Hundreds of acres of heathland destroyed as wildfires spread across Scottish Highlands

Huge grassland fire brought under control before it reaches Scottish town after burning through the night Dozens of firefighters battled blaze near Fort William in Scottish Highlands Hundreds of acres of heath, grass and trees have burned in dry conditions Cause unknown but farmers are currently allowed to set moorland on fireLocal Lib Dem MP Charles Kennedy praises efforts of emergency services By Becky Evans and Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 22:38 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 GMT, 2 April 2013 Firefighters worked through the night to bring under control a huge grassland blaze. Crews were called to tackle the wildfire north of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands at around 4pm yesterday, which broke out on grassland and heath north of the B8004, stretching for three miles. Ross, Skye and Lochaber Liberal Democrat MP Charles Kennedy praised the efforts of emergency service crews who tackled the fire, with no properties in the area having to be evacuated

Caffrey, the amazing moggie who survives on two legs… and they"re both on the same side!

Caffrey, the amazing moggie who survives on two legs… and they're both on the same side! Black Persian lost his left hind leg some ten years ago after being run over by a car aged threeAfter 3,500 worth of operations, he battled on with his lifeThe tragedy struck four months ago when he was forced to have his front left leg amputatedAnother 4,000 operation and the fearless feline is still bounding about despite having no left-side legs By Paul Harris PUBLISHED: 22:29 GMT, 8 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 9 February 2013 Climbing trees, chasing mice, showing off to the ladies . . .

Horrified mother making sandwich for son finds blood-covered heroin addict"s needle inside loaf of bread

Mother finds heroin addict's blood-soaked NEEDLE inside loaf of bread from Tesco as she made sandwiches for her son Mother of son, 10, made shocking discovery in Roberts wholemeal breadNeedle was pushed through wrapper by David Rodgers, 61, last DecemberRodgers had been trying to avoid wife finding out he was back on heroin By Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 11:33 GMT, 5 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:05 GMT, 5 February 2013 A mother opened a loaf of bread bought at a Tesco store to make a sandwich for her 10-year-old – only to discover it contained a blood-covered needle used by a heroin-taking grandfather. The mother had taken two slices from the pack of Roberts wholemeal bread – which she had bought from the Tesco Express in Pendleton, Greater Manchester – when she made the shocking discovery. The needle had been pushed through the plastic wrapper by David Rodgers, 61, when he visited the shop with his wife, in a desperate attempt to avoid her finding out he was back on the drug.

French commando killed trying to rescue hostage from Somali militants in daring helicopter raid

French commando killed trying to rescue hostage from Somali militants in daring helicopter raid Militant group al-Shabab have held French soldier Denis Allex since 2009French spies stormed house after arriving in five helicoptersOne soldier killed and another was reported missing Initial reports Mr Allex was shot dead during the raid have been denied by those holding him , looking gaunt, he sent a video message to new President Francois Hollande, telling how his hopes of a rescue were fading by the day. He calls on France to drop its 'oppressive attitude' towards Muslims and says Mr Hollande represented his last hope of rescue. Poignantly, he adds: 'I am alive.

Jimmy Savile scandal: Report reveals he raped 34 women and girls and sexually assaulted up to 450

'Savile groomed the nation': Official police report into DJ's 60 years of abuse reveals that he raped 34 women and girls and sexually assaulted up to 450 Met officer in charge of investigation Peter Spindler says Savile targeted victims in almost every part of Britain Scotland Yard say he must have spent 'every minute of every waking day' thinking about abusing children Today's 'Giving Victims a Voice' report was jointly written by police and the NSPCCSavile was 'without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across', they say approximately 600 people have come forward to provide information to the investigative team.The total number of these relating to Savile is 450. The significant difference between the number of crime reports and the number of people who have come forward is due to some people wishing to remain anonymous and others who don’t wish the matter to be reported as a crime or are unable to remember sufficient detail. There are 34 rapes and 126 indecent acts, the police and NSPCC report said, and of his victims, 73 per cent were children, with the total victim age range between eight and 47 years old at the time.

Hillary Clinton to return to work next week in Washington but advised to avoid international travel

'Sounding terrific, upbeat and raring to go': Hillary Clinton to return to work next week in Washington but advised to avoid international travel Hillary Clinton, 65, left New York-Presbyterian Hospital looking relaxed with daughter Chelsea and husband Bill by her side on Wednesday After three days of treatment for blood clot in vein behind her ear, her medical team reports that she is making 'good progress on all fronts'Secretary Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after a follow-up exam found a blood clot in her headIs now recovering at family's Chappaqua home outside of ManhattanExpects to return to her Washington office next weekDoctors have advised her to avoid international travel for now attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. 'She is committed to testifying, and we are working with the committees on an appropriate set of dates,' Nuland said

Winter vomiting bug could cancel Christmas for thousands as cases hit 900,000

Winter vomiting bug could cancel Christmas for thousands as cases near 900,000 Number of people affected is 83 per cent higher than this time last year due to an early outbreak of the virusMost cases usually occur between January and MarchNumber of people affected has doubled in one week | UPDATED: 16:26 GMT, 19 December 2012 Norovirus is threatening to ruin Christmas for thousands of people as the number of cases continues to soar. Figures released yesterday show the number of people affected is 83 per cent higher than this time last year due to an early outbreak of the virus

AA warns on rising peril of potholes…to pedestrians: Numbers affecting Britain"s pavements is growing

AA warns on rising peril of potholes…to pedestrians: Numbers affecting Britain's pavements is growingAverage pavement has nearly two potholes per mile but some have fourMotorists and cyclists however face an average of 6.25 potholes per mileGovernment has announced an extra 215m for councils to tackle problem | UPDATED: 00:03 GMT, 19 December 2012 Potholes are not just a growing menace for motorists – they are an increasing threat to pedestrians too, a survey reveals today. Some pavements already have up to four potholes in every mile, while roads have more than twice that number, the AA reports. And that is before winter wreaks havoc on the highways.

Boarding school teacher three times the drink-drive limit said she didn"t know there were spirits in mulled wine… despite being the…

Boarding school teacher three times the drink-drive limit claimed she had just two glasses of mulled wine… without realising it had spirits in it Sarah Ramoth, 41, also blamed failed breath test on accidentally swallowing mouthwashThe head of chemistry is now having a report compiled on her claims | UPDATED: 16:54 GMT, 13 December 2012 'Two glasses': Sarah Ramoth, 41, told Harrogate Magistrates Court she was over the limit because she hadn't known her mulled wine had spirits in it A chemistry teacher who was almost three times the drink-drive limit today blamed two glasses of mulled wine and mouthwash for her high reading. Sarah Ramoth, 41, head of chemistry at upmarket independent school Harrogate Ladies' College, told the court that her mulled wine had turned out to have spirits in it

Carer, 22, who took cocaine to get to her "ideal weight" hanged herself when questioned by her mother

Carer, 22, who took cocaine to get to her ‘ideal weight’ of nine stone hanged herself when questioned by her motherSamantha Burke, 22, took amphetamines and laxatives to control her weightMother confronted her about habit but she flew into a rage and left houseShe suffered from depression and had previously overdosed on drugs | UPDATED: 20:15 GMT, 12 December 2012 Weight issues: Samantha Burke, 22, took illegal drugs in an attempt to control her weight. An inquest heard how she killed herself after being confronted about her drug-taking by her mother A young woman who took illegal drugs to control her weight hanged herself after her mother confronted her about the habit.