Bride in tears after cutting into mouldy wedding cake on her special day

Devastated Rachael Goodman, 18, said: “The first half of the day had been fantastic, but after seeing the cake it just wasn’t the same”

A bride was left devastated on her big day after cutting into her wedding cake to find it had gone mouldy.

Rachael Goodman, 18, and hubby-to-be Chris, 24, spent £115 on their dream three-tier sponge cake.

But after they tied the knot at Sporting Lodge in Thornaby, Teeside, on Saturday, they struggled to cut into it.

And when staff took it away to cut, they were horrified to discover what appeared to be mould.

Rachael, who is mum to 17-month-old Lillie Jane, told the Gazette: “The manager called my mother-in-law in to see the cake and she came out of the kitchen sobbing.

“I went into the kitchen to see it and ran outside and broke down in tears.

“My husband was crying because he knew I was going to be absolutely devastated.”

The couple had decided to cut the cake as soon as the evening reception arrived but the upset that ensued threatened to ruin their first dance to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.

She said: “I had to concentrate on making the first dance as special as I could without having to break down in floods of tears again.”

Staff at Sporting Lodge saved the day by going out and buying three replacement cakes.

But despite the “lovely” gesture, Rachael says the embarrassing event still put a dampener on the day.

“The first half of the day had been fantastic, but after seeing the cake it just wasn’t the same.”

After contacting Many Barber’s Cakes Of Elegance, where the cake was made, Rachael received a message of apology from her via Facebook which read: “I am so sorry about your cake and feel I have let you down.

“I have never had any problems before with mouldy cakes, as they are made fresh and not frozen and your cake was made on Thursday.

“All I can say is I am sorry and I will give you a full refund as soon as possible.”

She then requested Rachael’s bank details to be sent via text.

The Gazette has made several attempts to contact Mandy Barber but has so far received no response.


6st model – I’ve made £120k being squashed by 35st women


6st Odette Delacroix says men like to watch her being crushed by obese women

Super-slim Odette Delacroix has found an unusual way to make money from her slender frame – being squashed by overweight women.

Incredibly, the 5ft model has earned £120,000 from the bizarre fetish – known as “pig piling” – and says while men pay to watch the clips on her website, she also finds being crushed a turn-on.

Size 4 Odette, 25, says: “I know it sounds weird, but I love the feeling of being squashed, it’s a thrill, and the money is great. Even though I’m small, I can take the weight of five women.

“I’ve had a model with a 7ft bum squash me and another who weighed 35st. I’ve never had any injuries, but it can be dangerous – there’s a risk of suffocation. I pinch the models if I’m uncomfortable and there’s always someone watching.”

She adds: “Being squashed pays so well, I’ve been able to buy my own car, pay off my university fees, go on luxurious holidays and I’ve bought a three-bed home. It might sound like a strange career, but I love it.”

William and Kate treat royal fans outside the hospital


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have delighted royal fans camped outside the hospital where the couple’s second baby is due to be born by providing them with breakfast.

William and Kate arranged for croissants, Danish pastries and apple turnovers to be delivered after hearing the group have spent more than a week waiting by the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

“The Duke and Duchess had seen them on the news reports and wanted to let them know they were thinking of them by sending some breakfast,” a royal source said.

Delighted Londoner Kathy Martin, 50, said. “Two men arrived with a box of these wonderful pastries and said they were from the palace as a gift from the Duke and Duchess to say thank you for our support.

“It was really special – and we noticed straight away that they were wrapped in pink ribbons. We think it’s a sign they are having a girl.”

Amy Thompson, 14, has been sleeping outside the hospital with her mother for the past eight days.

She said she was touched by the gesture. “It was just so thoughtful and kind and it shows how grateful they are for our support.”

The Newcastle teenager is a veteran at camping out for special events – she had done it four times so far and has attended around 50 royal events in her lifetime.

This particular outing was not planned but decided on after she dislocated her knee during a trip to London over Easter.

She said: “I was here for Prince George being born and the atmosphere was just so lovely and I just wanted to experience that again.

“I wanted to be here before the baby was born because the build-up makes it so much more special on the day.

“My friends think I’m crazy but I don’t care. Some people camp out for iPhones and concert tickets, I do this.

“I’ve been brought up with my mum being obsessed with the royal family so now I am. I just hope the baby comes quickly now.”

The new baby will be fourth in line to the throne after the Prince of Wales, dad William and brother George.

Woman asks 100 men for sex. Can you guess how many of them say yes?


A woman took to the streets to ask 100 random men whether they would take her home and have sex with her, despite not knowing anything about them.

And you might be surprised by the results.

The bizarre social experiment was a follow-up to’sginal video, which showed a man asking 100 women for sex – with all 100 turning him down.

This time it was the turn of Andrea Wendel – who approached 100 men by directly asking them whether they would have sex with her.

And while the majority of men refused her offer – either baffled by her forward approach or claiming they were already in a relationship, some were much more enthusiastic.

