Elderly man saved after sleeping through bedroom fire

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An elderly man has been saved by firefighters in Chichester when he was found asleep next to a fire at his property.

Three crews, two from Chichester and one from Bognor, attended the scene in Langdale Avenue on Wednesday night and their escape route helped elderly gentleman to ‘wake up and escape’.

The West Sussex Fire & Rescue station manager for Bognor Regis, East Wittering and Selsey, Gary Bell, described the crew actions as ‘fantastic’ and ‘well-planned’.

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire and Rescue confirmed the fire was located in a bedroom on the 1st floor and one person was found in the property.

We were called to a fire at a property in Langdale Avenue, Chichester

Three engines, two from Chichester and one from Bognor, attended the scene. On arrival, the fire was located in a bedroom on the 1st floor. It was extinguished using two breathing apparatus, one high-pressure hose reel, and one covering jet.

One person in the property was handed over to SECAmb. We left at 23.07 after fitting a new smoke alarm in the property.


2 middle school girls waited in a bathroom and planned to cut up their classmates, police say

Two girls at a middle school in central Florida were waiting in a bathroom, planning to overpower at least 15 smaller students, kill them with knives and drink their blood, authorities said Wednesday.

The Bartow Middle School students were arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon on school property, carrying a concealed weapon, and disruption of a school function, Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall said during a news conference.
According to officials, the 11- and 12-year-old girls said they were Satan worshipers and were going to drink the blood and eat the flesh of the students they killed. The girls then planned to kill themselves, they said.
The plan was foiled Tuesday after an automated call from the school notified one of the girls’ parents that the daughter was missing from class, Hall said.
The district attorney has not indicated whether the girls will be tried as adults. CNN does not name minor suspects unless they are tried as adults. It’s not clear if either of the girls has retained counsel, as neither has a court date set.

Plot hatched

The 11-year-old spent the weekend at the 12-year-old’s home, and on Sunday, after a day of watching horror films, “they devised a plot to kill several students” at the middle school, according to a police report.
The girls decided they would attend their first-period classes, then meet in a bathroom, where they would wait for smaller students and overpower them, according to a police report. They “did not want to attack larger students,” the report says.
Using knives tucked under their clothes, the plan was to stab their victims and cut their throats, police say. The preteens conducted internet searches on how to kill someone with a knife and what type of wound would cause their victims “to bleed out the fastest,” the police report says.
Upon killing each victim, the report says, they intended to stack her or him in a bathroom stall and wait for the next small student to enter the bathroom.
“After the students were dead, they would cut them up and eat parts of the dead flesh,” the report says, adding that the girls aimed to kill between 15 and 25 students.
The girls then planned to kill themselves by stabbing, and they hoped that by killing their fellow students, “they would get to go to hell so they could be with satan,” according to police.

Plot foiled

The assistant principal found the students in a bathroom, Hall said, after one of the girls’ mothers called the school to say the automated call reporting her daughter’s absence must be a mistake.
They were taken to the principal’s office, where the girls revealed four knives, scissors and a pizza cutter under their clothes, police said. Two of the knives had blades of at least 5 or 6 inches, photos provided by police show.
The girls also had a goblet from which to drink blood, authorities said.
Two of the knives had blades of at least 5 or 6 inches, police photos show.

Detectives searched the girls’ homes and found a hand-drawn map that included the phrase, “go to killin bathroom” — which marked the bathroom where they were found, police say. One of the girls had also scrawled violent lyrics from Eminem and Florence + the Machine on a sheet of paper, photos show.
One sheet of notebook paper also included a short poem: “trying hard to leave./stuck in a endless abyss./claw a way out, now,” photos show.
“Today is health lessens thank Satan we’re doing this in bit,” one note read.
A search of the girls’ cell phones found Snapchat messages regarding the plot, according to a police report. The messages included, “We shouldn’t have met each other lol. Now Death is near,” and, “I was thinking like stabbing ourselves in the necks.”
Additional police were already on campus because a student had notified a teacher of a rumored threat to students.
School staff responded quickly to reports of suspicious behavior, Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd said. There will be counselors and extra police officers at the school this week, Byrd said.

