Tania Alston was returning from holiday in Alicante with her daughter Malaika Alston-Ekpei, 12, when they were both told their suitcases were too big. The mother and daughter had flown out with airline Vueling with no issues on the size, and were flying back with Ryanair, which has the same size regulations. Ms Alston was initially waved through but another staff member stepped in and told her both cases were too large, and would have to go into the hold at a charge of £100. Unable to pay the extra before her pay day, the pair had to sleep on the floor of the airport to wait for a Jet2 flight the next day. Left, Malaika sleeping on the floor in Alicante airport, centre, with the cases they have used for four years, deemed half an inch too big, and right, on their holiday.
Parking firm which took on top lawyer over £85 fine for taking a nap in a service station car park is ordered to pay £1,550 after judge dismisses case
ParkingEye sued Nicholas Bowen QC (top) after he refused to pay a parking ticket for exceeding the free two-hour limit while he took a nap at Membury Services (bottom) on the M4. But the controversial firm - which claims it wins 90 per cent of its county court hearings - may now regret taking Mr Bowen on after it was ordered to pay £1,550 in costs when the judge dismissed the case.
The chilling nod that betrayed a killer: How parents who murdered their daughter for 'refusing to embrace Pakistani culture' were caught out by body language experts
A body language expert has analysed footage of Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed lying to the public about 17-year-old Shafilea's 2003 disappearance from Warrington, Cheshire, for a documentary that revisits the tragic case. It shows footage of an interview given by the parents, during which Iftikhar is asked if he had any involvement with his daughter's disappearance, to which he replies: 'Never. I couldn't even dream of it.' However, according to expert Cliff Lansley - who shares his findings on Investigation Discovery's Faking It: Tears Of A Crime - he gives a self-incriminating nod as he responds.
PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Look out, Sir Philip! £3.8bn Topshop heiress Chloe Green flaunts blinging 'engagement' ring during Malibu day out with 'Hot Felon' Jeremy Meeks
Topshop heiress Chloe Green, whose father Sir Philip is worth an estimated £3.8billion, displayed a diamond on her ring finger while getting close to her unlikely boyfriend Jeremy Meeks in a series of social media posts. The 26-year-old shoe designer sparked engagement speculation as she displayed dripping jewels, which she alternated between her two ring fingers, in shots posted on Instagram pages during a trip to Miami Beach on Tuesday, where they were spied looking extremely cosy.
'Witty, charming, salacious, hilarious': Friends pay tribute to millionaire socialite Sir David Tang - who mingled with A-listers and royalty - as he dies aged 63 days before the farewell party he wanted to throw
Hong Kong businessman and socialite David Tang, known as the founder of international fashion brand Shanghai Tang, died at the age of 63 just weeks after inviting friends to a farewell party. He is pictured in hospital, left, with Czech model Eva Herzigova; alongside Kate Moss at the Dorchester Hotel in 2008, top right; and with Princess Diana, bottom right.
Snapcats! Pet owners share hilarious photos of their very cheeky felines getting up to no good around the house
In a new online gallery pet owners are sharing photos of their cheeky felines getting up to no good in hilarious Snapchats. While dog owners will be aware that you shouldn't leave a pooch alone it seems that leaving a cat unattended for too long can spell disaster. Elsewhere moggies prove that they can have quite the temper with one disgruntled cat giving his owner the evils for spilling his bowl of milk.
Woman's dream of owning an Italian holiday home turns into a nine-year, £35,000 legal nightmare involving the MAFIA and an IRA terrorist
When Alice O'Connor (left) put down £35,000 as a 50 per cent deposit on a new-build holiday home in Calabria, southern Italy , she was certain she was on to a terrific deal. Then aged 51, Alice had been blown away by the views on a visit to the site of the unbuilt Jewel Of The Sea development (artist's impression, centre). Back home in West Kirby, Merseyside, she had carefully checked the paperwork. Everything looked above board nine years ago. But what followed is a cautionary tale to anyone purchasing homes abroad. To the dismay of Alice and hundreds of other buyers, the Jewel Of The Sea site has never been completed (right). Instead of sun-soaked holidays, they've been left out of pocket and caught in a legal nightmare involving the mafia and a convicted IRA terrorist.
