A Grimsby Road resident has hit out at fly-tippers and bin scavengers for covering the alley to the rear of his home in waste. Michael Macready, who lives in a flat off Grimsby Road, near to the junction of Park Street, says that he is constantly having to clear up waste that has been dumped in the alleyway at the rear of his property, and is calling on the council to do more to tackle fly-tippers. He says that he regularly wakes up to find large items dumped in the alleyway, and also claims that "druggies" often empty the large commercial bins there that are used by the nearby shops, as they look for items that they may be able to sell. He says that in recent weeks he has found mattresses, televisions, garden waste, construction waste and drug paraphernalia. Mr Macready said: "I am constantly having to come out in this alley and clear the waste that has been dumped here by people, which can be everything from old beds to household waste that people have just chucked here. "People just … [Read more...] about The appalling mess this man wakes up to every morning
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A young boy with worrying behavioural problems is taken to a hypnotist to undergo ‘past life regression’, and it’s discovered he is the reincarnation of a serial killer. This plot, for new Hollywood horror movie The Prodigy, might sound like so much hocus pocus, but Harley Street hypnotherapist Liz Vincent, one of the foremost practitioners of past life regression in the UK, begs to differ. “I’ve worked with some very nasty spirits and got rid of some very nasty spirits,” she says. “It’s actually quite a simple thing to do as a therapist, but it sounds like ‘oh my God!’ to someone who doesn’t understand it.” So what would she do if she was confronted with a murderous spirit, as in The Prodigy? “If someone during a session went into a past life where they were a serial killer, you would help them to ‘collapse’ that lifetime so that they would no longer be holding on to the energy, or soul … [Read more...] about Hypnotist reveals truth behind past life regression as seen in The Prodigy
WHEN Sasha Rodoy was tempted by a cut-price offer on laser eye surgery, she couldn't have foreseen that she'd be left with such severe nerve pain in her eyes that it felt "like needles stabbing them". But she's not the only one to have experienced horrendous side effects following the treatment. Earlier this month Fox presenter Jessica Starr killed herself weeks after surgery left her with dry eye. In November, Paul Fitzpatrick, 56, took his own life after being left with intolerable pain including headaches and a burning sensation following a laser eye operation 20 years ago. Prior to this, aspiring medical student Colin Dorrian, 28, committed suicide after surgery left him lasting visual distortions. "If I cannot get my eyes fixed, I'm going to kill myself," he wrote in a note that was found on his body in 2008. Around 15,000 Brits, undergo laser surgery each year - which costs around £1,750 per eye - to correct their vision. While most ophthalmologists - surgeons … [Read more...] about Agonising botched laser eye surgery left us feeling like there were ‘needles in our eyes’ and on the brink of suicide
The family courts victim: ‘We have to give people access to advice’ Caroline (not her real name) believes a lack of legal aid led to her ending up in prison, deprived her of a life with her children and rendered her homeless. The 55-year-old is still trying to reverse the multiple miscarriages of justice she says she has endured. She and her husband separated after she alleged he was violent and had threatened to kill her. He complained to social services that she was neglecting their children because of a dispute over schooling. The children were taken away from her and given to the father, who obtained a non-molestation order against her. She insisted she had always been a good mother and that the allegations of neglect were false. Realising she needed legal help, she consulted a solicitor. This was 2013, immediately after cuts imposed by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Laspo) had come into effect. Legal aid funding for family law cases had just … [Read more...] about ‘I couldn’t fight to get my children back’: the impact of legal aid cuts
The café society has never quite caught on in North Staffordshire. While the continentals enjoy little more than shooting the breeze over a cappuccino in a fine renaissance town square, few people in these parts find it appealing to sit outside a coffee shop in a blizzard while overlooking three derelict shopfronts. Let’s face it, if you’re paying for a drink, the last thing you want is to watch as a wagon trundles past transporting umpteen tons of pig carcasses to the local animal rendering plant. However, occasionally, in pleasant climes, I, like many others, do enjoy sitting outside a better-appointed establishment watching the world go by – the bustle of everyday life, the laughter of friends, the Tasering of a shoplifter. I feel if Britain is to lose its boisterous drinking culture, then we need to encourage use of outdoor space. It’s been shown that if you put people in well-designed areas, with decent facilities, they will behave in a much more … [Read more...] about Personally Speaking: Should pubs wake up and smell the coffee?