Singapore: A Singaporean woman, who was infected with the novel coronavirus in March when she was pregnant, has given birth to a baby with antibodies against the virus, offering a new clue as to whether the infection can be transferred from mother to child.
The baby was born this month without COVID-19 but with the virus antibodies, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Sunday, citing the mother.
The case casts new light on the way the virus spreads from mothers to foetuses. Credit:AP
"My doctor suspects I have transferred my COVID-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy," Celine Ng-Chan told the paper.
Ng-Chan had been mildly ill from the disease and was discharged from hospital after two-and-a-half weeks, the Straits Times said.
Ng-Chan and the National University Hospital (NUH), where she gave birth, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.
To date, the active virus has not been found in samples of fluid around the baby in the womb or in breast milk.
Doctors in China have reported the detection and decline over time of COVID-19 antibodies in babies born to women with the coronavirus disease, according to an article published in October in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Transmission of the new coronavirus from mothers to newborns is rare, doctors from New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center reported in October in JAMA Pediatrics.
People with type O or ‘negative’ blood are LESS likely to catch coronavirus and die from Covid-19, study finds
Study of more than 225,000 people found some blood types appear less at risk
People with a type O blood are 12 per cent less likely to catch the coronavirus
Negative blood types (O-, A-, B- or AB-) are 21 per cent less likely to get infected
Type O or negative are 13 per cent and 19 per cent less likely to die of Covid-19
People with a type O blood are 12 per cent less likely to catch the coronavirus than other blood types, a study has found.
It also reveals that those with a negative blood type (O-, A-, B- or AB-) are, on average, 21 per cent less likely to get the virus than people with a positive type.
Individuals with type O or negative blood are also 13 per cent and 19 per cent less likely to develop severe symptoms or die, respectively.
In the UK, around 15 per cent of the population have a negative blood type and almost half (around 48 per cent) are type O.
Around one in eight people (13 per cent) are O-, which are 26 per cent less likely to get infected and 28 per cent less likely to develop severe symptoms or die.
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Around one in eight people (13 per cent) in the UK are O-, which are 26 per cent less likely to get infected and 28 per cent less likely to develop severe symptoms or die
Researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto studied 225,556 people who had a blood test between 2007 and 2019 and a Covid swab this year.
Every person has one of four blood types, either A, B, AB or O and the difference in blood groups depends on the presence or absence of specific attachments on red blood cells called antigens.
There are two antigens, A and B. An individual can have one of these, both (AB) or none (O).
The presence, or absence, of these molecules dictates what blood type a person is.
There is another antigen, but there are not four possibilities, just two, and this is called the Rhesus antigen.
Erroneously named after the monkey, a person is either Rh positive or Rh negative.
Researchers analysed the anonymised medical records of more than 225,000 Covid patients from Ontario and found 36.3 per cent had blood type A, 4.5 per cent had type AB, 14.9 per cent had type B, and 44.3 per cent had type O.
Breakdown of British people by blood type
• O positive: 35%
• O negative: 13%
• A positive: 30%
• A negative: 8%
• B positive: 8%
• B negative: 2%
• AB positive: 2%
• AB negative: 1%
Source: 900,000 blood donors on the NHS blood and transplant register
Statistical analysis accounted for all other variables and comorbidities and found the adjusted relative risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection is 15 per cent higher in type AB than in type A.
Infection is five per cent less likely in type O than A, but when compared to all blood groups, this grows to 12 per cent, the researchers found.
‘There were 1,328 cases of COVID-19 with severe illness or death, with higher probabilities among AB and B blood groups as well as those who were Rh+,’ the researchers write.
Those with blood type B are at 21 per cent higher risk for severe illness following infection than those with type A.
‘In this study, which was done within a universal health care system with widespread SARS-CoV-2 testing, O and Rh− blood groups were associated with a slightly lower risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as severe COVID-19 illness or death,’ the researchers write in their study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
The findings align with previous research from China which found a similar protective effect of certain blood types.
Researchers assessed 2,173 people who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, including 206 people who died after contracting the virus, from three hospitals in Hubei.
Academics compared the data of the infected Wuhan patients with 3,694 non-infected people in the same region.
Of the 206 patients in the study who died, 85 had type A blood, equivalent to 41 per cent of all deaths.
In the healthy Wuhan population, a city of 11 million people, 34 per cent of people are type A.
In the study cohort, 52 of the people who died were type O, making up a quarter of all deaths. Under normal conditions just 32 per cent of people are type O.
