Tesco is making some huge changes to its Clubcard scheme – here’s everything you need to know – Manchester Evening News
Share By Rachel Pugh Money-Saving & Consumer Writer 10:41, 7 OCT 2019 Updated 10:44, 7 OCT 2019 News For every £4 you spend in store you can get an extra point if you pay through its app (Image: PA) Get the biggest daily As Christmas approaches, there's no better time to start racking up loyalty points during your Tesco shop.
Whether you're nipping in to your local shop for a chicken or to stock up on booze for the weekend, all the points you'll save by doing so will contribute to a nice little pot which you can reap the benefits from during the festive period. Every little helps, after all.
And now Tesco wants to make its Clubcard scheme even more fruitful for customers – but there's a catch.
The retailer has revealed plans for a new Clubcard Plus scheme, which will give shoppers discounts on food alongside other perks like 10 per cent off selected Tesco brands and double data free of charge for those on Tesco mobile.
Read More The Nectar Card system has changed – here's everything Sainsbury's shoppers need to know about the revamp The biggest perk, though, is that the supermarket will give Clubcard Plus holders 10 per cent off the price of their entire shop .
This means that someone spending £100 will save £10 – which, if done twice a month, equates to a whopping £240 a year.
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now The only setback is that the Plus membership will cost shoppers £7.99 a month, or £95.88 a year. Standard Clubcard membership will remain free, but won't include any of the perks you'll get on the Clubcard Plus scheme.
If you're a regular Tesco customer the Clubcard Plus scheme certainly seems worthwhile, as it means that you can bag 10 per cent off F&F, Fred & Flo, Go Cook, Tesco Pet, Carousel, and Fox & Ivy brands every time you shop.
Read More People take the mick out of Tesco after it made a huge in-store chicken error Read More Aldi customers warned to check bank accounts as technical glitch costs shoppers hundreds of pounds Shoppers will also be able to bag themselves some points-boosting offers which are based on their shopping habits, such as 20 extra points on branded bread.
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Speaking about the changes, Tesco's Chief Customer Officer, Allesandra Bellini, said: “New Clubcard Plus is a breakthrough innovation giving customers even more ways to get the best value while shopping at Tesco, for their everyday essentials, weekly shops, Mobile and Banking”.
The scheme is set to be launched later this year, but Tesco has not given an official release date yet.
Campy comedian Rip Taylor dead at 84
Rip Taylor, the flamboyant comedian known as “The King of Camp and Confetti” and “The Crying Comedian,” died Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, ABC News has confirmed. He was 84. A cause of death was not revealed.
Taylor, born Charles Elmer Taylor in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 1935, was one of TV’s most recognizable personalities, with over 2,000 appearances on Password, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Hollywood Squares and Chuck Barris’ The Gong Show, among others. He was later chosen by Barris to host The $1.98 Beauty Show, a parody of beauty contests whose big prize was a bouquet of rotten vegetables.
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Rip Taylor attends the premiere of ‘Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis’ film, Los Angeles, Dec. 6, 2011. His over 50-year career also included appearances in a number of campy films, such as “The Gong Show Movie,” the “Exorcist” send-up, “Repossessed” alongside Linda Blair and Leslie Nielen and “The Silence of the Hams.”
Taylor was also a Las Vegas mainstay, where he shared the stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Debbie Reynolds, Ann-Margret and Judy Garland, and spent decades as a top headliner himself. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre.
He also donated a large part of his time to AIDS causes, and various other charities.
In a 2016 interview with Anderson Valley Advertiser, Taylor said he would like to be remembered as “Someone who is funny and kept people happy.”
Taylor is survived by longtime partner, Robert Fortney.
After news broke of the loss, fellow comedians took to Twitter to share their memories of the legend.
(MORE: The business of pride: How some companies are capitalizing with rainbow merch) Billy Eichner wrote, “RIP, Rip. I can’t imagine how much bulls—- you had to deal with in an industry that decided it was finally cool to be a gay man in comedy, like, a year ago. Nevertheless you ignored all that and delighted people for decades. RIP.”
“Rest n Peace Mr. Taylor. Loved you, grew up watching you. Thank you for all the laughter you brought me,” David Alan Grier wrote.
