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Isaac Dogboe: Boxer’s struggle from Ghana to the UK and Madison Square Garden

Isaac Dogboe on meeting Prince Charles, sleeping in a gym and becoming world champion “My dad said ‘don’t phone your mum and tell her the problems we are going through’.” Boxer Isaac Dogboe is detailing a period of homelessness that pre-dated his rise to world champion. As he does so, his father Paul fights back tears just a few feet away. The 24-year-old, who describes himself as “born in Ghana, made in Britain”, can scarcely believe life has changed so much that he now gets to rub shoulders with Prince…

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PC and two men attacked by dogs in Leeds garden

Image caption The three men were bitten by the dogs in the early hours of Saturday morning Three men including a police officer have suffered serious injuries after they were attacked by two dogs. A 59-year-old man and a 79-year-old man were found injured in Garth Walk, Moortown, Leeds, at about 04:40 BST. The younger man received potentially life-changing injuries, police said. A male officer was bitten during attempts to catch one of the dogs in a garden. Two people, thought to be the owners of the dogs, have been…

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Hatton Garden raider Daniel Jones given more jail time

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Daniel Jones was a member of the gang that stole some £14m of goods from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit One of the ringleaders behind the Hatton Garden raid has been given additional jail time for failing to pay his confiscation order. Daniel Jones, 63, has been sentenced to a further six years and 287 days for failing to pay back £6,599,021. He was a member of the gang that stole some £14m of goods after drilling into a vault at London’s Hatton Garden…

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The butterflies spotted in your back garden and beyond

Image copyright Sue Bargh Image caption Sue Bargh spotted this small white on a verbena that she grew to six feet (1.8m) tall in Chester If you’re keen on pictures of butterflies, you’re in luck. Sir David Attenborough has said spending time with nature offers “precious breathing space” from modern life, and he’s urged the public to join the world’s biggest butterfly count. To mark the occasion, people have got in touch with the best butterflies they have spotted in gardens, meadows and nature reserves across the UK. Image copyright…

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Stockport woman admits killing dad and burying body in garden

Image copyright Christopher Furlong/ Getty Image caption Police and forensic officers pictured at the scene of the discovery in January A woman has admitted killing her “violent bully” father 12 years ago, hitting him repeatedly with a shovel and burying his body in her garden. The remains of Kenneth Coombes were found in Reddish in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in January. Barbara Coombes, 63, of Matlock Road in Reddish, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at Manchester Crown Court. Coombes was jailed for nine years by Mr Justice…

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‘Thousands of bees filled our garden’

A couple have described the “educational if scary” moment thousands of bees filled their garden early on Saturday morning. Brian and Kathryn Yates from Liverpool told the BBC they are feeling fine but shocked after the incident. Beekeeper Dave Woods, who arrived to help the couple, explained that the insects were looking for a new home. “During a heatwave, bees multiply more and often outgrow their hives”, Mr Woods said. ‘Something out of a horror movie’ Mr and Mrs Yates were hanging washing out to dry in their garden at…

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Garden waste collection charges rise to £74m a year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than half of councils now charge for green waste collection UK councils are charging almost £74m a year between them for garden waste collection, BBC research has suggested. Data collected by BBC One’s Rip Off Britain revealed that more than half of councils had introduced charges. Residents’ green waste was previously paid for through the council tax by most local authorities. The Local Government Association said councils were forced to charge because they face a £5bn shortfall in funding from central government. Rip…

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Greenwich murder: Man charged after body found in garden

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who was found dead in a back garden in south-east London. Gary Davies, 50, of Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, is due to appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Monday. A 56-year-old woman was found dead behind a house in Tunnel Avenue at about 11:30 BST on Saturday. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said it appeared she had been stabbed. Her next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place. The spokesman added: “Although the incident is…

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Greenwich murder: Man arrested after body found in garden

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who was found dead in a back garden in south-east London. The woman, thought to be in her 50s, was discovered behind a house in Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, at about 11:30 BST on Saturday. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said it appeared she had been stabbed and they were informing her next of kin. The arrested man, aged in his 50s, is being questioned at a south London police station. The Met said they believed the dead woman and the…

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WW2 bunker found under Middlesbrough back garden

Image caption The bunker was partially flooded and had to be cleared of water A hidden World War Two bunker has been discovered under the back garden of a house in Middlesbrough. Chris Scott was having his Marton Avenue home renovated when he decided to investigate what he thought was a drain cover. But it turned out to be the entrance to a concrete-lined, two-room bunker, big enough for more than 50 people. The married father-of-one, 40, said he plans to turn the bunker into a wine cellar or an…

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