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It's RICHARD LITTLEJOHN's Mind How You Go Awards 2016 celebrating police stupidity

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN picks the biggest examples of police stupidity, incompetence and abuse of power to happen across Great Britain in 2016. read

Five men and a woman arrested on suspicion of terror offences across England

Four men from Derby aged 22, 27, 35 and 36, a man, 27, from Burton upon Trent and a woman from London have all been arrested on suspicion of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism. read

Record bill for extra benefits cash handed out by mistake

Benefit claimants were overpaid £3.3billion last year as blunders by officials and fraud jumped by 10 per cent. Baroness Bakewell, left, said it showed government incompetence. read

Britain's most hated mother Karen Matthews 'wants plastic surgery'

Karen Matthews, who was jailed for eight years in 2008 after faking the kidnap of her own daughter, wants to make her nose smaller in a bid to stop people attacking her in the street. read

Cheating Essex banker who burned his wife alive is guilty for murder

Darren Byrne was today found guilty of murdering spouse Maria, 35, in the kitchen of their £450,000 home in Theydon Bois, Essex. read

Queen's final goodbye to beloved cousin Margaret Rhodes

The monarch, who rarely attends funerals apart from for members of the Royal Family, demonstrated her affection for her confidante by joining mourners at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park. read

Can you really make dreams come true just by wishing? That was the idea behind a self-help book that sold 19 million copies. And, ten years on, these women swear The Secret worked for them 

Victoria Loveless, from Leamington Spa, pictured, is just one of a group of women who claim they got what they wanted by following Rhonda Byrne's self-help book released in 2006. read

Britain's oldest defendant Ralph Clarke admits to child sex offences on boy in 1970s

Ralph Clarke (shown) told Birmingham Crown Court the offences against the schoolboy were 'something that happened' and said he was 'immune to feelings' following his arrest last year. read

Brain tests at the age of THREE can predict a child's future

According to the international team of researchers, it takes just 45 minutes to give three-year-olds a battery of tests, on their language abilities, motor skills, frustration and impulsivity. read

Amazon customers are warned of a scam email that aims to get their bank card details

A fake email purporting to be from the Seattle-based retail giant has been sent to thousands of users around the world. The email claims that there has been a problem with a recent order. read

Benefits Street's Lee Nutley ‘was found dead in his home by his worried father'

Lee Nutley was found on his sofa in October this year by his father who became worried when his son did not answer the door to his flat on the street where Benefits Street was filmed in Stockton. read

Ian McCaskill dead aged 78

The BBC meteorologist (pictured) died on Saturday. Famed for his gentle Scottish accent, he was known by millions for his light-hearted presentation of the weather forecast. read

ONS study reveals the top 20 places in teh UK for life expectancy

Researchers pointed to healthy lifestyles and good incomes as key reasons why pensioners around London have formed a longevity belt unmatched elsewhere in the country. read

Prince Philip bowls COW PATS at Prince Charles in unseen Royal home videos

The Duke of Edinburgh's softer side was revealed in footage of intimate family moments shown on television today as part of a documentary marking the 60th anniversary of his award scheme. read

British officials cannot track £274m given to George W Bush's Strategic Climate Fund

The donation to the Strategic Climate Fund, set up by George W Bush in 2008, pictured, was agreed so the Government can can meet its pledge to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid. read

Calls to Childline over gender fears triple in three years

The number of children who have called a charity helpline for counselling about their gender identity has nearly tripled in three years, the NSPCC said yesterday. read

Kelly Doyle who refuses to move for new Merseyside development is the last resident left

Kelly Doyle, 35, currently has to climb through the back window to get in and out after she claimed workmen damaged the front door and lock of her terraced home in Whiston, Merseyside. read

Grandmother who went to hospital with broken arm died from pneumonia and sepsis

Patricia Fowler, 75, was not assigned to a doctor at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Lancashire, because she was overlooked by a secretary who mistook her for another patient. read

Lady Gaga's bodyguard offers reward leading to Berlin thug who kicked woman down stairs' arrest

The incident in October was captured in a video shared this week, showing a thug kicking a young woman down a flight of stairs at the metro station in the German capital of Belin. read

Royal Mail admits some premium service letters and packages won't arrive the next day

Royal Mail's service is placed under so much strain during December, almost half of all post sent via first class will fail to arrive the next day. read

Animal charities battle disinherited woman for a slice her dead mother's £486k estate

Heather Ilott, 55, pictured, was left with nothing when her mother Melita Jackson wrote her out of her will 'in spite' and gave it to charity instead. read

Daily Vitamin C fizzy tablets that come loaded with salt

Some big brand fizzy vitamin tablets sold in pharmacies and supermarkets, like Boots and Waitrose, contain the same salt levels as two packets of crisps, it has been shown. read

Huddersfield Giants youth player died after suffering brain injury during game

Ronan Costello, 17, died three days after the collision, which took place during the first half of an under 19s rugby match at the Dram Centre, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on June 11. read

BBC's 'Muslim Big Brother' won't unite cultures, it'll divide them: CHRISTOPHER STEVENS