Rest n Peace Mr. Taylor. Loved you, grew up watching you. Thank you for all the laughter you brought me. 🙏🏾 Rip Taylor Dead: Flamboyant Comic, Host of ‘The $1.98 Beauty Show’ Was 84 https://t.co/x99u23lBid
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) October 6, 2019 Jonathan Penner added, “RIP #RipTaylor. I had lunch with him once & the SOB made me laugh so hard I was literally crying. I begged him to stop but he just kept going tillI almost puked. 1 of the greatest meals of my life! (He actually looked like Trump; bald, fake orange hair & nutty as a fruitcake!”
RIP #RipTaylor . I had lunch with him once & the SOB made me laugh so hard I was literally crying. I begged him to stop but he just kept going tillI almost puked. 1 of the greatest meals of my life! (He actually looked like Trump; bald, fake orange hair & nutty as a fruitcake!
— Jonathan Penner (@SurvivorPenner) October 7, 2019 Here are some other poignant reactions to the loss.
If you can find Viva Variety’s “Las Vegas on 14 cents a day” Rip Taylor and @michaelianblack we’re in their prime.
— Thomas Lennon (@thomaslennon) October 7, 2019 First Diahann Carroll, now Rip Taylor? All the old queens in heaven are having a party tonight! 😥 #RIP pic.twitter.com/yzyObaA3zS
— BOOradley Traynor (@bradleytraynor) October 7, 2019 A wonderful, funny , complex and brilliant actor / comedian. Privileged to have known him and to have worked w him . RIP Rip Taylor . 💔🌹💔🌹💔🌹💔🌹💔 https://t.co/2liSvFQ109
— Charlie Adler (@charlie_adler) October 6, 2019 Certainly an icon who will be sorely missed.
Donald Trump’s plan to wreck America’s desert wonderland
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Back in 1996, President Clinton created Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah — at over 1,880,461 acres, larger than the state of Delaware, it was the largest monument in the continental United States at the time. But that status didn’t last. In 2017, President Trump slashed its size by almost half, lopping off huge chunks from the sides and isolating the Escalante portion from the rest.
Now, the Trump administration has released a management plan for the eviscerated monument, despite the fact that lawsuits challenging its size reduction are still ongoing . The plan is unsurprisingly tilted towards ranching and extractive industries like mining and drilling. Just as with Trump’s plan to keep coal-fired power plants in business, it’s a sort of ersatz Brown New Deal, using government dollars to subsidize filthy, inefficient industry while shutting down future economic possibilities that would preserve the region’s natural heritage.
Let me start with just what kind of place we’re talking about. Few know it very well due to its extreme remoteness — but I do, as I spent half my childhood living in a tiny town in southern Utah, and I’ve spent a great deal of time in and around the Grand Staircase-Escalante region.
The “staircase” (which is only about half-covered by the monument) refers to a series of gigantic, spectacular rock bands that mark different geological layers that appear as one travels from the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona to the Aquarius Plateau in south-central Utah: Over about 100 miles, the Chocolate Cliffs, the Vermillion Cliffs, the White Cliffs, the Grey Cliffs, and finally the Pink Cliffs at the famous Bryce Canyon National Park appear on the journey north.
East of the Grand Staircase is the Kaiparowitz Plateau, a vast uplifted plain that drains into the Colorado River to the south — and has some of the finest beds of fossils in the world, especially for the late Cretaceous period . Further still to the east is the Escalante, a small river that has carved an exquisite complex of delicate, narrow canyons and wild rock formations out of the underlying sandstone. (I would put Coyote Gulch up against any Gothic cathedral you care to name.)
This region is also some of the most hostile country in the world. Its high elevation and little precipitation combine to make it brutally hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The land has been profoundly warped and broken by geologic action that thrust it most of a mile into the sky, and then deeply carved by various creeks and rivers — making much of it a labyrinth of canyons and isolating it from nearby regions. To the south it is blocked off by the vast gulf of Colorado River canyons, to the east by the Waterpocket Fold, to the north by the Aquarius Plateau and Henry Mountains, and to the west by the Kolob and Markagunt Plateaus. (Indeed, this was the last area to be mapped in the entire continental U.S.)
Before modern industry and communications, practically the whole of Utah was a forbidding death trap, at least for Europeans. The Escalante itself is named after a Spanish Franciscan priest, Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, who attempted to cross from Santa Fe to the Catholic missions in California in 1776 with his superior, Atanasio Domínguez. They ended up traveling in an enormous circle , attempting to find some way through the merciless Utah landscape, only to give up and turn back after they nearly died several times and ran out of supplies.
