What’s it like to live in a castle?

Many holidaymakers will have visited castles this summer, but what about owning one, or living or working in one? Three people reflect on life behind the battlements. Bamburgh Castle: Looking after an icon Image copyright EPA Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong now lives on a nearby farm but grew up in the castle The oldest parts date to the Norman Conquest of 1066 and it was in a poor state when it was bought by the industrialist William Armstrong in 1894. He rebuilt large parts of it and the castle became the family home. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Francis Watson-Armstrong’s family also used to own the Farne Islands and Cragside House Living in a centuries-old building filled with spiral …

Couple ‘shocked’ to find migrant in car roof box

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice opened the roof box and found the young man inside A couple returning from France say they were shocked to find a migrant hiding in their car roof box. Simon Fenton and his wife Sally, from Newbury, Berkshire, found the 17-year-old boy stowed in the roof box on Saturday after travelling home from Calais, France. Mr Fenton said he saw two feet sticking out of the box and spotted the boy. Thames Valley Police said a 17-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. Describing the discovery, Mr Fenton said: “We had been home for about 10 minutes when my wife Sally told me to come quick. Image caption Simon …

BA accused of ‘dumbing down’ as strike begins

Both sides say they are willing to hold further talks, but no date has been set. The pilots are currently scheduled to stage another strike on 27 September. Image caption BA’s Terminal 5 was deserted on Monday morning On a Monday morning, Terminal 5 would normally be bustling with people, jetting off on holiday or business trips. Today, it seems more like a ghost town. The staff far outnumber the handful of passengers. Those affected had been warned not to come to the airport. The departure board shows only 10 flights leaving for the entire day. The cafes are pretty much deserted too, and the taxi rank has been growing in size, with no passengers to pick up. The strike …

Wife’s lover’s DNA ‘found in murdered man’s car’

Mrs Taylor, of Charlton Road, Charlton, is accused of encouraging Mr Cannon, of Pirton Road, Hitchin, to set light to Mr Taylor’s car on 26 May 2018 when it was parked outside his home in Harkness Hall, in Gosmore near Hitchin. St Albans Crown Court heard a white towel doused with liquid was wrapped around the steering wheel and an end placed into a green petrol-type can. DNA samples from a partially burned white towel and a blue and white checked shirt recovered from the scene matched that of Mr Cannon. Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Police officers searched a farm belonging to Mrs Taylor

Javid ‘voiced anger’ to PM over adviser sacking

He insisted that he had a “fantastic” relationship with Mr Johnson and called assertions from the Labour Party that he lacks authority over the Treasury “nonsense”. On Friday, shadow chancellor John McDonnell tweeted that Mr Cummings was “obviously in charge of the Treasury, as well as No 10”. Responding to the claim, Mr Javid said: “Every government has had opponents, they will always paint pictures that they want to exist, but they’re not really there.” ‘Unhelpful political row’ The BBC’s political correspondent, Iain Watson, said there appeared to be an informal investigation being conducted into the leak of the Operation Yellowhammer documents – commissioned under the previous regime at Downing Street – setting out the potential consequences of a no-deal …

Killers ‘follow pattern’ in domestic abuse cases

Dr Monckton Smith said women account for more than 80% of victims killed by their partners – and most of the time, the partner is male. To conduct her study, she looked at all cases on the Counting Dead Women website where the woman had had a relationship with the perpetrator – as well as several extra cases such as those of male victims killed by their male partners. The eight steps she discovered in almost all of the 372 killings she studied were: A pre-relationship history of stalking or abuse by the perpetrator The romance developing quickly into a serious relationship The relationship becoming dominated by coercive control A trigger to threaten the perpetrator’s control – for example, the …

Lesbian couple ‘jeered at by takeaway staff’

Latest news and stories from the East Midlands Image copyright Alice Bowerman Image caption Both women said they had “never experienced anything like it” She added: “I’ve always felt safe in Nottingham but this has disgusted me. “You get lots of people asking why we need Pride nowadays but these kind of things reiterate why it’s so important. “I want them to know that no, they can’t say these things, and we will do something about it.” ‘Feel resigned’ Craig Martin, secretary of Nottinghamshire Pride, said he has endured similar incidents in Nottingham and other UK cities. “I’ve had things shouted at me before,” he said. “You’re certainly sensitive to who else is about, looking and checking. “I feel resigned …

‘We live in LS Lowry’s house’

There was a plaque on the wall. But “one of the locals pinched it”, Steve explains. “I believe he’s got it in his bedroom, this particular fella. What use it is in his bedroom, I don’t know.” Image copyright Vertigo Releasing Image caption Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall in Mrs Lowry & Son The Johnson family may well notice more people lingering uncertainly outside their front door after the release of Mrs Lowry and Son on Friday. The house plays a starring role in the film, which depicts the artist’s claustrophobic relationship with his bedridden, unsupportive mother. Elizabeth Lowry, played by Oscar-winner Redgrave, is unhappy at being forced to move to a working-class suburb because of her husband’s debts. A …

