Massive Earth to be installed in Natural History Museum main entrance

It’s almost two years since Dippy the Diplodocus was taken down and packed into boxes, ready for a grand tour of the UK. His replacement was a big blue whale skeleton, and, real talk: It is not as good, even if it is made of real bones and not fake ones. Perhaps that is why bosses at the Natural History Museum have agreed to (briefly) hang a new piece of art in the main entrance. The sculpture is seven metres wide (Picture: Luke Jerram) Artist Luke Jerram created it (Picture:…

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Boy, 17, stabbed to death outside Tube station in London’s second murder in 24 hours

A 17-year-old student was knifed to death outside a London Tube station in the capital’s second fatal stabbing in 24 hours. Malcolm Mide-Madariola has been identified as the teenager killed outside Clapham South station, Scotland Yard said. The college student from Peckham, south east London, was attacked at about 4.35pm on Friday. Malcolm Mide-Madariola died after he was stabbed outside Clapham South station (Picture: PA) It came just a day after Jay Hughes, 15, was killed in a ‘premeditated attack’ near a Morley’s chicken shop in Bellingham, at 5.20pm on…

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Bullet ‘went through one boy and into another’ in Birmingham double shooting

Two children have been left in a serious condition after they were shot on their way to a family Halloween party. A single bullet went through the front of the older boy, narrowly missing his vital organs, before exiting his back and becoming lodged in the the younger boy’s stomach. The duo, aged 15 and 14, are now in hospital after the shooting occurred on Friday November 2 in Handsworth, Birmingham. Two boys were shot while on their way to a Halloween party on Friday November 2 (Picture: Steve Kay /…

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Murdered man ‘had penis removed and left on mantelpiece’ in violent attack

A murder victim had his penis and testicles removed and placed on a mantelpiece before being left in a pool of blood during a ‘violent attack’. The post-mortem examination found Limbani Mzoma – also known as Robert – 27, who had been stabbed multiple times, had ‘some of his body parts removed’. Grace Miano, 50, has been charged with murder and appeared before a special sitting of Dublin District court on Sunday morning. Robert Limbani Mzoma was found dead after suffering multiple stab wounds on Thursday Miano, who is receiving social…

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Three children hurt after giant teacup breaks off ride and spins into crowd

A witness has described the shocking moment a giant teacup broke off a funfair ride and flew into bystanders. Three children were hurt in the dramatic incident at Leeds Castle in Maidstone, Kent, though none were seriously hurt and an ambulance was not needed. The incident happened at a fireworks display held at the castle on Saturday, which was attended by thousands of people. The teacup span off the ride and into a group of people (Picture: Dee Sturgess) Dee Sturgess said she and her family had been waiting in line…

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More than 30 killed in devastating storms sweeping across Italy

Italy’s deadly storms, flooding and strong winds have claimed the lives of over 30 people, rescue services have said. The reports comes as the bodies of nine people were found in their Casteldaccia home, in the Palermo region, after a small river burst its banks nearby. Agi news agency reports that the deceased victims included three children aged one, three and 15. A view of the flooded house where nine people lost their lives in Casteldaccia, near Palermo (Picture: AP) Some family members climbed trees to try and survive the…

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British tourists escape flames after lightning bolt ripped through boat

A group of nine British tourists have escaped their burning yacht after a bolt of lightning ripped through the vessel. The four married couples and one other woman were on board the 50ft chartered catamaran off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Police said they cowered below deck as deadly seas rocked the vessel and thunder sounded overhead. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The four married couples…

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Police officer recorded ex-wife having sex with new partner on device he hid in her bedroom

A Metropolitan police officer has been jailed after recording his ex-wife having sex with her new partner. Ainsley Francis, 57, stalked his ex Barbara Stokoe after hiding a recording device in her bedroom when she went on holiday. As well as recording her having sex, he also listened in on her phone calls and anytime she went to the toilet. Ainsley Francis, 57, stalked his wife through a voice activated recording device he bought on eBay and placed in her bedroom (Picture: Kent Police) In total, police found 187 audio…

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Student found dead in prison ‘given banana instead of bandana’ to treat hair loss

A student was given a banana instead of a bandana in prison to help her cope with alopecia, her parents have claimed. Katie Allan was found dead at Polmont prison in Scotland in June, just three weeks before she was due to be released. The 21-year-old’s parents Linda and Stuart say she was bullied by inmates, including being forced to walk around naked, and began to lose her hair. Katie Allan was found dead in prison just three weeks before she was due to be released (Picture: SWNS) They have…

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My odd job: After the body is removed from a trauma scene, people call me to clean up

It’s my job to visit a wide variety of sites to decide the best way to safely and effectively clean and restore them back to their original condition. This could be anything from a building that has been vandalised or sprayed with graffiti, to fire or flooding sites or trauma scenarios, such as road traffic accidents and crime scenes. Most people would only see a crime and trauma scene on TV, and they would rarely consider how these sites are cleaned once the evidence has been collected, bagged, tagged, and…

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