Businesswoman Susan Underwood (centre and right), 38, was so enraged at finding the drug in her garden shed in Warrington, Cheshire, she grounded eldest child Brandon (left), 21, before having a violent confrontation with those who gave him the substance. Last April when Mr Underwood asked if he could go out again only to stay out 45 minutes later than usual, his mother dragged a knife down her own arm before resting it on his shoulder when he came home, asking 'are you ready?' Less than ten hours later Mr Underwood found her dead on the living room floor with notes of intent scattered around after taking a fatal overdose of prescription. An inquest heard divorcee Mrs Underwood, who ran a tattoo parlour in the Padgate area of Warrington, was said to dote on her two children but she split up with her partner over rows about her mollycoddling Mr Underwood.
'No Mary Berry AND adverts?' Viewers vent frustration at Bake Off's new ad breaks as they lament the loss of Mary Berry and mock Paul Hollywood in hilarious memes
GBBO's eagerly anticipated first episode well down well with the majority of viewers, despite its new presenters getting a mixed reception. But while they differed on pros and cons of Noel Fielding and lamented the loss of Mary Berry, there was one issue than united the majority. Audiences flooded Twitter with complaints about adverts, with many frustrated by how many were 'forced' in.
Now that's a showstopper! The Great British Bake Off is back on Channel 4 with all its crazy creations which ARE really cakes
They are creations that would not look out of place in the final of The Great British Bake Off. Yet these extraordinarily convincing 'illusion cakes', made to look like a BLT sandwich (top right, by Steven), a watermelon (top left, by Flo), a stack of pancakes (top centre, by Liam) and a bowl of noodles, were crafted during last night's first episode of the new series. The fiendish task was billed as the 'hardest first showstopper' ever to be set on the hit baking show - which has moved to Channel 4 - and was always going to sort the wheat from the chaff. And the triumphs of deception and baking competence were certainly matched by disasters, in the form of a black clutch bag (bottom left, by Stacey) and a loaf of bread with a snapped knife (bottom right, by Peter). Indeed, while marketing executive Steven was crowned the first star baker for his bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, the challenge proved the undoing of IT manager Peter.
More than 70,000 people brave fierce dust storm as third day of the Burning Man Festival kicks off in Nevada
Amid the madness of this year's psychedelic symposium at Black Rock Desert, Burning Man participants on Tuesday found themselves absorbing the brunt of a punishing dust storm. Pictures of the festival show the 'community' inundated with thick choking clouds of sand, with some well prepared participants using gas-masks to fight through the earthly gust while others seem to embrace the natural phenomenon.
'The next one is heading for Guam': Giggling tyrant Kim Jong-un warns he will target US Pacific base and fire more rockets over 'cruel' neighbour Japan after overseeing 'curtain raiser' ballistic missile launch
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was pictured laughing with top officials (main) as he watched the launch (inset) of his Hwasong-12 on Tuesday and later warned the trial was a mere 'curtain raiser'. State media boasted that the test was timed to mark the 107th anniversary of the 'disgraceful' Japan-Korea treaty of 1910, under which Tokyo colonised the Korean peninsula. It was part of 'a bold plan to make the cruel Japanese islanders insensible on bloody August 29', the KCNA agency said. US President Donald Trump has said that 'all options' were on the table, reviving his implied threat of pre-emptive US military action just days after congratulating himself that Kim appeared to be 'starting to respect us'. The UN Security Council - which has already imposed seven sets of sanctions on Pyongyang - said in a unanimous statement the North's actions 'are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states'.
