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Science Museum evacuated

The Science Museum has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found.


Something going down outside the national science museum - everyone evacuated & area cordoned off


Just got evacuated from the Science Museum in London, police everywhere!

Officers patrolling festival site

"We take all allegations of this nature very seriously and we are conducting a full investigation. A man and a boy were arrested very soon after the report was made, thanks to the quick response of on-site security and Thames Valley Police officers.

There is currently a scene watch in place and I would like to reassure those attending the festival that crime levels remain low and crimes of this nature are very rare.

Officers are patrolling the site to support on-site security and if anyone has any concerns, please feel free to approach our officers to discuss these.

Throughout the festival we are updating our Reading Festival Twitter and Instagram feeds with safety messages and security information from the festival, and we suggest that anyone who wishes to enjoy the festival safely follow these."

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Thames Valley Police enquiry line on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

– Chief Inspector Dave Parker. Thames Valley Police


East London doctor aims to beat 92 hour record

Jo training on her bike
Jo training on her bike Credit: Jo Rodda

Jo, from Woodford Green, is a psychiatrist at Victoria Hospital in Romford. She aims to beat the previous record of 92 hours for the gruelling 289 mile continuous triathlon.

Jo has been training hard for the last 6 months and her average training weekend involves six hours swimming, 100 miles on the bike and a 25 mile run.

Jo has some idea of what the event will throw at her, having competed in a 150 mile run through the Sahara Desert.

Her inspiration, friend Simon Malyon, has also managed 180 miles so far on an exercise bike, despite suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

. Credit: Jo Rodda

To follow Jo’s progress and offer words of encouragement along the way, you can tweet her @Jo2Paris4MS.

For more information on the campaign, visit her website.

An 87 mile run, 22 mile swim and 180 mile cycle for charity

Dr Jo Rodda in training Credit: Jo Rodda

London psychiatrist Jo Rodda is undertaking the challenge for the MS Trust, in support of close friend Simon Malyon who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of MS three weeks before the birth of his second son.

Jo aims to break the fastest female world record for the 289 mile run, swim and cycle.

  • She will be the only woman competing
  • Only 14 people have ever completed the race - including just 4 women
  • Competitors will run 87 miles from Marble Arch to Dover
  • They will swim 22 miles across the channel from Dover to Calais
  • Finally, they will cycle 180 miles to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Gazza's daughter thanks fans for support after setback

Paul Gascoigne's daughter has thanked fans who offered sympathy after shocking photographs showed him looking gaunt and frail as he was helped into an ambulance.

The ex-England footballer, now 47, has a long history of problems with alcohol and was reportedly found slumped outside his home.

Bianca Gascoigne, 27, received messaged of support from fans who remember him fondly from his time at clubs including Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers.

John Rae's tweet was one of the ones she retweeted:

Bianca, a model and reality TV star, wrote herself:

Earlier this week it was reported that Gascoigne could return to football after signing for a Sunday league club in Bournemouth.


Sex attack in caravan on site

Two people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman at Reading Festival.

The victim - who is 19 - reported being subjected to the sex attack in a caravan on the festival traders' site last night.

She had earlier met a man and a boy near an ice cream van opposite a mobile phone charging point in one of the campsites.

A boy of 14, from Surrey, and a 31-year-old man from London were being held in police custody on suspicion of rape, Thames Valley Police said.

Former police community support officer faces prison

A former police community support officer with the Metropolitan Police is facing a prison sentence after admitting he contacted the Sun to say a supermodel was attending a police station accused of assault.

Paul Randall - who is 49 years old - was told by a judge at the Old Bailey: "This reveals a serious breach of trust and a prison sentence is likely."

Randall, of south west London, admitted one count of misconduct in public office.

He will be sentenced on September 18.

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