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ICU nurse, 36, is banned from the road for drink-driving

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Justine McMinn at Stockport Magistrates' Court in Greater Manchester yesterday

Justine McMinn at Stockport Magistrates’ Court in Greater Manchester yesterday

An intensive care nurse was facing the sack today after being caught drink driving on a motorway while on her way home from her first night out with friends since the start of lockdown.

Justine McMinn, 36, who works at Manchester Royal Infirmary, was stopped by police after she was seen swerving around the M6 near Knutsford in Cheshire following a ‘post Covid’ party.

Officers found a Bargain Booze bag containing alcohol inside McMinn’s Alfa Romeo car and a breath test showed she was above the alcohol limit.

She was more than 20 miles from her home in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire.

At Stockport Magistrates’ Court, McMinn who admitted drink driving, broke down in tears as she apologised for her conduct and said a road ban would mean losing her job at the hospital.

McMinn, who is thought to be engaged, claimed she was trying to steer onto the hard shoulder as she was on a smart motorway. Magistrates disqualified her from driving for a year. 

The incident on September 7 occurred after McMinn had been working for six months since Britain’s coronavirus lockdown began in March. At the time of her arrest, Manchester was recording infection rates of 66 cases in every 100,000.

Officers found a bag containing alcohol inside the car being driven by McMinn (pictured)

Officers found a bag containing alcohol inside the car being driven by McMinn (pictured)

At Stockport Magistrates' Court yesterday, McMinn broke down in tears

McMinn is thought to be engaged

At Stockport Magistrates’ Court yesterday, McMinn (left and right) broke down in tears

McMinn (pictured) apologised for her conduct and said a road ban would mean losing her job

McMinn (pictured) apologised for her conduct and said a road ban would mean losing her job

Gemma Zackrzewsi, prosecuting, said: ‘An officer was driving along the M6 in an unmarked vehicle when their attention was drawn to this defendant’s vehicle as it was swerving between two lanes.

‘The defendant was stopped, the officer spoke to her and the defendant identified herself. The officer noticed she had a Bargain Booze bag with alcohol inside. 

‘She was asked to provide a specimen. and when police found 47 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millliltres of breath was the lowest reading she was arrested.

‘This offence falls in a lower category however the prosecution say the fact she was on a motorway was an aggravating feature.’ 

The legal alcohol limit in breath for driving is 35mcg. The timing of the arrest was not specified but it is believed to have occurred the morning after the party. 

McMinn (above) was more than 20 miles from her home in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire

McMinn (above) was more than 20 miles from her home in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire

A breath test carried out by police showed McMinn (pictured) was above the alcohol limit

McMinn

A breath test carried out by police showed McMinn (pictured) was above the alcohol limit

McMinn (pictured) was fined £438 and offered a place on a drink driving awareness course

McMinn (pictured) was fined £438 and offered a place on a drink driving awareness course

Magistrates said McMinn (above) would have faced a bigger fine if she had not pleaded guilty

McMinn was fined £438 and ordered to pay £129 in costs

Magistrates said McMinn (above) would have faced a bigger fine if she had not pleaded guilty

McMinn appeared unrepresented in court.

She said: ‘I am appalled with myself. I am an intensive care nurse and manager at Manchester Royal Infirmary and we had a ‘post-Covid’ party where we got drunk.

‘I am very sorry. I am so, so, sorry and, in a way, I am glad I was stopped as I was swerving a lot.

‘I have been a working nurse for my whole life and I didn’t think I would ever end up drink driving.

‘I have seen the fallout from drink driving and I will probably lose my job automatically when I am banned. 

McMinn (pictured) appeared unrepresented in court and said she was 'appalled with myself'

McMinn (pictured) appeared unrepresented in court and said she was ‘appalled with myself’

McMinn (pictured) said she will 'probably lose my job automatically when I am banned'

McMinn (pictured) said she will ‘probably lose my job automatically when I am banned’

McMinn appeared in court yesterday

Magistrates disqualified intensive care nurse McMinn (pictured) from driving for a year

Magistrates disqualified intensive care nurse McMinn (pictured) from driving for a year

McMinn works at Manchester Royal Infirmary (file picture) in the intensive care unit

McMinn works at Manchester Royal Infirmary (file picture) in the intensive care unit

‘Me and my friends had far too much to drink after we had not been able to see each other due to Covid. We stayed up too late and drank too much.

‘I had to pick up my dogs at a certain time and I was swerving and squeaking in the car. It was a smart motorway and I was trying to get onto the hard shoulder.’

