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RAF Sniffer Dog Awarded Animal Equivalent of Victoria Cross

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A retired sniffer dog has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross for his pioneering work in Afghanistan.

Hertz was the first and so far the only dog in the British military to sniff out ‘personal electronic devices’, like mobile phones, SIM cards and GPS devices.

The German shorthaired pointer became the 74th animal to receive the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Dickin Medal – the highest recognition any animal can receive in military combat at a ceremony in London yesterday.

His trainer and handler in Afghanistan, warrant officer Jonathan Tanner, said: ‘In terms of British military working dogs, he is a one-off.

‘He’s very much a unique animal.’

Mr Tanner paid tribute to Hertz as ‘by far the best’ dog he’s worked with, and said that the pair became ‘best friends’. He explained that the pair were targeting mobile devices being used to ‘pass messages and data and details to people on the outside that might pose a threat to those on the inside of camp’.

The Warrant Officer spent around two months training Hertz to sniff out such devices, before the dog went on to find more than 100 items.

‘It was a capability that in the British military had never been tried before,’ Mr Tanner added.

‘It was something that we’d never even considered before.’

The technique turned out to be ‘very successful’, according to the Warrant Officer, who worked in Camp Bastion and locations throughout Helmand and Kabul over a period of 13 months.

It is thought that Hertz’ detective work saved many lives..

‘There were many times that one of us would be having a bad day not, enjoying ourselves as much as we possibly could, and I would take him away, put him back in his kennel at night and just sit there and have a chat like you do with your mates at the end of the day,’ Mr Tanner recalled.

‘He wasn’t very good at giving advice, but he said he certainly listened and I can tell you that he never gave me bad advice.’

Good boy Hertz!

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot

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One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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McDonald’s Mondays: How to get a 99p Quarter Pounder Today

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Fans of McDonald’s can enjoy some breakfast and lunch meals for just 99p today as the fast food chain slashes its prices for one day only, marking the return of McDonald’s Mondays.

The fast-food chain’s regular McMuffin will be reduced from £2.29 to just 99p during the breakfast window, which ends at 11am.

Quarter pounders with cheese will also be available for less than £1 on the lunch menu, saving customers £2.20!

The deal is limited to one per person and is only available via the offers section of the McDonald’s app until midnight.

Then just choose how you would like to collect your order via Drive-thru, click and serve, takeaway or in a restaurant.

The cheap deals come as part of McDonald’s weekly Monday offer, which returns today (9 May).

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Dave Chappelle: US Comedian Attacked on Stage in Los Angeles

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US stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage on Tuesday during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

After returning to the stage on Tuesday, the 48-year-old made light of the controversy, suggesting to the audience that the attacker “was a trans man”. Chappelle faced criticism and protests last year when his Netflix special was accused of being transphobic.

According to ABC journalist Stephanie Wash, fellow comic Chris Rock – who was slapped on stage by Will Smith at the Oscars in March – then came on stage with Chappelle. It was said an attacker “lunged” at the comedian as he headlined the event, sending him “flying in the air”.

She said: “It looked like someone was dashing across the stage from the side. He fell backwards on to his back, with his arms and legs up in the air. He was obviously in shock. We were all in shock.

“I thought for a moment OK, is this a prank? Because they had made some Will Smith jokes. Even though Chris Rock was there, Dave was making some jokes, it was fair game, right?”

LAPD confirmed they had taken a man into custody and that he was armed with a replica gun “that can eject a knife blade” when discharged correctly. It is unclear if the man tried to use the weapon.

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