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16-year old's snap wins RSPCA's young photography award

The winning picture taken by 16-year old Owen Hearn from Leighton Buzzard Credit: Owen Hearn

An image of a seal glistening in the morning sun has scooped first prize in the RSPCA's young photography competition.

16-year old Owen Hearn from Leighton Buzzard was named the overall winner of the RSPCA Young Photographers Awards 2014.

The picture was taken on the Norfolk coastline. Owen also won the 12 to 15-year old category for the same photograph.

Wildlife expert Chris Packham led the judging panel.

"It really stood out to the whole panel as soon as we saw it. Through this image he has really shown his talent and as fellow photographers we were jealous we hadn't taken the shot ourselves."

– Chris packham, Wildlife expert

All the winning photographs can be seen at www.rspca.uk/ypa

Horse's skeleton discovered during building work could be famous thoroughbred

Some of the horse bones discovered during Newmarket excavations Credit: ITV News Anglia

A skeleton of a horse has been uncovered in Newmarket, could be one o Britain's most successful thoroughbreds.

The bones were discovered during excavations of the former royal stables in the Suffolk town.

Historians hope they are those of Dr Syntax, the most famous racehorse of the 19th Century.

Now archaeologists are assessing the remains to find out more.

Excavation work is being carried out at the former royal stables in Newmarket Credit: ITV News Anglia
Briony Jackson, Science Officer at the British Horseracing Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The horse is about the same height as Dr Syntax. However, the skeleton is between 20 and 25-years old, where Dr Syntax was 27 at the time of his death."

– Briony Jackson, Science Officer, The National Horseracing Museum
The horse bones on display Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Warning not to disturb seals on Norfolk beach

Photographer gets too close to seal on Winterton beach Credit: Archant

People are being asked not to disturb seals breeding on the Norfolk coast after a photographer was seen taking close up pictures of a baby seal on Winterton beach near Great Yarmouth.

The 'Friends of Horsey Seals' say people should keep their distance because mothers can often abandon their pups if humans get too close.

Warning about buying puppies online

Trading Standards are warning about illegally imported puppies being sold over the internet. Four have been seized by officers in Peterborough in the past month.

It comes at a time when the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Cambridgeshire has said it's already exceeded its maximum capacity for the number of dogs it can rehome.

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