The figures for all infections, not just deaths, are 26 per cent and 38 per cent for type O and type A, respectively.
Covid-19 has NOT mutated to be more infectious
Coronavirus has not mutated to become more infectious, according to a scientific study that debunks a widespread theory.
Most coronavirus cases seen globally feature a specific genetic mutation called D614G which is different to the original strain that emerged in Wuhan last year and experts feared was more infectious than the original version.
But UCL researchers looked at more than 46,723 cases of Covid-19 from 99 countries and assessed how mutations appeared and if they altered transmissibility.
Scientists identified 12,706 total mutations in SARS-CoV-2 — the virus which causes Covid-19 — and none of them were found to boost infectivity.
This includes D614G which is found on the spike of the coronavirus and allows it to bind to human cells, a mechanism which allows it to infect people.
Other academics doing lab studies, not genetic reviews, had previously found D614G made the virus more infectious but the UCL researchers believe it became dominant by chance, not by design.
They say their conclusions may disagree with previous findings due to different methodologies and that D614G became so prevalent because it was an early mutation which happened to get carried around the world in the early days of the pandemic, not because it is more infectious.
To go gray, or not to go gray, that is the question. As natural beauty has battled its way into mainstream media, some celebrities have embraced something many of us are scared to rock: gray hair. On the flip side, there are also a number of famous people who have said they would rather not let their hair do what it’s going to do. For starters, there’s Jennifer Aniston, who told InStyle in 2019that she would be sticking to her regular appointments with her hair colorist. “I’m not gonna lie — I don’t want gray hair,” she stated. In April 2020, L’Oréal spokesperson Eva Longoria covered up her gray roots at home and shared the process with her Instagram followers. And Cindy Crawford told People that she dyes her tresses because she “doesn’t want to see [gray hairs].” The supermodel added that she tries to ensure that her hair “looks natural.”
Hey, if someone does not want to go gray and has the means to change their hair color, they should not feel obligated to go gray. But if they do want to let the gray run its course? That is way cool, too. Just let your hair down and live your truth.
Today, there are quite a few stars who have come to favor their gray hair, and we are hair, er, here for it. Here are some of the celebs who look fantastic with gray hair.
Helen Mirren's laziness has made her love going gray
Over the past few years, actor Helen Mirren has been growing out her gray. She simply doesn’t care about dyeing it. “I’m so lazy about my hair!” she explained to People. “It’s a lot of work and as wonderful as many hairdressers are, I don’t want to sit in a salon for hours. I just can’t be bothered with that.”
The Oscar winner has even admitted to Allure that not only does she not dye her hair, but she does not use any heat on it either — and you better believe she always looks more fabulous than the rest of us, who cower in fear whenever we spot a gray hair coming in. “So, why not just embrace it, go along with it and welcome it?” Mirren asked People. “Make it a positive thing as opposed to a negative thing.”
Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from Mirren. In March 2020, she posted a photo to Instagram of her bedhead — but it wasn’t a candid reveal. Rather, it was for an important cause amidst the coronavirus pandemic. “In return for this pic of me literally first thing in the morning, please donate to the intensive care support,” she wrote. This woman is much too busy saving the world to bother looking in a mirror. She doesn’t need one, anyway!
Idris Elba missed his beard while filming Cats
Even the Sexiest Man Alive can be spotted with some gray hair here and there. When Idris Elba was officially named as such by People in 2018, he became one of the very few men whose cover photo featured a salt-and-pepper beard, and people loved it. “It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure,” he said. He’s also been named by Vogue as “one of Hollywood’s most stylish men,” and we’d certainly have to say that his gray facial hair has helped him get there.
However, in 2019, the iconic actor was forced to shave his mustache and beard for a role in Cats because it wouldn’t work with the green screen effects. “Whenever I have to shave off my facial hair it’s like ‘what the front door man,'” he admitted to his fans on Instagram (via Metro). “But then every now and again, as I get older, I just have to appreciate it.” Even so, he was not ready to bid the facial hair farewell for good. “I’m missing my s*** right now,” he laughed.
While we can all agree that Elba has aged quite gray-cefully, he admits it wasn’t always that way for him. As a kid, “I got picked on a little bit,” he admitted to People. “But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block.” Now, his beard full of gray is officially here to stay!
Jamie Lee Curtis' gray hair is a hit
Growing up on camera, actor Jamie Lee Curtis had always worried about her appearance. “I’ve had a little plastic surgery. I’ve had a little lipo. I’ve had a little Botox,” she admitted to The Telegraph. “And you know what? None of it works. None of it.” Ultimately, it’s what made this movie star decide to just embrace going gray. After all, aging is inevitable for all of us.
