Vanellope Hope Wilkins was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve before a rare condition meant she had to be born prematurely by caesarean section on November 22 at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. The condition, ectopia cordis, which was discovered during a scan after nine weeks’ pregnancy, showed the baby’s heart and part of her stomach were growing on the outside of her body. Her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, of Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, said the first scans led doctors to tell them that 'termination' was the only option. And experts, including the consultant cardiologist, have said that they do not know of a case in the UK where a baby has survived such a condition.
Cecil Parkinson's daughter is found dead at 57: Neighbours say ex-Tory minister’s eldest child never recovered from losing her father in early 2016
Mary Parkinson was well-educated, well-groomed, attractive and well connected — in other words a woman who had been dealt a hand of cards that can make life both worthwhile and rewarding, writes RICHARD KAY. However, appearances can be deceptive. Earlier this week, the 57-year-old spinster, beanpole thin and frail after succumbing to anorexia — the eating disorder that first gripped her as a teenager — was found dead at her £900,000 home in Battersea, south-west London. Friends say her death was being treated as a case of suicide. Mary, the eldest of his three daughters by Ann, the wife who stood by him over his affair with Sara Keays, was the only one to break the family’s long silence over the scandal. Mary is pictured inset bottom, right with her father Cecil, inset top with Cecil and mother, Ann, and left is Sara Keays with her baby Flora.
Man accused of kidnapping model Chloe Ayling claims the whole thing was a 'fabrication' to make her famous
The 30-year-old man accused of kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling (right) has claimed the whole ordeal was staged and 'fabricated' to make her famous. Lukasz Herba (inset) is due to attend court on Wednesday for allegedly taking Miss Ayling (left), from Coulsdon, south London, and holding her captive in Italy. She is said to have been snatched by a group calling itself Black Death after being lured to a fake modelling shoot in Milan in July. But Herba's lawyer has claimed he said the 'kidnap was a fabrication' and that the pair did it so 'she would become famous'.
Student, 20, is found dead after he tried to walk home from club in just jeans and a T-shirt on night when temperature plunged to minus two
Ian Tang, 20, (left) was wearing only jeans and a T-shirt when he left Club KA in North Walsham, Norfolk, (right) between 2.30am and 3am and went missing - but police have now said they have found a body. The Norwich City College student is said to have been offered a lift home, but said that he would walk back alone. The alarm was raised when he failed to arrive back at his home in North Walsham and a body has now been found around two miles away from the club (pictured on the map, inset). Around 200 people along with firefighters and a local lowland rescue team gathered outside North Walsham police station at 10am on Tuesday to search for him. Others distributed posters appealing for information about the disappearance of the 5ft 8ins tall student who had a tattoo of a woman's face on his left arm. A body was found at 11am on Tuesday by a member of the search party near the village of Swafield, two miles north of North Walsham.
Gang who murdered three children in 'feud with their older brother' by pouring fuel through chimney of their home 'raced to a nearby house to watch the blaze'
A gang who murdered three young children after pouring fuel down a chimney in Walkden, Greater Manchester, (left) reportedly ran to a nearby house to watch the devastating blaze. Michelle Pearson, 35, (inset, left) and her three-year-old daughter Lia (inset, right, with her siblings Lacie and Brandon), were asleep when their terraced home was set on fire and the pair are 'fighting for their lives' in hospital. Greater Manchester Police said the blaze at 5am on Monday claimed the lives of her daughters Demi, 14, and Lacie, seven, and son Brandon, eight. It has now emerged that Ms Pearson's 18-year-son Lewis may have been involved in a recent dispute with one of the alleged attackers. MailOnline also revealed a recent dispute between rival gangs which saw a dog beaten with a hammer could have led to the arson attack. Footage showed the moment the number one suspect was arrested (right).
Woman is left feeling 'like a monster' after she was battered by her drunken ex-boyfriend who hurled a three-foot vase at her face and shoved her into a wall
Joshua Rossbottom, 30, from Manchester, was drunk when he launched the horrifying attack on his partner which left her needing hospital treatment for bruises and two black eyes (right). The woman, (left) who has not been named, was left needing hospital treatment for lacerations, bruises and swelling after she was attacked. Rossbottom (inset) hurled a ceramic vase at her face and shoved her into a wall during an outburst in the early hours of the morning after he had been drinking in July. When police began to investigate the shocking attack, the thug threatened her over the phone and said: 'I'm coming for you.' He has now been jailed for nine months after he admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and another of intimidating a witness.
