Brutal murder of pal’s dad ‘inspired’ Twilight killers to butcher mum and sister

Kim Edwards and Lucas Markham were just 14 when they brutally murdered a mum and sister.

Kim's mother, Elizabeth, 49, and her younger sister, Katie, 13, were murdered in their own home on April 12, 2016.

Markham stabbed Elizabeth in the neck before smothering her with a pillow and then moved on to kill 13-year-old Katie as she slept, claiming he murdered her because he thought she would call police.

Following their chilling crime, the teenagers had sex, a bath and then cuddled together to watch the Twilight film.

The horrific crime in Spalding, Lincs, shocked the nation, as the pair became Britain's youngest convicted double murderers – dubbed the Twilight killers .

Edwards and Markham were described as "inspearable" and Elizabeth was said to be "scared to death" of her daughter's boyfriend.

But what could drive two children to commit such a violent and gruesome crime?

Britain's Deadliest Kids, on QuestRed tomorrow, looks at possible motives for the young couple to carry out the murders.

One of their former friends, Adam Free, reveals how Markham developed an "unhealthy" interest in the murder of his father – and how the killers got away with it.

Warren Free was just 42 when he was viciously attacked outside his own home as he tried to protect it from a gang of teenagers.

He was beaten with a metal pole and died from head injuries in August, 2014.

Warren and his family lived close to Elizabeth and her daughters.

An 18-year-old, two 15-year-old boys, a 17-year-old and two 15-year-old girls were found not guilty of murder of manslaughter following a trial the following year.

The trial heard Warren had confronted the group over damage to his property.

Defence lawyers claimed the teenagers had been acting in self defence.



His son, Adam, said: "Lucas was on my side with my dad's murder but he sort of wanted to know a bit more about what happened and how they got away with it really.

"I guess they were thinking about how they could get away with murder because the people who killed my dad did."

Paul Cheston, a former crime correspondent, added: "Friends of Lucas point out that he was obsessed with a case that had occurred shortly before his own murders.

"Lucas's friends think that he was inspired by this – that he could actually murder and get away with it."

Chillingly, Kim's mum and the pair's first victim, Elizabeth, was terrified of her daughter's boyfriend.

Her partner, Graham Green, said: "She was scared to death of him because he had a bad temper on him."

Devastated Graham also never trusted Markham – and says the pair has destroyed his life.

He added: "Elizabeth was organising for us to get married. We would have had 30 years together.

"Lucas and Kim destroyed my life."

The programme also reveals how Markham had been bullied at school over his mother's death from cancer and that he had been placed in small unit for pupils with behavioural problems in the summer of 2015.

The couple were also described as "creepy" because they were always together.

They are thought to have planned the murders because they believed Elizabeth was trying to split them up.

They even plotted how they would kill Kim's mum and sister in their local McDonald's.

Markham went on to brutally stab to death school dinner lady Elizabeth, also known as Liz, as she lay asleep while Kim watched.

He then stabbed Kim's 13-year-old sister Katie in her bed.

Both were jailed for life and must serve 17 and a half years behind bars.

  • Britain's Deadliest Kids is on Quest Ed and the QuestOD app at 10pm on Saturday.

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Drug Kingpin Frank Lucas, Depicted in 'American Gangster,' Dead at 88

Frank Lucas, one of America’s most infamous drug kingpins, died Thursday night … TMZ has confirmed. 

Frank, famously played by Denzel Washington in the 2007 movie “American Gangster,” died in New Jersey, according to his brother. We’re told Frank was being transported to a hospital for an unknown health issue and died on the way.

Lucas rose to power dealing heroin in Harlem in the 1960s and ’70s, and he boasted of cutting out middlemen by buying his product directly from Southeast Asia … then smuggling the drugs back to America using the coffins of dead U.S. servicemen. 

Frank was born and raised in North Carolina before moving to New York City … where he eventually got into the drug trade, cutting into the Italian mafia’s business and carving a name for himself. 

Lucas bragged his heroin was among the purest on the street, and he infamously dubbed his product, “Blue Magic.” While he was at the top of the NYC drug trade, Frank rubbed elbows with elites from Hollywood, politics and the business world. 

