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A father-of-three was stunned to discover a set of Pokemon cards he was given more than 20 years ago is now a ‘Holy Grail’ for collectors worth £35,000.  

Nigel Brookes, 34, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was gifted the complete set in 1999 after he defended his seven-year-old brother Jeremy from children who were trying to con him out of his best cards.

His mother bought Mr Brookes the collector’s edition pack to reward him – even though the teenager wasn’t a fan of Pokemon at the time.

Begrudging the £300 pack of cards as a ‘waste’ of a birthday present, then-13-year-old Mr Brookes set them aside hoping they would be worth something one day.  

He was shocked when the 103-card collection was estimated to be worth £35,000 by an auctioneer who described the lot as a ‘Holy Grail for serious Pokemon aficionados’. 

Nigel Brookes, 34, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was gifted the complete set in 1999 after he defended his seven-year-old brother Jeremy from children who were trying to con him out of his best cards

Nigel Brookes, 34, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was gifted the complete set in 1999 after he defended his seven-year-old brother Jeremy from children who were trying to con him out of his best cards

Nigel Brookes, 34, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was gifted the complete set in 1999 after he defended his seven-year-old brother Jeremy from children who were trying to con him out of his best cards

Mr Brookes said: ‘Jeremy ran into the house showing off this new Pokémon card he had traded with the kids on the street.

‘I knew straight away that what these kids had done is told Jeremy their cards were better and traded them with him for his cards, which were really rare.

‘My brother was really sad about it and when our mum found out, being the big brother, she wanted me to sort it out.

‘I found the kids and got my brothers card back, so as a present, my mum brought me this rare collection direct from the Pokémon creators in the US for about £300.

‘I wasn’t actually that interested in Pokémon.

‘I was disappointed at the time because the collection was one of my birthday presents so to me it was waste of a present.’

The ‘pristine’ cards, which have been in the family for more than 20 years, will now be sold to a collector ‘who will take care of them,’ Mr Brookes said.    

His mother bought Mr Brookes the collector's edition pack to reward him - even though the teenager wasn't a fan of Pokemon at the time

His mother bought Mr Brookes the collector's edition pack to reward him - even though the teenager wasn't a fan of Pokemon at the time

His mother bought Mr Brookes the collector’s edition pack to reward him – even though the teenager wasn’t a fan of Pokemon at the time

Pictured: Mr Brookes with his brother Jeremy

Pictured: Mr Brookes with his brother Jeremy

Pictured: Mr Brookes with his brother Jeremy

Pictured: Mr Brookes with his brother Jeremy

Begrudging the £300 pack of cards as a ‘waste’ of a birthday present, then-13-year-old Mr Brookes (pictured with Jeremy) set them aside hoping they would be worth something one day

‘There are 103 cards in total, they are all in pristine condition and were bought direct from creators “Wizards Of The Coast” in the US, and are all first edition,’ he added.

‘My daughter Layla loves Pokémon and did try to buy them all of me for £6, unfortunately that won’t cut it, and I’m sure she’ll appreciate why I said no in the future!’

Mr Brookes decided to part ways with the rare collection so he can take his children on holiday together.

He said: ‘It was a difficult decision to part ways because I’m sure in 20 years they’ll be worth double.

‘My kids are growing up and I want to be able to give them a really special childhood, with this money we can really set ourselves up for the future.

He was shocked when the 103-card collection was estimated to be worth £35,000 by an auctioneer who described the lot as a 'Holy Grail for serious Pokemon aficionados'

He was shocked when the 103-card collection was estimated to be worth £35,000 by an auctioneer who described the lot as a 'Holy Grail for serious Pokemon aficionados'

He was shocked when the 103-card collection was estimated to be worth £35,000 by an auctioneer who described the lot as a ‘Holy Grail for serious Pokemon aficionados’

The 'pristine' cards, which have been in the family for more than 20 years, will now be sold to a collector 'who will take care of them,' Mr Brookes said

The 'pristine' cards, which have been in the family for more than 20 years, will now be sold to a collector 'who will take care of them,' Mr Brookes said

The ‘pristine’ cards, which have been in the family for more than 20 years, will now be sold to a collector ‘who will take care of them,’ Mr Brookes said

‘It is also scary having this collection, if there was a flood, they got damaged, lost, or ruined in some way, they wouldn’t be worth anything.

