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Amazing X-Ray of a ball of string swallowed by a cat

X-Ray shows the string was twisted in her stomach and intestines.
X-Ray shows the string was twisted in her stomach and intestines. Credit: Birmingham Mail

An X-Ray taken from Roxy, an 11-month-old cat from King's Heath Birmingham, shows where a ball of string became lodged in her stomach after chewing her favourite toy.

The Siamese cat was rushed to YourVets Wythall Clinic near her home, after her owner discovered her choking on pieces of string from her favourite toy.

Roxy is an 11-month-old Siamese cat from Kings Heath.
Roxy is an 11-month-old Siamese cat from Kings Heath. Credit: Birmingham Mail

Roxy was immediately operated on by two surgeons in a complex procedure to remove all of string.

She is now completely back to normal and vets have urged that owners must supervise their pets at all times when playing with toys of any kind.

13-storey residential block destroyed in Israeli airstrike

An Israeli air strike destroyed a 13-storey residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City and initial reports said 17 people were wounded, the Israeli army and Gaza health officials said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the building, which collapsed completely, had been used as a command centre by Hamas militants. Local residents said the building housed 44 families.

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Heavy rain and wind to spoil Bank Holiday in Britain

Heavy rain and wind will roll in across southern Britain on Bank Holiday Monday, spoiling the last long weekend of the year, weather experts have warned.

Storm clouds gathering over St. Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay
Storm clouds gathering over St. Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay Credit: PA

The Met Office has issued a sweeping yellow weather alert, predicting travel problems for the millions of people returning home from a weekend break as surface water builds up on the roads.

The alert has been issued for parts of Wales, as well as London, the South East, East and South West of England although most of the UK will see some rain.

Find the latest weather updates here.

Virgin Atlantic flight diverted over Iceland volcano

A flight from London Heathrow to San Francisco was rerouted away from the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland as a "precautionary measure", after it began erupting, a Virgin Atlantic spokesman has said.

Safety and security is always our top priority.

All other Virgin Atlantic flights continue to operate as normal, but we are advising all customers to visit our website for the latest information.

We continue to closely monitor the situation and we are in ongoing dialogue with all of the relevant authorities.

– Virgin Atlantic

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Sunetra Sarker added to Strictly Come Dancing line-up

Actress Sunetra Sarker has signed up to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Sarker, who has played Dr Zoe Hanna in the BBC One medical drama Casualty since 2007, is the seventh contestant to be confirmed for this year's line-up.

Actress Sunetra Sarker to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.
Actress Sunetra Sarker to appear on Strictly Come Dancing. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

On taking part in the ballroom talent show, she said: "I don't quite know what I've let myself in for... I'm in total denial! But the chance to swap my stethoscope for sequins was just too tempting. I am very excited to be part of the Strictly team."

She will be joining Mark Wright, who shot to fame on reality show The Only Way Is Essex, singers Simon Webbe and Frankie Bridge, former rugby player Thom Evans, presenter Alison Hammond, tennis matriarch Judy Murray and eight other celebrities as they compete for the glitter ball trophy.

Weather: Near freezing tonight with frost expected

by - ITV Weather Presenter

Another remarkably cold night for the time of year.

Temperatures will fall near freezing point tonight with even a touch of frost possible in rural spots.

Tomorrow, bright or sunny spells initially before cloud rolls into Northern Ireland and the south-west bringing the first signs of rain later.

Staying cool for mid August - we'll have to wait another week or so for things to warm up again.

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