Iconic Tree From ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ Illegally Chopped Down, 16-Year-Old Arrested For Criminal Damage 

The UK’s Sycamore Gap tree, best known for featuring prominently in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has been chopped down in what authorities have described as an “act of vandalism.”

Northumberland National Park Authority officials have said they believe the tree was “deliberately felled.” A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage in connection with the incident.

Superintendent Kevin Waring of Northumbria Police said: “This is a world-renowned landmark and the events of today have caused significant shock, sadness, and anger throughout the local community and beyond. An investigation was immediately launched following this vandalism, and this afternoon we have arrested one suspect in connection with our inquiries.”

He added: “Given our investigation remains at a very early stage, we are keeping an open mind. I am appealing to the public for information to assist us – if you have seen or heard anything suspicious that may be of interest to us, please let us know.”

The National Trust — which owns the land — said it was “shocked and saddened” over the illegal felling.

The Sycamore Gap was a sycamore tree that stood next to Hadrian’s Wall near Crag Lough in Northumberland, England. It was located in a dramatic dip in the landscape and was a popular spot with photographers. In the past, the spot was described as one of the most photographed trees in the country.

The tree featured in a key scene of the 1991 Kevin Costner pic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and was subsequently known as the “Robin Hood Tree.” Authorities have asked the public not to visit the site while they work with their “partners to identify what has happened and to make the site safe.”

6 dead as Russia hits Ukrainian Odesa port, damage grain storage facilities

Russian air strikes and shelling killed six people in Ukraine and caused “significant damage” to infrastructure at the Black Sea port of Odesa and to grain storage facilities, Ukrainian officials said on Monday.

The air attacks were part of a campaign that has made it harder for major grain producer Ukraine to export its products since Moscow quit a deal in mid-July that had enabled Black Sea shipments and helped combat a global food crisis.

The strikes have intensified as Kyiv presses on with a counteroffensive in the south and east that has made slow gains but could be boosted by the delivery of US-made Abrams tanks, announced on Monday by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

“Another massive attack on Odesa!”, Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko said on X. “The attack resulted in the destruction of grain storage facilities and significant damage to the seaport.”

Oleh Kiper, the Odesa region governor, said the facilities that were hit had contained almost 1,000 tons of grain and that the bodies of two men were found under the rubble of a warehouse where grain was stored.

Ukraine’s military said 19 Iranian-made Shahed drones and 11 cruise missiles were shot down overnight, most of them directed at Odesa region. The grain storage facilities that were destroyed were hit by two supersonic missiles, it said.

The energy ministry said damage to power grids cut off power to more than 1,000 consumers in the Odesa region, a reminder of air strikes that at times left millions of Ukrainians without heating and light in the freezing cold last winter.


A man aged 73 and a woman of 70 were killed in a separate air strike on the town of Beryslav in the southern Kherson region, officials said.

The administrative head in the city of Kherson – the region’s main centre – later said that two city residents had died and two were injured in Russian shelling.

Russian forces abandoned Kherson city and the west bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson region late last year, but regularly shell different areas from positions on the east bank.

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry said the latest air attack was “a pathetic attempt” to retaliate for a strike on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea navy on Friday.

Ukraine has been heavily reliant on Western weapons to defend itself against Russia and then to hit back in the counteroffensive that began in early June.

Announcing the latest arms delivery, Zelenskiy said Abrams tanks had already arrived in Ukraine and were being prepared for action.

“I am grateful to our allies for fulfilling the agreements! We are looking for new contracts and expanding our supply geography,” said Zelenskiy, who visited the U.S. last week.

Ukraine’s counterattack has included stepping up its attacks which Moscow says have hit targets in Russia and Crimea, the peninsula seized and annexed by Moscow in 2014.

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday its air defences had shot down drones over the northwestern part of the Black Sea, over Crimea, and over the Russian regions of Kursk and Belgorod. It mentioned no deaths.

Kyiv did not comment on the Russian reports, and Moscow offered no comment on the air strikes in Ukraine.

Kyiv says the air strikes against port and grain facilities are intended to prevent it exporting grain to the world, and global traders follow them closely for fear of further disruption to world markets.

