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Prankster goes to the drive-thru in a coin-operated children’s ride fitting with a mobility scooter

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Hilarious footage shows a businessman driving around his hometown to the amusement of passersby – in a miniature replica of Postman Pat’s Royal Mail van.

Prankster Alton Tyrell, 40, from Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, has delighted locals with his fun-loving antics after buying a coin-operated children’s ride and welding it to a mobility scooter.

Footage of Alton, who owns a car transporting company, taking the van through a McDonald’s drive-thru went viral, turning him into a ‘local celebrity.’

The father-of-two spent around 100 hours converting the old toy as a project to keep him occupied during lockdown.

When fully charged, the replica of the van used in the 1980s kids TV show can drive for up to five hours.

Prankster Alton Tyrell, 40, from Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, has delighted locals with his fun-loving antics after buying a coin-operated children's ride and welding it to a mobility scooter (pictured)

Prankster Alton Tyrell, 40, from Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, has delighted locals with his fun-loving antics after buying a coin-operated children's ride and welding it to a mobility scooter (pictured)

Prankster Alton Tyrell, 40, from Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, has delighted locals with his fun-loving antics after buying a coin-operated children’s ride and welding it to a mobility scooter (pictured) 

It comes complete with the famed Pat 1 registration plate and tiny box windows made famous in the long-running animated series.

‘I just thought I’d do it for a laugh,’ explained Alton. ‘I wasn’t working, all the car dealerships were closed, so I thought I’d do a little project that could make people smile.

‘I’ve driven it as far as seven or eight miles. I only ever drive on the pavement as it’s not insured for the road, but the reaction from people has been brilliant.

‘It’s had a massive reaction, people who don’t know me recognise me when I’m out shopping or whatever.

The ride is a replica of Postman Pat's Royal Mail van, complete with the registration plate Pat 1. Pictured, Alton drove it to his local McDonald's Drive-thru

The ride is a replica of Postman Pat's Royal Mail van, complete with the registration plate Pat 1. Pictured, Alton drove it to his local McDonald's Drive-thru

The ride is a replica of Postman Pat’s Royal Mail van, complete with the registration plate Pat 1. Pictured, Alton drove it to his local McDonald’s Drive-thru

‘When I’m in my recovery truck, people are beeping me because they know it’s me.’

Alton finished converting the ride in late August and has been seen out and bout in his hometown throughout September.

One hilarious video sees him turn up at a Starbucks drive-thru and ordering food while a worker cracks up laughing.

After ordering, he asks the worker serving him: ‘You’re not laughing at my car, are you?’

She replies: ‘No, I like it. Don’t move, I need to get a picture.’

Another video sees him driving it across a zebra crossing in a busy town centre, much to the amusement of onlookers.

The father-of-two said he spent 100 hours welding the mobility scooter into the coin-operated children's ride (pictured)

The father-of-two said he spent 100 hours welding the mobility scooter into the coin-operated children's ride (pictured)

The father-of-two said he spent 100 hours welding the mobility scooter into the coin-operated children’s ride (pictured) 

Alton added: ‘When I went to Maccies in the van, it went viral and people starting tagging me in it.

‘Every other car beeps their horn at me, people are filming me wherever I go. I see people drive past and come back for another look and their laughing their heads off.’

Alton can enter and exit his ride by lifting the van up and sitting on the mobility scooter.

He added: ‘It’s like a scissor lift mechanism, so it’s quite easy really. But I think that’s what people find funny too, that it’s a grown man inside it.

‘I’ve had people come up to me thinking I was a kid that was driving a toy van and got lost or something.

Alton has now been asked by the Rugby Football League to deliver the match ball in October's Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium

Alton has now been asked by the Rugby Football League to deliver the match ball in October's Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium

Alton has now been asked by the Rugby Football League to deliver the match ball in October’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium

‘My wife loves it, I was in the garage all hours working on it, she knew what I was doing and thought it was funny. She knows I’ve always been a joker..’

