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Nottingham woman first to solo stand-up paddle board across the Channel

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Lizzie Carr from Nottingham has become the first female in history to solo stand up paddle board across the English Channel.

Setting off from Dungeness in Kent, at 7.15am yesterday Lizzie paddled solidly for over seven hours to complete the exhausting crossing, reaching Boulogne, France at 2.15pm.

Commenting on completing the 24-mile crossing, Lizzie explained:

“I’m thrilled to have completed this challenge. It seems very surreal that I set off from England this morning and have arrived in France by the afternoon!I left Dungeness with two dolphins dancing round my board and finished in Boulogne with a Sea Lion staring me in the face - if that's not the sign of a great day then I don't know what is! Whilst I feel very proud of the achievement, the driving force for me has always been the bigger environmental story about plastic pollution in our oceans and creating as much awareness about this as I can.”

– Lizzie Carr.

During today’s channel crossing Lizzie collected water samples for micro plastic analysis as part of her #PlasticPatrol initiative, designed highlight how 80% of marine debris comes from inland sources.

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Leicester's Mark Selby begins World Snooker title defence

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Leicester's Mark Selby begins the defence of his World Snooker title in Sheffield this weekend.

Selby was crowned Champion after beating Ding Junhui in the final twelve months ago.

He's been ranked number one in the world for the last two years, and is widely regarded as one of the favourites.

His first round match with Ireland's Fergal O'Brien gets underway this morning.

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Leicester City fans 'jailed in Madrid'

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There are unconfirmed reports in the Spanish media that a number of Leicester City fans have been given prison sentences following charges of violence against police officers in Madrid.

It follows disturbances prior to this week's Champions' League quarter final against Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish football website Marca said eight fans were arrested and sentences of up to four months were passed to some alleged offenders.

The Foreign and Commonwealth office said they are in contact with Spanish police following the arrests of several British nationals in Madrid and are offering consular support.

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