Live updates

West Ham midfielder joins MK Dons on loan

Diego Poyet has joined MK Dons Credit: ITV News

MK Dons have bolstered their squad with the signing of midfielder Diego Poyet on a season-long loan from West Ham.

Poyet, who started his career at Charlton, spent time on loan at Huddersfield last season.

It’s great to be here. I first heard about the move a couple of days ago and it was an exciting option for me. I’m pleased it’s been able to go through.

I’ve had a good pre-season and I’m feeling fit. I want to play games and I’m grateful to the club for giving me an opportunity to come and do that – I’m raring to go now and can’t wait for the season ahead.

– Diego Poyet

Grandmother wins medals at world swimming championships

Janet Masters

A grandmother from Great Brickhill near Milton Keynes has won medals at the World Masters Swimming Championships in Russia. 75 year old Janet Masters was a swimming teacher, and still trains three times a week. She won silver in the backstroke and medley events, and bronze in butterfly. She's competed in the World Masters before, and this time she just missed out on winning gold to a former Olympian, who took first place by 300th of a second.

Olivia Paterson has been to meet her. Here's her report:

Advertisement

Man charged over driving offences

A man has been charged with harassment and motoring offences after being arrested by Thames Valley Police.

Michael Mundy is accused of harassment, dangerous driving and driving without insurance. The 29-year-old from Hatton in Milton Keynes is due to appear at the town's Magistrates' Court on the 26th of August.

Advertisement

'Where's the union flag' outrage over new team GB kit

The design of the new kit for team GB to wear in the World Athletics Championships later this month in Beijing, is causing controversy.

Reaction to the design which doesn't feature the Union flag, has spread across social media under the hashtag '#wheresjack'.

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford from Milton Keynes is one athlete who has expressed concern over the missing flag, saying on twitter that "Every athlete I have spoken to wants the union flag."

British Javelin record holder Goldie Sayers from Newmarket has also joined the discussion.

We must be the only team competing at the World Championships without our flag on our competition vest."

– Goldie Sayers

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Study finds widespread discrimination against older workers

.

Older jobseekers are facing widespread discrimination - according to a new study by Anglia Ruskin University.

Researchers there made up two CVs with identical skills but one from someone in their 20s - the other in their 50s.

They sent them off for almost 2000 jobs over two years and in all the older candidate was more than 4 times LESS likely to get an interview.

And the difference was even more pronounced for women, with the 50-year-old female candidate 5.3 times less likely to get an interview than the 28-year-old female.

Warnings for thunderstorms this evening and tonight

Rainfall radar at 17:40. Showers breaking out over parts of East Anglia whilst another pulse of heavy rain approaches from northern France. Credit: Met Office.

Yellow and amber warnings are in force for heavy rain as thunderstorms approach the East of England from the near continent this evening.

The amber warning is in force until 21:00 this evening and covers southern parts of Essex and the south East of England.

Yellow and amber warnings are in force for the East of England this evening. Credit: Met Office.

The Met Office Chief Meteorologist warns:

Another pulse of thundery activity from France will extend across the area this afternoon and evening. The ground remains saturated from earlier heavy rain, and the high water loading in the atmosphere means that more than 30 mm in an hour or less could well occur locally.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist

Elsewhere, a yellow warning is in force until late Friday because of the risk of further heavy rain overnight and into Friday afternoon:

Localised thunderstorms may also develop across south east England and East Anglia during Friday late afternoon and evening, these potentially giving 15-25 mm of rain in an hour.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist

The environment agency are also urging people to be careful not to drive through floodwater and for campers and holidaymakers to check the flood risk for their area.

Heavy rainfall this afternoon and into this evening brings risk of further surface water flooding, particularly for parts of Essex. If you’re driving away or back from your summer holidays, as always, please remember not to drive through flood water. People are urged to check their flood risk on our website, especially if you’re holidaying in an area where you’re not familiar with the flood risk.

– Nick Hopwood, national duty flood manager at the Environment Agency

Clearing the air: 10 facts about air pollution

How exactly do we know what causes fog to form, which clouds will give us rain, or how polluted the air outside is? Well, our weather presenter Aidan McGivern has been out and about this summer meeting the scientists who turn their eyes to the skies and research the state of the atmosphere. His first stop was at Weybourne in Norfolk - an unlikely site for research into global pollution levels.

But not many people will know about the observatory there on the North Norfolk coast and the work it does to monitor global air pollution levels.

So here are another 10 facts about pollution that you may also not be aware about.

  • Since the Clean Air Act in 1968, air pollution in the UK has decreased - especially sulphur dioxide and smoke.
  • However, some urban areas in the UK are still highly polluted - a 2012 study estimated that 19,000 people each year die from the effects of air pollution.
  • Another study suggested that walking in Oxford on an average day was the equivalent of smoking sixty cigarettes.
  • Air pollution from road vehicles is most harmful to human health.
  • The worst pollutants in the UK are ozone, particulate matter and sulphur dioxide.
  • The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have created a daily warning system to inform people of expected pollution levels.
  • There are 500 million cars in the world at the moment and by 2030 there are expected to be one billion cars.
  • People most at risk of high pollution levels are children, the elderly and those with heart and lung disease.
  • China is the world's largest producer of Carbon Dioxide.
  • The great smog of 1952 in London lasted for four days and is regarded as the worst pollution disaster the UK has ever known.
Load more updates