It all started when a cameraman made a comment about her appearance. It was so impactful that it caused Curtis to turn to plastic surgery. When she was given medication during her recovery, she became addicted (via Variety). From there, this actor found herself turning to even more plastic surgery to look exactly the way she wanted. However, as she told The Telegraph, she believed she “looked worse.” One day, a friend found her popping pills at home and urged Curtis to make a change. She worked to become sober, and how she felt about her own self image altered too. Now, she looks as amazing as ever.
When Curtis reprised her role in the horror film Halloween 40 years after the original, fans could see her showing off her gray hair. It seemed to be her way of finally embracing her own natural look. Just like her character, Laurie, in the classic slasher movie, “now she is taking back the power,” Curtis said on The View.
Patrick Dempsey pops up with gray hair now and again
McDreamy himself will do whatever is easiest with his hair, even if it means dealing with some gray here and there. “Whatever I can do to make it less painful for me to deal with is good,” actor Patrick Dempsey told InStyle, and that seems to be steering clear of the hair dye as often as he can. Over the past decade, Dempsey has been spotted with some natural gray streaks, and nobody seems to have a problem with it.
Even while in quarantine early in 2020, his wife, celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist Jillian Fink, released a video where she shows how she helps keep his gray hair alive. While she uses a color stick through his streaks, she likes to keep her man’s mane looking natural. “You can always keep going any gray hair to cancel out more,” she explained in the tutorial for her FYFE Beauty app (via People). “In fact, that is the best way to build in a natural way.”
However, in late 2020, Dempsey’s gray looked to be mostly covered. In a surprise appearance on Grey’s Anatomy in November 2020, Dempsey was seen with darker dyed hair once again. Yet, if you look closely at images co-star Ellen Pompeo posted online, you can see Dempsey still debuting some gray in his stubble. We’d all be okay if it happens to stay.
George Clooney isn't counting his gray hairs
People‘s Sexiest Man Alive of 1997 and 2006 happens to be another guy who went gray. Yes, we’re talking about salt-and-pepper icon George Clooney.
However, Clooney wasn’t so gung-ho about his gray hair at first. Though he’s been seen with it for nearly two decades, it wasn’t until he watched himself in his film Up in the Air did he wonder how and when he had aged. “Who’s the old, grey-haired guy?” He remembered asking himself, admitting to GQ, “It was me.” Since then, he’s welcomed his gray hair with open arms. As Clooney told BBC, you “can get older or die.” Guess it’s better to be gray than to be dead.
“I think for all of us, you have to come to terms with getting older and try not to fight it,” he told BBC. Nowadays, he believes altering his hair color makes him look even older, so you won’t ever see him dye his gray away. “I don’t think it would make much sense, quite honestly,” he admitted. The guy’s onto something: He’s already been named the Sexiest Man Alive with gray hair, after all.
Chris Pine has found other ways to look youthful
Actor Chris Pine finds getting older a lot easier than many of us do. “I’m enjoying the aging process and the gray hair and the wrinkles,” he told People. The men in his family started losing the color in their hair once they all hit their 30s, so it only makes sense that Pine has been spotted on multiple occasions with a graying beard.
While his speckled beard is now certainly in style, shaving it off is an easy alteration he makes whenever he’s wanting to feel younger. “I find the ritual of shaving very relaxing, but for every day, it’s pretty irritating on my skin,” he said. “So I like having the definition a beard gives.” And that means the gray isn’t going anywhere when he grows out his facial hair.
While Pine could easily take advantage of hair dye, it’s something we definitely won’t be seeing on the young star either. “I don’t think there’s anything less attractive than a man over-dyeing things on his face,” he shared. That’s not to say he hasn’t been making any changes to his look. As he admitted to People, he is “Botoxing on the daily.” A bottle of hair dye would definitely be much cheaper, but hey, whatever works for him!
Kelly Osbourne couldn't wait to go gray
While many of us have no choice but to embrace going gray, a 27-year-old Kelly Osbourne had other ideas. “I’ve always wanted to be young and have gray hair,” she revealed on an episode of The Talk (via Daily Mail). So, in 2012, she debuted a newly dyed ‘do. Osbourne has always been known to take risks with her hair color, so it wasn’t such a big shocker to see her silver tresses on TV. “I don’t exactly come from the most normal family,” she added. “I don’t get why anyone expects anything different from me.”
