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Mum reveals she suffered a double heartbreak when her husband and new fiancé died

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A mum suffered a double heartbreak when her husband and new fiancé both died within just four years of each other.

Liz Sims, 43, from Bridgend, South Wales, first suffered tragedy when her husband Paul killed himself in the garage of their family home.

NHS nurse Liz overcame her grief to find new love and became engaged to fiancé Matt King.

But she could only watch as Matt died in a motorcycle crash with an army tank as the couple were riding on a country road.

Liz Sims (pictured), 43, from Bridgend, South Wales, suffered a double heartbreak when her husband and new fiance both died within just four years of each other

Liz Sims (pictured), 43, from Bridgend, South Wales, suffered a double heartbreak when her husband and new fiance both died within just four years of each other

Liz Sims (pictured), 43, from Bridgend, South Wales, suffered a double heartbreak when her husband and new fiance both died within just four years of each other.

NHS nurse Liz overcame her grief to find new love and became engaged to fiance Matt King (pictured, together)

NHS nurse Liz overcame her grief to find new love and became engaged to fiance Matt King (pictured, together)

NHS nurse Liz overcame her grief to find new love and became engaged to fiance Matt King (pictured, together)

Despite her double tragedy brave Liz wants to help people to overcome ‘the darkness’ and use herself as an example for others.

‘It’s not easy, it’s a struggle, and the dark days still have the ability to consume you,’ she explained.

‘But in that darkness I have found a fight and more passion than I thought possible. I want to leave my children and family a bucket full of happy memories.’

Liz told how she watched as Matt was struck by the tank when they were riding together on a Sunday afternoon.

Despite her double tragedy brave Liz wants to help people to overcome 'the darkness' and use herself as an example for others. Pictured, celebrating at the finish line with running partner Steve James

Despite her double tragedy brave Liz wants to help people to overcome 'the darkness' and use herself as an example for others. Pictured, celebrating at the finish line with running partner Steve James

Despite her double tragedy brave Liz wants to help people to overcome ‘the darkness’ and use herself as an example for others. Pictured, celebrating at the finish line with running partner Steve James

Liz could only watch as Matt (pictured) died in a motorcycle crash with an army tank as the couple were riding on a country road

Liz could only watch as Matt (pictured) died in a motorcycle crash with an army tank as the couple were riding on a country road

Liz could only watch as Matt (pictured) died in a motorcycle crash with an army tank as the couple were riding on a country road

She said: ‘The roads were quite windy but I wasn’t really feeling it and I didn’t know why. I told Matt through the headset to go on in front after we got through the twisty bends and I would just follow him.

‘The road straightened out and we had this beautiful open road ahead. I could see an Army tank coming at a junction and it just didn’t stop. It cut across our road and just took Matt out.’

She said the tank driver, a Dutch solider on a training exercise, was already out of the vehicle and tending to Matt.

‘I could see the terrified look in his face,’ she explained. ‘I went to pieces on the side of the road. It was awful.’

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Liz threw herself into running and entered a half marathon to give her a goal. Pictured, during a competition

Liz threw herself into running and entered a half marathon to give her a goal. Pictured, during a competition

Liz threw herself into running and entered a half marathon to give her a goal. Pictured, during a competition

Liz said Matt (pictured) helped her to move on following Paul's death but when Matt died she initially found herself in a dark place

Liz said Matt (pictured) helped her to move on following Paul's death but when Matt died she initially found herself in a dark place

Liz said Matt (pictured) helped her to move on following Paul’s death but when Matt died she initially found herself in a dark place

The couple had been engaged for 10 weeks when Matt died in hospital in March 2016 leaving her two children Fern, 19, and Jake, 18, also devastated.

She said Matt had supported her following the death of husband Paul in 2012 after he hanged himself at home.

She said: ‘At the time it felt like suicide in Bridgend was the norm. It kind of felt like it was all we were hearing. It seemed to be one after the other.’

‘I’m quite a positive person. I knew if I dwelt on it I would go down a deep hole and I didn’t want to do that.’

Liz said Matt helped her to move on following Paul’s death but when Matt died she initially found herself in a dark place.

She said: ‘In the days after Matt I didn’t cope. I didn’t leave home and my daughter basically did all the cooking and cleaning. Life had become really dark.

