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This is the tragic moment an ‘incredibly rare’ baby dolphin was found struggling close to the shore after being abandoned by its mother.

The tiny mammal was found by lifeguards stranded in the sea near Holywell beach in Cornwall.

It was rescued at around 6pm on Monday and carried to a shallow pool where it was filmed in incredible footage shortly before it tragically died.

An 'incredibly rare' baby dolphin was found struggling close to the shore after being abandoned by its mother near Holywell beach in Cornwall

An 'incredibly rare' baby dolphin was found struggling close to the shore after being abandoned by its mother near Holywell beach in Cornwall

An ‘incredibly rare’ baby dolphin was found struggling close to the shore after being abandoned by its mother near Holywell beach in Cornwall

The dolphin was rescued at around 6pm on Monday and carried to a shallow pool where it was filmed in incredible footage

The dolphin was rescued at around 6pm on Monday and carried to a shallow pool where it was filmed in incredible footage

The dolphin was rescued at around 6pm on Monday and carried to a shallow pool where it was filmed in incredible footage

In the video, RNLI Lifeguard Jago Griffiths kneels behind the tiny dolphin as it struggles in the water.

The dolphin slowly swims forwards between three other rescuers standing in the water.

It swims towards rocks in the corner of the pool and Jago follows behind to make sure it is okay.

Another rescuer places the dolphin back in the water where it tries to paddle forward again but struggles with its injuries. 

RNLI Lifeguard Jago Griffiths kneels behind the tiny dolphin as it struggles in the shallow pool on the beach

RNLI Lifeguard Jago Griffiths kneels behind the tiny dolphin as it struggles in the shallow pool on the beach

RNLI Lifeguard Jago Griffiths kneels behind the tiny dolphin as it struggles in the shallow pool on the beach

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s marine awareness officer Matt Slater, who was on the beach at the time, said: ‘It is incredibly rare to see a baby dolphin.

‘The baby was weak and had rake marks on its body from the teeth of other dolphins. It was beautiful and tiny – I can’t believe how small they are.’

British Divers Marine Life Rescue were called as soon as the dolphin was spotted by the lifeguards and responded rapidly, but the dolphin sadly died shortly afterwards.

Rescuers said a baby dolphin this young was extremely vulnerable without its mother and it was not only exhausted but badly injured.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's marine awareness officer Matt Slater says: 'It is incredibly rare to see a baby dolphin'

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's marine awareness officer Matt Slater says: 'It is incredibly rare to see a baby dolphin'

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s marine awareness officer Matt Slater says: ‘It is incredibly rare to see a baby dolphin’

It was found with rake marks from common dolphin teeth on its skin and is believed to have either been rejected or separated by aggressive non-family members.

Matt added: ‘I have spent my lifetime on and in the sea but have never seen anything like this.’

Common dolphins are one of the smallest dolphin species found in UK waters and there have been a lot of sightings of them around the coast in the past week. 

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A British tourist has died after falling from a seventh-floor window in Turkey. 

Shocked bystanders watched Tony McDowall fall to his death after trying to climb from one window to another on the side of a building in Istanbul. 

Police told local media that the Briton had been staying in Turkey’s largest city with his American ex-girlfriend and another US friend. 

The three had apparently argued in the hostel reception on the day of the man’s death.   

Tony McDowall (pictured) fell to his death from a seventh-floor window in Istanbul while on holiday in Turkey

Tony McDowall (pictured) fell to his death from a seventh-floor window in Istanbul while on holiday in Turkey 

Onlookers watched the topless Briton fall to his death on Hacimimi Mahallesi Karabas Street in the district of Beyoglu, on the European side of Istanbul. 

He was seen clinging to one of the top-floor window sills while apparently trying to edge his way over to the next window. 

While shifting his body weight to the adjacent window, he lost his balance and fell out of sight. 

According to Turkish media, he died at the scene and police have since opened an investigation.  

Reports say he had checked in at the hostel the day before and spent a night there before arguing with his friends on the day of his death. 

After watching security footage, investigators said there was nobody else in his room at the time he was dangling from the window.  

Three people, two of them women, have reportedly been questioned by Turkish police after McDowall’s death.  

Although born in Britain, McDowall was apparently travelling on a US passport. It was not clear whether he was living in the UK. 

Southside United AFC, a Scottish amateur football team where McDowall played, said it was ‘devastated’ to hear of his death. 

