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Holidaymaker says leaving early saved her life - as two people killed

Two people have died and dozens are injured in an earthquake that hit Turkey and the Greek island Kos.

Some holidaymakers from the south east were caught up in the 'quake - which measured six point seven on the Richter scale.

Amanda Fletcher from Maidstone, Kent, was in her Kos hotel room when the quake happened.

She told ITV News Meridian that she an a friend had been sat drinking at "exactly the same spot" where two people were killed. Amanda and her friend had left early:


Hunt for man who assaulted and injured two men

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Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after two men suffered injuries following an assault in Portsmouth.

The incident happened on Astley Street between 6pm and 6.30pm on Monday 10th July.

A 29-year-old man had a verbal exchange with another man before being assaulted, leaving him with facial injuries.

A third man, aged 54, tried to intervene and received serious injuries to his leg as a result.

The suspect has been described as:

• Black

• Aged 25-30 years

• Approximately 5ft 9ins tall

• Large build

• Short black hair

• Wearing a black t-shirt

Officers are asking anyone who saw the incident, or who may've been in the area at the time, to contact DC Lewry on 101, quoting 44170270868.


Enormous stowaway spider hitches ride to UK from Australia

"He was about the size of my two hands put together."
Credit: RSPCA

An enormous stowaway spider has survived a 10,000 mile journey from Australia to the UK in a removal container.

The 18 cm huntsman spider was found in a shipping container full of family belongings at a removals company base in Merstham, Redhill yesterday. It had travelled for more than three months from Brisbane to the UK.

It is now being cared for by the RSPCA.

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From the empty locust shells found in the container it seems he has thankfully been able to find food during that length of time, but it’s a long time to go without water, and he’s lucky he didn’t get squished by any boxes or furniture.

Finding an exotic spider or insect in a shipping or removal container is not as rare as you may think - because the containers can include outdoor belongings like children’s play equipment and garden furniture, spiders can get picked up by mistake.

He was about the size of my two hands put together, roughly 18cm, so quite something to look at! Huntsman spiders are not venomous but they can give a nasty bite."

– Annie Janes, RSPCA animal collection officer
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