Family and reality TV stars have come together to say their final goodbyes to Mike Thalassitis (inset) today, who was found hanged in a park near his home in Edmonton, north London on March 15 at the age of just 26. He was said to be suffering from depression and financial troubles, and had been struggling to come to terms with the loss of his grandmother, who had passed away days earlier. Among those making their way into Christ Church in Southgate, north London include, from left, Mike's fellow Love Islanders Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt, Montana Brown, host of the ITV2 show Caroline Flack, Amber Davies and footballer Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah. The late star's rumoured girlfriend Ellie O'Donnell (inset) also arrived for the poignant service this afternoon. Montana, who was visibly distraught as she made her way into the church (second left), posted an emotional tribute on Instagram this morning reading: 'Wished today would never come'.
Maths graduate ADMITS he murdered his data analyst girlfriend in their flat as her devastated family weep in court
A 25-year-old maths graduate who had previously denied murdering his girlfriend now faces jail after pleading guilty in a dramatic courtroom U-turn. Joe Atkinson appeared in Leeds Crown Court today to change his plea in relation to the murder of Poppy Devey Waterhouse. Miss Devey Waterhouse, 24, was pronounced dead at the couple's flat in Leeds in December last year. The analyst, who was born in London and moved to Leeds to work for bookmaker William Hill, had suffered trauma to the head and the neck.
Brexiteers vow to 'go nuclear' as May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30, locking UK into £108m European elections - but Tusk says a 'flextension' of a YEAR is the 'only sensible way out'
Donald Tusk has said that a 12-month 'flextension' offer is 'the only reasonable way out' of the crisis and will urge leaders of the EU's 27 member states to back him later today. This morning the Prime Minister sent a letter to Mr Tusk to formally request an extension to Article 50 that will delay the UK's departure beyond April 12 to June 30 - but wants a 'termination clause'. This would allow the UK to leave on May 22 - the day before European elections - if a deal can be pushed through the UK Parliament. But Mrs May's letter admits that if she fails Britain would go to the polls to elect MEPs between May 23 and May 26, who would then be paid a £85,000-a-year salary to sit in Brussels as the UK tries to leave. EU sources have said they will reject Mrs May's June 30 Brexit date and tell her that a year-long deal is the only option. With No Deal now off the table she would be forced to accept it. Theresa May's cabinet is considering giving MPs a vote on holding a second referendum as the price of a deal with Jeremy Corbyn, it emerged today. But ministers are considering quitting if Britain does not leave by May and backbench Brexiteers said today: 'The little bit of credibility she has left would be completely shattered' if she offered a new public poll.
It's fabulous Friday! Aintree Ladies Day revellers put their best foot forward in sequins and plunging necklines (and get the party started with bottles of rosé)
On Friday glamorous guests upped the style stakes for the second day of the three-day Aintree Grand National Festival 2019, wearing their best dresses in an effort to win the coveted Ladies Day Best Dressed style award. Racegoers were seen donning glitter-encrusted jumpsuits, plunging necklines, thigh-skimming hemlines as they kicked off the festivities, left to right, while others posed on the mock races horses and drank straight from the bottle, inset.
An African adventure! Meghan and Harry are seen tending to an endangered bull elephant in stunning unseen pictures of their Botswana trip shared to Instagram
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled to the African country in 2017. The new shots show the royal couple fixing a satellite collar to a bull elephant (left) and Harry hugging a park ranger (right). Harry took Meghan to favourite luxury camp Meno a Kwena for her 36th birthday and to mark their first year together as a couple.
Wife, 65, who spent eight years in jail for bludgeoning to death her 'controlling' husband weeps as judge says she will walk FREE on bail tomorrow after admitting manslaughter ahead of fresh trial
Sally Challen, of Claygate, Surrey, says she killed 61-year-old Richard Challen in August 2010 after 40 years of being controlled and humiliated by him. She was jailed for life for the murder of the former car dealer following a trial at Guildford Crown Court in 2011. But her conviction was quashed and a retrial ordered at the Court of Appeal in London in February, in light of new evidence which was not available at the time of her first trial.