Shocking moment gang of thugs burst into a jewellers' and battered shop worker with a HAMMER in £250,000 heist - as they're jailed for 46 years
This is the shocking moment a gang of armed thugs burst into a jewellers and battered a shop worker with a hammer during an audacious £250,000 heist. Dramatic CCTV shows the robbers storming into the store in broad daylight after Bradley Devine (right, bottom picture) posed as a customer in order to trick staff into opening the door. The five masked yobs then rushed into the SP Green in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter and start pocketing items worth thousands from display cabinets. Gang member Owen Richardson (top left), 21, can be seen violently lashing out with the hammer as he repeatedly attacks a member of staff, who cowers on the floor. Daijon Johnson (right, middle picture) and Jamul Pinnock-Parkes (right, top picture), both 20, ransack the store, while the shop worker is repeatedly stamped on by Richardson. Along with getaway driver Jermaine Davis (bottom left), they have now been jailed.
Oh, the joy of snowy school days... before we became a nation of wimps! Photos show how Britain used to battle through the snow and ice (and had a great time doing so)
The first snowflakes of winter 2017 had barely settled before Britain’s schools went into full meltdown this week. As Storm Caroline cast a chilly pall over the UK, one seat of learning after another locked its doors and, with a predictable cry about health and safety, declined to teach its pupils. More than 2,300 were closed on Monday and yesterday — over 48 hours after the first snowfall — scores more were still shut. ‘School closures happen because of an emergency like severe weather,’ the government’s website, Gov Uk, declared frostily. But in timorous, post-millennial Britain, what is ‘an emergency’, and how ‘severe’ does weather have to be before life grinds to a halt? Are we, as Max Hastings argued in yesterday’s Mail, becoming ‘a limp-wristed nation, a society of whingers and suers’? As these pictures show, there was a time — well within living memory — when Britain battled through snow and ice. The Big Freeze of 1962-63 lasted until March. It was so cold that the sea froze up to a mile off shore. But the schools — most of them — stayed open.
The sore throat that turned into a battle with death: Cambridge University student developed meningitis W and spent three months in hospital, as officials warn cases are rocketing on campuses
Shirali Patel (right), who achieved A* grades at Harrow, was forced to restart her medicine degree at Cambridge University after spending three months in hospital (left) with meningitis W. Her symptoms began with a sore throat before quickly escalating. Miss Patel (pictured inset with her mother Alvina, father Dee and brother Kelan) is now barely able to remember her ordeal, which left her critically ill. Her story follows Public Health England data which shows meningitis W has struck 225 people since July last year - despite there still being six months left to run before the final amount is calculated. In contrast, the strain infected just 22 people in 2009/10.
Diner's fury after restaurant staff typed 'pain in the a** woman' on her £160 receipt when she complained about a 45 minute wait for food
A furious diner has slammed a restaurant after staff typed 'pain in the a** woman' on her £160 receipt (right). Anna Warrender (left) and her two friends spent £160 on food and Prosecco at Brewhemia in Edinburgh on Saturday night. The friends said they had to wait 45 minutes for food and were given just 15 minutes to wolf down their dessert. The diner responded by giving them one of their £23 bottles of Prosecco on the house. But there was a nasty surprise on the receipt when they took a closer look. Typed in capitals under the name section was the phrase 'Pain in the a** wom'.
Heartbroken OAP, 80, returns to wreckage of his home after being told of his wife's death in 'gigantic' gas blast that 'crushed her in bed as he made her a cup of tea'
A grandmother has died after she was 'crushed by a wall' as she laid in bed when a 'gigantic' gas explosion ripped apart two houses yesterday. Janet Jasper, 79, died during the early hours of this morning after the blast in Birstall, Leicester, reduced her home to rubble. Widower John Jasper (pictured, left, in orange jacket returning to the rubble) was seen making an emotional return to what is left of his home today (inset). The retired electrician, 80, looked battered and bruised as he returned hours after being discharged from hospital. He had a bruise on his left eye and a cut on his nose (pictured, right) as he picked through the remains of his belongings after the explosion next door stuck while he was in his kitchen making a cup of tea.