Taking your cell phone to the bathroom can be dangerous, researchers say

Metro asked some researchers: just how unhygienic is using the phone while on the throne?

According to Metro’s findings, you could be exposing yourself and others to germs such as salmonella, E. coli and C. Difficile. The main concern, according to the article, is that if you wipe, touch the flush or the lock on the door, you could quite easily touch your phone before washing your hands. However, even leaving it on the side could expose your phone to “dangerous bugs.”

Dr. Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science degrees at Queen Mary’s University London, said, “Basically, you just shouldn’t (take your phone into the toilet) if you are at all concerned about the transfer of viruses and fecal contamination.”

Levels of contamination vary depending on the location of the toilet, Cutler said. A small office may not be a problem, but a hospital or a cruise ship might have viruses circulating.

Though the dangers exist, you can protect yourself. Hygiene expert Dr. Lisa Ackerly said you can do a risk assessment.

“Read the book or phone in your right hand, then transfer it to the left,’ she said. ‘Wipe with your right, flush with the right, carry the book or phone out in your left hand without touching anything else and then wash your hands.”

“If you wipe your bum then pick up your phone, you may as well not bother washing your hands because all the bacteria you put on your phone will end up back on your hands,” Dr Ackerley said.

The researchers say it’s best not to put your phone down on the toilet roll holder or any shelf that may be there. Instead, put your device in your pocket or in your bag, as long as the bag is on a hook.

According to the article, germs can stay on your phone for a couple of days. ’’Phones heat up a little bit giving bacteria a nice warm environment,’ Dr Ron Cutler said. ‘If people handle sweets and leave a sticky coating on the phone, that’s an even better place for bacteria.”

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Dr. Val Curtis, director of the Environmental Health Group at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said she doesn’t believe using phones in the bathroom is a huge problem.

“It’s important to get perspective that there are germs everywhere,” she said. “The question is really, ‘Could it make someone else sick?'”

Basically, don’t forget to wash your hands, Curtis said, and you should be fine.


Mother, 32, who was ‘raped in plane bathroom by drunk passenger’ sues American Airlines after they accused her of making a ‘nuisance’ claim after she was taken to hospital and ‘attacker’ walked away scot-free

A mother who says she was raped by a drunk man in a plane bathroom is suing American Airlines, claiming they over-served the man alcohol and failed to protect her.

Aubrey Lane, 32, has described how she was allegedly assaulted on a flight from Phoenix to New York City on June 16, 2017.

The airline says it will ‘thoroughly review’ her claims but earlier dismissed them as a ‘nuisance’ complaint.

Mrs Lane says she was traveling to the Big Apple for a family trip when a drunk passenger who was sitting next to her on the overnight flight allegedly followed her into the bathroom and raped her.

She claims in the lawsuit that she told staff but they simply moved her to another seat at the back of the plane. When the flight landed she was taken to hospital but her alleged attacker, whose name she does not know, was not arrested.

Mrs Lane claims that before the alleged attack another woman sitting in the same row warned staff about the man’s inappropriate behavior but they did nothing and continued to serve him drinks.

She was forced to sue after American Airlines failed to take her case seriously by offering her only a $5,000 payout for a ‘nuisance’ claim, she says.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in a federal court, Lane’s lawyers wrote: ‘Knowing the clear dangers of intoxication and the sexual assault threats, especially on red eye flights, American offered no protection to Aubrey Lane… despite the verbal warnings of Passenger 12C and the obvious obnoxious, aggressive, threatening and intoxicated behavior of Passenger 12B.

 An American Airlines spokesman said that the company is yet to receive her lawsuit, but will ‘thoroughly review it’ when they do.

A spokesman said: : ‘We are deeply troubled by any allegation of misconduct onboard our aircraft or at any of our facilities.’

