girl — were also in the home at the time of the blaze and are in a stable condition in hospital.
A woman, 28, and man, 29, died in the fire at a terraced home in Exeter at 5.30am yesterday. Everyone in the property was related.
The cause of the blaze was not suspicious but inquiries were continuing, said Devon and Cornwall police. ‘This is a deeply upsetting incident that will cause great distress to the community,’ said Supt Daniel Evans.
NHS saving children with ‘dead’ heart transplants
British surgeons have saved the lives of six 12- to 16-year-old heart transplant patients with the world-first method of using organs brought back to life.
Donated hearts usually come from people who are brain-dead but with hearts still beating. But NHS doctors from London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and Cambridgeshire’s Royal Papworth Hospital have used an Organ Care System — which replicates the conditions of the human body — to restart hearts.
The first to benefit since last February was Anna Hadley, 16, from Worcester. ‘I just feel normal again,’ she told The Sunday Times.
The view is lava-ly! Etna lights up night
Molten rock from Mt Etna spurts behind St Lucy’s Church in Belpasso as volcanic activity continues to illuminate eastern Sicily.
Last week’s first dramatic eruption reached heights of 3,000ft, Italy’s volcanology institute said.
Greek director charged over accusations of rape
A leading Greek theatre director has been charged with rape.
Dimitris Lignadis, 56, is accused of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in 2010 and of a second attack, details of which have not been made public.
Both alleged victims claim the offences took place when they were minors. Lignadis denies the allegations.
The ex-National Theatre artistic director was filmed in handcuffs yesterday as he was brought before a magistrate in Athens.
His arrest comes as the #MeToo movement rocks Greece — sparked by revelations of abuse against Olympic champion Sofia Bekatorou by a sports executive.
Hot dog! Injured hiker hugs his pet to survive
An injured hiker survived seven nights on a freezing mountain range by cuddling his dog.
Michele Benedet was unable to walk after he slipped and fractured his ankle while out with his faithful dog, a mixed-breed named Ash, in the Julian Prealps range in northern Friuli, Italy.
The Italian, 33, dragged himself towards a stream and later revealed he was only able to survive thanks to being able to hug his dog to keep warm.
An Alpine Rescue team, alerted by his girlfriend, found him under leaves and wrapped in a map with a reflective sheet marking his location last Thursday.
■ The nominee to be the next US attorney general is expected to be confirmed after a hearing starting today. Judge Merrick Garland, 68, plans to prioritise civil rights if made the country’s top justice official.
■ More than 100,000 farmers gathered in Punjab, India, as protests continued against easing of price controls. Union leaders have called for supporters to rally outside New Delhi on Saturday.
■ Iran has said America must lift sanctions before discussions about reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. US president Joe Biden says he is ready to talk about returning to the accord Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.
■ Niger started voting yesterday to decide the first democratic transition of power since French independence in 1960. Mohamed Bazoum, 61, is tipped to beat ex-president Mahamane Ousmane, 71.
■ MORE than 5,000 people fled to temporary shelters as tropical storm Dujan submerged dozens of villages in the southern Philippines. Further heavy rains were today predicted over the nickel mining region of Caraga.
■ An Egyptian arrested and tortured in his homeland has been given Italian citizenship. Bologna university student Patrick Zaki was detained at Cairo airport a year ago. He faces 25 years for criticising the country’s regime on Facebook.
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