Andrew: I did not suspect Epstein’s behaviour

“I have stayed in a number of his residences. At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.” The duke – who said he first met Epstein in 1999 – added that he had “tremendous sympathy” for all those affected by Epstein’s behaviour. “His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.” The BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the prince felt the need to respond to speculation about his relationship with Epstein “in as forceful terms as he can”. Image copyright Reuters Image …

IVF baby couple ‘won’ in contest is born

Della became pregnant in 2016, but suffered an ectopic pregnancy resulting in surgery to remove one of her fallopian tubes. Another pregnancy in 2017 sadly resulted in a second ectopic pregnancy. The couple then made the decision to try IVF but their one NHS cycle ended in disappointment. Image copyright Della McGill Image caption New mother Della McGill said the people who ran the competition had “given them perfection” IVF Babble co-founder Tracey Bambrough said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear the news of baby Callum’s safe arrival. To know that we have helped a couple experience the one thing they wanted more than anything is just incredible and I know how much it means to them.  “Infertility is such an …

New NI secretary ‘to treat all parties equally’

“I’m very clear on both the spirit of that [Good Friday] Agreement and the law.” Mr Smith was welcomed by the SDLP deputy mayor of Derry and Strabane Council, Cara Hunter, at the Guildhall. Protestors from the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign as well as activists in favour of same-sex marriage and Irish language legislation demonstrated as he arrived. Image caption Mr Smith talking to Ian Paisley at the DUP party conference in 2017 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she asked Mr Smith about the “threshold” for calling a poll on Irish reunification and told him she hoped he would be “the last British secretary of state”. She said he took the remark “in good part”, adding he understood …

The mums forced into sex work by universal credit

Universal credit helps with living costs, replacing six benefits including housing benefit and child tax credit. But since its introduction in 2013, it’s been accused of making things harder for people receiving it. Alison had her son – who is disabled – when she was 18 years old and has relied on the benefit system to support them both. “There are some weeks after you’ve paid your bills, you don’t have enough and you think, ‘I have to do it’.” Image copyright PA Image caption Heidi Allen says she quit the Conservative Party because “they’ve got it wrong” on universal credit Heidi Allen says she quit the Conservative Party earlier in the year because of the party’s rollout of universal …

‘Nightmare’ of couple’s infected blood

Mrs Jones, from Pontardawe, in the Swansea valley, said she and her husband were “just floored” after he was diagnosed 12 years after his accident. “It was unreal, it was just a nightmare,” she said. “He was a man that was dying every single day.” Image copyright Infected Blood Inquiry Image caption Inquiry head Sir Brian Langstaff opened the hearing in Cardiff on Tuesday, saying it had been the “greatest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS” Watch: ‘The good times stopped’ ‘It was like another death sentence’ – Toni’s story Former high court judge, Sir Brian and his inquiry aim to get to the bottom of what went wrong. He has already heard evidence in England, Scotland and …

Couple in court over Pat McCormick murder

She denied involvement in the murder. A detective inspector told the court she could connect both defendants to the charges. Image caption Police were searching a lake at a former quarry when they found the body Objecting to Ms Dodds’ bail application, police said she had been searching for cheap holidays the day after the murder and there were concerns she may interfere with witnesses. When asked by the defence, the officer accepted Ms Dodds had no physical involvement in Mr McCormick’s murder or the disposal of his body. The judge rejected bail due to the concerns raised by police. Both of the accused are due to appear in court again in August.

Threat level raised for UK ships in Iranian waters

The threat level means British ships are advised not to enter Iranian waters, BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said. Gulf crisis: Are we heading for a new tanker war? Iranian official threatens to seize British tanker Why does the Strait of Hormuz matter? Boats believed to belong to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) approached the British Heritage tanker and tried to bring it to a halt as it was moving out of the Gulf into the Strait of Hormuz. HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the BP-owned tanker, was forced to move between the three boats and the ship, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said. He described the Iranians’ actions as “contrary to international law”. Guns on HMS Montrose …

‘No evidence’ Sir Kim Darroch email was a hack

Five things we learned from the UK ambassador spat Leaked Trump emails row: What do we know? Sir Kim Darroch resigns: Letter in full Prior to Sir Kim’s resignation, President Trump said that the US would no longer deal with Sir Kim. The US president had branded him “a very stupid guy” after confidential emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration “clumsy and inept”. Related Topics Kim Darroch Donald Trump United States Alan Duncan Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways