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Driver seriously injured in head-on collision

Two cars were involved in the Crash in St Mary's Bay Credit: ITV Meridian

A driver has suffered life threatening injuries in a head-on crash between two Peugeots in Kent.

The 43 year-old man was taken to hospital in London with serious injuries following the collision on the A259 Dymchurch Road in St Mary’s Bay. The other driver was uninjured.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Shopkeeper thwarts knifeman by throwing shopping baskets

Paul Swales, 29 Credit: Dorset Police

A man has been jailed for attempting to rob a shopkeeper with a large knife on Christmas Eve. Paul Swales, 29, was only thwarted because the shopkeeper threw shopping baskets at him until he was disarmed.

He targeted the Carbery Food & Wine store in Southbourne, Bournemouth at around 10.15pm on 24th December. Swales demanded money from a member of staff while brandishing the knife and also threatened a customer.

The shopkeeper managed to disarm Swales by throwing shopping baskets at him, causing the attempted robber to drop the knife. A member of the public saw the incident and then rushed into the shop and tackled Swales.

Swales, originally from Stockton-on-Tees, was sentenced to four years at Bournemouth Crown Court.

I would like to praise the brave passing member of the public who came to their aid and detained Swales until police officers arrived

– Detective Constable Will Burnett, Dorset Police

Duchess of Cornwall to receive honorary degree

The Duchess will receive an honorary doctorate Credit: ITV

The Duchess of Cornwall is to receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Southampton.

The ceremony, on Thursday, will recognise her work with sufferers of osteoporosis. The condition can cause bones to become brittle.

The Duchess is president of the National Osteoporosis Society. She lost her mother and grandmother to the disease.

Cathedral holds auditions for Girls' Choir

Auditions are being held for children Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral wants to recruit schoolchildren for the famous Girls' Choir. They would like to hear from girls in school years 6 & 7, aged 10-12. The cathedral says it is an excellent opportunity for those looking to further their singing and musical education. Auditions will be held later this month.

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