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by Vermilion » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:38 pm

Just another day in the west country...

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/n ... RVI8BnIxd8

Hundreds of Gloucestershire homes have bizarre leaflets about woman and children 'crying and screaming in basement' posted through doors

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Hundreds of people in various parts of Gloucestershire have had bizarre leaflets posted through their doors about a 'woman and children crying and screaming underneath our basement floor'.

The flyers have left many utterly baffled by their claims, which warn of 'harrowing' audio recordings and of people trapped underground 'against their will'.

They are the work of couple Alan and Christine Tait, who have brought their campaign to the county for the second time in a few weeks.

Back in April, we revealed it was them who had been putting posters up all over Gloucestershire about 'noises in my lane' which included claims of an illicit underground drug factory.

They told us then that they had felt compelled to leave their home in Ammanford, South Wales, in a bid to find someone who would take their claims seriously.

They have since travelled much of the country in their van putting up the posters and are now revisiting some parts with their latest claim.

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Mr Tait said he has made hours and hours of audio recordings from beneath the property in the small Welsh town, which he believes capture the sounds of people being held captive there.

There are several recordings on Mr Tait's YouTube channel , and you can listen to one below which he believes is a female voice from underneath their property.

Mr Tait also has a petition, with 106 supporters, appealing for the police to investigate.

It says: "I believe serious crime is being committed underneath the floor of my basement.

"I have dug out two, 1.5m shafts to get audio recordings. The audio recordings are at http://www.noisesinmylane.co.uk

"Please only sign this petition if you have listened to the noises AND believe they need investigating.

"The police have been informed and have not bothered, or have totally ignored, these recordings.

"Women can clearly be heard screaming from what I think is a tunnel or an old mineshaft (there is also an old WW2 sealed bunker close by)."

The petition is addressed to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Gloucestershire Live previously asked Dyfed Powys Police, which covers Ammanford, if they had investigated.

A spokesman told us: "Dyfed Powys Police officers attended the address in November and no evidence of drugs were found."

Mr Tait told us they have sent out at least 1,000 of the new leaflets in Gloucestershire - 500 in Cheltenham and 500 in Tewkesbury.

He said: "We have made many recordings, they have over 35,000 listeners, yet in May 2019 when we made more recordings the screams can still be heard.

"We strongly believe that people, including children are being held against their will."

When we spoke with Mrs Tait during their last visit to the county, she said: "I know how desperate it looks. If I had one of those posters through my door I would think it's a hoax too. But we're not mad, and we are desperate.

"People have said they think we're senile but we're really not. No-one will investigate, no-one will take us seriously."

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by Vermilion » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:00 am

Probably one of the strangest stories i've seen lately...

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/n ... xYw5mtZrx8

Villagers fear 'fundraiser' in skintight morph suit who spoke only in mime at annual carnival was con artist as they appeal for him to reveal all

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To the villagers cheering on the annual fancy dress parade he was just someone who had come up with an ingenious way to raise cash for a good cause from the annual carnival.

But within hours the jovial man in the chequered, black and white skintight body suit had morphed into a conman - in the minds of many attending the village fete.

For after several hours charging people £1 to guess his identity, the mystery man vanished into thin air with all the money he had raised.

Villagers, who were promised a £100 prize if they identified him correctly, still don’t know if they have been duped or are victims of a bad joke by the man who hid his face and communicated by mime.

Now organisers of the Woolaston Carnival in the Forest of Dean have used social media to urge the mystery man to hand over the money before they call in police help uncover his identity.

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"He just appeared," said carnival co-ordinator Andy Morgan Watts who led the parade in his vintage car dressed as a ringmaster.

“Everybody was applauding him because it seemed such a clever way of raising money,

“But when he disappeared it left a bad taste because people thought they had been giving money to charity.

“I still like to believe that he is just dragging it out to get the maximum amount of money possible from a good idea. Some people think I’m being too kind but we will have to wait and see which way it goes. It's clearly as black and white as his suit.”

Organisers did not think there was anything sinister about the man in the chequered morph suit who joined the carnival parade as it wended its way around the small upmarket village which is just off the A48.

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He even cheekily put his belongings in the back of a vintage car and made a thumbs up sign so he would have his hands free to hand out leaflets.

“There’s nothing unusual in people joining the parade so we didn’t think much of it when he snook in,” said Sue Anderson who is on the carnival committee.

“Everyone thought it was a great idea and he was dancing with the samba band and putting his arm around children who wanted their photograph taken with him.

“It was a beautiful day and everybody was having a good time but later on towards the end, when everybody thought he was going to climb on stage and do the big reveal, nobody could find him. He had just disappeared.”

Some villagers said they had seen the mystery man melt away from the memorial fields down a public footpath while carrying a deckchair and what looked like an old music bag or briefcase.

They thought he would be coming back but when the man did not come forward Sue and her husband John, chairman of the carnival committee, put an appeal out on Facebook asking the joker to reveal himself.

They then received an email from the “Woolaston carnival mystery man” offering to put over £100 into the bank if they gave details of the carnival account.

The couple have not heard anything since declining to do so while suggesting a meeting so he could hand over the cash.

“We want to give him a chance in case it’s someone who means well and has just taken a joke a bit too far,” said Sue.

“But I know some people are losing patience because there are older people and children who gave him money from their pensions and their piggy banks.

“We could go to the police but they are hardly going to be able to identify him in a line up and as everybody keeps joking, he’s probably already got a chequered past."

Mum Donna Haywood was one of the villagers who came across the man and said: "We paid for three guesses and an extra pound for Kane to have his picture taken with him as my son is a massive Fortnite fan.

