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Lifeboat saves dog after sea-plunge

A dog sparked a dramatic rescue operation after plunging 30ft into the sea. An RNLI lifeboat was scrambled to save Patterdale Terrier Archie after he fell over the edge of a cliff at Walton Backwaters in Essex.

The dog's owner Maxine Rule, who was also walking her partner's dog Lexi, told the Colchester Gazette: "Both dogs ran across the field, Archie got to the edge, stopped and then just went over. Lexi didn't follow, but was looking for another way down.

"When I ran over, I could not believe the drop and thought he must be dead."

The inshore lifeboat from Harwich lifeboat station was on its way back from a fundraising event when it was contacted by Thames Coastguard during the incident earlier this month, an RNLI spokesman said.

Crewman Darren Priestnall plucked six-year-old Archie from the water and waded back to the shore to reunite him with his owner.


'Mother and son' killed after being hit by train

Whilst we have yet to formally identify the deceased we can confirm we believe the woman was 48 and the child was a boy aged 10. Both were local to the area and we believe they were mother and son. The incident is still bring treated as suspicious although officers do not believe there was any third party involvement at the station.

– British Transport Police

Police handling of Alice Gross case to be investigated

The investigation team has reviewed 1,251 documents, spoken to 1,067 people and over 1,000 calls have been made to the incident room.

A review is also being carried out of the Met's early investigation into Alice's disappearance and the initial stages of the missing person investigation into Arnis Zalkalns.

This is essential to ensure that any learning is identified.

The review will be completed as quickly as possible.

– Metropolitan Police

Child hit by train at Slough 'was aged under 10 years'

Police say the child was aged under 10 years. A passenger who said he was on board the 08.41 train from Bedwyn to Paddington said the driver apologised to everyone on board after his train struck the pair.

Forensic officers work on the tracks at Slough Credit: PA
Forensic officers work on the tracks at Slough Credit: PA


'Possible murder-suicide' at Slough railway station

British Transport Police say a possible murder-suicide is:

... one of the lines of inquiry that our officers will be pursuing but we must not speculate.

– British Transport Police

Police have been searching the train tracks and studying CCTV at Slough, as well as speaking to a large number of witnesses, both on the train and on the platform.

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