Australia wildfires: Moment terrified family were forced to take refuge

Clinging on for dear life: Moment terrified family were forced to take refuge in the water as Australian wildfire tore through their townTammy and Tim Holmes led their five grandchildren to safety as blaze destroyed their home in Dunalley, TasmaniaThey clung to each other and the jetty for more than two hours until they eventually found dinghy to flee fire zoneChildren's mother, who had left them with her parents while she attended a funeral, feared they had been killedCooler weather has brought temporary respite today after days of record temperatures in the south of countryBut 35,000 firefighters are now on standby in Queensland as searing heat is predicted to move north later today /s3665494.htm” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> Australia's ABC network: 'We just waited by the phone and received a message at 3.30pm to say that mum and dad had evacuated, that they were surrounded by fire, and could we pray. 'So I braced myself to lose my children and my parents.' Bracing themselves: The children prepare to enter the water to take refuge under the jetty as the wildfire rips through their grandparents' home Thanked God: The children's mother, Bonnie Walker, was unaware of the impending danger when she drove off to attend a funeral and feared her family had been killed when she heard of the devastation Divine intervention: A building burns near the jetty

Prince Andrew"s ex Koo Stark denies stealing a 40,000 painting from an ex partner

Prince Andrew's ex Koo Stark appears in court and denies stealing painting worth 40,000 from former partner Appeared at Isleworth Crown Court under real name Kathleen StarkShe denied stealing the painting from former partner Warren WalkerMiss Stark dated Prince Andrew in 1980s before starring in soft porn filmAlleges that she was injured by police during arrest | UPDATED: 16:45 GMT, 21 December 2012 Denial: Prince Andrew's ex Koo Stark appeared at Isleworth Crown Court today and denied stealing a 40,000 painting from an ex-partner's house The Duke of York’s ex-girlfriend Koo Stark today denied stealing a painting worth 40,000 from a former partner. The 56-year-old, appearing under her real name Kathleen Stark, is accused of snatching the artwork from the flat of her former partner Warren Walker.

So whose dog did he bury? Pet owner"s shock after his missing dog returns home

So whose dog did he bury Pet owner's joy after his missing pet returns home … two days after he gave it a solemn send off Jimmy the border terrier went missing during a walk near EdinburghFive days later, owner Scott Walker was told a dog had been found dead Mr Walker and girlfriend Cathy Herse said their goodbyes and buried the dog But two days after that, Jimmy turned up in Fairmilehead | UPDATED: 18:03 GMT, 21 December 2012 A dog lover spoke of his amazement yesterday after he was reunited with the runaway pet he thought had died, two days after burying the wrong animal

Finger nicking good: Men who stole 220,000 litres of cooking oil from KFC stores jailed for total of four years

Finger nicking good: Thieves stole 220,000 litres of cooking oil from KFC stores to sell on as biodiesel Stuart Bradley and Matthew Walker masterminded nationwide scamThe pair stole cooking oil from stores and sold it on as biodieselThe duo have been jailed two years each for 'complex and elaborate' scam | UPDATED: 20:22 GMT, 18 December 2012 Two men who stole 220,000 litres of cooking oil from KFC stores and supermarkets across the UK and sold it on as biodiesel have been jailed for a combined total of four years. Scheming Stuart Bradley, 38, and Matthew Walker, 27, masterminded a nationwide scam described by one senior detective as one of the most 'complex and elaborate' crimes he had ever investigated. The duo struck at dozens of KFC branches as well as Asda, Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets and stole up to 147,000 worth of cooking oil which they siphoned into their vans.

Booming Ice Chasm: Underground chamber beneath Rocky Mountains has giant ice slides that never melt

Inside the glacier-cave: Amazing underground chamber with giant ice slides that never melt 140 metre deep cave is beneath the Rocky MountainsCrystal clear ice makes explorers feel they are flying, while unique acoustics make it almost impossible to converse | UPDATED: 14:09 GMT, 10 December 2012 These are the stunning images which capture the breathtaking beauty of a new world discovered in an ice chasm beneath the Rocky Mountains. The cave, called Booming Ice Chasm, was named for it's incredible acoustics – as falling rocks crash and 'boom' when they tumble down the 140 metre deep cave. The crystal clear ice is several meters thick – and explorers say navigating across it makes them feel like they are flying.