Man paralysed from waist down becomes top martial arts instructor – after gaining a black belt in kickboxing

Man paralysed from the waist down becomes a top martial arts instructor – after gaining a black belt in kickboxing Carl Hodgetts was born with spina bifida, which left him paralysed from the waist down Gained black belt by using his arms and hands instead of his feet to 'kick' opponentsUsed his skills to defend a woman from an attack in a pub | UPDATED: 00:15 GMT, 14 August 2012 A country ranger who is paralysed from the waist down has defied the odds to become a top martial arts instructor – after gaining a black belt in kickboxing.

Home care costs soar over 10,000: Elderly left struggling to pay bills as town halls drive up charges

Home care costs soar over 10,000: Elderly left struggling to pay bills as town halls drive up charges Blow follows as millions of elderly continue to struggle with rising food and energy bills Around half a million elderly and vulnerable people are being hit with soaring costs to pay for basic support in their own homes, figures have revealed.