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Mother, 66, buys local train ticket office with dreams to transform it into a three-bedroom home 

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A mother will buy her local train ticket office and attempt to turn it into a three-bedroom home.

Susan Harris, 66, caught the train from Llandaff station, Cardiff, for days out as a child but the station office stopped being used in the 1980s and later fell into disrepair.

The ticket office has a partially collapsed roof and is covered in debris, but Mrs Harris will attempt to tackle the challenging project. 

Susan Harris, 66, will buy her local train ticket office and attempt to turn it into a three-bedroom home. She caught the train from Llandaff station, Cardiff, for days out as a child

Susan Harris, 66, will buy her local train ticket office and attempt to turn it into a three-bedroom home. She caught the train from Llandaff station, Cardiff, for days out as a child

Susan Harris, 66, will buy her local train ticket office and attempt to turn it into a three-bedroom home. She caught the train from Llandaff station, Cardiff, for days out as a child

She said: ‘We used to come here to collect our tickets to go to Barry Island on the train during the summer holidays with my mum.

‘That’s how I knew the ticket office so when I saw it come up for sale I was like ‘I know that building from somewhere’ and then I did a little bit of research and oh my Lord it was the ticket office.

‘I just fell in love with it. It’s a quaint building, I’ll kid you not.’ 

Mrs Harris hopes the ticket office, pictured above next to the railway platform, will appeal to a keen trainspotter when she comes to selling it. The office stopped being used in the 1980s

Mrs Harris hopes the ticket office, pictured above next to the railway platform, will appeal to a keen trainspotter when she comes to selling it. The office stopped being used in the 1980s

Mrs Harris hopes the ticket office, pictured above next to the railway platform, will appeal to a keen trainspotter when she comes to selling it. The office stopped being used in the 1980s

The building is still in the process of being converted. Graffiti is pictured scrawled on the derelict Victorian ticket office which later fell into disrepair

The building is still in the process of being converted. Graffiti is pictured scrawled on the derelict Victorian ticket office which later fell into disrepair

The building is still in the process of being converted. Graffiti is pictured scrawled on the derelict Victorian ticket office which later fell into disrepair

Debris is pictured scattered around the building. It has a partially collapsed roof and is covered in debris, but Mrs Harris will attempt to tackle the challenging project

Debris is pictured scattered around the building. It has a partially collapsed roof and is covered in debris, but Mrs Harris will attempt to tackle the challenging project

Debris is pictured scattered around the building. It has a partially collapsed roof and is covered in debris, but Mrs Harris will attempt to tackle the challenging project

Mrs Harris, whose family runs a construction company, said: ‘The neighbours been very supportive and they really love it. They are pleased that we are doing something with the building.

‘It was an eyesore for a long time but when you look at it now, it’s coming back to life and they love it. The local interest has been phenomenal.’ 

The Victorian building sits between the suburbs of Llandaff North and Whitchurch, and was a key part of Isambard Kindom Brunel’s Taff Vale Railway.

She added: ‘It’s a quirky little property; I could live here. It would be cruel to carve it up into two properties as was once planned; splitting it in half – for me it didn’t lend itself to that. It had to be a house.’

The building is still in the process of being converted. Mrs Harris hopes the ticket office will appeal to a keen trainspotter when she comes to selling it.

She added: ‘I think the eventual buyer will be someone who falls in love with it, as I did.’

The Victorian building sits between the suburbs of Llandaff North and Whitchurch, and was a key part of Isambard Kindom Brunel's Taff Vale Railway. A room is pictured being renovated, above

The Victorian building sits between the suburbs of Llandaff North and Whitchurch, and was a key part of Isambard Kindom Brunel's Taff Vale Railway. A room is pictured being renovated, above

The Victorian building sits between the suburbs of Llandaff North and Whitchurch, and was a key part of Isambard Kindom Brunel’s Taff Vale Railway. A room is pictured being renovated, above

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Jeffrey Epstein ‘victim’ urges Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI to ‘help the survivors’ 

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A woman who claims she was trafficked and abused by Jeffrey Epstein when she was just 15 years old is speaking publicly for the first time to announce that she’s launching a lawsuit against the late millionaire pedophile’s estate. 

