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River Wye pair found safe and well

Police have confirmed that a pair of kayakers have been found safe and well after a massive search of the River Wye

Police have confirmed that a pair of kayakers who went missing on the River Wye have been found safe and well.

Emergency services were called at 2.40am this morning after a man and woman began experiencing difficulties on the river near Swainshill. They told police they had become disorientated.

A search lasting more than four hours was carried out about seven miles west of Hereford.

West Mercia Police closed the A438 near Hereford. That road remains closed, but officers hope to reopen it shortly.

The pair were found at 7.15am.

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River Wye being searched for two missing people

A map showing the search area for two missing people in the River Wye Credit: ITV News Central

The River Wye near Hereford is being searched for two missing people.

Hereford and Worcester Fires Service has confirmed that emergency services are carrying out a search in the area at the moment.

The A438 near Hereford is closed in both directions between Bridge Sollers and the A480 at Stretton Sugwas because of the incident.

Herefordshire teen grows exotic watermelons

Joe De Pascalis, 19, with a watermelon that he grew in Herefordshire Credit: ITV News Central

A 19-year-old agricultural student has succeeded in growing exotic watermelons in Herefordshire.

Joe De Pascalis challenged a local fruit and vegetable grower that he could harvest a crop of the fruit.

He used an artificial heater on the seedlings to emulate the sunnier climes in which watermelons are usually grown.

His produce will go on sale at Tesco on Thursday.

“These watermelons taste so good that we don’t think shoppers will be able to tell the difference between them and the imported ones sold on high streets from Spain and Brazil.

“Joe has clearly done a very good job growing them and in doing so made a mark on British agriculture."

– Tesco produce manager James Cackett

RSPCA: Swallowing fish in game 'simply not acceptable'

The RSPCA says swallowing fish as part of an online drinking challenge is 'simply not acceptable'.

A man from Herefordshire was today sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge for causing unnecessary suffering to four fish, after he swallowed them taking part in the 'neknomination' game.

Pippa Boyd, from the RSPCA says she hopes today's sentencing is enough to put people off doing something similar.

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Prayers for couple found shot dead in Herefordshire

John Knott was found shot dead with his wife at their home near Bosbury Credit: West Mercia Police

Prayers will be held at the local church of a couple who were found shot dead at their home in Herefordshire earlier this week.

John Knott, who was 71, and his wife Anne who was 70, were both discovered by police at their home in Pow Green near the village of Bosbury on Monday.

The Holy Trinity church in Bosbury Credit: ITV News Central

Police later said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.

Holy Trinity church will be open all day and a service of readings, prayers and quiet meditation will be held in Holy Trinity Church at 6pm.

Vicar, Nicky Seabright said:

"This is an opportunity for us all to come together and reflect on the tragedy in Bosbury this week and to pray for everyone caught up in this deeply distressing event."

– Vicar, Nicky Seabright

Picture released of Herefordshire man found shot dead

John Knott was found shot dead with his wife at their home Credit: BPM Media

The first picture of a man from Bosbury in Herefordshire who was found shot dead with his wife has been released.

John Knott, 71, and Anne Knott, 70, were found dead with gunshot wounds at their home in Pow Green on Monday.

John and Anne Knott's home in Bosbury Credit: ITV News Central

Police say there is no evidence of any third party involvement.

Married couple from Herefordshire died of gunshot wounds

Police have confirmed a married couple from Bosbury in Herefordshire found dead on Monday died of gunshot wounds.

Anne Knott, aged 70, and John Knott, aged 71, were found at their home in Pow Green.

Police visited the Knott’s home on Monday after concerns were raised by their relatives. Sadly, a search of the property found them both deceased. They each had a single shotgun wound, which the post mortems have now confirmed were the cause of death.

A shotgun registered to Mr Knott was recovered at the scene.

At this stage of our investigation there is no evidence of any third part involvement and we can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shootings. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time.

We would like to speak to anyone who saw Anne and John Knott prior to Monday (11 August). At present, the last confirmed sighting was around midday on Saturday (9 August) and if anybody has had contact with them in recent days, we urge them to come forward.

– Detective Inspector Richard Rees of Hereford CID
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