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Royal Navy go extra mile (underwater) for charity

They will pull a rigid inflatable boat which will carry three support crew and back-up equipment Credit: Royal Navy

Fourteen Royal Navy divers are to attempt walking 26 miles underwater in kit weighing 40kg - all in under 30 hours!

They are due to start the challenge today raising money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

One of the divers, Leading Diver Duncan Watt, 37, said: "It will be extremely tough - both mentally and physically, especially the last ten or so hours. We haven't had much time to do specific training for this because of our busy day jobs, but we are all confident that we can pull this off."

Their equipment includes lead-lined boots, an air cylinder and a 17kg helmet Credit: Royal Navy

Inquest to start into shooting of seven-year-old girl

Mary Shipstone's death left the community of Northiam in shock

An inquest will start today into the suspected murder-suicide of a seven-year-old girl in East Sussex last September.

Mary Shipstone died of gunshot wounds after her estranged father, Yasser Alromisse, shot her twice in the head before turning the gun on himself.


New free school in Reading welcomes students

There will be celebrations in Reading this morning as a new free school opens its doors.

Work has been ongoing at Maiden Erlegh. Its first intake will be 178 Year 7 students.

Our team of dedicated staff has worked tirelessly to ensure that our new year 7 students will have a fantastic experience in this brand new school. This year group will be a very special year group who will be able to see the permanent buildings being built before them.

– Chief Executive of Maiden Erlegh Trust, Peter Thomas

Back to school for pupils at fire-hit school

A learning centre is will open its doors for the Autumn term - more than a month since a fire destroyed its building Credit: Darren Toogood

Pupils - whose school burnt down - are starting the Autumn term at their new school.

The Early Learning Centre at Lake on the Isle of Wight was devastated in July.

The site at Lake on the Isle of Wight was devastated by the blaze in July. The former Hunnyhill Primary in Newport has received a refit and will be the new home for the pupils.

Two week firearm surrender begins on Saturday

A two-week firearms surrender begins tomorrow in Wiltshire.

The police are appealing for anyone with unlicensed or unwanted weapons and ammunition to hand them in.

The laws around antique firearms were tightened which mean that someone who has served or received a criminal sentence can no longer possess an antique firearm.

The sentencing guidelines for possession for sale or transfer of an unauthorised firearm or ammunition were also raised and this offence now carries a maximum penalty of life.

Inspector Steve McGrath said: "Wiltshire is a safe county in which to live and gun crime in the UK has continued to fall year on year for the last ten years. We are not complacent about gun crime however, which is why we are conducting a two week surrender as we want as many firearms as possible to be handed in."

Century-old milk round priced out by supermarkets

One of the country's oldest milk rounds says it's been forced to close after being priced out by the supermarkets.

The company will stop delivering at the weekend Credit: PA

Bond Brothers has been a familiar sight in Buckinghamshire for more than a century.

The business was originally started by the Bond brothers' grandfather in 1901.

The company even delivered during two world wars, to customers including Sir Winston Churchill.

The recommended retail price of a pint delivered to the doorstep is 70p but with many supermarkets selling four pints for a pound, it's become almost impossible for the brothers to make a profit.


Homes flooded as pipe that serves hospital bursts

The burst pipe flooded Broughton Road Credit: Eynsham Fire Station

Houses in Banbury have been left with flood damage after a water main burst yesterday.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue said firefighters were called to the scene in Broughton Road at about 11.30am, where the road was severely flooded due to the burst pipe.

Water was also entering into a number of basements in adjacent homes, which firefighters had to pump out.

Thames Water were on the scene fairly rapidly and therefore managed to instigate an early isolation of the burst main. This in itself was complicated by the fact that the main served the Horton Hospital and therefore an alternative mains supply was required to serve the hospital. Our firefighters are now quite experienced at dealing with flooding and their quick actions also helped to limit the impact of this incident.

– Station Manager Nick Bourke
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