Former Big Brother star, 33, is banned from driving for being four times the drink-drive limit when he was pulled over a month after being spared jail for alcohol-fuelled attack on his girlfriend
A former Big Brother contestant has been hauled back into court for drink-driving just a month after he admitted attacking his girlfriend Emma Blackman (pictured, right) in a booze-fuelled assault. Chef Rex Newmark (pictured, left), 33, was nearly four times over the limit when he drove his Range Rover over the speed limit in Gordon House Road, Camden, north-west London. Police pulled him over at 11.55am in Gospel Oak, less than a mile from where he lives, the court heard. Newmark is pictured in the show's diary room (inset).
TV benefits fraudster who flaunted her jet-set lifestyle is JAILED: Mum-of-three in £240k scam used fake names and passports to rip off 22 councils and buy holidays and a £25k handbag collection
Mother-of-three Tania Amisi (left and centre), who lived in Chelsea Harbour in London, used fake names and different passports to trick local authorities over a six-year period into paying housing and council benefits for properties she did not live at. The single mother arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker aged 12 and was granted indefinite leave to remain. She also put in applications for a further £65,000 that was not paid to her, and claimed benefits on properties which already had tenants as well on her own property. Amisi sparked fury among viewers when she featured in the BBC documentary Britain on the Fiddle in March, which revealed her lavish lifestyle, haul of designer goods (right) and luxury holidays. The 27-year-old made thousands every month from each council, submitting 37 claims against 22 - 21 of which were in London. She blew some of the cash on her £25,000 handbag collection and luxury holidays to the Congo, Ivory Coast, America, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. She then cut off her electronic tag and went on the run in Europe for two years after pleading guilty to three counts of fraud in January 2015 at Westminster Magistrates Court. As he jailed her for four years for 21 offences today, a judge slammed Amisi's lack of remorse in scamming taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Hungarian gangmaster who forced slaves to work for him for as little as 35p an hour while living in filthy hovel is jailed for nearly four years
Miroslav Bily (bottom inset), 51, from Derby, travelled to the Czech Republic to pick up his victims and took them back to Britain, where he ordered them carry out gardening and painting before pocketing their earnings. The 'parasitic individual' also made his slaves live in filthy conditions with some staying in a cramped caravan (pictured) and others in a mould-filled house which had dangerous electric wiring and no heating or hot water. One of the victims, Rudolph Csorba (top inset), 52, told police: 'We weren't paid a single penny. When I had been there for about 20 days, I asked him [Bily] where is the money I have been earning. He said he didn't have any.’
Shocking moment marine flare goes off in a refuse worker’s hand and he is forced to take cover as it ricochets around the room
A refuse worker (pictured) was hit by a marine flare that ricocheted around the room at a recycling in Waterbeach, three miles north of Cambridge, after it was carelessly placed in the trash. Luckily no one was injured but workers later found a second flare which had been mistakenly placed into the recycling bin. The footage was released as part of a drive to stop people putting risky items such as fireworks, batteries and gas cylinders into bins.
'The most courageous and imaginative' British mission of WWII is remembered 75 years on: Photographs recall Cockleshell Heroes' bid to sink Nazi supply boats off France
On December 12, 1942, 10 Royal Marines from the Royal Marines Boom Detachment (bottom left) in Portsmouth set out in five canoes from the submarine HMS Tuna, which surfaced at the mouth of the Gironde in south west France. Their mission was to blow up Nazi supply ships 60 miles away in Bordeaux harbour with limpet mines and then escape with the help of the French Resistance. Two men drowned, six were caught or betrayed and executed by Germans, leaving just two survivors of what was effectively a suicide mission. The pair arrived home four months later. However, Operation Frankton succeeded in destroying five ships, which were vital in supplying raw materials such as rubber, oil and tungsten to Hitler's war effort. Retro pictures of the operation have exposed the rough journey of the Cockleshell Heroes to recall the mission. The vintage black and white pictures show a canoe being tested by two marines, while another shows the last snapshot that was taken before the Frankton raid on September 10, 1942 (top left). Other photos show Corporal Bill Sparks (inset, pictured in 1983) casually sticking his head out of a disused aircraft in Palestine, 1944, and the other image shows the results of the Frankton raid to a ship (bottom right).
