Linda Carter turns to drink again after forgetting about Mick's birthday on EastEnders and Shirley tries to get him to see sense
EastEnders' Mick resorts to desperate lengths over Linda's drinking

EastEnders' Mick resorts to desperate lengths over Linda's drinking

EastEnders' Mick resorts to desperate lengths over Linda's drinking

EastEnders' Mick resorts to desperate lengths over Linda's drinking

EastEnders' Mick resorts to desperate lengths over Linda's drinking

EastEnders' Mick resorts to desperate lengths over Linda's drinking
EastEnders' Mick resorts to desperate lengths over Linda's drinking
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Mick Carter will resort to desperate lengths as wife Linda's drinking spirals out of control on EastEnders next week.

Linda, played by Kellie Bright, is left struggling as she tries her best not to drink and when she turns down a boozy offering from Chantelle, Mick beams with pride.

However Linda is heading in a downward spiral right from the start of the week after forgetting Mick's birthday, leaving her mortified.

In an attempt to cover her tracks, Linda organises a surprise but mum Shirley is mightily unimpressed.

Linda Carter gets drunk again at Mick's birthday
She ends up telling Sharon that Keanu is still alive

Later, as the evening rumbles on Linda is struggling without a glass of wine and gives into temptation while she is supposed to be looking after Ollie.

Mick is left heartbroken when he discovers their son alone and that Linda has been drinking.

Meanwhile Linda makes her way to the Prince Albert and bumps into Sharon. The pair tentatively call a truce and Sharon confesses that she fears Keanu is dead. But Linda drops a massive bombshell as she admits Keanu is still alive.

The next day, Linda is not only hungover but humiliated too when Mick tells her what she was up to the previous night. Despite being the one in the wrong, Linda is quick to blame her husband instead.

Shirley and Tina try to intervene and get Mick to see sense
Mick and Linda are told that Ollie is struggling at school

Shirley overhears the commotion and wants to protect her son. However she ends up finding Linda's stash of booze, leading her and Tina to try and get Mick to see sense.

Their intense conversation is quickly shut down when he's called into Ollie's school and he and Linda are told that Ollie is clearly suffering and that a social worker has been informed.

When Mick returns home, he asks Chantelle to look after Ollie but a drunk Linda reacts badly, forcing Mick to go to desperate lengths to protect her...

*EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One

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EastEnders' Mick resorts to desperate lengths over Linda's drinking

Neglected boy, 7, found living in 'rubbish tip' home with no toys fit to play with

Neglected boy, 7, found living in 'rubbish tip' home with no toys fit to play with

A neglected seven-year-old boy was found living in a home that resembled a rubbish tip, alongside his drug addict parents.

The home was found littered with heroin needles, rotting food and infestations of flies when social services and the police arrived.

Leicester Crown Court heard the youngster had vanished off the local authority's radar after moving schools - despite not showing up to school for six months, reports Leicestershire Live.

Alexander Wolfson, prosecuting, said there was a multi-agency meeting in December 2018, before the police attended an address in Leicester and found it to be in "absolute squalor."

He said: "The conditions were disgusting, with rotting food and piles of rubbish everywhere.

"The bedrooms, lounge and bathroom were filthy.

"The kitchen was rancid with a couple of tins of food left open and evidence of mouse droppings.

"The stove was inaccessible, there was mouldy food in the fridge and it was difficult to move around.

"Unfortunately drugs paraphernalia was lying about; items associated with taking heroin, with uncapped needles.

"Cigarette ash was evident and flies. Bags of rubbish were on the upstairs landing.

"When a drawer in the boy's bedroom cupboard was opened "a cloud of flies flew into the air," said the prosecutor."

He added: "There were faeces marks across a wall.

"The toilet was filthy with no evidence of a toothbrush or toothpaste in the bathroom.

"The child didn't appear to have a change of clothes and didn't have pyjamas.

"He was not wearing underwear or socks."

He did not appear to have toys fit to play with.

The boy told officers he had eaten "some cookies" during the day, but did not appear to have had anything else.

The foster parents he was placed with reported that he did not want to wash, brush his teeth or have his hair washed and was "terrified of flies."

He was "always hungry" and had difficulty understanding the difference between day and night.

He had not been registered with a GP and needed medication for worms.

The child was placed in school and assessed as being two years behind.

However, he did not appear to be malnourished or to have any other medical issues.

Mr Wolfsen said the child said he had played on an XBox a lot when living with his parents.

He ate bread and butter with ketchup and played with the toaster in his father's bedroom - and went to bed when he liked.

When interviewed, the father said multiple bereavements had left him unable to cope, and he went into a drug-induced downward spiral.

The mother accepted the house was in a poor condition saying she only lived there because she had "nowhere else."

Both parents, who are not being named because of a court order protecting the boy's identity, pleaded guilty to an offence of child cruelty by neglect.

Mr Wolfsen said: "He's been doing well in short-term foster care and will be placed into long-term foster care.

"He has a bright future ahead of him.

"He's desperate to see his mum and dad and is described as being fiercely loyal to them - and asks about them.

"They are having supervised contact with him."