What should the West do about North Korea? Trump says 'all options are on the table', so which would neutralise Kim without risking a world war
Just when simmering tensions over North Korea's nuclear missile programme seemed to be easing, its unpredictable dictator yesterday upped the ante in brazen style - sending a missile capable of bearing a nuclear warhead over Japan. It was an act of outrageous provocation. As we have seen, South Korea responded with a display of firepower near its border with the North, while President Trump announced he'd received Kim Jong-un's message 'loud and clear' and repeated that 'all options are on the table'. His words didn't have the impact of that 'fire and fury' speech aimed at Pyongyang earlier this month, but the threat is implied. Which begs the question: just how long can the White House go on sabre-rattling?
'No raucous behaviour and drunkenness!' Pilot leaves the cockpit to give dressing-down to rowdy passengers on Ibiza flight and is given a round of applause
Holidaymakers were left stunned when a furious pilot stormed out of the cockpit to reprimand rowdy passengers. The pilot (left) left his seat to give intoxicated revellers a dressing-down on the flight from Edinburgh to Ibiza last week. He warned aggressive behaviour would not be tolerated, adding: 'A lot of you think this is a party bus, but it is not' - leading to a round of applause and cheers.
What not to watch before skydiving: Parachutist terrifies the internet with a video of a plane nearly HITTING him 5,000 feet in the air but can YOU spot why it's a fake?
A video purporting to show a parachutist narrowly avoiding being struck by a private jet has been causing a stir online - but not for the reasons you might expect. The headcam video, apparently showing the near-miss 5,000 feet in the air - was posted to YouTube, and then shared on Reddit. But the skeptics on the site's videos forum weren't willing to take the video at face value - and uncovered telling evidence that the whole thing was a brilliant fake.
Two doctors are suspended after they're filmed hurling abuse at each other during a C-section delivery of a baby which died
Two doctors have been caught on video hurling abuse at each other inside an operating theatre as they conducted an emergency C-section which resulted in a baby's death. A one-minute 22-second video has caught Dr Ashok Nainiwal, an obstetrician, and Dr Murari Lal Tak, an anaesthetist, volleying abuse at each other while operating on an unconscious woman in India today. Around a dozen medical staff are forced to stand around while the two men argued in the Umaid Hospital in Jodhpur.
Heaviest rain in US history: Catastrophic scenes in Houston as 200,000 people are forced from their homes by flooding and 10,000 survivors fill convention centre after Harvey breaks American rainfall record
Hurricane Harvey has dumped the most rain on the continental US in history as catastrophic scenes unfold in Houston with shelters overwhelmed with survivors, a curfew in place to prevent looting, dams overflowing and a chemical plant at risk of exploding. There are currently 20,000 Hurricane Harvey evacuees in shelters, according to Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, and in Houston's main shelter, the George R Brown Convention Center, there are 9,000 people, which is almost double the capacity of the center. However, people continued to flock to the overcrowded shelter as floodwaters kept rising. Rainfalls reached 51.88inches in Cedar Bayou, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon, which is the record in Texas and the continental US. There are initial reports that at least 18 people have died from the storm and its aftermath, however, the complete death toll can't be fully counted until after the floodwaters recede. And while military help has been limited by weather and flooding, Air Force Major General James Witham said up to 30,000 National Guard troops are prepared and could be called on to help in Texas.
Proud parents share their offspring's innovative (and money saving) inventions including a home theatre and DIY speakers
In a series of images compiled by BoredPanda proud parents have shared their resourceful offspring's most ingenious inventions. Pictured clockwise from top left: A young girl does away with a selfie stick using a straw instead, one genius finds that a clothes peg prevents spoons slipping into a bowl, a boy uses a cap to create a viewing system for his phone, two cups make a cheap alternative to speakers, a sibling uses their bunk beds to their own advantage, and a young lad fashions his own hammock.
Inside the 'House of Horrors': Eerie pictures show the filthy Florida home owned by man accused of killing woman after dismembered remains were found in his front yard
These pictures taken by police give a look into the home of accused killer Russell Tillis before it was demolished. Tillis, 54, from Jacksonville in Florida, is still in prison awaiting trial for the murder of Jodi Lynn Gunter. Her dismembered remains were found in his front yard by police in 2016. Pictures from the State Attorneys Office give an insight into Tillis' home, which neighbors dubbed the 'House of Horrors' as they heard screams some nights.
