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Weather staying close and humid

It's cloudy, misty and grey for north-eastern England and eastern Scotland today.

For the rest of us it's brighter and feeling warm for mid-September with highs of 25-26C possible, but close and humid.

The warmth and humidity will trigger thundery downpours across the south and south-west today and tonight.

Peter Fonda's bike from 'Easy Rider' up for sale

The customised Harley-Davidson Peter Fonda rode in the 1969 cult film Easy Rider is expected to fetch more than £600,000 in an auction in California.

Peter Fonda rides the Captain America chopper. Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

The Captain America chopper is one of the most recognisable motorcycles of all time.

The bike is the only surviving from the four customized choppers created for the film.


Dave Lee Travis jury to consider sex assault verdicts

Jury in the trial of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis, who is accused of indecently assaulting two women and sexually assaulting a third, have retired to consider their verdicts.

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Prosecutors claim the former BBC presenter was an "opportunist" who acted as if he had the "perfect right" to grope young women.

The allegations against him date back to the 1990s, while the most recent was claimed to have happened during an interview with a journalist at his home in 2008.


Victoria Beckham named 'greatest style icon'

Fashion designer and former Spice girl Victoria Beckham has been named 'greatest style icon' in a survey of 1,000 women for Hello! Fashion Monthly.

Victoria beat off stiff competition from actress Emma Watson who came second and model Kate Moss who was third.

Victoria Beckham named 'greatest style icon'. Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Seven out of the top 10 women in the list are British and include Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne, her sister Poppy and Rita Ora while American's Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian also feature as stylish stars.

"It's great to see such a high percentage of British women represented within Hello! Fashion Monthly's new list of the most stylish stars. As a nation, we are really dominating the industry at present.

– Hello! Fashion Monthly's Editor-At-Large, Hilary Alexander

Farage dig at EU rules after Latvian murderer arrested

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has commented on the Alice Gross disappearance investigation after a Latvian man was named by police as a suspect in the case.

Farage wrote on Twitter that European Union rules mean the UK is unable to prevent people such as Arnis Zalkalns, who has a murder conviction in Latvia, from entering the country.

Thai PM apologises for bikini comment

Prayuth Chan-O-Cha has apologised for the comments Credit: Reuters

Thailand's military ruler has apologised for suggesting tourists would be unsafe wearing bikinis on the country's beaches just days after two British backpackers were found murdered.

Prayuth Chan-O-Cha was reported to say pretty women made themselves more vulnerable to attacks by wearing a bikini after Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found murdered on the island of Koh Tao.

The comments triggered a backlash online with many taking to Twitter to voice their disgust.

General Paryuth has since apologised, saying he had not meant to criticise anyone and said the country was safe for tourists.

He said: "I apologise that I have spoken too harshly ... I didn't mean to criticise or look down on anyone. Today I can guarantee that Thailand is still safe ... I wanted to warn (the tourists) to be careful."

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