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Northern pensioner praised for offering spare room in bungalow to Afghan refugees

We all need to be a bit more like Neil

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A seventy-six-year-old pensioner has gone viral after he offered his spare room to two refugees fleeing Afghanistan.

Neil Waugh, from Wakefield in Yorkshire, took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that he has space in his bungalow, where he lives alone, for two Afghan refugees.

His tweet read: “I am a 76 years old pensioner, I live on my own in a 2 bedroom bungalow. I have today informed Wakefield Council I am willing and able to give 2 refugees accommodation in my spare room.”

Neil, who describes himself as a ‘revolutionary socialist’ has since said he doesn’t see his tweet as a ‘kind offer,’ but, more so as a way to help those in an ‘impossible situation.’

In a follow up tweet, he wrote: “The purpose of my tweet was in NO way to seek praise. It was a attempt to show others that even when we feel helpless, there is ALWAYS something we can do. I am a life long revolutionary socialist, and first believe in world equality.

“I see it as gesture to people who have been put in an impossible position by the Western coalition , in Particular America, NATO, and us in the in the UK.”

Neil’s tweets were quick to go viral, with thousands of people from not just the UK but all over the world praising him for his selfless gesture.

One social media user wrote: “There should be more people like you in this world.”

“What a lovely gesture Neil, full of humanity and kindness. We need more people like you in this world,” a second said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that over 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan will be eligible to be resettled in Britain, with women and girls given priority status, with the rest to be admitted in the ‘long term’.

For more information on how you can help the refugees fleeing Afghanistan, visit the following links:

British Red Cross
UNICEF
AllWeCan.org
United Nation Refugee Agency 
Refugee Council

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The hunt for the UK’s messiest car is on with a £200 prize for the winner

I’m lost for words at some of these!

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Satvinder Billa & Mel Crumpton

Drivers across the country have been sharing pictures of their messy car interiors to win a competition.

The shameless and grubby lot have been submitting their entries for a chance to win a £200 Amazon voucher. It is part of a nationwide search to find the UK’s messiest car owner by vehicle service provider, ATS Euromaster.

Photographs show dirty seats, footwells piled with litter, boxes, empty packets of food and drinks, and used face masks — you might want to don some clean PPE to look at these!

Here is a selection of the best entries so far, but the competition remains open until June 11th.

Mel Crumpton

Mel Crumpton, 57, from Benfleet shared this chaotic photo of litter overflowing from the passenger footwell in her Ford Fiesta.

Mel might need more than a few bin bags to clear this mess.

Rachel Hughes

Rachel Hughes, 38, from Malmesbury submitted this photo of dirt and rubbish covering the back of her BMW 320D.

The poor passengers will be wishing they took the bus instead.

Satvinder Billa

Satvinder Billa, 42, from Leicester shared how the front passenger area has a second purpose in this Honda Jazz.

I’ve seen tidier looking dustbins to be honest.

Helena Sperring

Helena Sperring, 30, from Shropshire revealed she likes to use her Peugeot 107 as extra storage.

Maybe she just doesn’t have room for it anywhere else?

Alison Wilkie

Alison Wilkie, 56, from Harleston also uses the footwell in her Toyota Yaris as a rubbish bin.

Face masks and rubber gloves! Well, at least this mess is contained to just one footwell.

If you have a pigsty of a car, and would like to win £200 in Amazon vouchers, you can can enter the competition by clicking here.

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Mars Bars to trial new paper wrappers from today

It’s available in the paper packaging at Tesco stores from today

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Mars Bars will change to new paper wrappers for a trial period in Tesco stores from today (Tuesday May 30th).

Mars Incorporated confirmed switching from its traditional plastic wrapping to an environmentally-friendly paper packaging for a trial run.

The chocolate bars will be available in Tesco for a limited time while the company explores different packaging options in a move to become more Sustainable in a Generation plan. 

Mars is investing hundreds of millions of pounds to ensure it meets its goal of reducing use of virgin plastics by a third in the short-term.

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This includes using less plastic, recycled plastic and plastic alternatives. Once the pilot is over, it said it will use what it has learnt to inform other trials.

Richard Sutherland-Moore, packaging expert at Mars Wrigley UK’s research and development centre in Slough, said: “We are exploring different types of alternative packaging solutions for our confectionery products.

“For Mars bar, the challenge was to find the right paper packaging solution with an adequate level of barrier properties to protect the chocolate whilst guaranteeing the food safety, quality and integrity of the product to prevent food waste.”

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Adam Grant, general manager at Mars Wrigley UK, said: “With our Mars bar pilot project, we are taking a big step to see how paper-based packaging works in everyday life.

“From the test, we will derive insights for our sustainable packaging strategy.

“While challenges may impact the pace of progress towards our vision, we at Mars Incorporated are committed to scaling up viable solutions where recycling options exist, and to test, learn, partner and advocate where they don’t.”

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Piers Morgan and TikToker who went in stranger’s homes get into heated argument live on air

‘It was a trend. I just done it for a trend’

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Piers Morgan and a TikTok prankster got into a heated argument during an interview live on air.

The TikToker known as ‘Mizzy’ called Piers Morgan a ‘moron’ during the bizarre and heated interview on the Piers Morgan Uncensored show, on Wednesday May 14th — just hours after his sentencing.

Mizzy — real name Bacari-Bronze O’Garro — and Morgan got into a spat while live in the studio. As the pair continued to interrupt each other throughout, Morgan listed the numerous extreme ‘moronic’ pranks O’Garro has carried out.

O’Garro is the person behind a series of notorious viral videos including stealing a woman’s dog, ripping up library books and jumping into strangers’ cars.

Piers Morgan Uncensored / Talk TV

The 18-year-old was also said to have put a family ‘at risk’ by walking into their home pretending he was trying to find a study group, a court heard. 

When Morgan asked why he would choose to cause ‘so much alarm and distress to so many people’, O’Garro replied: “This whole public uproar just makes me laugh because people are getting hurt over something that didn’t happen to them and that’s how I see it as.”

Morgan went on: “You go up and take a dog from an elderly woman, you leapfrog over the top of an orthodox Jewish man standing at the side of the road minding his business.

“You go up to women in the street and say, ‘do you want to die?’”

Mizzy / Tik Tok

At one point the Talk TV presenter then asked: “A lot of the stuff that you do could have consequences far more serious but you don’t care do you, as long as you get a laugh?”

O’Garro replied: “Of course I care… I have remorse.” On why he pulled the pranks for social media, he said: “It was a trend. I just done it for a trend.” He then said he is his ‘own person’ and ‘I am legally an adult now so I can do what I want’. 

The pair called each other ‘idiots’, and Morgan ended the interview by saying: “You’re just a complete moron.” Adding: “For the record, he wasn’t paid for this.”

O’Garro appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (May 24th) and admitted failing to comply with a community protection notice. He was fined £200 and will have to pay an £80 surcharge with £85 in prosecution costs.

Mizzy / TikTok

The teenager, from Hackney, east London, was also issued with a criminal behaviour order, for a period of two years, which means he can never upload a video again without the permission of all those appearing in it.

The CBO also prohibits him from ‘trespassing into any private property, including residential homes, business properties, school and retail outlets’, and ‘attending Westfield Stratford City.’

Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway said: “The CBO issued is a powerful measure designed to prevent behaviour which has caused alarm and distress to our communities.

“If the conditions are breached, at any point over the two year period, a custodial sentence can result.”

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