News Round Up 341

POLICE are set to arrest a 104 year old woman…at her own request.

The Daily Express tells the story of Anne Brokenbrow who is a resident at Stokeleigh Care Home in Stoke Bishop, Bristol.

The home is one of five in the north of the city that is participating in the Wishing Washing Line initiative, run by elderly people’s charity Alive Activities and Anne filled in a form reading: “My wish is… to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.”

Now police have agreed to arrest her next week!

A heart-warming story in the Daily Mirror about five year old Dachshund Ralph who has been found alive after being trapped down a rabbit hole in Haworth, West Yorkshire for five days.

He was trapped five foot underground whilst out on a walk and owner Sarah Mclellan said: “ The rabbit holes are like mazes and he must have gone through one hole and got stuck.

“It was such a drama and I was still in shock when I saw him. I was up till 1am just cuddling him.”

Lovers of vintage British comics are in for a treat.

The Guardian says that some of the country’s favourite comic characters are being resurrected in a new series of specials.

Sweeny Toddler, the baddest baby in town, Gums, the world’s most incompetent shark, and Gus Gorilla are among those being brought back by Rebellion Publishing, which puts out the long-running weekly science fiction comic 2000AD, featuring Judge Dredd.

And a Roy of the Rovers special later in the year will mark the Melchester Rovers football star’s 65th birthday, and a horror-tinged Scream! & Misty special will be out in time for Halloween.

It seems that soldiers involved in changing the guard at Buckingham Palace could soon be wearing a skirt.

The Daily Express reports that the decision follows a high level review of titles and uniforms by the Army Ceremonial Board, which includes a senior female officer.

More than 100 women have already applied to join the Grenadier Guards, the so-called Queen’s Company after the Ministry of Defence relaxed gender restrictions which previously prevented them from serving in front-line regiments.

Women will be allowed to serve in the Guards’ regiment sovereign company for the first time – the elite unit is usually made up of the tallest men in the battalion who, on average, stand at 6ft 2in and protect the Queen’s colours.

The company has now reduced its height requirement from 6ft 2ins to 5ft 10ins.

According to the Daily Mirror, a knife described as the “iPhone of the Bronze Age ” has been found buried with the 4,000-year-old remains of woman in an ancient grave under the Tankerville Arms Hotel in Wooler, Northumberland.

Builders found a large stone slab while digging trenches to lay new drains for holiday flats behind the pub.

Archaeologist Roger Miket said: “In today’s context it would have been similar to having the latest iPhone in terms of it being a prized possession.

“If the house catches fire you might grab your phone today, you would have grabbed your knife in those days.

“It was a multi-purpose tool for them, they would use it to hunt, skin animals and cut up vegetables.

“But it was also more than that. You are looking at something that’s beautiful and elegant in its own right.”

Reference list:

  • Daily Mirror
  • Guardian
  • Daily Express


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