This Groom’s Car Broke Down On The Way To His Wedding, So Police Came To The Rescue

A groom who nearly missed his own wedding day when his car broke down was saved by police officers who offered him a tow.

Ben Williams, 34, was left stranded at the roadside when his “pride of joy” AC Cobra classic car broke down on his way to his wedding.

The husband-to-be had planned to go to the Coach and Horse pub for a pre-wedding pint before making his way to the wedding venue at Sparrows Hill in Essex.

He was due to marry his partner of five years, commercial interior designer, Chloe, 33, but when he was around four or five miles away, the car conked out.

With just an hour and a half to meet his best man and friends and then drive to the venue, he was concerned he would leave his wife-to-be waiting at the altar.

Luckily, two officers came to his rescue and made sure Ben made it to his wedding just in the nick of time by towing his car to a place of safety and ensuring he got a lift.

The drama began as Ben and his dad Nick were driving into Stansted, in Uttlesford, Essex.

Ben, who is a sourcing agent in the retail industry from Newport, Essex, said: “We were wanting to go to a pub near to the venue for a quick drink but as I was coming into Stansted it just conked out.

“I just couldn’t believe that this was happening! My first thought was initially my poor car! It was my dad’s car before mine and he passed it down to me so it’s kind of a family heirloom, so I wanted to drive it to my wedding.

“I was then getting quite worried about getting there and there was this massive queue forming. Some of the cars had my wedding party in so my best man and usher pulled up behind us and stopped to see if they could help.”

With the panic beginning to rise, Ben called the AA as his wedding party desperately tried to revive the car. But help came from an unlikely source when two police officers pulled up to help.

Ben, who has a one and half year old daughter called Martha, said: “Luckily my usher’s dad lived closed by and he came to help police hitch my car to the police car.”

The police then towed the car to the next safe stop while Ben jumped in with his wedding party.

He said: “We rushed off to the pub but we only managed to fit in one pint before we went to the venue.

“The police stayed with my car until the AA arrived. I didn’t tell my wife until we were down the aisle. I did speak to my father-in-law who said he couldn’t believe it! He did tell me before not drive to the wedding in that ‘bloody car’!”

“It ended up being a lovely day, we had a marquee wedding, we had a really amazing band and we all got very drunk!”

It was later revealed that the car, which has been in Ben’s family for 34 years, had suffered damage to its oil sump.

Chloe and Ben had known each other since they were 17 when Chloe worked in Ben’s local pub.

Ben explained: “I always fancied her but when we were 17 we went off to do our own thing. Chloe went to Uni and I worked as a chalet boy for a while.

“Nothing really came of it and then six or seven years later I got a new job and Chloe worked in the same shared office. I saw her walk past one day and I said: ‘What are you doing here?’ She said she worked here and I said I did too.

“She had a boyfriend at the time then a year later I had already left at that point but Chloe messaged me on Facebook asking whether I would take her for that drink I promised her. The rest is history!”

But it could have been a different story for the now-happily married couple if Ben missed his wedding day.

He has since praised PCSO Mike O’Donnell-Smith and PCSO Andy Wallis who rushed to his aid and hopes to thank them personally.

He added: “The police officers were absolutely amazing. I was ready to cry when we broke down but I managed to get there on time!”

‘Funniest’ Edinburgh Fringe Joke Criticised By Tourette’s Charity

A Tourette’s syndrome charity has asked for an apology over an award-winning joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel won Dave’s Funniest Joke At The Fringe award for a pun involving vegetables. His winning effort was: “I keep randomly shouting out ‘broccoli’ and ‘cauliflower’ – I think I might have florets.”

However, the charity did not find it funny, and said the joke was about the neurological disorder – not vegetables.

@BBC6Music@BBClamacqshow the Edinburgh Fringe joke was about #Tourettes – not vegetables. Why is it still OK to joke about disability, or more alarmingly provide a platform to further perpetuate tired, stereotypical jokes that only reinforce stigma?

— Tourettes Action (@tourettesaction) August 19, 2019

A tweet from the charity’s Twitter account said: “Why is it still OK to joke about disability, or more alarmingly provide a platform to further perpetuate tired, stereotypical jokes that only reinforce stigma?”

Its chief executive, Suzanne Dobson, reportedly said the joke had brought “shame on Dave”. She is now asking for an apology. 

She told the BBC: “Humour is a great way of educating people – but not only is it not funny to poke fun at people with Tourette’s, it’s not even that funny a joke, is it?”

Dobson said the charity had been due to launch a campaign asking comics not to use the disorder as a punchline, but it “has come about a week too late”.

She also said the charity’s helpline received several calls on Monday from parents of children with Tourette’s, who were upset by the joke.

Falafel’s joke was judged the best gag by 2,000 voting members of the public after being shortlisted by an expert panel.

The comic was performing at the Fringe for a seventh year. After winning, he said: “I think this is my seventh year at the Fringe, it’s like pregnancy – you go through a lot of pain and then the child is born and enough time passes and you forget about the pain and decide that you fancy having another one, but straight after you’re like ‘I’m never doing that again’.”

Tourette’s syndrome is a condition which causes a person to make involuntary sounds and movements called tics.

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While many Game Of Thrones fans and some of the cast weren’t exactly thrilled with the final series of the fantasy drama, Kit Harington was pretty pleased with the way things turned out for his character.

The actor played Jon Snow for eight seasons of the HBO series, which came to a controversial end earlier this year.

Kit Harrington as Jon Snow.

Fans remain divided over the show’s conclusion, with many petitioning the show’s creators to re-do the entire final series.

But despite the backlash, Kit says he was happy with his character’s final moments, which saw him going beyond the Wall with the so-called “free folk”.

He told the Hollywood Reporter: “I loved it. When I read it, that bit really made me cry. What really made me cry was on the paper: ‘End of Game of Thrones’.

“But as far as an ending for Jon Snow, this character that I loved for so many years and had grown so close to, and had meant so much to me … seeing him go beyond the Wall back to something true, something honest, something pure with these people he was always told he belongs with — the Free Folk — it felt to me like he was finally free.”

Kit Harington

The final episode sees Jon killing his love interest, Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, who goes mad with power after seizing the Iron Throne.

Kit added: “As much as he (Jon) had done a horrible thing, as much as he had felt that pain, the actual ending for him was finally being released.”

Earlier in Game Of Thrones’ final season, the forces of the living faced off against the forces of the dead, led by the Night King.

After one of the most lavishly produced battle scenes in television history, Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark killed the Night King.

The twist was a shock to many fans, who had long predicted Jon would be the one to vanquish the threat posed by the dead.

Kit admitted to secretly wishing he had been the one to wield the knife.

The cast and crew of Game Of Thrones.

He said: “I think I felt like everyone else did, in that it had been set up for a long time, and then I didn’t get to do it. But I was so happy for Maisie and Arya. I was secretly like, ‘I wanted to do that!’.”

Since the conclusion of the show was aired, several cast members admitted that they wished things had turned out differently.

This included Lena Headey, who revealed she was “gutted” about how her character met her demise, while Natalia Tena recently admitted to “ranting for hours” after watching the finale.

Others have stuck up for Game Of Thrones, though, including Sophie Turner and Nikolaj Coster-Waulder, who was recently booed at Comic-Con when he defended the show.

Jeffrey Epstein Signed $577m Will Two Days Before He Died In Prison

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he died in jail, newly-released court records show.

According to court papers filed last week in the US Virgin Islands, Epstein’s estate is valued at more than $577m (£476m), including more than $56m (£46m) in cash.

No details of beneficiaries have been listed, opening a new legal front over what could be a long battle over the financier’s fortune.

The existence of the will, first reported by the New York Post, raised new questions about Epstein’s final days inside the Metropolitan Correctional Centre, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Epstein signed the document August 8. Less than 48 hours later, he was found dead in his cell.