Part of why the American Southwest is so strange and beautiful is that the bones of the land are right there in plain sight — not hidden under thick topsoil, nor covered by heavy forests or vegetation. A great deal of the acreage is simple bare rock. Today, one can experience that without being extraordinarily fit and tough, or enduring extreme risk, as the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante, and most of the best attractions, are accessible with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and some moderate hiking.
But this brings me back to monument policy. When it was first designated, President Clinton set it up as a place focused on science — in addition to the fossils, the monument has tons of biodiversity that had yet to be catalogued. For instance, a recently-completed study found 660 species of bees in the monument, 49 of them previously unknown. Under his leadership, about half of the BLM staff were dedicated to science, and the agency kept a grant fund for new research.
Contrary to what one might assume, under Clinton the monument was not at all against grazing per se. Rather, almost all the land was available for ranching. The objective was to be balanced — allowing a decent amount of grazing, but also a healthy amount of science and recreation of various sorts. Public lands, of course, are owned by all Americans in common, and should not all be museums where nothing but low-impact hiking happens. A balanced approach where the most beautiful or delicate treasures and the most valuable cultural or scientific resources get the highest protection, while reasonable allowances are made for business and agriculture where they won’t do too much harm, is perfectly sensible.
But as Christopher Ketcham writes in High Country News , all this changed with the election of George W. Bush, who eviscerated the monument’s science budget and hired more range managers. That remaining staff was disproportionately made up of conservative local Mormons, who sneered at science and environmental preservation. Instead of cows being one among several priorities, the entire monument effectively became a cattle ranch, with grazing allowed on nearly 97 percent of its area — only the Escalante waters were protected from cows by environmental groups like the Grand Canyon Trust who had previously bought out the permits.
Many hoped things would change back under President Obama, but here, as in many other areas , he largely went along with the Bush approach for most of his presidency. Only in 2014 did his administration start developing a new management plan which would be slightly less accommodating to cattle ranchers.
Cows, as one might expect, wreak havoc on the delicate desert environment. They devour native plants, they pollute land and water with their dung, and above all they stomp down the biological soil crust. Also known as cryptobiotic soil, this “biocrust” is a mat of bacteria, fungi, lichen, and sometimes moss that covers the ground in between sparse desert plants. It’s “what holds the ecosystem together,” Mary O’Brien, a forests specialist at Grand Canyon Trust, told The Week . “It’s like a giant leaf on the ground.” This crust performs important nitrogen-fixing, photosynthesis, erosion control, and other functions that are done by regular plants in wetter environments — and without it, the ground erodes very fast during occasional flash floods.
And that brings me finally to the new Trump management plan. On grazing, Trump would basically overturn the monument designation entirely — reducing “resource protections for the Monument to the baseline level common to unprotected lands at your average BLM Field Office,” says Lauren Welp , an ecosystems specialist for Western Watersheds Project. Total cattle numbers are to be increased by 40 percent. Even the 3 percent of retired grazing leases — which cost the Trust hundreds of thousands of dollars to obtain — would be returned to use. “In these narrow canyons, even a small number of cows would chomp up the plants, trample the streambank, and splatter the narrow trail with cowpies in a matter of days. It would take decades to return the area to its current healthy state,” Travis Bruner, conservation director for the Trust, told The Week .
The BLM will not even allow environmental groups to buy up future grazing permits in order to protect the land — it’s use it or lose it. “In brief, it represents a total abdication of the BLM’s conservation responsibility of the Grand Staircase,” Nicole Croft, executive director of the conservation group Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, told The Week .
But wait, one might be thinking. Didn’t I just say this was a super-harsh desert? How can cows live out on this barren country?
The answer is, they can’t — or at least, they can’t without a gushing firehose of subsidies and freebies from the federal government. These come in several forms: First, the BLM radically under-prices its grazing fees. It costs just $1.35 to graze a cow/calf pair on federal public lands for a month in 2019 (down from $1.87 in 2017, and literally the lowest legally-allowed amount). By contrast, Western states charge between $10 and $24.50 for their public lands, and fees for private lands averaged $23.40 in 2017.
