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Statue for the Purbeck Schindler: Unsung British hero who helped save hundreds of children destined for Nazi concentration camps will be honoured in bronze

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An unsung British hero who helped save hundreds of children destined to die in Nazi concentration camps will be honoured with a life-size statue in his hometown.Trevor Chadwick, known as the 'Purbeck Schindler', helped Sir Nicholas Winton rescue 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia as the country came under the grip of Nazi occupation in the months before World War Two.At great personal risk, the schoolteacher negotiated with the Gestapo to agree exit passes for children, one of whom went on to become a poet whose work has been praised by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.The hero’s involvement in the operation, known as the Czech 'kindertransport', was not uncovered until more than 50 years after the war.Trevor Chadwick, known as the 'Purbeck Schindler', helped Sir Nicholas Winton rescue 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia. He is pictured as a young man Chadwick, who died in 1979, travelled back and forth between England and Prague in 1939 to supervise…

BBC star turned pastor, 44, launched sex attacks on 33 men and boys while they slept at church camps or events and filmed victims urinating and showering over 30-year reign of terror

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A former BBC presenter and church pastor carried out 40 sex offences against 33 men and boys over three decades - with most of his victims asleep at the time. Benjamin Thomas, 44, of Flint, preyed on his victims in North Wales, Shropshire, London and Romania, with his crimes starting when he was only 14 or 15 years old.The married father-of-three targeted his victims when they were asleep but most of them had 'no idea' they had been sexually assaulted, Mold Crown Court was told.Simon Rogers, prosecuting, said Thomas had recorded some victims as they used the toilet or bathroom, which he admitted was for 'his own sexual gratification'.Thomas's youngest victim was 11 and the oldest 34, with many of the sexual assaults taking place at Christian camps and other church-related events.Benjamin Thomas (pictured at Mold Crown Court on June 19) preyed on his victims in North Wales, Shropshire, London and RomaniaMr Rogers said one victim had talked with Thomas before going t…

Three brothers who played the same Lotto numbers for 40 years scoop the jackpot

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A trio of brothers who have been playing the same lottery numbers together for 40 years have won $511,000. The trio were one of ten division one prize winners in Saturday's TattsLotto draw. One of the brothers - from Richmond, Victoria - revealed the group played the same numbers every week. A trio of brothers who have been playing the same lotto numbers together for 40 years have won an incredible $511,000 (stock image)'I don't remember why we chose these numbers exactly. All I know was 40 years ago we each wrote down numbers and selected a ticket to play. We've been playing ever since,' he said.The man revealed he spent ten minutes double checking he hadn't made a mistake when he saw the win.           'I checked the ticket a number of times before checking the website a number of times,' he said.'I just wanted to make sure it was confirmed and re-confirmed before I told them.'Once I realised it was true, I had the honour and pleasure of telli…

Mother found daughter, 15, hanging in her bedroom after she felt pressured ahead of GCSEs at £13,000-a-year private school, inquest hears

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A mother found her teenage daughter hanged in her bedroom after she felt pressured ahead of her GCSEs at a £13,000-a-year private school, an inquest heard.Maya Walker, 15, was a keen hockey player and 'very capable' student who was about to head into year 11.But she refused to return to her £4,470-a-term school in Cardiff in September last year and became 'withdrawn' in her family home.An inquest heard Maya had visited her GP and said 'there was no point in her studying and is not going to be remembered.'Mother, Coral, said her daughter had told her she did not like any 'attention' from teachers at the Cathedral School, Llandaff, even when it was praise.Maya Walker was found hanging in her bedroom after she withdrew from classes ahead of her GCSEs at a £13,000-a-year private school, an inquest heardShe said: 'From what she said to me she felt there was no point.'When I talked to her in terms of school and she was feeling quite pressured because …

Detectives offer £20,000 reward in international hunt for boys, six, five and three, after they disappeared with their Afghan father

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Detectives have today offered a £20,000 reward for information in the international hunt for three children who disappeared with their Afghan father.Imran Safi, 26, is believed to have snatched his sons Bilal, six, Mohammed Ebrar, five, and Mohammed Yaseen, three, who have not been seen since 6pm on Thursday, August 20.A total of 16 people have been arrested in connection with the abduction in Coulsdon, south London.Meanwhile, police have today released an image of a man, pictured in a red Nissan Qashqai, registration PK13 WFO, at the time of the disappearance, who they would like to speak to.Bilal, six, Mohammed Ebrar, five, and Mohammed Yaseen, three, have not been seen since 6pm on Thursday, August 20Police have today released an image of a man, pictured in a red Nissan Qashqai, registration PK13 WFO, at the time of the disappearance, who they would like to speak toDespite extensive operation and forensic work, detectives have not be able to identify the man, who was sat in the fro…

Singapore Airlines scraps its 'flights to nowhere' after outcry from environmental campaigners

