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Charity highlights the dangers of concussion in sport


Football, Rugby and Cricket have all seen some high profile players affected by concussion.

As a result professional sports have introduced special protocols to protect players, but, with an incident of concussion every 21 games in amateur rugby, there are calls for a similar approach at the grassroots level as well.

Now the brain injury charity Headway has launched a campaign to ensure the dangers of concussion get through, Rob Halden-Pratt reports.


Rare penguin chicks born at Woburn Safari Park

The chicks belong to a vulnerable species of penguin. Credit: Woburn Safari Park

Four new penguin chicks belonging to a particularly vulnerable species have been born at Woburn Safari Park.

Goose,Avocado, Mumble - and another who's yet-to-be-named - are Humboldt penguins.

They'll be put into the Penguin World area when they develop waterproof feathers in three months time.

Scientists track the decline of nightingales


Nightingales are one of the nation's favourite birds, but sadly their numbers are diminishing. They've fallen by 90% in the past 40 years.

Now a team of scientists here in the East are using brand new GPS technology to track the birds' movements to understand why they're declining and what can be done to save the species.

Tanya Mercer got up bright and early to join the team at Alton Water in Suffolk:

Red rug may be vital clue in hunt for missing Natalie

Natalie Hemming.

Police trying to find the body of a mother of three from Milton Keynes, who they believe has been murdered, today/Thursday said they were looking for a red rug.

The missing rug

The rug is missing from the front room of Natalie Hemming's home in Alderney Avenue, Newton Leys, Milton Keynes. It is described as being 12ft x 10ft, with a three-inch soft pile.

Thames Valley police want to hear from anyone who has seen the rug dumped, being transported or being discarded.

They have also expanded the search area to Aylesbury, Oxfordshire and the south Bedfordshire border.

Flowers outside Natalie's home

The 31-year-old mother of three, was last seen shortly after 4pm on Sunday, May 1 in Hemel Hempstead, where she went to visit her mother.

On Wednesday specialist search officers scoured an area around Salden Wood near Newton Longville, Bucks and a disused rail line, which are near the family home on the edge of Milton Keynes.

Her partner Paul Hemming, 42, has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Here is Det Supt Chris Ward making an appeal for help in finding the missing rug:

Here's a report by Sarah Cooper:


Man dies after being hit by bus in Milton Keynes

A 30-year old man has been killed after being hit by a bus in Milton Keynes.

The man, from the Buckingham area, was stuck by the bus in Midsummer Boulevard, opposite the Point, at around 8.15 this morning.

An air ambulance and land ambulance were called but the the victim died at the scene.

Sgt Simon Hills from Thames Valley Police said

I would like to appeal for anybody who saw the collision between the pedestrian and the bus to come forward as they may have information which can help us as we piece together the tragic events from this morning.

– Sgt Simon Hills, Thames Valley Police
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