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Repentant pub burglar sends owner £100 - 22 years on

A burglar who broke into a pub 22 years ago has confessed to the crime in an apologetic note to its current owners - and reimbursed them with £100 for the damage caused by the crime.

The landlady of the Swettenham Arms near Congleton, Cheshire, was sent a note of apology and a cheque for £100.
The landlady of the Swettenham Arms near Congleton, Cheshire, was sent a note of apology and a cheque for £100. Credit: ITV News Granada

The unnamed woman, who is now living in Wales, wrote to Frances Cunningham, the owner of the Swettenham Arms near Congleton, Cheshire, detailing the 1992 break-in.

She wrote:

"I was involved in a burglary at your business in 1992 approx.

"I didn't break in or smash up the ciggarette (sic) machine but I was there and I went in.

"I am very very sorry I did not realise the seriousness of my actions at the time I had been through alot (sic) and had no idea were (sic) to get help.

"I am ashamed and sad because of the fear it may of induced and the cost and time. I wish I could take it back alot (sic).

"I hope that you will never be bothered by such cruelty ever again."

The letter concludes: "P.S. If there are any further costs, let me know."

Mrs Cunningham, who took over the pub in 1993, said: "I think she's got a conscience and worried about this for a very long time and I hope she doesn't worry about it anymore.

"She's obviously been blaming herself and worrying. I shall now write back to her and thank her."

Mrs Cunningham has donated the £100 to her local church.

Researchers give endangered frogs silicone implants

Researchers at Chester Zoo have injected an endangered species of frog with fluorescent gel in a bid to pull them back from the brink of extinction.

A researcher holds a golden mantella frog under am altra-violet light at Chester Zoo
A researcher holds a golden mantella frog under am altra-violet light at Chester Zoo Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Golden mantella frogs are native to Madagascar and are classed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Golden mantella grogs grow to around 20mm
Golden mantella grogs grow to around 20mm Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The 20mm-long frogs are injected with the silicone gel to help researchers identify individuals within the group. It is works, the practice could be used by researchers in Madagascar.

A golden mantella frog tinted with purple gel
A golden mantella frog tinted with purple gel Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Read: 'Uncertain condition' for frog in NASA 'photobomb'

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Exstrawminate: Giant dalek spotted in Cheshire field

A giant straw statue of a dalek has appeared in a field near the Cheshire town of Nantwich to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

A Dalek straw sculpture created by Snugburys ice cream shop Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The tribute was created by Snugburys ice cream shop, which has been entertaining locals with its straw creations every year for the past decade.

Watch: York Maze in shape of a giant dalek

Clocks changing is a drag for cuckoo clock collector

The clocks going forward on Sunday will mean an hour less in bed, but for the owner of a clock museum it is a much greater inconvenience.

Roman Piekarski has more than 600 cuckoo clocks at his museum in Tabley, Cheshire and all of them will need adjusting.

Roman Piekarski at his Cuckooland Museum in Tabley, Cheshire
Roman Piekarski at his Cuckooland Museum in Tabley, Cheshire Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The clocks will go forward at 1am on Sunday when the UK moves into British Summer Time.

Roman Piekarski adjusts a particularly ornate cuckoo clock
Roman Piekarski adjusts a particularly ornate cuckoo clock Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sgt Nightingale's wife vows to fight on

SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally outside court today.
SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale with his wife Sally outside court today. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sergeant Danny Nightingale's wife Sally has said she will continue to fight for her husband after the Court of Appeal judge ordered a retrial to take place against his conviction.

She told the assembled media outside the court in London: "If we have to go through it all again, we have to. We have to keep fighting."

Read: SAS sniper Danny Nightingale wins appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale wins appeal

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale.
SAS sniper Danny Nightingale. Credit: Press Assocation

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale has won an appeal against a conviction for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition.

The 38-year-old was sentenced to 18 months' military detention by a judge sitting in a military court in November 2012 after admitting illegally possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition.

The Court of Appeal today quashed the convictions and ordered a retrial after a hearing in London.

Read: The SAS Sniper's Court of Appeal battle to overturn his conviction.

Read: Sgt Danny Nightingale thanks the "great British public" after he won his appeal to be released from jail last November.

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Sally Nightingale: 'I'm half expecting a retrial'

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale was jailed last year for illegally possessing a gun, he said he had forgotten about.

Although he was later freed from jail, his conviction still stands, and today Danny will appear at the Court of Appeal in an attempt to clear his name.

Speaking to Daybreak, his wife Sally said: "I'm half expecting a retrial to be honest. If I think that way then it can't be so hard when it comes."

Thanking the public for their support, she added, "we still get letters, we still get messages on Facebook, through Twitter, and the support that's been going on leading up to this appeal has been massive as well. It really pushes us forward."

Sniper's lawyers attempt to quash gun conviction

The Court of Appeal concluded in late November that Danny Nightingale's sentence was too harsh. Three appeal judges cut the term to 12 months, said it should be suspended, and ordered Sgt Nightingale's release.

Sally Nightingale, wife of soldier Danny Nightingale, seen petitioning for his release last November. Credit: PA

Lawyers representing Sergeant Nightingale, 38, are today scheduled to try to quash the conviction at another Court of Appeal hearing in London.

Danny Nightingale (centre), with his wife and father after having had his sentence for possessing a pistol suspended last Novemeber. Credit: PA
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