Muslims Like Us (pictured) is the two-part BBC2 reality show that puts ten Muslims in a house in York and gleefully films their furious arguments over faith and Islamic culture. read

Victoria Beckham wished that David Blaine would magically disappear: CHRISTOPHER STEVENS

David Blaine has been shot, starved, encased in ice and buried alive.It was a good night for celebs who look like boiled eggs, as Gregg Wallace popped up to present a revival of Time Commanders. read

Malak Al Shehri to be lashed over sharing picture of herself without hijab in Riyadh

The woman, who has been identified as Malak Al Shehri, shared a photograph of herself without a hijab or abaya - a traditional body covering - on a street in the capital city of Riyadh. read

Apple app to take on cable firms launches - but Amazon and Netflix are missing from it

The new TV app makes it easy to find and watch shows in one places - but key content providers are missing from it. read

Somersham husband refused to leave bed-bound wife during house fire

Roger Freestone, 67, stayed with his wife Maureen, 65, as the flames ripped through the detached property in Somersham, Cambridgeshire, on March 28. read

Officer caught chatting on mobile with no hands on the steering wheel in North London

A policewoman was caught talking on her iPhone while at the wheel of her patrol car in north London and the Met has since launched an investigation into the 'irresponsible' incident. read

Hillary Clinton campaign backs call from electors for intel briefing about Russian hacking

'Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed,' Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said. read

Trump gives Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn the job as his top economic adviser

Another Goldman Sachs employee was offered a job, with the transition team announcing Gary Cohn, the bank's president, would become Donald Trump's top economic adviser. read

Trump's victory in Wisconsin affirmed following election recount

Donald Trump ended up gaining 123 votes in Wisconsin after a recount sought by Green Party candidate Jill Stein whose donors footed the bill for the move to give even more votes to the winner. read

Trump's Iran stance could threaten a WORLD WAR and the destruction of Israel warns Tehran

The Iranian defense minister has warned that Donald Trump could trigger a world war and the 'destruction' of Israel and small Gulf Arab states if he provokes the Middle Eastern power. read

British backpacker 'kidnapped in Australia is rescued after sending texts to her FATHER'

Mary Kate Heys from Manchester claims she was kidnapped by a Swedish man she met at her hostel in Australia and taken around 50 miles away against her will on Monday morning. read

Nutritionist Rob Hobson reveals the meals to minimise a hangover

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Hobson, head of London-based Healthspan Nutrition, says fats take longer to be digested and prevent blood sugar levels from dropping quickly, which can cause a hangover. read

Khloe Kardashian reveals her natural hangover guide

Khloé, 32, has treated fans to a 'natural' guide to ditching hangovers - extolling the virtues of drinking lemon tea and doing exercise, which she says will let you 'get s*** done the next day.' read

Reward offered to help catch Mumtaz Member from Leicester's killers

Mumtaz Member, 56, was found dead by police a year ago today at her house in Leicester with ‘brutal’ head injuries - and her family have told of going through a ‘horrific experience’. read

Fury of families seeking answers from hospitals over the death of a loved one 

Not a single hospital or health trust in the UK is thoroughly examining patient deaths to check for avoidable errors, a report from the CQC released today has revealed. read

Hedge fund boss Chris Hohn takes £150m dividend to pay for record £300m divorce

Sir Chris Hohn (pictured), 50, divorced his American wife Jamie-Cooper Hohn and was ordered to give her a third of his fortune at the time - £337m. read

10 of the most outrageous ways British foreign aid has been spent 

The Mail has led the way in chronicling how British taxpayers’ money has been squandered overseas. Here are some of the most egregious examples of how YOUR money has been spent. read

MPs demand foreign aid billions are switched to tackle the social care crisis

Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested for the first time there would be a review of the controversial target of spending 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid. read

JAMES SLACK answers ten questions about the care system crisis 

With the social care system in meltdown across Britain, JAMES SLACK answers 10 questions on why the care system for the elderly is in meltdown and close to 'toppling over.' read

DAMIAN THOMPSON: We spend £1bn on foreign aid consultants

DAMIAN THOMPSON: What a wretched mess! Ministers have decided to raise council taxes in a much too belated attempt to solve the crisis of elderly care. read

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Time to put our elderly before foreign despots 

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: One of the benchmarks of a civilised society is that it treats its elderly with dignity and guarantees they will be looked after when they can no longer look after themselves. read

The Grand Tour slammed over 'how to guide' for smuggling migrants

Jeremy Clarkson introduced the stunt on the Amazon show, which was filmed in Whitby, North Yorkshire. He joked that he was about show 'a better way for immigrants of getting into Britain'. read

Post Office workers to strike for 5 days ahead of Christmas

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) who work as counter staff plan to walk out for three days on December 19, 20 and 24. Cash handlers will strike on the 22nd and 23rd. read

Don't travel by train: Warning to commuters as strikers begin 'double whammy' of walkouts 

Southern Rail repeated warnings that around 500,000 regular passengers who live south of London should not bother trying to travel as it lost a legal battle to avert the action. read

