A thief has been caught on camera trying to steal Christmas decorations from outside a house. The woman grabs an armful of decorations but then drops them and runs away when someone inside realises what is going on. The incident happened in Tottenham, north London last night at around 7.45pm when the thief tried to steal four candy cane lights which cost around £19.99. Mother and nursery worker Jenna Bates posted CCTV footage of the attempt on Facebook saying: 'I am livid. This woman actually felt she was entitled to come up our garden path and attempt to steal the decorations we have paid for. CCTV footage taken outside the home in Tottenham, north London shows the woman try and steal the lights 'She saw them and thought she would take them. I mean what the f***?' The video shows a woman picking up the candy cane lights and slowly dragging them away from the house. Suddenly a yelling voice is heard off camera which spooks her. She then … [Read more...] about It’s the Grinch! Brazen thief tries to steal Christmas decorations from outside house (and it’s not even December yet)
Mark Nicholls (pictured), 39, was caught when he took his computer for repair and indecent images of girls were found, Gloucester crown court was told yesterday A decorated GCHQ worker led a sordid secret life as a child sex offender and voyeur, filming women and a young girl in the privacy of their homes, a court heard. Mark Nicholls, 39, one of the few civilian intelligence workers to have been awarded the Afghanistan Medal for his services, was caught when he took his computer for repair and indecent images of girls were found, Gloucester crown court was told yesterday. Police arrested Nicholls and seized his computer and found that as well as downloading child pornography he had also been covertly filming three women and an eight-year-old girl near his home. Film taken through windows and from hidden locations revealed the women undressing or breast feeding. There was also film of a naked eight-year-old girl using a paddling pool in her garden. Nicholls, from Stonehouse, nr Stroud, … [Read more...] about Decorated GCHQ employee, 39, is released after spending a ‘terrible’ night in jail for filming women and a young girl in their homes and downloading child pornography
As much as we love all the joy that Christmas trees bring, there's also a fair bit of nuisance involved, such as little ones grabbing the branches and cats climbing up it. So to keep the festive decor out of reach from inquisitive little hands and excited animals, Argos has started selling half Christmas trees, that come with just the top half of the tree. At 6ft high, the half Christmas trees mean that decorations are out of reach from children and pets, but could also be a great space saver for homes that struggle to find room in the corner for the traditional foliage. Costing £30 for the realistic-looking green version and £33.75 for the snowy version, both trees are available both in store and online on the Argos website. Originally spotted by Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, the half trees have stirred up quite a debate online, racking up over 11,000 comments. But while some parents saying they simply ask their kids not to touch the branches, others are praising the … [Read more...] about Argos has half Christmas trees to protect lights and decorations from pets and kids
Blenheim Palace is welcoming an Alice in Wonderland spectacular for the festive season this year. Lewis Carroll's classic tale is taking over the Oxfordshire Palace, with Alice-themed decorations spreading around its premises. The show, which will run from November 22 until January 5, even includes a real life Alice in costume, to welcome visitors and guide them through the premises. Pictures show the beautiful set ups that were propped around the palace to combine the magic of Christmas with the larger-than-life decor of the book. Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, is putting on a beautiful Alice in Wonderland spectacular this Christmas, from today until January 5, complete with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party in the Great Library Hall of Mirrors: The palace has been masterfully decorated with props celebrating both the work of Lewis Carroll and the spirit of Christmas Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and particularly … [Read more...] about A topsy turvy Christmas! Blenheim Palace unveils its spectacular Alice In Wonderland-themed festive decor – complete with a Mad Hatter’s tea party and giant playing cards
Experts say a shortage of premium 7-to-8-foot Christmas trees this year is due to growers planting too few trees following the 2008 financial crisis. Black Friday weekend offers the best selection of trees but also the highest prices, which peak come Cyber Monday. Many sellers start discounting their trees only around December 15. Premium Christmas trees are likely to be in short supply this year. That means deals and discounts will be harder to come by — unless you're willing to wait to bring home a fir or overlook its defects. Christmas trees typically take about 10 years to mature. This year's tight supply of the best trees traces back to the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, when growers were reluctant or unable to invest in planting seedlings. "When they were making decisions, they didn't have the cash flow because they were losing money, so they planted fewer trees back then," said Tim O'Connor, executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association. … [Read more...] about When is the best time to buy a real Christmas tree this year?