Alton has been asked by the Rugby Football League if he can deliver the match ball in October’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

And Royal Mail have inquired about putting in on display in Selfridges in London over Christmas.

Alton added: ‘It’s really exploded and taken off since first bringing it home and jet washing it.

‘It’s a bit overwhelming when you go around and people stop you. You feel like a celebrity. People do a double-take, it’s not something you see every day is it?’

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Moment mass brawl erupts at petrol station as women throw punches after ‘refusing to wear mask’

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This is the shocking moment when a brawl erupts at a petrol station in a Tier 3 lockdown zone after a row over ‘a face mask’.

The footage shows the fight between two groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester –  a ‘very high risk’ area for coronavirus. 

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s – both of whom are wearing face masks.

During the recording, the woman who is allegedly assaulted can be heard shouting that she is ‘clinically vulnerable’ and that the other group ‘refused to wear masks’.

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground.

While the man is down, one of the women from the larger group appears to kick at him twice. The man is later told to ‘stay here’ because he has a ‘split eye’.

Police say they are now investigating the incident, which took place on Wednesday.

The footage shows the fight between to groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester - a 'very high risk' area for coronavirus

The footage shows the fight between to groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester - a 'very high risk' area for coronavirus

The footage shows the fight between to groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester – a ‘very high risk’ area for coronavirus

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s - both of whom are wearing face masks

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s - both of whom are wearing face masks

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s – both of whom are wearing face masks

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

The footage begins with a woman in grey standing close to two women, while her partner, in red, talks to another man.

Within seconds of the video starting, one of the other women appears to throw a punch, before the situation deescalates and she appears to drag her friend away.

But then both women appear to throw a series of punches at the woman in grey.

As the melee ends, the camera darts off to the two men. The footage appears to show a man punching the man in red, sending his glasses flying off his face.

In the video, the man is then seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground.

The two women run over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground.

The witness filming says: ‘No, no, no, no don’t kick a man while he’s down.’ 

The row fizzles out with the larger group getting into a car before being seen driving off.

The witness then urges the man in red to stay, saying he has a cut above his eye.

Greater Manchester Police say they are now investigating the incident, which took place around 3.40pm on Wednesday, October 21.  

In the video, one man is seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground

In the video, one man is seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground

In the video, one man is seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground

Footage shows two women running over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground

Footage shows two women running over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground

Footage shows two women running over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground

A spokesperson for the force said: ‘Officers received a report that a man and a woman, both aged in their 40s, had been assaulted on Manchester Street, Oldham.

‘Initial enquiries indicate that a disagreement occurred between two groups of people which resulted in a number of assaults taking place.

‘A 41-year-old man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

‘No other injuries have been reported. No arrests have been made at this time and enquiries remain ongoing.’

Meanwhile, the forces Temporary Superintendent Niall Hayden-Pawson said he was encouraging other witnesses to come forward.

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government's coronavirus alert system

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government's coronavirus alert system

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government’s coronavirus alert system

He said: said: ‘We are aware that there is footage circulating on social media in relation to this assault.

‘However, I would like to make it clear that this footage does not capture the entire disagreement which is why we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information that will help us in our investigation.

‘Our officers are trying to piece together the exact circumstances which led to this assault. If you have any information at all that will assist with our enquiries and help us to establish the full picture of events then please do not hesitate to contact police.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8263 quoting incident number 1777 of 21/10/20.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.   

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government’s coronavirus alert system.

Tier 3 is the highest level and means the toughest restrictions, including the closures of pubs and bars which do not serve food.

The town’s infection rate it 409 cases per 100,000 people – in the seven days to October 15.

 

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Paul Pogba ‘will QUIT France team’ after Emmanuel Macron’s comments on ‘Islamist terrorism’

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Manchester United star Paul Pogba will reportedly quit playing for France after statements by French president Emmanuel Macron alleging that Islam was the source of international terrorism.