'I need an ambulance, I've accidentally killed my wife': Jealous husband's lying 999 call after murdering his spouse as her daughters slept upstairs before police found him calmly drinking tea at home
CCTV (left) showed Mohammed Anhar Ali after he bought cables to murder Nazia Begum (right) at their former marital home in Bow, east London after she asked for a divorce in October last year. In a chilling 999 call he made after the murder, Ali calmly told the operator he'd 'accidentally' killed his wife 'with a scarf'. When police arrived he asked officers to be quiet because his daughter, and Ms Begum's daughter from a previous relationship, were sleeping upstairs. Ali (inset) was convicted of murder yesterday.
Holly Willoughby embarks on her NINTH building project in seven years on £3m London home as she plans to turn garage into studio flat for family au pair
This Morning host Holly, 38, wants to turn a garage at her home into a studio flat. The star and her TV executive husband Dan Baldwin (right) want to create a light and airy space for a live in family au pair to look after their three children, plans show (inset). It is the 13th planning application the couple have submitted to their local council since buying the London property (left) for £2.8 million in 2012. Nine of those applications have been for building work on the six-bedroom family home. Their biggest project was three years ago when they were given permission to excavate and build a basement. They clashed with their well-to-do neighbours in 2016 over plans for a first and second floor rear extension, which were rejected by the council
Armed police surround Ecuadorean embassy as Julian Assange 'is set to be kicked out in HOURS and arrested after country does deal with UK authorities', WikiLeaks claims
Julian Assange's seven-year stay in Ecuador's London embassy appeared on the verge of ending this morning after WikiLeaks reported the country had agreed to hand him over to British police. The website made the claims about its founder in a series of late-night Tweets citing unnamed sources in the Ecuadorean authorities as confirming Mr Assange (inset) would be kicked out in 'hours or days'. Protesters began descending on the west London embassy after online calls for people to 'protect' the controversial whistleblower, erecting tents (bottom right) outside the door. They continued to arrive throughout the morning, holding posters calling for him to be allowed to leave without fear of being arrested. A van later arrived at the building bearing a billboard in support of Mr Assange, and parked in a space reserved for diplomats. It was moved on at 10am after armed police (left and top right) told the organiser of the demonstration they had received a call from the embassy.
Mother-in-law SLAMS the bride-to-be's figure-hugging dream gown on Say Yes To The Dress and tells her: 'I can see what you've had for dinner'
Gok Wan is forced to take drastic action as a mother-in-law slams the bride's dream dress in Say Yes To The Dress Lancashire. In tonight's episode of the TLC show, police detective and ex-bodybuilder Nichola (right) is not used to feeling feminine, and she's looking for a dress for her big day that won't make her feel self-conscious about her out of competition body. But her confidence takes a knock when dressed in the gown she adores Caroline (second from left), her future mother-in-law, hates it. Pictured left to right, brother-in-law Jabez, Caroline, Nichola, her best friend Kelly and mother Denise.
Woman is left heartbroken after discovering her barman fiancé is cheating with TWO of his work colleagues - after he claimed her suspicions were 'all in her head'
When Kristie Garnett (left), 23, from Catterick Garrison, north Yorkshire, met Tyler Allen (right), 23, the pair quickly fell in love. Three months later, the full-time mum discovered she was pregnant and Tyler proposed, but cracks soon began to show in their relationship. One night, after the couple argued, Tyler slept with another woman. Devastated, Kristie called off their engagement, but a month later she decided to give him another chance. But after the baby arrived, Tyler cheated again - this time with a married woman.
First-time buyers now need a £45,000 deposit to get onto the housing ladder - but what CAN you get for that money?