Liz (pictured) said that running was her 'saving grace' and said it was like her 'therapy'

Liz (pictured) said that running was her 'saving grace' and said it was like her 'therapy'

Liz (pictured) said that running was her ‘saving grace’ and said it was like her ‘therapy’

Since Matt's death Liz (pictured, with running partner Steve James) has gone on to complete her nursing qualifications and competed in ultra marathons including a 100-mile race last month where she raised more the £1,000 for charity

Since Matt's death Liz (pictured, with running partner Steve James) has gone on to complete her nursing qualifications and competed in ultra marathons including a 100-mile race last month where she raised more the £1,000 for charity

Since Matt’s death Liz (pictured, with running partner Steve James) has gone on to complete her nursing qualifications and competed in ultra marathons including a 100-mile race last month where she raised more the £1,000 for charity

‘Matt had gone. He was more than a friend. I had known him all my life and our dreams had just come true. We were going to be a complete family, I guess, with my two and James, Matt’s son. I didn’t know how I was going to pull myself out of it.

‘Jake had sunk too and, hearing his sobs, I suddenly thought I couldn’t carry on like I was otherwise I was going to take them both with me and I didn’t want them to live like that.

Eventually Liz threw herself into running and entered a half marathon to give her a goal.

‘I had a focus, I was doing something that was moving forward,’ she explained. ‘It was my saving grace, my therapy if you like.’

Since Matt’s death Liz has gone on to complete her nursing qualifications and competed in ultra marathons including a 100-mile race last month where she raised more the £1,000 for charity.

She added: ‘My family and friends think I am absolutely crazy but they understand that my past is what drives me forward.

‘I’ve been to darker places in my life. I often wonder if I had lost Matt first would I have thought about ending my life? You do think: ‘Would I, could I?’ It was an awful time and it did make me think. But having lost Paul I knew I could never do that.

‘I would just advocate that others who are in the darkness to find their sunflower, find something that makes them search for the sunshine and not sit in the darkness.’

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Jack Dorsey is ‘King of Quarantine Beards’ on Twitter after hearing

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Jack Dorsey’s beard quickly became the star during Wednesday’s virtual hearing on Capitol Hill. 

Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO’s long and shaggy quarantine beard, comparing him to notable figures while cracking jokes about how wild his facial hair looked. 

‘Footage of today’s Congressional testimony from @jack,’ said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway. 

Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic. 

Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO's long and shaggy quarantine beard as he spoke during Wednesday virtual Capitol Hill hearing

Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO's long and shaggy quarantine beard as he spoke during Wednesday virtual Capitol Hill hearing

Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO’s long and shaggy quarantine beard as he spoke during Wednesday virtual Capitol Hill hearing

'Footage of today's Congressional testimony from @jack,' said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway

'Footage of today's Congressional testimony from @jack,' said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway

‘Footage of today’s Congressional testimony from @jack,’ said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway

Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic

Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic

Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic

‘Jack Dorsey will not stop until the young Anastasia and the rest of the Romanovs are destroyed,’ cracked Buzzfeed’s David Mack. 

Jacob Gallagher added: ‘Jack’s been studying the Rasputin drip meme a lil too hard.’ 

Dorsey was said to be a combination of Gandalf and Mark Hamill by Ian Brennar but Kate Doak quickly chimed in that the Twitter CEO looked more like ZZ Top.

He was also compared to Master Pai Mei from the cult classic Kill Bill.

Jacob Gallagher added: 'Jack's been studying the Rasputin drip meme a lil too hard'

Jacob Gallagher added: 'Jack's been studying the Rasputin drip meme a lil too hard'

Jacob Gallagher added: ‘Jack’s been studying the Rasputin drip meme a lil too hard’

Dorsey was said to be a combination of Gandalf and Mark Hamill by Ian Brennar but Kate Doak quickly chimed in that the Twitter CEO looked more like ZZ Top

Dorsey was said to be a combination of Gandalf and Mark Hamill by Ian Brennar but Kate Doak quickly chimed in that the Twitter CEO looked more like ZZ Top

Dorsey was said to be a combination of Gandalf and Mark Hamill by Ian Brennar but Kate Doak quickly chimed in that the Twitter CEO looked more like ZZ Top

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Dorsey was also compared to Master Pai Mei from the cult classic Kill Bill

Dorsey was also compared to Master Pai Mei from the cult classic Kill Bill

Dorsey was also compared to Master Pai Mei from the cult classic Kill Bill

Perhaps one of the more hilarious comparisons Dorsey got was to the faun Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

‘Me prepped and ready to trade each morning VS Me ten minutes after the open,’ said one user showing a photo of a more kempt Dorsey compared to the more recent sighting.