Twitter users left outraged as Christmas film Elf won't be shown on TV this December 

British viewers have been left disappointed by the news that the 2003 comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell will not be aired on UK television this Christmas. read

Walter Swinburn dead aged 55: Three-time Derby-winning jockey sadly passes away

Three-time Derby-winning jockey Walter Swinburn has died at the age of 55. Swinburn, who had been suffering from epilepsy, died peacefully at home. The former jockey also had a brief career as a trainer. read

Can you justify blowing £1k on one fashion item? Theresa May did on those leather trousers

Eight femail writer explain why they love or regret some of their biggest purchases, including author Bel Mooney who says her £1,000 Missoni coat helped her get over her divorce. read

Twitter meltdown over McDonald’s festive coffee cups looking very NSFW

Author Sam Sykes drew fingers onto a mittens design on a McCafe cup, making it look like a person clasping the cheeks of their posterior. The image swiftly went viral online. read

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Alan Cumming says we're living in the era of 'rampant lioness'

Flamboyant Scottish actor Alan Cumming, who joined Nicola Sturgeon on the Yes campaign trial, left, says we are living in her 'era' and calls her the most respected politician in Britain. read

Contraception cuts could lead to increase in unwanted pregnancies and abortions 

Local councils' - which fund contraception through their public health budget - will face a cut of £800million over six years. Experts warn it could lead to an increase of women seeking abortions. read

Paradoxal jet could travel from London to New York in two hours via SPACE

The ambitious hypersonic jet concept, which would also include brief suborbital trips to space on its flights, is the work of Juan Garcia Mansilla, an industrial designer based in Buenos Aires. read

David Walliams brings a touch of Little Britain to The Royal Variety Performance as he joins the WI and protects his modesty with nothing but iced buns

Dressed in nothing but a pair of flesh-coloured pants - with some strategically placed iced buns - the comic no doubt gave Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall quite a surprise. read

UK's warming waters could change our favourite fish dishes for good

A new study of North Sea waters finds that climate change is driving cold-water species such as cod out. These species are then bring replaced by warm-water species such as squid. read

Jimmy Fallon asks office workers to reveal biggest Christmas party fails on Twitter

If you're dreading your office Christmas party this year then you might not want to read these. From wearing the same outfit as the waiters to not even being invited, these are the best office party fails. read

Married people reveal what changes in relationships after marriage on Reddit

Married couples have taken to Reddit to reveal how much relationships actually change once they've tied the knot. But some said the only real difference is having to wear a ring. read

Sussex FA's guidance on how to get girls into football suggests pink whistles

The guidance in a document on 'increasing participation in women and girls' football' was spotted by Carol Hughes, deputy headmistress of Lumley Junior School in County Durham. read

Former billionaire property tycoon Simon Halabi 'hurled racist abuse at a bin man'

Simon Halabi, 58, allegedly shouted 'f*** off out the way you black c***' at Carl Thomas when the bin lorry stopped in the middle of the road to pick up rubbish bags in London's Mayfair. read

Brexit social media study shows what Twitter users were talking about

A groundbreaking study of nearly three million tweets by a team at the University of Sheffield shows control of borders came up far more than sovereignty or the NHS. read

Philip Hammond warns Brexit could take more than two years to deliver

Taking a swipe at Cabinet colleagues opposed to the idea, Hammond said there was an 'emerging opinion' among businesses and 'thoughtful politicians' that a transitional deal after Brexit will be needed. read

Woman took to Mumsnet about disagreement with mother-in-law over baby's hat

One mother has sparked a very heated debate - after taking to Mumsnet to complain about spotting her daughter's missing hat on her mother-in-law's other grandchild. read

Nicky Morgan who attacked Theresa May for her £995 leather trousers has £950 Mulberry bag

Sir Nicholas Soames said he was 'fond' of the former education secretary but warned she had badly mishandled the 'Trousergate' row. read

Syrian forces say they now have control of '98% of eastern Aleppo' 

The Syrian army says it has gained control of 98% of eastern Aleppo, leaving only a tiny enclave packed with rebels and civilians. Zakaria Malahifji, a rebel, said: 'The situation is extremely difficult today'. read

Syrian man films a tank firing at his building in Damascus

The video, captured in the Darayya suburb of Damascus, shows the military vehicles firing shell after shell towards the structure the man is in. read

Children write letters to Father Christmas (and some requests will break your heart) 

Parents are sharing their excited youngsters' missives to the man in red on social media - and they're not all PlayStations and Hatchimals. One wrote to ask Santa to help make sick children better. read

Jim Prior dead aged 89

Former Tory minister Lord Prior has died aged 89. He served for five years in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet where he was seen as one of the leading ‘wets’ who opposed her economic policies. read

New lung cancer test requires half a teaspoon of blood

Scientist Dr Seung-min Park has come up with a simple blood test that profiles the genes of lung-tumour cells that is fast with results in hours and 600 times cheaper. read

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Catherine Zeta-Jones daughter Carys looks the double of her mother as a teenager as she attends premiere of the new Star Wars film 