‘Tony was a great player and more importantly a great guy. Our thoughts are with his family & friends,’ the club said.  

A UK Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Turkey and are in touch with the local authorities.’    

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£2.5million trove of books stolen from London warehouse found in Romania

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A treasure trove of rare and historically important books worth £2.5million that was stolen from a warehouse in London three years ago has been found in Romania.

Detectives uncovered the stash – which includes tomes by Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton and Spanish painter Francisco Goya – underneath the concrete floor of a rural house in the northern county of Neamt on September 16.

The books were hidden there by a Romanian crime family called the Clamparu, after being stolen in an Ocean’s Eleven-style raid on a warehouse in Feltham in 2017.

Books in their hiding spot

Books after being recovered

A trove of rare books worth in excess of £2.5million has been uncovered under the floor of a house in rural Romania, three years after being snatched from a warehouse in London

Gangsters targeted the books while they were being stored in the warehouse ahead of a journey to Las Vegas, where they were due to feature in a specialist auction.

The thieves broke in through the roof and abseiled down into the building, so as to avoid tripping sensors that would have set off the alarms.

Ignoring everything else that was stored in the warehouse, they cracked open crates containing the books and stole only the most valuable volumes.

The books were then loaded into 16 holdall bags, and the thieves scaled back up the ropes and into a waiting van, which acted as a getaway vehicle.  

The stash - which was due for a specialist auction before being taken - includes works by Galileo and Newton

The stash – which was due for a specialist auction before being taken – includes works by Galileo and Newton

Some of the multi-million pound collection have been deemed to be of international importance and are considered irreplaceable, police said. 

It took the international manhunt made-up of the Met Police, the Romanian National Police and the Italian Carabinieri, along with Europol and Eurojust, more than three years to track the books down.

Police carried out a series of raids that led them to the find on Wednesday.

The Met police the Clamparu are known as specialist thieves, and were behind a string of high-value warehouse burglaries across the UK.

They operated by flying members into the UK to commit the crimes, before flying them back out of the country a short time after.

The stolen property would then be taken out of the country by other members of the gang using different transport methods.

Scotland Yard said the gang accused of stealing the books is linked to a number of prominent Romanian crime families who form part of the Clamparu crime group.

This group is based in the Isai region in Eastern Romania and have a history of complex, large-scale, high value thefts.

Many of them have avoided prosecution by offending outside of the country.

The thieves broke in through the roof of the warehouse in Feltham, London, abseiled down to avoid alarms, snatched the books then got away in a van

The thieves broke in through the roof of the warehouse in Feltham, London, abseiled down to avoid alarms, snatched the books then got away in a van

The group has been linked to 11 offences across the UK with a further £2 million worth of property stolen, generally using the same commando-style method.

Investigations into the group culminated in multiple arrests and coordinated searches of 45 addresses across the UK, Romania and Italy in June 2019, police said.

Those raids uncovered information which eventually led detectives to the house in Romanian where the book were being stored.

Little is known about the inner workings of the Clamparu, though a prominent member of the family – Ioan Clamparu – was arrested in Spain in 2011 for people smuggling.

Ioan, known as ‘Pig’s Head’, was sentenced to 30 years in jail in 2012 for smuggling more than 100 women into Spain between 2000 and 2004, where they were forced into prostitution.

Little is known about the inner workings of the Clamparu family, but a man believed to be the boss - Ioan Clamparu, known as 'pig's head' - was jailed in Spain in 2012 for people smuggling

Little is known about the inner workings of the Clamparu family, but a man believed to be the boss – Ioan Clamparu, known as ‘pig’s head’ – was jailed in Spain in 2012 for people smuggling

He had already been sentenced to 13 years in Romania for drug and people trafficking, and in 1989 had been sentenced to 15 years for murder.

Speaking about the most recent raid, Met Police inspector Andy Durham said: ‘This recovery is a perfect end to this operation and is a demonstration of successful joint working between the Met and our European law enforcement partners in Romania and Italy – and at Europol and Eurojust.

‘These books are extremely valuable, but more importantly they are irreplaceable and are of great importance to international cultural heritage.

‘If it wasn’t for the hard work of Detective Constable David Ward and others in this Joint Investigation Team these books would have been sadly lost to the world forever.’

Thirteen suspects were charged in the UK with conspiring to commit burglaries between December 2016 and April 2019, and to receive criminal property.

