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Red Bull boss: Ricciardo's win testament to development programme

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his first Grand Prix win Credit: PA

The boss of Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Racing says Daniel Ricciardo's first F1 win is testament to the teams youth development programme.

In his 57th grand prix, Ricciardo took full advantage of a bad day at the office for Mercedes to claim his maiden triumph by taking the chequered flag in Canada on Sunday at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Christian Horner said: "It is a very special day in his life and career, and I am sure it will probably take a while for it to sink in.

"It is also a fantastic testament to the junior programme that we are discovering young driver talent on merit, like Sebastian and Daniel.


Milton Keynes: Transport Police slam "foolish" woman caught lying down on rail tracks

The woman lay down on the track.
The woman lay down on the track. Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police say they want to trace a woman who put her life at risk by lying down on rail tracks at Milton Keynes as a prank.

The images show the woman, who was accompanied by a man, walking onto a foot crossing at Davenport Lea, Old Farm Park, on April 13.

The images show the woman was accompanied by a man.
The images show the woman was accompanied by a man. Credit: British Transport Police

Police say they stood there for two minutes before the woman sat and then lay down.

Officers described it as "foolish and extremely dangerous".

Officers have described the prank as "foolish and extremely dangerous".
Officers have described the prank as "foolish and extremely dangerous". Credit: British Transport Police

"At around 3pm a man and a woman approached the crossing on a stretch of track which runs between Woburn Sands and Bow Brickhill stations," PC Robert Hagan of BTP Milton Keynes said.

"They can be seen in the images standing and walking on the crossing where they remain for two minutes. At one point the woman sits and lies down on the tracks.

"This is not only foolish but extremely dangerous behaviour and we are very keen to speak to both of these people."

Work starts on MK recycling plant

Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park Credit: Milton Keynes Council

Work starts today on a new recycling plant in Milton Keynes which will cut the amount of household waste being sent to the tip.

The Waste Recovery Park will sort through the borough's black bin bags and root out any rubbish which can be recycled.

The plant will also be able to generate enough electricity to power 11,000 homes each year.

It is due for completion in 2016.

British Athletics finally ratifies Rutherford's long jump record

Greg Rutherford in action. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images.

British Athletics has finally ratified Greg Rutherford's new British long jump record - a month after the Milton Keynes athlete set it.

The 8.51m jump - at a meeting at Chula Vista in San Diego - had been disputed by his Great Britain teammate Chris Tomlinson, who claimed it was a foul.

Now British Athletics has confirmed the new record, which beats the previous best by 16cm.

That record had been jointly held by Rutherford and Tomlinson.

A statement from the body's technical advisory group said it had considered a number of factors in ratifying the decision including the wind speed card from the event, and the fact that the jump satisfied the USA Track and Field Rules.

The group also assessed a You Tube video which appeared to show Rutherford had overstepped the take-off board but dismissed it as evidence because it was not an official video and had not been taken directly in line with the take-off board.


"Don't ignore 'no swimming' signs," urge firefighters

Caldecotte Weir, where a young woman became stranded after swimming. Credit: Bucks Fire Service.

Firefighters have urged people not to ignore "no swimming" signs on lakes and other waterways in Milton Keynes after a woman had to be rescued from Caldecotte Weir.

Crews from Bletchley, Great Holm and Newport Pagnell were called just before 9pm on Thursday.

The woman had become stranded. It is understood she had been swimming with friends.

Firefighters wearing drysuits secured her with a throw line and helped her to safety up a ladder.

Firefighters wearing drysuits secured her with a waterproof throw line and helped her to safety up a ladder before leaving her with paramedics.

Watch Manager Chris Montague, from Bletchley Fire Station, said: "Although she was cold after her ordeal, we're glad to say she was otherwise uninjured."

Neil Boustred, head of Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: "Please don't be tempted to take a dip in rivers, lakes or canals.

“Weirs and areas of fast currents are obviously high risk, but any stretch of water, still or flowing, has the capability to kill.

"Strong currents or cold water can quickly overwhelm even strong swimmers. Pollution or algae can cause illness, and there can be hidden dangers including deep holes, soft mud, weeds or rubbish."

Judge slams council for treatment of elderly woman

Milton Keynes Council has been criticised for the way it treated an elderly woman with dementia. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Social services bosses in Milton Keynes have been heavily criticised by a judge for the "woefully inadequate" way they treated an elderly woman with dementia.

Milton Keynes Council failed to get approval to move the 81-year-old, who cannot be named, from her home to a care home while they investigated neglect claims.

The authority also failed to tell her son where she was for 19 days.

The council claimed the woman's son had been neglecting her but, 16 months after moving her, dropped the allegations.

It has agreed to apologise to the woman and her son.

Murder jury visit scene of shootings

Amin Ahmed Ismail, left, and Mohamed Abdi Farah
Amin Ahmed Ismail, left, and Mohamed Abdi Farah

A jury hearing evidence of a double murder in Milton Keynes, is visiting the scene of the killings.

Mohamed Abdi Farah who was 19 and Amin Ahmed Ismail who was 18 were shot dead in an alleyway on the Fishermead estate in May 2011.

Amin Ahmed, who's 20 and from Milton Keynes, and Brahim Hajji, who's 26 and from the Netherlands, both deny the murders. The trial's expected to last up to six weeks.

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