A pensioner slept in the same room as his brother's dead body for more than two years while claiming tens of thousands of pounds in benefits, a court has heard. Donald Pollard, 69, lived with his sibling Stephen's "decomposing" corpse at their shared home in Toxteth, Liverpool, because he didn't want to be alone, it was said. He covered Stephen's body in blankets and, when police arrived at the house and asked him where the 52-year-old was, he "replied calmly" that he was "dead upstairs". Pollard was initially arrested on suspicion of murder after his brother's body was discovered at the property last summer, but the murder investigation was later dropped. He was charged with preventing a lawful burial and fraud when it emerged he had claimed £23,000 of his deceased sibling’s benefits, the Liverpool Echo reports. Today, he was spared jail after admitting the charges against him, with the judge saying there was “absolutely no suggestion” he was motivated by … [Read more...] about Man slept in same room as dead brother for 2 years while claiming benefits
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PLEASE keep your letters to 250 words maximum giving your name, address and daytime telephone number - even on emails. Email: [email protected] Write: Swindon Advertiser, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3BE. Phone: 01793 501806. Anonymity is granted only at the discretion of the editor, who also reserves the right to edit letters. Deter the fly-tippers IN response to the article in the Advertiser about fly-tipping, might it be better if the council had a suggested donation for picking up waste? If people could not afford this amount, they could pay less. This would prevent fly-tipping and the council being called out to remove their rubbish. Mary Rogers, Beverstone Grove, Lawn Give us all the facts I ATTENDED the parish council meeting on January 17, set to agree the forth coming budget. Details were provided by means of a projection onto the hall wall, but no hard copies were available. There was a proposal to purchase three new mini road sweepers, with a … [Read more...] about Letters: Friday, January 26, 2018
If you're still doing Dry January then congratulations for making it this far! Temptation is probably at its highest now, but don't forget there's only a few days to go. For those worried about slipping, here's some tips to keep on the right path. It's currently dry January. Stock image 1) Beating the booze could help you lose weight When you have a drink it's not just the units you're racking up. Booze is full of sugar and as a result when you find yourself heading off to the pub, you may have to hit the gym later to work it off. Why not jump on the scales to see if you've lost any weight. 2) Count the extra money you've got in your wallet Just think of all those pennies you're saving while you're not spending it on drink. You could add it to your holiday fund or put it in a rainy day fund. Is dry January having an effect on you? 3) Share your experience with someone You could start a blog, write a diary or talk to a friend about how you've been getting on with staying sober for … [Read more...] about Are you struggling with ‘Dry January’?
If Dry January is preventing you from raising a glass to Robert Burns, there’s good news, as one Kent chef has come up with something better than a mocktail – a super cocktail. Mark Sargeant of Rocksalt in Folkestone and the Duke William in Ickham has teamed up with Tetley Super Teas and Super Squash Smocktails for some super-charged sipping. Using a range of Super Fruits, Super Green Teas and Tetley’s Super Squash, the smocktails are also super healthy and a full of vitamins. Mark Sargeant's Smocktails help keep things bubbling along in Dry January He said: “These smocktails are perfect for those looking for a little lift this January. Using elements from cocktail classics, we’ve developed smart alternatives to show you there is no need to compromise if you’re doing Dry Jan. They’re fun, taste delicious and have added functional benefits to boot making them a little more super than your average mocktail.” They’re on the menu to … [Read more...] about Mix up Dry January with a Kent chef’s creation
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