Second, the BLM keeps cattle fed with public cash. In the high desert, cows will quickly devour the delicate native desert vegetation and starve, so the BLM has taken to planting — on its own nickel — enormous tracts of drought-tolerant exotic foreign imports like crested wheatgrass and Russian wildrye . Often they do this after “masticating” and “chaining” the native vegetation — that is, chewing up the native pinon and juniper trees with a heavy industrial shredder, and driving a heavy chain between two tractors to tear out all the native scrub brush.
To reach their 40-percent increase target, the BLM will have to radically step up these activities. The administration was dealt a setback in September, when a judge rejected BLM plans to clear-cut 30,000 acres in Grand Staircase-Escalante, but that was based largely on the old management plan. If the new one is approved, they will likely be able to get right back at it. That will happen 60 days from August 23rd , unless the governor of Utah objects, or the administration loses ongoing court challenges to its decision to slash the monument’s size. (Indeed, trying to jam through a new plan before the courts can rule against them is likely half the point of this move.)
And even after all this, cattle-raising on Utah federal lands is still an extremely marginal business. In 2018 many ranchers had to liquidate their herds due to that year’s extreme drought. Dozens of cows starved in nearby Capitol Reef National Park when they ran out of forage.
At bottom, cattle ranching is just a profoundly goofy way to use this kind of public land. Through vast government effort and great bucketfuls of cash from John Q. Taxpayer, the Grand Staircase-Escalante area has become… some of the worst pastureland in the lower 48. It’s like some Republican caricature of a Big Government boondoggle.
Local conservatives, especially the good old boys who dominate the local governments in Kane County and Garfield Country (combined population: roughly 15,000) where most of the monument is located, naturally regard all this as their sacred birthright. Ranching (along with mining and drilling) is an expression of tough, manly rugged individualism, and it is entirely characteristic of Western conservatives to studiously ignore the enormous welfare payments it requires to prop up their preposterous cowboy facade.
As an aside, if anybody has an actual right to the land, it is surely the handful of remaining Southern Paiutes (along with the Utes who gave Utah its name). They made this corner of Utah their home for centuries before whites stole their land and exterminated virtually the entire community.
Anyway, that brings us to extractive industry. Trump’s plan would open up most of the land that he gouged out of the original monument to mining and drilling . The area is rich in oil, gas, and especially coal. New coal mines within the old monument boundaries are probably unlikely, given its low price and the difficulty of putting pipes and road infrastructure into such a remote location — though it’s not out of the question, as the administration did recently approve a nearby coal strip mine, the first in Utah history.
Oil and gas would be somewhat easier, and it’s likely some companies would at least apply for leases, because forcing through more extractive industry was a major internal justification within Republican circles for slashing the size of the monument, as emails revealed by The New York Times showed. In addition, “The BLM is rearranging their table of organization for the Monument staff, bringing in a natural resource specialist, something that is rare to see in units that don’t actively monitor oil and gas leases,” says Croft.
Others may attempt to get some leases just in the hope that they can get bought out if the next administration cancels them, as happened during the process of the original designation of the monument in 1996. “It could be postulated that this is a speculative move on the part of lessees at this time with the ongoing litigation,” Carolyn Shelton, who worked at the monument from 2001-2016, told The Week .
Ironically, given all the conservative chest-thumping about jobs, this plan could very well be an economic disaster for the region. Tourist visitation at Grand Staircase-Escalante has nearly doubled since 1996 , as word gradually spread about its beauty, remoteness, and clear skies. One study found the monument was the darkest and quietest place in the continental U.S. This has driven a modest recreation economy based around restaurants, outfitting, guiding, and so forth. Even before the new management plan, this has been impinged by Trump’s gutting of the monument — Joe and Suzanne Catlett, owners of a restaurant in Escalante, told the Grand Canyon Trust : “we have seen an immediate and direct decrease in our sales and revenue compared to years prior.”
Oil and gas wells are extremely loud and lit up with blinding high-powered lights. Indeed, in their environmental impact statement , the BLM had to present several alternatives to their own proposal — which they found had the most dust, most noise, and most light pollution of any of the options.
On the other hand, as I have previously written , extractive industry often leads to economic distress even when it works out as planned. It leads to high incomes for certain workers in the short term, which inflates local wages and housing prices (especially in tiny local towns). And then if the deposit runs out, or the price falls (which must happen eventually), a crushing local recession ensues. Vernal, Utah in the northeastern part of the state has gone through several of these boom-bust cycles over the last several decades thanks to dependence on the gyrating price of oil.