McMinn was also fined £438 and ordered to pay £129 in costs. She was offered a place on a drink driving awareness course.

Sentencing, chair of the bench Alison Edwards said: ‘We can clearly see your remorse. We are grateful for your early guilty plea. The fine would have been a lot more if you had not pleaded guilty.’  

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Couple who took out $98k in personal loans in a bid to fund six rounds of IVF welcome miracle twins

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A couple who took out personal loans in a bid to fund $98,000 on IVF finally have their dream family after welcoming their miracle twins.

Ashley Howard-Heimbuch, 34, and her husband, Alex Heimbuch, 35, from Detroit, took out personal loans and held dozens of fundraising events over the last three years to fund the thousands they have spent on IVF.

After a year of trying to get pregnant on their own, Ashley and Alex first sought help in January 2018 where they discovered that both of Ashley’s Fallopian tubes were blocked and were given a zero per cent chance of naturally conceiving.

Ashley Howard-Heimbuch, 34, and husband, Alex Heimbuch, 35, have welcomed miracle twins after taking out $98,000 in personal loans to pay for six rounds of IVF

Ashley Howard-Heimbuch, 34, and husband, Alex Heimbuch, 35, have welcomed miracle twins after taking out $98,000 in personal loans to pay for six rounds of IVF

After years of trying to conceive, the couple have finally have their dream family - having been told by doctors in 2018 that they had a zero per cent chance of conceiving naturally

After years of trying to conceive, the couple have finally have their dream family – having been told by doctors in 2018 that they had a zero per cent chance of conceiving naturally

But in 2019 the couple were over the moon when their sixth round of IVF worked and they welcomed their twin boys in June 2020 – River Heimbuch, weighing 5lbs 11oz and Brooks Heimbuch, weighing 5lbs 2oz.

Ashley said: ‘Over the past nearly three years we have accumulated medical bills of around $75,000 by trying to become parents, as we had next to no insurance coverage.

‘We had taken out around $20,000 in loans to help us with the costs of our medical bills and achieve our dream of starting a family, the rest was paid with cash, that we raised by holding fundraisers, and credit cards.

‘After going through the first few rounds of IVF, I became a pro when it came to all the physical effects. I got used to the tiredness, nausea and pain from the shots.

After a year of trying to get pregnant on their own, the couple was told that both of Ashley's Fallopian tubes were blocked so they turned to IVF and conceived twins River and Brooks

After a year of trying to get pregnant on their own, the couple was told that both of Ashley’s Fallopian tubes were blocked so they turned to IVF and conceived twins River and Brooks

Ashley, pictured with her husband and their twins, said she 'became a pro when it came to all the physical effects' of IVF and quickly got use to 'tiredness, nausea and pain from the shots'

Ashley, pictured with her husband and their twins, said she ‘became a pro when it came to all the physical effects’ of IVF and quickly got use to ‘tiredness, nausea and pain from the shots’

During their penultimate round of IVF, after four previous unsuccessful attempts, their doctor discovered a benign tumor on Ashley's uterus and they had to abandon their fifth IVF attempt

During their penultimate round of IVF, after four previous unsuccessful attempts, their doctor discovered a benign tumor on Ashley’s uterus and they had to abandon their fifth IVF attempt

‘The mental effects were more difficult than the physical side. 

‘I become really disconnected and I was just going through the motions of the process that I had been through over and over again.’

During their penultimate round of IVF, after four previous unsuccessful attempts, the couple’s doctor discovered a benign tumor on Ashley’s uterus. 

As a result of this, their fifth round of IVF had to be abandoned halfway through.

‘I then had to have surgery which removed 50 per cent of the tumor and I was on medication for almost two months to minimize the tumor further,’ Ashley said.

The couple began their sixth and final round of IVF in October last year and it was successful. To their disbelief, they found out that they were pregnant with twins

The couple began their sixth and final round of IVF in October last year and it was successful. To their disbelief, they found out that they were pregnant with twins

After discovering the tumor, Ashley had to have surgery which removed 50 per cent of the tumor and she was on medication for almost two months

After discovering the tumor, Ashley had to have surgery which removed 50 per cent of the tumor and she was on medication for almost two months 

After the surgery, Ashley changed her mindset and went back to IVF, determined to remain positive about conceiving - and it was that final sixth round that proved successful

After the surgery, Ashley changed her mindset and went back to IVF, determined to remain positive about conceiving – and it was that final sixth round that proved successful

‘I was in complete shock when they found it, I felt so defeated. 

