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Man is spared ail so he can work in Dubai A fitness instructor who broke a teenager’s jaw because of an argument over a taxi on Christmas Day was identified through social networking site
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Thomas Nuttall, (27), narrowly avoided prison for the assault and received a nine-month sentence suspended for two years. His defence lawyer argued a prison sentence would put his new life in Dubai in jeopardy.
Nuttall appeared at Chester Crown Court on Monday to be sentenced for malicious wounding in Congleton on 25th December 2010 after pleading guilty in August.
Judge Elgin Edwards, the Recorder of Chester, was told that Nuttall had punched 19-year-old Jake Alldread in the jaw with his left hand, knocking him to the floor, after he tried to get in a taxi ahead of him at the rank on Market Street.
After the assault, Nuttall, formally of Chestnut Drive, shouted to Mr Alldread saying he was lucky he hadn’t used his right hand.
He was identified after a witness got in touch with Mr Alldread on Facebook the next day, saying it had been unprovoked.
Judge Edwards said he was ready to send Nuttall to prison until his defence barrister, Catherine Cundy, urged him to offer a lighter sentence.
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Enter the dragon: Three-year-old Millie Jayne Bourne had fun celebrating the Chinese New Year with a week of Oriental fun at Daintry Hall Nursery in North Rode, when she and fellow pupils welcomed in the Year of the Dragon. For more pictures see page 28. (“Chronicle” photo. 421b/12).
Teen is blogging about her ‘invisible disease’
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A Congleton teenager who is waiting to hear if she has an “invisible disease” has decided to start an online blog to let people know about the little known condition.
Jade Brown, (18), had to drop out of college on Tuesday because of the effects of lupus.
Jade, who lives on West Street and attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive and Marton Primary School, spoke to the “Chronicle” about her condition and the reasons she set up her blog.
She started the blog, “Jade Vs Lupus,” to let people know about her battle with the autoimmune disease — a condition that is not obvious in its sufferers, and remains a mystery to many people. Jade herself was unfamiliar with lupus until it was suggested as a possible cause for her medical conditions last summer.
There are approximately 50,000 sufferers in the UK.
Lupus attacks the immune system and can cause tissue damage, inflammation and joint pains among dozens of other symptoms.
The condition has recently caused Jade’s eye to swell. She said: “I have been quite busy the past few days. I have had to go to doctors and the lupus is causing me to lose the vision in one eye so I have been to the optometrist.”
But Jade has taken it in her stride, detailing her trials and tribulations on her blog. She even posted a picture of her wearing a specially made pink skull and crossbones eye patch.
She continued: “I have had trouble with it all my life, but I have never known what it was. In August I felt so bad I had to go to hospital where one of the doctors suggested it might be lupus.
“I have been to see a lot of doctors but it has not yet officially been diagnosed.”
She explained why it was so hard to diagnose, saying: “Every person has a different reaction to the disease.”
As she details on her blog, some of the symptoms she suffers from include tiredness, memory loss and being more prone to catching colds and other illnesses.
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