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Child inventor wins Science Museum award

A portable foot shower designed by an 11-year-old from St Albans has won the Science Museum's summer invention competition.

Sophia Laycock's 'Pediclean' washes the sand off your feet when you've been on the beach.

She beat over 60 entries to win a 3D printer worth £2,000.

The device consists of a plastic bottle which attaches to a pipe and when squeezed, dispenses a spray of water onto the feet which are placed on a platform.

It's designed to be light-weight and easy to transport while on holiday.

Sophia said: "I'm really thrilled to win this competition. I've seen foot showers at beaches whilst on holiday, but never seen anything like that in Britain. The 'Pediclean' is just a simple way of cleaning sand off your feet so the sand stays at the beach and doesn't get in the car!"

Mark Champkins, Science Museum Inventor in Residence said: "This product is an ingenious solution to one of the most irritating problems experienced on a trip to the beach." The 'Pediclean' is a smart and simple design that I can imagine in the shops."

Magna Carta comes to St Albans

One of the four surviving versions of the Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, has been delivered to St Albans Cathedral. The famous document was signed by King John in 1215 and for the first time set out the rights of citizens.

It is going on display to the public in St Albans from tomorrow. Ruth Banks spoke to the cathedral's Dean, Jeffrey John, and the St Albans mayor, Annie Brewster.


Treasure hunter strikes gold in St Albans

A treasure hunter struck gold in a muddy Hertfordshire field. He found a stash of Roman coins in the field near St Albans. They have just gone on public display.

While the rest of us can now appreciate them for their historical and aesthetic value, the man who discovered them will soon be enjoying their financial value, sharing in thousands and thousands of pounds.

Ria Chatterjee has our report.

Rare Roman coins found in St Albans

The coins were found near St Albans Photo. Credit: St Albans City & District Council

A collection of 159 Roman gold coins has been found in St Albans in Hertfordshire.

It was found on private land just north of St Albans, and is believed to be one of the largest hoards of coins ever discovered in the UK.

The coins, which are called 'solidus', are thought to date back to the very end of Roman rule in Britain.

The local council says that the coins are in a good condition, and were scattered across a fairly wide area. They are believed to be very rare.

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