‘Now I think it’s time to get our moneys worth and enjoy ourselves.’

The collection features two editions of the first generation character Pikachu, arguably the most popular Pokemon of its generation.

Mr Brookes said: ‘The 102-card shadowless set has actually 103 cards as there are two different versions of the iconic Pikachu, numbered 58a for “Red Cheek Pikachu” and 58b for “Yellow Cheek Pikachu”‘.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers will be selling the set live from The Lichfield Auction Centre as Lot 1600 at 4pm on July 27.

Auctioneer Richard Winterton said: ‘The collection is estimated to fetch in the region of at least £25,000 and £35,000 and is viewed as something of a Holy Grail for serious Pokemon aficionados all over the world.’ 

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Woods that inspired Beatrix Potter are facing wipeout

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Woods that inspired Beatrix Potter could be lost due to a surge in a disease affecting the ash tree.

The National Trust says the sheer number of trees having to be felled because of ash dieback has left the charity facing its worst year on record.

Prolonged hot and dry conditions driven by climate change are putting the species under stress and making them more susceptible to the ‘alien’ disease.

It is caused by a fungus which originated from Asia and was first recorded in the UK in 2012.

A veteran ash tree in pasture at Glenamara Park, Patterdale. Trees and woods which inspired the likes of Beatrix Potter and John Constable could be lost to a disease affecting ash, the National Trust has warned

A veteran ash tree in pasture at Glenamara Park, Patterdale. Trees and woods which inspired the likes of Beatrix Potter and John Constable could be lost to a disease affecting ash, the National Trust has warned

Lockdown meant there were fewer teams of rangers checking up on the trees, so staff are now struggling with a backlog of problems. The conservation charity has been felling about 4,000-5,000 ash trees a year in recent times.

However, this year it faces having to cut down around 40,000 ash trees at a cost of £2million.

This means ‘vital’ conservation work, including planting new trees, managing flower-rich meadows and maintenance activities are being put on hold. The ash dieback fungus blocks the tree’s water systems, causes leaves to wilt, shoots to die, lesions on branches and eventually it will die.

It is set to kill between 75-95 per cent of the UK’s ash trees in the next 20 years and is expected to wipe out about 2.5million trees on National Trust land alone.

Beautiful British landscapes under threat include the Cotswolds, where more than 7,000 trees will have to be felled in the coming year. Woodlands around the home of 18th century painter John Constable in Flatford, Suffolk, are also under threat, while dozens of trees will have to be felled this year in Borrowdale in the Lake District where he regularly visited.

Prolonged hot and dry conditions driven by climate change are putting the species under stress and making them more susceptible to the 'alien' disease

Prolonged hot and dry conditions driven by climate change are putting the species under stress and making them more susceptible to the ‘alien’ disease

Elsewhere in the Lake District, sites that inspired the work of children’s author Beatrix Potter, including Troutbeck Park Farm, near Ambleside, and High Oxen Fell, near Coniston, are also at risk from ash dieback disease.

The National Trust is warning that other woodlands, including the ravine woods of the White Peak in Derbyshire, which are 80 per cent ash, and in the Yorkshire Dales, will change beyond recognition because of the disease.

Luke Barley, the charity’s tree and woodland adviser, said: ‘Ash dieback is a catastrophe for nature… and this year’s combination of a dry spring and late frost may have dramatically sped up the spread and severity.

‘Ash trees like those at Beatrix Potter’s Troutbeck Park Farm are some of our most culturally significant trees and have stood for hundreds of years but will now be lost for ever.

‘There are also implications for climate change as less carbon is sequestered, homes for wildlife are being removed and people’s access to nature is being diminished.’

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Britain’s Got Talent ‘becomes the most complained about series of 2020’

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Britain’s Got Talent has ‘become the most complained about series of the 2020’ after receiving 27,006 people contacted Ofcom.

Several moments throughout this year’s show have seen viewers log complaints, including 1,900 over judge Alesha Dixon’s choice of a necklace with the letters BLM. 

However the biggest number, a whopping 24,500, came in response to Diversity’s performance of a Black Lives Matter routine on September 5.