The bombshell lawsuit was announced in a press conference held by feminist lawyer Gloria Allred in Los Angeles on Monday against Epstein’s estate in New York. 

The victim, who did not give her name and goes by Jane Doe 15, had never spoken in public prior to this news conference. Her lawyer released pictures of her client at the age of 15, when she was allegedly targeted by the financier. 

The victim says she was just 15 when a female associate of Epstein began grooming her for sex with Epstein by gifting her an iPod. The associate then sexually assaulted her before passing her off to the millionaire, according to the New York Post.  

A woman who claims she was trafficked and abused by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 15 years old is speaking publicly for the first time to announce that she's launching a lawsuit against the late millionaire pedophile's estate

A woman who claims she was trafficked and abused by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 15 years old is speaking publicly for the first time to announce that she's launching a lawsuit against the late millionaire pedophile's estate

A woman who claims she was trafficked and abused by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 15 years old is speaking publicly for the first time to announce that she’s launching a lawsuit against the late millionaire pedophile’s estate

In the press conference the victim urged Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI to 'help survivors' and 'set an example'

In the press conference the victim urged Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI to 'help survivors' and 'set an example'

In the press conference the victim urged Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI to ‘help survivors’ and ‘set an example’

Jane Doe 15 says she met Epstein in 2004 during a school class trip to New York City.

Jane Doe 15 says she met Epstein in 2004 during a school class trip to New York City.

Jane Doe 15 pictured at the age of 15, when she first met Epstein's associate

Jane Doe 15 pictured at the age of 15, when she first met Epstein's associate

Jane Doe 15 says she met Epstein in 2004 during a school class trip to New York City. Jane Doe 15 pictured right at the age of 15, when she first met Epstein’s associate

The lawsuit is against Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, the executors of Epstein’s estate for undisclosed monetary damages. 

She was one of a string of Epstein accusers who provided an impact statement in federal court in New York in August 2019, when the judge invited victims to court to provide their statements after Epstein’s sudden death. 

Jane Doe 15 says she met Epstein in 2004 during a school class trip to New York City. 

After meeting she was later taken on a trip on Epstein’s private plane with numerous other girls to his ranch in New Mexico. 

During the flight there, Epstein gave the the victim a tour of his plane, first starting in the bedroom, according to the lawsuit. 

‘Epstein explained to Jane Doe 15 that, when he slept on the bed, he liked to have women sleep at his feet,’ the lawsuit states. 

‘Jane Doe 15 again felt enormously confused, and did not understand what Epstein was saying or why he was telling her this. Epstein’s description of the women sleeping around him on the floor made her immediately think of slaves,’ the lawsuit added.

While on that flight, Epstein allegedly name-dropped his high-flying friends like former President Bill Clinton and asked the victim how old she was. 

‘Jane Doe 15 found her interactions with Epstein on the plane strange. But she recognized one of the other girls on the plane as a model who had been on a magazine cover that month,’ the complaint states. 

‘Jane Doe 15 remembers finding that reassuring, and thinking, “If she’s here, it must be ok,”‘ the lawsuit adds.

The 31-year-old unidentified victim says she was abused by the financier when she was 15

The 31-year-old unidentified victim says she was abused by the financier when she was 15

The 31-year-old unidentified victim says she was abused by the financier when she was 15

Jane Doe 15 was seen wearing bracelets that spelled out: 'Epstein didn't kill himself'

Jane Doe 15 was seen wearing bracelets that spelled out: 'Epstein didn't kill himself'

Jane Doe 15 was seen wearing bracelets that spelled out: ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’

A closer look at her bracelets reveal they spelled out 'Epstein didn't kill himself'

A closer look at her bracelets reveal they spelled out 'Epstein didn't kill himself'

A closer look at her bracelets reveal they spelled out ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’

The victim appeared at the press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred in Los Angeles on Monday

The victim appeared at the press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred in Los Angeles on Monday

The victim appeared at the press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred in Los Angeles on Monday

Once the flight landed at Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in New Mexico, one of Epstein’s female associates, described as a woman with red hair, told the teenager that Epstein really liked her, according to the lawsuit. 

That woman then asked the girl about her sexual history. The next day she summoned her to the main house on the ranch for a massage. 

