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‘Superman’ father leaps to stop a falling full-body mirror from smashing into his toddler daughter 

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A heroic Chinese father has been caught on camera springing to save his toddler daughter from being crushed by a huge falling mirror.

CCTV footage has captured the heart-stopping moment the full-body glass mirror suddenly tipped over before being stopped in mid-air by the parent who leapt across the living room.

Thousands of Chinese web users have praised the agile man’s quick reaction and hailed him as a ‘Superman father’ after the video emerged online on Friday.

A heroic Chinese father has been caught on camera springing to save his toddler daughter from being crushed by a huge falling mirror. He is dubbed 'Superman father' by netizens

A heroic Chinese father has been caught on camera springing to save his toddler daughter from being crushed by a huge falling mirror. He is dubbed ‘Superman father’ by netizens

CCTV footage has captured the heart-stopping moment the full-body glass mirror suddenly tipped over before being stopped in mid-air by the parent who leapt across the living room

CCTV footage has captured the heart-stopping moment the full-body glass mirror suddenly tipped over before being stopped in mid-air by the parent who leapt across the living room

The family of four, believed to be living in north-eastern Chinese city Harbin, were relaxing together in their living room before the incident occurred.

One of the two toddler girls is seen in the security footage throwing a ball while the other one is playing on the floor.

The child playing with the toy suddenly fell backwards as she knocked over a full-body mirror leaning against the wall.

Rocked by the movement, the glass furniture is seen tilting before falling towards the other little girl who is lying on the floor.

The Chinese father, who was standing on the other side of the room, spotted the dangerous scene and rushed to his daughter’s rescue.

The family of four, believed to be living in north-eastern Chinese city Harbin, were relaxing together in their living room before the heart-stopping incident occurred, Chinese media said

The family of four, believed to be living in north-eastern Chinese city Harbin, were relaxing together in their living room before the heart-stopping incident occurred, Chinese media said

The Chinese father, who was standing on the other side of the room, rushed to his daughter’s rescue after spotting the full-body glass mirror suddenly toppling towards the youngster

The Chinese father, who was standing on the other side of the room, rushed to his daughter’s rescue after spotting the full-body glass mirror suddenly toppling towards the youngster

Footage shows the agile parent springing towards the falling mirror before seizing the glass frame in mid-air.

The father then landed on the floor while shielding the young child from being smashed by the furniture with his body.

The video, shared by state media People’s Daily today, has quickly amassed over 500,000 views on Chinese Twitter-like Weibo.

Being impressed by the parent’s quick reaction, thousands of web users have dubbed the man ‘Superman father’.

The father then landed on the floor while shielding the young child from being smashed by the furniture with his body. Thousands of web users have dubbed the man ‘Superman father’

The father then landed on the floor while shielding the young child from being smashed by the furniture with his body. Thousands of web users have dubbed the man ‘Superman father’

One commenter wrote: ‘Wow this dad is amazing! He reacted to it so fast. Superhero dad!’

Another one said: ‘Best rescue ever! It’s amazing the strength parents have when they try to protect their children.’

But other netizens have criticised the father for not properly securing the full-body mirror, posing a hidden danger to his toddlers.

One of such comments read: ‘They have two kids and didn’t even fully secure the mirror, how reckless!’

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One of the most northerly bars in the world in Svalbard is up for sale

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When it is dark for more than 100 days in the depths of the bone-chilling Arctic winter, even the polar bears want to get into the Svalbar – one of the most northerly pubs in the world.

Located in a former mining town on Svalbard, just 650 miles from the North Pole, this unique bar and restaurant has been feeding and watering Arctic and wilderness explorers for over a decade.

With winter temperatures locked at minus 18 degrees Celsius for weeks on end, the pub has a captive audience among the 3,000 permanent residents and 70,000 tourists who visit Svalbard, the Arctic island archipelago set among the roaring seas between Norway and the top of the world. And now the bar is up for sale – and it’s expected to sell for a cool one million euros (£900,000).

The Svalbar, pictured, is one of the most northerly pubs in the world - and now it's up for sale

The Svalbar, pictured, is one of the most northerly pubs in the world – and now it’s up for sale

‘You must like excitement and have a good portion of adventurous spirit to run a bar on Svalbard,’ owner John-Einar Lockert said

‘You must like excitement and have a good portion of adventurous spirit to run a bar on Svalbard,’ owner John-Einar Lockert said

The new owner will need to keep customers’ spirits up – human and bear – while the Northern Lights swirl through the long winter nights, and refresh them after snowmobile safaris during the 24-hour summer days. 

‘You must like excitement and have a good portion of adventurous spirit to run a bar on Svalbard,’ owner John-Einar Lockert explained.

‘It is an exciting place to run a bar and we have a flourishing night-life and culture scene.’

Despite being located in the centre of the archipelago’s main town of Longyearbyen, the bar is on a route regularly patrolled by some of the 3,000 polar bears who call the Arctic islands home.

Other less dangerous wildlife within a short snowmobile ride away include reindeer herds, arctic foxes, sea birds, arctic geese and walruses. And the islands’ fjords are packed with whales.

