Sadistic thug, 24, jailed after young mother finds DVD showing him subjecting her 15-month-old baby to "appalling" torture

Sadistic thug, 24, jailed after young mother finds DVD of him subjecting her 15-month-old son to 'appalling' tortureLabourer Mark Weatherall, 24, was sentenced to 12 months for child crueltyHe slapped, poked and throw a ball at the defenceless babyEvil Weatherall, from Guildford, Surrey, filmed the abuse By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 18:16 GMT, 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 19:27 GMT, 25 February 2013 A young mum put on a DVD at home and to her horror found herself watching movie footage of her own baby boy being tortured in his cot. The traumatized woman in her 20’s, saw her 15-month-old child slapped, poked in the face and bombarded repeatedly with a ball, a Crown Court heard.

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

Tally GO! 250,000 turn out for Boxing Day hunts as government say there are no plans to vote on repealing the ban

We can't win voted to end foxhunting, admit Tories as 250,000 supporters turn out in show of strength for Boxing Day hunts Countryside Alliance claims 250,000 people have turned out across Britain Hunts follow a pre-laid scent trail to avoid cruelty to animals Environment Secretary says no imminent prospect of parliamentary voteBan on hunting with dogs was passed under Labour in 2005Air ambulance rescue after woman is kicked by horse in Lancashire | UPDATED: 07:35 GMT, 27 December 2012 Thousands of supporters braved the wind and rain yesterday to provide a massive show of strength for Boxing Day hunts. More than 250,000 turned out to celebrate one of the highlights of the countryside calendar in the face of growing anger over the hunting ban

Hilarious photos appear to show pooches behind the wheel of their owners" cars

Dog, where's my car Hilarious photos appear to show pets behind the wheel of their owners' vehicles Pictures appearing to show driving dogs posted on Amazing Creatures blogAppear to make light of dogs being taught to drive in real life in New Zealand | UPDATED: 01:48 GMT, 26 December 2012 They seem perfectly at ease behind the wheel, but are sure to turn the eyes of fellow drivers. These hilarious pictures show dogs appearing to drive around streets in their owner's cars – with some going for a solo journey and others apparently carrying passengers along for the ride. The mock-up photos posted on the Amazing Creature blog appear to be making light of news earlier this month in New Zealand, where a charity taught a trio of rescue dogs how to drive

"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

Parents "betrayed" on porn as ministers reject call for opt-in for online access

Parents 'betrayed' on porn as ministers reject call for opt-in for online access Ministers claim experts advised against an automatic block forcing internet users to contact their Internet Service Providers to access porn Around 35 per cent of parents backed the 'opt-in' system | UPDATED: 01:20 GMT, 16 December 2012 Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman says the Government is doing 'very little' about increasing numbers of children being exposed to online porn Ministers were accused of betraying parents last night after they ruled out an automatic block on internet porn to protect children.

Mother killed her four-month-old son while high on drugs by knocking TV onto his head as he lay below, court hears

Mother killed her four-month-old son while high on drugs by knocking TV onto his head as he lay below, court hearsCourt told that 25-yearold mother was high on heroin, Valium and alcohol Youngster suffered 'catastrophic' brain injuries day after tv toppled on him Father also accused of being high and faces child cruelty charges | UPDATED: 17:31 GMT, 10 December 2012 A mother who was high on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol killed her four-month-old son when she knocked a large television on to his head, a court has heard. Preston Crown Court was told that Natalie McMillan, 25, from Burnley in Lancashire had taken a mixture of heroin and Valium and was in no fit state to look after her son Kian when the incident happened. The youngster suffered 'catastrophic' brain injuries the day after the television toppled from a cupboard while he was resting on a mat on the floor of the family home last December.

You really CAN teach an old dog new tricks: The strays being trained to drive a car

A dog that can drive It must be a Rover: The stray canines that have been taught to get behind the wheel The three stray dogs are being trained in specially modified carts to operate the car's controlsThey will attempt to drive a real Mini next week, with their efforts being broadcast live online | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 6 December 2012 In a world already full of road hogs this is perhaps the last thing you want to see in the rear view mirror. Animal experts are teaching dogs how to drive.

Grandfather burned grandson, 5, with cigarette as part of a bizarre "family game"

Grandfather burned grandson, 5, with cigarette as part of a bizarre 'family game' Judge told the 57-year-old man, who cannot be named, he 'acted like a 13-year-old'The man, who was drinking heavily, has been given a 12 month community order | UPDATED: 13:51 GMT, 5 December 2012 A grandfather has been convicted of child cruelty after he burned his five-year-old grandson with a cigarette in a bizarre ‘family game’. The schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered burns to his arm and leg when the 57-year-old grandparent 'playfully prodded' him with the lit cigarette.