Frank was finally busted in the mid-1970s and all of his enormous assets and wealth were seized. Lucas owned property across the country in Chicago, Miami, Detroit, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina — and even Puerto Rico. 

When the DEA raided Frank’s Jersey home in 1975, agents found more than $584,000 in cash. 

Frank was convicted of federal and state drug violations … and sentenced to 70 years in prison. Lucas ratted out others in the drug biz, and he and his family entered a witness protection program.

After 5 years in custody, Frank had his sentence reduced to time served plus lifetime parole … but he was later busted for drug dealing again, and spent another 7 years behind bars before being released in 1991. 

Frank is survived by his 7 children. He was 88. 

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These Shape-Shifting Balloon Dresses Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind

Every once in a while, a runway design captures the entire internet’s attention for its lavishness, quirkiness, or even ridiculousness. But last night, a Central Saint Martins graduate student debuted a collection that made all of our jaws drop for its never-before-seen innovation.

Fredrik Tjaerandsen, a Norwegian grad student, presented a collection of shape-shifting balloon dress designs at the college’s annual BA Fashion show. What began as giant colorful balloons quickly transformed into rubber dresses and two-piece top and skirt sets. The videos, which have unsurprisingly taken over Instagram, are completely mesmerizing and mind-blowing to watch.

Tjaerandsen’s avant-garde designs took home the L’Oréal Professionnel Young Talent Award last night, the highest award Central Saint Martins’ design students can receive.

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We spoke to @bafcsm’s most talked about graduate of this year, and winner of the L’Oréal Professionnel Young Talent Award @fredriktjaerandsen about his balloon creations. “I designed ‘bubble’ in the shape of a torus. The inner part of the torus is where the garment is constructed and inverts out to the bubble. The rubber I use is sourced from a company that has its rubber production in Sri Lanka, where they support and buy their rubber from local rubber growers. I have constructed these pieces with an air pressure system that lets the wearer control the air-flow. Whenever the wearer wants to deflate it, they open a latch inside to release the inverted bubble part and then that dives out of the deflating bubble.” Read more up on thelovemagazine.co.uk where Tjaerandsen talks about his process, the hours of trial and error it look to produce his collection and what he’s planning next.

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In an interview with Love Magazine, the design student revealed how the inflatable balloon garments work. “I have constructed these pieces with an air pressure system that lets the wearer control the air-flow,” he said. “Whenever the wearer wants to deflate it, they open a latch inside to release the inverted bubble part and then that dives out of the deflating bubble.”

Done in an array of bright colors, models demonstrated how the designs work in real-time on the runway. As they walked, they activated the latch inside the balloon to transform the piece into a wearable rubber dress.

At the end of the show, the designer posed with his looks on the runway upon receiving his award. And given the fact that this is just the beginning of his career, we can bet this is only the first we’ll see of Tjaerandsen’s work in fashion.

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'Moments of Clarity' Thank you so very much for all of your kind and heart-warming response to my collection shown yesterday. I would like to thank everyone that has helped me this year! I feel so incredibly grateful to be surrounded by such an amazingly talented group of friend, family and professionals. I am so honored to receive the LOreal Professional Young Talent Award @lorealpro! This would not have been possible without support I received from the Les Visionnaire scholarship thank you so much Jeremy Till for believing in my work and giving me the opportunity to create my dream. I also want to thank my amazing tutors Anna-Nicole Ziesche and @h.sproat for constantly pushing me to expand and evolve to do better. And thank you @sarahlouisegresty for all your encouragement and support. Thank you for making my @bafcsm experience amazing! A huge thank you to my helpers @mmirae and @spicylemonsamiam for always being there from the very beginning. I couldn’t have done it without you 💙 Thank you @ryonarushima and your team for creating the most amazing hair that complimented my collection in the most incredible way. Thank you @sabusuzuki for designing and creating the beautiful makeup. Thank you to my performers @momokatemo @chanfyx @heavyhandd @joshuajsmall @bysan.z @stwzd @sag_a @hadidjah for looking absolutely stunning and being so patient and willing to wear my bubbles ❤️

