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Career change for West Midlands Police dogs - now in South Korea sniffing out insects

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Two police spaniels have arrived in South Korea to help protect the country's buildings from termites - which feed on wood causing millions of pounds worth of damage to historic buildings.

Olivia and Oxo have been trained to sniff out drugs and explosives, and their sense of smell is thousands of times more sensitive than a human. It's more effective than thermal imaging equipment. They track down the insects by detecting their hormones.

Termites have become a problem in South Korea thanks to rising humidity levels which create a perfect condition for the insects.

Apparently most of their commands are non-verbal - so the dogs don't need to learn Korean!

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Water ski champions gather in Lincolnshire

Some of the world's top water ski champions have gathered for a tournament in Lincolnshire.

The Stokes Pro Am tournament at Hazelwood Ski World in Thorpe-on-the-Hill has attracted the current world champion and world record holder Freddy Krueger.

He will be challenged by British number one and world number three Tom Fladborg-Asher at the two-day event.

In total, 16 professionals and 37 amateurs are taking part, including local prospect 15-year-old Rob "The Rocket" Hazelwood, seen below warming up for the event:


Council use CCTV in hunt for missing cat after FOI request

Leicester City Council has used its CCTV cameras in the hunt for a missing cat.

Despite the council's efforts - there has been no sighting of the missing feline.

The owner of the cat, which has been missing since July 6, sent a Freedom of Information request to the council to ask if they could check its local footage.

A stock photo of CCTV cameras Credit: Stephen Rafferty/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

While this is not the usual sort of request we would deal under the Freedom of Information Act, given the very specific areas and limited timeframes detailed by requester, we were happy to be able to help on this occasion.

Checking the relevant CCTV footage took no more than 30 minutes of staff time and therefore the cost was negligible.

It would not have detracted from the important public safety role that the CCTV team carry out.

It is reassuring that members of the public have confidence in CCTV and recognise its value when assistance is required.

– Leicester City Council spokesperson
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New 'planetarium' will take visitors back in time

One of the country's most important Roman sites is being brought to life, a hundred and fifty years after it was first discovered. Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, are getting the chance to experience it with a planetarium-style projection. The "discovery dome" has been developed by a student from the University of Bath.

John Tredinnick a researcher at the University says visitors will be taken back in time during the tour:

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