Osbourne had dreamed of dyeing her hair gray ever since she was a teenager. On a 2012 episode of Today, the TV personality recalled sneaking into her sister’s room and tearing a page out of a magazine that had “five supermodels with five old ladies that had five different rinses of gray.” She would go on to try “all of them” and fell in love with her lavender-tinged locks. Osbourne has changed her hair color many times since, but the silvery-purple has become her “look.” So, it seems safe to say the gray is here to stay.
Matt LeBlanc doesn't want to dye his hair anymore
During season two of the sitcom Friends, Matt LeBlanc was dealing with some drama behind-the-scenes: His hair was turning gray. Producers had to put an end to it, so LeBlanc was sitting for two hours at a time having his hair dyed darker. Unfortunately, LeBlanc wanted to put an end to that too. “Finally, I said to the hair guy, ‘You know, I was in the supermarket the other day, and they have this stuff called Just For Men,” he recalled on The Late Late Show with James Corden. LeBlanc asked the hairdresser if he could use the product for “five minutes” at home in lieu of getting his hair professionally dyed, and the stylist told LeBlanc it was “the same stuff.” So, he headed home and decided to try it out himself.
When he returned to work the next morning, not only had he dyed his hair darker, but the tips of his ears were dyed too. His hairdresser had left out one very important detail: he had to cover his ears with Vaseline. However, once LeBlanc got the hang of it, it ended up taking him way less than two hours to achieve the same look, and that became his at-home routine for several seasons.
When Friends finally came to an end, LeBlanc let his hair do its thing. “I couldn’t be bothered anymore,” he said. LeBlanc finally made friends with his gray hair. He was on a gray-eak. He’ll be hair for hue.
Steve Carell's gray hair sure got a lot of praise
While The Office star Steve Carell usually has us all laughing, there’s nothing funny about his silvery ‘do. It was in 2017 that Carell started the Internet’s newest obsession — with his gray hair. When he was spotted walking around London that year, people everywhere began to call this Foxcatcher star a silver fox. “Honestly take your Goslings and your Zayns Malik and give me 2017 Steve Carell,” one fan tweeted of the paparazzi photo. “someone plz tell me when Steve Carell got grey and turned into George Clooney’s brother,” another wrote (via Today).
During the premiere of his film Despicable Me 3, when he was questioned on his reaction to the raving reviews — of his new hair look, of course — Carell couldn’t believe the attention his hair was getting. “I am so sick of people just looking at me for my physical attributes,” he joked to ET. In all seriousness, he seemed pretty excited to be found so attractive by so many fans.
So what’s the secret to this comedian’s new color? “It’s just genetic. There’s nothing I can do,” he admitted. Frankly, there isn’t anything that needs to be done anyway.
Stacy London's hair went gray when she was a kid
“My hair is a big part of me,” Stacy London told Into the Gloss. And it’s probably safe to assume you haven’t seen the style icon without her gray streak of hair. However, her hair color was never by choice. Rather, it all has to do with her health. “I’ve had the grey streak since I got really sick when I was 11,” she explained. For years, she struggled with psoriasis, a disease that causes red, itchy patches on the skin. At one point, the patches covered nearly her entire body, and that’s when her gray hair appeared. “There was a deep sense of insecurity,” London admitted. “That I traded the grey streak in for as sort of a badge of honor.” Now, none of us could even imagine her hair without it!
However, in 2017, London traded in her silver strands for blonde ones, but this didn’t last long. Now, as one of the faces of Pantene, London has had a clause in her contract that won’t even let them touch her silver strand. “You can do whatever you want to my hair but you can’t dye my grey streak,” she explained to Into the Gloss. “It’s a part of me!”
Anderson Cooper's gray head of hair is iconic
We couldn’t have a list of gray-haired guys without including Anderson Cooper. Along with his piercing blue eyes, his silver strands are pretty iconic. “At this point, I feel like if I dyed my hair, everyone on the planet would know,” he admitted on Mondays with Marlo, and he’s not wrong.
This reporter started going gray when he was only 21 years old, and by the time he was 30, it had entirely taken over his head. Yet, even today, Cooper is still in denial. “Every time I look in the mirror, I still, in my mind, think I have brown hair,” he admitted on Live with Kelly (via People). “And then I’m like, ‘Who is that old guy?'”
