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Mother of monkey dust drug addict warns of dangers

Jane Eagles has allowed a BBC film crew into her son’s flat to show the devastation the drug monkey dust can cause. Kevin Eagles from Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is currently in jail after he climbed up on a roof whilst high on the class B drug and threw roof tiles at police. He pleaded guilty to criminal damage and affray at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last month and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. His mother told Jeremy Cooke that the drug has ruined her son’s life. Meanwhile, Staffordshire Police has…

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Silver Cross Mother: Parent of soldier who died by suicide gets Canada honour

Image copyright Courtesy Anita Cenerini Image caption Private Thomas Welch in Afghanistan Every Remembrance Day, the Royal Canadian Legion names one mother of a soldier to represent all mothers who have lost children in Canadian military service. This year, Anita Cenerini, the woman who has been given the honoured post, holds a unique significance. Anita Cenerini did not immediately agree to take on the role of National Silver Cross Mother when she was first approached by the Royal Canadian Legion. “It took me a while to ask the question: ‘Did…

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Newcastle mother appeals on Twitter for new kidney

Image copyright Joanne D’Onofrio Image caption Joanne D’Onofrio said she needed a kidney from a live donor “pretty quickly” to save her life A mother has issued an urgent appeal on Twitter for a life-saving kidney. Joanne D’Onofrio, 46 and from Newcastle, is currently on dialysis in the city’s Freeman Hospital after falling seriously ill. At 18 she suffered kidney failure and had her first transplant a year later in 1991, but her body is now attacking the donor kidney. Almost 27,000 people have re-tweeted her appeal. She told BBC…

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Azaan Kaleem death: Mother cannot forgive killers for laughing at trial

Image caption Roseann Taylor said she wanted to donate her son’s organs, but could not because his body was “evidence” The mother of a teenager who was stabbed to death said she cannot forgive his killers after they “laughed and joked” at their trial. Azaan Kaleem, 18, was with his girlfriend in Luton in March when a group of strangers “piled out of a car” and stabbed him. He died in hospital. Four men were convicted over his death on Thursday at the Old Bailey. Roseann Taylor, who switched off…

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Canadian mother reunited with kidnapped son after 31 years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lyneth Mann-Lewis is comforted as she speaks about her reunification with her son A Canadian mother has been reunited with her son who was abducted in 1987 as a toddler. Jermaine Allan Mann was allegedly taken by his father when he was 21 months old during a scheduled visit in Toronto. He and his father lived under assumed names in the US until late last week, when his father was caught allegedly using falsified documents. The arrest brought an end to efforts by police…

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Demi Lovato’s mother says star is 90 days sober

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lovato has been in rehab since leaving hospital Demi Lovato’s mother Dianna De La Garza has said the 26-year-old singer has now been sober for 90 days. Speaking to radio station Sirius XM, De La Garza said she “couldn’t be more thankful or more proud of her”. Lovato was taken to hospital in July for an apparent drug overdose and has been in rehab since her release. De La Garza added: “Addiction being a disease, it’s work. It’s very hard. It’s not easy, and there…

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Sarah Wellgreen: Murder probe into missing mother of five

Image copyright Kent Police Image caption Sarah Wellgreen was last seen during the evening of 9 October The disappearance of a missing mother of five is being treated as a murder inquiry. Sarah Wellgreen, 46, was last seen in the Bazes Shaw area of New Ash Green, in Kent, on the evening of 9 October. Her car was left at her home address and there have been no new transactions on her bank or credit cards. Det Supt Paul Fotheringham said she had “disappeared without a trace”. A man in…

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One culture, two generations: Learning my mother tongue

Born and raised in Birmingham, Lola is both British and Nigerian. As the oldest daughter, she started the first generation of British-Nigerian in her family. But to what extent can she lay claim to being Nigerian when she cannot speak her mother tongue? This black history month Lola and her mum Habiba have a candid conversation about why she never learnt Yoruba and what it means to be both black, and British, when you automatically inherit a dual heritage. This film is part of BBC Stories stories 1 Culture 2…

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HimToo: How Pieter Hanson’s mother made him internet famous

Image copyright Pieter Hanson Image caption Pieter poses, mimicking the meme If you’ve seen some weird posts about sons on social media with the hashtag #HimToo, you might be justified in feeling a bit confused. “This is MY son”, begin the majority of tweets, before listing the achievements of everyone from horror villain Norman Bates to Back to the Future’s Marty McFly. It all began with a post from a concerned US mother on Twitter. Speaking to the BBC about his newfound internet fame, Florida resident Pieter Hanson answered the…

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Hadlow stab deaths: Mother and daughter victims named

Image caption Police were called by paramedics to a house in Carpenters Lane just after 07:40 BST on Saturday The family of a mother and daughter who died in a stabbing in a Kent village have said they are “too shocked” to comprehend their loss. Margaret Harris, in her 70s, and her daughter Sharon, in her 50s, died at their home in Hadlow early on Saturday. Margaret’s husband David needed to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after also being stabbed. Jack Ralph, 28, from Hadlow, has been arrested…

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