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Police officer, 29, wearing only his underwear scared off armed gang

Off-duty police officer, 29, wearing only his underwear grabs pickaxe to scare off armed moped gang trying to raid jewellery store just two weeks into his career

  • Newly qualified officer woken up at 3.30am by disturbance in Barnes High Street
  • The gang threw a pickaxe at the officer but he grabbed it and ran towards them  
  • Group of four suspects escaped on mopeds and didn’t steal anything from shop 

A newly qualified police officer wearing just his underwear used a pickaxe to ward off an armed moped gang trying to raid a jewellery store. 

The 29-year-old officer was woken up at 3.30am this morning by a disturbance at a jewellers near his home on Barnes High Street.  

He saw an armed gang breaking into a jewellers’ shop window and ran out into the street in his boxers. 

The 29-year-old officer was woken up at 3.30am this morning by a disturbance at a jewellers near his home on Barnes High Street. Stock picture

The gang threw a pickaxe towards him which narrowly missed and he picked it up and ran towards them to scare them off. 

Leaving behind a pickaxe, sledgehammer and chisel, the suspects escaped on mopeds. 

The officer, who was only on his second week of the job, cut his foot on broken glass but received no other injuries. 

Even though the shop window was damaged, the suspects didn’t manage to break in and steal any property. 

The heroic officer, who is remaining unnamed, said: ‘I’m glad I was able to intervene in this case.

‘Although if it happens again, I hope I have more clothes on!’

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Commander Sally Benatar from the South West Borough Command Unit said: ‘The bravery of this officer undoubtedly stopped the suspects from stealing anything from the premises.

‘He is a brand new officer, merely days into his role as a PC and he should be very proud of his actions. I have spoken to him today to thank him for his outstanding efforts.

‘This morning’s events go to show that police officers are never off-duty and will always go above and beyond to help their community.’

No arrests have been made.

Enquiries are ongoing. 

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My Payal Jewelry Taught Me The Importance Of Being Seen & Heard As A Woman

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved playing dress up, and accessories were always the name of the game. Neon jelly bracelets, beaded necklaces, big hoop earrings, and even bigger brooches were all staples in my wardrobe at one point or another while I grew up. But it wasn’t until I visited India at 18 years old that I found an accessory that stuck with me through all the fads of the ‘80s and ‘90s: Payal.

Twenty-two years later, I’m still wearing them on both feet every day, because on that trip, I discovered they’re a way to make me feel both seen and heard.

Payal are flexible silver anklets, often decorated with small, colorful stones, beads, and bells. They’re gorgeous on their own, but once I learned more about their history, I became even more intrigued. During my trip, I learned that Indian women have worn them for centuries, making these anklets an integral part of our culture when it comes to traditional femininity and beauty. But it was the jingling "chum chum" sound when one walks with them on that initially drew me to them at 18.

Historically, this chime has served as a reminder for men that there was a woman entering the room, as well as a way for Indian brides to attract their husband. However, these days, payal are worn by women of all ages — young and old, single and married — marking more of a personal fashion statement and sense of pride, rather than marital status. But for me, I loved the fact that payal acted as a way for women to make their presence known.

On top of that, it was interesting to discover the reason why payal were traditionally only available in silver. According to Hindu philosophy, it is believed that gold is the metal of the Gods, and therefore sacred. Since payal are worn on the feet — the lowest part of the body — it is considered disrespectful or an ill-omen to wear them in gold, unless for a holy gathering, where one’s feet will not get dirty.

Before my trip, I was under the impression that payal were prestige accessories, reserved only for special occasions. But in India, nearly every woman I encountered was wearing the anklets — even those who seemed to be impoverished. This was a powerful discovery for me, as I began to explore more of my own family’s history. While I was there, I learned that my ancestors were born into the lowest ranking of the Hindu caste system. We were Dalits, otherwise known as the outcasts of society.

