Tag Archives: BBC

Eddie Maher: How I took my family on the run for 19 years

Five years ago a woman walked into a police station in Ozark, Missouri, and claimed her father-in-law was a British fugitive. It was the end of the road for Eddie Maher, who had been on the run – with wife and children in tow – for 19 years. How did one of the UK’s most wanted men evade capture for ...

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The city in Pakistan that loves a British hairstyle

When BBC correspondent Secunder Kermani wanted to get a haircut in Pakistan, he decided to head to Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. It was the one city where he could be sure of getting the same cut he normally has in London. As I waited outside the blast-proof walls of my hotel in Islamabad, a short, moustached security guard with a ...

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How an autistic child became world pinball champion

Pinball champion Robert Gagno says having autism has made him a better player. But it’s also true that playing pinball has helped him live with autism. When Robert Gagno plays pinball at his local arcade a crowd usually gathers to watch. The Canadian, who lives near Vancouver in British Columbia, has such control he can make each metal ball last ...

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The British student who wants you to study in North Korea

North Korea frightens the world with its missile tests and threats of pre-emptive nuclear strikes. This is precisely why a British student thinks it’s time to try making friends with North Koreans – the people who live there – or at least to get to know them better, writes the BBC’s Eleanor Dunn. “We’re so quick to label North Korea ...

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Why I failed to catch Canada's worst serial killer

Ten years ago, the trial of Canada’s most prolific serial killer opened in Vancouver. Det Con Lorimer Shenher had long suspected the man in the dock, who eventually admitted to nearly 50 murders, but Shenher’s attempts to question him had been hindered by red tape. He is still haunted by his failure. Lorimer Shenher had been working in his new ...

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I had to wait 11 days to be told of my daughter's death

When Sarah Jenkins saw pictures of distraught mothers appealing for information about missing children after the Manchester bombing, it reminded her of her own experience 12 years ago. After the 7/7 attacks in London she had to wait 11 awful days for confirmation that her daughter Emily had died. She now campaigns for victims’ relatives to be kept better informed. ...

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Bradley Lowery: Only weeks to live as cancer spreads

The family of terminally-ill Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has revealed he only has weeks to live. The six-year-old from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, suffers from neuroblastoma and is receiving palliative care at home. An X-ray has now shown his tumours are spreading rapidly, and there is little room left in his lungs for oxygen. A posting on the dedicated Facebook ...

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Body found in Bristol harbour in search for missing woman

A body has been found in the search for a missing 26-year-old woman. Lily Fenton was last seen late on Friday night in central Bristol. The body was discovered following an extensive police operation at Bristol’s harbourside on Saturday. Avon and Somerset Police said her disappearance was not being treated as suspicious. Miss Fenton’s family have been informed. Formal identification ...

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Birmingham city centre streets shut after London attack

Roads were closed in Birmingham city centre in the wake of the London attack, with West Midlands Police saying it was a “reassurance move”. Broad Street, the centre of the city’s nightlife, and a number of side roads were shut to traffic at 23:30 BST. The swift response led to some speculation on social media the city was also under ...

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London attack: Good Samaritans help with #SofaForLondon

Londoners are offering shelter and comfort to those affected by the terror attack on the capital by sharing the hashtag #SofaForLondon on social media. Taxi drivers provided free rides from the cordons around London Bridge and Borough Market that left many cut off. Places of worship across many faiths joined pubs, hotels and businesses in providing food and shelter. Strangers ...

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