According to various Middle Eastern news sources, the World Cup-winning midfielder, who is a convert to Islam, ‘resigned’ after the comments made by Macron on Friday. 

Pogba reportedly also resents the French government’s decision to bestow the country’s highest honour on the teacher who had shown images of the prophet Muhammad to schoolchildren in his class before being murdered in a terrorist attack. 

Samuel Paty, 47, was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40 kilometres northwest of Paris.

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit playing for France over Emmanuel Macron's comments

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit playing for France over Emmanuel Macron's comments

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit playing for France over Emmanuel Macron’s comments

United midfielder Pogba posted this picture of him visiting Mecca on Instagram in 2019

United midfielder Pogba posted this picture of him visiting Mecca on Instagram in 2019

United midfielder Pogba posted this picture of him visiting Mecca on Instagram in 2019

Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded on his on his way home from the junior high school where he taught

Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded on his on his way home from the junior high school where he taught

Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded on his on his way home from the junior high school where he taught 

He was awarded the French Legion d’honneur, the highest decoration bestowed by the French state, in recognition of the fact that he died trying to explain the importance of freedom of speech.

Macron described the murder as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’ that took the life of the French teacher and later added: ‘Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.’

Pogba’s resignation was published on Sunday in the Arabic sports website, which said that the decision to give the teacher the Legion d’honneur and the comments were the motivation for his decision to stop playing as a French international. 

It said Pogba considered the decision as an insult to him and to French Muslims, especially since Islam is the second religion in France after Christianity.

Calls are growing meanwhile around the world for people to boycott French goods in the wake of the president’s comments accusing Muslims of separatism and he pledged not to give up cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Pogba with Macron after the Man United midfielder won the World Cup with France in 2018

Pogba with Macron after the Man United midfielder won the World Cup with France in 2018

Pogba with Macron after the Man United midfielder won the World Cup with France in 2018

Pogba kisses the World Cup after playing an influential role for France at the World Cup

Pogba kisses the World Cup after playing an influential role for France at the World Cup

Pogba kisses the World Cup after playing an influential role for France at the World Cup

THE BEHEADING OF SAMUEL PATY 

Schoolteacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday 16 October 16 by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov.

Prior to his death, Mr Paty had received threats after he had showed pupils in his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on October 6.

Mr Paty had been teaching the children about free speech. His death follows the 2015 terrorist attack at the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had published on its cover a cartoon of Muhammad. Twelve people were killed and 11 injured by gunmen.

French president Emmanuel Macron said at Mr Paty’s funeral:

‘He was killed precisely because he incarnated the Republic. He was killed because the Islamists want our future.

They know that with quiet heroes like him, they will never have it.’

Mr Paty, a history and geography teacher, had advised Muslim students to look away if they thought they might be offended before showing thew class the cartoon.

He has been posthumously awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour.

Anzorov, was shot dead by police after killing Mr Paty.

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In 2019, Pogba revealed why he converted to Islam – insisting that doing so has made him become a better person.

Asked what being a Muslim meant to him in The Times’ new Life Times podcast, Pogba said: ‘It’s everything. That’s what makes me thankful for everything.

‘It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside.

‘It was a good change in my life because I wasn’t born a Muslim, even if my mum was. I just grew up like that, respect for everyone.

‘Islam is not the image that everyone sees – terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else, it’s something beautiful.

‘You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.’

More to follow… 

The Frenchman revealed that converting to Islam has made him become a better person

The Frenchman revealed that converting to Islam has made him become a better person

The Frenchman revealed that converting to Islam has made him become a better person

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AFL Grand Final photo of Gary Ablett Jnr being farewelled reveals why Richmond were pure class

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AFL fans have praised Richmond as ‘pure class’ after noticing a hidden detail in an iconic photo of Gary Ablett Jr’s farewell guard of honour. 

The Geelong Cats legend was teary-eyed as he was clapped out of the Gabba after his team’s crushing loss on Saturday – closing the door on his 357-game AFL career.