Court proceedings are ongoing, with 12 individuals having already pleaded guilty and sentencing is due to take place over four days, beginning on September 28.

The thirteenth defendant will be tried in March 2021.

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This is the heart-breaking moment a bride dressed all in white surprised her terminally ill mother by arranging a wedding in just five days – having sworn never to get married. 

Nicole Lind, 30, left Elizabeth Bridgewater, 71, speechless when she turned up at her hospital bed in full wedding attire and asked her mother to give her away.

Clearly shocked, a frail Mrs Bridgewater could only stare dumbfounded at her daughter until she collapsed into tears when she realised what was happening. 

The emotional moment was caught on camera by Mrs Lind’s sister Lisa, who is also heard weeping as she filmed the footage in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

This is the heart-breaking moment bride Nicole Lind, dressed all in white, surprised her terminally ill mother Elizabeth Bridgewater by arranging a wedding in just five days - having sworn never to get married

This is the heart-breaking moment bride Nicole Lind, dressed all in white, surprised her terminally ill mother Elizabeth Bridgewater by arranging a wedding in just five days – having sworn never to get married

Mrs Lind, 30, left Mrs Bridgewater, 71, speechless when she turned up at her hospital bed in full wedding attire and asked her mother to give her away for her wedding to James

Mrs Lind, 30, left Mrs Bridgewater, 71, speechless when she turned up at her hospital bed in full wedding attire and asked her mother to give her away for her wedding to James

Clearly shocked, a frail Mrs Bridgewater could only stare dumbfounded at her daughter until she collapsed into tears when she realised what was happening

Clearly shocked, a frail Mrs Bridgewater could only stare dumbfounded at her daughter until she collapsed into tears when she realised what was happening

Mrs Lind and husband James got married in the hospital where her mother was being treated for lung cancer (above). Mrs Bridegwater Mail Online: ‘When Nicole came in wearing a wedding dress I thought it was a joke. I just remember being so proud'

Mrs Lind and husband James got married in the hospital where her mother was being treated for lung cancer (above). Mrs Bridegwater Mail Online: ‘When Nicole came in wearing a wedding dress I thought it was a joke. I just remember being so proud’ 

Mrs Lind and her fiance James got married earlier this month in the hospital where her mother was being treated for lung cancer, with only a handful of people present due to coronavirus.

Mrs Bridgewater, a retired school cleaner, told MailOnline: ‘When Nicole came in wearing a wedding dress I thought it was a joke. I couldn’t take it in and I just remember being so proud. 

‘The nurses were angels and I can’t believe they managed to keep it a secret.’

The idea for the spontaneous wedding came when Mrs Bridgewater, a widow, was given the devastating news that she only had a few weeks to live after two years of chemotherapy and treatment.

Mrs Lind said: ‘Mum broke down, which rarely happened. She was in tears and said she was sad she would never see her baby girl get married.

’I knew I had to do something. I spoke to James about it on the Monday and he said yes to the idea straight away and we started planning.

‘By Saturday we were married.’

All the preparations were made without Mrs Bridgewater’s knowledge so it would be a massive surprise.

The idea for the spontaneous wedding (above) came when Mrs Bridgewater, a widow, was given the devastating news that she only had a few weeks to live after two years of chemotherapy and treatment

 The idea for the spontaneous wedding (above) came when Mrs Bridgewater, a widow, was given the devastating news that she only had a few weeks to live after two years of chemotherapy and treatment

All the preparations were made without Mrs Bridgewater's knowledge so it would be a massive surprise. ’It was only confirmed on Thursday evening that we could get married at 2.15pm on Saturday September 5 and that’s when we started telling family,’ Mrs Lind said

All the preparations were made without Mrs Bridgewater’s knowledge so it would be a massive surprise. ’It was only confirmed on Thursday evening that we could get married at 2.15pm on Saturday September 5 and that’s when we started telling family,’ Mrs Lind said

Mrs Lind (with her mother before she fell ill) said the dress arrived in three days : ’Someone was looking down on us because the two rings James and I liked in the jewellers were only available in our size’

Mrs Lind (with her mother before she fell ill) said the dress arrived in three days : ’Someone was looking down on us because the two rings James and I liked in the jewellers were only available in our size’

’It was only confirmed on Thursday evening that we could get married at 2.15pm on Saturday September 5 and that’s when we started telling family,’ Mrs Lind said.

’My elder brother Colin insisted he would buy me a dress and I got it online from ASOS, but I was prepared to go in jeans and a T-shirt.