Though Cooper sometimes can’t believe his hair isn’t the color it once was, there’s still something much scarier than going gray: He hates when his hairstylist washes his locks. “The idea of exposing your neck like that,” he cringed as he explained on Live with Kelly. “Have you seen The Godfather? That’s when they slit your throat!” Funny enough, a minor disaster struck when he cut his own hair in April 2020. While reporting for CNN, he turned his head only slightly and debuted a bald spot he had given himself. Whoops.
Kim Kardashian has met with another death row inmate as she continues her training to become a lawyer.
The reality star, 40, met with Julius Jones, who was sentenced to death over the murder of a man in 1999 when he was 19 years old.
According to TMZ, Kim met with the prisoner, who was convicted of first degree murder in 2002 for shooting 45-year-old Paul Howell.
She is said to have met with his family at a nearby church after promising to help Julius Jones and his legal team to fight against his execution.
TMZ reports that his mother got emotional during the meeting with Kim and told her that she had been with her son on the night of the murder.
Kim is said to have found out about the case from watching The Last Defense, produced by Viola Davis and focusing on Julius Jones’ arrest and trial, and pushed a petition in support of him online.
TMZ reports that critics of the case claim there was little to tie him to the scene as well as a poor legal defence.
Kim has been training to become a lawyer like her father, Robert Kardashian who was famously on the defence team for the OJ Simpson murder trial, and has helped others who were wrongfully convicted be granted clemency.
She says the career change has been ‘in her soul for years’ to follow in her father’s footsteps: ‘I think that by the time I was a teenager and [my dad] was working on the O.J. case, I was sneaking in his office, looking at all of the evidence and things I shouldn’t have been looking at.
‘Maybe it was in my soul for years that that’s what I would have wanted to do. And I’ve even seen interviews pop up now from six or seven years ago.
‘People ask what I wanted to do if I wasn’t filming my show. I always said I wanted to be a crime scene investigator or an attorney.
‘There are times when I could be frustrated and up studying really late and have to get up and wonder how he did it having four kids.
‘He must’ve been going through some of the same things that I have gone through. It would have been exciting to talk to him about that, and I know that he would be so, so proud.’
An employee at a Publix supermarket in Miami-Dade county was allegedly prohibited from wearing a mask at work. Now his family is suing the company over his death.
The coronavirus had already made its way well into the US by the time Gerardo Gutierrez, 70, asked his employer if he’d be permitted to wear a face mask while he worked. Despite the fact that his deli counter colleague was showing signs of the illness as they worked together on March 27 and 28, Publix told him that masks were not allowed because they may “scare” customers, the family’s lawyer has claimed.
About a month later, Gutierrez died alone in a hospital from complications related to COVID-19. His family was forced to say their goodbyes over a video call.
The co-worker, meanwhile, has recovered, and Publix later reversed course on their maskless rule on April 20, according to Publix’s website. However, a Tampa Bay Times report on April 30 showed the supermarket chain had yet to consistently adopt a mask policy, lagging behind their competitors at the time.
On Monday, the family filed a suit alleging the Florida-based company had acted with negligence. Lawyers for the Gutierrez family say Publix should be held accountable. They’re asking for more than $30,000 in damages.
Gutierrez’s daughter Ariane, 43, called the passing a “devastating loss.” In a statement on their lawyer’s website, she added, “Our family is in shock that Publix would prevent its employees from staying safe. Because of its careless decisions, our father is not here with us today.”
The lawsuit also cites multiple complaints submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over the grocer prohibiting masks and gloves earlier this year.
“You have a company like Publix that profited greatly throughout the pandemic on the backs of employees like Gerardo Gutierrez, and you’d imagine the least they could do for those people who showed up at work was to protect their own employees,” said attorney Michael Levine. “And then to learn they wouldn’t let their employees wear masks, because they thought it would scare off their customers. That’s just very troubling.”
Publix could not be reached for comment by multiple news outlets, including The Post.
Gutierrez arrived at work on March 27 and 28 to find his co-worker exhibiting symptoms indicative of COVID-19 illness. The company lifted their ban on some types of face coverings by April 30, after refusing to allow Gutierrez the same, because deli workers were reportedly still prohibited from wearing them, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
On April 2, Gutierrez had been sent home to isolate following his colleague’s positive test results confirming they’d been infected with the coronavirus.
By April 6, Gutierrez had a cough and fever. At the same time, Publix finally announced that all employees could wear surgical or reusable cloth masks.
It was too late for Gutierrez, who passed away on April 28.
