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Actor Bernard Cribbins dies aged 93

Actor Bernard Cribbins dies aged 93 - Chris Ison /PA

Actor Bernard Cribbins dies aged 93 - Chris Ison /PA

Children's TV star and entertainer Bernard Cribbins has died aged 93, his agent said.

The veteran actor starred in the Carry On films, Doctor Who and the 1970 film The Railway Children.

A statement from Gavin Barker Associates said: "Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93."

"His career spanned seven decades with such diverse work ranging from films like The Railway Children and the Carry On series, hit 60s song Right Said Fred, a notorious guest on Fawlty Towers and narrating The Wombles."

"He worked well into his 90s, recently appearing in Doctor Who and the CBeebies series Old Jack's Boat."

"He lost his wife of 66 years, Gill, last year."

"Bernard's contribution to British entertainment is without question. He was unique, typifying the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him."

Actor Bernard Cribbins dies aged 93 - Nick Ansell /PA

Actor Bernard Cribbins dies aged 93 - Nick Ansell /PA

Born in Oldham, Mr Cribbins was revered for his versatility and became a favourite with young audiences all over the country as the narrator of The Wombles, as well as for more than 100 appearances on the children's favourite, Jackanory.

After appearing on stage for many years, Mr Cribbins made his film debut in 1957's Davy, before going on to work alongside some of British cinema's biggest names in films such as Two-Way Stretch, She, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD, the 1967 version of Casino Royale and Frenzy.

In 1972, he played barman Felix Forsythe in director Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Frenzy, which revolved around the hunt for a serial killer in London.

He also starred in several Carry On movies and had roles in TV favourites Coronation Street and the revamped Doctor Who.

Off-screen Mr Cribbins enjoyed a successful musical career and had a number of hit records including 1962 comedy songs, Hole In The Ground and Right Said Fred, both of which reached the UK singles chart top 10.

He also starred in several Carry On movies and had roles in TV favourites Coronation Street and the revamped Doctor Who.

Off-screen Mr Cribbins enjoyed a successful musical career and had a number of hit records including 1962 comedy songs, Hole In The Ground and Right Said Fred, both of which reached the UK singles chart top 10.

Arguably one of the roles he is most famous for was as station porter Albert Perks in The Railway Children, released in 1970.

The film adaptation of E Nesbit's book chronicles the adventures of three children forced to move from London to Yorkshire after their father is imprisoned for being falsely accused of selling state secrets.

Actor Bernard Cribbins dies aged 93 - Eddie Mulholland /Eddie Mulholland
 Provided by The TelegraphActor Bernard Cribbins dies aged 93 - Eddie Mulholland /Eddie Mulholland

The film also starred a young Jenny Agutter and famously featured the tear-jerking moment at the film's climax when Agutter's character cries "daddy, my daddy" as they are reunited on a train platform. Mr Cribbins played the station porter Albert Perks.

In 2011 he received an OBE for services to drama for his long career. Speaking at the investiture ceremony, he said providing the voices of characters such as Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory and Orinoco was simple because of how The Wombles was written.

"The structure of the writing was such that you knew exactly where everybody was socially in that household," he said.

Musical theatre star Elaine Paige was among the people paying tribute to him, saying on Twitter that she was "so very sad" that her "dear pal" had died.

She added: "We met on Anything Goes & kept our 'Friendship' for over 33 yrs. A very special man of many talents.

"Funny, kind, genuine, always had a smile on his face & a quip. One of the good guys. I will miss him so very much. RIP."

'Children are calling me grandad in the street!'

He went on to regularly appear in the Doctor Who TV series as Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of the Doctor's companion Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate.

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies was among the people paying tribute to Cribbins, writing on Instagram that he was lucky to have known him.

Alongside a picture of Cribbins, Davies said the actor had "loved being in Doctor Who", adding: "He said, 'Children are calling me grandad in the street!'

"His first day was on location with Kylie Minogue, but all eyes, even Kylie's, were on Bernard. He'd turned up with a suitcase full of props, just in case, including a rubber chicken. And what an actor. Oh, really though, what a wonderful actor.

"We once took him to the TV Choice Awards and sent him up on his own to collect the award, and the entire room stood up and cheered him.

"That's a lovely memory. He'd phone up and say, 'I've got an idea! What if I attack a Dalek with a paintball gun?!' Okay, Bernard, in it went!

"He loved Gill with all his heart; he mentioned her in every conversation we ever had. A love story for the ages. I'm so lucky to have known him. Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world."

