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Southend United considering striker Nile Ranger's future

Ranger admitted switching over £2,000 from a woman's account to another in 2015. Credit: PA

Southend United say they'll take time to consider striker Nile Ranger's future, after he was jailed for online banking fraud.

The 26-year-old joined the Shrimpers last August, and signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the League One club in December.

He's been jailed for eight months after admitting to charges of conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.

The club needs time to consider its position and also the impact of this startling, unexpected, outcome...

This offence occurred long before Nile joined the club and everyone deserves a second chance, which the club has afforded Nile.

Nile Ranger is unlikely to ever be a model professional, however during his time at Southend his behaviour has been acceptable and improved.

– Ron Martin, Chairman

New appeal for information after Luton shooting

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Police are renewing their appeal for information exactly one month on from the shooting of a man outside an address in Whipperley Ring Road, Luton.

Officers are particularly keen to hear from any witnesses who may have been in the Whipperley Ring area on Monday 24 April at around 3.30pm.

It is suspected the shot was fired from a vehicle believed to be an Audi A3 or S3, ‘scuba blue’ in colour, and manufactured between 2013 and 2016.

The offence took place on the opposite side of the road to the PACE Garage on Whipperley Ring Road. One man was taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries, but is now continuing his recovery.

  • Speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  • Speak to detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit by calling us on 101, quoting Operation Bane.

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Friends take on 137-mile pedalo trip for charity

Luke and Russ in a pedalo Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two friends from Northamptonshire are riding a pedalo from Birmingham to London for charity.

Luke Barker and Russ Palmer are doing it in memory of Luke's two children Jasmine and Freddie who were both still born.

They are spending ten days making the 137-mile pedalo journey along canals at a speed of about two miles an hour.

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Cleaning up dropped litter costs MK £300,000 a year

Litter left on the ground

People in Milton Keynes are being urged not to drop litter in the town's parks.

It comes after a charity revealed more than £300,000 is spent a year to clean up rubbish.

The amount of litter picked up by the park rangers and volunteers increased by 35% in the last year.

Rob Riekie, from The Parks Trust, said: "As you can see a dropped crisp packet here or a drinks bottle there adds up, and really does have a huge impact on the parks - both in terms of how they look to other users and how much we can spend on managing and improving them.

"What people often forget is that we are a self-financing charity not funded by the council tax or government. Every penny we spend has to be found from the money we earn from our activities and from our investments."

Campaign to tackle dog mess in parks and woods

A dog owner clearing up after his pet Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new campaign has been launched in Northamptonshire to encourage people to clean up after their dogs.

Park rangers will be running a 'Bag It and Bin It' campaign to reduce the amount of mess left in woods and in country parks.

Chris Haines, Countryside Services Manager, said: "Our country parks are very popular with dog walkers and if even a small proportion of dog owners don't clear up after their dog the problem becomes very bad very quickly.

"We want to make sure our wonderful parks are safe and clean for everyone to use and for the sake of our all visitors, volunteers and staff, we are launching this campaign to encourage dog owners to Bag It and Bin It."

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