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Cyclists finish Bikeathon 2014

Cyclists being awarded medals at the finishing line.
Cyclists being awarded medals at the finish line. Credit: ITV News London

Thousands of cyclists completed the London Bikeathon 2014 earlier today. Participants could choose to take part in a 26, 52 or 100 mile route. Everyone who crossed the finish line was awarded a medal.

The event is expected to raise a substantial sum of money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.

Cyclists receiving their medals.
Cyclists receiving their medals. Credit: ITV News London
Free bananas at the finish line.
Free bananas at the finish line. Credit: ITV News London
Cyclists heading towards the finish line.
Cyclists heading towards the finish line. Credit: ITV News London

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London Bikeathon 2014

A bike wheel.
A bike wheel. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Thousands of lycra clad cyclists will be taking part in the London Bikeathon 2014 today. All the money raised from the event will be going to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Riders can choose to do the 26, 52 or 100 mile routes. Though online registration for this event has closed, cyclists can still sign up in person on the day.

Watch the video below showing highlights from last year's event.

Witness appeal following assault on teenage girl in Epsom

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was assaulted by two men in an unprovoked incident in Epsom.

The victim was walking along Upper High Street towards Alexandra Road on Thursday 21st August around 11.45pm.

She was approached by two men who pushed the 16 year-old to the floor from behind leaving her with cuts to her face, hands and knees. The men laughed at the victim and ran off.

Both men are described as white, approximately 20-years-old, 6ft tall, of average build with a local accent. Both were wearing dark or grey coloured tracksuit bottoms.

This was a nasty and unprovoked attack which left the teenage victim shaken.

The two men showed no remorse for what they had done by laughing at the girl afterwards before approaching cars made them panic and run off.

I would urge anybody who was driving along that road at the time to get in touch with any information you have.

– Detective Constable Kirsty Webb, Surrey Police

Rewards for recycling your rubbish

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You could get shopping vouchers for recycling your rubbish Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says that people should be rewarded for recycling more instead of being punished with "draconian" fines.

He highlighted a successful pilot scheme in Windsor where the council weighs each household's recycling and rewards them with vouchers for national and local retailers worth up to £135 a year.

It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This Government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health. Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.

– Eric Pickles MP, Communities and Local Government Secretary

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Unexplained death in Surrey

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Can you help with our investigation into an unexplained death near East Surrey Hospital in #Redhill this evening? http://t.co/UNcVZthE7A

Surrey Police has been called to an East Surrey Hospital following the unexplained death of a man. Officers were called to the hospital in Redhill just before 5pm this evening after a man in his 70s was found collapsed in the car park.

He was taken into the Accident and Emergency department where he later died. An investigation is underway to determine if the elderly man was struck by a vehicle prior to his death.

RSPCA investigate shocking dog 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

The RSCPA has launched an investigation after a video of a teenager - who is believed to live in London - has appeared online. The boy is seen thrusting his dog into a bucket of water in an apparent 'Ice Bucket Challenge'.

Some viewers may find this video distressing.

“The aim of the ice bucket challenge is to raise money and awareness for charity - this ‘stunt’ goes against everything it stands for.

Any responsible pet owner would be shocked by this.

It is likely that the puppy in the footage could have been caused distress, if not harm, and we are very concerned that others would think this is appropriate.

Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence under law and we would strongly urge people not to copy this video.”

– RSPCA spokesperson

The boy reportedly defended himself on Facebook saying, “I’m sorry my dog slipped out my hand.”

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