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Man Takes Uncle’s Corpse To Post Office To Collect Pension

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A man who dragged his uncle’s dead body to the post office to collect his pension claimed he thought he was alive.

Staff at the Hosey’s shop in County Carlow, Ireland, were left in shock when the corpse of the 66-year-old man, named locally as Peadar Doyle, was carried in last Friday morning.

Even though police investigating the bizarre incident have ruled out foul play, his nephew Declan Haughney has faced the wrath of locals.

According to witnesses, the 40-year-old was one of two men propping up Mr Doyle’s body up against the counter when an employee became suspicious and asked if the man was unwell. The pair reportedly told them that he was having a heart attack and dropped his body on the ground.

Mr Haughney, who is now being accused of trying to defraud his uncle, said ‘Why would I want to rob my uncle? I’m 40 years of age yeah, I’m not a child, I’m not a young fella.

‘I’m not an eejit to walk into Hoseys with a dead man and collect his money. Am I cuckoo? Am I cuckoo? I’m not.’

Earlier that morning, Mr Haughney reportedly tried to withdraw the pensioner’s money on his own but failed. Staff at the newsagents told him that Mr Doyle would have to be present and the nephew returned later, carrying the corpse with the help of a friend.

Mr Haughney now believes he is unfairly being accused of a crime because people in the town know that he previously stole from his aunt.

He told a local newspaper: ‘That’s why they’re saying it, that’s why this is all coming up now – because I done it before.

‘A bank card came through the aunt’s door and I got the pin code and went down for fraud and that’s why this is all coming up.’

Police confirmed there was no evidence to suggest the pensioner had died in suspicious circumstances and their enquiry now focuses on how his body was handled.

Emotional tributes have been pouring in for Mr Doyle, who was described as ‘a lovely man and neighbour’.

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Ex F1 chief executive would “take a bullet” for “friend” Vladimir Putin

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Formula 1 have issued a statement following comments by their former chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, in an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning, in which he praised “sensible” Vladimir Putin who he would “still take a bullet for”.

 

The 91-year-old businessman said that “unfortunately he’s like a lot of business people, certainly like me, that we make mistakes from time to time and when you make the mistake, you have to do the best you can to get out of it.”

 

These comments come amidst the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine following President Putin’s authorisation of a “special military operation” in the east, after intense diplomacy and the imposition of Western sanctions on Russia failed to deter him.

 

Ecclestone simultaneously criticised the Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy for not making a “big enough effort to speak to Putin”, whom he described as a “sensible person” who “would have listened to him and could have probably done something about it.”

 

He went on to confirm that he believed that if Zelenskyy had done more to avert war, as opposed to any change in Putin’s actions, the conflict that has taken the lives of thousands of innocent Ukrainian people could have been averted. “I’m quite sure Ukraine, if they’d wanted to get out of it properly, could have done.”

 

A Formula One spokesman has said: “The comments made by Bernie Ecclestone are his personal views and are in very stark contrast to the position of the modern values of our sport.”

 

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British Airways staff to strike over summer holidays

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A total of 700 British Airways workers at Heathrow Airport have voted in favour of and are set to go on a strike during the summer holidays in a dispute over pay, where demand is at its highest.

 

Unite and GMB union members have backed industrial action due to a 10% pay cut which was imposed at the peak of the pandemic, and is not to be reinstated. 94.7% of Unite members and 95% of GMB members voted in favour of the walkouts.

 

It is understood that these proposed strikes will only be undertaken by fewer than 50% of British Airways staff at Heathrow Airport. Nevertheless, if these strikes go ahead, there will no doubt be disruption for passengers and possible cancellations of flights.

 

Some members of BA staff, such as ground operations and engineers, have had their pay cuts reversed, however the GMB claim that check-in staff “have had nothing”. Unite have called this an insult. BA have issued a statement claiming that they are “extremely disappointed” with the decision made and are committed to finding a solution with the unions.

 

The exact strike dates are to be confirmed in the next few days.

 

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The Killers pause Old Trafford gig to check crowd-surfing pensioner is okay

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The 67-year-old was enjoying the gig with his son and daughter-in-law when he decided to get in on the action.

Half way through the set, singer Brandon Flowers expressed his concern after seeing an elderly man fall into the 60,000-strong crowd while being crowd-surfed to the front.

When the pensioner – later identified as sixty-seven-year-old Doug James from Sale – was pulled from the crowd with a bleeding head, Flowers asked the audience whether he should be crowd-surfing at his age, before jumping down from the stage to greet him himself.

Social media footage shows Flowers warmly embracing Doug, who seemed overjoyed with the situation and completely unfazed by the cut on his head.

Once back on stage, the American singer adopted his own Mancunian accent and recalled: “I said Billy what ya doin’? He told me ‘I’m enjoyin’ me self!’”.

Doug, who was at the gig with his son and daughter-in-law, later told ITV News of his encounter: “There are so many nice and fun people at concerts, I got chatting to them and thought it [crowd-surfing] would be a good idea.”

He explained that he was inspired after seeing a lady in a wheelchair be lifted into the air, noting how he thought it was a ‘lovely idea’.

He said to the people around him: “I’d like to have a go at that and I said to the lad beside me if you crowd surf then I will, he decided not to, but I said lift me up and send me forward.”

Doug said that he didn’t realise he was on the big screen at the time and, when asked by Flowers what he was doing, had simply replied: “I’m enjoying myself!”

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