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Climber dies in Scottish Highlands avalanche

Police have confirmed that a climber has died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

He was one of two men from Suffolk reported missing on Friday night after they failed to return from a climb on Coireag Dubh Mor in the Torridon area of the western Highlands.

Climber dies in Scottish Highlands avalanche. Credit: ITV News

Mountain rescue teams and the Stornoway coastguard helicopter searched for the pair on Friday night but were forced to call it off because the weather was so bad. The search resumed yesterday afternoon and one of the climbers was found walking out to find assistance for the other man.

The two climbers had been caught up in an avalanche, police said. The mountain rescue team found the other man but he had already died. Police Scotland said both men were experienced climbers and had proper equipment. Heavy snow and strong winds have been persistent in the Highlands over the last month.

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Lucky the tiny tawny owl 'Lucky' to be alive after 300 mile speeding train ride

Lucky the tawny owl clings to the front of a speeding train for more than 300 miles.

A tawny owl has survived an incredible 325 mile journey from Scotland to Northamptonshire, clinging onto the front of a train.

The young male, who is thought to be two or three years old, was spotted by staff at the Stobart freight terminal in Crick. It is believed he had been clinging onto the front of the engine, just below the driver's cabin, all the way from Glasgow.

The owl is now at an animal sanctuary in Nuneaton, where staff have called him Lucky. They say they have no idea why he did not fly off when the train began moving, but that it is a miracle he survived the journey.

Lucky recovering after his ordeal.

Geoff Grewcock. Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary. _"I'm surprised it's lived, so we called it Lucky. In theory it should have flown off when the train started... These are very hardy owls, tawny owls. He's in very good health considering he's gone all that distance."

Other than a sprained wing, Lucky is surprisingly well. In a few weeks he should be fit enough to be released back into the wild, where the Sanctuary hopes that he will find a mate.

Norwich trio in Scotland squad to face England

Robert Snodgrass is in line to win his 11th Scotland cap Credit: PA

Three Norwich City players have been included in Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad for next month's friendly against England.

Defenders Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker and midfielder Robert Snodgrass are all in the 29-man squad.

Russell Martin is currently on Norwich's pre-season tour on the USA Credit: PA

Strachan's side will use the friendly at Wembley on 14 August as preparation for their World Cup qualifier, at home to Belgium in September.

Steven Whittaker made the first of his 18 appearances for Scotland in 2009 Credit: PA

All three players are currently on tour with Norwich in the USA. In their latest game, the Canaries lost 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes.

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