Although the country has come a long way from the humiliating segregation and toxic prejudices my grandparents and parents all suffered, classism and caste-based discrimination still exist in both subtle and overt ways. As I became acutely aware of these social structures while in India, I also began to notice how lower caste women were still often disregarded. But whenever I saw them, even though they wore the simplest of garbs, the sparkle and sound of their payal always caught my attention — and that’s a memory that has stuck with me for decades.

Once I got back to Canada, I felt more strongly rooted in my heritage than ever, and my payal became one of the ways I identified with my culture. I always loved the way they looked, but once I started wearing them myself, the fact that I always heard the "chum chum" sound they would make as I walked — while I also internalized my family’s history — fueled my fiery spirit to look at these anklets not just for the aesthetic, but as motivation to be loud in all aspects of my life; I refused to be disregarded. At school, I started working on social issues projects and pursuits that upset the status quo, which made my dad proud.

As the years went on, it became a tradition that my dad would bring me back a new set of payal on each of his visits to India. Only then would I take off my old pair in exchange for the new. To this day, even in the winter, I wear my payal loud and proud — sometimes under my socks or tights if the weather is too chilly.

Years later, I can still say that my payal served as way for me to look at fashion as more than just vanity. For me, it’s all about dressing with purpose.

While payal have always meant a lot to me on a personal level, I love that those around me take notice of them too. From my co-workers joking that they know when I’m late for work because they don’t hear any chiming, to my husband laughing at me because he says I can never sneak up on him. Even my kids know that my payal are a part of me, since the soft chimes sometimes wake them from their sleep when I try to creep out of their rooms after putting them to bed.

I don’t ever see myself parting ways with my beloved anklets, and with summer nearly here, I’m excited to show off the newest payal my dad brought me from India this year. But what makes this year extra special is that I’m starting a new tradition with my 4-year-old daughter who will be getting her first pair of payal soon. Along with teaching her that girls are meant to be seen and heard, I want to impart on her the beauty in our callous family history and for her to appreciate the strength of our cultural roots. Like me, I hope she too sees her payal as a powerful symbol of the importance of using her voice — just as her payal will use their sweet sounds to make her presence known.

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The Best Elton John Merch to Celebrate the Release of ‘Rocketman’

Just in time for this weekend’s release of Rocketman (see tickets and showtimes here) we’ve found five new collaborations that celebrate the iconic style, music and attitude of Elton John. The list includes three official collaborations with Paramount, the studio behind Rocketman, who are no doubt hoping to capitalize on the film’s critical buzz and star power to turn some dollars at retail stores as well.

John, whose career spans more than five decades, has left an indelible legacy both in the music world and fashion world, with his colorful, bohemian outfits and signature wide-rimmed specs serving as a calling card of sorts for him through the years. See how these designers and artists interpreted John’s flair for style and pay tribute to his legacy with these limited-edition releases.

1. Elton John x Lucky Brand

Paramount has teamed up with retailer Lucky Brand on an Elton John-inspired clothing collection, which celebrates the performer’s iconic style and new biopic. The limited-edition collection features three vintage-inspired T-shirts for men, and two tees and a casual sweatshirt for women, and pieces are available for purchase right now on LuckyBrand.com.

Some of the pieces pay homage to retro concert posters, while others feature iconography from John’s “Rocket Man” single, released in 1972 as the lead track from the singer’s fifth studio album, “Honky Chateau.” Sizes range from S to 2XL for men, and XS to XL for women.

Paramount says the apparel collaboration was a natural extension of the film, as it seeks to find new ways to promote the movie to fans both old and new.

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Rocketman tells the story of how Elton John transformed himself from a working-class kid to one of the most authentic, influential and inspirational artists of all time [and] Lucky Brand’s rich heritage and rock & roll spirit made them the perfect partner for Rocketman,” says Michelle Hagen, executive VP of worldwide partnership marketing at Paramount Pictures. “Lucky’s capsule collection will allow Elton John fans to express their own individuality and unique sense of style, while honoring the man who was #neverordinary.”

Retail prices for the collection start at $39.50. Shop the collection online at LuckyBrand.com.