Voyage Of The Damned, which was broadcast on Christmas Day in 2007, saw 13.31 million people tune in to watch the then-Doctor, David Tennant, battle to save the crew of a luxury space liner called the Titanic.

Mr Cribbins featured in the episode alongside special guests including Kylie Minogue, Geoffrey Palmer, Clive Swift and Russell Tovey.

He also had the lead role in CBeebies show Old Jack's Boat and in the 1960s narrated the Tufty Fluffytale series of public information films about road safety.

More recently, reports said Mr Cribbins had been spotted filming alongside Tate and Tennant for Doctor Who's 60th anniversary celebrations. 

Reference: Telegraph reporters 

'Elvis' actress Shonka Dukureh (44) found dead in her home

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'Elvis' actress Shonka Dukureh (44) found dead in her home

Slide 1 of 16: Actress and musician Shonka Dukureh was found unresponsive at her apartment in Nashville on Thursday. She was discovered by one of her children, the Nashville local law enforcement revealed. Photo: Facebook

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Buzz Aldrin's 1969 iconic moon jacket sells for £2.3m at auction

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Buzz Aldrin's 1969 iconic moon jacket sells for £2.3m at auction

The jacket worn by Buzz Aldrin on his first mission to the moon in 1969 has been sold for more than £2 million - becoming the most valuable American artefact ever sold at auction.

Buzz Aldrin's 1969 iconic moon jacket sells for £2.3m at auction
 ReutersBuzz Aldrin's 1969 iconic moon jacket sells for £2.3m at auction

Displaying Aldrin's name tag on the left breast above the Apollo 11 mission emblem, the jacket is made of a fire-resistant material known as Beta cloth.

The article was sold by Sotheby's in New York as part of a space exploration sale from which the items achieved a total of $8.2m (£6.8m).

Sotheby's said Buzz Aldrin: American Icon was "the most important space exploration collection to come to market" and the 92-year-old had "carefully preserved the materials since his mission".

Aldrin's jacket sold for $2,772,500 (£2,303,254) and was purchased by an anonymous bidder, who participated in the auction by phone.

According to Sotheby's, the Beta cloth used to make Aldrin's jacket had been included in spacesuits in response to the fire that killed three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 in 1967.

Other notable prices achieved during the sale of 69 personal items included the Apollo 11 summary flight plan containing a complete record of the entire Apollo 11 mission, from launch to splashdown.

The nine-page booklet encloses the full timeline of the mission, including descriptions of the lunar module landing, the lunar surface EVA (moonwalk) and lift off from the moon.

It sold for a total of $819,000 (£680,384), over five times its presale high estimate.

Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby's Global Head of Science & Popular Culture, said: "Today's result is a testament to the legendary career of Buzz Aldrin and his lifelong dedication to the exploration and understanding of the universe.

"It has been a privilege to work alongside Buzz to bring such prestigious objects to market for the first time, and today's record-breaking outcome proves the ongoing and everlasting significance of the Apollo 11 mission, some 53 years since man first walked on the moon."

Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first astronauts to walk on the moon on 20 July 1969. 

Reference: Sky News:

JayDaYoungan death: Rapper fatally shot aged 24

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JayDaYoungan death: Rapper fatally shot aged 24

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Rapper JayDaYoungan was fatally shot on Wednesday (27 July) outside his home in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He was 24 years old.

The musician, known for his tracks “23 Island” and “Opps”, was killed in a shooting that occurred shortly before 6pm, according to a Facebook post by Bogalusa police.

Police also said that Kenyatta Scott Sr, a close family member of JayDaYoungan (real name Javorius Scott), was wounded but stable.

“Detectives are currently conducting interviews and working leads. Further information will follow as it becomes available,” the department wrote.

JayDaYoungan’s official DJ reacted to the news on Instagram, posting a picture of the pair together with the words: “I just wanna thank you for everything you did for me. Real s*** I’ll never forget.”

The rapper released several mixtapes and a debut studio album, Baby23, after signing to Atlantic Records in 2017.

He had collaborated with artists such as Latto, Lil Durk, Boosie Badazz and Moneybagg Yo.

In October 2021, police caught JayDaYoungan with a pistol he was not permitted to carry due to indictments he was facing in Texas over charges of assault on a pregnant woman and illegal possession of Oxycodone.

JayDaYoungan was also out on $175,000 (£143,785) bond at the time after a September arrest for suspicion of being accessory to second degree murder and obstruction of justice.

