Family left devastated after losing everything including their pets in horrendous fire

  A family has been left devastated after a fire caused by a tumble dryer ripped through their home destroying everything and killing their pet cats. Alan Beal and partner Nikki Coop, both 35, were not contents insured and believe they have "lost 99 per cent" of their belongings in the horror blaze. The fire happened while no one was home, and is believed to have been sparked by a faulty 10-year-old tumble dryer. Alan had loaded the dryer while...

Devoted bird keeps coming back to the RSPCA centre that rescued him – because he’s fallen in love with staff

A dove have fallen in love with the people who rescued him and keeps sneaking back into the animal sanctuary - through the cat flap. The bird, named Dave, was found injured in New Malden, south west London on October 12, and taken to an RSPCA rescue centre. But despite being released back into the wild after being nursed back to health, the loved-up dove keeps coming back to RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre, almost every day - because he's fallen...

Maths student has died in a suspected suicide – sixth from same uni in past 12 months

A maths student has died in a suspected suicide - the sixth undergraduate from one of Britain's universities thought to have taken their own life this year. Second year student James Thomson, 20, was found at his home in Bristol on Wednesday night. Police officers have told Bristol University they believe he took his own life, and the case has now been referred to coroners, according to the uni. It comes after five other student deaths at Bristol University and...

Cuddle between six-year-old girl & army hero dad will break hearts in a new charity calendar 

This touching cuddle between a six-year-old girl and her army hero dad will break hearts in a new charity calendar celebrating British service personnel and their children. Adorable Lucy Smith, now nine, can been seen on the airfield at Royal Air Force Akrotiri smiling proudly at her dad Staff Sgt Martin Smith, 40, after months apart. The emotional reunion after his stint in Iraq is just one of 15 photos chosen from hundreds submitted to charity Little Troopers for their...

Woman whose brain is dropping out of her skull needs to raise money for £130,000 operation to save her life

A desperately ill woman whose brain is dropping out of her skull won't live to see Christmas this year if she doesn't raise enough money for life saving surgery. Sarah Gearing, 40, has a condition which causes her body's connective tissues to collapse, meaning that many of her joints frequently fall apart. This condition, called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, means that Sarah needs £130,000 to have a unique operation which will take place in Barcelona and last for over ten hours....

I was a slave for 13 years in Cambridge and in London- help me save girls from my fate

Around the world around 46 million people are trapped in some form of slavery - the equivalent to the entire population of Spain. Sexual exploitation counts for 54% of all human trafficking victims. As Rebecca Mott’s astonishingly candid story reveals, slavery is actually very close to home. And we can all make a difference to end it.  "For me slavery means when you are doing something against your will - where somebody is controlling you, exploiting you for their gain. You...

Tumour dog left to die by her owner

This shocking picture shows an "incredibly thin" dog which had bones and a massive tumour protruding from its side after her owner failed to get help. The sick and emaciated dog suffered from an infected one-and-a-half kilo tumour and had to be put down because her owner failed to call for help until it was too late. Switch, 14, also had a severe infection on both her ears, and she was so thin as she lay on a blood-stained blanked...

One of the last Battle of Britain pilots honoured at his funeral with Spitfire flypast

One of the last Spitfire pilots from the Battle of Britain was honoured at his funeral with a fitting flypast of the iconic aircraft. Squadron Leader Nigel Rose shot down four German planes and also survived being attacked by a Messerschmitt 110 over the Channel during World War Two. Despite the dogfight he managed to return to RAF Westhampnett and landed without any brakes, flaps or radio. Funeral of Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot Nigel Rose. Eigon Church, Llanigon. A...

Real-life Saving Private Ryan… four brothers who went to war 100 years ago

The story has emerged of the real-life Saving Private Ryan - four brothers who went to war 100 years ago and only ONE. came home. Privates William, George, Ernest and Harry Rea all went to the front line of the Great War - but only Harry survived. William, of the Bedfordshire Regiment, lost his life in the Battle of Passchendaele on September 14, 1917. His two siblings George and Ernest were killed shortly before him, while his other brother Harry...

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