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Blackburn woman is forced to go to a relative’s house after being followed by a suspicious man

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This is the chilling moment a panic-stricken woman is forced to seek refuge in a relative’s house after apparently being followed by a suspicious-looking man.

CCTV footage shows the victim dart into the front garden and knock on the door as the stalker lurks across the road in Great Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire.

The man loiters behind a car on the other side of the street as the woman – who has not been named – repeatedly checks if he is still there.

As she waits helplessly for relative Becky Wilson to let her, the man then crosses the road.

Just as he passes the hedge between the house and the street, Ms Wilson opens the door and ushers in the woman.

The man was reported to Lancashire Police following the chilling incident at around 9am on Sunday.

CCTV footage shows the victim dart into the front garden and knock on the door as the stalker lurks across the road in Great Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire

CCTV footage shows the victim dart into the front garden and knock on the door as the stalker lurks across the road in Great Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire

CCTV footage shows the victim dart into the front garden and knock on the door as the stalker lurks across the road in Great Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire

Ms Wilson, 40, shared the CCTV footage on social media and it has been viewed more than 55,000 times.

She said: ‘The man has now been found, both the police and the relevant services are aware and dealing with the issue.’

She continued: ‘A family member was followed by a man this morning shortly before 9am.

‘Once she knew she was followed she turned around and came to our house as a place of safety although this man still followed her.

‘A few women have contacted me today to say he has done the same to them, the police can’t do much as he hasn’t actually committed an offence.’

She added: ‘We need him to stop or at least find what his motive is. The video is very distressing but everyone is thankfully safe.’

The man was reported to Lancashire Police following the chilling incident at around 9am on Sunday

The man was reported to Lancashire Police following the chilling incident at around 9am on Sunday

The man was reported to Lancashire Police following the chilling incident at around 9am on Sunday

A number of locals commented on the post, with Sandra Croasdale saying: ‘Poor girl must have been terrified.’

Lisa Lundy wrote: ‘Oh my Christ, that is so so scary, thankfully the young lady was safe.’

Denice Heath said ‘thank God there was someone in the house’, while Brittany New asked her friend Samantha Anderton: ‘Is this the man who pestered you?’

Ms Anderton replied ‘looks like it to me’, and Brittany added: ‘I thought so soon as i saw the video, makes you wonder what he’s up to.

‘It’s very scary, I just hope the police can do something to keep other females safe.’ Lauren Macquarrie added: ‘OMG, gave me chills, so scary.’

Lancashire Police said: ‘This was reported to us and the woman was given some safeguarding advice. A man has now been identified and will be spoken to.’

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Radio 4 presenter Libby Purves says BBC stations are becoming ageist and sexist

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The BBC won’t let female radio presenters become ‘grey and stout’ as its stations are becoming ageist and sexist, broadcaster Libby Purves has claimed.

The 70-year-old said the growth of websites and social media has made bosses increasingly concerned with image.

Miss Purves, who has presented on Radio 4 for 40 years, said she resented the fact men ‘get away with it’ – no matter their age or looks. 

Her comments come after the BBC axed Sue Barker, 64, as host of A Question Of Sport and Jenni Murray, 70, and Jane Garvey, 56, announced they were leaving Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this year. 

Broadcaster Libby Purves, 70, has claimed that the BBC won't let female radio presenters become 'grey and stout' as its stations are becoming ageist and sexist

Broadcaster Libby Purves, 70, has claimed that the BBC won’t let female radio presenters become ‘grey and stout’ as its stations are becoming ageist and sexist

Miss Purves said the growth of websites and social media has made bosses more concerned with image. It comes after the BBC axed Sue Barker, 64, (above) as A Question Of Sport host

Miss Purves said the growth of websites and social media has made bosses more concerned with image. It comes after the BBC axed Sue Barker, 64, (above) as A Question Of Sport host

Miss Purves said that in the past ‘you could get older unless your voice actually quavered and your phrases and opinions marked you out as an old buffer’.

‘But the coming of websites [and] social media… is making radio seek an image more visual, thus ageist,’ she told Radio Times. 

‘The middle-aged female must struggle to look youthful… Equality will come when women are allowed to be grey, stout and in proper cardigans.’ 

She added: ‘On TV it has always mattered, and annoyed older women.