A grand total of 30 men agreed to accompany Andrea home right there and then, while the other 70 made it clear they weren’t interested.

Dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets to be tracked using DNA tests

Dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets in part of east London could be tracked down using DNA testing.


Barking and Dagenham look set to become the first council in the UK to use the technique to identify owners, who could then face fines of up to £80.

The Council currently spends over £2 million each year clearing up dog mess and employs a dedicated dog ward to deal with it.

The vast majority of dog owners in Barking and Dagenham are socially responsible but unfortunately a selfish few think it’s OK to not clean up after their pet.

Dog mess not only spoils our streets – it’s also a health hazard and especially to young children. It’s why we are getting tough on dog muck to make a cleaner, healthier and better Barking and Dagenham.

– Councillor Darren Rodwell, Barking and Dagenham
The council is working out the best way to register the DNA of each dog in the borough
Samples could be taken at the same time dogs are microchipped, which becomes a legal requirement from April 2016
Collecting DNA involves a cheek swab which is taken from the dog and sent to a laboratory
The dog’s profile is then added to a DNA registry

If an owner fails to pick up the mess after their dog, a quick test will be taken from the offending faeces which can be traced back to a registered dog with 99.9 per cent accuracy, according to the council.

I believe the combination of DNA testing and enforcement could be the most effective means of ensuring owners are held accountable for their dog’s actions. In the US, we have experienced reductions in dog fouling by as much as 90 per cent after introducing the programme.

“For the vast majority of responsible dog owners this should pose no problem at all. In fact, we believe that the minimal cost involved in the DNA testing will pose value for money when the selfish minority of dog owners are brought to task and public spaces in Barking and Dagenham become cleaner, greener and more pleasant environments for everyone.

– Gary Downie, Streetkleen Managing Director

A special forum will also look at introducing a pilot scheme which, if successful, will be rolled out across the borough from September 2016.

Fisherman risks own life to save baby fox that was being kicked to death by thugs

A gang of thugs shot dead a vixen then viciously kicked her baby cub before being stopped by a passing fisherman


A gang of vile thugs shot dead a vixen then set about killing her defenceless cub by kicking it as it lay cowering just inches from her dead mother.

The poor animal was only saved when a hero fisherman risked his own life to intervene and was assaulted himself.

The Good Samaritan came to blows with the brutes as they carried out the brutal attack on the defenceless baby after shooting her mum on a pitch-black country lane.

The brave wildlife-lover snatched the tiny fox to safety in the nick of time – and she’s now making a strong recovery at a local animal sanctuary.

John Garner, of Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue Centre at Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, hailed the courage of the night angler saved the cub.

“He was either very brave or very foolish,” he said.

“I’m not sure I would have stopped in the middle of the night.

“There was a bit of a scuffle and they exchanged punches but he was determined to get the cub.”

He added: “If that was someone’s puppy everyone would be going mad.

“It is, however, a very good outcome.

“The little cub is a tiny, beautiful little baby.

“This bloke deserves a medal.”

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday near Framlingham, Suffolk.

The rescuer was driving home from night fishing when he spotted a commotion next to a ‘lamping’ truck – a vicious method of hunting animals at night using a bright light.

The lifelong countryman, who didn’t want to be named, said he was familiar with the practice but was alarmed at what was going on.

The hero blasted: “If you have to kill then do it humanely.

“I decided to ask them what they were doing.

“We got into a dispute over the way he was going about his business and I was informed I was interfering and should go away.

“The fox was very distressed.

“You cannot look into the eyes of something like that and kick it to death.”

The have-a-go-hero then grabbed the cub, took her home and wrapped her in a duvet with a teddy bear and hoped for the best.

He alerted Foxy Lodge hours later and handed the cub into their care to be treated for suspected internal injuries.

“It’s been said I’m the hero of the hour, but I just do not see any need for that level of cruelty.”

VIDEO: Passenger Jet Lands With Engine On Fire

Footage emerges of a passenger plane leaving behind a trail of sparks and smoke as it skids off the runway in Istanbul.

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Smoke was seen billowing from a passenger plane as it skidded off the runway during an emergency landing in Istanbul.

The Turkish Airline jet left a trail of smoke and sparks as it touched down in Istanbul.

Turkish media reports said the plane’s engine caught fire during its flight from Milan.

However, spokesman Ali Genc said it was not clear if the fire started before the landing or after.

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a first attempt to touch down failed, he said.

All the plane’s 97 passengers were safely evacuated.

None suffered any health issues, Mr Genc said.

Britain plunged back into winter as snow, sleet and thunder to batter the country

Hail, sleet, snow and thunder will sweep the country for a week, with temperatures in the north below zero, experts said


Britain is to be plunged back into winter as icy winds blow in from the North Pole.

Hail, sleet, snow and thunder will sweep the country for a week, with temperatures in the north below zero, experts said.

The RAC said: “Dig out the de-icer and scraper.”