First-time buyers putting down the average deposit face a range of options, from studio flats in cities like London and Bath to sprawling six-bedroom houses elsewhere. All these properties were in the £220,000 to £230,000 price range, but vary dramatically in size, from three large six-bedroom family houses (top) to much smaller studio flats. They include an elegant family home with space to park four cars just 12 miles from Edinburgh (top left) and a detached new build in County Durham with a separate double garage (top right).
Will teen maniac who 'didn't like Mondays' soon walk free? Girl, 16, is up for parole 40 years after she opened fire on her US school to 'liven the day', killing two and inspiring the Boomtown Rats' hit
Brenda Spencer (inset, now aged 56) remembers starting the day by taking her epilepsy medicine, washed down with whisky. The diminutive 16-year-old (left) with bright red hair then armed herself with the .22 rifle and telescopic sight that her father, Wally, had given her for Christmas and started firing shots from a window. Her target was Grover Cleveland Elementary School, just 150ft away across the road, where - at around 8.30am - a crowd of young children were waiting patiently for their head teacher to unlock the gates (right).
Revealed: Charismatic pastor at Justin Bieber's weird Hillsong church who claims he has the power to heal polio, blindness and deafness lives in luxury £2.5m London pad by the Thames with private pool
EXCLUSIVE: Jet-setting Gary Clarke (inset) is London pastor of Justin Bieber's church (left with his personal pastor, Carl Lentz). Mr Clarke lives in a luxury Wandsworth flat (top right), which is owned by the church. It boasts a private swimming pool, gym and floor-to-ceiling views of the Thames. He claims to have healed the sick. When asked by MailOnline why no evidence was available, he said: 'Then what you're doing is, you're putting people on display. These are people's own stories to tell, not my stories to tell of people.' He holds his sermons at the Dominion Theatre, central London (bottom right)
Couple who failed to call in vets to help their 'extremely malnourished' German Shepherd after she lost more than HALF her body weight are banned from keeping animals for 10 years
Christopher Bloy (second left), 26, and Heather Wray (first left), 25, from Grimsby, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to their German Shepherd Cassie (right) after they didn't investigate its extreme weight loss. The four to five year old dogs' weight dropped to as little as one stone 12 pounds, when normally dogs of this breed weigh between four stone 10 pounds and five stone seven pounds. It was put down after it was brought to the Blue Cross animal hospital. The pair will have their other dog, which has a normal weight, taken away and will be banned from keeping animals for 10 years. Bloy will also have to complete 80 hours unpaid work and Wray will have five days rehabilitation.
Family of missing 14-year-old boy say they are devastated by cruel hoax as FBI reveals 23-year-old man who claimed to be the teenager is a convicted criminal with a history of lying to cops
'It's devastating. It's like reliving that day all over again and Timmothy's father is devastated once again,' the boy's aunt Kara Jacobs (left with his grandmother Alana Anderson) said. The family said that they were elated when they first heard that a boy claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen (top right) had been found wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky. He told police that he had been kidnapped but had fled his abductors in Cincinnati, Ohio, and run across state lines to safety. But that hope was cruelly dashed when police ran a DNA test and found that 'Timmothy' was actually 23-year-old ex-convict Brian Michael Rini (bottom right). 'It's been awful,' said Timmothy's grandmother Alana Anderson. 'We're been on tenderhooks... it's been exhausting.' Incredibly, Anderson said the family didn't feel anger towards the fraudster, only pity.
Noel Gallagher slashes a total of £1million off his London mansion after three-year battle to sell it
Noel Gallagher has slashed the asking price of his six-bedroom, five-bathroom London mansion for the second time in two months as he continues to struggle to find a buyer after three years. The substantial stucco-fronted period property went on sale in 2016 for £11million, before being offered at the 'bargain' price of £8,950,000 in December last year. In February, the Oasis rocker, 51, took £500,000 off the Little Venice property, bringing the asking price down to £8,495,000 and now, in April, it's been listed at £7.94m.