‘If our crews discover or are told about any alleged illegal misconduct that may occur on the aircraft, law enforcement is contacted and will meet the aircraft upon arrival… It is up to law enforcement to determine what, if any, criminal activity took place.’

Lane claims the passenger appeared drunk the moment he took his seat next to her, and she could smell the alcohol on his breath.

‘My first thought was this guy’s drunk. He was super chatty,’ Lane said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. ‘I’ve flown a lot. I’m used to people saying hello. This is the most anyone has sat down and started talking to me.’

Despite this, she says the flight attendants continued to serve him alcohol throughout the flight.

A few hours into the flight, Lane says she got up to use the restroom. She told the Dallas Morning News in March that the man got up and followed her into the bathroom where he raped her. Her lawsuit says she was sexually assaulted.

Lane immediately reported the incident to flight attendants, who moved her to a seat at the back of the plane.

American Airlines tried to pay Lane $5,000 to settle her lawsuit. She did not take the offer (stock image)

American Airlines tried to pay Lane $5,000 to settle her lawsuit. She did not take the offer (stock image)

‘I was feeling overwhelmed … all of a sudden, I was thrown in a middle seat, bawling. On top of being sad and hurt and scared, I was also embarrassed,’ Lane said.

When they landed at JFK Airport, authorities were called to meet the plane at the gate, but only to take Lane to the hospital.

Her alleged attacker was not taken into custody and to this day she still doesn’t know his name.

Because the incident happened in the air, it is up to the FBI to investigate and prosecute.

Agents were dispatched to the hospital where they interviewed Lane, but she says the case had got nowhere.

The FBI’s New York Field Office did not immediately return a call from DailyMail.com inquiring about the status of the investigation.

Paul Hudson, the president of the consumer advocate group Flyers Rights, says the apparent lack of progress is not surprising, since the FBI doesn’t consider assaults a priority.

 It’s caused stress on every level. It’s affected every single part of my life

‘What we’re hearing from people is the US Attorneys don’t want to prosecute [and] don’t have time for these things,’ Hudson said.

‘Often they are misdemeanors or are ‘he said, she said.’ That’s not what they do. They’re into terrorism and drug cases.’

Frustrated with the response, Lane decided to sue American Airlines.

Her attorneys say the airline was negligent for letting the drunk man board the plane and continuing to serve him drinks.

Last year American spokesman Ross Feinstein refused to comment on the specifics of the case, but issued this statement: ‘We want all of our customers to feel safe on our aircraft. We care deeply when we hear of these types of cases… our team offers investigative support as needed to federal, state and local law enforcement.’

He later added that the airline was sorry for not reaching out to Lane immediately after the assault to assure her they were taking the investigation seriously.

‘We want to apologize that we missed the mark on assuring Ms Lane how seriously we take her complaint,’ Feinstein said.

Lane is speaking out in hopes that American Airlines and other carriers improve their policies for addressing in-flight assaults.

‘I’m coming out now because [American] hasn’t made it evident it wants to change this,’ Lane said. ‘What’s going to stop this from happening again unless I make a big fuss about it?’

Lane’s family picked her up at the hospital after the assault, and her husband even flew out to comfort her on the trip – getting a last minute babysitter for their two-year-old son.

Lane said she had been inundated with bills for counselors and she stopped working as a real estate brokers’ associate because she doesn’t want to be alone with strangers.

She has also moved across the state to be closer to her husband, who is in the military.

‘It’s caused stress on every level. It’s hurt my job, my homelife,’ she said. ‘It’s affected every single part of my life.’


Transgender girl’s bathroom battle told by Stroud filmmaker

Lindsey Dryden, who also lectures at the University of Gloucestershire, has spearheaded documentary project Trans in America, which paints portraits of three transgender individuals and their struggle against discrimination in the USA.

One of the three short episodes focuses on Kimberly Shappley and her transgender daughter Kai as they try to navigate life at school.

Another follows Eisha Love, a transgender woman trying rebuild her life after being incarcerated in a men’s jail, while the third tells the story of Jennifer Chavez who lost her job after telling others she is transgender.