Southern areas also face the risk of flash floods, just days after Britain basked in sunshine nudging 25C.

Heavy downpours are expected to lash the London Marathon.

A blast of bitter cold air from the Arctic threatens to send temperatures below zero across the country from Sunday.

Icy winds from the North Pole will make it feel close to -10C in the north next week with snow and harsh frosts expected.

Although slightly warmer in the south it will still feel much cooler with daytime temperatures struggling to get above low double figures.

The dramatic plunge means Britain will go from being hotter than Turkey and Ibiza to colder than Moscow, Stockholm and Finland in the space of a week.

The Met Office has forecast rain throughout Sunday morning in the capital with the chance of thunderstorms and heavy downpours early on.

Spokeswoman Laura Young said: “It is going to be much cooler widely next week due to a Polar maritime air mass moving across the country.

“Anywhere in the UK could see wintry showers although in the south it is more likely over higher ground.

“The marathon is looking cooler and wet, so it is a pretty miserable outlook especially for onlookers standing around in the rain.”

The dramatic change is due to the jet stream taking a sudden southwards plunge allowing cold air from the north to flood into the UK.

Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, said: “Next week is certainly going feel like a return winter and will be very different to the warm weather we have just had.

Ireland to consider legalising marijuana


Ireland this week appointed a new Minister of State with Responsibility for Drug Strategy, and his first task will be to examine whether drug laws need to be relaxed.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin will raise the issue in the Dáil as the current National Drugs Strategy expires next year.

“I believe someone who has an addiction issue should be dealt with through the health system and not the criminal justice system,” echoing the sentiments of Barack Obama.

“I think people – guards, the prison service – will probably agree with me on that. We have an opportunity through the legislation that is forthcoming the Misuse of Drugs Act to investigate that.”

He was quick to point out there is a big difference between decriminalisation and legalisation, but suggested that the latter will also be discussed.

“I am going to mark any hard calls on that but the difference between decriminalisation and legalisation is quite different,” he said.

“We need to have a proper discussion before we set off alarm bells in people’s heads.”

Asthma cure could be just 5 years away as scientists discover root cause of the condition


Scientists claim to have found the root cause of asthma, a breakthrough which could pave the way for a new treatment within five years. 

Most of the millions of asthma sufferers are able to regulate their symptoms with inhalers, but a minority – about 5 per cent of patients – do not respond to any treatment.

Now scientists have found a protein within the airways which they believe triggers all asthma attacks.

Remarkably, a drug already exists which they think could deactivate the protein, raising hopes for a treatment which may be effective for any asthma patient.

The team, led by Cardiff University, has already shown that the drug works in mice and in human tissue samples in the laboratory.

They have now designed the first clinical trials, which could start within two years.

Lead investigator Professor Daniela Riccardi said: ‘Our findings are incredibly exciting.’

The discovery came quite by chance when Professor Riccardi, formerly a bones specialist, switched from the study of osteoporosis to the study of the lungs five years ago.

She realised that a protein that triggers the growth of calcium within bones also plays a role in the airways.

Further tests revealed that asthmatics had far higher levels of the protein – called a calcium sensing receptor or CaSR – than healthy people.

When an asthmatic breathes in triggers such as dust, smoke, or pollen, the CaSR molecules cause the rapid increase of calcium within the cells of the lung tissue.

The added calcium makes the cells contract, making the airways spasm, triggering an asthma attack.

Professor Riccardi said: ‘For the first time we have found a link between airways inflammation, which can be caused by environmental triggers – such as allergens, cigarette smoke and car fumes – and airways twitchiness in allergic asthma.

‘It makes the cells much more sensitive to the asthma triggers – which then make an attack much more likely.’

A drug already exists that can disable the CaSR protein, meaning it could be available to patients as soon as clinical trials are complete.

The medication – called a calcilytic – was developed 15 years ago to knock out the same protein in osteoporosis.

Although the drug was shown to be safe, it was not effective for osteoporosis patients.

But early tests in mice and human tissue showed promising results as an asthma treatment.

The team, which included scientists from King’s College London and the Mayo Clinic in the US, hope to use the drug in a nebuliser, in which it is turned into a mist and breathed straight into the lungs.

A few courses of treatment would be enough to stop asthma attacks from recurring, they hope.

The suspect it might also have a role in tackling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD – and chronic bronchitis, for which there is currently no effective treatment.

Prof Riccardi said: ‘If we can prove that calcilytics are safe when administered directly to the lung in people, then in five years we could be in a position to treat patients and potentially stop asthma from happening in the first place.’

Dr Samantha Walker, director of research at Asthma UK, who helped fund the research, added: ‘This hugely exciting discovery enables us, for the first time, to tackle the underlying causes of asthma symptoms.

‘Five per cent of people with asthma don’t respond to current treatments so research breakthroughs could be life changing for hundreds of thousands of people.

‘If this research proves successful we may be just a few years away from a new treatment for asthma, and we urgently need further investment to take it further through clinical trials.