Prosecutors on Monday moved to dismiss the indictment against Epstein but have said they are considering charging others with facilitating his alleged abuse of dozens of girls.

The filing of the will, meanwhile, had been closely followed by lawyers representing women who claim they were sexually abused by Epstein when they were teenagers and recruited into his residences to provide him massages.

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell less than 48 hours after signing his will 

Several attorneys vowed to go after his assets even if the will had named beneficiaries, as Epstein’s death means there will be no trial on the criminal charges against him. One woman filed suit against the estate last week, claiming Epstein repeatedly raped her when she was a teenager.

“Give his entire estate to his victims. It is the only justice they can get,” one of those lawyers, Lisa Bloom, wrote in an email. “And they deserve it. And on behalf of the Epstein victims I represent, I intend to fight for it.”

Former federal prosecutor David S Weinstein, who is now in private practice in Miami but not involved in the Epstein case, explained states and US territories have certain timeframes within which to make a claim against someone’s estate.

“There are certainly going to be a lot of lawyers involved,” Weinstein said. “It’s not going to be over any time soon.”

A hedge fund manager who hobnobbed with the rich and famous, Epstein owned a Caribbean island, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch and a fleet of high-price cars.

Epstein had more than $112m worth of equities, according to the will, and nearly $200m in “hedge funds & private equity investments.” Among the properties that will be subject to appraisal and valuation are his collection of fine arts, antiques and other collectibles.

As part of his 2008 plea deal to Florida state charges, Epstein made undisclosed financial settlements with dozens of his victims. It’s unclear how those settlements might affect any claims made on his estate.

William Blum, an attorney for Epstein’s estate, said the document was Epstein’s original last will.

Pink And Ellen DeGeneres Join Elton John In Defending Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Use Of A Private Jet

Pink and Ellen DeGeneres have jumped to the defence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after Elton John hit out at the royal couple’s treatment by certain sections of the press.

On Monday, Sir Elton defended Harry and Meghan use of a private jet in a series of emotional tweets as he hit out at “distorted and malicious” press reports.

Pink (left) and Ellen DeGeneres

The Rocketman singer said he provided the royal couple with a plane to fly to his home in Nice because he felt “a profound sense of obligation to protect” Princess Diana’s son and family. 

Other stars have now joined Elton in publicly defending the royal couple, including US singer Pink who said that Meghan has been subjected to “the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while” and asked fans to be “kinder”

She tweeted: “I’m happy to see people coming to the defence of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.”

I’m happy to see people coming to the defense of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The way people treat her is the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while. It’s out of control. Let’s all be a bit kinder, huh? Let’s show our children that it’s cool to be kind.

— P!nk (@Pink) August 20, 2019

US chat show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has also weighed in on the issue, insisting the royal couple were undeserving of the criticism.

Ellen also noted how after meeting the couple with her wife Portia de Rossi, she was impressed by how “down-to-earth and compassionate” they were.

“Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation,” DeGeneres tweeted. “They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people.”

“Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better,” she added, alongside a photo of the smiling couple.

Portia and I met Prince Harry and Meghan in England to talk about their work on wildlife conservation. They were the most down-to-earth, compassionate people. Imagine being attacked for everything you do, when all you’re trying to do is make the world better. pic.twitter.com/226pRO1fj1

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 19, 2019

On Sunday, The Sun reported Harry and Meghan had taken a private jet to the south of France two days after flying to Ibiza.

In a Twitter thread on Monday, Elton said he wanted to ensure the pair and their baby were given a “high level of much-needed protection”.

Sir Elton was a guest at Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018.

He said: “I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week.

“Prince Harry’s mother, Diana Princess Of Wales was one of my dearest friends. I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death.

“After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home.

“To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight.”

I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week. pic.twitter.com/WjVRDSMX0z

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 19, 2019

He also said that in order to support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, John and his husband David Furnish ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint.

“I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis,” John said.

