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This is MY home!

Best job: Yorkshireman Alan Tallis outside his home and workplace – the Rathaus in Herford Turning the old saying on its head, an Englishman has made a castle in Herford his home.

Alan Tallis, 57, reckons he’s landed the best job in town as live-in janitor of the Rathaus – a sprawling, century-old building with two wings and a lookout tower. 

He gets to reside in a spacious flat in the town hall along with his wife and their daughter. And he can work his own hours – as long as all the repairs are done in good time.

“The structure reminds me of a castle, and I tell family and friends back in the UK that I live in one. They don’t believe me at first and then ask if it’s all mine,” says Alan, who hails from York and is a huge Leeds United supporter.

“I open my front door and I’m already at work. There’s no one looking over my shoulder and the people are nice. This is by far the best job I’ve ever had.”

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DIO competition to win €500 Media Markt voucher

Enter to win a Media Markt voucherDIO Utilities and Babcock are committed to reducing utilities consumption.

As part of that commitment DIO Utilities is holding an Energy Saving Idea Competition to promote energy savings throughout BFG.

Look around at your surroundings: what could you do that could make energy savings in your workplace/ home?

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New twist in Katrice case

Detectives from the Royal Military Police want to identify the man in this e-fit in a bid to solve the 35-year-old mystery of missing toddler Katrice Lee.

The daughter of a British Army sergeant vanished on her second birthday – 
November 28, 1981 – from a NAAFI store in Schloß Neuhaus near Paderborn, where dad Richard was serving.

Now military police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the case.

Operation Bute is a fresh investigation and the Royal Military Police is carefully reviewing all evidence in relation to the disappearance of Katrice Lee in conjunction with new evidence received. 

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Respects paid

A penniless former British soldier was saved from a pauper’s grave when current and past members of his old cavalry regiment clubbed together to pay for a decent funeral, which took place near Papenburg last Saturday.

Michael Moffat died in hospital in northern Germany on January 22 aged 57 following a series of health issues that had left him wheelchair-bound. He was estranged from his family and living on state benefits at the time.

Mr Moffat served with 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards – nickname The Skins – from 1975 to 1992 and was based in Osnabrück, Tidworth and lastly in Paderborn.

The twice divorced father of two was a proud ex-sergeant who lived alone in the village of Heede and declined any help offered him.

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