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Animal hero award for police dog stabbed in line of duty

Finn was wounded in the chest and head. Credit: Hertfordshire Police.

A police dog stabbed in the chest as he chased down a suspect has been given a national animal bravery award.

German Shepherd Finn was seriously wounded when he and his handler, PC Dave Wardell, were hunting a suspect wanted in connection with a taxi robbery.

Finn underwent a four hour operation with a vet in Hitchin after being wounded in the head and chest. PC Wardell was treated at Lister Hospital for hand injuries.

Now the RSPCA have rewarded Finn's bravery with their 'Animal Hero of the Year' award.

The attack on Finn and his handler led to a nationwide call for greater laws to protect police dogs.

His attacker, who was 16 at the time, was found guilty and sentenced to four months in prison.

Parents tell of trauma of caring for daughters with rare childhood dementia

Watch Hannah Pettifer's report below.

The parents of two girls diagnosed with a rare form of dementia have spoken of the pain their family has endured.

Emily and Sarah Bushaway were just six and 10 when they were diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease, a rare form of childhood dementia.

A genetic condition, it's estimate that 700 people in the world are believed to have it.

Their parents Mark and Lisa have been talking about the impact it's had on the family watching their two daughters, who are believed to be the youngest siblings ever to be diagnosed, being gradually taken away from them.

More information is available here.


Using non-beating hearts could save more patients

Heart surgeons at Papworth

Doctors at Papworth hospital in Cambridgeshire say more transplant patients can be saved by using non-beating hearts. The hospital was behind Europe's first operation using a so-called dead heart.

Previously, donors hearts still had to be beating to be transplanted. Doctors say it was so successful that it gives hope to the hundreds of people on the waiting list.

Coastal path could give multi million pound boost to economy

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The region's economy is set to get a multi million pound boost from the longest coastal footpath in the world.

That path around England should be complete in three years.

Today rural affairs minister Lord Gardiner was in Norfolk to look at its progress.

He also emphasised its importance to the country's mental and physical health.


Hell on the highways: Traffic firm issues top 10 of delays

Don't expect views like this: A11 in Delay top 10 Credit: PA Images

One of the region's roads has made it to an unwanted top 10.

Traffic information firm Inrix has published a top ten of the roads which will be busiest between this afternoon and next Tuesday as holidaymakers capitalise on the last few days of the school break while other people resume their commutes.

Journeys on the A11 between Thetford in Norwich are expected to take twice as long as normal as the summer holidays come to an end.

The route is number nine on the list. Number one is the M25 from Heathrow round to Hertfordshire which will take more than 3 times longer than normal.

Here are the 10 most delayed routes in the UK between Thursday and Tuesday.

The top ten

To Russia with Love: Stevenage sends satellite to rocket rendevous

Sentinel nearing launch date Credit: Airbus

Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has left Airbus’ Stevenage site and is on its way to the launch site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

Launch is currently planned on 9 October on a Rockot rocket.

The journey will take 5 days, will start with a flight to Moscow aboard an Antonov 124, followed by another flight to Archangelsk in the northwest of Russia. The last leg of the journey will be a train ride taking the satellite 200km south of Archangelsk to the Russian spaceport of Plesetsk.

Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of a global monitoring programme which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment and study climate change.

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