The royal couple has faced charges of hypocrisy for their use of private jets after making a series of public pleas to protect the environment. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Two weeks ago, Prince Harry said in a Vogue Magazine interview with conservationist Jane Goodall that he and Meghan would have only two children due to environmental concerns.

In the issue – guest edited by Meghan – Harry said he and his wife had planned for “two, maximum”.

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I went on a date a few weeks ago where she turned up half an hour late. For lots of people this would be annoying, but for me it was a real problem – that was 30 minutes of my energy, of good health, totally wasted. I’d had to prepare all day for that short time out of the house.

If I know I have plans in the evening to see someone, especially if we’re meeting in a noisy place, I need to spend the whole day in bed beforehand resting. I’ll listen to podcasts or audiobooks, watch YouTube, and generally avoid anything stressful. It’s a military operation to get me outside.

I use dating apps and am quite up front with people about my chronic fatigue (ME). My symptoms are tiredness, feeling super weak and unsteady on my feet, and slower cognitive abilities (I struggle to find the words sometimes). It takes me a lot longer to do things than it ever used to. People notice I’m not right.

It’s been like this for about two years. Before I was perfectly healthy, super active and played sport. I’d have no problem doing a day at work and going straight to a date several nights a week. Then, over the space of a month, the symptoms set in. Trust me, it’s no picnic. 

If people are looking for long walks on the beach, it’s not going to happen.

Since I’ve been ill my sex life has been, well, weird. I’ve been single the whole time – trying to meet people is tough when you’re housebound, living with your parents. I can leave for short walks or coffee dates, but if people are looking for those long walks on the beach and shit like that, it’s not going to happen. 

Initially I hated the apps. It was like mental torture, looking at all these healthy young people with their amazing photos on holiday. I’d just be swiping and swiping, thinking, why am I doing this to myself? At one point, I put in my profile that I’d just come out of prison to see if more people would be interested than when I told them about my illness. I had lots more swipes.

That made me reassess and take the apps less seriously – to accept that even if it leads nowhere, if I can find a cool person I can chat to and share memes or common interests with, then it’s better than no contact at all. And of course if that leads to sleeping with someone then, that’s cool also.

I have managed to have sex with people, just not in the way I’d maybe have expected. It’s limiting that I always have to meet people near my house – I mean, I could come hang out with you at some trendy bar, but it would probably kill me. So people need to come to me and not stay for ages. And it’s become obvious to me the rest of the world doesn’t operate on that timetable.

When sex does happen it can’t be super energetic. I’m going to be spent early because it’s really strenuous for me. Put it this way, sex can be like going to the gym and I can’t go to the gym. I do less stuff that requires me to support my body weight the whole time, or we lie next to each other and do things. I mean, it sounds like I’m describing sex in a nursing home but that’s the reality. It just can’t be super intense the whole time – maybe it will just take longer. 

 

One time, I found myself having sex in a Mayfair hotel with someone I’d only just met, so it’s not all bad.

 

Sometimes you tell people you are ill before you meet and it doesn’t compute, I told one girl over text about my illness, but when we met she was obviously shocked. But then another time I found myself having sex in a Mayfair hotel with someone I’d only just met, so it’s not all bad. 

I’m at an age where lots of my friends are in relationships – getting married, having babies, settling down – and I’m living at home. Lots of my male friends aren’t always understanding and will be moaning about their partners or domestic issues without thinking about my situation. We’ve got a WhatsApp group chat and I often think, yeah cool, I haven’t left the house in a month but go off about how you’re annoyed your wife wants to go to Lisbon.

It’s not that I necessarily wanted to get married or anything, but it would be nice to have the option to run away to Las Vegas and marry someone if I want to. Sometimes I’ll watch some terrible Netflix episode where a couple get together and I’ll root for them, but torturing myself is a fool’s game. It gets me nowhere.

And I am feeling better about it than I was. If you’d asked me a year ago, I’d  have been far less positive. I don’t know how long I’m going to be ill for, but I guess for a while. Being ill has made me appreciate things a lot more.

As told to Sophie Gallagher.

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