2. Mr Porter “Rocketman by Kingsman” Collection

Meantime, online menswear retailer, Mr Porter, is also drawing from Rocketman for a new collection, albeit with a slightly different inspiration. The site is launching a special capsule collection inspired by the “fantastic” style of Elton John’s manager, John Reid (played by Richard Madden in the film).

Richard Madden as John Reid in ‘Rocketman’

Launching under Mr Porter’s in-house “Kingsman” label, the 16-piece collection features tailored suits, shirting, a tuxedo jacket and ties, in apropos prints and fabrics like paisley, velvet and flannel. The finishing touch: a pair of leather Chelsea boots, the footwear staple made famous by rockers in London in the Sixties.

While John was known for his flamboyant and often genre-bending style, Rocketman producer Matthew Vaughn, who collaborated with Mr Porter on this collection, says Reid was more buttoned-up, frequently seen in tailored suits and dapper accessories (think jacquard ties and pocket squares).

Vaughn directed the Kingsman franchise that inspired Mr Porter’s first film collaboration, and returned to work with the e-tailer again on this project. Prices for the “Rocketman by Kingsman” collection range from $85 for a pocket square, to $1,995 for the velvet jacket. Shop the collection online at MrPorter.com.

3. Rocketman Official Soundtrack

Courtesy Amazon

While Elton John has released a number of “Best Of” collections, including a double-CD set called “Diamonds” in 2017, he’s passing off the mic to actor Taron Egerton on the new Rocketman soundtrack. The actor, who portrays John in the film, takes lead vocal duties on most of the soundtrack, which includes songs like “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting),” “Tiny Dancer, “Your Song” and the title track, “Rocket Man.”

Producer Giles Martin worked closely with the filmmakers to rework the songs both for Egerton’s voice and a 2019 audience, adding new arrangements and switching up the tempos on some of John’s most recognizable tunes. The soundtrack was recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios, further lending some gravitas to the proceedings. Purchase: $11.97 on Amazon.com

John does appear on the last song of the soundtrack, teaming up with Egerton on a new track called “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.” The uptempo track was written by John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, and co-produced by frequent Adele collaborator, Greg Kurstin. “Love Me Again” is the first new material from John since his 2016 album, “Wonderful, Crazy Night” (stream here).

4. Gucci Elton John T-Shirt

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Gucci debuted an Elton John capsule collection last year, reportedly after the Italian brand’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, was introduced to the singer at an Oscar afterparty in LA (by Jared Leto no less). This unisex Gucci T-shirt riffs off the lyrics to “Somebody Saved My Life Tonight,” taken off John’s 1975 album, “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” (stream here).

The T-shirt is made in Italy and is available in sizes XS to XXL. Other styles and colors are available online. Purchase: $550.00 on SSENSE.com.

5. Rocket Man Framed Limited-Edition Art Print

Courtesy Saatchi Art

For something a little more special (and a lot more collectible), fans of Elton John will want to browse the selection of limited-edition artwork inspired by the singer and his music at SaatchiArt.com. The famed gallery owners and art curators have a number of John and Rocketman-inspired pieces available, including this print from UK-based artist, Mr Sly, known for his mixed media collages and graphic interpretations of pop culture.

This giclee print comes framed and is available in an edition of 30. Each piece is individually signed, dated and numbered by the artist. Purchase: $790.00 on SaatchiArt.com.

6. Elton John “Me”

Courtesy Amazon

Elton John has set an October release date for his first official autobiography. The title, recently announced as Me, references the deeply personal and — in John’s words — “cathartic” experience he had in writing the book. Publisher Macmillan says the book will give audiences a “no-holds-barred account” of the often controversial and flamboyant singer’s life, along with a glimpse into how many of his most popular songs came to be.

John, who is currently in the middle of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour (see tour dates and tickets here), has said that this will be his last time on the road, as he looks forward to more time at home with husband David Furnish and their two children, while pursuing projects outside of music. The tour began in Pennsylvania last September and will hit five continents, spanning more than 300 shows, before reaching its conclusion at the end of 2020. Pre-order: “Me,” $21.99 on Amazon.com (note: if the price decreases between your order time and the release date, Amazon will charge you at the lowest price).

