Britain’s biggest ever benefits fraud, who faked having dementia and hid her father’s death for 12 years, has been jailed. Ethel McGill, 68, was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison after pocketing £750,000 in false claims. Her son Chris McGill, 28, and her other son’s former partner, Hannah Bazley, 25, were found guilty of supporting McGill by claiming a carer’s allowance for conditions she did not have.
How did she carry out the deception?
McGill covered up her father’s death for 12 years from 2004 in order to receive his pension and benefits. She even asked a friend to pose as her dead father and told social workers trying to check on him not to speak to her father as he could be aggressive.
In 2005, she made a request to Liverpool Housing Trust for a bigger property in Runcorn, Cheshire, saying her family needed to live together to provide around-the-clock care for Robert Dennison, who was already dead.
She also pretended to have dementia and mobility problems for more than 20 years in order to falsely claim disability allowance and other benefits. McGill registered at two doctors surgeries close to her home and would visit one repeatedly to make complaints of undiagnosed conditions to support her fraudulent claims.
£165,000 benefits fraudster lived in UK under false identity (Evening Standard)
The Duchess of Sussex has guest edited the prestigious September issue of British Vogue. Meghan brought together 15 women for the cover, including actress Jane Fonda and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, for what is considered to be the fashion bible’s most important edition of the year. It is another example of Meghan’s attempts to make the royal family appeal to a younger audience, which have had a mixed response. What do you think? Read the full story and have your say below: (Yahoo Style UK)
Boy, 6, among three people killed after shooting at food festival
A six-year-old boy was one of three people killed by a gunman who opened fire at a food festival in California. Steven Romero died in hospital after the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday. At least 15 others were injured after the shooting sent crowds running in panic at the annual event in Gilroy, northern California. The suspected gunman - named as Santino William Legan, 19 - was shot dead by police, who were already at the site and responded within less than a minute. Read the full story here (Yahoo News UK)
Pound slides as UK government ramps up no-deal Brexit plans
The pound tumbled to its lowest value against the dollar in 27 months on Monday, as markets took fright at the government’s ramped-up plans for a no-deal Brexit. Sterling was down 0.8% against the dollar and the euro in afternoon trading, sinking below $1.23 and just above €1.10.
The pound was trading at $1.50 on the day on the referendum, and was worth $1.70 against the dollar five years ago. Britain’s currency has slid significantly in recent months as investors have braced for a Johnson premiership and a possible no-deal Brexit. Read the full story here (Yahoo Finance UK)
This Polish animal lover is inseparable from her giant pet snail...and even cuddles up to him on her sofa. Magdalena Dusza has had one foot-long Misiek since she rescued him six years ago from a pet shop that didn't know how best to look after him. He now lives in a 130-litre tank in her house in Krakow, Poland. Misiek eats mostly fruit and vegetables and is said to be 'easy to look after'. (Yahoo News UK)
That’s the amount of rain that fell on Rochdale in Greater Manchester in 48 hours. The rainfall, the equivalent of a month’s worth, caused flooding that disrupted rail services and damage to the cellars of a number of properties in the town centre. The average rainfall for the region for the whole month of July is 81mm, Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said. (Yahoo News UK) (The Independent)