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Northants man wins Scrabble Championship

Paul Allan Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Northamptonshire has beaten off competition to become the National Scrabble Champion 2013.

Paul Allan, a teacher from Rushden clinched the title on Sunday after a gruelling best-of-five showdown at the finals in London.

He sealed the win by playing "bandura" a Ukrainian lute, scoring 86 points. He finished with an overall score of 503. His competitor scored 389.

Paul has previously champion in 2007 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Other words played throughout the final included....

Kernite – a mineral – 100.

Mete – to measure – 34.

Exordial – to begin - 92.

Shrieval - relating to a sheriff - 97.

Valerate - a chemical salt - 36.

Coniines - a poisonous alkaloid found in poison hemlock - 98.

Paul said: “I am delighted to have won, especially given the fact that the final is played to a public audience of players who expect to be impressed!"

Paul was previously crowned champion in 2007 and has won a number of tournaments since starting to play Scrabble on a competitive level in 1993.

Giraffes settle into new home

Zookeepers in Bedfordshire have thrown a house-warming party for their giraffes as they move into their brand new home.

Giraffe Heights at Whipsnade Zoo includes a re-vamped barn and a 9ft-high viewing platform for visitors.

To celebrate the opening of the new attraction, which will bring people face-to-face with the animals for the first time, keepers dished up their favourite treats in giant wicker teacups - frozen carrot and cabbage cupcakes

Housewarming for Whipsnade giraffes

Giraffes at Whipsnade Zoo have a new house Credit: ITV News Anglia

Giraffes at Whipsnade Zoo, in Bedfordshire, are getting ready to move into their new home.

Their refurbished barn includes a nine-foot high viewing platform, which will allow up to 300 visitors to get face to face with them for the first time, as well as offering views across the entire giraffe paddock.

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The classic car with one very careful owner

The Triumph Herald has clocked just 20 miles since 1961. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Triumph Herald which has clocked just 20 miles since it was first registered in 1961 will be sold at auction later today.

The car has had just one owner and has spent its whole life in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Still sporting its original tax disc, the car is expected to fetch between £12,000 and £15,000 when it goes under the hammer in Wymondham.

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