Ukraine is increasingly shipping grain along the Danube River, by road and by train, and has established a “humanitarian corridor” hugging the Black Sea coast to ship grain for African and Asian markets. The first two vessels carrying grain to use the corridor left the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk last week.

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No Building Permit System Key Cause Of Damage To Joshimath Houses: Report

The report, by government agencies, also points to the lack of town planning. (File)

New Delhi:

The absence of a building permit system is cited as one of the primary reasons for the extensive damage to houses in the subsidence-hit area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand, according to a post-disaster needs assessment conducted by government agencies.

Starting January 2, a number of houses and civil structures in an area located near Joshimath-Auli road began to display major cracks due to land subsidence, prompting the relocation of 355 families.

According to local residents, land subsidence had been noticed over several years but became increasingly severe from January 2 to January 8.

A 35-member team consisting of professionals from the National Disaster Management Authority, UN agencies, Central Building Research Institute, National Institute of Disaster Management, and other agencies conducted a “Post Disaster Needs Assessment” from April 22 to April 25 to assess the damage caused and to identify the assistance required for the long-term recovery and reconstruction of the affected sectors.

The report highlights that although building bylaws exist, they are not mandatory for residential buildings.

“People obtain permits only when they need a loan or for other government requirements. One of the primary reasons for Joshimath’s current situation is the absence of a building permit system. Had there been risk-based building bylaws in place and existing buildings were in compliance with them, the extent of damage would have been less, and retrofitting would have been less expensive,” the report said.

Another issue of concern identified in the report is the “lack of town planning and absence of risk-informed land use maps”.

“The roads are too narrow, and there are hardly any open spaces in the neighborhoods. This makes the town highly unsafe since access in emergency situations is almost impossible,” it said, emphasising the urgent need for a comprehensive development plan.

The agencies emphasised the immediate need for the development of a prospective plan with the objective of creating a safe and resilient Joshimath for the next 10-15 years.

“The existing building bylaws need thorough examination to ensure that all multi-hazard issues, especially landslides and earthquakes, are addressed. There is a strong need for a simple pictorial version of the building bylaws and building regulations for the people and the masons. Compliance of buildings with multi-hazard safety norms requires awareness campaigns and a stronger people-government partnership,” they said.

According to a bulletin released by the district administration in April, 868 houses in Joshimath have been identified as having cracks, and 181 houses have been marked as unsafe for living.

Incidents of land subsidence in Joshimath were reported in the 1970s too. A panel set up under the chairmanship of Garhwal Commissioner Mahesh Chandra Mishra submitted a report in 1978, stating that major construction works should not be carried out in the city and the Niti and Mana valleys as these areas are situated on moraines – a mass of rocks, sediment, and soil transported and deposited by a glacier.

The Himalayan town lies in seismic zone V and is prone to landslides, flash floods, and earthquakes.

In 1999, an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Chamoli district, causing massive destruction in the district.

On February 7, 2021, severe flooding caused by heavy rainfall and a glacial burst in the nearby Rishi Ganga river ravaged Joshimath. The floodwaters also damaged two hydroelectric power plants located downstream from the Rishi Ganga river. 

The Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric power plant suffered the most damage, with many of its workers and staff missing or presumed dead. 

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Boy Waves Red Shirt To Flag Track Damage, Prevents Train Accident

The incident took place last Thursday near the Bhaluka road yard. (Representational)

New Delhi:

A 12-year-old boy prevented a train accident in the Malda district of West Bengal as he waved his red shirt to an approaching passenger train after spotting a damaged track, officials said on Monday.

The loco-pilot picked up Mursalin Seikh’s signal and applied the emergency brake immediately to stop the train just in time.

The incident took place last Thursday near the Bhaluka road yard.

“A 12-year-old boy in Malda has defined bravery after he waved his red shirt to make the loco-pilot of a speeding passenger train stop the train from crossing a rain damaged portion,” Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northeast Frontier Railway, said in a statement.

He said the porion was damaged at a location where soil and the pebbles were washed away by the rain.

“The boy named Mursalin Seikh, son of a migrant labour of the nearby village, was also present in the yard with the railway staff. On noticing a rain-damaged portion under the tracks, the boy acted sensibly at that point of time and alerted the loco pilot of an approaching passenger train by waving his red shirt along with other on duty railway staff,” De said.