Catherine Zeta-Jones's daughter Carys looked the double of her actress mother as she turned up to a film screening this weekend in Hollywood, writes SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE. read

Father honours daughter Lauren Atkinson who died after taking ecstasy in Manchester

Lauren Atkinson, pictured, was found dead in her hotel room after taking the party drug after attending a sell-out rave with girlfriends in Manchester. read

£148m lottery winner Gillian Bayford buys HOUSE for mother of severely disabled boy

After hearing that Jenny McMillan, a mother who runs a charity shop in her home town of Carnoustie was in need of a home for her and her son Blake, Gillian Bayford stepped in to help the family. read

Battersea Ferrari crash injures seven people after car smashes into pedestrians

The red sports car is said to have sent at least one of the pedestrians 'flying over the railings' of a bridge just yards from Battersea Dogs Home in Battersea Park Road (pictured), south-west London, this morning. read

Frosties to Skittles among products where over half the packaging is air

A consumer watchdog in Germany has slammed food companies who fill their packaging with air and 'grossly mislead' customers. read

Millionaire 'killed his escort girlfriend amid fears she would blackmail him'

Peter Morgan, 54, strangled Georgina Symonds, 25, at her bungalow in Llanmartin, Newport, after discovering she planned to 'fleece him', leave him and work for other men. read

German group invites people to meet Jews so they can talk about their lives

The Munich-based European Janusz Korczak Acaedmy are hoping to pair ordinary Germans with their Jewish counterparts so they can talk about their lives and end anti-Semitism. read

Quentin Letts said parliament her eyes skittered past our hero 'Sir' Michael

Sleaford’s new Conservative MP, Caroline Johnson, ‘took her seat’. One odd thing about this ceremony is that the newly-elected MP always leaves the Chamber, says QUENTIN LETTS read

IMF chief Christine Lagarde goes on trial over ‘negligent’ £338million state payout to tycoon but insists it was ‘in the state’s interest’ 

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde went on trial today, accused of negligence for allowing the French government to give Bernard Tapie a £338million bailout. read

Boris Johnson knocks back bid from Tony Blair for MORE funding

Mr Blair is understood to have been racking up huge costs in expenses and security as he tours the world on his various projects. read

Wigan waste disposal team dump rubbish into customer's garden after she doesn't pay

The heap of old junk was piled into a unit from Ainscough Skip Hire, which is based in Wigan, Greater Manchester - and was supposed to be taken away to the tip. read

Woman left with huge bill after Plenty of Fish date eats expensive meal

Diane Guilmette, from L.A. went on a date with a man after receiving a 'very flattering' message from him. She was left with a $163 bill after her date ordered a lot of food and wine and disappeared. read

Having children doesn't make you happy according to Paris study

Looking at data from four countries: the UK, the USA, Germany and Australia, researchers found that the positive glow of parenthood only lasted 12 months. read

The Night Manager and The Crown collect haul of Golden Globe nominees

While most fans focus on the Golden Globe Awards celebrating the cream of Hollywood talent, the Brits are proving, once again, to be a formidable force. read

Spanish shop sparks outrage over Nativity scene painted onto sex toys

A sex shop in Spain has drawn a great deal of criticism after a display window featured ceramic sex toys with the Nativity scene painted on them. read

Water for Elephants author sells out of 156 Hatchimals in four days making $6k profit

Sara Gruen managed to make a profit of approximately $6,000 after she sold the lot to individual buyers, which she purchased for the price of $23,595.31 the day after Black Friday. read

Northeastern University find older people could still have 'creative breakthroughs'

The research comes from Northeastern University in Boston, and suggests that people can achieve success at any point in their careers - and achieve it repeatedly - as long as they keep trying. read

Crime scene cleaner Josh Marsden talks of what he encounters when called by authorities

Australian crime scene cleaner Josh Marsden is confronted with blood-splatted walls, dead animals and murder scenes in his day-to-day work. read

Patients left blind through brain injuries can see again after undergoing eye surgery

The procedure works by removing the vitreous gel that sits between the eye's lens and retina, and replacing it with saline solution, researchers from the University of Washington, found. read

Choirmaster Gareth Malone says he wears earplugs because Britain's so noisy, QUENTIN LETTS

Mr Malone has disclosed that he now wears earplugs when he steps outside his house. He does so because Britain has become so infernally noisy. read

Is telling your children about Father Christmas WRONG?

One concerned future parent has taken to parenting forum Mumsnet to say that she doesn't want to lie to her children about Santa. She has since received a barrage of abuse for her question. read

Taking statins for 6 months reduces risk of Alzheimer's by up to 15%

Taking the daily tablets for at least two years reduced the risk of Alzheimer's by 15 per cent for women, researchers from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, found. read

Forest Hill Station knifeman shouting ‘kill all Muslims’ stabs a man

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: A man was injured during the attack at Forest Hill station in south-east London this afternoon and is currently being treated in hospital. read

Nottingham brothers filmed threatening tram passengers and lighting a 'spliff'

Lloyd and Jason Russell hurled water over a woman who told them to watch their language before telling another passenger to 'shut your f***ing mouth', Nottingham Magistrates Court heard. read