‘It’s a visual medium, far more tolerant of verbal mediocrity than radio, and frankly all sexes enjoy looking at prettiness, slenderness, abundant blonde hair and a good leg.

‘Observe that of the over-50 women above, most look far younger. And they work on it. The men don’t have to.’

Miss Purves's comments came after Jenni Murray, 70, (above) and Jane Garvey, 56, announced that they were leaving Radio 4's Woman's Hour this year

Miss Purves’s comments came after Jenni Murray, 70, (above) and Jane Garvey, 56, announced that they were leaving Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this year

The former presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Midweek added: ‘In radio, age never used to matter a jot… We resisted the visual and grumped at photographers.

‘When they put a webcam in her studio, Jenni Murray famously draped a pashmina over it.

‘When radio presenters met people, we were usually told “I’d imagined you taller – and thinner”… The nearly 50-something Zoe Ball flicks designedly youthful hair, Lauren Laverne looks 25, not 42, and Mishal Husain is basically a goddess anyway.

‘If there’s a grudge to be grudged, it’s that the chaps of all ages can inform, educate and entertain while looking like Benny Hill or Old Steptoe – and get away with it.

‘It’s not all about numbers.’

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It’s a barked potato: Dog owner digs up home-grown spud that looks just like her pet pooch 

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Dog owners are used to finding all sorts buried in the earth – toys, stolen nick-nacks or fiercely-guarded bones.

But keen gardener Joanne Gudger was floored when she unearthed a bizarre-looking potato – which was the ‘spitting image’ of her dog, Dave.

Mrs Gudger, 47, shared a photo of the oddly-shaped spud alongside an image of her jowly, 13-year-old American bulldog with friends and fellow gardeners.

The mother-of-three, from Atherstone, Warwickshire, said she also sent a photo to her ‘other half’ Mark who commented: ‘It’s the spitting image of him.’

Mrs Gudger said: ‘We now call him ‘potato head Dave’. We didn’t want to eat the potato because it’d be hard to eat a masterpiece like that.’

Keen gardener Joanne Gudger, 47, was floored when she unearthed a bizarre-looking potato ¿ which was the 'spitting image' of her dog, Dave

Keen gardener Joanne Gudger, 47, was floored when she unearthed a bizarre-looking potato – which was the ‘spitting image’ of her dog, Dave

She added: ‘I still keep laughing about it because I’ll probably never grow a potato that looks like my own dog again.’ 

‘As soon as I pulled it out of the soil I knew straight away that it looked like Dave and I took a picture to send to my other half, Mark – even he said it’s the spitting image of him.

‘Dave is really poorly at the moment with Cushing’s disease which is incurable so this really cheered us up.

‘He’s getting older now and is going a bit grey so he probably looks more like the potato than ever!

‘It was just perfect how the potato had Dave’s jowls and everything.’

Joanne decided to post the potato pic to various allotment groups on Facebook, where it unexpectedly racked up hundreds of likes.

She said: ‘Everyone was joking in the comments and saying that they’re going to be careful digging their potatoes up in the future in case they dig up a puppy.

‘It has also been a breath of fresh air due to my job working for a care company and dealing with Covid – my colleagues all think it’s hilarious!

‘Our carers visit our vulnerable customers in their own homes providing crucial support. It’s obviously been a very trying time but this has cheered us all up massively.’

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Woman wears a corset 18 HOURS a day because she wants to shrink her tiny 21.5-inch waist

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A single mother who wants to break the record for the world’s smallest waist has revealed that she wears a corset for 18 hours a day to shrink her already tiny 21.5-inch torso.

Sammy Wilson, 26, from Georgia, started waist training in April 2019 to help add some curves to her frame after losing weight. She can now squeeze into a 15-inch corset, and she’s determined to whittle her 21.5-inch waist down to 14 inches. 

‘I want to have the smallest waist in the world,’ she explained. ‘If I get down to 14 inches my waist will be roughly the same size as an average newborn baby’s head and one inch smaller than the current world record.’ 