The portion of the damaged track was repaired and the operations were resumed later.

“NF Railway authorities today rewarded the brave boy with a certificate and cash award for his valour. Malda North MP Khagen Murmu along with Divisional Railway Manager of Katihar Shri Surendra Kumar reached the boy’s home and rewarded him and appreciated his effort. NFR salutes the boy’s approach towards society being a teenager,” De said.

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‘Could have minimised damage if…’: Devendra Fadnavis as rain cripples Nagpur

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited flood-affected areas of Nagpur on Sunday and directed officials to take immediate measures. Four people were killed and hundreds more had to be rescued as the city received 109 millimetres of rain in three hours on Saturday. Relief work is currently underway in the area.

“We could have minimised the damage if some measures were taken earlier. The IMD had given an orange alert but it could not predict this much rain would fall in such a short time. There is always something to learn from such disasters,” he said.

Water gushed into at least 10,000 homes on Saturday amid extremely heavy rainfall. The Ambazari Lake and the Nag river also breached their boundaries, leading to severe flooding.

Fadnavis inspected the sites affected by heavy rains on Sunday morning and directed officials to take immediate measures.

“Visited Ambazari and inspected the site, damages caused and instructed immediate measures and work to be undertaken,” the CM tweeted, sharing several updates from the city.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Long COVID can cause long-term damage to multiple organs, study finds

A third of long COVID patients sustained damage to multiple organs five months after infection, a study has found.

Scans of patients who were treated in hospital for COVID-19 showed higher rates of damage to the lungs, brain and kidneys compared with the non-COVID control group.

Lung injuries were almost 14 times higher among long COVID patients, while abnormal findings involving the brain and kidneys were three and two times higher respectively.

How badly the organs were affected was often due to the severity of their infection, their age and other diseases in the body.

Study lead Dr Betty Raman said people who had more than two organs affected were “four times more likely to report severe and very severe mental and physical impairment”.

Tanysha Dissanayake, a former tennis prodigy forced into retirement by long COVID, told Sky News she was pleased people were starting to understand “the true horrible nature of this illness”.

“I have also had issues with multiple organs such as heart, liver, lungs and uterus, all stemming from long COVID,” she said.

“I’m glad people are starting to take it all seriously.”

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Dr Margaret O’Hara, a founding trustee of Long Covid Support, said the results confirm evidence that COVID causes damage to a large number of organs and systems in the body.

“It is abundantly clear now that it is not simply a respiratory virus and that it is causing long term harm to the health of individuals throughout the population, including the huge numbers of people who were not hospitalised in the acute phase of infection,” she said.

The findings, based on analysis of more than 250 patients who had COVID hospital treatment, are part of the C-MORE (Capturing the MultiORgan Effects of COVID-19) study and were published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

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Participants were recruited across 13 sites in the UK and had MRI scans covering the heart, brain, lungs, liver and kidneys an average of five months after leaving hospital.

While some symptoms could be clearly linked to injuries that showed on the scans – for example, chest tightness and a cough with lung MRI abnormalities – not all symptoms could be directly linked to the scans.

The research confirmed that damage to multiple organs was more likely in patients who had reported severe effects on their physical and mental health after COVID.

“Our findings also highlight the need for longer term multidisciplinary follow-up services focused on pulmonary and extrapulmonary health (kidneys, brain and mental health), particularly for those hospitalised for COVID-19,” Dr Raman said.

Mental health patient says NHS care has done her more damage than repair

After the government announced a five-year suicide prevention strategy and prepares to launch a national investigation in mental health services next month, one patient explains why NHS care is failing her.

“Each time I go into hospital I lose hope,” says Nicola Brokenshire.

The 28-year-old, peers out from under the brim of her cap. She is eloquent and thoughtful.

She cares deeply about her family, but her arms and legs are patterned with scars from self-harm, and she admits she doesn’t want to live.

Nicola has been in and out of inpatient care with autism and resulting mental health problems for around 10 years.

She says the experience has taught her more destructive ways to hurt herself and she has become more motivated to do so when she doesn’t get the support she needs.

She also seems to spend a great deal of time not inside her hospital but on it, perched on its roof top.

