Landslide alert for walkers as deluge mayhem mounts and six weeks of rain is expected to fall before the New Year Flooding expected across Britain, with 394 warnings and alerts out Boxing Day walkers warned of landslides on coastlines and rail tracks The South West, Midlands and Anglia at biggest risk from floods Seven inches to fall by Saturday on already saturated ground | UPDATED: 00:20 GMT, 27 December 2012 Walkers and holidaymakers were warned of a risk of landslides yesterday as the wet weather was forecast to continue into the new year. With many areas already saturated, the prospect of more heavy showers means there may be further flooding in the next week
Christmas-mad couple don Santa outfits for their wedding ceremony before being waved off on a sleighTerminally-ill Harry Paul and Margaret Steward wed in fancy dressGuests also turned out in a range of costumes at the Cambridgeshire eventThe happy couple waved goodbye to guests as they rode off on a sleigh | UPDATED: 21:40 GMT, 25 December 2012 A couple donned Santa costumes during their wedding ceremony before being waved off in a sleigh. Terminally-ill Harry Paul, 56, and Margaret Steward, 65, were joined by more than 50 guests in fancy dress outfits, including Snow White, elves and snowmen, at their party. The best man was dressed as a Christmas cracker, while two elf maidens were the bridesmaids and the seven dwarves even made an appearance.
Red alert over Chilean volcano as she gets ready to blow with awesome ash dischargeArea near Copahue volcano put on red alert following seismic activity Volcano started spewing ash and gas on SaturdayAn ash cloud nearly a mile high has billowed from the volcano | UPDATED: 17:35 GMT, 24 December 2012 A region of Chile has been put on red alert after a volcano on the Argentinian border started spewing ash and gas. Seismic activity at the Copahue volcano grew over the weekend until Chile's emergency office ONEMI issued the highest alert yesterday in the Biobio region when an ash cloud billowed almost a mile high. The volcano, which sits in the Andes cordillera, straddling the border with Argentina's Neuquen province, started spewing ash and gas on Saturday.
Merry Essex-mas! How 'Father Christmas' lived in TOWIE county and died 500 years agoArchive entry shows Father Christmas was buried in the county in 1564Essex Record Office archives show a host of Christmas family members | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 23 December 2012 Historians have uncovered evidence that Father Christmas lived in Essex and died nearly 500 years ago. Archivists at the county's records' office have discovered a brief archive entry that states Father Christmas was laid to rest at a churchyard in the village of Dedham on May 30, 1564.
TV researcher, 24, forced to unmask pervert caller herself after 18 months of torment during which police ignored pleas for help Sophie Daysh from London paid online phone company to discover caller's identity Abdul Rafiq, 43, got her number after showing her a flat in Manchester | UPDATED: 01:26 GMT, 21 December 2012 Detective: Sophie Daysh used her own methods to trace the caller who rang her at all hours after the police said they could not take action She was left distressed and frightened after being plagued by a phone pest for more than 18 months. But when Sophie Daysh turned to the police, they told her they were powerless to help because the caller had withheld his number. Eventually the 24-year-old TV researcher turned detective herself to expose the stalker who rang her all hours of the day and night.
The Mitchell grimace said: 'I am serious, not gloating' | UPDATED: 23:45 GMT, 19 December 2012 Mitchell had been subjected to a prolonged frenzy of the media and the political class after having a row with the police at the gates of Downing Street With a squeeze of the elbow here, a pat of the bottom there, a ‘so pleased for you, old boy, never doubted you for a minute’ and a wink and a crinkle-eyed smile: that was how former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell was greeted by Tory and Lib Dem MPs in the Commons Chamber yesterday. Just a few weeks ago (though it seems an age), Mr Mitchell left the Cabinet apparently a broken man.
Gotcha! Adorable never-before-seen photo shows President Obama caught in the web of Spider-Man (as played by one of his staffer's children) | UPDATED: 07:45 GMT, 20 December 2012 This is President Obama as we have never seen him before – caught unaware as he walks out of the Oval Office by none other than Spider-Man – or at least a very mini version of Spider-Man. The intimate photograph taken by White House photographer Pete Souza shows the President joking around with one of this staffer's children, who – dressed up as the super hero – pretends to shoot a spider web at Obama – who in turn reacts by pretending he is caught up in the imaginary trap. It is just one of the many behind-the-scenes pictures Mr Souza takes every year which show a more down-to-earth and touching side of the man who has just been named as TIME's Person of the Year for 2012
Couple celebrate 70 years of marriage after she fainted into the arms of a stranger as the first bombs of World War II began to fall | UPDATED: 18:25 GMT, 18 December 2012 Bessie Cameron literally 'fell' for her husband of seventy years – she fainted into his arms when the first bombs fell in 1940 – and they are now celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. She says the spark between them hasn't changed from that moment outside the Coliseum cinema in Barrow, Cumbria. She and John Roland 'Roly' Fry wed two years later.
Post Office in tiny Welsh village of BETHLEHEM besieged by customers wanting a Christmas postmarkThousands flock to village with the famous name of BethlehemThe coveted handstamp attracts visitors from across the world, including America and AustraliaAround 30,000 letters to pass through the post office this year | UPDATED: 17:25 GMT, 16 December 2012 A Post Office in the tiny Welsh village of BETHLEHEM has been swamped with customers who want to have their Christmas cards stamped with its unique postmark.
Hate preacher Abu Qatada's new 450,000 four bedroom home – paid for by you The owner of his new rented home said she will try to evict himGovernment confirm Qatada has so far received more than 500,000 in legal aid | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 16 December 2012 Radical preacher Abu Qatada has moved into a new taxpayer-funded house worth 450,000 near to a church – and the furious owner wants him out. The fanatical Muslim, who preached hate sermons towards the West – arrived in the leafy suburb of North-West London last week