Despite being located in the centre of the archipelago’s main town of Longyearbyen, Svalbar is on a route regularly patrolled by some of the 3,000 polar bears who call the Arctic islands home

Despite being located in the centre of the archipelago’s main town of Longyearbyen, Svalbar is on a route regularly patrolled by some of the 3,000 polar bears who call the Arctic islands home

Longyearbyen is one of the most northern settlements on the planet and temperatures here sit at -18C for weeks on end

Longyearbyen is one of the most northern settlements on the planet and temperatures here sit at -18C for weeks on end

Husky dog-sleigh safaris are also popular.

The Northern Lights – an atmospheric phenomenon of swirling colours – grace the clear Arctic skies from October to February.

‘The polar bear came to the bar last year, during the night,’ John-Einar explained. ‘He walked past the bar and looked in the window.

‘It was a cold night and he was probably looking for a warm place to have something to eat. He could smell the food.

‘It was lucky that we were closed.’

He joked: ‘Everyone is welcome in the bar, but the polar bears must stay outside.’

John-Einar said that a polar bear looked in through the window of the pub last year

John-Einar said that a polar bear looked in through the window of the pub last year

'Everyone is welcome in the bar, but the polar bears must stay outside,' quipped John-Einar

‘Everyone is welcome in the bar, but the polar bears must stay outside,’ quipped John-Einar

Comfort food: A Svalbar burger and chips dish

Comfort food: A Svalbar burger and chips dish

While part of the Kingdom of Norway, Svalbard has its own government and has tax-free status.

John-Einar added: ‘The Svalbar is the local watering hole for many of the permanent residents and it’s also quite popular amongst the tourists.

‘I am guessing it is because we have both the pub and an eatery.

‘And because there are no taxes on Svalbard a glass of beer costs 50 Norwegian Kroner [£4.25] about a third of the price of a bar in Oslo [Norway’s capital].’

Longyearbyen enjoys all the modern conveniences of any Norwegian city, but residents need special skills to live at the latitude of 73 degrees north.

John-Einar explained: ‘There are some skills you must learn if you live on Svalbard.

‘You must know how to shoot a gun to protect yourself from polar bears.

‘It is winter from November to May or June and you need to know how to ride a snowmobile. It is the only way to get around in the snow.

‘It is an exciting place to live and work in, with a unique community and wonderful nature.’

Europe’s most northerly landmass, the Svalbard archipelago, was probably first discovered by Viking explorers but was not settled until the 17th century when it was used as a staging post by whalers who plundered the rich oceans for the valuable sea mammals.

Huge coal deposits were discovered at the end of the 19th century and in the 20th century British, American, Norwegian and Russian mining operations excavated the precious mineral for decades.

Now the islands’ main revenue is Arctic adventure tourism, with more than 70,000 visitors last year [2019].

John-Einar explained: ‘Svalbard is a wonderful place.

John-Einar is pictured here with his son in front of a herd of walruses. John-Einar describes Svalbard as a 'wonderful place'

John-Einar is pictured here with his son in front of a herd of walruses. John-Einar describes Svalbard as a ‘wonderful place’ 

‘I moved there as a kid because my parents got work there and I went with them.

‘I went back to the mainland [of Norway] to study but returned and started up the Svalbar in 2007.

‘Longyearbyen is a lovely place to live. The people are very open-minded, out-going and friendly. It’s really easy to meet people.

‘It is dark for three months of the year, December, January and February, but there are lots of cultural events to keep people’s spirits up.

‘I am leaving the bar, it is time for me to do something else, but I could never leave Svalbard, it is my home.’

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This is the shocking moment an angry taxi driver threw his passenger to the ground by speeding away as he climbed out of the cab after a row over face masks.

Jay Henry, who lives in Hackney, east London, had ordered a Bolt taxi to drive him to his mother’s house in Stanford Hill, north London, at around 11am on September 4.

But the 36-year-old, who works as a painter and decorator, claims he was left unable to work for weeks after suffering an injured back and foot as a result of the impact.

In the CCTV footage, the blue Toyota Pruis can be seen cruising down a residential road before swerving toward the pavement and coming to an abrupt stop.

The passenger in the back seat begins to open his door as the driver appears to turn around and speak to him.

Mr Henry continues to clamber out and places just one foot on the ground before suddenly the driver of the car speeds away.

He falls to the floor before looking over his shoulder in exasperation.

He manages to get back to his feet and walks steadily down the street in the same direction that the car drove off in.

Mr Henry then takes a moment to compose himself and rearranges his satchel before making a call. 

Jay Henry, who lives in Hackney, east London, had ordered a Bolt taxi to drive him to his mother's house at around 11am on September 4 when the dispute occurred

Jay Henry, who lives in Hackney, east London, had ordered a Bolt taxi to drive him to his mother’s house at around 11am on September 4 when the dispute occurred

Mr Henry said that the the driver had become upset when he arrived because he had forgotten his face mask and had to run back inside to collect it. 

He claims that after setting off the driver became more erratic, dangerously overtaking a learner driver and jumping red lights.   

The Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating an allegation of assault against the cab driver who was working for the Bolt ride-hailing app at the time.

Speaking after the incident, Mr Henry said: ‘I ordered a cab, but I forgot my mask and had to go back upstairs to get it. I ran back down, put it on and he [the driver] started saying “you think I’m your slave”.

‘I said “just drive, I’ve got my mask now, let’s go”. Then he said “you think you’re my boss”.  

Mr Henry continues to clamber out and places just one foot on the ground before suddenly the driver of the car speeds away

He falls to the floor before looking over his shoulder in exasperation

Mr Henry continues to clamber out and places just one foot on the ground before suddenly the driver of the car speeds away

The 36-year-old, who works as a painter and decorator, claims he was left unable to work for weeks after suffering an injured back and foot as a result of the impact

The 36-year-old, who works as a painter and decorator, claims he was left unable to work for weeks after suffering an injured back and foot as a result of the impact

‘I said “please just drive the car, we’re going to be late, I didn’t say anything like that”.

‘When he started driving he was going like an absolute madman, he jumped two red lights. He overtook a learner doing a test or a lesson. The way he overtook them was ridiculous.

‘I said to him “you don’t like your job, maybe get a new one”. And I said “maybe clean your car, you might feel better”. This Bolt was filthy.’  

He added: ‘I opened the door to get out and I heard him mumble the word “slave” again. As I opened the door to climb out, I had one foot half out and he sped off with me hanging out the car. 

‘The door was still open as he flew off, I fell heavily on my back and my foot bent under me. My trainer ripped in half from falling to the floor.

‘My back is still playing up, my big toe is still bad. I’ve not been back to work since because it hurts too much.

‘I should have gone to hospital at the time but I didn’t think I should, I didn’t want to waste their time, and because of coronavirus.’ 

Scotland Yard said officers are investigating an allegation of assault and that so far no arrests have been made.

A spokesman for the police said: ‘An allegation of assault was reported to police shortly after 11.00am on Friday, September 4.

‘It was reported that a man was injured after he was dragged along the ground a short distance, when a private hire vehicle he had been travelling in, drove away as he was exiting the vehicle in Lockhurst Street, E5.

‘There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.’

Bolt have been contacted for a comment.

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Vile sex attacker, 32, who violently raped an 80-year-old woman is jailed for eight years

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A vile sex attacker who violently raped an 80-year-old woman in her own home has been locked up for eight years.

John Laming struck last Christmas Eve just 12 days after he had been freed from jail. The terrified victim yelled for help, but when no one heard, Laming taunted her: ‘Some neighbours you have got.’

The 32-year-old then sat swigging a can of juice after the attack and claimed the OAP was ‘strong like his granny’.

Laming fled, but was soon snared for the crime in Rutherglen, near Glasgow.

He was today sentenced having earlier pled guilty to a charge of assault and rape.

John Laming was today sentenced having earlier pled guilty to a charge of assault and rape

John Laming was today sentenced having earlier pled guilty to a charge of assault and rape

Lady Stacey said she had decided against imposing an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

But, she told Laming: ‘What you did was a terrible crime. You should be completely ashamed.

‘It must have been extremely frightening for the woman involved. She was in her own home minding her own business.’

The former heating engineer will also be supervised for a further four years on his release.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Laming already had a criminal past including a four year prison term for robbery in 2015.

Prosecutor Kath Harper said he was released from jail last December 12.

The victim was in bed when she was awoken by smashing glass around midnight on Christmas Eve.

She got up and was confronted by Laming, who lived in Rutherglen, but was not known to her.

The OAP ordered him out before bravely tackling him.

Laming fled from the scene, but was soon snared for the crime in Rutherglen, near Glasgow (pictured)

Laming fled from the scene, but was soon snared for the crime in Rutherglen, near Glasgow (pictured)

Miss Harper: ‘She reached for a metal pole used to open her window. She tried to hit him with it.’

The woman also pressed her panic alarm, but it failed to work.

The prosecutor: ‘She was also screaming. Laming said ‘some neighbours you have got’ when no one heard.’

The victim ended up on her bed with Laming leaning over her.

She pleaded: ‘What are you doing this to an 80 year-old lady for?’

Laming branded her a ‘w***e’ before going on to rape her in the dining room.

After the attack, Laming helped the terrified woman onto a chair and told her to make a cup of tea.

Miss Harper: ‘He said she was ‘strong like his granny’. He asked if she had any alcohol.

‘The woman told him she did not, but there was some juice.

‘He took a can and told her she had a much nicer house than him.’

Laming left after clearing up broken glass – but returned to ask for his vape e-cigarette which he had dropped.

The victim called her daughter to say a man had ‘kicked her door in’.

Police also arrived before the distressed pensioner was taken to hospital.

As she was being examined, she burst into tears and told a medic: ‘I fought back.’

Her injuries included ‘multiple’ bruises on her neck and body.

Laming was snared near the house he shared with his mum late on Christmas Eve hiding in a garden.

His lawyer Ann Ogg said: ‘He did not think he was capable of such behaviour.’

Laming was also placed on the sex offenders list.

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