‘NHS has done more damage than repair’

Of the service provided by her Gloucestershire hospital, Wotton Lawn, she says simply: “They want to get you in, make it look like they’ve helped you, and then get you discharged.”

Suicide and self-harm are on the rise among young people and the government is looking to combat this in a prevention strategy announced last week, while also launching an investigation into mental health services next month.

There are lessons from Nicola’s story, not least the old doctors’ mantra “First Do No Harm”. She says, in some ways, her experience on the NHS has done more damage than repair.

Nicola Brokenshire is a patient at Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucestershire

In May we reported a series of failings at Wotton Lawn in Gloucestershire.

Staff were photographed asleep on the job, patients were going missing, one was discharged while saying he was suicidal, then jumped off a bridge and broke multiple bones.

We interviewed a patient who was able to jump off the roof during a psychotic episode and we learned about a young woman who regularly scaled the building to spend time on the roof – this was Nicola.

Deciding to speak out about her experience in the hospital, she says: “In the last 10 years I have been up and down off that roof using the same route to climb hundreds of times. That route is still there.”

Nicola knows it is dangerous and has injured herself falling. She has suicidal thoughts and once attempted to take her life on the roof.

Sleeping staff, patients on the roof – life inside Gloucester’s mental health intensive care unit

On balance she thinks her route should be blocked off. Indeed, a psychiatric unit in Winchester was previously fined by magistrates for failing to provide safe care, after not blocking off its patients’ route to the roof.

But, Nicola says, climbing up there is also a form of therapy, a way of compensating for what she feels is lacking inside the hospital walls.

It is also an autistic response to escape over stimulation, like the cap she wears – it’s a way of blocking certain things out.

Nicola says there are some amazing staff who care for her, but the hospital has failed to get to grips with the complex issues which lead her to self-harm.

‘Staff sleeping on the job’

“They are more reactive than proactive. They are not very good at picking up the pieces after, but they are even worse at preventing it from happening.”

“They haven’t taught me a different way of coping. They haven’t taught me ‘how do I ask for help?'”

One thing that really aggravates her is staff sleeping on the job.

She says: “Staff falling asleep is one of the most frustrating things about being in the hospital, it happens way too much. And when it does happen there is a significant risk.”

In May Sky News showed several photos of sleeping staff in the hospital who should be looking after patients.

Nicola says she self-harms because she has autism

Nicola says it means sometimes they don’t notice when patients self-harm or abscond. She also says it can happen at all times of the day not just at night.

A whistleblower who has recently left the Gloucestershire Health and Care Services Trust told Sky News a key problem is the growing use of agency staff.

The individual we won’t name says: “Working across different hospitals sometimes they can get away with booking double shifts in different places within 24 hours.

“The managers don’t seem to have a way of checking this and there is a culture within the healthcare system that facilitates this.”

‘Big increase in use of agency staff’

Nicola agrees this is a problem. “In the last 12 months I’ve been there, I’ve seen a big increase in the use of agency staff; agency staff that are travelling from further away.

“They are travelling from other jobs straight to the hospital to do another shift. Then there are just the staff that do long days.”

She believes this is a cultural leadership problem and that the trust tends to blame individual staff rather than addressing the real problems.

She says she self-harms because she has autism, so copies what other people do and was influenced by her twin sister Laura.

She lost Laura to suicide after she was also a patient at Wotton Lawn. An inquest found the hospital had failed to pass on crucial information about Laura, regarding a suicide attempt, to another hospital leading to a fatal mistake.

A mixture of grief and dealing with autism has led Nicola on a downward spiral. Her stepfather, Darren Watts, says there is “a remarkable lack of understanding when it comes to autism.

In my view young women in particular sometimes get misdiagnosed with personality disorder – and if they actually have autism, the misdiagnosis can trigger the mental health problems they are being labelled with.”

As the government launched its suicide prevention strategy, it stated: “Evidence suggests autistic people, including autistic children and young people may be at a higher risk of dying by suicide compared with those who are not autistic.

“It is essential that health, mental health, and local authority services and education providers consider the needs of autistic people in suicide prevention activity.”

Nicola’s family feel she needs better autism-informed care. An independent review of her care last year found her suicide risk increased after she’d been admitted to hospital.

