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Geronimo's owner says she is so confident world-famous alpaca does not have bovine TB that she vows to 'kill him herself' if he fails test - as 'firing squad is called off for 48 hours'

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The owner of doomed alpaca Geronimo says she is so confident the animal is not infected with bovine TB she has vowed to 'kill him myself' if he fails one final test. Helen Macdonald, 50, is locked in a battle to save the eight-year-old stud following a £50,000 High Court battle, which ended in a warrant for the animal to be euthanised.  Black-furred Geronimo, from New Zealand but now living in south Gloucestershire, was condemned to death after twice testing positive for bovine tuberculosis . But Miss Macdonald claims the tests were flawed and is begging the Government to give her beloved pet one last chance to live. Speaking from her farm in Wickar Saturday, she said: 'All I am asking is for Geronimo to be given a valid test. 'If it comes back positive then I would not stand in their way. Helen Macdonald, 50, is locked in a battle to save her eight-year-old stud (pictured together) following a £50,000 High Court battle, which ended in a warrant for the animal to be eut

Police launch four-county-wide search for missing 14-year-old girl who was last seen on Friday night

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A four county-wide hunt has been launched after a 14-year-old girl went missing last Friday night. Bethany Revill disappeared from her home in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, on Friday, August 6. Police say they are concerned for her safety as  she has not been seen or heard from since 5.30pm. Bethany Revill disappeared from her home in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, on Friday, August 6 Bethany is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, with a slim build and brown hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, black trainers and had a black handbag. A police spokesperson said: 'We are growing concerned for the safety of the missing teenager. 'Bethany may be in the Erewash, Nottingham, West Midlands or Staffordshire areas.' If you think you know where she might be, please call 101 quoting incident number 1316 of 6 August. It comes a month after Bethany Revill went missing with 13-year-old friend, Destiny Sturgess-Green on July 10. It comes a month after Bethany Revill went missing with a fr

Barristers slam tough new disciplinary rules they fear could see them suspended for a year for telling 'crude jokes'

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Barristers have slammed tough new disciplinary rules that they fear could see them suspended for a year for telling 'crude jokes'.     The Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service has proposed a suspension of at least one year for sexual misconduct, while penalties currently start with a reprimand and a medium-level fine of up to £3,000. In the past three years, 84 of the 17,500 practising barristers have been sanctioned for professional misconduct, which the tribunal said is a reflection of high standards but could also be due to under-reporting, The Times reported. The tough new sanctions have attracted mixed responses from barristers, with some welcoming the punishments while others criticised them for being 'disproportionate'. The Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service proposed a suspension of at least one year for sexual misconduct, but Inner Temple , an Inn of Court, slammed the sanctions Although 69 per cent of respondents to a consultation supported the sanctions,

Boris has spent more than £163,000 on Union flags in two years as part of drive to boost national pride

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The Government has spent more than £163,000 on Union flags in two years as part of its drive to boost pride in the national symbol.  That figure, spent in 2020 and 2021, amounts to 85 per cent of flag purchases over the past four years.    Data reported by the Guardian showed spending has increased in virtually every Whitehall department since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister.  The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport spent £54,420.89 last year alone as worn-out flags were replaced. While the Ministry of Defence has forked out £118,000 on flag purchases since the start of 2018.  The Cabinet Office has spent more than £3,000 since the start of 2018, with just under £2,000 of that funding the purchase of eight flags in the most recent financial year. The Government has spent more than £163,000 on Union flags in two years as part of its drive to boost pride in the national symbol  The figures, revealed by Freedom of Information Act requests, found the Treasury has spent ne

Australian Army hits the streets to enforce the world's strictest lockdown: Soldiers stop people from leaving their homes more than once in Sydney's poor suburbs as part of losing pursuit of 'Zero Covid'

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Soldiers have been sent in to Sydney to enforce the world's strictest lockdown in the city's poor suburbs that are at the centre of Australia’s growing Covid outbreak amid poor vaccination rates. Prime Minister Scott Morrison sent around 300 soldiers to parts of Sydney with higher migrant populations as well as southwestern areas yesterday to stop people leaving their homes more than once and break up gatherings, The Times reports.  It comes as the country continues to pursue a 'Zero Covid' strategy with aims to eliminate the virus despite mounting evidence it may be impossible - with cases continuing to rise and only 21 per cent of adults double vaccinated.  Soldiers have been sent in to Sydney to enforce lockdown in the city's poor suburbs that are at the centre of Australia’s growing Covid outbreak Sydney has struggled to encourage poorer areas to get the Covid vaccine, with only 13 per cent vaccinated compared to 25 per cent in wealthier parts. Epidemiologist M

Mother of schoolgirl, 10, who died in house fire started by her suicidal father says tragedy almost killed her too as she turned to drink to cope

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The mother of a schoolgirl found dead in the bath with her suicidal father after a 'deliberate' house fire says the trauma of the incident nearly killed her too. Garry Bolton and his ten-year-old daughter Paige died in a horrific house fire in north Hull on January 25 last year. Paige's distraught mother Cherie Rangeley, 44, has revealed how her life tragically slid into alcoholism as she struggled to cope with their deaths. She said: 'I nearly died because of all this as it tipped me over the edge. 'I turned to drink and ended up in hospital. But I haven't drank now for around ten months.' Cherie Rangeley, 44, revealed how her life tragically slid into alcoholism as she struggled to cope with the deaths of her suicidal husband and 10-year-old daughter Paige 'Daddy is scaring me': The final tragic text messages sent by 10-year-old Paige Bolton   sent to her grandmother the night she died in house fire alongside her father Garry were read out at an i

Sandra Lee is spotted getting cozy with new boyfriend on vacation in St. Tropez as ex-partner Gov. Andrew Cuomo is criminally investigated for groping his assistant

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While New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to face calls demanding his resignation amid his sexual harassment scandal, his ex is enjoying a romantic getaway in France.  Sandra Lee, the former chef and author who broke up with Cuomo in 2019 after 14 years, was spotted vacationing in St. Tropez this week with her new beau, Algerian writer and interfaith leader Ben Youcef.  Lee, 55, and Youcef, 42, were seen walking hand in hand in southern France, relaxing and waiting for there meal at a local restaurant.  Sandra Lee was spotted with her new boyfriend Ben Youcef in St. Tropez, France The couple enjoyed a night out while holding hands. Lee revealed last week that she was dating again Lee dated New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for 14 years, and broke up in 2019. They are pictured above in 2018  Lee was also seen wearing what appeared to be a large engagement, but friends have declined to say what the ring means, Page Six reports.  'Ben is a serious and accomplished nonprofit Interfai