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'Murdered' Man Lived in Woods for 5 Years

British police say he was hiding from people who had been exploiting him

(Newser) - When Ricardas Puisys vanished in September 2015 shortly after authorities received a warning from a resident concerned about his safety, police in Cambridgeshire, England, feared the worst. A murder investigation was launched and a man was arrested and then released. It turns out there was no murder. Police now believe... More »

'MYSTERY SOLVED!' on Origin of Stonehenge's Megaliths

Scientists say most of the giant sandstone slabs came from West Woods in Marlborough Downs

(Newser) - In the 1500s, a British antiquities expert examined Stonehenge's biggest slabs and said he knew where they came from. Now, more than four centuries later, scientists are saying that William Lambarde was right on the money, solving one of the world's great archaeological and geological mysteries. The New ... More »

16 Rescuers Carry 'Massive' St. Bernard Down Mountain

It took nearly 5 hours

(Newser) - St. Bernards were bred to help rescue people in the Alps—but in England on Sunday, it was humans who had to rescue a St. Bernard from the country's highest mountain. The 121-pound dog, named Daisy, stopped moving and refused to go any further after showing signs of leg... More »

Beatrice Ties the Knot, Claims a Royal First

Princess marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is first blood royal to become a stepmom

(Newser) - It likely wasn't the wedding Princess Beatrice had planned, but she's now a married woman. The BBC reports the 31-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson tied the knot with Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, on Friday in a small private ceremony at the Royal... More »

Activist's Statue Only Lasts for 24 Hours

The city of Bristol removes 'A Surge of Power (Jen Reid)'

(Newser) - First, a slave trader. Then a black activist. Now a pedestal in Bristol, England is empty again after the city took down the activist's statue on Thursday morning, Sky News reports. "This morning we removed the sculpture," the City Council said in a statement. "It will... More »

US, UK, Canada All Point a Big Finger at Russia

Hacking group Cozy Bear is allegedly trying to steal information about a virus vaccine

(Newser) - Britain, the US, and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, the AP reports. The three nations alleged that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and... More »

After Slaver's Statue Came Down, This Went Up

Statue of Black Lives Matter protester erected in Bristol, England

(Newser) - A plinth that held the statue of a 17th-century slave trader before it was toppled last month now holds a statue of one of the people who helped bring it down. Jen Reid, a Black Lives Matter protester, was photographed standing on the plinth with her fist raised after Edward... More »

England to Make Masks Mandatory

Scientific evidence is growing, Johnson says

(Newser) - After days of conflicting statements from government ministers, the British government plans to announce Tuesday that masks will be mandatory in shops in England as of July 24. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that masks "should be worn" in shops, but cabinet minister Michael Gove said Sunday that... More »

After 6K Years, a Big Beast Is Returning to the UK

Wild bison will be reintroduced to forestland

(Newser) - The last time a wild bison roamed what it is now the United Kingdom, the world was a much a different place—and 6,000 years younger. But an ambitious new program aims to reintroduce the animal to a forest near Canterbury in Kent, reports the Guardian . One male and... More »

Depp: My Ex Wrote Email as 'an Insurance Policy'

Amber Heard wrote during their marriage that Depp 'is like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'

(Newser) - Johnny Depp denied an allegation by ex-wife Amber Heard that he is a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" monster who turned violent when he drank and took drugs, though he acknowledged in a London court on Wednesday that he may have done things he can't remember while he... More »

Rules Go Out the Window Once Pub Patrons Have a Few

Overall, England reports few major problems with reopening

(Newser) - It seems to have been more like a typical Saturday night than a drunken New Year's Eve. The reopening of pubs in England does not seem to have overwhelmed emergency services as many had feared ahead of the biggest easing of Britain's coronavirus lockdown. But one senior police... More »

Pub Named After Slave Trader Is Now 'Pubby McDrunkFace'

Other suggestions are welcome, landlord says

(Newser) - What do you do when your pub is named after a slave trader? In Bristol, England, the solution for the landlord of the Colston Arms was to temporarily rechristen it "Pubby McDrunkface"—and invite suggestions from the public for a more permanent name. The pub was originally named... More »

Teen Who Tossed Boy Off Tate Balcony Hears His Fate

Jonty Bravery, 18, gets at least 15 years behind bars, but 'you may never be released,' judge says

(Newser) - A teen who threw a 6-year-old French boy off a 10th-floor viewing platform at London's Tate Modern art gallery last summer has been sentenced to at least 15 years behind bars—and he could see even more time than that. Per CNN , Justice Maura McGowan told 18-year-old Jonty Bravery... More »

American Among the Dead in UK Terror Attack

Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, stabbed to death Saturday, had moved to England 15 years ago

(Newser) - An American man was among the three victims stabbed to death in a park in the English town of Reading, in an incident that's being treated as a terror attack, the US ambassador to Britain confirmed Monday. Ambassador Woody Johnson offered his "deepest condolences'' to the families... More »

UK Cops Say Mass Stabbing Being Treated as Terror Attack

3 killed, 3 seriously hurt in park attack

(Newser) - British police said Sunday they are treating a stabbing rampage in a park that killed three people as a terrorist attack. Dean Haydon, the UK’s coordinator of counterterrorism policing, said counterterror detectives were taking over the investigation into the attack in the town of Reading, west of London. Police... More »

A Legendary Voice From WWII Is Dead

British singer Vera Lynn, known for such wartime hits as 'We'll Meet Again,' dies at age 103

(Newser) - A legendary voice from World War II has been silenced. A statement from the family of Dame Vera Lynn says they are "deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers" on Thursday morning in Ditchling, East Sussex, "surrounded by her close family."... More »

'Iron Duke' Marks 99th Birthday in Castle Lockdown

Prince Philip will spend his special day with Queen Elizabeth II having a 'quiet lunch'

(Newser) - He's the longest-serving consort in UK history, and the "Iron Duke" is now a year away from centenarian status. Prince Philip celebrates his 99th birthday Wednesday and plans on spending it with his wife of 72 years, Queen Elizabeth II, having a "quiet lunch" at Windsor Castle,... More »

Slave-Trader Statue Meets Watery Fate

Bristol protesters tear down Edward Colston's likeness

(Newser) - A slave trader's statue is no more after British protesters ripped it down Saturday and dumped it in a harbor, the BBC reports. The protesters, inspired by America's George Floyd demonstrations, screamed and howled as the bronze statue of 17th-century Edward Colston came toppling down. A black protester... More »

Cate Blanchett: 1, Chainsaw: Zero

Actress doing OK after lockdown accident left her with a 'little nick to the head'

(Newser) - If you've been having a hard time stuck at home during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky you haven't been attacked by a chainsaw (unless you have, in which case ... carry on). During a podcast conversation with ex-Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Cate Blanchett revealed just such a thing... More »

Fan Asks JK Rowling to 'Tell Me the Truth.' So She Did

Author reveals 'true birthplace' of her 'Harry Potter' books: a London apartment

(Newser) - On Thursday, a Harry Potter fan implored JK Rowling on Twitter to "tell me the truth"—and she did, with a reveal that may have surprised many readers. CNN notes that the initial tweet included a picture of the Elephant House, a coffeehouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has... More »

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