Richmond players garnered widespread adulation after captain Trent Cotchin reached out to the Cats on his team’s behalf, amid their premiership celebrations, to ask how they could help the Tigers farewell the retiring superstar. 

Together, the teams formed an honour guard and vivaciously cheered as Ablett, 36, walked off the field for the last time.  

But eagle-eyed footy fans have drawn attention to another respect-worthy display of sportsmanship.

Every Tiger player in the line removed their premiership medals from around their necks in an apparent bid to set aside their victory as they saw the AFL great off the field.

The Richmond Tigers and Geelong cats formed a honour guard to see Gary Ablett Jnr  (pictured) off the field for his final AFL match at the Gabba on Saturday night

The Richmond Tigers and Geelong cats formed a honour guard to see Gary Ablett Jnr  (pictured) off the field for his final AFL match at the Gabba on Saturday night

The Richmond Tigers and Geelong cats formed a honour guard to see Gary Ablett Jnr  (pictured) off the field for his final AFL match at the Gabba on Saturday night

The discreet detail was first spotted by fans from social media group The Mongrel Punt, who posted a close-up of the Tigers in the guard online. 

‘Zoom in. Notice anything? Not one Richmond player is wearing their premiership medallion,’ they wrote.

‘Even in a moment that is all about them, they put it aside and paid respect to give Ablett the moment he deserved. That’s absolute class.’ 

Other fans agreed, flocking online to applaud Richmond’s sportsmanship. 

‘This is culture and this is class. To stop celebrating and give this man the respect he deserves speaks volumes. And to not show your medals. Well done leadership team,’ one fan wrote. 

‘Thank you to the Tigers for all the respect you payed Gary Ablett Jr on Saturday night with his send off… To be able to do that in a time of pure jubilation is all class,’ another added. 

‘You showed a side of your club that made more than one grown mans eye leak. Thank you.’

Footy fans social media group The Mongrel Punt first spotted the discreet detail in the iconic honour guard photo

Footy fans social media group The Mongrel Punt first spotted the discreet detail in the iconic honour guard photo

Footy fans social media group The Mongrel Punt first spotted the discreet detail in the iconic honour guard photo

Ablett suffered an injury to his shoulder in the first moments of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Ablett suffered an injury to his shoulder in the first moments of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Ablett suffered an injury to his shoulder in the first moments of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Ablett suffered a shoulder injury moments after the first bounce in Saturday’s Grand Final clash with the Richmond Tigers.

But the AFL star showed perseverance by returning to the field after his injury was taped.

In another show of respect, Tigers players noticeably avoided targeting Ablett’s shoulder once he returned to the field.

Geelong captain Joel Selwood paid tribute to Ablett’s career in his post-match speech.

‘We love ya, and we thank you for what you’ve done for the game,’ Selwood said.

Before he was farewelled by the league, Ablett greeted his wife Jordan and son Levi on the side of the pitch. 

The 36-year-old was teary-eyed as he waved goodbye to the crowd on Saturday - closing the door on his 357-game AFL career

The 36-year-old was teary-eyed as he waved goodbye to the crowd on Saturday - closing the door on his 357-game AFL career

The 36-year-old was teary-eyed as he waved goodbye to the crowd on Saturday – closing the door on his 357-game AFL career

Levi was diagnosed with a degenerative condition this year, just months before Ablett’s mother-in-law Trudy Papalia lost her battle to lung cancer in August. 

Despite the Grand Final loss, Ablett beamed as he spoke to his son, before kissing the toddler’s cheek.

One of four children, Ablett was always destined to follow in the footsteps of his father Garry ‘God’ Ablett, who has since described his son as the greatest midfielder to ever play the game.

Ablett wowed fans with his freakish on-field skills when he made his AFL debut as a baby-faced 18-year-old in 2002.

He won two premierships with Cats in 2007 and 2009 before he headed north for a fresh start with the Gold Coast Suns when they joined the AFL in 2011.

He spent eight seasons with the Suns before returning home in late 2017 following the tragic loss of his sister Natasha.  

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