Nicola says: “Since being in hospital through other patients directly telling me also just from over hearing stuff, I’ve learned new methods of self-harming that are more severe, and if I hadn’t been in hospital, I wouldn’t have known about that.

“Each time I go into that hospital my admission is a little bit longer, or there is a new method of self-harm that I’ve learnt or there is a new patient whose given me some information that I wouldn’t know out in the real world.

“So, each admission gets harder – it gets more physically difficult on my body and its mentally draining.”

Nicola was discharged from the hospital not long after our first interview and a few weeks later, in late August, attempted to take her life by taking an overdose of her medication.

She was saved by doctors in intensive care and speaking from her hospital bed a few days later, she says: “It was kind of obvious things were getting worse and worse.”

Nicola said she came out of hospital thinking ‘there’s no hope’

She’d hoped there would have been more support for her in those early days after discharge, but says: “It just seems like they got further and further away.”

Indeed, concerns about her care had been raised by an independent review panel both before and after her discharge from Wotton Lawn.

One review stated they were “not at all confident” with Nicola’s care plan and had “great concerns” with regards to risk and safety. This was mostly around how Nicola would be helped with the transition out of hospital.

Her stepfather Mr Watts, told Sky News: “All these things were predictable. Nikki even said she felt she was at risk; risk to ending her life, prior to discharge. We asked time and again for a transition plan – none was provided. They did the minimum.”

‘All these things were predictable’

Nicola says: “You come out of hospital thinking ‘there’s no hope. If this is going to be my life for the next 20 years, if I’m going to be in and out of hospital and this is how they are going to treat me and they are not going to fix the cause of my issues – then what’s the point?

“And you go back to thinking ‘what’s the point in anything – what is the point in living?’

“Being in Wotton Lawn has taken away a lot of the hope that I had.”

It’s a damning assessment, while also demonstrating the human complexities institutions like Wotton Lawn are trying to deal with.

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And yet, perhaps most remarkable is Nicola’s courage in speaking frankly about her experiences, while she is still in the care of mental health services, and still struggling day-by-day with her illness.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement: “We regret that our patient and their family are not satisfied with the services we provide.

“The hospital is a therapeutic environment, not a secure unit,

“Without going into details which would breach patient confidentiality, we can assure you that we constantly review our policies and procedures.

“For example, we have a range of anti-climb measures in place, and these have been reviewed and strengthened in recent months.

“The hospital is a therapeutic environment, not a secure unit, so we need to strike a balance while maintaining safety and security.

“Reports of sleeping on duty at Wotton Lawn Hospital are very rare indeed, but when these have arisen, we have taken robust action.

“Recruitment has been a particular focus this year for us and Trusts nationally. Positively, following success in this area we will soon be close to our full establishment for Mental Health Nurses.

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“This will greatly reduce our use of agency colleagues, which has already been reducing for some time.

“We will continue our dialogue with our patients to bring about any appropriate changes with a view to supporting them in their continued recovery.”

Responding to concerns raised about Nicola’s inadequate care plan the Trust said: “We cannot comment in any detail on individual care and treatment plans due to patient confidentiality.

“Our focus is always on maintaining the safety and wellbeing of the people using our services – both within our hospitals and when they are discharged.

“Our teams work with thousands of patients every day to create care plans that best support them and promote their recovery. We are always happy to discuss any concerns when these arise but would not do this in a public forum.”

Nicola returned to Wotton Lawn direct from her suicide attempt where she was classed as a “moderate” risk of self-harm, suicide and vulnerability.

She was also back up on the roof. The anti-climb measures don’t seem to have affected her route.

:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

TikToker’s Dashcam Catches Toyota Dealership “Wrecking” His Stick Shift, They Refuse to Fix the Damage

A Toyota GR86 owner reviewed dash came footage after his car was serviced and caught an employee “wrecking” his manual car.

Source: TikTok | @86moe

The automotive landscape is always rapidly changing from year to year in seems, with car brands in a race to always trying to outdo themselves. Well, for the most part anyway, let’s just try and forget that Nissan and Toyota were trying to shove ancient infotainment systems down our throats before finally adopting Apple Car Play/Android Auto, but that’s a digression.