Finally, there is climate change. There is certain to be a Democratic president at some point in the future, very possibly by 2021. If they have any sense at all, their first act as president will be to ban all fossil-fuel development on public lands. And even if Trump declares himself dictator-for-life, it’s not impossible to imagine the United States being subject to international blockade if it refuses to take some climate action. Going all-in on Big Carbon at this late date is just willful idiocy.
Cows and fossil fuels are just not what a sensible modern society does with its delicate and pristine desert wilderness — and yet, that is the Trump plan. It’s a reminder to continue the fight to preserve America’s public lands for all its people, and for the next Democratic president to not waste so much time dithering and dragging his feet. We don’t have time to squander another six years failing to undo Trump’s misdeeds.
‘You have been brave in the extreme’… beauty therapist praised by judge for helping jail thug ex-boyfriend who stabbed her five times
Share By Timothy Gallagher Simon Smith 11:02, 7 OCT 2019 Updated 11:11, 7 OCT 2019 News Pictured is Aaron Booth with Zahra Rechelle: ‘It was always like walking on egg shells with him – he is just not a nice person’ Get the biggest daily A beauty therapist who helped jail her obsessed ex-boyfriend for 14 years after he took her hostage and stabbed her five times in a frenzied knife attack has been hailed by a judge for testifying about their abusive relationship to ''protect other women'' from him.
Zahra Rechelle, 31, had too been frightened to report 27-year old Aaron Booth over his bullying behaviour and even stayed with him for fear social service would intervene and take her away her young son from a previous relationship.
But when she called time on their 20 month on-off romance, Booth followed her as she spent an evening with friends then broke into her home at 1am after she went to bed.
He dragging her into the street by her hair and stabbing her in the stomach and legs in front of local police – then as she bled heavily from a series of wounds, the father of two put the knife against Miss Rechelle's throat as he was told to surrender.
Booth, from Glossop, held her captive briefly before a stand off with police lasting three hours.
Miss Rechelle was treated for her wounds and later agreed to give evidence against Booth fearing he would harm other women he came into contact with.
She said: ''It was always like walking on egg shells with him – he is just not a nice person and he used to make me feel really on edge all the time.
''I lost loads of weight. I wasn’t eating or sleeping. He was horrible to me.
“I felt frightened as I knew when he was going to switch. He never gave me time to think on my own and to be on my own. He would say he was never going to hurt me – but he did.''
Zahra Rechelle was told by a judge: ''You have been brave in the extreme. You have not just protected yourself you have protected other women.” At Manchester Crown Court, Judge Richard Mansell QC praised Miss Rechelle as Booth, also of Glossop, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, assault by beating, escaping custody and possession of a bladed article following the stabbing last February 2.
His not guilty plea to attempted murder was accepted.
Read More Top football agent James Featherstone charged with alleged attack in leafy Trafford village pub The judge told her: ''You have been brave in the extreme. You have not just protected yourself you have protected other women.”
He then told Booth: ''Zahra had had warnings from her friends not to get involved with you. When at home you would bully and degrade her by spitting, flicking cigarettes and throwing household items.
“She describes how you could change suddenly without any warning and regularly picked arguments with her leading to violence.
Aaron Booth with Zahra Rechelle “A particularly disturbing feature of your violence is grabbing a woman around the neck tightly as if strangling her, which can only be intended to subdue, control and strike fear into her.
“Zahra says how she had previously been a strong person but living with you had ground her down, losing two stone in weight due to stress.
“She felt particularly vulnerable due to her personal circumstances and she felt trapped in this relationship. Your claim is that she gave off mixed signals, you point to various exchanges of text messages which you claim demonstrates a genuine desire on her part to resume the relationship.
Beauty therapist Zahra Rechelle was stabbed five times in a frenzied knife attack ''But I approach these with considerable scepticism. She acknowledges she would often try and appease you because of her fear that you would become violent. Any expression of love in this situation is as likely to be born out of a necessity of self-preservation.
“On that night she went home and to bed. You turned up and demanded to be let in. You tried to kick her door in, she called 999 and the recording of that call was played in court, because it is utterly harrowing I have not required it to be played.