Too fussy or just unlucky? Woman who rates every man she meets on a SPREADSHEET says she's been on 77 first dates in two years... and won't stop until she finds Mr Right
A 'posh boy' wearing a pink shirt and with a passion for rugby is how Anna Heaton, 29, would define her dream man...but so far he's proving very elusive. The pretty brunette, from Battersea, London, says she's rated all of the 77 men she's dated over the last two years on a spreadsheet...but is keen to find Mr Right before she hits 30. (Pictured from left: Anna Heaton, with her Take Me Out date Neale, and appearing on Take Me Out)
Hungry hippos to the rescue! Incredible moment two animals wade in to stop a wildebeest from being eaten by a crocodile
This is the moment a pair of hungry hippos stopped a wildebeest from being eaten by a crocodile - and then tried to get a bite for themselves. The amazing video was captured in South Africa's Kruger Park by Mervyn Van Wyk, 72, who was visiting the park with his wife Tokkie. The adventurous pair noticed the wildebeest happily grazing on the opposite side of the river along with zebras and impalas. Mervyn's wife was happily snapping away when she noticed that one of the unlucky animals had been grabbed by a crocodile. It struggled for its life for eight minutes with the wildebeest trying and failing to drag itself out of the water. The exhausted animal was close to succumbing to the water when suddenly two hippos appeared before approaching the scene cautiously. They suddenly sprang on the crocodile forcing it to release its grip on the wildebeest - and crucially giving the creature a chance to escape.
'I've wasted my life eating junk': Twenty stone woman loses half her body weight to make her dying husband happy - and says he can't get enough of her new body
NEW When obese Taylor Murphy, 24, from Seattle, received the heartbreaking diagnosis that her husband Ricky Carrington, 29, had only 15 months to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, she vowed to get fit enough to care for him. After undergoing bypass surgery, she's now lost a staggering 140lb in weight. (Pictured:Taylor Murphy before she lost weight, in a recent photo after shedding 140lb. Inset: with her husband Ricky Carrington)
Sickening moment man stabs and slits a kangaroo's throat 18 TIMES in Australia - as his laughing friend films the attack
DISTRESSING CONTENT WARNING: A wounded kangaroo was slashed across the neck with a knife 18 times by a Chinese man as it cried in pain and tried to escape before bleeding to death on a hillside in the Australian bush. The man, brandishing a hunting knife, avoided several attempts by the kangaroo to strike out at him before callously stabbing and slashing at the kangaroo's neck until it finally went limp and stopped moving and snarling at him.
Bone-snapping CRACK as drunken David and Goliath arm-wrestling bout ends... in no way like the biblical tale
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. The instantly regretful incident happened at a friend's home in southern China, where the group appeared to have had one too many drinks. In the clip, the much smaller man can be seen challenging his bigger and stronger friend to an arm wrestling match. The pair position themselves on a low plastic stool and lock their left arms in place for the start of the match. The pair begin to arm-wrestle and are evenly matched for a few seconds - but then the poor man's arm gives way in a loud crack.
US mother, 41, kills her six-year-old twin daughters by shooting them in the head before killing herself in their Illinois home
Celia Henning, 41, and her six-year-old twin daughters, Makalya and Addison (together bottom right), were found dead on Monday inside of their home (main) in the 400 block of North Reed in Joliet, which is about an hour away from Chicago. The girls' father and Celia's husband found them when he came home from work inside of a bathroom and called 911.
The Notorious McGregor Girls! Conor's VERY glamorous sisters flaunt their Rolex watches, pool parties and private jet trips as they fly round the world supporting their brother
Conor McGregor's two glamorous sisters Erin, 35, and Aoife, 30, have been celebrating their brother's brave performance in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas as they joined a pool party wearing slashed Team McGregor swimsuits, left. Erin and Aoife have become social media stars in their own right as they flaunt their lives and are pictured with their MMA fighter brother, right.