Oxfordshire boy run over and killed in Thame Leisure Centre car park

Barnaby Cork, four, died on the way to hospital after suffering severe head injuries caused by the collision at Thame Leisure Centre in Oxfordshire. His parents described the boy as their ‘world’. read

Karen Kujawa foresaw daughter Elizabeth Buckley’s death in road smash in premonitions

Karen Kujawa, from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, lost her daughter Elizabeth Buckley when a 'petrol head' on a first date tried to impress the teenager and lost control of his Toyota at speeds of 60mph. read

Colombia plane crash: Brazil's Chapecoense football club fined for missing match

Nineteen players from Chapecoense were among the 71 killed when their plane crashed down on its way from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Medellin, Colombia last month. read

Breaking Bad killer Stefano Brizzi jailed for life for acid bath murder of policeman

Stefano Brizzi invited PC Gordon Semple to his south London flat in April after the pair met on the gay dating app. He then strangled the 59-year-old and attempted to dispose of the body. read

Sky executives to share £40m payout if Murdoch's Fox deal goes ahead 

Politicians lined up to urge ministers to step in to prevent the mogul consolidating his grip on the media during an urgent question debate in parliament today. read

Woman claims her 'cockney' washing machine shouts 'come on then' when washing her clothes like the EastEnders hardman

Lesley Hazeldine, 48, from Knaphill, Surrey, says she nicknamed the Hotpoint washer/dryer Danny Dryer after realising that the spin cycle made a noise that sounded just like someone spoiling for a fight. read

Muslim State Secretary for Berlin voices her backing for Sharia law in Europe

A politician has controversially voiced her backing for Sharia Law being introduced in Europe, calling it 'absolutely compatible' with current legislation. read

Dubai fire sees huge blaze engulf luxury residential block on artificial Palm island

Pictures from the scene have shown flames engulfing part of the Oceania residences high-rise block on the Palm, Dubai, which appears to have started in one of the penthouses. read

Former JLS star Oritse Williams faces allegations he raped a female fan in a hotel room

The singer (pictured) - arrested by police following the concert in Wolverhampton - denied the allegations and said is worried about the impact it could have on charities he has worked with. read

Bacteria hidden in cave for FOUR MILLION years are resistant to antibiotics

The bacteria, found in New Mexico, developed the resistance through chemical warfare with other bacteria. Ohio University says the superbug may lead to new methods for fighting resistance. read

South African family dog savages a young boy he was playing with

The angry hound left three-year-old Marco Slabbert with hand and leg injuries after it attacked the youngster while he was playing in his family’s garden in Hennenman, South Africa. read

Cruikshank Oliver Twist etchings from the 1880s have been discovered

Rare etchings, which picture The Artful Dodger, top left, Bill Skypes, top right, Oliver lower left and Fagin lower right are being sold by auctioneers Sotheby's with a pre-sale estimate of £3,000. read

England, Scotland and Wales will FINALLY get their own emoji flags next year

The call will still be up to providers, meaning Apple and Google, as to which country flags are offered, but they could make an appearance worldwide in the first half of next year. read

Spanish footballer brutally attacks a referee

The official, Fahd Abbou El Mourabit took refuge inside his dressing room after the incident in Zaragoza, Spain, until police arrived to identify his attacker and take him to hospital. read

Schengen zone nations MUST border check as terrorists are pretending to be refugees

Minutes from an internal meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels suggest introducing a 'filter function of the external borders', according to reports in Germany. read

NHS 'sending English eating disorder patients to Scotland due to bed shortages'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS bed shortage was 'unacceptable' and work was under way to eradicate 'inappropriate placements' over the next five years. read

The passenger shaming images that'll leave you reaching for the sick bag

Holidaymakers have shared stomach-churning photos of some of the most shameless fliers in the sky with US-based Instagram account Passenger Shaming. read

First exoplanet weather forecast reveals the stunning conditions 1,000 light years away

Researchers from Warwick University claim that powerful winds of rubies and sapphires are striking HAT-P-7b - a planet sixteen times larger than Earth. read

Surge in methane could derail our climate change goals and needs 'urgent attention'

Research from the University of Versailles Saint Quentin shows that the unexpected - and largely unexplained - increase on methane was especially sharp in 2014 and 2015. read

Transgender woman reveals she was a virgin until 25 after fearing being attacked

Allysa Call, 35, from Exeter, Devon, has revealed how being transgender has seen her struggle to find love after suffering transphobic abuse. read

Tadcaster teen remains missing since leaving for school yesterday

Lilibeth Ambler-Lomax was last seen by her father at Huddersfield railway station in West Yorkshire yesterday. The girl was due to get a train to York after visiting her father, but failed to return home. read

Mother slams Argos after Christmas tree she bought fails to live up to picture on box

Zoe McAllister, 22, from Oxfordshire, posted photographs on Facebook showing her limp tree and it has been shared thousands of times. read

Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos to lead venture to tackle climate change

Breakthrough Energy Ventures to invest in green energy over 20 years across the world. The fund will invest in transportation and storage of energy, as well as production. read

