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Mystery 'explosion' reported in Kent

Residents in Kent have taken to Twitter to report a mystery "explosion".

People in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Dartford reported hearing the 'bang' at around 4.44pm.

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2.6 magnitude earthquake hits Nottinghamshire

The earthquake struck near Papplewick in Nottinghamshire. Credit: Google Maps

A 2.6 magnitude earthquake struck Nottinghamshire this evening, the British Geological Survey has confirmed.

The quake hit near Papplewick between Nottingham and Mansfield around 7.15pm this evening.

Residents across Nottinghamshire reported feeling the tremors.

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Earthquake reportedly hits Nottinghamshire

An earthquake has been reported in Nottinghamshire.

The British Geographical Survey said it was looking into reports of a quake in the region.

Members of the public who felt the tremors took to Twitter to describe their experiences.

One of the world's seven remaining rare rhinos dies

One of the world's seven remaining northern white rhinos has died in Kenya, bringing the famed African species one step closer to extinction, a wildlife conservancy said.

Suni, a male Northern White Rhinoceros, has died in Kenya. Credit: Reuters

While there are thousands of southern white rhinos still roaming the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, decades of rampant poaching have drastically cut northern white rhino numbers.

Suni, a 34-year-old who was the first northern white rhino to be born in captivity, was found dead by rangers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Nairobi.

The conservancy said Suni was not poached, but the cause of his death was unclear. It added that he was one of the last two breeding males in the world as no northern white rhinos are believed to have survived in the wild.

"Consequently the species now stands at the brink of complete extinction, a sorry testament to the greed of the human race," the conservancy said in a statement.

Flytipping costs councils £36 million a year

Stoke-on-Trent council receive as many as 400 flytipping complaints per month. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Flytipping is costing councils £36 million a year - the equivalent of collecting waste from more than 500,000 homes.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said councils are seeing some of the worst cases of flytipping ever.

In Stoke-on-Trent alone they have been receiving 400 complaints a month about items ranging from tyres to baths.

Derby City Council has even set up a special night "enforcement team" to tackle flytippers.

The LGA is calling for greater powers to tackle the problem such as the authority to hand out on-the-spot fines or fixed penalty notices rather than taking culprits to court.

They also want councils to be awarded full costs if they do secure a conviction.

LGA environment spokesman Peter Box said: "Local authorities are remarkably effective and efficient in tackling fly-tipping but the current system works against them.

"We need a new streamlined system which helps councils and hurts those doing the dumping."

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Students told to 'go with the flow' and wee in the shower

Students are being encouraged to urinate in the shower to save water - and then declare it on social media.

The campaign by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich has been called "go with the flow".

Who needs a toilet? Students are being encouraged to wee in the shower to save water. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

Every student is being asked to take part and announce their involvement on Twitter or Facebook with the #gotwiththeflow hashtag.

It is the brainchild of npower Future Leaders Challenge finalists Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, who believe it could save the university £125,000 a year.

We've done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact.

With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.

Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits.

– Chris Dobson, University of East Anglia.
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