Drab former water bailiff's home undergoes stunning transformation into luxury waterside hideaway now rented for almost £4,000-a-week
The three-storey, three-bedroom copper-clad pad (top left) near Penzance in Cornwall overlooks a reservoir in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Built in the 1960s alongside the Drift Dam, South West Water used it as living quarters for the manager of the dam and reservoir. But when the dam was automated the house was sold off as a private dwelling and had fallen into disrepair (centre) - before a pair of architects intervened. It now boasts three luxury bedrooms (bottom right) each with a sun deck (bottom left) and the inside of the eco-friendly home has been lined with plywood and there is also a concrete tile floor (top right).
Helipads, Jacuzzis and an average price tag of £25million: The most stunning mega-boats set to wow the crowds at the Monaco Yacht Show revealed
For those with a nautical streak - and a deep pockets - it's the highlight of their annual calendar. And, once again, the Monaco Yacht Show looks set to dazzle sailing fans when 125 vessels gather over four days at the historic Port Hercule between September 27 and 30. The 27th edition of the glamorous event brings together manufacturers, owners, buyers and enthusiasts in what's considered the most prestigious pleasure boat show in the world. So it's perhaps unsurprising that more than 33,000 people are expected to attend for a glimpse of utter luxury on France's Mediterranean coastline. They'll be gazing upon vessels that have an average price tag of £25million, which is definitely not a drop in the ocean. Here MailOnline Travel reveals some of the most amazing exhibits that are destined to make waves with visitors.
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Just married! Ronda Rousey beams with joy after tying the knot with Travis Browne in his native Hawaii - as he gushes that his blushing bride is 'perfect in every way'
Ronda, 30, married her fellow UFC fighter and partner of almost two years Travis Browne on Saturday during an outdoor ceremony (left) in Hawaii, on what appeared to be a joy-filled day. Travis, 35, took to Instagram on Tuesday to gush about his bride following the happy occasion. The former UFC bantamweight champion picked a white, plunging number with embellishments and lace details (right). Ronda (also pictured inset) also wore a long veil, which grazed the bottom of her mermaid-shaped, floor-length gown. Travis, meanwhile, opted for a simple shirt with light-colored pants and a matching vest on the big day along with a lei made out of leaves around his neck, as is fit for a Hawaiian wedding.
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Russian teenager whose weight plummeted to just five stone beats crippling anorexia to become a fitness instructor
Vera Schulz, 18, from Stavropol in south-west Russia, found herself constantly fainting due to a lack of energy and was struggling with her schoolwork after dropping to a critical weight of just over 5 stone in 2014 (left). But the teenager has since overcome her eating disorder and is now a high-flying personal trainer, having reached a much healthier weight of around 9 stone 7 lbs.
Trainspotting heaven as Flying Scotsman meets the Union of South Africa for the first time since the 1960s, with thousands lining up to capture the moment
The Flying Scotsman and the Union of South Africa met for the first time since the 1960s in Didcot over the Bank Holiday weekend. It may be the last time before the Union is retired in Scotland. Thousands of people all over the country converged on Didcot Railway Centre over the Bank Holiday Weekend to get a glimpse of the World famous Flying Scotsman, at the same time as the Union of South Africa. The Union of South Africa is due to be retired to a museum in Scotland, so it might be the last time the two iconic locomotives are next to each other at the same time.
Kayakers discover hungry polar bears raiding their camp for food after spotting paw prints leading up to their hut
The group were staying in Spitsbergen, an island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway, when they came across the animals. In the video, which was captured on August 10, the kayakers find huge polar bear tracks in the mud close to their camp. Soon afterwards, when returning to camp from the shore, they discover three bears raiding their possessions and looking for food. For their own safety, the adventurers decide to get into their boats and observe the bears from the water.