‘I thought to myself, what else can go wrong? 

‘I could not believe that it had been overlooked so many times before, because the doctor at the time told us it had been there and growing for a while.

‘I had a pity party for a few days, I was constantly thinking that if this was found before we could have been successful earlier and saved so much money.

‘But I had to change my mindset, I had to think that this could be the answer to the problems. I was a lot more hopeful and positive after that.’

Ashley and Alex were stunned when they were told they had conceived twins River and Brooks who were born in June 2020 weighing 5lbs 11oz and 5lbs 2oz, respectively

Ashley and Alex were stunned when they were told they had conceived twins River and Brooks who were born in June 2020 weighing 5lbs 11oz and 5lbs 2oz, respectively

Ashley and Alex were stunned when they were told they had conceived twins River and Brooks who were born in June 2020 weighing 5lbs 11oz and 5lbs 2oz, respectively

Despite being over the moon to have conceived finally, Ashley had a terrible pregnancy and ended up needing lifesaving surgery at 14 weeks

Despite being over the moon to have conceived finally, Ashley had a terrible pregnancy and ended up needing lifesaving surgery at 14 weeks

Ashley was in was in hospital for almost a month after the surgery because she developed a number of complications including Group B Strep and E-coli

Ashley was in was in hospital for almost a month after the surgery because she developed a number of complications including Group B Strep and E-coli

The couple began their sixth and final round of IVF in October last year and it was successful. To their disbelief, they found out that they were pregnant with twins. 

‘We were so thrilled after everything we had been through; I was so relieved that we had finally done it.

‘We were not just going to have one baby, we were having two. I could not believe it. 

‘I ended up having a really terrible pregnancy. I had to have lifesaving surgery at 14 weeks after being diagnosed with a very rare pregnancy condition called Incarcerated Uterus.

After she returned home, Ashley was on bedrest and developed severe anxiety and PTSD for the rest of my pregnancy

After she returned home, Ashley was on bedrest and developed severe anxiety and PTSD for the rest of my pregnancy

Ashley is pictured having an IVF shot administered by Alex while the couple were trying to get pregnant

Ashley is pictured having an IVF shot administered by Alex while the couple were trying to get pregnant 

Ashley(right) and Alex with their children River and Brooks, who they 'love fiercely' after years of trying to conceive

Ashley(right) and Alex with their children River and Brooks, who they ‘love fiercely’ after years of trying to conceive

Ashley says she is now struggling with post-natal depression but is taking it one day at a time

Ashley says she is now struggling with post-natal depression but is taking it one day at a time

‘I was in hospital for almost a month after the surgery because I developed complications like Group B Strep and E-coli. 

‘After I returned home I was on bedrest and developed severe anxiety and PTSD for the rest of my pregnancy. 

‘Because of the condition we were told to brace ourselves as we would probably lose the twins. Luckily that did not happen.  

‘On June 19 2020 I had a C-section, and my twin boys were born, Brooks and River. We love them so much and we feel so grateful to have them here with us. 

‘Now that River and Brooks are here, I am struggling with post-natal depression. 

‘There are good days and bad days but I am doing the best I can and loving my boys fiercly.’

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Squirrel Nutkin, meet Squirrel Pumpkin! Spooky rodent dresses up for Halloween 

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These photos show the spooky Halloween scenes set up by a photographer in his garden – in order to capture squirrels with pumpkins on their heads.

Geert Weggen, 52, watches red squirrels come and forage for food in his garden every day – so he decided to set up a more festive scene.

The nature photographer laid out miniature carved pumpkins and a skull with nuts and seeds hidden inside them, for the squirrels to sniff out.

And the result was that the animals stuck their heads right into the Halloween decorations – and then staggered around wearing the pumpkins and the skull on their heads.

Geert, from Bispgården, Sweden, even hung up a model skeleton – and captured brilliant photos that make the squirrels look as though they are dancing with it.

