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Soldiers and police row for Nepal

Police and soldiers in Kent have been going head to head in a static rowing challenge for good causes.

Police officers were raising money for a charity called More than Words which teaches signing to children who can't speak, while the soldiers were rowing in aid of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. They're helping retired soldiers in Nepal affected by the recent earthquake.

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Maidstone soldiers take on police in rowing challenge

In a battle of soldiers versus police, who do you think might win? That's exactly what a challenge in Maidstone this week tried to find out - and raise plenty of money for charity at the same time.

David Johns explains, talking to Maj Devkumar Gurung of the Queen's Gurkha Engineers; Lt Col Richard Walker of 36 Engineers; PC Paul Hughes; and Ch Insp Mick Gardner of Kent Police.

For the Gurkha Welfare Trust, see For More Than Words, see


Thousands expected for 'largest ever' Heathrow runway protest

Thousands of campaigners, including many form Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, will travel to London today for a mass protest against a third runway at Heathrow.

It will be led by London Mayor Boris Johnson MP and held in Pariament Square. Boris is firmly against the plan and supported by political figures of all parties.

The scheme would cost up to £19 billion and see an extra runway, sixth terminal and the M25 put in a tunnel with the new runway over it.

Heathrow say it will create 180,000 jobs and be the biggest ever boost to the economy of the Thames Valley. They say it has the support of most local residents.

Commission recommended another runway at Heathrow Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Critics say it will lead to more noise and will be an environmental disaster.

The rally, which is expected to attract thousands of people, will take place just weeks before David Cameron is expected to make an announcement on a new runway for London and the South East.

At present the Cabinet is looking at the recommendation of the Airports Commission that the runway should be built at Heathrow. However, over recent months, the owners of Gatwick have continued to make the case for a second runway at their airport.

We expect this to be the biggest ever rally against the third runway. Thousands are expected to send a clear message to the Prime Minister that they will fight any decision to give the green light to a new runway at Heathrow.

– John Stewart, Chair HACAN


Turner to showcase 'Risk' art exhibition

'Risk' exhibition starts at the Turner gallery in Margate

An art exhibition opening in Kent today aims to challenge the way people think about the unpredictable.

'Risk' at the Turner Contemporary in Margate includes more than 40 works by artists from around the world. The exhibits include footage of a burning plane and images of survivors of the Fukushima earthquake in Japan. The exhibition runs until the 17th of January 2016.

Magna Carta exhibition at Rochester Cathedral

The 'Magna Carta Rediscovered' exhibition continues in Kent

Two of the world's rarest written documents are been shown together for the first time, in Kent today.

An edition of the Magna Carta dating back seven hundred years is coming to Rochester Cathedral. It will appear alongside an even older artefact called the 'Textus Roffensis'. The display marks the end of an special exhibition that has been touring the county since May.

'Swine team' lead archaeologists to Ice Age find

Archaeologists from the University of Reading have been sharing the tale of how a herd of pigs led to them discovering the oldest evidence of human activity in Scotland.

Dr Karen Wicks from the University of Reading with the 'Swine Team' Credit: University of Reading

The team were alerted to Islay in the Inner Hebrides after a herd of pigs dug up uprooted mesolithic items while foraging along the coastline. The scientists discovered a set of Ice Age stone tools used for hunting - including sharp points used for hunting big game and scrapers for cleaning skins. The items date back 12,000 years.

Some of the tools found by the archaeologists

"The Mesolithic finds were a wonderful discovery - but what was underneath took our breath away. The Ice Age tools provide the first unequivocal presence of people in Scotland about 3000 years earlier than previously indicated. This moves the story of Islay into a new historical era, from the Mesolithic into the Palaeolithic.

"Western Scotland was the northwest frontier of the Ice Age world, a continuous landmass stretching across Europe to Asia. It was originally thought that people first arrived in Scotland after the end of the ice age, around 10,500 years ago. However we now know that a group of ice age hunter-gatherers visited Islay much earlier, discarding broken stone tools at what we think was maybe a camp site, on the island's east coast...

"The initial discovery was more swine team than Time Team. Archaeology relies on expert planning and careful analysis - but a bit of luck is also very welcome."

– Dr Karen Wicks, University of Reading's Department of Archaeology
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