Read More The couple who popped into McDonald's to eat – on the way from their wedding “She can be heard crying a pleading to the operator to hurry up before a blood curdling scream of terror as you smash a window to get in and immediately set about beating her up.
Aaron Booth has a string of other offences for violence including ABH, battery and attempted robbery “She dropped her phone on the carpet but your voice can be heard in the background saying ‘I will f..king kill you’. “This was a sustained and brutal assault on a defenceless woman.
“The officers describe seeing you stabbing her in a continued and precise manner and you were trying to inflict as many wounds as possible.
“I watched her carefully throughout the court hearing when she thought she would be giving evidence, she is still deeply traumatised by this offence. She has suffered serious psychological harm at your hands.
Read More Man tried to rape teen, 17, then 'humiliates' her in court as he wins right to stay in UK ''She was particularly vulnerable as a result of your controlling, coercive and manipulative behaviour. You are a dangerous young man with a capacity for sudden outbursts of extreme violence as well as controlling and coercive behaviour towards partners.
“You present a risk to people generally in a social context and towards women in the context of a relationship.''
The pair had begun dating in June 2017 but their relationship began to sour in the summer of 2018.
Pictured is Aaron Booth with Zahra Rechelle: 'It was always like walking on egg shells with him – he is just not a nice person' Prosecuting Neil Fryman said: “She tried splitting from him on a number of occasions but there was a barrage of texts, he turned up at her place of work and she thought it was easier being with him then not.
“He was very controlling and in her words ‘I felt frightened when I knew he was going to switch I used to calm the situation down by telling him everything was OK, stroking his face and mothering him kind of.
“He would want to sit and chat, if I disagreed he would get frustrated and pace the house, he would make me feel uneasy it was just a regular feeling.’
Read More Lidl plans to open 10 new supermarkets around Greater Manchester – including Manchester city centre ''This was an on off relationship and there were many times when she gave into him in an effort to appease him and appeal to his good side.
“There were numerous incidents of domestic violence and abuse. There was one occasion when he had pushed her face down into the carpet and put his foot on the top of her head so she couldn’t breathe. He then stopped and said he was sorry.
“She ran out of the house and called the police and he was begging her not to call them, he ran away and then she understood he had handed himself into the police.
Aaron Booth with Zahra Rechelle: 'This was an on off relationship and there were many times when she gave into him in an effort to appease him and appeal to his good side' “She had a couple of bruises and an injured lip from this incident, the police attended he was informed he was under arrest and cautioned.
''The arresting officer was reaching for his handcuffs when the defendant broke free from the officer’s grip and ran out into the road, despite being sprayed with a pepper like spray.
Read More The last Thomas Cook repatriation flight is due to land at Manchester Airport this morning “Zahra made a statement but then retracted it as she was scared of social service’s involvement in relation to her son. Booth was then contacting her saying he was sorry and it wouldn’t happen again. They got back together for Christmas, he started being nice but it didn’t last long.
“He bombarded her with phone calls so much so she had to block his number. He would stop people in the street to use their phones to call her he constantly sent her poems and texts.
''On the 2nd February she had been for a night out it was to celebrate the opening of a new salon where she worked, But he was pressuring her into being in a relationship with him when all she wanted was to be with her friends.
Beauty therapist Zahra Rechelle, who helped jail her obsessed ex-boyfriend Aaron Booth for 14 years “He followed her into pubs and she recalls sitting in a booth when he just came in uninvited and sat next to her. She told the defendant they would talking but not that night as she was out celebrating the opening of the salon. She knew he was going to ‘switch’ and he grabbed her saying he just wanted him and her to be a family.
“She was telling him he would never change but he got angry and her friend alerted the bouncers. She locked herself in the ladies toilet and a a few minutes the defendant had gone but he then tried to ring Zahra. He was in her words ''10 out of 10 drunk’ and three men had to intervene to prevent him pursuing her.''
Read More A man has died after being pulled from the Bridgewater Canal in Altrincham Miss Rechelle got home at 12.30am but was woken up by her dog barking and heard Booth banging at the front door saying: ''I am sorry – I love you.''
She told him to go away or she would call the police but he started getting angrier and kicked the door before breaking in by smashing a window.
Mr Fryman added: “He pinned her down on the carpet in the lounge, released her to the floor by the throat, he punched her over and over to the face.