Publix isn’t the only retail chain to come under fire as Walmart as well as Tyson Foods face lawsuits by employees over coronavirus deaths. Anticipating more, federal and Florida lawmakers have debated legislations to prevent workers from suing their employers if they contract COVID-19 on the job.
“Ultimately, that’s not going to deter us,” Levine told the Times. “To think they wouldn’t let their employees make their own decisions on wearing [personal protective equipment], Publix made all these statements that they were keeping workers safe but they did otherwise.”
Britain’s ‘worst neighbour’, 71, is threatened with jail after spraying long-suffering couple next door with high-pressure hose in dog-fouling row
Harry Ferris, 71, sprayed Philip, 72, and Tilly Hellawell, 70, with the hose in April
Neighbours in Lancashire have been embroiled in bitter war over yard since 2012
Deputy District Judge warned Ferris could face jail if there are further offences
Ferris was handed a 12-month community order and a two-year restraining order
Harry Ferris (pictured at a previous court hearing), 71, sprayed Philip, 72, and Tilly Hellawell, 70, with the hose on April 5 after shouting about their dog fouling
Britain’s ‘worst neighbour’ has been threatened with jail after spraying a long-suffering couple next door with a high-pressure hose in a dog-fouling row.
Harry Ferris, 71, sprayed Philip, 72, and Tilly Hellawell, 70, with the hose on April 5 after shouting about their dog fouling on land where he has right of way, a court heard.
The neighbour, from Bacup, Lancashire, is also alleged to have spurted water into Mr Hellawell’s face while he was cleaning up dog’s mess three weeks afterwards.
The homeowners have been embroiled in a bitter war over a yard outside their properties since Ferris moved into the farmhouse with his wife Jean in April 2012.
Mrs Hellawell told police that she feels ‘absolutely broken’ over the row, while her husband said he can never predict when the next outburst will be, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
Deputy District Judge Michael Hopkinson said: ‘These disputes are notoriously difficult to resolve but it is you who has ended up in a criminal court.
‘The consequences of any further offences are that you could be facing a prison sentence.’
Prosecutor Andy Robinson said Mr Hellawell also hurt his knee in January when he was pushed by Ferris.
Jane Shaw, defending, said Ferris’ wife, 78, has terminal cancer while he also has health issues, causing him to feel aggrieved.
She also said he spent £22,000 in legal bills trying to resolve the situation, and reacted when he was unable to do so.
Ms Shaw added: ‘He has to cross the complainant’s land to get to his front door and where the dogs are fouling is where he has right of way.’
Ferris, 66, was convicted of two counts of assault in 2014 after the attacks on Mr Hellawell and his wife Tilly, 65. Mr Hellawell is pictured after an attack in which he was thrown over a gate
A previous court case in August 2014 had heard that after the Ferrises moved in, the Hellawell’s were often on the receiving end of four-letter tirades concerning parking, their shared garden gate and alleged dog mess
Ferris stated that he lived happily at his home before the couple moved in in 2012, while Ms Hellawell accused him of threatening to harm her and kill her dogs.
One of the previous court cases in August 2014 had heard that after the Ferrises moved in to the property, the Hellawells were often on the receiving end of four-letter tirades concerning parking, their shared garden gate and alleged dog mess.
But the row escalated on Christmas Eve 2013 when Ferris, a director of a highways construction firm, lunged at Mr Hellawell as he was repairing a gate between the two properties.
On CCTV footage played during the first court hearing, Ferris could be heard to shout, ‘you put your hands on me once more and you’ll be dead – and I mean dead’, in between a torrent of foul language.
Ferris (pictured on CCTV) was previously filmed letting rip with a torrent of intimidating abuse after finding a note on his car in the disputed yard
Mr Hellawell – who has lived in his property with his wife since 1986 – was then punched and hurled over the fence where he was left battered and bloody. He could be heard asking for mercy in ‘the season of pleasantries’.
And 4ft 7in Mrs Hellawell was headbutted by Ferris because she threw a hose near a connecting fence while showing her friend a rockery.
After that case Ferris was convicted of two counts of assault and was ordered to pay £200 in compensation. The two men initially agreed to stay out of each other’s way and Mr Hellawell allowed Ferris to use a portion of his drive to park his car.
Relating to the latest alleged incidents, the judge today imposed a 12-month community order, including 15 days of rehabilitation, after the 71-year-old pleaded guilty to five charges of assault.
He was also handed a two-year restraining order, stopping him from going within 10m of the couple, and charged a total of £595 – £200 in compensation, £200 costs, £100 in fines and a £95 victim surcharge.
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