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St. Neots treated to a spectacular view of five planets at once

Conditions couldn't have been better for viewing this rare sight in the night sky just before dawn this morning (Thursday 28th January 2016).

With skies predicted to clear overnight, Roger Skillin took the opportunity capture five planets at once with his camera in the skies over St. Neots.

Five planets spotted together in the night sky above St Neots early this morning. Credit: Roger Skillin

Roger's breathtaking shot faces towards the south - south east of the night sky. Jupiter can be seen to the west of the moon. Mars, Saturn and Venus appear to descend towards the horizon to the east of the moon.

Roger has even managed to capture Mercury as it rises just above the horizon and a few thin high clouds associated with a weather front to the south.

If you missed this morning's display, all five planets will be visible in the early morning sky until 20th February. Hopefully, we will be lucky enough to enjoy another morning as clear as this one.


Police recover more than £1 million from criminals

The team recovered more than £1m from criminals Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

Criminals across the region have been stripped of more than £1 million, thanks to an East Anglian specialist police team.

The Asset Confiscation Enforcement (ACE) team recovered £1,244,971.

The money includes more than £250,000 from a Wisbech drug trafficker and £288,000 from a firearms offender in Milton Keynes.

"The team aims to hit criminals where they feel it most - in their pocket.

The unit will regularly re-visit cases to uncover any apparent hidden assets to ensure crime really does not pay."

– Steve Keating, Financial Investigations Manager

Sheep rescued from freezing deep hole after getting stuck

What are ewe doing down there? Credit: Bucks fire and rescue

RSPCA officers saved a sheep from freezing to death in a hole after a man spotted the animal whilst out sledging with his children in Buckinghamshire on Sunday.

The ewe is thought to have fallen into the six foot deep hole at night as temperatures plunged below freezing.

Sheep rescue Credit: Bucks fire and rescue

He tried to pull the animal from the hole but couldn't so called in the RSPCA to help.

RSPCA animal collection officer Kate Wright and Nick Honor, station commander at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, rushed to the scene in Akeley, Bucks., on Sunday.

Despite slight grazing and being muddy the ewe wasn't injured.

Between the two of us we managed to pull her out.

"The ewe had grazed her back legs and was very cold and weak but we stayed with her for about an hour after getting her out and she eventually managed to walk over to the rest of the flock.

"I was able to track down an owner who attended straight away and was going to keep a close eye on her.

"I was very thankful to Nick, there was no way I could have got her out on my own."

– Kate Wright, RSPCA

People traditionally think that fire and rescue services only become involved in animal rescues when cats are stuck up trees. The reality, however, is very different.

"Fire and rescue services have a range of specialist skills and equipment to undertake animal rescues and will assist where there is a need.

"In this instance, working together with the RSPCA, we were quickly and successfully able to minimise any further distress and move the sheep to a place of safety."

– Nick Honor, station commander at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
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