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For the longest time, there was always a debate about manual vs automatic transmission drivers. The overwhelming majority of cars were powered by internal combustion engines which required transmissions to operate. Now some manufacturers made auto transmissions that operated a bit more effectively than others, which meant that servicing/replacing them didn’t need to happen often.

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But adept manual transmission drivers could pride themselves on the fact they weren’t beholden to the whims of a crumby batch of auto trans, no, they could shift their own gears thank you very much, and were the masters of their own driving fate. And while many PHEV and EV cars obliterate the need for “shifting,” the majority of folks who drive cars still drive gas engines. And there are those who absolutely love driving a manual.

But what happens when you take a car that a lot of people don’t know how to drive in for service?

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TikToker @86moe uploaded a video that featured dashcam footage from his Toyota Gr86’s visit to the AutoNation Toyota shop in Leesburg. The small sports cars carry on that old-school performance manual DNA of Supras and MR2s.

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There seems to be a disparity between the number of people who actually drive a stick and those who say that they know how to drive a stick shift automobile. In theory, it seems easily enough: you engage with the clutch whenever you want to shift gears on the car, but each car is different, and if you don’t time shifting correctly, well, you can end up frying the gears on the vehicle.

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While replacing a manual transmission is oftentimes not as expensive as servicing or replacing an automatic one, if you’re the kind of enthusiast who loves their car, and if you drive stick you probably do, there are fewer things that’ll make you wince in pain more than someone destroying your gears because they can’t drive a stick shift.

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What’s even worse is that if you don’t change gears properly, you can blow out the engine by redlining the motor, all because you wouldn’t shift up into a higher gear.

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@86moe not only has footage of the AutoNation Toyota employee flooring it at 30 miles per hour in the dealership’s back lot without shifting gears, but he’s got audio of them saying that they “feel so bad for this car” and openly admitting to the fact that they don’t know how to properly operate a manual transmission.

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@86moe wrote in the comments section that the Toyota dealership is “begging” him to take down the clip, however he said that he’s currently using it as leverage from the dealership in an attempt to have his clutch replaced, as he has some pretty solid evidence that the automotive could be responsible for “frying it” as the TikToker says.

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The TikToker went on to say that he’s taking the matter up with corporate.

From my own personal experience at a local NJ Toyota dealership I brought my car in to get serviced for an airbag recall, I noticed my car was leaking fluid afterward and the steering wheel was making strange clicking noises whenever I would turn. The shop and corporate pretty much ignored all of my correspondence and tried to charge more than $2,000 in repairs that I only seemed to need hours after bringing them the car.

However, they only seemed to care about my issue once I began posting about the incident on social media and upon logging complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

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How about you? Have you ever had any less-than-forthright dealings with automotive repair shops?

New Zealand hit by magnitude 6.0 quake, no serious damage reported

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Geraldine in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island on Thursday, government seismic monitor Geonet said on Wednesday, but initial reports indicate no injuries or significant damage.

The earthquake, the largest in the country this year, hit at 9:14 am (21:14 GMT) Wednesday at a focal depth of 11 km (7 miles). GeoNet said more than 14,000 people had reported feeling the shake, some as far north as Auckland in the North Island.

Sarah Hussey, a farmer close to the epicentre, said the quake had been stronger than others she remembered.

“There’s no damage here, but I thought it was thunder for a start. The house lifted up for a bit,” she told TVNZ’s 1News.

Scott Shannon, deputy mayor of Timaru near the centre of the earthquake, told Radio NZ there had been no immediate reports of damage but checks were ongoing.

The quake struck not far from where a 6.3 magnitude quake hit in 2011, killing 185 people and causing major damage in the South Island city of Christchurch.

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See the damage left behind from Shannon Beador’s intoxicated hit-and-run

Shannon Beador was arrested Saturday night after crashing her car into a home, with new photos showing damage from the hit-and-run collision.

In photos obtained by Page Six, a planter in front of the Newport Beach, Calif., house has been left mangled with concrete slabs strewn in the dirt.

An uprooted bush can be seen leaning into the tree at its side.

As for the point of impact, marks from Beador’s car are visible against the residence’s gray paint job to the right of the front door.

