A picture of LIGHTNING striking in Blackpool has come top in the annual Weather Photographer of the Year competition.
The photo entitled, Electric Blackpool, taken by Stephen Cheatley, beat more than 4,000 pictures in the contest, which show weather phenomena around the world. Other pictures show a double rainbow over the Grand Canyon, a late season dust storm in Arizona and a spectacular reflection bow in the Lofoten Islands in Norway.
The competition was organised by The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) in association with AccuWeather.
An amateur photographer has spent eight years walking the streets of Britain snapping candid pictures of colourful characters and now published a book featuring hundreds of his favourite images.
Paramedic Chris Porsz has walked hundreds of miles around 25 cities since 2010, taking quirky pictures of everyday life, from pensioners and party-goers to sellers and singers and buskers to bikers. The 65-year-old, who has dedicated hundreds of hours to his project, has now published a book, Streets of Britain, featuring more than 350 pictures from cities, such as Belfast and Birmingham, Cambridge and Cardiff and London and Lincoln.
A REPLACEMENT Land Rover has been delivered to the Duke of Edinburgh at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk – hours after his car was involved in a horror crash.
A black Land Rover Freelander was driven into Sandringham inside a delivery truck. The Land Rover is an exact replica of the one Prince Philip, 97, was driving in the crash, which also involved a Kia.
Armed police were on hand as the replacement vehicle was delivered to Sandringham, where Prince Phillip is now recovering.
The deputy mayor of a Fenland market town has married his young Filipino bride– believed to be four decades younger than him.
Kit Owen, 73, who has been mayor of March in Cambridgeshire five times, tied the knot with Aiza Bonus. The pensioner, whose former ITV Anglia beauty queen wife Beverly died suddenly a decade ago, beamed with happiness as he married Aiza at the registration office in March.
Councillor Owen, who is expected to become mayor again in May, was joined by a number of council colleagues and friends for the special occasion.
Alton Towers Smiler rollercoaster crash survivor Vicky Balch, who lost her leg, has taken part in a modelling shoot to HIGHLIGHT her scars.
The 20-year-old former dancer had her scars painted GOLD for the Kintsugi shoot, which was organized by specialist model agency, Zebedee Management. Vicky, who had her right leg amputated at the knee after the crash in June 2015, wore a gold swimming costume for the shoot, which aimed to show that scars should highlight peoples’ beauty and uniqueness.
The photo shoot by Murat Ozkasim was based on the concept of Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese repair method, which celebrates each artefact’s unique history by emphasising its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them.
Bond wannabe James Norton has been blasted for eating his LUNCH on a TOMB in the graveyard of an Anglo-Saxon church.
The actor was spotted using the tomb as a DINNER TABLE whilst filming the fourth series of ITV’s crime drama, Grantchester, in which he plays a vicar. Norton and fellow Grantchester clergymen Tom Brittney and Al Weaver were seen spreading out their picnic on the tomb in the graveyard of St Benet’s Church, which is the oldest building in Cambridge.
Police have caught a man driving WITHOUT a steering wheel while sitting on a BUCKET.
Officers said they were “speechless” when they discovered the motorist was steering with a pair of MOLE GRIPS and was driving a car with no front seat. Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing stopped the man in King’s Lynn in Norfolk and have reported him “for too many offences to mention.”
They later tweeted their shock and showed photos of the car: “Whist in patrol in #KingsLynn the West team couldn't believe their eyes when they came across this vehicle being driven on a road...
Rare NEWTS could put a stop to pop star Ed Sheeran’s dream of building a CHAPEL in his back garden.
The Shape of You singer wants to build the private chapel, which would be made out of flint, with an impressive round tower, in the grounds of his house in East Suffolk. The musician, who is believed to be worth £40 million, has applied for planning permission to build the chapel in the style of a small early Suffolk Round Tower Church, in the extensive grounds of his modern farmhouse.
A council has apologised for insulting residents in a Cambridgeshire city by calling them “WASTERS.”
Residents in Peterborough were furious after red stickers with a frown face emoji and the word "WASTER" were put on their black bins. The stickers were put on all black bins in Orton Malbourne and Sugar Way estate as part of a pilot scheme by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) to encourage people to recycle. But many residents complained the word “waster” was derogatory and insulting and said there were better ways to get people to recycle.
Stephen Hawking’s daughter, Lucy and youngest son, Tim, were spotted visiting their father’s house – hours after he died there.
Lucy, 47 and Tim, 38, were seen leaving Hawking’s house in the centre of Cambridge, near to where he worked at Gonville and Caius College. The pair, who have made regular visits to their dad over the years, were spotted leaving the home in a taxi. Lucy, who wore a long grey coat, significantly helped care for her father as his motor neurone disease and saw his condition deteriorate.
The first TOMATO plants are now being grown inside the biggest semi-closed GLASSHOUSE in the UK - which is the size of 11 football pitches.
A quarter of a MILLION tomato plants have just been placed inside the £15 MILLION glasshouse, which offers the most technologically advanced farming of its kind in the country. The huge state-of-the-art glasshouse at the Blakenham Nursery site at Bramford near Ipswich in Suffolk has been specially designed to use less gas energy and is set to produce 130 MILLION tomatoes a year.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was given special permission to SMOKE on stage during his concert in London this week.
The aged rocker was given special dispensation by the local council after he was spotted puffing on a cigarette during his performance at The London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford. The 74-year-old was cheered by the crowd of 70,000 as he lit up before his guitar solo – flouting the strict no smoking rule.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seen smiling and laughing as they attended his cousin’s wedding - four weeks after their big day.
The new Duchess of Sussex stunned in a long-sleeved blue-and-white paisley shirt dress and white fascinator at the wedding of Princess Diana’s niece, Ceila McCorquodale. Celia, 29, who is the younger daughter of the Princess of Wales’ sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale, attended the Royal couple’s wedding exactly a month ago.
A striking photo of a dolphin reflected in the sea has won an annual photo competition to celebrate British mammals.
The photo, taken by James West, from Hampshire, was among 350 amazing wildlife pictures snapped in the British Isles for the annual Mammal Photographer of the Year competition. James, who took the picture near the Cairns of Coll in Scotland, said the reflection added a different dimension to the picture.
“The sea was very calm and like a mirror. As I examined the shots afterwards, I could see not only a sharp photograph of the dolphin but also its reflection in the water, revealing a beautiful creature in motion with tremendous power and grace,” said James, from Chandler’s Ford.
A vicious SWAN attacked swimmers in a river as they competed in a triathlon.
The male swan was seen anding on the competitors and sitting on their HEADS as they took part in the Triathy 2018 event in the River Barrow in Athy, County Kildare in Ireland. Photographer Michael O’Rourke was photographing the swimmers when he noticed the swan warning them off in the centre of the river.