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Holiday home wins Britain's biggest architecture prize

It is the first time a house has collected the prestigious award. Credit: Riba

A holiday home built within a ruined 12th century castle was tonight handed Britain's biggest architecture award, the Riba Stirling Prize - the first time a conservation project has triumphed.

Astley Castle in Warwickshire - wrecked by a fire in 1978 - had been in danger of collapse until it was brought back to life by the £1.35 million building project for the Landmark Trust.

Judges of the prize said the winning design dealt with the ruins with "intelligence and practicality", and adding to them architecture which is "rich, visually beautiful and tactile".

Lamborghini blaze closes the M6

Rush-hour commuters travelling on the M6 faced lengthy tailbacks after a luxury sports car caught fire.

Fire crews tackle the blaze on the M6. Credit: Twitter/@cmpg

A photograph posted on Twitter by the Central Motorway Police Group showed firecrews beside the burnt-out wreckage of the Lamborghini Murcielago on the motorway, near Coleshill, Warwickshire.

The northbound carriageway of the M6 was closed as emergency crews dealt with the incident, which caused long delays on both the M6 and M42.

No-one was seriously injured in the blaze, which broke out at about 9am.


Chimps 'a little excited about ice cream for breakfast'

Staff at Twycross Zoo have revealed how they tempted a group of straying chimpanzees back into their correct living areas:

Keepers encouraged the chimps back into their normal living areas with ice cream and fizzy drinks.

The zoo reopened at 11.30am today and all of the chimps are fine, if not a little excited about having ice cream for breakfast.

Zoo closed after chimpanzees got into wrong building

Twycross Zoo was closed to the public after "some chimpanzees" got into an area where they should not have been.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said: "A call came in at 9.35am from the zoo to let us know that some chimpanzees, that were in the process of being moved from one building to another.

"In the process of this they have perhaps gone into an area of that building that they shouldn't have been in.

"They don't appear to have actually physically escaped. As a precaution, we've been called by the zoo."

The spokeswoman said they stopped people going into the park for a "short time", and added that there was no danger to anyone in the park and no animals were on the loose.


Twycross Zoo closed after 'incident' with animal

We can confirm there has been an incident involving one of our animals. Twycross Zoo's team are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, whilst ensuring the safety of the public and staff. The zoo is closed at present however we anticipate the zoo will reopen today and we will update you at 12 noon.

– Twycross Zoo
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Arthritic cat on water treadmill

Here's the extraordinary story of Coco the cat, and her arthritic joints. Coco's nearly 16 years old, which in human years, makes her in her nineties .

She has arthritis, and she's also been hit by a car, but thanks to an animal hydrotherapy pool, Coco now has a spring in her step.

This is one fearless feline, and she's taken to the pool like a duck to water. Jane Hesketh reports.

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Police appeal for witnesses following 30ft lorry fall in Warwickshire

Police officers investigating a crash on the M42 motorway where a lorry fell from a flyover on to the M6 Toll, are appealing for witnesses.

The lorry was travelling on the M42 northbound at around 6:30pm yesterday evening (April 8), when it is believed it collided with a car travelling the same way.

The lorry then jack-knifed across all three lanes and veered over the edge of the flyover on to the M6 Toll northbound, approximately 30ft below.

The 55-year-old driver was taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he is being treated for leg and ankle injuries.

The 49-year-old driver of the Ford Mondeo was not injured in the collision.

The M42 northbound was closed for collision examiners to attend the scene, and the M6 Toll was also closed to traffic.

The M6 Toll opened at 6am this morning following resurfacing.

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