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Leader of jihadist cell admits to beheading backpacker in ISIS-inspired slayings

The suspected leader of a jihadist cell accused of butchering two Scandinavian backpackers in Morocco confessed to beheading one of the women.

Abdessamad Ejjoud, 25, told a Moroccan court Thursday that he carried out the murder to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State, the BBC reported.

“I beheaded one of them … I regret it,” Ejjoud said before accusing his co-defendant Younes Ouaziyad of killing the other hiker.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were beheaded Dec. 17 in a tent near Mount Toubkal, one of Morocco’s highest peaks.

The women — who were roommates at Norway’s Bo University — had traveled to the High Atlas mountains on a Christmas camping trip, according to BBC.

Disturbing footage of the hikers’ slayings reportedly was shared widely on social media by ISIS supporters.

Authorities said the group was inspired by ISIS but had no contact with the extremist group.

“We loved IS and we prayed to God for it,” Ejjoud told the court.

Ejjoud and two dozen other defendants are on trial for terrorism-related charges.

The three main suspects — including Ejjoud — are accused of having a direct hand in the hikers’ murders and could face the death penalty.

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Kim Kardashian went to San Quentin to visit a man on death row

I know many people don’t have any respect for Kim Kardashian’s justice/prison reform work, but I appreciate the fact that she’s doing it, and I also respect the fact that she continues to do it even in the face of substantial criticism. That’s the way to do it – don’t listen to the noise, make adjustments to your strategies when needed, but keep the focus on parlaying your celebrity to make a difference. Well, guess where Kim was today? San Quentin.

Kim Kardashian was on San Quentin’s death row Thursday … on a mission. Kim took her prison reform efforts on the road to one of America’s most notorious prisons … with the goal of freeing an inmate who has been awaiting death since 1983.

61-year-old Kevin Cooper was convicted of committing 4 heinous murders in Chino Hills, CA in the ’80s and sent directly to death row. Between then and now, the death penalty was suspended, reinstated, there was a gas chamber and then death by lethal injection … and all the while Cooper sat waiting to die, always proclaiming his innocence.

As we reported … back in October, Kim asked then-Governor of California Jerry Brown to look into Cooper’s case because of evidence Cooper has been framed. Brown’s ordered DNA testing, in no small part due to Kim’s campaign. California’s new Governor, Gavin Newsom, ordered additional testing in February. Newsom’s waiting for final DNA test results, but Kim decided to pay a visit so she could have her first face-to-face with the guy she’s trying to free. Kim, who wore all black, spent 2 hours with him and is more convinced than ever he was framed.

As for now … Cooper will not face execution, because Governor Newsom is a death penalty opponent who has suspended all executions while he is in office. We’re guessing Cooper’s happy to have KK on his side … Kim and her legal team have freed 17 inmates gaining freedom over the past few months.

[From TMZ]

I’ve heard some people say “this is not how it’s supposed to work,” and I get that. I also get that Kim is getting “credit” for the work of “her team,” which is really just a team of people who have worked on justice reform issues for years (if not decades). While it sucks that Kim gets the credit, I also feel like… the heat she brings, both good and bad, works in everybody’s favor. Kim gives political cover to politicians, she takes the brunt of criticism while other people toil away without that spotlight and criticism, and then she’s honestly bringing attention to individual cases of injustice. I’m just saying… you can think Kim is a catfaced fool (she is), but I admire the work she’s doing.

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What is Dec Donnelly’s net worth, how tall is the Britain's Got Talent presenter and who is his wife Ali Astall?

DECLAN Donnelly famously forms one half of the UK's favourite presenting duo, Ant and Dec.

Let's get the lowdown on the well-loved TV host.

Who is Declan Donnelly?

Declan Joseph Oliver 'Dec' Donnelly, OBE, 43, is an English television presenter, producer and actor.

He is best known for working with long-time childhood friend Ant McPartlin, as part of presenting duo Ant and Dec.

