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Schoolboy with autism receives encouraging letter from headteacher

A schoolboy with autism has made headlines around the world after taking his SATS tests this year.

Ben Twist attends Lansbury bridge in St Helens for children with additional needs.

He was the only pupil to take the tests this year after astounding teachers with his progress. His mum told us she was 'moved to tears' after the deputy head wrote a letter to reassure him his results weren't important because the tests "only measure a little bit of you." Sarah Rogers went to meet him:

School children on Isle of Man take on Loom Band Challenge

Primary school children on the Isle of Man have taken part in a 'loom-atic' challenge to raise funds for charity.

Scholl yn Jubilee Infant and Junior schools created a loom-band chain yesterday, with the challenge of making the chain 370 metres. So far they've raised £1,500, and the chain was 1,296 metres long. Funds will go to Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

The idea started when Sidney Veale wanted to thank Alder Hey for looking after him.

Helen McKenna has this report:


Holly Willoughby lays into Skelmersdale 'benefits mum'

This is the moment This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby asked a so-called 'benefits mum' how she sleeps at night for having 12 children and wanting another - even though she claims up to £40,000 a year.

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The ITV presenter was interviewing Cheryl Prudham, 33, who was appearing on the show to talk about her addiction to having children, after it was revealed she was on the hunt for a sperm donor for baby number 13.

Holly said to her:

I would really struggle to sleep at night if I thought I was taking all this money and then somebody at the end of the road who had disability benefits that was being cut.

Or they might have a young carer, who is a child, who is 14, that hasn't got the money and the family, who can't go on and do education and missing out of their life; I know, and you're not silly, you know that is the reality, so how can you sleep at night?

You know how important your kids are to you, that person with a young carer their child is equally as important to them, but they don't have all that money, where is it going? Into your pocket.

– Holly Willoughby

Prudham responded that she "is not the one who makes up the rules" and described her children as "12 future taxpayers."


Liverpool pop star Mel C's triathlon feat for Cancer charity

Mel C jumps for joy after completing the Blenheim Palace Triathlon for the charity Bloodwise. Credit: Press Association.

Liverpool-born pop star Melanie Chisholm, still fondly remembered as Sporty Spice, jumped for joy after completing the Blenheim Palace Triathlon on Saturday.

The 42-year-old former Spice Girl, best known as Mel C, endured a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and a five kilometre run for blood cancer charity, Bloodwise.

She completed the feat to raise money for the Cancer charity Bloodwise.

She said: "It's been an absolute delight to be here supporting Bloodwise in raising awareness of the great work they do for blood cancer patients."

Burnley FC fan and political commentator Alastair Campbell was also among the Blenheim Palace Triathlon participants.

Chester school latest to be evacuated in bomb scare

Blacon High School on Melbourne Road Credit: Google Maps

A school in Chester has been evacuated after receiving what police have called a 'hoax' call.

Officers attended Blacon High School on Melbourne Road investigating the call made to the school this morning. Shortly after 11.30am on Monday 23 May police attended the school to provide reassurance and a search was made of the premises by officers and staff.

We would like to reassure the community that this is a hoax call and following a search the children were allowed back in to continue their school day.

– Insp Andy Ross said:

A spokeswoman at Blacon High School confirmed that no exams had been disrupted by this morning's incident.

The news comes after two schools in Rochdale were evacuated in very similar circumstances this morning.

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