‘We got an email saying it wouldn’t come until Saturday which would have been too late – but luckily it came on the Friday.

’Someone was looking down on us because the two rings James and I liked in the jewellers were only available in our size.’  

Mrs Lind had to get special permission from the hospital because of strict Covid-19 rules, and the small wedding party was only allowed in a small space in the hospital, with chairs set at least 2m apart.

The bride admitted being nervous as she was led by a nurse along the corridor to her mother’s room.

’She was tired and pale when I walked in but all of a sudden she was glowing. She kept asking me if this was a dream.

‘I wanted the mother and daughter chat and to put some mousse in her hair and do her mascara and lipstick.’

After helping their mother get ready, Mrs Lind and her sister wheeled their mother down for the ceremony where the immediate family had gathered.

The bride admitted being nervous as she was led by a nurse along the corridor to her mother’s room

After helping their mother get ready, Mrs Lind and her sister wheeled their mother down for the ceremony where the immediate family had gathered

Mrs Lind had to get special permission from the hospital because of strict Covid-19 rules, and the small wedding party was only allowed in a small space in the hospital, with chairs set at least 2m apart

The newlyweds grabbed a cheese wrap from the canteen before a limo took them to the botanic gardens in Glasgow for pictures. ’I will never forget it,' said Mrs Lind. 'Doing this for my mum meant the world'

The newlyweds grabbed a cheese wrap from the canteen before a limo took them to the botanic gardens in Glasgow for pictures. ’I will never forget it,’ said Mrs Lind. ‘Doing this for my mum meant the world’

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‘Mum took me down the aisle and when I saw James the floodgates opened,’ she recalled.

’He was crying too. Mum was taken aback to see my two brothers and sister and James’ mum and sister and she said she hadn’t had a gathering like this since before Christmas.

’The ceremony lasted an hour and the nurses surprised us by decorating Mum’s room.

’We went back for tea and cake and she absolutely loved it.’

The newlyweds grabbed a cheese wrap from the canteen before a limo took them to the botanic gardens in Glasgow for pictures.

’I will never forget it. Doing this for my mum meant the world.

’Since the wedding she has perked up and is now being allowed to come home so she can be with us at the end. I’m so glad I made her dying wish come true.’

Mrs Bridgewater added: ’I loved every minute of it – even the sneaky sip of Prosecco Nicole gave me.’

The grandmother-of-four moved from her home in Lochgilphead, Argyll, to Glasgow two years ago when she was first diagnosed. 

She moved in with Mr and Mrs Lind, who supported her through several gruelling bouts of chemotherapy. 

The grandmother-of-four moved from her home in Lochgilphead, Argyll, to Glasgow two years ago when she was first diagnosed

The grandmother-of-four moved from her home in Lochgilphead, Argyll, to Glasgow two years ago when she was first diagnosed

She moved in with Mr and Mrs Lind, who supported her through several gruelling bouts of chemotherapy

She moved in with Mr and Mrs Lind, who supported her through several gruelling bouts of chemotherapy

Mrs Bridgewater (with her daughter) took a shine to James the first time she met him, quietly telling her daughter: ‘Don’t mess this up, he’s perfect!’

Mrs Bridgewater (with her daughter) took a shine to James the first time she met him, quietly telling her daughter: ‘Don’t mess this up, he’s perfect!’

Mrs Bridgewater took a shine to James the first time she met him, quietly telling her daughter: ‘Don’t mess this up, he’s perfect!’

Company team leader Nicole, however, was more ambivalent about getting hitched to the hotel worker she first met seven years ago.

She said: ‘I never wanted to get married or have children. I said from the off that if that was what he wanted I wasn’t the girl for him. But he stuck by me.’

On Valentine’s Day 2016, James intended to propose on one knee, only for Nicole to unwittingly torpedo the plan with an off-hand remark about Valentine’s Day proposals being ‘soppy’.

Undaunted, James took the next day off and decided to propose anyway.

’After work, I walked into my house and saw candles and flowers and I smelt food. When I walked into the kitchen he was in a three piece suit and down on one knee.’ 

Nicole said yes, but the couple never got round to setting a day, and then when her mother fell ill, she became their priority.

Mrs Bridgewater said: ’I watched James and Nicole say their vows and I knew they meant every word and I know he will always look after my daughter.

’Despite the cancer, I have had the best two years of my life.’ 

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