Millionaire offers chance to win his £2.3m mansion for just a £10.50 ticket - with his Rolls-Royce, wine cellar, gardener and housekeeper thrown in
A millionaire has put up his £2.3million mansion (centre) near Tiverton, Devon, as a prize in a raffle for £10.50 a ticket, with almost all of the furniture included along with a range of luxury features. The owner, whose identity has not been revealed, said he wants to leave 'with just a handful of possessions' so is leaving white goods and a fully-stocked wine cellar (top left) behind along with an indoor swimming pool, gym and three-hole golf green. Whoever wins the four-bedroom home will also get £50,000 cash, a tractor, quad bike and even the stock of 600 spare light bulbs. Also pictured are the front room (top right), bedroom (bottom left) and garden (bottom right).
Watch this Ambassador Haley! South Korea hosts series of dramatic anti-terror drills days after U.S. ambassador questioned the safety of the games
South Korea has conducted a series of security drills to prepare for a multitude of potential terror attacks ahead of hosting the Winter Olympics in the shadow of its hermit nation neighbour. The dramatic dress rehearsals ranged from hostage situations to vehicle attacks on crowds and even stretched to bomb-dropping drones. Police and firemen were among around 420 personnel participating in the exercise, held in front of the Olympic Stadium at Pyeongchang, just 80km (50miles) from the heavily fortified border with North Korea.
Humiliating moment Assad is stopped from following Putin by Russian soldiers on SYRIAN soil during 'victory' announcement
The Russian President was in Syria yesterday to declare that his alliance with Bashar al-Assad had been a success and that Moscow will start to withdraw troops from the war-torn country. But on the same day, footage shows the Syrian strongman being humbled on his own turf - when a Kremlin serviceman ordered him to wait while Putin walked off in front of him. The clip shows a man in military clothing placing his hand on Assad's arm and urging him to stop walking as Putin advanced with his own officials.
Spiritual leader of ultra-Orthodox Jews around the world dies aged 104: Tens of thousands gather in Israel for influential rabbi's funeral
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in the funeral procession in Israel of Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, (pictured inset) the spiritual leader ultra-Orthodox Jews, who has died aged 104. Police blocked major highways and roads around the cemetery and emergency medical services were on hand to deal with the flood of people clamoring to get a close look. Shteinman wielded considerable political influence and his orders were strictly followed by his representatives in parliament.
Wife of Italian rugby international is arrested after 'smothering their two-year-old daughter with a pillow and stabbing their son, five, to death' before trying to kill herself
Antonella Barbieri, 39, (left) reportedly killed her two children before attempting to take her own life in Suzarra, Lombardia. The wife of former Italian rugby international Andrea Benatti, 38, (left and inset in his Italy kit) allegedly smothered daughter Kim (top right) in the family home before taking son Lorenzo Zeus (bottom right) for a drive and stabbing him to death with a kitchen knife before using the knife on herself. A passer-by found the car and, seeing blood and Barbieri with the knife stuck in her stomach, and called emergency services. She is currently in serious condition in hospital and is expected to be charged once she is stable.
The fury of Etna: Huge mushroom cloud dwarfs Sicily's famous volcano in one of the winning images of this year's Siena International Awards
An ominous ash cloud rising above the Etna volcano on Sicily, lighting strikes over a flock of cranes in Nebraska, and a storm developing into a supercell over Black Hawk, South Dakota, were some of the winners of the Siena International Photo Awards. The ash cloud over the Italian volcano, entitled Etna in Erupion, was awarded a 'remarkable' by judges of the prestigious competition. Overall winner was National Geographic photographer Randy Olson's snap of cranes in motion on the Ogallala Aquifer near Wood River, Nebraska, beating entrants from over 161 countries.