"Thinking it was for the hall fund it didn't bother me paying, but to then see the post on Facebook that he was actually a con man it's such a shame that people feel the need to do this type of thing."

Sue says the whole village is talking about it and there has been much speculation about his identity, with many suggesting he had the slight paunch and the gait of an older man.

But others say he he is young and the only thing everybody can agree on is that it was definitely a male not a female inside the skin tight suit which sells on line for between £20 and £30.

“I have a feeling I know who it is but I can’t say and add to the speculation,” added Mr Morgan Watts who fears villages will blame the organisers if he does turn out to be a conman.

“The person I am thinking about fits the bill in terms of height and sense and humour but we will have to see if he comes forward.

“If he doesn’t there’s not a lot a we can do. I know people will be upset about the money but we had really good day and that’s what it’s all about. Community spirit.”

The post on Facebook said: "Woolaston Carnival conned by this man! Other Carnivals - BEWARE!

"He slipped into our Carnival Parade and field fun. He dished out these leaflets, was voiceless and was very entertaining.

"He disappeared by the time people started asking questions and he'd made his money! "

Gloucestershire Live has emailed the mystery man but has yet to get a response.

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PostRe: Local news
by Victor Mildew » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:09 am

You'd think they'd check his identity before he turned up.

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by Chocolate-Milk » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:48 am

We paid for three guesses and an extra pound for Kane to have his picture taken with him as my son is a massive Fortnite fan.

And that's relevant... how?

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by Victor Mildew » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:01 am

Paying the £1 is like a loot box I guess.

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PostRe: Local news
by Chocolate-Milk » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:13 am

Him strawberry floating off with all their money is certainly a Suprise Mechanic™ :lol:

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by PatSharpsMullet » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:17 pm


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by Cuttooth » Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:30 pm


That's like, three separate stories in one!

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PostRe: Local news
by Carlos » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:33 pm

Ad7 wrote:You'd think they'd check his identity before he turned up.


Sounds like his story didn’t cheque out.

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by Vermilion » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:38 pm

Meanwhile, in the USA...

https://eu.sheboyganpress.com/story/new ... z6M2WvxmL0

Sheboygan serial toilet clogger sentenced to 150 days in jail, probation

SHEBOYGAN - A 35-year-old Sheboygan man was sentenced Monday to three years of probation for clogging women's toilets in Deland Park and at his place of work.

Patrick D. Beeman was originally charged with 12 misdemeanors of criminal damage to property, but seven of the charges were dismissed in early June.

As conditions of probation, Beeman will have to serve 150 days in jail, pay more than $5,500 in restitution, not be allowed to possess or consume alcohol or any controlled substances, and complete 100 hours of community service.

While the state only recommended Beeman serve 30 days in jail as part of his probation, Judge Kent Hoffmann sentenced him to 30 days for each of the five counts of criminal damage to property, served consecutively, citing the need for a more severe punishment.

Beeman will be able to participate in the Huber program, which will allow him to continue working at his current job, but require him to report back to jail each day after work.

Beeman apologized for the damage and stress he caused in a statement he read during the sentencing hearing Monday.

"I need to make things right and pray forgiveness every day," he said.

According to a criminal complaint, officers found a toilet in the women's bathroom at Deland Community Center clogged by a plastic bottle last March. Water was overflowing from the toilet.

Officers had checked the restrooms the previous evening and the toilets were not damaged. Officers reviewed 10 similar incidents beginning in April 2017 where toilets were clogged. The city determined each incident caused about $200 in damage, the complaint said.

Officers were able to identify Beeman after speaking with a manager at the temp agency for which Beeman worked, who said Beeman damaged toilets at a company where he was placed by the agency, the complaint said. He was only employed there about a month. The manager said Beeman was placed at another company, where incidents of a similar nature began to happen.

According to the complaint, Beeman told police he gets urges to do odd things, like look for bottles in the garbage to plug toilets. He said he stopped when he heard police were investigating.

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by Little Old Man » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:19 pm

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/mum-furious-after-spending-100-16517133

Mum furious after spending £100 trying to get teddy from 'rigged' claw machine
A mum has been left fuming after spending £100 trying to win a teddy from a 'rigged' arcade machine.

Cheryl Holden, 34, spent time in the arcade at Camber Sands Holiday Park in Rye, East Sussex with her five-month old son Ashton, partner and partner's family as part of their week's holiday there.

The holiday was going well , before things got heated at the arcade, after Cheryl failed to win a toy - reports Kent Live.

Hoping to win a plush toy for little Ashton, she began playing on a ‘four goes for £1’ claw machine but said when she did not win anything after spending between £35 and £40, complained to a staff member.


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PostRe: Local news
by Victor Mildew » Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:54 am

I guarantee that sofa is L-shaped.

Edit: opened the article and yep :lol: AND it's blocking a door, textbook :lol:

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PostRe: Local news
by Moggy » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:26 am

Ad7’s L-shaped sofa obsession is back. :datass:

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by Victor Mildew » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:17 am

Moggy wrote:Ad7’s L-shaped sofa obsession is back. :datass:


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PostRe: Local news
by Jenuall » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:13 pm

Corner sofa :dread:

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by Victor Mildew » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:21 pm

I would bet a claw machine won phone on her having a feature wall and a t.v. above the fireplace.

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PostRe: Local news
by Tomous » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:03 pm

Wait, what's wrong with corner sofas? :lol:

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by Victor Mildew » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:09 pm

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PostRe: Local news
by Lagamorph » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:23 pm

Nothing as long as your living room is strawberry floating massive.

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PostRe: Local news
by Preezy » Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:29 pm

Ad7 wrote:LIVE LAUGH LOVE

:lol: that's the descriptor my wife and I use when describing if someone has awful interior decor, also known as Next Home Syndrome.


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