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One step closer to finding whether there's life on Mars

We could be one step closer to finding out if there is in fact life on Mars after a spacecraft successfully entered the orbit around the planet.

After almost a year of travelling the universe to get there, Nasa's Maven probe is beginning its one year mission to study the Red Planet's atmosphere.

ITV News reporter Sally Biddulph has the details:


Ex-border officer: 'It's a walk in the park' to enter UK without a passport

A former Met Police border control officer has said it is "easy" and a "walk in the park" for foreign nationals to cross UK borders without a passport.

Expert Chris Hobbs was asked for his opinion on official suspect Arnis Zalkalns from Latvia, as officers continue the search for missing Alice Gross

BBC apologises after showing Jimmy Savile clip

Jimmy Savile is thought to have abused hundreds of victims over four decades. Credit: PA

The BBC has apologised after a clip of disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile was shown during a Top Of The Pops highlights show earlier this month.

The broadcaster has a policy of removing archive footage of Savile "where the material is likely to cause offence to his victims".

A spokeswoman said: "Although all programmes are reviewed before broadcast, unfortunately this brief appearance was missed. It was removed from iPlayer as soon as we were made aware and replaced with a re-edited version. We apologise for any distress caused."

Liz Dux, an abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon which is representing 174 of Savile's victims, said: "You can't underestimate the amount of distress Savile's victims will have suffered if they have seen this.

"It is a constant reminder of what they have been through. Many of them still await the findings of the BBC inquiry and a resolution to questions that have been ongoing for nearly two years. Seeing something like this reawakens their suffering."

Police search canal in hunt for schoolgirl Alice Gross

Police officers and dog teams are combing the ground near an industrial estate alongside a canal in Hanwell, West London in the ongoing hunt for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross.

Police officers and dog teams are combing the ground. Credit: ITV News
The search is near a canal in Hanwell, West London Credit: ITV News
Forensic teams are also helping with the search. Credit: ITV News


260 Dairy Crest jobs to go in site closures

Dairy Crest said there is lower demand for glass bottles Credit: PA Wire

Dairy Crest Group is to shut two of its sites, with a loss of 260 jobs.

Some 200 jobs will go at its Hanworth bottling dairy in west London, which is expected to close in 2016, while 60 jobs will go in the closure of its cream potting facility in Chard, Somerset, late next year.

The dairy food company said it was closing the two sites due to lower demand for glass bottles and financial viability.

Ryder Cup means more than money to Rory McIlroy

McIlroy is pictured here with his 2014 US PGA trophy. Credit: PA

Rory McIlroy's last competitive outing saw him battling for a £7million payday in the Tour Championship, but the world number one is equally fired up by the thought of playing for team glory at the Ryder Cup.

The 25-year-old famously labelled the Ryder Cup as an "exhibition" the year before his debut in 2010, but contributing to narrow victories at Celtic Manor and Medinah means he appreciates the special nature of the biennial contest.

"It's a group of people that you know well and they all have one goal, one collective task which is to win the Ryder Cup and beat the US team," McIlroy told BBC Radio Five Live.

"The money doesn't matter to us any more, it doesn't matter if we're playing for millions of pounds all over the world. This means as much to us or even more than any other thing that we play for. It's a big deal to us, we want to play as well as we can and try to win."

Weather: Turning cooler as cold front sweeps in

There could be some outbreaks of rain this afternoon as a cold front sweeps in from the north west and gradually moves across the rest of the country.

However, it will feel warm in the sunshine with temperatures getting up to 19C in the south, but elsewhere it will feel a bit cooler with highs of only 15C or 16C.

ITV Weather Presenter Alex Beresford has the latest forecast:

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