Rice University astronomers spot a star's dust cloud give birth to a pair of gas giants 

Astronomers have spotted gases in three dark rings around a distant star for the first time (pictured). The rings mark spaces where planets are thought to have formed. read

Experts warn the Ice Age doesn't happen for a 'very, very long time'

An expert at the University College London says Earth is due for another ice age, but with increased greenhouse gases caused by humans, our planet may not experience one for a very long time. read

Cologne to deploy extra police for New Year's Eve over repeat migrant sex attacks

Cologne will have 1,500 police officers on the ground at the city's New Year's Eve celebration this year. In 2015, there were 600 reports of women sexually assaulted by migrant men at the event. read

Moroccan asylum seeker 'followed woman into nightclub toilets and raped her in Germany 

A Moroccan asylum seeker allegedly followed a woman into the toilet of a nightclub in Germany and raped her when she rejected his advances. The incident happened in the Bar 99 Cent, in Hamburg. read

Meet Kan, the MILLION pound dinosaur: Nearly complete 7-metre-long allosauraus skeleton sells at auction

The skeleton of an allosauraus called Kan, that dates back to around 153 million-years-ago, fetched £1 million (€1.1 million or $1.2 million) at the Aguttes auction house in Lyon. read

Repair work underway after burst main left north London suburb submerged

Just hours earlier a burst main had left this London suburb submerged under 3ft of water, But the clean-up in Stoke Newington was in full swing today as people returned to their homes and businesses. read

Sherlock producers place Daily Telegraph advert revealing John Watson's daughter's name

Sherlock fans were sent into a frenzy today when the name of John and Mary Watson's newborn daughter was revealed in the births, marriages and deaths register of the Daily Telegraph. read

Woman launches racist tirade at ‘Muslim taxi driver’ after he claims she refused to pay

The woman orders the man to 'get a proper job' and threatens to 'kill' him after the pair argue over her fare on a housing estate in southern England. read

Jane Austen engraved £5 note spent in Wales

It was revealed today that one of the notes was spent in the Square Cafe in Blackwood, south Wales at the end of last week. read

Chinese residents who survived Nanjing Massacre pictured in powerful photo

These new photos show the faces of survivors of the Nanjing Massacre 79 years after the bloodbath in 1937. Survivors told how they lived through the horrors and how it changed their lives. read

India vs England cricket Test match sees Madeleine McCann and Adam Johnson jokes on screen

England cricket fans have sparked controversy by hijacking a stadium scoreboard in India to post tasteless messages about Adam Johnson, Madeleine McCann and Josef Fritzl. read

Could Boxing Day sales be banned? MPs to discuss petition today

Boxing Day opening hours are to be discussed by MPs this evening after an online petition calling for shops to be shut the day after Christmas hit 229,675 signatures. read

Anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders' party has more support than any other in Holland

The party of populist anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders is now the most popular party in Holland after he was found guilty of discrimination against Moroccans last week. read

Drunk passenger Toseef Qureshi who forced a Jet2 plane to divert is jailed

Toseef Qureshi demanded drink and abused cabin crew and fellow passengers on the flight from Leeds Bradford to Antalya in August. read

David Bach reveals how to work out how much money to save for retirement

If you're hoping to retire comfortably some day, there's one move you can make now that will virtually guarantee it: Save an hour a day of your income, according to financial expert David Bach. read

Wrap your Christmas presents like an expert

Ever get fed up tearing off bits of tape with your teeth? Try using sticky discs instead. They speed up the process and the result is much neater. read

Venezuela demonetizes largest bank note causing citizens to queue at cash machines

President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday that Venezuela's largest bank note would be defunct. Citizens rushed to cash machines and only have ten days to exchange their £100-bolivar bills. read

Jihadi sympathiser who funded Man In The Hat 'was tapped up by MI5'

Belgian Zakaria Boufassil handed £3,000 in housing benefits to Mohamed Abrini in a park in Small Heath, Birmingham in July 2015. read

Theresa May attacks Labour over anti-Semites in the ranks

Theresa May hit out at the Labour Party today as Great Britain becomes one of the first countries to adopt a new international definition of anti-Semitism to make it easier to tackle hatred. read

Grade II listed farmhouse owned by TV mogul David Frank suffers huge fire

A grade II listed farmhouse in Braishfield, Hants, owned by TV mogul David Frank, caught fire after it spread from a nearby property. Fire-fighters are in an ongoing process of controlling the blaze. read

The dramatic moment three pedestrians in Turkey are almost killed by a bus

The bus went into a slide after swerving out of the way of an oncoming car in the Ortahisar district of north-eastern Turkey's Trabzon Province. read

Girl gets STUCK in deep mud after council ordered her to take 3 mile route to school

Mother Julie Hewitt, 39, claims she is entitled to a subsidy for her petrol money to drive daughter Connie to school because they live more than three miles away in Bodmin, Cornwall. read

Many believe wartime traitor Lord Haw-Haw was a harmless buffoon who was wrongly executed

The farcical manner of his capture confirmed what many people came to think about Joyce — that he was a buffoon who made not a dent in Britain's defiance of Hitler. read

