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After Man's Suicide, Ex Accused of His Murder

Prosecutors say she threw sulfuric acid on him, leading him to want to die

(Newser) - In September 2015, Berlinah Wallace, upset that her five-year relationship with Mark van Dongen was ending, allegedly threw sulfuric acid over him as he lay in bed at her apartment in Bristol, England. Fifteen months later, van Dongen, 29—who lost a leg, ear, and eye (as well as most... More »

'Beast Finally Defeated:' London's Fatberg Is No More

A 140-ton fatberg is gone from the city's sewer

(Newser) - It was longer than two football fields, weighed as much as nearly a dozen double-decker buses , and took nine weeks to annihilate—but the London fatberg is officially no more. "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team," says Alex... More »

UK Minister Embroiled in Sex Toy Scandal

Mark Garnier admits he asked ex-assistant to buy vibrators, but it was just 'good-humored high jinks'

(Newser) - The Harvey Weinstein case may even be making waves across the pond, with a Tory trade minister facing investigation for allegedly sexually harassing his ex-assistant. Among Caroline Edmondson's accusations, which Mark Garnier doesn't deny: asking her to buy sex toys for him and calling her "sugar tits,... More »

Hostage Situation at UK Bowling Alley Apparently Not Terror-Related

There are currently no known casualties

(Newser) - A police department in central England says a reported hostage-taking incident at a bowling alley is "unconnected to any terrorist activity," AP reports. British media cited eyewitnesses at Bermuda Park, a shopping center in Nuneaton, as saying the area was locked down because a man with a shotgun... More »

Wife Plunged 4K Feet After Hubby Allegedly Messed With Chute

It wasn't the first time he tried to kill her, prosecutors allege

(Newser) - On a cloudy day in 2015, British army sergeant Emile Cilliers offered to take his wife skydiving as a treat. It turned out to be anything but. Victoria Cilliers, who'd previously taken part in 2,600 skydives, was helpless when both her main and reserve parachutes failed, sending her... More »

Plumber Called for Toilet Problem Makes Terrible Find

UK woman jailed for concealing death of her newborn son years earlier

(Newser) - Plumbers called to a UK home that had been having toilet trouble found a terrible reason for the issues: the body of a newborn boy. Sinead Connett, now 29, was recently sentenced to 12 months in prison following the plumber's discovery last year. She told cops she was "... More »

He 'Lost' a Toy When He Was 7. 40 Years Later, It's Found

Playmobil cone sat in man's lung for decades, until docs extracted it

(Newser) - For more than a year, he had a nagging cough. Finally, the 47-year-old from the UK went to a clinic—and got the surprise of his life. The BBC reports that X-rays showed a spot on the man's lung, but it wasn't a tumor. It was a "... More »

London: Uber Unfit to Operate Here, So It Can't

Company's license expires Sept. 30

(Newser) - London's transport authority says it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not "fit and proper to hold a... More »

18 Hurt in Terror Attack on London Underground

Blast caused panic during rush hour

(Newser) - An explosion and fire on a London Underground train caused panic and injuries during rush hour Friday morning. Police, ambulances, and firefighters were called to the Parsons Green station in the southwest of the city after the blast, which authorities are now calling a terrorist attack, the Guardian reports. Photos... More »

London Officials Battling 'Total Monster' in Sewer

A 143-ton 'fatberg' isn't proving easy to deconstruct

(Newser) - British engineers say they've launched a "sewer war" against a giant blob clogging London's sewers, reports the AP . Thames Water officials said Tuesday it will likely take three weeks to dissolve the outsize "fatberg." They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 275... More »

'ET' Dust Extracted From White Cliffs of Dover

Cosmic particles could offer clues to past major events like asteroid collisions

(Newser) - The White Cliffs of Dover serve as both a stunning photographic subject and as an iconic British symbol of defense during war. Now they're also a geological museum of sorts: Scientists from Imperial College London have discovered 76 particles of fossilized cosmic dust in the chalky limestone, which could... More »

Organs From 13-Year-Old Girl Save 8 Lives

Jemima Layzell, who died of a brain aneurysm, breaks a UK record

(Newser) - Eight people, including five children, have a 13-year-old organ donor to thank for their lives—and that donor has entered the UK record books. The Guardian reports on Jemima Layzell, who collapsed from a brain aneurysm while helping prep for her mom's birthday party in March 2012. Jemima died... More »

Girl Pulls Sword From Excalibur's Fabled Resting Place

Her dad says it's 'probably an old film prop'

(Newser) - Legend has it that King Arthur ordered a faithful servant to throw his sword , Excalibur, into a lake after he was mortally wounded in battle. A British 7-year-old has just pulled a sword from that very spot. While on holiday in Cornwall on Aug. 29, Matilda Jones asked her dad... More »

'Unknown Haze' May Have Come From Shipwrecks

Last week a beach in England was attacked by a mysterious mist

(Newser) - One week after a mysterious mist descended on a beach in Sussex, England, prompting police to evacuate the area, authorities believe the cause may have been emissions from nearby shipwrecks. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced in a statement that while they have not figured out the exact cause of... More »

A Lovely Day at the Beach, Until the Gas Cloud Came

British hospital treats about 130 people; source of 'chemical haze' still unclear

(Newser) - A mysterious chemical haze that left scores of people on the English coast with streaming eyes, sore throats, and breathing problems has dissipated, but its cause remains a mystery. The gas cloud appeared Sunday, sending people fleeing from the beach and cliffs at Birling Gap, a coastal beauty spot about... More »

Buckingham Palace Locked Down After Knife Attack

Two police officers were injured and a man was arrested

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace was put on lockdown Friday after police say a man attacked officers with a knife, the Telegraph reports. The suspect was tackled by officers and arrested shortly after 8:30pm near the palace gates in London, with two officers suffering minor injuries in the scuffle. "I was... More »

Firefighters Rescue 18 Piglets—Then Eat Them

The sausages were 'fantastic'

(Newser) - Back in February, British firefighters rescued 18 piglets and two sows from a burning barn where more than 60 tons of hay had caught fire. Almost exactly six months later, the Telegraph reports the firefighters reconnected with the pigs—in the form of sausages. After the two-week-old piglets were saved,... More »

Family Breaks Museum's 800-Year-Old Coffin

They lifted child into it for a photo

(Newser) - And this is why you should always pay attention to those signs in museums asking that you please not touch the exhibits. A family visiting England's Prittlewell Priory Museum recently broke an ancient coffin when they lifted a child over a barrier and into it to take a photo,... More »

London's Big Ben Clocks Out Until 2021

'You don't know what you've got till it's gone'

(Newser) - With a dozen deep bongs, Britain's Big Ben sounded the hour for the last time Monday before falling silent for repair work due to last almost four years . The giant bell atop Parliament's clock tower rang out at noon, as it has almost every hour since 1859, becoming... More »

Suspect Eyed in Woman's Near Miss With Bus

The man is in custody, say London police

(Newser) - Police in the UK have arrested a suspect in the shocking assault on a female pedestrian in London. A man was arrested in London's Chelsea neighborhood on Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, reports the BBC ; the man's age was originally reported as being 41 but... More »

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