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Kidnappers held a gnome hostage and demanded a ransom in a bid to raise money for charity.

The Eastbourne Gazette reported that Lisa Bonnor took the gnome from its home at the Eastbourne Railway Club to raise funds for Linden Court, a centre for people with learning disabilities, which her son Lewis attends. She then wrote an anonymous ransom letter to the club asking for £50.

"We are concerned for the welfare of our gnome and hope it is being taken care of," Owen Edwards, chairman of the club, told the paper.

A disabled father of two has had his benefits cut after completing a sponsored bike ride to raise money for children's cancer charity ClicSargent. Danny Johnson-Green told The Daily Mail that he embarked on the 200-mile ride after his two-year-old twins were diagnosed with leukaemia. Johnson-Green was born with hemiplegia and is paralysed on one side of his body. The bike ride, which raised £1,300, took him four days because he had to stop every four miles for a rest.

The Department for Work and Pensions called him in for an interview at which officials told him there was nothing wrong with him. He has now lost his £78 a week disability living allowance and has been ordered to repay £2,600 of benefits. "Every mile was a struggle," he told the Mail. "But I cycled the ride purely on adrenaline. I was basically doing it for my boys, and that was what mattered."

A dog-loving couple has organised a series of charity events to raise money to fly a pair of stray hounds from Greece to their home in Lancashire. The Lancashire Telegraph reported that Carol and Steven Capell fell for the pooches while on holiday. Carol said: "I was told the locals put poison down to keep the numbers of strays down. I've always been a dog lover, so I couldn't see that happening."

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