Imperial College London study shows men should listen to Mozart to win board games

According to the researchers from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music, listening to classical music could help men concentrate on tasks. read

Killer electrons from Proxima b's star could cause mass extinctions

Astrobiologists at the Blue Marble Institute of Space Science in Seattle believe that despite Proxima b being in the right place for life, the planet's magnetic shield could scupper any chance of finding it. read

Warwick University researchers find HALF of us remember events that never happened

A team of psychologists, including researchers from the University of Warwick, say their findings reinforce the importance of teaching people just how changeable their memory really is (stock image) read

Syphilis could become impossible to treat after STI has become resistant to antibiotics

Researchers from the University of Zurch, Switzerland, have found 90 per cent of a new strain of syphilis samples they analysed were resistant to antibiotics. read

Can YOU tell the Lidl Christmas dinner from the M&S festive feast?

Budget brands such as Lidl are using advertising tactics of their luxury rivals, such as M&S, says expert Gyles Lingwood. See if you can tell them apart with our tricky picture quiz. read

Buckingham Palace 'pervert' denies rubbing himself against a sightseer

Rachid Nejjar, 71, of Casablanca, Morocco, allegedly crept up behind four young women watching the ceremony at The Royal Mews outside Buckingham Palace in London. read

When nausea from pregnancy is life-threatening: Expert in maternal illness that Duchess of Cambridge suffered explains risks and symptoms 

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which causes severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, affects as many as 3 percent of pregnancies, leading to over 167,000 ER visits each year in the U.S. read

Christians under siege: Funeral for 24 worshippers slaughtered by Islamist suicide bomber as they prayed at Coptic chapel in Cairo 

Egypt's Coptic Christian community held a funeral service today for 24 Christians killed as they worshipped by a bomb at a chapel next to the faith's main cathedral in Cairo. read

Firefighter who rescued a 51-year-old from burning building saves his dog

Heroic fireman Costache Mugurel had just rescued the dog's 51-year-old owner from a burning building on December 9 in Pitesti near Bucharest, Romania, when he gave it life-saving treatment. read

Argos delivery van captured heading the wrong way down Oxfordshire dual carriageway

Stunned driver Andy Long was travelling along the A40 in Oxfordshire when he noticed the company's driver heading in the wrong direction. read

Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle pens essay on racism she's endured from trolls 

Meghan Markle has penned an essay for Elle UK discussing the racist abuse she has suffered from trolls on social media. She says she has chosen to find her 'own identity' to defy trolls. read

YouTube's Zoella has been accused of LYING about mental health to boost figures 

YouTube star Zoella, 26, from Brighton, has revealed that she has been accused of faking her anxiety in order to 'boost subscribers'. She says that she has also been called 'too skinny' by some viewers. read

Perth mum's Facebook post about giving away her 'hormonal teen' goes viral

Sandra, a mother from Perth wrote a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post advertising that she was giving her 'hormonal teenage' daughter away to a free home has gone viral. read

Chinese man shows off his frozen fringe as he embraces gruelling winter

The man, from north-east China, presented his unique hairstyle in snow at a clip posted by People's Daily. Thousands of Chinese online users made fun of his hilarious fringe style. read

Expert reveals the tell-tale signs you rushed into it and your marriage could be doomed

From not being proposed to with a ring to lack of holidays together, India Kang shares the questions you should be asking yourself to figure out whether your engagement was premature. read

Moors murderer Ian Brady reveals he has a terminal lung condition in letter  

Britain's longest serving prisoner, 78, has explained how he has been bedridden for two years with the terminal illness. read

US man Silas Duane Boston charged with 1978 killing of British couple at sea

California man Silas Duane Boston, 75, has been charged with the 1978 murders of British couple Christopher Farmer and Peta Frampton when they were sailing on his boat in the Caribbean Sea. read

Driver is run over by his OWN car after brakes failed as he parked it on slipway

A driver broke both his legs when he was run over by his own car during a trip to the beach. The car went so far under the sea at Penmaenmawr, near Conwy, North Wales, only the roof was showing. read

Reindeer are SHRINKING in the Arctic as climate changes curb food

The average weight of adult reindeer on Svalbard, a chain of islands north of Norway, has fallen to 48 kg (106 lb) from 55 kg (121 lb) in the 1990s as temperatures rise. read

Armed robbers on the run after stealing £2m of gold in French motorway heist in Lyon

A manhunt is underway after the gang of four thieves targeted the van on a major road near the town of Dardilly, near Lyon in France. read

Police Scotland search for 'vulnerable' Margaret Fleming missing from Inverclyde home

'Vulnerable' Margaret Fleming, 36, who has learning difficulties, was reported missing by her two carers from her home in Inverkip in Inverclyde on October 28. read

Planet Earth II viewers left distraught by plight of hatchlings facing death

The final episode of Sir David Attenborough’s hit nature programme last night showed the babies in Barbados wrongly heading across a beach towards a town rather than the sea. read

