Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building

Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building At least five truncheons were found while two people brought in cannabis Over 100 people had knives on them when entering Palace of Westminster | UPDATED: 00:31 GMT, 31 December 2012 A meat cleaver, a catapult, and three swords were among hundreds of deadly weapons visitors have tried to smuggle into the Houses of Parliament, it has been revealed. At least five truncheons and two sets of knuckle-dusters have also been confiscated at Westminster's entry checkpoints sine the start of 2008, according to a Freedom of Information request, as were two amounts of cannabis. According to the data, no suspected explosive devices were uncovered at checkpoints and no real firearms, but three imitation guns were picked up – one in 2010, one in 2011 and one this year

Spitfire is half the plane it used to be as Imperial War Museum prepares Battle of Britain plane for transfer

Go-wing somewhere Spitfire is half the plane it used to be as Imperial War Museum prepares Battle of Britain aircraft for transfer WWII plane set for IWM in Duxford, Cambs while London branch undergoes major revamp | UPDATED: 01:46 GMT, 13 December 2012 A spitfire stands forlorn as a wing is removed from its fuselage. But far from heading for the scrapheap, this Mk 1 plane, which flew in the Battle of Britain, is in safe hands.

Novak Djokovic buys up world"s supply of donkey cheese at 400 a pound for new restaurant chain

You've got to be Djoking! Tennis star Novak buys up world's supply of donkey cheese at 400 a pound for new restaurant chain | UPDATED: 09:13 GMT, 10 December 2012 Some of us might find the idea of donkey milk cheese hard to stomach at any price. However, aficionados of the rare delicacy are apparently prepared to pay up to 400 a pound for it. And from next year, even that will not be enough to secure a supply, after tennis star Novak Djokovic bought up the entire 2013 output of the Serbian farm which produces it.

You"ve got to be Djoking! Tennis star Novak buys up world"s supply of donkey cheese at 400 a pound for new restaurant chain

You've got to be Djoking! Tennis star Novak buys up world's supply of donkey cheese at 400 a pound for new restaurant chain | UPDATED: 21:50 GMT, 9 December 2012 Some of us might find the idea of donkey milk cheese hard to stomach at any price. However, aficionados of the rare delicacy are apparently prepared to pay up to 400 a pound for it. And from next year, even that will not be enough to secure a supply, after tennis star Novak Djokovic bought up the entire 2013 output of the Serbian farm which produces it

Three-bed house that was completely covered in ivy TREBLES in value after massive makeover

As good as new: Three-bed house that was completely covered in ivy TREBLES in value after massive makeoverThe 'Ivy House' is on the market for 350,000 after makeoverThe Chelmsford property went up for sale for 120,000 last year | UPDATED: 00:57 GMT, 7 December 2012 After decades of embarrassing the neighbours, the scruffiest house in Britain has, well, turned over a new leaf. The previous owner went 20 years without trimming the ivy that covered the outside of the property – until eventually it started to invade the inside too. /12/06/article-2243921-1660478F000005DC-912_634x532.jpg” width=”634″ height=”532″ alt=”Engulfed: Ivy covered the entire front of the house, including the garden and the wall, and had become a 'tourist attraction' in the area” class=”blkBorder” /> Engulfed: Ivy covered the entire front of the house, including the garden and the wall, and had become a 'tourist attraction' in the area But fortunately for fed-up residents, the new owner was not so content to rest on his laurels.

Turner Prize: Elizabeth Price announced as 2012 winner

Eighties pop star wins 25,000 Turner Prize for abstract video piece (beating beard-wearing nudist called Spartacus and sculptures shaped like human faeces) | UPDATED: 21:09 GMT, 3 December 2012 An eighties pop star has scooped this year’s Turner Prize – beating a nudist and a sculptor that makes models of human faeces. Elizabeth Price, 45, formerly of obscure pop group Talula Gosh, won the 25,000 accolade for her abstract film based on a fire tragedy

Horsey Beach: Proud mother pats her calf as hundreds of grey seals descend on Norfolk beach to give birth

Seal of approval: Proud mother pats her calf as hundreds of grey seals descend on Norfolk beach to give birth | UPDATED: 20:07 GMT, 28 November 2012 Minutes after giving birth, a grey seal was seen giving her newborn pup a loving embrace as she fed it on a Norfolk beach.