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Sir Robin takes third place in transatlantic race

Credit: Breschi/Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Veteran British sailing legend and grandfather-of-five sir Robin Knox-Johnson has claimed third place in his class in a solo transatlantic race at the age of 75 - 45 years after he became the first man to non-stop circumnavigate the globe alone.

Sir Robin, who founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, returned to his solo ocean-racing roots by entering his Open 60 yacht Grey Power into the Route du Rhum competition which started today in St Malo, France.

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea. Credit: Breschi/Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The pensioner, who was the oldest participant, last competed in the 3,542-mile race from St Malo, France, to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean in 1982 in his 70ft catamaran Olympus.

And this is his first solo race since his Velux 5 Oceans circumnavigation in 2006-7, which he also sailed in Grey Power.

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea. He managed to hold off rival Wilfrid Clerton, who was 20 miles behind.

Police to be given new powers to seize Internet data

Police are to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles.

Police are set to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details. Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill will oblige internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information linking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to individual users.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the measure would boost national security.

She said: "The Bill provides the opportunity to resolve the very real problems that exist around IP resolution and is a step in the right direction towards bridging the overall communications data capability gap.

"It is a matter of national security and we must keep on making the case for the Communications Data Bill until we get the changes we need."

However, the Lib Dems insisted that legislation - branded the "Snooper's Charter" - was "dead and buried".

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Police: 'Distressed' woman found safe and well

The woman who was seen in a distressed state in the back of a car in Rochdale has been found by officers safe and well.

An investigation into the circumstances which led to the chase of a Toyota Avensis by police in Rochdale is still on going.

Detective Inspector Andrew Butterworth said: “The first priority of this investigation was to ensure we found the woman safe, and we have done that.

“However, this investigation is far from over and now we must focus on how and why this incident came about.”

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Claudia Winkleman welcomed back to Strictly

Claudia Winkleman made an emotional return to Strictly Come Dancing, having missed the past three weeks.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Credit: PA Wire

The popular co-presenter of the show had been absent taking care of her young daughter Matilda, who suffered burns while trick-or-treating on Halloween.

She received a standing ovation from the studio audience, and only became tearful at the end of the show when she hugged one of the dancers.

Police appeal to find 'distressed' woman in Manchester

Police said the woman was seen looking 'distressed' in the back of a car on John Street, Rochdale. Credit: Google maps

Police are trying to trace a 'distressed' woman who was seen in the back of a car, shouting for help and struggling to get out on John Street in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, at 11.20am today.

Officers said she was pulled back into the green Toyota Avensis by one of two men in the car and it sped off.

Police arrived on the scene and followed the vehicle to Dewhirst Road, but lost sight of it during the chase. It was soon found abandoned and empty in an alleyway behind Bishop Street.

Detective Inspector Andrew Butterworth said: "We are still trying to ascertain what the circumstances of this incident are. We do not know if we are dealing with a potential kidnapping or perhaps a domestic incident.

"What is clear, though, is that the woman was in great distress."

NHS volunteers depart for Christmas at Sierra Leone

Thirty NHS volunteers are now on their way to the heart of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The doctors, nurses and support staff are the first of several NHS teams who are giving up their Christmases at home to join British soldiers, scientists and aid workers already in Sierra Leone.

Sejal Karia met them as they said a final goodbye to their loved ones at Heathrow.

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