Extraordinary story of WW2"s Starfish Sites designed to look like burning cities which saved 2,500 lives

Operation Starfish: Extraordinary story of Second World War sites designed to look like burning cities which saved 2,500 lives and diverted 730 air raids Starfish decoy towns in Britain helped to dupe Nazi aircraft during Blitz They were built to lure enemy bombers away from more populated areasTanks containing diesel and paraffin were placed on top of 20ft towersDiesel was released onto coke or coal before water was released on topCaused a virtual explosion of fire and steam, looking like a burning town By Paul Harris PUBLISHED: 00:11 GMT, 1 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 2 March 2013 It sounds a little like something Captain Mainwaring might have dreamed up. But don’t panic – not all the fires that raged across Britain during Hitler’s bombing onslaught were homes and factories ablaze. For a cunning plan to build decoy towns and set them alight bamboozled the Luftwaffe into believing they had hit their targets.

Mother banned from driving after going to pick children up from school after drinking a bottle of vodka

Mother banned from driving after going to pick children up from school after drinking a bottle of vodkaPolice found her sprawled across the sofa at home with the children missingThe mother-of-three was three times over the legal drink driving limitShe admitted drink driving and child cruelty and was banned from the roads | UPDATED: 17:23 GMT, 27 December 2012 A mother who downed a bottle of vodka and drove to pick up her children from school while three times the legal limit has been banned from the roads. A member of staff at the primary school called the police when the woman arrived reeking of alcohol. Officers and social workers visited the mother-of-three at home later that day and found the children – aged three to seven – were missing and her sprawled across the sofa

"Mother, 27, and partner kept four-year-old son in locked room and fed him SALT before battering him to death"

Mother, 27, and partner 'kept four-year-old son in locked room and fed him SALT before battering him to death' | UPDATED: 00:17 GMT, 21 December 2012 A mother and her partner kept her four-year-old son locked in a room, denying him food and feeding him salt before battering him to death, a court heard yesterday. Magdelena Luczak, 27, and her partner Mariusz Krezolek, 33, are accused of assaulting and killing her son Daniel Pelka on March 3 this year. The couple pleaded not guilty to murder when they appeared at Birmingham Crown Court

Former Premier League star Peter Ndlovu critically ill after car accident which killed his older brother and a female passenger

Former Premier League star Peter Ndlovu in hospital after car accident which killed his older brother and a female passenger | UPDATED: 17:59 GMT, 16 December 2012 Former Coventry City footballer Peter Ndlovu is out of danger after surviving after a horror car crash which claimed the life of his brother.

The M6 toxic fireball: Motorway re-opens 12 hours after chemical tanker exploded and ten people – including eight firefighters – were left needing…

The M6 toxic fireball: Motorway re-opens 12 hours after chemical tanker exploded and ten people – including eight firefighters – were left needing treatmentMotorists evacuated from their cars and warned to expect major delaysResidents advised to stay indoors and close their windows Firefighters set up 800m exclusion zone between Junction 3 and Junction 4 Lorry was carrying potentially harmful acid solution hydrochloride Accident follows Monday's nine-vehicle pile-up on the M6 in Cheshire | UPDATED: 23:54 GMT, 12 December 2012 The M6 has re-opened 12 hours after a chemical tanker exploded in a 50ft fireball, leaving eight firefighters and two drivers needing treatment for exposure to toxic fumes. Huge tailbacks built up throughout the day leaving scores of drivers stranded before the traffic chaos finally cleared at 10pm, the Highways Agency said this evening.

Baby died between sleeping parents who drank before taking two-month-old to bed with them

Baby died between sleeping parents who drank before taking two-month-old to bed with themThe child, named only as Child W, had been born healthy in May 2011Midwives had warned the mother, who has not been named, against sleeping in bed with childA report was launched because the family were known to Social Services | UPDATED: 20:40 GMT, 11 December 2012 A baby died while sleeping between parents who had been drinking before they took the infant to bed with them. Midwives had warned the mother – who has not been named – about the risks of sleeping beside her baby – but she admitted she repeatedly ignored their advice. The details of the tragic case were revealed in a report to Coventry City Council

Firm changes design of bunk bed a year after girl, 4, accidentally hanged herself from it with Hello Kitty bag

Firm changes design of bunk bed a year after girl, 4, accidentally hanged herself from it with Hello Kitty bagTegan Hancox became trapped in the strap as she climbed out of bed just days before ChristmasHer mother Becky Shreenan, of Coventry, has been campaigning for the changes | UPDATED: 17:03 GMT, 7 December 2012 A manufacturer has agreed to change the design of a bunk bed a year after a four-year-old girl accidentally hanged herself from one in her sleep.

Last healthy moments of girl, 3, who died from mysterious head injury as police launch fresh appeal

Caught on CCTV: Last moments of girl, 3, who died from mysterious head injury as police launch fresh appeal for details Mariam Alam, of Coventry, was seen on CCTV at a Lidl store last NovemberPolice issue fresh appeal to public one year after she died of head traumaOfficers still trying to determine how or where little girl suffered fatal injury Detective Inspector Chris Hanson: 'We haven’t forgotten about Mariam' | UPDATED: 10:40 GMT, 6 December 2012 These CCTV images show the last healthy moments of a three-year-old girl skipping through a supermarket door to buy sweets, before she later died from a mysterious head injury.

Toddler, 3, saves mother"s life by calling his gran despite never using a phone before

Toddler, 3, saves mother's life by calling his gran despite never using a phone beforeLittle Aaron Green managed to call for help when his mother had a diabetic seizureDespite never having used a mobile before, doctors say his quick thinking saved his mother Cally's life She says: 'I want everyone to know what a Superman he is' | UPDATED: 16:25 GMT, 5 December 2012 Little hero: Aaron Green, 3, managed to save his mums life by calling for help using her mobile phone, despite having never used one before A three-year-old boy saved his mother’s life by calling for help using her mobile phone – despite having never used one before. Little Aaron Green somehow managed to call his great-grandmother when his mother Cally, 26, had a diabetic seizure.

Frail pensioner, 72, who was moved to care home for her own safety died after cracking six ribs in a game of football

Frail pensioner, 72, who was moved to care home for her own safety died after cracking six ribs in a game of football Rose Medlock developed pneumonia after the rib injury aggravated a lung conditionShe had been playing sit down football at Beechwood Gardens residential care home in Earlsdon, West Midlands, when she fellHusband John, 85, said his wife would still be alive if she had been at home with him Inquest recorded verdict of accidental death caused by bronchial pneumonia, fractured ribs and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.