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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.

Met Office 'in close contact' with Iceland over volcano

The Met Office has been in "close contact" with Iceland's Meterological Office, after it issued a red alert for the country's Bardabunga volcano which began erupting today. A spokeswoman said:

We are in close contact with the Icelandic Met Office, but currently they tell us that the eruptions are sub-glacial, so no ash has made it to the surface.

If ash does make it to the surface, we will run our model which will indicate where any ash would go, and we will inform the CAA and Nats. They will then make the decision on how that will affect any air flights.

– Met Office


Large 'waterspout' captured over the River Mersey

Huge waterspout spotted over River Mersey on an offshore windfarm
Huge 'waterspout' spotted over River Mersey on an offshore windfarm Credit: Phil Keating

A huge 'waterspout' was spotted over River Mersey near Liverpool yesterday ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend getaway.

The unusual phenomenon descends from a cloud, and does not "spout" from the water despite its name.

Phil Keating, team leader with the offshore emergency response team at the wind farm, captured the tornado-like phenomenon, as the Met Office issues a yellow warning for severe weather over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Find the latest weather updates here.

Aviation body 'better prepared' for Iceland volcano

Aviation chiefs are confident that the UK is much better prepared to deal with a potential ash cloud crisis than it was four years ago.

Volcanic ash can adversely affect aircraft in a number of ways. Jet aircraft engines in particular are susceptible to damage from volcanic ash.

That's why there are comprehensive safety arrangements in place. As a result of the work that has been undertaken since the 2010 ash crisis and arrangements that have been put in place since, we are confident that high levels of public safety can be maintained, while minimising disruption.

– Civil Aviation Authority

Briton living in Sierra Leone contracts Ebola virus

A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is currently being assessed by medical experts, the Department of Health has said.

Professor John Watson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said:

The overall risk to the public in the UK continues to be very low. Medical experts are currently assessing the situation in Sierra Leone to ensure that appropriate care is provided.

We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts.

– Professor John Watson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
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