Additionally, parts of what appear to be her vehicle litter the scene.

While the reality star, 59, has not spoken out about the accident, her lawyer, Mike Fell, released a statement to Page Six Monday.

The reality star crashed into a Newport Beach, Calif., home on Saturday.
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The impact destroyed a planter.
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The crash occurred to the right of the residential property’s front door.
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Beador continued to drive after the collision.
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“I spent quite a bit of time with Shannon yesterday,” the attorney told us. “She is extremely apologetic and remorseful.

“We will be awaiting the official information on this case as it becomes available, and Shannon is prepared to accept full responsibility for her actions,” he concluded.

Other Bravolebrities, however, have spoken out amid the “Real Housewives of Orange County” star’s silence.

She was arrested while walking her dog, Archie, nearby.

Tamra Judge got emotional talking about the arrest on Monday’s episode of her and Teddi Mellencamp’s “Two Ts in a Pod” podcastclaiming that Beador did not mention it when they spoke on Sunday.

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“I talked to Shannon yesterday, she didn’t say a word to me — nothing,” the “shook” fitness coach, 56, alleged. “She said, ‘It’s been a rough couple of days,’ and that’s all she told me.”

As for Jeff Lewis, the “Hollywood Houselift” star revealed to his radio show listeners that Beador was “injured” but “recovering” in the crash and “entering counseling.”

Tamra Judge and more Bravolebrities have spoken out since.

After Beador jumped the curb and hit the house over the weekend, she kept driving before parking her vehicle in the street, according to TMZ.

Beador was taken into custody after police found her walking her dog, Archie, while intoxicated, and she was booked on two misdemeanors — hit-and-run and DUI alcohol.

She was released Sunday morning on $2,500 bail.

Florida man causes $2M in damage with ‘hotwired’ excavator, crashes into Walmart

A machete-armed Florida man stole an excavator and went on a joy ride throughout Gainesville Monday night, crashing into several buildings — including a Walmart — and causing roughly $2 million in damage.

Jesse Smith, 47, was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly stole the yellow Komatsu excavator, valued at $350,000, and drove it down several roads, knocking into buildings, fences, and light poles, before finally coming to rest after crashing into the side of the Walmart.

Smith entered the machine, without permission, at a construction site and “‘hotwired” the excavator and drove it away,” an arrest report viewed by the Post stated.

He allegedly broke through a chainlink fence at the work site before he drove into buildings at a nearby storage unit center while extending the excavator’s “boom” to “inflict additional damage.”

Four buildings belonging to the storage company were damaged or destroyed during Smith’s escapade before he made his way to a nearby Walmart.

When he arrived at the Walmart, Smith smashed the 72,000 pound machine against a loading dock wall before crashing into the south side of the store causing “extensive exterior damage.”
Gainesville Police Department

Four buildings belonging to the storage company were damaged or destroyed during Smith’s escapade before he made his way down to a Walmart.
Gainesville Police Department

En route to the retail store, Smith smashed into another fence and drove into a utility pole causing it to fall down with live wires before running over to a CT meter, causing underground damage and breaking down a light pole.

When he arrived at the Walmart, Smith smashed the 72,000-pound machine against a loading dock wall and crashed into the side of the store causing “extensive exterior damage.”

Smith then allegedly fled the excavator and ran inside armed with a machete, but discarded it.

Police said Smith “physically resisted officers and initially refused to put his hands behind his back.”

Smith was charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor with the most serious being first-degree larceny-grand theft causing damage to property estimated over $1,000.
Gainesville Police Department

The businesses listed as victims of Smith’s crimes told law enforcement the estimated property damages would be approximately $2 million.

Smith was charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor with the most serious being first-degree larceny-grand theft causing damage to property estimated over $1,000.

He also faces four Criminal Mischief-Damage to Property charges, all third-degree felonies, a felony armed trespassing charge, and a misdemeanor for resisting an officer without violence.

After crashing into the south side of the retail store, Smith fled the excavator and ran inside armed with a machete, but discarded it.
Gainesville Police Department

The novice excavator operator has previously had several court appearances for another grand theft in the third degree, according to Alachua County Court records.

Smith is being held in Alachua County as he awaits his trial after making his initial appearance in court on Tuesday.

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