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Singapore Airlines has scrapped its 'flights to nowhere' aimed at boosting its coronavirus-hit finances after an outcry from environmental campaigners.Several carriers, including those in Australia, Japan and Taiwan, have been offering short flights that start and end at the same airport to raise cash after the aviation industry was plunged into deep crisis amid the ongoing pandemic. They are designed for travel-starved people keen to fly at a time of virus-related restrictions - and have proved surprisingly popular. But Singapore's flag carrier, which has grounded nearly all its planes and cut thousands of jobs, announced earlier today that it had ditched the idea following a review. Singapore Airlines has scrapped its 'flights to nowhere' aimed at boosting its coronavirus-hit finances after an outcry from environmental campaigners (stock image) The carrier has come up with alternative ideas to raise revenue, including offering customers tours of aircraft and offe…

Shock new poll reveals Jacinda Ardern ISN'T on track for a landslide victory just weeks out from election day

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A surprising new poll has revealed Jacinda Ardern and the Labour party are not on track for a landslide victory in the upcoming election.The New Zealand Prime Minister has confidently campaigned in the lead up to the October 17 vote after successfully bringing coronavirus under control.  For weeks the Labour party was on course to govern alone, but the poll released on Monday by TVNZ and research firm Colmar Brunton showed support for Ms Ardern had dropped to 47 per cent.While it has only dropped one per cent since the last poll on September 22, the level of support means Labour would procure 59 seats rather than the 61 needed to form a majority government. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson go for a street walk in Palmerston North this monthThe make up of the NZ parliament as projected by the latest TVNZ poll, Labour is on 59, the Nationals on 43, ACT on 10 and the Greens with 8 seatsBut support for Labour's possible coalition partner t…

Body of missing woman, 32, is found in Exeter one month after she vanished and after homeless man, 22, was charged with her murder

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Police have confirmed the body of a suspected murder victim has been found several weeks after she went missing.Lorraine Cox, 32, disappeared on September 1 launching a major search across her home city.Cops then launched a murder probe nine days later after a 'significant development' but the hunt continued for her body.But today a spokesperson confirmed that she had been found in Exeter, Devon, and an inquest had been opened into her death.Lorraine Cox, from Exeter, who disappeared overnight on September 1 this yearPolice searching countryside and woodland near Newton St Cyres, five miles from ExeterDevon and Cornwall Police said in a statement: 'Formal identification has now taken place in connection with the suspected murder of a woman from Exeter.'It has now been confirmed that the body located in Exeter in September is that of Lorraine Cox, aged 32, from Exeter.'The inquest into the death was opened and adjourned today by HM Coroner, Exeter while the criminal…

Woman, 20, dies two weeks after horrific gang-rape attack by four men in India that left her paralysed with a broken spine

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A 20-year-old woman has died two weeks after an horrific gang-rape by four men in India that left her paralysed with a broken spine.The men, who are described as 'upper caste' in local media, attacked the woman near her home in the Hathras region, around 60 miles from Delhi, on September 14.The unnamed victim, of the 'untouchable' Dalit class, had been on a ventilator in intensive care after the savage rape left her with multiple fractures.She was only yesterday moved from a hospital in upstate Uttar Pradesh to one in the capital.The four attackers are in custody and will now be charged with murder.The four attackers are in custody and will now be charged with murderThe young woman had been cutting grass near her home when she was dragged into millet fields and stripped by the attackers.Her brother told NDTV: 'My mother, sister and elder brother had gone to a field to get some grass. My brother went home earlier with a large bundle of grass, while my mother and sis…

Life imitating art! Creative pensioners stun Chinese social media with their incredible recreations of famous paintings

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A group of elderly residents at a nursing home in Shanghai has amazed social media with their creativity after stunningly recreating famous works of art.In a before-and-after style, the seniors are seen in viral footage doing their normal day-to-day activities before suddenly turning into renowned painting figures with a makeover.Hundreds of thousands of Chinese web users were impressed by the artistic pensioners who are smashing the stereotypes about the elderly.A group of elderly residents at a nursing home in Shanghai has amazed hundreds of thousands of social media users with their creativity after stunningly recreating famous works of artIn a before-and-after style, the seniors are seen in viral footage doing their normal day-to-day activities before suddenly turning into renowned painting figures with a makeoverHundreds of thousands of Chinese web users were impressed by the artistic pensioners who are smashing the stereotypes about the elderlyThe pensioners’ art project took th…

Kamala Harris mistakenly refers to Notorious BIG when talking about RBG during speech about Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris ended up mistakenly referring to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the 'Notorious B.I.G.' during a speech on Monday.'She was part of our culture,' Harris said. 'Yes, we wear those Notorious B.I.G. t-shirts with a lot of pride, but since she passed, there are parents reminding their children that she helped their lives.' The California senator had been attempting to refer to Ginsburg's nickname, frequently used in pop culture and even branded upon items of clothing as 'The Notorious RBG'. The moniker was seen as a compliment and a sign of Ginsburg's tenacity and grit.  Ginsburg was an associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1993 until her death on September 18.Harris, who is Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's running mate, made the remarks during a speech in which she was specifically commenting on Trump's appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.She was criti…