Reddit users share examples of social faux pas encountered outside West

In Iran giving someone the thumbs up is the equivalent of the middle finger in the UK. Redditors reveal the things they say and do that are acceptable in the West but frowned upon elsewhere. read

Snake 'plays dead' by remaining completely still after realising it can't get away

When approached in Texas, US, the snake began to squirm vigorously to get away but, realising it can't, it stopped dead, mouth gaping and contorts its neck to appear as if it is broken. read

Festive brainteaser features a dolly hidden among the children's Christmas toys

The latest brainteaser wants you to try and spot the children's toy hidden among the teddies, dinosaurs, trains, cars and spaceships. read

OAP couple caused traffic chaos after they drove the WRONG WAY around a roundabout  

In the shocking dashcam footage, a white Volkswagen Up can be seen travelling towards oncoming traffic just off junction nine of the M53 motorway near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. read

German doctor’s vacant home and surgery is filled with creepy surgical implements

A German doctor's vacant home and surgery was left behind, filled with spooky belongings and surgical equipment. Urologist Doctor Klaus Kraft died in 1988 and his home was left to rot. read

Friend of Litvinenko Vladimir Bukovsky accused of downloading indecent images of children

Vladimir Bukovsky, 74, pictured, would 'constantly' download indecent material of children, with a particular emphasis on young boys, over a 15 year period, Cambridge Crown Court heard. read

Have YOU been on one of Britain's ‘ghost trains’? The mysterious rail services that aren’t advertised… so if you find one you’ll have it to yourself

'Ghost trains' are scheduled passenger trains that are nearly empty, and run very infrequently and inconsistently, at strange hours. They operate to keep lines open. read

Footage shows vehicles swerving on motorway to avoid 'crazy' van driver on M11

The shocking dashcam footage, which was taken on the M11 near London, shows vehicles swerving to desperately avoid the van, which was straddled across two lanes. read

Hunter stops bear in its tracks as it storms towards him in video   

The brown bear tears across trees and undergrowth in the Russian wilderness as it charges at the group of hunters, before it is brutally cut down by their rifles. read

Stuart Barry conned neighbours by pretending son needed money for a rugby tour

Stuart Barry, 45, of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, told an elderly couple his son had been selected to pay for the Welsh national youth team but needed to raise funds to take part in a tour. read

Men attack Bradford takeaway outlet using a HAMMER in broad daylight

Footage taken from inside the takeaway appears to show a man throwing an object at a vehicle on Killinghall Road in Bradford, West Yorkshire, before a gang chased someone into a takeaway. read

Video shows daredevil dodging speeding train by WALKING across track

A man dices with death as he plays chicken with an oncoming train along a line in Poland. Incredibly, instead of leaping across the track he simply hops over the rail and misses the carriage by seconds. read

Optical sensors allow a machine hand to sense subtle shapes and textures

Engineers at Cornell University in New York have looked to a different approach for robotic sensation, incorporating stretchable sensors which use light to carry signals. read

Keith Lewin is suing GlaxoSmithKline for damages after 'being poisoned by doctors'

Keith Lewin, 59, pictured, from Lancashire, suffered with back pain since his childhood, but his issues spiralled out of control in middle age and led to a devastating diagnosis in 2012. read

Driver crashes car through ice after trying to drift around frozen lake

The man sunk his Toyota Land Cruiser in a lake near Moscow, in Russia. He narrowly escaped plunging into the icy water himself, leaping out of his car at the last minute. read

Adorable moment a pair of guinea pigs fight over a carrot  

When it comes to sibling rivalry, there is often nothing more dramatic than a fight over fight - and it seems that even extends to guinea pigs, too! read

Robo-butlers, self-assembling made-to-order rooms and spa treatments based on DNA analysis: Inside the hotels of 2060

The revelations come courtesy of Dr James Canton of the Institute for Global Futures in San Francisco, who produced an eye-opening report on the hotels of the future. read

Barrister Jonathan Simpson who stalked former mistress is banned for a year

Jonathan Simpson, 48, and his property lawyer wife Katherine, 49, sent letters to the single mother’s family claiming she had tried to get pregnant by him. read

MAC on...  Foreign aid budgets

'A horrid letter about council tax going up by a lovely foreign aid thank you card from an elderly African dictator for repairs to his palace.' read

Russian dog takes its owner for a walk by dragging her over an icy road

The video, taken in Russia, shows cars travelling down an icy road when suddenly a dog runs across the road, pulling its owner behind it on a lead. read

David Blount Jr has to keep arm above head for 16 HOURS a day after shooting himself 

David Blount Jr, 28, blasted himself with a hunting rifle just before a deer shoot in Montgomery, Texas, on November 19 this year. The plumber and father-of-one may never regain feeling in his arm. read

'Britain's best decorated Christmas house' owners spent four months decorating

Sheila Gill, 76, and John Reynolds, 72, from Newport in south Wales have spent thousands of pounds perfecting their festive display to raise money for charity. read

Blackburn thug forces 2 kittens to fight in cruel video

The man forces the cats to claw at their opponent's face while he holds them up by their fur during the disturbing video, believed to have been filmed in Blackburn, Lancashire. read