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Sir Anthony Seldon leaves Wellington for Buckingham

Sir Anthony has been at Wellington for nine years Credit: Wellington College

The distinguished headmaster of Berkshire's Wellington College, Sir Anthony Seldon, has been appointed Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham.

Sir Anthony is a historian and one of the country's most respected education experts.

He'll take over in September.

Sir Anthony will take over in September Credit: University of Buckingham

“We are very pleased indeed at this announcement. Sir Anthony has transformed two large independent schools, Brighton College and Wellington College, and made each of them formidably strong institutions. He is also a distinguished academic in his own right, and pioneer in the fields of contemporary history, political science and positive psychology. We believe he has the mixture of leadership, innovation and academic track record to make the University of Buckingham one of Britain’s leading universities.”

– Lady Keswick, Chancellor

“I am delighted to be taking over at the University of Buckingham, which my father, Arthur Seldon CBE, helped to found 40 years ago. There are many exciting developments already in train at Buckingham, including the new medical school. I am looking forward to building on the excellent work of Professor Terence Kealey, and working with the outstanding staff to make it a truly pioneering academic institution.”

– Sir Anthony Seldon

Puppy starts fire which kills pet hamster and parrot

The black labrador puppy is now recovering Credit: PA: Library image

A four-month-old puppy left a trail of destruction after setting his new home on fire.

While his owner was out, Stanley the black Labrador leapt onto the cooker and switched it on, causing a fire which killed his fellow pets.

The heat melted a hamster cage placed on top of a ceramic hob, filling the property, at Queenborough Road, Sheppey, with thick, black smoke.

A parrot named Dave and Vinny the hamster perished in the fire, and firefighters had to give Stanley oxygen.

Deb Hague, the puppy’s owner, said: "It’s devastating, absolutely devastating to think how your life can change in a matter of hours."The fire brigade were absolutely brilliant.”

“They were just so caring looking after Stanley and the hamster, and were very diplomatic in breaking the news about Dave.”


Man jailed for firearms offences after stun gun found in car

James Green was jailed for five years Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man's been jailed for five years after traffic police carrying out a routine stop, found a stun gun disguised as a torch in his car.

James Green, aged 28, of Morley Place, Hungerford, was stopped while driving a vehicle in Hambridge Road, Newbury, on Tuesday 16 December last year.

He was arrested at the scene and charged on 19 February this year with one count of possession of a prohibited weapon (disguised firearm), one count of possession of a firearm when prohibited for five years and one count of careless driving.

At Reading Crown Court on Friday (24/4), Green pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

“Possession of Firearms is a serious offence which was made worse due to the weapon being disguised as something else.

“The Secretary of State has given these offences a mandatory sentence, which is reflected in the punishment given to Green.

“The defendant was found in possession of this weapon, a stun gun, by Roads Policing officers, who were completing a routine traffic stop. The discovery of this weapon just goes to show what officers have to deal with when on a normal patrol. Luckily, the weapon was not used against officers, and no injuries were sustained by anyone.”

– PC Nigel Woodall, Thames Valley Police

Perfect conditions for Southampton's first half-marathon

6000 runners are taking part Credit: Richard Slee

Thousands of runners are pushing themselves to the limits today in Southampton's first half-marathon.

The 6000 participants will be delighted that conditions have remained cool and cloudy this morning, while thousands more have been cheering them on.

Around half of those running are first-timers, while runners have already pledged more than £100,000 towards good causes by running on behalf of local and national charities.

500 volunteers from community groups and charities are dedicating their time to support the cause.

Well done to everyone taking part.


Driver killed after hitting oncoming car

Kent Police are investigating Credit: ITV

A driver has been killed after he was hit by an oncoming car as he tried to overtake on a country road.

Officers from Kent's Serious Collision Investigation Unit were called to Pilgrims Way near Boxley on Saturday evening.

The accident happened on Pilgrim's Way Credit: Google images

At about 8.30pm a white Ford Focus was being driven towards Boxley, when it overtook a grey Toyota Corolla. The Focus then collided with a red Volkswagon Golf being driven in the opposite direction.

The Focus then rolled and came to rest in a field and the driver, a 33-year-old local man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Golf received minor injuries.

– Kent Police spokesman

Anyone who may have saw the incident or the cars prior to the collision is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

Himalayan earthquake : Relief for family after Kent man found safe

Sebastian Lovera has now made contact with his family Credit: Gregg Smye-Rumsby

A family from Kent have spoken of their "overwhelming relief" after hearing from their son who it was feared might have been among the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Sebastian Lovera, of Springwell Road, was trekking towards the Mount Everest base camp when the earthquake hit.

But today his mother and step-father spoke of their relief that he has now made contact with them.

It's believed he is intending to stay in Nepal to help the rescue effort.

Bad weather on Everest has been hampering rescue efforts Credit: ITV

Meanwhile a Brighton woman who had been feared missing has also made contact with her family

Tara Bradshaw, of Queens Park Road, is travelling in the country before doing a master’s degree next year.

The 24-year-old’s boyfriend Alex Parry posted a message on Google’s Person Finder in a bid to track her down.

Tara Bradshaw is safe and well Credit: Google
Bodies have been recovered from the Everest base camp Credit: ITV News

There was good news too about the contingent of British Gurkhas climbing at Everest. All are safe.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed homes, businesses and temples in the capital of Kathmandu and around 2,000 people are now believed to have died, including 53 in India and 17 in Tibet.

The quake also triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest killing 18 people and injuring at least 30 climbers. Many climbers are still missing.

Aftershocks have also hit the capital Kathmandhu Credit: PA

Concerns grow for missing Laura

Luiri El-Hagrasi is known locally as Laura Credit: Kent Police

Police in Kent are concerned for the welfare of a 33-year-old woman who has gone missing from her home in Cliftonville.

Luiri El-Hagrasi, who is also known locally as Laura, has not been seen since Thursday.

Officers have launched an appeal to trace her and are asking for any information about her whereabouts.

Luiri El-Hagrasi, who may also use the surname 'Ahmed', is Eastern European and 5ft 4ins tall with straight, shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes.

Police are asking for anyone who may be able to help locate Laura to contact them on 101 quoting reference 23*1234.

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