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'Give it some welly': The World Puddle Jumping Championships gets underway at Wicksteed Park

Picture from last years World Puddle Jumping Championships at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire.

It is the World Puddle Jumping Championships at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire today.

Competitors will have to 'give it some welly' if they want to beat last years winner, seven-year-old Lucy Chapman from Kettering.

People are scored on how high they can jump, and the size of their splash - the bigger the better.

UK's largest pumpkin touring Ipswich

What's being hailed as the UK's largest pumpkin has been touring Ipswich.

The giant pumpkin in Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

Weighing the same as a small car the proud owners are enjoying showing off what they say is the UK's largest heavyweight pumpkin, it weighs in at 1,884lb

The pumpkin is so large it had to be carried on a trailer Credit: ITV Anglia

Plans for the road trip were nearly scrapped when the giant fruit wouldn't fit in any vehicles so it's being transported on a trailer

The pumpkin travelled through Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

After the tour it will be carved by artist Janie Pirie in Suffolk and then it'll be on show at Jimmy's Farm and the seeds are expected to be harvested by owners Thompson and Morgan for next year.


Passengers given £250 to get off plane which was 'too heavy to fly'

Passengers on an EasyJet plane from Southend Airport to Malaga were asked to volunteer to get off because it was too heavy, it has been claimed.

The captain of the flight said wind conditions meant the weight of the 156-passenger Airbus 319 made it dangerous to take off. Crew members asked for volunteers while the aircraft sat on the tarmac for more than an hour last week. 10 people were offered £250 compensation each.

Easyjet has confirmed it offered passengers compensation to get off the plane Credit: ITV

An EasyJet spokesman said: "EasyJet can confirm that some passengers on a recent flight from London Southend to Malaga were asked to take a later flight as weather conditions at Southend meant the aircraft would be too heavy to take off with all onboard.

"Like all airlines, we calculate weight using high average estimates for males and females, along with 20kg baggage. In line with EU rules, the passengers who did not travel on the flight were offered £250 compensation and a transfer on to an alternative flight to Malaga."

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