‘Without Jane Doe 15’s consent, the woman proceeded to use her tongue to “massage” Jane Doe 15, focusing primarily on Jane Doe 15’s vagina and anus,’ the court paper said. ‘The redhaired woman – Epstein’s agent – then told Jane Doe 15 that Epstein really wanted to give Jane Doe 15 an orgasm.’

Lawyer Glorida Allred provided pictures of her client Jane Doe 15 showing her when she was 15, the age that she was allegedly sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein

Lawyer Glorida Allred provided pictures of her client Jane Doe 15 showing her when she was 15, the age that she was allegedly sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein

Lawyer Glorida Allred provided pictures of her client Jane Doe 15 showing her when she was 15, the age that she was allegedly sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein

This image shows Jane Doe 15 at the age when she was allegedly sexually trafficked and abused by Jeffrey Epstein

This image shows Jane Doe 15 at the age when she was allegedly sexually trafficked and abused by Jeffrey Epstein

Jane Doe 15 pictured as a teen

Jane Doe 15 pictured as a teen

This image shows Jane Doe 15 at the age when she was allegedly sexually trafficked and abused by Jeffrey Epstein 

The next day Jane Doe 15 was summoned to Epstein’s room where the financier was waiting in a bathrobe. He allegedly exposed his penis and pulled out a vibrator, which he then used to assault her with until she faked an orgasm and he stopped, according to the lawsuit. 

‘Epstein then walked Jane Doe 15 over to the window of the bedroom. He told her how amazing a first orgasm is, and he pointed out to the desert and told her that he wanted to show her how beautiful the world is,’ court documents say.

The following day he gave her a new pair of underwear and photographed her in them until she started to hyperventilate, the lawsuit states. He then noticed and led her through breathing exercises and then started to talk about school with her. 

‘She explained that she wants to study biochemistry at a specific college,’ the documents said. ‘Epstein conveyed to Jane Doe 15 that he wanted to help her achieve that goal, and he presented her with a check for $5,000 to give to the college. He also gave her several hundred dollars in cash.’ 

After the ranch visit, Jane Doe 15 declined subsequent invitations to join Epstein at his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the lawsuit states.  

Jane Doe 15 urged Prince Andrew to speak with American authorities on his friendship with Epstein. 'Given that he appears to deny what has been alleged against him, then I think he should make arrangements to speak to law enforcement as soon as possible,' she said

Jane Doe 15 urged Prince Andrew to speak with American authorities on his friendship with Epstein. 'Given that he appears to deny what has been alleged against him, then I think he should make arrangements to speak to law enforcement as soon as possible,' she said

Jane Doe 15 urged Prince Andrew to speak with American authorities on his friendship with Epstein. ‘Given that he appears to deny what has been alleged against him, then I think he should make arrangements to speak to law enforcement as soon as possible,’ she said

In the press conference the victim urged Prince Andrew to speak to the FBI. 

Though she did not make allegations against Prince Andrew directly, she said the duke and ‘any other who are close to Epstein should come forward and give a statement under oath on what information they have.’ 

‘Given that he appears to deny what has been alleged against him, then I think he should make arrangements to speak to law enforcement as soon as possible,’ Jane Doe 15 said. 

She added that coming forward would ‘help survivors’ and the duke could ‘set an example’. 

‘This needs to be done without excuse, without delay,’ she added. 

Prince Andrew was friends with Epstein and was pictured with him after Epstein was jailed for charges of procuring underage girls in Florida. 

However, Prince Andrew has denied knowing about Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking. He has also denied allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl at Epstein’s home in London in 2001.  

Epstein was found dead in his prison cell on August 10, 2019 while facing charges of sex trafficking minors in Florida and New York. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide, but his lawyers have disputed that ruling. 

As a result of his death, a judge dismissed all criminal charges against him.  

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Disney+ is launching its own streaming service in Australia

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Disney movies will vanish from Stan accounts overnight as it prepares to launch its own streaming service in Australia on Tuesday.

The video-on-demand website, owned by the Nine Network, partnered up with Disney last year to offer Aussies family movies and TV shows at the click of a button.

But with Disney+ just a day away from launching, Stan has stripped the Disney title from its homepage, and removed all films created by the company.

