Alzheimer’s robbed football hero Ray Wilson of World Cup memories in final years

He was one of the footballing heroes who lifted the 1966 World Cup, but in later years Ray Wilson could not remember the historic Wembley win. Arguably England’s greatest left-back, Ray died on Tuesday night, aged 83 , following a long battle with Alzheimer’s . Ray had a wicked sense…

Battle to save orangutans trapped in rainforest war zone caused by our thirst for palm oil

Baby Asoka clasps the mask of a rescue worker, desperate for a mother’s love. Like all orang-utans, he should have been cared for by his mum until the age of seven. Instead, he was found alone in the rainforest, crying, when he was just four months old. His mother is…

Skint school may be forced to scrap hot dinners as it can’t afford to feed pupils

A junior school has warned it may have to scrap pupils’ hot lunches as it ­struggles with real-terms budget cuts. The school told parents that it can no longer subsidise cooked meals, which currently cost £2.20 per day, amid rising expenses and a continuing funding freeze. It means students whose…

Government finally bans sale of ivory goods as UK aims to turn the tide against sickening trade

Millions of mutilated elephant carcasses have been left to rot in the blazing ­African sun, their precious tusks hacked off by poachers. There were once 26 million elephants roaming the continent. Now 415,000 remain and 20,000 are killed for their ivory every year. At this rate, elephants could disappear from…