The parody account @DorseysBeard returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus to say ‘Hello!’ 

And New York tech writer Mike Isaac dubbed Dorsey the new ‘king of quarantine beards.’ 

Dorsey was hilariously compared to Mr Tumnus from the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dorsey was hilariously compared to Mr Tumnus from the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dorsey was hilariously compared to Mr Tumnus from the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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'Me prepped and ready to trade each morning VS Me ten minutes after the open,' said one user showing a photo of a more kempt Dorsey compared to the more recent sighting

'Me prepped and ready to trade each morning VS Me ten minutes after the open,' said one user showing a photo of a more kempt Dorsey compared to the more recent sighting

‘Me prepped and ready to trade each morning VS Me ten minutes after the open,’ said one user showing a photo of a more kempt Dorsey compared to the more recent sighting

Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were summoned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions on how they handle politics on their platforms. 

Jack Dorsey acknowledged during the hearing that conservatives ‘don’t trust we are acting in good faith.’

The Twitter CEO specifically was defending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, as Texas Senator Ted Cruz pushed Dorsey on whether he believes his social media site influences the election in any way.

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The parody account @DorseysBeard returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus to say 'Hello!'

The parody account @DorseysBeard returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus to say 'Hello!'

The parody account @DorseysBeard returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus to say ‘Hello!’

New York tech writer Mike Isaac dubbed Dorsey the new 'king of quarantine beards'

New York tech writer Mike Isaac dubbed Dorsey the new 'king of quarantine beards'

New York tech writer Mike Isaac dubbed Dorsey the new ‘king of quarantine beards’

‘Section 230 gave internet services two important tools,’ Dorsey explained in his opening statement, which he also posted in parts as part of a Twitter thread. ‘The first provides immunity from liability for user’s content. The second provides ‘Good Samaritan’ protections for content moderation and removal, even of constitutionally protected speech, as long as it’s done ‘in good faith.’ 

‘That concept of ‘good faith’ is what’s being challenged by many of you today. Some of you don’t trust we’re acting in good faith,’ he continued.

‘That’s the problem I want to focus on solving,’ Dorsey vowed. ‘How do services like Twitter earn your trust? How do we ensure more choice in the market if we don’t?’

Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were summoned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions on how they handle politics on their platforms

Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were summoned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions on how they handle politics on their platforms

Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were summoned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions on how they handle politics on their platforms

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Police criticised over attempt to grab autistic man, 20 in a case of mistaken identity

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This is the moment police officers ‘grab’ a terrified autistic man outside his grandmother’s home in an alleged case of ‘mistaken identity.’ 

West Midlands Police has confirmed its Professional Standards Department is investigating the incident which took place in Handsworth, Birmingham, on September 2. 

Mohammed Awais Khan, 20, had visited his grandmother’s home when a police van turned up and officers got out. 

This is the moment three police officers attempted to detain Mohammed Awais Khan, 20, left, as he arrived at his grandmother's house in Handsworth, Birmingham

This is the moment three police officers attempted to detain Mohammed Awais Khan, 20, left, as he arrived at his grandmother's house in Handsworth, Birmingham

This is the moment three police officers attempted to detain Mohammed Awais Khan, 20, left, as he arrived at his grandmother’s house in Handsworth, Birmingham 

Police tried to detain Mr Khan in what the family claim was case of mistaken identity before eventually releasing him

Police tried to detain Mr Khan in what the family claim was case of mistaken identity before eventually releasing him

Police tried to detain Mr Khan in what the family claim was case of mistaken identity before eventually releasing him 

Mr Khan's family, who tried to intervene, attempted to tell officers that the 20-year-old has autism and did not understand what was happening to him

Mr Khan's family, who tried to intervene, attempted to tell officers that the 20-year-old has autism and did not understand what was happening to him

Mr Khan’s family, who tried to intervene, attempted to tell officers that the 20-year-old has autism and did not understand what was happening to him

A video captured by a neighbour shows him being detained by three police officers, who try to lead him out of the driveway before two other officers arrive to help. Mr Khan resists the officers while other family members, including his grandmother and mother, protest. 