Complaints: Britain's Got Talent has 'become the most complained about series of the 2020' after receiving 27,006 people contacted Ofcom (pictured Diversity's BLM inspired routine which sparked 24,500 complaints)

Complaints: Britain’s Got Talent has ‘become the most complained about series of the 2020’ after receiving 27,006 people contacted Ofcom (pictured Diversity’s BLM inspired routine which sparked 24,500 complaints)

When all the numbers for several controversial moments are combined BGT is the most complained about show of the year, reports The Sun.

MailOnline has contacted BGT for a comment. Ofcom declined to comment when approached.  

Ofcom has already announced they will not investigate the 24,500 complaints made concerning the dance, which has divided opinions around the country.

Since the routine, ITV has ‘stood with Diversity’ as they featured adverts in national newspapers, thought to have cost £260,000, in support of the controversial dance.

Controvery: Several moments throughout this year's show have seen viewers log complaints, including 1,900 over judge Alesha Dixon's choice of a necklace with the letters BLM

Controvery: Several moments throughout this year’s show have seen viewers log complaints, including 1,900 over judge Alesha Dixon’s choice of a necklace with the letters BLM

Judge Alesha Dixon also showed her support for the troupe by wearing a Black Lives Matter necklace on another instalment of the show. This sparked another 1,900 complaints for BGT.

While another moment which left 304 TV watchers uncomfortable and contacting Ofcom was comedian vicar Allan Finnegan’s ‘tasteless’ death jokes.

He had included several lines about funerals and people passing away during his performance, but many found the content insensitive during a pandemic.

More recently, Ofcom received 235 complaints about stand-in head judge Amanda Holden’s plunging navy gown.

Racy: Amanda Holden presenter wowed in a showstopping metallic navy gown during the fourth semi-final, but some fans claimed they could 'see her nipples' and the racy outfit choice received 325 complaints

Racy: Amanda Holden presenter wowed in a showstopping metallic navy gown during the fourth semi-final, but some fans claimed they could ‘see her nipples’ and the racy outfit choice received 325 complaints

On Saturday night the star’s gown featured a sweetheart neckline and was cinched around her svelte waist and also boasted a perilously high thigh slit up the leg. 

And the week before this, Amanda was caught up in another furore when magician Kevin Quantum had her, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo take part in an act with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.  

The trickster wanted the stars to help him break a glass with an electrical current which would be generated by human contact through a plasma globe, but the magic act required them to touch fingers.

Complaints: Another 304 complaints were logged after some found vicar Allan Finnegan's comedy routine which included jokes about death to be insensitive during the pandemic

Complaints: Another 304 complaints were logged after some found vicar Allan Finnegan’s comedy routine which included jokes about death to be insensitive during the pandemic

Touching; Britain's Got Talent was hit by MORE Ofcom complaints as viewers 'criticise show for a lack of social distancing during magic trick' which involved the judges and presenters

Touching; Britain’s Got Talent was hit by MORE Ofcom complaints as viewers ‘criticise show for a lack of social distancing during magic trick’ which involved the judges and presenters

Prior to the trick, Kevin did ask all of the judges to sanitise their hands and made sure they stood at a two metre distance before they touched hands. 

Some viewers weren’t impressed, sparking 19 more complaints and one person on Twitter to say the move was a bit ‘hypocritical’ considering current guidelines.

Another 48 complaints were also filed after a picture of caged dogs at a Thai market, shown as part of performing dog Miracle’s audition, were projected in the show.   

BGT is not the only show to have seen viewers scorn in 2020, with Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan attracting more than 3,000 complaints from two interviews with care minister Helen Whately in April.

Making a statement: ITV rolled out full-page ads in solidarity with Diversity as Ofcom complaints reach 24,500 over the groups BLM-inspired routine. Ashley pictured

Making a statement: ITV rolled out full-page ads in solidarity with Diversity as Ofcom complaints reach 24,500 over the groups BLM-inspired routine. Ashley pictured

And almost 600 viewers also complained about another interview Piers did with Health Secretary Matt Hancock on April 16. 

The presenter was later ’emphatically cleared’ by Ofcom after saying he must challenge politicians during the pandemic so ‘fewer people die’.

Ofcom announced at the time: ‘It is clearly in the public interest that broadcasters are able to hold those making political decisions to account.’ 