Crafty schoolgirl's plan to skip school by dotting herself with red pen to look like chickenpox backfires when she realises it's a PERMANENT marker and she's left stained for four days
Lily Schooley (left), six, of Cornwall, tried to get out of a spelling test at school by drawing spots all over herself with a red marker pen to fake chickenpox (right), but it backfired when she could not wash them off. Mother Charlotte, 34, said the incident was hilarious and that Lily immediately regretted it once she threatened to take her to the doctor. Mrs Schooley said her daughter was inspired by a YouTube video and ended up having to face her classmates and teachers while still covered head to toe in permanent marker after it would not wash off.
Brazilian police shoot dead ELEVEN armed robbers in shootout with 'Fast and Furious' gang who stormed banks in five armoured cars
Brazilian police say they shot dead 11 people after a 25-strong bank robbing outfit sped in five armoured vehicles through the city of Guararema in Brazil armed with assault rifles and explosives (pictured: the shot out windows of the Santander branch, left; a Hyundai shredded with bullets, top right; the gang's arsenal, bottom right; and President Jair Bolsonaro, inset). The raids began at 4am on Thursday when the gangsters shot their way into a Santander and a Banco de Brasil branch with the police discovering them laying explosives to blow open ATM machines. They sped away in five reinforced vehicles, with the police engaging at least two of the cars in a deadly shootout on the highway.
The baby born on YouTube: First-time mother, 26, posts 'raw and emotional' footage of her giving birth (and more than one million have watched it)
More than one million people have watched a first-time mother give birth on a YouTube video she uploaded to her popular health and fitness channel. Sarah Stevenson (pictured), who is better known as 'Sarah's Day' online, shared the pre-labour, contractions and eventual delivery of her son Fox Ocean Tilse on March 29. The 26-year-old from Sydney's Sutherland Shire region has been praised by her thousands of subscribers for giving an insight into the very raw and emotional experience of childbirth. Strangers commented that the footage 'made them cry'.
The secret star in some of Britain's favourite TV shows: Covent Garden steak house is eatery where drama has unfolded in Fleabag, McMafia and The Crown
London restaurant Smith & Wollensky is already a popular spot with celebrities but has had its profile raised even higher after being used in several television series and films in recent years. The steakhouse is a setting in hit dramas including The Crown (bottom left), McMafia (top right) and The Cuckoo's Calling (bottom right) while it was most recently seen in Phoebe Waller-Bridge comedy Fleabag (top left) last month. Staff say the restaurant, which charges as much as £80 for steaks and £125 for seafood platters, is popular with producers because of its location and 1920s decor, while celebrities including The Rock, boxer Anthony Joshua and singer Tom Jones are frequently seen there enjoying dinner.
A Hardy investment: Britain's finest Tudor home with 14 bedrooms that inspired famous English novelist's Far From the Madding Crowd hits market for £7.5m
Athelhampton House, near Puddletown, Dorset, is a Grade I listed building (pictured top left), the oldest part of which was built by Sir William Martyn in 1485. Puddletown provided the inspiration behind the fictional settlement of Weatherbury in Thomas Hardy's novel, while Weatherbury Farm, the home of main character Bathsheba Everdene, is thought to have been based on the Athelhampton. Hardy (inset) regularly visited the property, which is set in 30 acres of grounds (bottom right). The Great Hall (top right) is described as 'one of the finest examples of 15th Century domestic architecture in England'. There are also two dining rooms, five bathrooms, and a cinema, alongside an array of snugs, offices and kitchens in the property.