From now on family favourites such as Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Frozen will no longer be available to watch on Stan, which was launched in 2015.  

However, Marvel and Star Wars movies will be available to watch on Foxtel and its streaming site Foxtel Now.

But Stan chief executive officer Mike Sneesby is adamant the service won’t be negatively affected by the loss of Disney titles.

Mr Sneesby told the Screen Australia podcast that Tuesday’s Disney+ launch will be ‘terrific for everyone in the market’.

He said Stan was able to set themselves apart in Australia by filling in the gaps in the market made by international streaming services such as Netflix.

Around one in ten programs on Stan are Australian.

‘That’s a key metric our content team has always had, was to ensure minimal duplication between us and Netflix as we buy and create content,’ Mr Sneesby said.

‘Disney has fantastic content. The brand and franchises on Stan have performed very well, but in the broader scheme of things, they are one in about 100 of our important distributors of first-run content.

‘It’s a phenomenal brand, phenomenal content, but for us it’s part of a much broader content line-up.’

Disney+ will stream Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.

Membership will cost $8.99 per month or $89.99 for a year-long subscription.

Disney+ will stream Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, and will cost $8.99 per month or $89.99 for a year-long subscription

Disney+ will stream Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, and will cost $8.99 per month or $89.99 for a year-long subscription

Disney+ will stream Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, and will cost $8.99 per month or $89.99 for a year-long subscription

 

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Climate change protester is booted out of Q&A after heckling host Tony Jones

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A climate change protester has been kicked out of Q&A after heckling host Tony Jones.

The ABC’s panel discussion program was being filmed in Perth on Monday night when the incident happened.

Ryan Small was invited to ask the panel a question when another audience member wearing a white T-shirt promoting ‘Extinction Rebellion’ interrupted.

A climate change protester has been kicked out of O&A after heckling host Tony Jones (pictured)

A climate change protester has been kicked out of O&A after heckling host Tony Jones (pictured)

A climate change protester has been kicked out of O&A after heckling host Tony Jones (pictured)

‘Thanks Tony for coming across to Western Australia, we really appreciate you coming over here,’ the man began by saying. 

But as he started speaking the audience could be heard groaning.

‘Okay that is not Ryan. You are not here asking a question. You have just jumped up interrupting the questioner,’ Mr Jones said.

‘So please if you wouldn’t mind, just sit down.’

However, the man refused to sit and continued to speak, despite the crew removing the roving microphone from him.

‘There is no microphone on you. No one can hear you. It’s pointless,’ Mr Jones said.

‘It is pointless. It’s pointless. We can’t hear you. There’s no microphone.’

As security attempted to remove him from the venue the man could be heard yelling.

‘You are hurting me. Let me go,’ he screamed. 

Ryan Small was invited to ask the panel a question when another audience member wearing a white T-shirt promoting 'Extinction Rebellion' interrupted (pictured)

Ryan Small was invited to ask the panel a question when another audience member wearing a white T-shirt promoting 'Extinction Rebellion' interrupted (pictured)

Ryan Small was invited to ask the panel a question when another audience member wearing a white T-shirt promoting ‘Extinction Rebellion’ interrupted (pictured)

However, the man refused to sit and continued to speak, despite the crew removing the microphone from him (pictured: the audience member being asking to leave)

However, the man refused to sit and continued to speak, despite the crew removing the microphone from him (pictured: the audience member being asking to leave)

However, the man refused to sit and continued to speak, despite the crew removing the microphone from him (pictured: the audience member being asking to leave)

Mr Jones then asked for the real Ryan Small to stand up and ask his question.

As Mr Jones asked his question the protester could still be heard yelling.

Extinction Rebellion is a worldwide group pushing for action on climate change.

The Extinction Rebellion group began organising protests early this year in major capital cities across Australia.

In August the group organised a large scale protest in Brisbane where members of the crowd superglued themselves to the asphalt at busy intersections.

The supergluing practice spread to protest in other cities with more major protests being held in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney in September.

Mr Jones then asked for the real Ryan Small to please stand up and ask his question

Mr Jones then asked for the real Ryan Small to please stand up and ask his question

Mr Jones then asked for the real Ryan Small to please stand up and ask his question

 

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