The distressed mother wept in the dock during the hearing.

Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: "This is a difficult sentencing exercise.

"When it involves an innocent child who has clearly suffered, anyone's instincts would be to mete the harshest penalties on those responsible.

"One has to look at the facts and the circumstances."

He told the parents: "The prosecutor tells me you've had contact with your son and he's expressed a desire to continue contact with you and that he loves you both.

"He's fiercely loyal to both of you.

"He obviously now has a bright future and the hardship he's suffered is potentially something that can be put behind him.

"I'm dealing with two people who weren't, by any measure, capable of looking after a child.

"I've been given details about what led to this awful situation arising.

"Both of you, historically, have drug problems and that's affected the way you live your lives."

The court heard that one of the child's grandparents had been actively involved in helping to properly care for the boy at a different address, but when she died he ended up living elsewhere with his parents.

Other deaths in the family led to his father relapsing into former class A drug addiction.

The judge said: "The photographs of the house speak for themselves.

"Some of the rooms look like rubbish tips.

"Heroin needles were around, there was rotten food and flies.

"A police officer says, in his statement, he retched and almost threw up when he went into the house.

"It's very fortunate the child has made a full recovery.

"This wasn't evil out-and-out cruelty.

"The parents are themselves incapable and inadequate.

"There are positive measures now in their lives, in the sense of dealing with their addictions."

Philip Gibbs, mitigating for the father, who is in his 40s, said: "The defendant loves his son.

"It's clear from the photographs he failed in his duty to care for his son.

"He says prior to moving there the boy was perfectly looked after.

"The father, who had been clean of drugs for several years before relapsing, disagreed with some of the prosecution claims, saying the boy was given baths but had an aversion to bathing.

He was taken out, he was also fed - as there was evidence of cereal boxes and take-aways.

The boy had been taught how to use a knife and fork, it was claimed.

He and the child's mother accept they "struggled" to maintain the house, said Mr Gibbs.

The father claimed he did not seek help for fear of having his son taken away.

Mr Gibbs said: "He apologises to his son over and above all else.

"They have supervised contact and the bond remains.

"The child loves his dad and his mum - it's a human tragedy.

"It's alarming a child can disappear out of the school system for that length of time.

"The boy went into foster case without any real medical concerns and has thrived."

Paul Prior, mitigating for the mother, who is in her 30s, said: "Her supervised contact with her son is described as positive and ongoing.

"She's been full and frank about her failings.

"She understands she's not capable of looking after him.

"She knows she should have done an awful lot better but as a result of her class A drug addiction she couldn't.

"She's deeply remorseful and deeply motivated to be a mother that her son can, one day, be proud of."

Mr Prior said she regretted failing to arrange schooling with the local council.

She feared her son's mental health would be affected.

The barrister quoted her as telling him: "I only wanted to be a decent mum, I have no excuse.

"He's the only thing I wake up for.

"He's perfect and I've let him down.

"He's the only good thing I've done with my life."

The parents were each given 10 month jail sentences, suspended for 18 months, with one year of drug rehabilitation.

Both were placed on three month home curfews, at separate addresses, between 10pm and 6am.

The father was ordered to attend 15 days of rehabilitation activity.   

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Jennifer Zamparelli 'cried for 25 minutes' before hosting Sunday's Danicng with the Stars

Jennifer Zamparelli 'cried for 25 minutes' before hosting Sunday's Danicng with the Stars

Jennifer Zamparelli has told how she sobbed crying shortly before going live on TV after her two-year old son smashed his face and lost his front tooth.

The Dancing with the Stars host was dealt another blow less than 24 hours later when her five year old daughter fell down the stairs and broke her elbow.

And on Monday, Jen told her 2FM listeners that she cried for twenty five minutes before going live on air to present the second show of this season’s Dancing with the Stars on RTE One.

She said: “My two year old fell and smashed his face and lost his tooth.

“Gone completely gone, he’s going to be two on Friday and he looks like a pirate.

“I cried solidly for twenty five minutes before I went on [TV] and it was horrific.

Dancing With The Stars 2020: Presenter Jennifer Zamparelli during the first live show

“But I got over it, it was fine and then yesterday morning my young one fell down the stairs and broke her elbow and is now in a cast.

“It happened I think an hour before I went live on Sunday on Dancing with the Stars.

“And every time he smiles I want to cry because I miss his little tooth, I miss it so much.”

The 39-year old is mum to Florence, five, and Lorenzo, two, and said she felt guilty for not being able to be with her son after his accident on Sunday.

She told her 2FM listeners: “Apparently she’s going to be in a cast for around six weeks but to be honest I’m more worried about the tooth because he’ll be toothless until he’s eight.

Jennifer Zamparelli

“He was fine but I was so upset.

“On Sunday it was just the guilt of not being able to go to him just was horrendous.”

The Dublin funny woman jokingly asked listeners not to call social services following their unfortunate events.

She said: “So now he’s called pirate Pedro and she’s the one armed bandit and to look at my kids, please don’t call social services.

“We do look after them although to look at them might not look like that but we do love them and it wasn’t our fault and the guilt is enough but these things happen.”

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