Come on chaps, the WRVS needs you! Charity calls for male members to befriend lonely pensioners

Come on chaps, the WRVS needs you! Why the women's voluntary service wants men to join upWRVS launched search for members to befriend male pensionersStudy found more than a third of men over 75 battle lonelinessWRVS believes issue may be alleviated by recruiting male volunteers who can be companions to the over-75s By Ian Drury PUBLISHED: 01:52 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:46 GMT, 4 February 2013 Alone: The charity started the search for volunteers to befriend pensioners after a study found more than a third of men over 75 battle loneliness (file picture) A football match or a busy pub are perhaps not the first places you’d expect to find would-be volunteers for the WRVS. But that’s exactly where a manhunt for members to befriend male pensioners may take an organisation which is often identified with women’s flower arranging or tea afternoons. The WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Services) has launched the search after a study found that more than a third of men over 75 – around 200,000 – battle loneliness and spend 12 hours a day or even more on their own.

Man who "tried to murder his girlfriend" while on the run is arrested after evading police for two weeks

Man who 'tried to murder his girlfriend' while on the run is arrested after evading police for two weeks Michael Bennison, 28, was arrested in York last night North Yorkshire Police officers had issued an urgent public appeal He is being questioned on suspicion of attempting to murder his girlfriendA 27-year-old woman is in a stable condition in hospital with stab wounds | UPDATED: 16:16 GMT, 17 December 2012 Wanted: Michael Bennison, 28, who is suspected of stabbing his 27-year-old girlfriend with a bladed item in York on Friday afternoon A man has been arrested after it is believed he tried to kill his girlfriend while on the run from police. Michael Bennison, 28, was arrested in York yesterday evening following a nationwide manhunt

Pub landlord vanishes with 30,000 Christmas fund and is last seen on boat to France

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