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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. 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 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 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 Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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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 Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Roman Piekarski adjusts a particularly ornate cuckoo clock Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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M6 Southbound could be closed for four hours

All the casualties were taken to hospital, two by air ambulance. Police were at the scene to carry out an investigation into the circumstances.

The southbound carriageway is closed between junctions 16 and 18, Holmes Chapel, and is likely remain closed for approximately four hours, police said.

"Crews were called to the scene of a major road traffic collision on the M6 southbound between junctions 17 and 16.

"There were seven service appliances at the scene which involved numerous vehicles including two heavy goods vehicles, two cars and one van. The crews were engaged in extricating five casualties who were trapped.

"The officer at the scene summarised that a total of 15 persons and nine vehicles were involved in the collision.

"Five persons were released from vehicles by the Fire and Rescue Service and all casualties were transported to hospitals at Leighton, Crewe and Stoke by the ambulance service. Sadly, one person was confirmed dead at the scene."

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Two motorists suffering 'life-threatening' injuries

The fatal M6 crash has left two people with life-threatening injuries, Cheshire Police said.

A further three motorists are being treated for serious injuries, while another seven people received minor injuries.

The southbound carriageway has been closed between junction 16 and 18 and is likely to be closed for approximately four hours while officers investigate the scene.

15 motorists involved in M6 multi-vehicle crash

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said 15 people were involved in the nine-vehicle crash that killed a motorist on the M6 southbound in Cheshire.

Fire crews released five trapped motorists after numerous vehicles collided between junctions 17 and 16, the service said.

There were seven service appliances at the scene which involved numerous vehicles including two heavy goods vehicles, two cars and one van.

The crews were engaged in extricating five casualties who were trapped. The officer at the scene summarised that a total of 15 persons and nine vehicles were involved in the collision.

– Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman

All casualties were transported to nearby hospitals.

One killed and 10 injured in multi-vehicle M6 collision

One person has died and 10 people have been injured in a nine-vehicle collision on the M6 southbound in Cheshire.

Three of those hurt suffered serious injuries, two of which are life threatening, Cheshire Police said. The remaining seven suffered minor injuries.

All the casualties have been taken to hospital, with two flown by air ambulance.

The collision occurred late this morning at junction 16 and involved two vans, two HGVs and five cars.

The southbound carriageway has been shut between junctions 16 and 18 and is likely to be closed for approximately four hours, police said.

Independent becomes Kent Police & Crime Commissioner

An independent candidate has won the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election:

The Conservatives have claimed another victory - this time in Cheshire.

While Labour won Nottinghamshire:

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