In the end, the officers let Mr Khan go and his family claim the episode was a case of mistaken identity. 

His mother, Zainab Shazad, said: ‘It was a shocking incident. ‘My son was truly terrified. He suffers from autism and ADHD and to be faced with something like his would be very distressing for him. 

‘As you can see in the footage the officers approach him and just grab him. They don’t try to speak to him first they just grab him and this just upsets him. 

‘He does resist and try to get away from them as he doesn’t understand what’s going on. They haven’t explained why they did this to him. 

‘It was a few minutes until they let him go. There was no apology or explanation from the police officers they just went on their way.’ 

Ms Shazad said she had made an official complaint to West Midlands Police. Ms Shazad added: ‘He was left with bruising to his wrists. But the physical scars heal. 

‘He is now very wary of going out and this incident has just made his mental frame of mind even worse. 

‘I really do want an apology from police and answers to why this happened.’ 

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that our professional standards department are investigating this complaint. 

‘We’re in contact with the family so we can obtain the footage and discuss their concerns.’ 

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Oxford University: Dean of Christ Church to continue legal fight

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The Dean of Oxford University’s Christ Church can press ahead with his bid to sue to the college for discrimination after a judge ruled he was its employee.

The Very Reverend Martyn Percy, 58, is taking legal action over an attempt to oust him by fellow dons following a probe into his handling of sexual abuse claims.

A Church of England inquiry exonerated the Dean but colleagues continued to speak out against him, prompting him to sue for religious and disability discrimination.

Christ Church tried to have the case thrown out by claiming Dr Percy was not a legal employee because he had no contract and had instead been hired under centuries-old statues.

But the move to thwart the Dean, who presides over the cathedral and college, has failed after a judge came down in his favour. 

The Very Reverend Martyn Percy, 58, is taking legal action over an attempt to oust him by fellow dons following a probe into his handling of child sexual abuse claims

The Very Reverend Martyn Percy, 58, is taking legal action over an attempt to oust him by fellow dons following a probe into his handling of child sexual abuse claims

The Very Reverend Martyn Percy, 58, is taking legal action over an attempt to oust him by fellow dons following a probe into his handling of child sexual abuse claims 

In a written judgement following a three-day heading, employment judge Andrew Clarke QC said: ‘At all times material to his claims in these proceedings the claimant was an employee of the respondent.’

He added: ‘There is no written contract of employment, no grievance procedure and there is no power in the respondent to give notice (although a retirement date is specified).

‘Why there is no grievance procedure is unclear, I accept that when the claimant asked, he was told that this was a matter which needed to be addressed.

‘His appointment is by Letters Patent, but so are the appointments of Canon Professors and the Sub-Dean, all of which have grievance procedures and contracts of employment (in the form of letters containing some terms and conditions).

‘The Dean’s salary is not set by statute, it is left to the parties to agree.

‘I consider there to be a wage/work bargain in place here. The respondent pays the claimant and in return for that and other benefits he has agreed to carry the duties of Dean.’

Christ Church (college pictured) tried to have the case thrown out by claiming Dr Percy was not a legal employee because he had no contract and had instead been hired under centuries-old statues

Christ Church (college pictured) tried to have the case thrown out by claiming Dr Percy was not a legal employee because he had no contract and had instead been hired under centuries-old statues

Christ Church (college pictured) tried to have the case thrown out by claiming Dr Percy was not a legal employee because he had no contract and had instead been hired under centuries-old statues 

Last month, Dr Percy was exonerated by the church following accusations he failed to properly deal with allegations of historic child sexual abuse.

An investigation found he had acted ‘entirely appropriately’ in handling the allegations and at no point has it been suggested he himself was involved.

He faced four complaints made to the Church’s National Safeguarding Team and was accused of mishandling historic abuse allegations reported by former students.

It followed internal complaints against him in 2018 of which he was cleared in a private judgement never made public in June last year and he was reinstated.  

But still 41 members of Christ Church’s governing body wrote to the Charity Commission to accuse Dr Percy of ‘unsound judgement to try to have him removed from his £90,000-a-year post.

Dr Percy said the ruling meant a line had been ‘firmly drawn’ under questions over how he dealt with historic cases.  

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