The three subjects of Trans in America

Each film in the series was produced by Lindsey along with her majority-LGBTQ+ team from Little By Little Films, which is headquartered in Stroud.

“We try to tell authentic stories, often focusing on unconventional experiences of things like gender and the body,” said Lindsey, whose background is in television documentaries.

“It’s great being based in Stroud – it’s a very peaceful and creative environment.”

Stroud-based filmmaker Lindsey Dryden

Lindsey’s first feature documentary, Lost and Sound, examined the struggle of musicians suffering from hearing loss.

All three episodes of Trans in America are available to stream online at


Budget bathroom ideas – easy ways to make your washroom feel like new

Have fun with these affordable but creative ideas that’ll ring the changes without turning into a full room redo

Our budget bathroom ideas are the place to start if your en suite, downstairs loo or main family bathroom has an image problem.

Money no object? See more of our bathroom ideas

Some of our suggestions are oldies but goodies – others are based around innovative new products. But all of them are simple tweaks and tricks that won’t break the bank.

1. Change your grout


Image credit: Colin Poole

Dirty old grout getting you down? Then update it. Instead of a plain white grout, pick a colour that contrasts with your wall tiles – so if you have a white metro tile, try a black or a grey grout. Not only does it seriously up the style stakes, it’s also much easier to keep looking clean. Happy days!

2. Hang an on-trend mirror


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If space in your bathroom is tight (or even if it’s not!) a mirror will make a room seem larger and boost natural light. Ideally place it opposite the window. Go for a black frame or Crittall-style window effect for a contemporary look, and accentuate with monochrome accessories.

3. Paper the walls


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Far cheaper than tiling, wallpapering can add stunning pops of colour and take familiar coloured tiles to a whole new level, as seen here. Our biggest tip is not to paper walls that are directly behind the bath or basin, as any splashes might cause damage. You’ll also need to seal the paper with decorator’s varnish once you’ve hung it.

Love this look? Bathroom wallpaper ideas that will elevate your space to stylish new heights

4. Jazz up a plain window with film


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The perfect solution to ensure privacy in your bathroom without having to forgo natural light, window film is cheaper and easier to install than shutters. Plus it allows you to have way more fun with pattern. Simply cut to size and apply to the glass in seconds.

Buy now: Chevron white print on frost, £66 per sq m, The Window Film Company

5. Switch old taps for shiny new ones


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For a super-glamorous bathroom refresh, update hardware such as taps, shower heads and light fittings from tired chrome to beautiful brass or gold. Or give your existing ones a good going-over using a limescale remover.

The same rules apply: How to change a tap and give your kitchen a fresh new look

6. Treat yourself to colourful towels


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Towels function just as cushions and throws do in a living room. So if you’re looking for a quick way to add colour or pattern, they’re your go-to. If you decide to mix and match pattern, stick to the same colour palette for cohesion.

7. Create a tropical oasis


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Adding a cluster of house plants to a bathroom is an easy way to freshen up a scheme. Many will thrive in the humid atmosphere and they’ll help clean toxins from the air, too. Try low-maintenance plants such as aloe vera or ferns.

You could also add a few faux plants for variety. Or for full tropical jungle oasis, pull together as much green as you can muster – botanical leaf-print tiles, textured green glass accessories and emerald green tiles will all take a bathroom from drab to fab.

8. Upcycle a vanity unit


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Create a focal piece that will impress the neighbours by upcycling an old table or cabinet into a cool washstand. It’s surprisingly easy and you’ll be producing something truly unique that expresses your style. Use it to hide away bathroom clutter.

Here’s how! How to upcycle a vanity unit – to create a super-stylish piece of furniture

9. Tile a pretty splashback


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Statement tiles behind a basin will provide an eye-catching splashback that won’t break the bank or take very long to create. If your bathroom is fairly plain, choose a patterned option to add extra interest. We’re fans of this mix-and-match patchwork approach.

10. Lay a vinyl floor