Chain gangs, segregation and poverty: One itinerant photographer's newly-published shots show how he straddled racial and economic divides to capture life in the American South in the early 20th century
NEW At a time when segregation laws were being introduced, the last battles with Native Americas were fought and restrictions on immigrants were first implemented, one photographer documented the people who lived through these times. Hugh Mangum (inset in a self-portrait with his wife Annie) documented the South as the 'Jim Crow' laws were coming into effect to take a close-up look at the life and work of early 20th century. The personalities in Mangum's images show everyday life depicting the triumphs and struggles of many facing disenfranchisement, racial segregation and inequality during this pivotal era in American history. Pictured (right) are prisoners in a chain gang and (left) two women playing instruments.
And you think Brexit is bad! Live TV election debate descends into chaos as rival party members hurl chairs in a mass brawl in South Africa
The live TV broadcast from Hout Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, became violent with members of opposition political parties throwing chairs and punched on Friday morning. The presenter on South Africa's SABC could be heard voicing her concerns as the scene became wildly out of control on the Morning Live show. The debate was abandoned and fortunately none of the broadcasting staff were injured in the violence. Residents had gathered at the Hangberg Sports and Recreation centre to speak to the leaders of the Democratic Alliance, EFF, ANC, Black First Land First and Good parties.
Banned drink-driver, 31, is jailed after sending passengers flying into the air when his convertible smashed head-on into Mercedes in police chase
Damian Cleaver, from Leicester, crashed his open top Vauxhall Astra, carrying four passengers, while turning a corner in Birstall, Leicester. The 31-year-old crashed into an oncoming Mercedes and left the driver, who had just dropped his children off at school, suffering from whiplash. Cleaver, who was already banned from driving and has a 'horrendous' record for motoring crimes was jailed at Leicester Crown Court for dangerous driving. Video show the shocking moment the cars collide.
On the edge of the death: Heart-stopping pictures show daredevils somersaulting on precipices and dangling from cranes without a harness
These pictures will make even the most confident climber's palms sweat. That's because they show some of the world's bravest daredevils proving that they have limitless reserves of derring-do. One is pictured sitting on the edge of a skyscraper in New York's Times Square (bottom left), one somersaults on a precipice in Norway (top left) with a 2,300ft drop and another takes a lie down on the arm of a massive crane without a harness. The gallery of images also includes a snap of a pair of newlyweds in New Hampshire in their finery negotiating a sheer cliff face (bottom right). And let's not forget the image of a climber hanging like a bat hundreds of feet up.
The mummy of all repair jobs: Egypt's oldest pyramid is saved from collapse after British engineers wrap up work using giant airbags to support the structure and fix its stonework
British engineers have wrapped up the mummy of all repair jobs after concluding a £7 million ($9 million) restoration work on Egypt's oldest pyramid (left). Located northwest of the city of Memphis, in the Saqqara necropolis, the 4,700-year-old Step Pyramid - which is also known as the Pyramid of Djoser - was at imminent risk of collapse after a magnitude 8.5 earthquake hit Egypt in October 1992. Giant air bags (top right) were used to help support the monument while engineers stitched the stone structure (internal shot, bottom right) back together using steel rods.
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Chinese tourist chugs 2.5 litres of milk at an Australian airport after being stopped by security because he doesn't want to waste it
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The suspect device, thought to be a British rifled muzzle-loading projectile from the Victorian era (inset left), was found just 30 metres from what is the world's largest pleasure pier (bottom right), in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, yesterday morning. A team from the Royal Marine Bomb Disposal Unit, aided by HM Coastguard Southend (top right) waited until low tide to drag the device a safe distance before detonating it at around 7pm (main).
'Jilted John' proposes to ex-fiancee on live TV four YEARS after he was forced to auction off their honeymoon when she dumped him weeks before their wedding (but viewers brand it a 'cringe-fest')
John Whitbread, 36, from Leicestershire, appeared on Good Morning Britain and took ex-fiancee Amy Jackson to a cafe and popped the question live on ITV- with the help of a flash mob posing as diners. He became known as 'Jilted John' after dumped Amy, seen, him before their 2015 wedding. Some Twitter users branded it 'a cringe fest', seen inset.