A red squirrel puts on a spooky mask as it tries to reach the nuts and seeds hidden inside it at the back of Geert Weggen's garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

A red squirrel puts on a spooky mask as it tries to reach the nuts and seeds hidden inside it at the back of Geert Weggen’s garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

A red squirrel leaps into the air as it tries to extract the nuts and seed hidden inside a miniature toy pumpkin in Bispgarden, Sweden

A red squirrel leaps into the air as it tries to extract the nuts and seed hidden inside a miniature toy pumpkin in Bispgarden, Sweden

A red squirrel dances with a skeleton after Weggen set up the scene in his back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

A red squirrel dances with a skeleton after Weggen set up the scene in his back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

A red squirrels is pictured playing with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen's back garden

A red squirrels is pictured playing with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen’s back garden

Red squirrels play with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen's back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

 Red squirrels play with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen’s back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

Red squirrels play with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen's back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

Red squirrels play with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen’s back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

Red squirrels play with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen's back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

Red squirrels play with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen’s back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

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Red squirrels play with halloween decorations in Geert Weggen’s back garden in Bispgarden, Sweden

A red squirrel jumps into the air as he 'puts on' a halloween mask in Weggen's back garden in Sweden. Weggen placed nuts and seeds inside the decorations and the squirrels reached in to find them

A red squirrel jumps into the air as he ‘puts on’ a halloween mask in Weggen’s back garden in Sweden. Weggen placed nuts and seeds inside the decorations and the squirrels reached in to find them

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People reveal the savage responses they’ve received to texts and social media posts

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It’s often easier to think of a sarcastic response to someone being unnecessarily rude after the situation has passed, however a thread of savage comebacks reveals some people have snappy replies ready to go.

Trivia site Shiliza, rounded up a selection of the funniest written exchanges from around the world that have gone viral on social media – and it will make you wish you’d thought of them.

Among the hilarious posts was a man who gushed about being told by a woman that she loves him, only for someone to reply: ‘Aren’t mothers great.’

Even Tesla boss Elon Musk got in on the action replying to a post about Apple developing cars by saying the engine and headphone jack would be sold separately.  

People from around the world shared hilarious sarcastic responses they've spotted online, including a Reddit user who was mocked for trying to belittle those who use abbreviations

People from around the world shared hilarious sarcastic responses they’ve spotted online, including a Reddit user who was mocked for trying to belittle those who use abbreviations 

One man was told disabled people aren't werewolves, after arguing those with special needs shouldn't be given priority parking outside of office hours

One man was told disabled people aren’t werewolves, after arguing those with special needs shouldn’t be given priority parking outside of office hours 

Another person took to Facebook gushing that they had finally been told 'i love you', however a respondent joked that it must've been their mother who said it

Another person took to Facebook gushing that they had finally been told ‘i love you’, however a respondent joked that it must’ve been their mother who said it

Incompatible! A woman who gushed about seeing two unattractive people in love was assumed to have met her match

Incompatible! A woman who gushed about seeing two unattractive people in love was assumed to have met her match 

A woman who tweeted about grown-ups using umbrellas, was asked if people become waterproof after the age of 18

A woman who tweeted about grown-ups using umbrellas, was asked if people become waterproof after the age of 18 

Labour pains! One person was told they have a younger brother because sometimes it's better to create something else than fix what's broken

Labour pains! One person was told they have a younger brother because sometimes it’s better to create something else than fix what’s broken 

Another individual tweeted that the police can't come to their house party, only for law enforcement to mock the lack of enthusiasm from others about the event

Another individual tweeted that the police can’t come to their house party, only for law enforcement to mock the lack of enthusiasm from others about the event 

Rivals! A woman who texted a mysterious number in her boyfriend's phone was shocked to receive a lengthy response from his sister

Rivals! A woman who texted a mysterious number in her boyfriend’s phone was shocked to receive a lengthy response from his sister 

Another individual who was hoping to trick his crush into becoming his girlfriend was forced to PhotoShop the answer

Another individual who was hoping to trick his crush into becoming his girlfriend was forced to PhotoShop the answer

Having been insulted about the size of their dog, one person told their friend that they are small because their parents don't love them

Having been insulted about the size of their dog, one person told their friend that they are small because their parents don’t love them 

Dying of laughter! A courtroom witness who was fed up of the questions asked by an attorney, joked that the deceased person could've begun practicing law

Dying of laughter! A courtroom witness who was fed up of the questions asked by an attorney, joked that the deceased person could’ve begun practicing law 

One person was told their girlfriend isn't real, after gushing that music does things that their girlfriend can't

One person was told their girlfriend isn’t real, after gushing that music does things that their girlfriend can’t 

Elon Musk mocked Apple's history of selling products without their accessories, after a Twitter user shared an image of a futuristic car that the brand could unveil

Elon Musk mocked Apple’s history of selling products without their accessories, after a Twitter user shared an image of a futuristic car that the brand could unveil 

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