Teenager films the ups and downs of building a rollercoaster ride in his backyard with 10ft drop

A thrillseeker has shared how he built his own rollercoaster in his back garden,  complete with a 10ft high drop. Ben Tolliday, 19, had the idea to construct and ride a single lane rollercoaster in March and it took three weeks to construct in his parents’ garden in Atlanta, Georgia. After several set backs, Ben … Read more

Pair charged with killing woman with Down’s syndrome by neglect after she was found starved to death

Pair are charged with killing woman, 24, with Down’s syndrome by neglect after she was found starved to death with horrendous scabies infection Deborah Leitch had Down’s Syndrome and was found dead at house in Blackpool Post mortem examination gave cause of death as severe emaciation and neglect Six people were arrested in connection to … Read more

Pair charged with killing woman with Down’s syndrome by neglect after she was found starved to death

Pair are charged with killing woman, 24, with Down’s syndrome by neglect after she was found starved to death with horrendous scabies infection Deborah Leitch had Down’s Syndrome and was found dead at house in Blackpool Post mortem examination gave cause of death as severe emaciation and neglect Six people were arrested in connection to … Read more

Line Of Duty star Tommy Jessop was first professional actor with Down’s Syndrome to play Hamlet

Line Of Duty returned on Sunday night and marked the return of supporting character Terry Boyle, a man with Down’s syndrome who is ruthlessly exploited by an organised crime group.  Now at the centre of a high-profile murder investigation, Boyle was arrested and brought in for questioning by DCI Joanne Davidson and her team.   Actor … Read more

Line of Duty is blasted for calling Down’s Syndrome character a ‘local oddball’

The BBC’s new series of police drama Line of Duty has been criticised over a line in the script referring to a character with Down’s Syndrome as a ‘local oddball’. Viewers said the label given to Terry Boyle, played by Tommy Jessop, by Adrian Dunbar’s character Superintendent Ted Hastings was ‘disappointing’ and ‘appalling’. Others said the … Read more

Line of Duty is blasted for calling Down’s Syndrome character a ‘local oddball’

The BBC’s new series of police drama Line of Duty has been criticised over a line in the script referring to a character with Down’s Syndrome as a ‘local oddball’. Viewers said the label given to Terry Boyle, played by Tommy Jessop, by Adrian Dunbar’s character Superintendent Ted Hastings was ‘disappointing’ and ‘appalling’. Others said the … Read more

There’s never been a year like it for yo-yo dieting. Here readers share their ups and downs

Many of us have put on a few pounds after comfort eating and drinking to our hearts’ content since the first lockdown last March. It’s a rare woman who doesn’t bemoan the ‘lockdown lard’ that’s gathered in  all the places we least want it — bottom, belly and thighs — over the past ten months.  A … Read more

Doctor who discovered extra chromosome that causes Down’s syndrome is tipped for sainthood

Doctor who discovered extra chromosome that causes Down’s syndrome – and then spent the rest of his life fighting abortions – is tipped for sainthood Pope Francis recognised the ‘heroic virtues’ of the ‘venerable’ Jerome Lejeune In 1958, the French geneticist discovered chromosome that causes Down’s The devout Catholic spent the rest of his life fighting against … Read more

Doctor who discovered extra chromosome that causes Down’s syndrome is tipped for sainthood

Doctor who discovered extra chromosome that causes Down’s syndrome – and then spent the rest of his life fighting abortions – is tipped for sainthood Pope Francis recognised the ‘heroic virtues’ of the ‘venerable’ Jerome Lejeune In 1958, the French geneticist discovered chromosome that causes Down’s Devout Catholic spent rest of his life fighting against abortions which … Read more

Husband from UK’s first couple with Down’s Syndrome to get married dies aged 62 from Covid

A man who made history with his wife as the UK’s first couple with Down’s Syndrome to marry has died from Covid-19 – just two weeks after contracting the virus.  Tommy Pilling, 62, from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, lost his battle to coronavirus on January 1, leaving behind his doting wife Maryanne, 49, who says she is … Read more