Gogglebox is another series which hasn’t made it through the year unscathed, with the show attracting complaints after the Michael family bemoaned the blame being placed on young people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Controversy: Gogglebox also sparked complaints to media watchdog Ofcom after the Michael family bemoaned the blame being placed on young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Controversy: Gogglebox also sparked complaints to media watchdog Ofcom after the Michael family bemoaned the blame being placed on young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Great British Bake Off also received 202 complaints after Matt Lucas lampooned Boris Johnson on the show as it returned for its 11th season in September. 

Making his show debut, co-host Matt impersonated a bumbling Boris as he recreated a spoof press conference with the slogan ‘Stay Alert, Protect Cake, Save Loaves’.

An Ofcom spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.’

The most complained about moment of the past decade was during 2018’s Celebrity Big Brother, when Roxanne Pallett alleged assault by fellow housemate Ryan Thomas

More than 25,000 people objected to it and the episode accounted for around half of all broadcasting complaints in 2018, Ofcom revealed last year.   

Uncanny: Matt Lucas left viewers in stitches as he impersonated a bumbling Boris Johnson in his Great British Bake Off debut

Latest speech: Series 11 of the show was postponed by 15 minutes, after Boris addressed the nation with the new lockdown measures in the fight against coronavirus (pictured)

Uncanny: Matt Lucas left viewers in stitches as he impersonated a bumbling Boris Johnson (right)  in his Great British Bake Off debut, however the sketch later sparked 202 complaints

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A-Levels ‘will be delayed next summer by three weeks’

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Minister are preparing to delay next year’s A-Level exams by three weeks to compensate for pupils’ disrupted education, it was claimed last night.

Gavin Williamson is expected to soon announce a revised exams timetable to give teenagers more time to catch up on missed learning. 

The Education Secretary is adamant exams will go ahead after a bruising summer under siege from furious students, parents and teachers over the use of a controversial algorithm to calculate marks, which led to widespread downgrading. 

His demands are being relayed by the department’s director of operations David Brown, who the Telegraph reports has held a series of private meetings in which he disclosed plans to push back exams until mid-July.

Gavin Williamson is expected to soon announce a revised exams timetable to give teenagers more time to catch up on missed learning

Gavin Williamson is expected to soon announce a revised exams timetable to give teenagers more time to catch up on missed learning

Ofqual boss Dame Glenys Stacey reportedly backs the Government's extension to the exam timetable and is busy mapping out a strategy to ensure that papers are graded before the start of the university term in 2021

Ofqual boss Dame Glenys Stacey reportedly backs the Government’s extension to the exam timetable and is busy mapping out a strategy to ensure that papers are graded before the start of the university term in 2021

The Department for Education last night said ‘a possible short delay to the exam timetable’ is a live discussion after being proposed by the regulator Ofqual.  

Ofqual boss Dame Glenys Stacey reportedly backs the Government’s extension to the exam timetable and is busy mapping out a strategy to ensure that papers are graded before the start of the university term in 2021.   

Downing Street is understood to have decreed exams to go ahead next year after refusing to bow to critics urging them to be scrapped.  

Lord Baker of Dorking, who served as Margaret Thatcher’s education secretary, called on the Government to ditch exams for fear of leaving poorer students at a disadvantage.

The Conservative peer told the Telegraph pupils from deprived backgrounds would have ‘great difficulty catching up’. 

Similarly the chair of the Commons education committee, Robert Halfon, asked ministers to ‘urgently’ assess how much students were lagging behind in their learning before finalising plans.

Lord Baker of Dorking, who served as Margaret Thatcher's education secretary, called on the Government to ditch exams for fear of leaving poorer students at a disadvantage

Lord Baker of Dorking, who served as Margaret Thatcher’s education secretary, called on the Government to ditch exams for fear of leaving poorer students at a disadvantage

But Government sources suggested last night that the wheels are in motion for a summer exam season next year, stressing that ‘exams and assessments are the best and fairest way of judging students’ performance’.  

A Department for Education spokesperson said: ‘We expect exams to take place next year and continue to work with Ofqual and the exam boards on our approach, recognising that students will have experienced considerable disruption to their education in the last academic year.

‘There are a range of measures proposed by Ofqual following a public consultation, including a possible short delay to the exam timetable and subject-specific changes to reduce pressure on teaching time. 

‘We will continue to work with school and college stakeholders, Ofqual and the exam boards, to ensure that exams in 2021 are fair.’

Schools were closed in March when the first wave of coronavirus gathered pace and only reopened in September.

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