Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banks

Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banksDream Christmas becomes nightmare for 12 members of the Hughes familyThey had to be rescued from a luxury cottage in Uckinghall, GlosIt was the first time the whole family had been together for 20 years | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 31 December 2012 A Christmas break in a luxurious cottage by the Severn probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But it turned into a nightmare for the Hughes family when the river burst its banks and they were stranded indoors for a week looking out at waist-deep water before eventually being rescued by boat.

Assassination attempt on Belfast policeman foiled as live bomb is found attached underneath car outside his home

Assassination attempt on Belfast policeman foiled as live bomb is found attached underneath car outside his homeBomb found underneath car parked near off-duty policeman's home Police in east Belfast said it was a clear assassination attempt Policeman's home is also close to Police Service of Northern Ireland HQ | UPDATED: 19:55 GMT, 30 December 2012 A bomb has been found under the car belonging to an off-duty policeman in east Belfast. The booby trap device was detected by the policeman himself around 2pm this afternoon, near his home off a busy road in the Northern Irish capital.

Britain"s 66 Apache gunships could become redundant after America opts for an updated model

Britain's 66 Apache helicopter gunships could become redundant after America opts for an updated model Britain's AH-64D helicopters face becoming redundant because the U.S. has decided to stop using itIt means technical support for the British fleet will be withdrawn in 2017 | UPDATED: 10:37 GMT, 5 December 2012 Britain's American-made Apache attack helicopters could be cut back or even scrapped outright because the U.S

"Sex party" organiser and former rowing team-mate of the Duchess of Cambridge left red-faced by email glitch

'Sex party' organiser and former rowing team-mate of the Duchess of Cambridge left red-faced by email glitchSelf-styled 'sextrepreneur' Emma Sayle sent an email invite to the discreet Killing Kittens Christmas PartyBut she was left embarrassed when a virus saw replies circulated to all members of the club for the 'sexual elite' | UPDATED: 08:00 GMT, 30 November 2012 Red-faced: Killing Kittens 'sextrepreneur' Emma Sayle was left embarrassed by an email glitch An upmarket sex party organiser has been left red-faced after a technical glitch sent hundreds of emails to members of her club. Self-styled 'sextrepreneur' Emma Sayle, who was a rowing team-mate of the Duchess of Cambridge until 2007, runs the Killing Kittens parties which are billed as being ultra-discreet and start with guests wearing masks to hide their identities – only taking them off when they wish to reveal who they are. But that discretion was breached when clients who replied to an email invite to a Christmas party found that a virus circulated their reply throughout the club's mailing list