Goal: Sammy Wilson, 26, from Georgia, wants to have the smallest waist in the world

Goal: Sammy Wilson, 26, from Georgia, wants to have the smallest waist in the world 

Tiny: The single mother can fit into a 15-inch corset (pictured), which she wears 18 hours a day

Tiny: The single mother can fit into a 15-inch corset (pictured), which she wears 18 hours a day

Tiny: The single mother can fit into a 15-inch corset (pictured), which she wears 18 hours a day 

Say what? Sammy's waist is 21.5 inches without her corset, but she wants to make it even smaller

Say what? Sammy’s waist is 21.5 inches without her corset, but she wants to make it even smaller 

The Guinness World Record for the smallest waist on a living person is currently held by Cathie Jung, who has a 15-inch waist. 

Just two years ago, Sammy weighed 198 pounds and wore a size 16, but she was miserable with her physique and was desperate to transform her 35-inch waist.

The mom, who has a son, Gabriel, started losing weight in December 2018. She dropped down to a slim size 6 in just four months, but she was still unhappy with her boxy waist. 

After seeing another woman’s waist-training results online, the young mom bought her first-ever corset, which measured 22 inches.

Throwback: Just two years ago, Sammy weighed 198 pounds and wore a size 16

Throwback: Just two years ago, Sammy weighed 198 pounds and wore a size 16

Dedicated: She was miserable with her physique and was desperate to transform her 35-inch waist. She started losing weight in December 2018 and got down to a size 6 in four months

Dedicated: She was miserable with her physique and was desperate to transform her 35-inch waist. She started losing weight in December 2018 and got down to a size 6 in four months

Dedicated: She was miserable with her physique and was desperate to transform her 35-inch waist. She started losing weight in December 2018 and got down to a size 6 in four months 

Sammy started waist training in April 2019 because she was unhappy with her boxy frame after her weight loss. Now, Sammy weighs 116lbs, wears a size 00, and has a 21.5-inch waist

Sammy started waist training in April 2019 because she was unhappy with her boxy frame after her weight loss. Now, Sammy weighs 116lbs, wears a size 00, and has a 21.5-inch waist

Plan: Sammy wants to get her waist down to 14 inches, so she can break the Guinness World Record for the smallest waist on a living person

Plan: Sammy wants to get her waist down to 14 inches, so she can break the Guinness World Record for the smallest waist on a living person

‘When I first started I just wanted to try and get to a 20-inch corset, but once I’d got there I just wanted to keep going,’ she said. 

Now, Sammy weighs 116lbs, wears a size 00, and has a 21.5-inch waist. In order to try to shrink her waist even further, she wears her 15-inch corset for 18 hours a day, and once a month she will leave it on for 36 hours straight.  

‘Despite people’s concerns I think it has helped my health massively,’ she said. ‘I used to be a terrible binge eater but I just can’t binge eat when I’m wearing this. It helps my posture so I won’t have a hump when I’m older and it’s very good for my metabolism.

‘My family have been very supportive and my friends tell me I’m unrecognizable,’ she added. ‘My mom even wants me to get her a corset. I’m definitely more confident now than I ever have been before.

Reasoning: 'When you're skinny and pretty, life is just so much easier,' she said

Reasoning: ‘When you’re skinny and pretty, life is just so much easier,’ she said 

Before and after: Sammy's waist is pictured when she started waist training

Before and after: Sammy's waist is pictured now

Before and after: Sammy’s waist is pictured when she started waist training (left) and now (right)

Backlash: Sammy admitted that some people will call her a 'freak' and ask her why is doing this to herself, but she shrugs off the negativity

Backlash: Sammy admitted that some people will call her a ‘freak’ and ask her why is doing this to herself, but she shrugs off the negativity 

‘Everyone wants to be remembered for something and I just want to have something that I can smile to myself about and know that nobody else has done it.’ 

While the lab worker claims she’s never felt better in her tightly fitting garment, she admitted she often faces negativity from onlookers who see her on the street. 

‘If I’m out shopping, people will stare and they will sometimes even stop and ask me questions about how my waist is so small and ask if it hurts,’ she said. 

‘Some people say I’m weird, call me a freak and ugly, or ask me why I would do this to myself. But I don’t know how people can say it’s dangerous, it’s actually very comfortable.

‘When you’re skinny and pretty, life is just so much easier,’ she added. ‘More guys want to take me out and more people notice me. I just want to see how far I can take it.’

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