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Surrey musician and Berkshire nurse make it to Bake Off

A musician from Surrey and a nurse from Berkshire are among the 11 contestants who have been selected for this year's The Great British Bake Off.

Stu, 35, Surrey

A professional musician who is trading his microphone for a wooden spoon. He has been baking since a young age, and his love of cooking was spurred on by watching his parents in the kitchen of the restaurant they owned. He said he loves "how something liquid could go in and out would come this fluffed up awesomeness".

Alvin, 37, Berkshire

A nurse from Berkshire who is originally from the Philippines, Alvin's two children are going to inherit the many recipes and techniques he is always scribbling down. He started his baking quest seven years ago and now bakes at least four times a week. He is determined too, and revealed he once baked bread every single day for three weeks until he thought he had "got it right".

Children invited inside historic stone circle

Stonehenge is attracting a younger audience Credit: PA

For the first time in its 4,500-year-old history, children are invited to step inside the stone circle at Stonehenge, in activities designed to get younger generations interested in the country's history.

Without any grown-ups, English Heritage is beginning a series of ‘Kids Only’ Stone Circle Visits as part of its Kids Takeover summer season.


Plans to merge Magistrates courts face opposition

Campaigners say plans to close three of the Thames Valley's magistrates courts will discourage people from giving evidence and make it hard for victims who live in rural areas.

A three month consultation is underway for West Berkshire in Newbury, Bicester and Aylesbury.

The Ministry of Justice says it needs to save money, and that much of the Court business can be done online these days.

Services will be merged into other areas, like Reading.

Police renew appeal for information following assault in Portsmouth

Police want to talk to this woman Credit: HAMPSHIRE POLICE

Police are investigating an assault that took place in the play area outside Horatia House on Meriden Road in Portsmouth on July the 1st at around 8pm.

The assault happened following a verbal disagreement between four women and a child. A 29 year-old woman and a 38 year-old woman reported that they were then assaulted by the other two women believed to have been involved. One of the victims was pushed against a metal gate and kicked during the assault, leaving the 29 year-old with injuries to her head and neck which she received treatment for at QA hospital in Cosham.

Police want to talk to this woman Credit: HAMPSHIRE POLICE

The two women that police want to speak to are described as: Black Aged in their twenties. Both slim with shoulder length black hair. One of the women was wearing a black dress and had a gold nose ring. The other woman was wearing black trousers and a white coloured top and was carrying a large orange bag.


Concern for missing Hampshire teenager

Morgan Breton has been missing since last Wednesday Credit: HAMPSHIRE POLICE

16 year-old Morgan Breton who's from Belvoir Close in Fareham has been missing since last Wednesday.

He's described as: • White. • Short brown hair. • Possibly wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms. • He was wearing blue Adidas canvas style trainers. • He may be wearing a hat similar to the one he's pictured with.

Vicar who handed himself in to be sentenced today

The vicar from St Andrew's Parish in Farnham is due to appear before judges at Sheffield Crown Court.

A vicar from Farnham who was on the run for stealing thousands of pounds is due to be sentenced today.

50-year-old Simon Reynolds handed himself in to Sheffield Police station yesterday afternoon where he was remanded in custody overnight.

He's convicted of pocketing £24,000 from weddings and funerals while at a church in Yorkshire before moving to Surrey.

Operation Stack back in place

Operation Stack is back in place on the M20 coastbound between Junctions 8 and 9 this morning due to a heavy volume of traffic heading towards the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel and the continued disruption in Calais.

Non-freight traffic is being diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and can rejoin the M20 at Junction 9 (Ashford West). This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coastbound carriageway of the M20.

Kent Police is reminding lorry drivers that those at the front of the queue will get a ticket to continue their journey to the continent. Those who use the diversions for non-freight traffic in an attempt to get closer to the front, and who do not have a ticket, will be sent to the back of the Op Stack queue.

Motorists are advised to plan their journeys carefully and allow plenty of extra time if travelling towards the east of the county.

Major police operation continues after human remains are found

Police at the scene in Bracknell Credit: ITV

A major police operation continues in Berkshire this morning after the discovery of human remains.

Police were called to Hawthorn Lane in Warfield, Bracknell, on Friday afternoon after workmen - who were clearing ditches in the area - made the discovery.

The skeletal remains are thought to be at least two years old and are those of an adult man.

A post mortem examination took place on Sunday, but the results were inconclusive.

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