Dec, who is from Newcastle, was born on September 25, 1975, and stands at 5 foot 6 inches in height.

He is the youngest of seven children.

Who is Declan Donnelly's wife?

Dec married his long-time other half Ali Astall on August 1, 2015, at St Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Elswick, Tyne and Wear.

The couple started dating in 2013 and announced their engagement a year later, with Ant as the best man on his big day.

On September 1, 2018, the couple announced their daughter had arrived.

The presenter broke the news writing: "Ali and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Isla Elizabeth Anne, who was born just after 9 o’clock this morning. Mother and daughter both doing well, Dad is head over heels! D x".

How did Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin meet?

Ant met Dec on the children’s television show Byker Grove when Ant joined in 1990. Dec was on the show from 1989.

They played PJ (Ant) and Duncan (Dec), sharing storylines and creating a friendship off-screen as well as on.

After leaving Byker Grove, they launched a pop career in 1994, known as PJ & Duncan – their characters on Byker Grove.

However, the duo's music career didn’t last too long as their record label decided not to renew their contract in 1997 – but by then they had already re-branded as Ant and Dec.

Having become real-life best friends, their on-screen chemistry proved a winner and the TV duo moved into comedy presenting.

What shows have Ant and Dec presented?

Ant and Dec have formed one of the most successful partnerships in TV, and are known as television royalty.

They have fronted a number of shows, but really hit the big time when they presented children’s Saturday morning show SMTV Live, which launched the career of Cat Deeley, as well as CD:UK, a music chart show.

They then moved away from kids' TV and have had success with Saturday Night Takeaway and are also well known for fronting I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Britain's Got Talent.

On March 31, Dec presented Saturday Night Takeaway on his own for the first time and gave an emotional speech afterwards in which he thanked the production team and audience.

What is Declan Donnelly’s net worth?

Dec’s net worth is estimated to be around £62million.

His 2007 presenting deal with ITV was rumoured to be worth around £40million.

Ant and Dec are both property investors too – reportedly owning properties worth around £10million combined.

It is also thought that they are each insured against the other's death, with the amount reportedly being around £1million.

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Tesco refuse to sell mum scratchcard because of her ‘clever’ two-year-old girl

A furious mum was refused a scratchcard at a Tesco – after her two-year-old daughter had pointed it and recognised the number seven.

Sylena Smith, 36, claims the cashier said little Ayva had picked the Blazin' 7s ticket on Thursday – and so wouldn't sell it.

But the toddler, who is learning numbers at the moment, had said: "Look mummy, its the number seven."

Sylena, who was shopping at the large supermarket in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, told Mirror Online the dispute "made her feel like a criminal".

The full-time mum added: The cashier said 'Sorry, I can't serve you because she [Ayva] picked it. I laughed and said 'she's two, its obviously not for her'.

"Again she refused, so I said 'fine I'll pick a different one, she said 'nope I cant sell you any of them'.

"It is ridiculous. I was so upset with how they were making me feel, but i didn't want to leave because I thought that scratchcard could be my millions.

"I felt like a criminal, like I had done something wrong because my daughter is clever and knows her numbers."

Sylena asked to speak to the manager who allegedly came after some 10 minutes and "didn't acknowledge" the mum.


The mum, from Aylesbury, continued: "You cannot stop a toddler from saying numbers.

"I stayed because that could have been my millions.

"The manager made a phone call on her mobile phone and eventually told the assistant to serve me."

But Sylena has since complained to Tesco's customer service team but has become frustrated with it's "lack of communication".

The mum-of-one, who visited the supermarket for some groceries, said: "I am worried to go back into the store to get anymore scratchcards when my daughter is there as she will do the same thing she is only a child.

"I don't want to go through that again.

"They [the customer service team] said the manager of the store in question would call me and she did a few hours later.

"She listened and said she would send me some flowers, but I don't really want flowers."

And to compound her misery, Sylena didn't win anything on her scratchcard.

Blazin' 7s is a National Lottery game, and each scratchcard costs £1.

Mirror Online has contacted Tesco for comment.

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