He faced five years in prison for the gun charges, but was released in June and credited with time served. He was under house arrest at the time of his death.

The rapper was father to a young son. In his last Instagram post, made the day before his death, JayDaYoungan was seen rapping while dancing and playing with his son. 

Reference:The Independent:  Ellie Harrison -

Husband ‘killed new wife four days after wedding and stuffed body into suitcase’

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Husband ‘killed new wife four days after wedding and stuffed body into suitcase’

Ahusband killed his wife of four days and stuffed her body in a suitcase after she told him she had bipolar disorder and wanted a divorce, a court has heard.

The body of grandmother Dawn Walker, 52, was found in a field four days after she wed Thomas Nutt, 45, Bradford Crown Court was told.

She had not been seen since her wedding night on 27 October 2021.

Jurors were shown CCTV footage of Nutt, who denies murder, wheeling a large suitcase out of the back of his house and into nearby bushes just as a police officer arrived at his front door to follow up the defendant’s missing person report.

Prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC told a jury: “It is often said that someone’s wedding day and the period immediately following is one of the happiest times of their life.”

He said this was not the case for Ms Walker “because her body was found stuffed into a suitcase and dumped into some undergrowth in a field towards the back of this defendant’s house four days after she was married”.

Mr MacDonald told the court Nutt rang police on 31 October telling them his wife had gone missing after leaving their home in Shirley Grove, Lightcliffe, near Halifax, that morning, and he appeared to mount a search.

The prosecutor said the “hard and stark reality” was that the defendant “knew perfectly well that her body was lying dead in a cupboard at the marital home”.

He said: “He knew she was there because he had killed her and put her body there before stuffing it into a suitcase, breaking bones in order to achieve that objective, before wheeling that suitcase to a place at which he dumped her body.”

Mr MacDonald said Nutt then handed himself in to a police station and told officers he and Ms Walker had been on a two-day caravan honeymoon, staying in a layby at Skegness.

The prosecutor said the defendant told police: “We came back and she has got bipolar and is depressed, said she wanted to get divorced. She put me in jail before, said I had tried raping and assaulting her.

“Said she was going to do it again. She started screaming and I have hit her in the face and put my arm round her neck.”

Bradford Crown Court heard Thomas Nutt admitted the manslaughter of his new wife but denied murder (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)
 Provided by The IndependentBradford Crown Court heard Thomas Nutt admitted the manslaughter of his new wife but denied murder (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Mr MacDonald told the jury Nutt admitted the manslaughter of his wife on the basis that “he did not intend to cause her really serious harm at the time at which he killed her”. But the prosecution says he is guilty of murder and lied about taking Ms Walker to Skegness.

 

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Mr MacDonald said Nutt killed Ms Walker before going to Skegness by himself, leaving her body in their house.

The prosecutor said Nutt returned to act out the “ghastly charade” of telling her daughter she was missing and carrying out a search.

The jury was shown CCTV footage of the defendant and Ms Walker arriving at the Prince Albert pub in Brighouse for a reception after their wedding at Brighouse Register Office.

Mr MacDonald said witnesses will describe how Nutt and Ms Walker had been together for a number of years, although accounts of how long differed, and they had a “troubled” relationship.

He said one neighbour described Ms Walker, who had three daughters, as “chirpy and energetic”.

This neighbour said that, in 2020, she saw her with a “massive” black eye and cuts to her face.

The prosecutor said this neighbour remembers the defendant was sent to prison after these injuries appeared but the couple resumed living together once he was released.

He said: “She recollects that Dawn and the defendant argued quite often during this period – one minute they were loved-up and the next they would be arguing.

“She had never seen the defendant actually administer any physical violence to Dawn but she had heard arguing coming from the house and Dawn calling out: ‘Tommo, get off me’.”

Mr MacDonald said another neighbour described going round to the house two months before the wedding after he “had never heard such screaming coming from a woman before”.

He said Nutt told the neighbour Ms Walker was having an asthma attack but she shouted: “Don’t believe him, he’s lying, he’s trying to kill me.”

The prosecutor said an examination of Ms Walker’s body showed she had suffered significant neck injuries which indicated there had been “a forceful application of pressure to her neck”.

He said there were also a series of injuries to her face.

Mr MacDonald said there were injuries which must have taken place after Ms Walker died, including rib fractures and breaks in her left shin.

He alleged these were probably caused by Nutt getting his wife’s body into the suitcase.

The trial continues. 

Reference: The Independent: : Chiara Giordano 

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