Beauty therapist Zahra Rechelle has been hailed by a judge for testifying about their abusive relationship to ''protect other women'' from him “She didn’t know what made him get off her but he did, she tried to put her arms round him to calm him down in a cuddling motion, the force of the punches was ’10 out of 10’.
''He got up and went to the kitchen, she took her opportunity to escape she fled out of the front door shouting for help she had no shoes on.
“Outside she looked behind her and saw he was pursuing her with one of her kitchen knives shouting ‘I’m going to kill you’. She actually thought she was going to die. The knife was the biggest one in her knife block as he pursued her out of the front door.
'She kept running and remembers waking up on the floor with lots of police around. She remembers he was on top of her outside and she was trying to cover her face. She did see him with the same knife in his hand and this time there was blood on the handle, blade and on his face.
“The defendant was seen holding her by the hair holding the knife up and then stabbing the victim as the police were there. He then blamed the police saying it was all the police’s fault.
Read More Roadworks start on one of Manchester's busiest roundabouts this week – and drivers are being warned ''Officers saw Zahra being stabbed three times to her stomach area. She was dragged into the middle of the road by her hair. The officer saw the knife which the defendant was holding at her throat and then at her chest.
''The officer noticed she had a golf-ball sized welt to her forehead, her lips were swollen and there was lots of blood. Two officers arrived the male officer told the defendant to put the knife down and hear him make various comments whilst holding the knife to her head.
“He seemed to become more agitated and he said to the police it was Zahra’s fault.
“There was a protracted negotiation involving officers from the firearms unit, a significant situation that lasted several hours.''
Booth who had also been taking cocaine told police: ''‘I have done something really bad.'
Miss Rechelle sustained wounds to her left lower chest, right thigh, left thigh and outer right lower leg. She had stitches to her mouth, hand, stomach and to three different areas of her leg and will be scarred for life. She also suffered cuts to her lip and a fracture to the right eye socket.
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Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now She subsequently had her house repainted and re-carpeted as Booth shed a great deal of blood when he cut his hand whilst breaking into the property.
But the court heard her landlord had asked her to leave the property due to the incident.
Booth has a string of other offences for violence including ABH, battery and attempted robbery. He had previously attacked another ex-girlfriend at a house party, during which he kicked and punched her before ripping out her hair extensions.
His counsel Miss Sara Haq said in mitigation: “He fully acknowledges his appalling behaviour on the night of this incident and acknowledges nothing can ever explain or justify his behaviour in any way.
Read More Man claims to be 'long lost son' of the 100-year-old RAF veteran who died with no relatives – and he has a powerful message for everyone “He wishes to extend his apology directly to the victim but in the weeks leading up to this incident there were hopes of a future relationship between both parties.
''He should have kept away rather than let his emotions get the better of him this night.''
Booth will be on licence until the year 2039 following his release from jail under the terms of an extended sentence.
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WOLVES LIKE US Releases New Video For Oil & Money New Album, Brittle Bones To Be Released October 25
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Norway’s WOLVES LIKE US will unleash their fourth album, Brittle Bones , on October 25th.
The long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Black Soul Choir , Brittle Bones — demoed by Kvelertak’s Bjarte Lund Rolland and mixed by Kowloon Walled City’s Scott Evans — displays a more refined and dynamic wolf pack. “There was less tension this time; we almost didn’t argue at all which is rare for us,” relays drummer Jonas Thire. “A lot has happened to us at a personal level. Positives, like we all have kids now. But dark shit, too. There’s been a divorce. [Vocalist/guitarist] Lars [Kristensen] has been really sick. He wrote the lyrics as a kind of diary to deal with issues like abuse, literally and figuratively.”
Lyrically, the thread that runs through Brittle Bones is the topic of honesty. “It’s about dealing with demons in a real way, facing them and giving them the middle finger so to speak,” notes Kristensen. “ Brittle Bones is a juxtaposition of the calm and the raspy; comfort and disturbance; beauty and repulsion… for the essence of art can only be understood as equally disturbing the comfortable and comforting the disturbed.”In advance of its release, today Heavy Blog Is Heavy is pleased to unveil first Brittle Bones single, “Stay Cold.” Issues the band of the track, “This song is about finding that last drop of hope in yourself. When you’re down and out, there’s blood on your hands and you think you’ve lost it all. There’s still a choice.” Please follow and like us: Post navigation