Just a Mini problem! Car swept under bridge as owner tries to ford flooded river and rain brings chaos to Christmas travellers

Just a Mini problem! Car swept under bridge as owner tries to ford flooded river and rain brings chaos to Christmas travellers Families in Ystalyfera spend night in leisure centre after evacuationTonnes of earth crushed terraced houses in Pontypridd when wall collapsedWoman in Devon rescued by RNLI and fire crews after she was swept from her car Environment Agency issue 186 flood warnings and one severe flood warningRail routes under pressure as Christmas commuters try to get homeFirst Great Western advises passengers not to use trains in the South West Almost half of the expected monthly rainfall fell in one day in parts of UK Eleven families fled their homes in Wales over night after two landslides | UPDATED: 19:27 GMT, 23 December 2012 A 70 year old former Royal Marine has saved a woman from her sinking car after it was swept away by flood water and trapped under a bridge.

Christmas 2012: Violence and vomiting in Britain"s towns during festive season

Just another night in binge-drink Britain: Police cells fill with 'black eye Friday' fighters and women get so drunk they can only crawl Violence causes chaos across country on traditionally rowdy nightEvery cell in Cumbria full after anti-social behaviour offences Violence in Newcastle city centre as festive binge drinkers run riot | UPDATED: 19:06 GMT, 22 December 2012 It is meant to be the season to be jolly – but Britain's towns and cities descended into chaos last night as binge-drinkers ditched festive spirit for mindless violence. On the day colloquially known as 'black eye Friday', police officers packed town centres on one of their busiest nights of the year.

Finger nicking good: Men who stole 220,000 litres of cooking oil from KFC stores jailed for total of four years

Finger nicking good: Thieves stole 220,000 litres of cooking oil from KFC stores to sell on as biodiesel Stuart Bradley and Matthew Walker masterminded nationwide scamThe pair stole cooking oil from stores and sold it on as biodieselThe duo have been jailed two years each for 'complex and elaborate' scam | UPDATED: 20:22 GMT, 18 December 2012 Two men who stole 220,000 litres of cooking oil from KFC stores and supermarkets across the UK and sold it on as biodiesel have been jailed for a combined total of four years. Scheming Stuart Bradley, 38, and Matthew Walker, 27, masterminded a nationwide scam described by one senior detective as one of the most 'complex and elaborate' crimes he had ever investigated. The duo struck at dozens of KFC branches as well as Asda, Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets and stole up to 147,000 worth of cooking oil which they siphoned into their vans.

Amazon brings forward its sale to Christmas Day to take advantage of festive shoppers

Amazon brings forward festive sale to 9am Christmas Day to take advantage of online shoppers trying out new gadgetsLast year, online shoppers spent 186million on Christmas DayCustomers were logging on to their favourite stores as early as 6amDebenhams say children's clothes are most popular Christmas Day bargainHarrods' winter sale also starts online on December 25 | UPDATED: 11:51 GMT, 18 December 2012 Amazon has followed in the footsteps of a slew of other retailers by bringing forward its Boxing Day sale to Christmas Day. The online store expects this December 25 to be its busiest after spending on the day trebled over the past five years, in part thanks to families trying out Kindles, iPads and tablets they have been given as gifts. The proliferation of smartphones, home broadband and other gadgets also makes it much easier to make a purchase – and the price-cuts will make logging on as tempting as another slice of Yule log.

Care worker, 25, almost blinded and loses eyebrows for life after they were tinted with chemicals at beauty salon

Care worker, 25, almost blinded and loses eyebrows for life after they were tinted with chemicals at beauty salonNatasha Henshaw, 25, left in agony after waxing sessionTreatment left pores open before tint was appliedDoctors say it is unlikely her eyebrows will grow back PUBLISHED: 12:49 GMT, 18 December 2012 | UPDATED: 13:19 GMT, 18 December 2012 A mother-of-one has had her eyebrows permanently burned off during a bungled routine tinting session. Care worker Natasha Henshaw was nearly blinded when the tint was applied after her eyebrows had been waxed, leaving her pores open to the chemicals The 25-year-old from Dingle, Liverpool, was left in searing pain and awoke the next day to find her eyebrows 'scattered all over' her face. Doctors say it is unlikely her eyebrows will ever grow back.

Christmas shopping: Behind the scenes at Sainsbury"s Waltham Abbey distribution depot

The final Christmas countdown: Behind the scenes at giant supermarket depot as millions of shoppers hit streets hunting for late bargains Depot in Waltham Abbey, Essex, makes 1,800 deliveries a week to 90 stores in London and two other countiesAmazing pictures give backstage look at 700,000 sq ft centre as British shoppers hit high streets across the UKRetailers aim to lure shoppers out of their warm homes with discounts of up to 50% nine days before Christmas | UPDATED: 17:45 GMT, 16 December 2012 These pictures give a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a 700,000 sq ft supermarket distribution centre as Britain goes Christmas shopping crazy. Goods were in storage at a Sainsbury's depot in Waltham Abbey, Essex, which employs around 1,200 people and covers the size of eight football pitches.

On the road to recovery: Darwin"s Galapagos tortoise threatened with extinction now number more than 1,000

On the road to recovery: Darwin's Galapagos tortoise threatened with extinction now number more than 1,000 Pioneering breeding programme has saved the iconic speciesNumbers had fallen to as low as 15 in the 1970sInspired Charles Darwin's theories of evolution | UPDATED: 11:16 GMT, 15 December 2012 In the 1970s there were just 15 Galapagos tortoises left in the world. But now it appears that the tide has turned for the rare creatures and thanks to a successful breeding programme there are more than 1,000 on the islands. The tortoises which helped inspire Charles Darwin's theories of evolution were virtually extinct – but thanks to pioneering work the future looks much less bleak

Visitors banned and more wards closed as hospitals battle worst norovirus outbreak for five years

'Please, please don't visit': Hospitals in lockdown amid worst norovirus outbreak in five years Birmingham's City Hospital has imposed the ban until further notice after an outbreak of the bug forced four wards to close Comes as Doncaster & Bassetlaw trust takes to Twitter, begging those with any symptoms to stay away Cases of winter vomiting bug up 72% on last year | UPDATED: 13:16 GMT, 14 December 2012 Hospitals are going into lockdown in a desperate bid to get the winter vomiting bug under control. Birmingham's City Hospital announced today that visitors are banned until further notice, after an outbreak of the bug forced the closure of four wards

Killed by a three point turn: Mechanic crushed to death by reversing hire car in parking accident at repair garage

Killed by a three point turn: Mechanic crushed to death by reversing hire car in parking accident at repair garage Mark Roper, 32, was working on a car inside garage when accident occurredThe hire car driver, 68, has been arrested and bailed | UPDATED: 14:25 GMT, 14 December 2012 Accident: A 68-year-old man has been arrested after mechanic Mark Roper (pictured) was crushed to death at his garage on Wednesday A mechanic was crushed to death at work when the driver of a hire car attempted a three point turn and accidentally crashed through the garage's closed shutter doors. Mark Roper, 32, was working on a car inside Autocraft Accident Repair Centre, in Keighley, West Yorks, when the 68-year-old driver came crashing through in his car.