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Missing kayaker: Coastguard launch urgent search

An urgent search operation has been launched to find a kayaker who has gone missing off the coast of Southampton.

The kayaker went missing after leaving Hill Head late last night. Credit: Google Maps

The kayaker left from Hill Head in Fareham, Hampshire at around 9.30 pm on Saturday night and did not return.

The Coastguard helicopter and lifeboats are involved in the search.

“We are searching for a kayaker who was expected home last night," Ash Rawson, controller at the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham, said.

"A vessel has been in contact with us to report a possible sighting and we are following up on this report as well as continuing our in-depth search of the area with multiple agencies.”

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Maidstone United celebrate Ryman League title win

Maidstone United fans celebrated today as the club all-but secured the Ryman League title.

The Stones drew 0-0 with Dulwich Hamlet this afternoon which means Hendon would need to make up some 19 goals and six points in their last two matches to reach Maidstone.

The Stones will go into National League South, as it will be known next season.

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Resolute Royals made Arsenal look like underdogs

Reading boss Steve Clarke told us his side were going to have to play the perfect game here today and for much of the game they did just that - more organised and more resolute throughout.

Reading's Jamie Mackie controls the ball in the air despite the challenge of Laurent Koscielny Credit: PA

They looked like a side determined to put themselves in the history books. Only a stroke of Sanchez class gave Arsenal the edge before the break and when Garath McCleary equalised the Royals looked to be on the brink of a famous giant killing.

Any part Federici played in Arsenal's eventual winner was instantly forgiven by fans and teammates alike. He is so often the difference for a Reading side that today made Arsenal look like the underdogs.

Sir John Madejski 'immensely proud' of Royals

Sir John Madejski has spoken of his pride, as Reading more than matched their Premier League opponent Arsenal.

The Reading Chairman was quick to leave the stands and address the team in the dressing room where he described the mood as sombre.

Sir John speaking after the match Credit: ITV Meridian

I am immensely proud of the manager and every one of those players.

I am also incredibly proud of our fans. Each and every one of them played their part here today. This has been the most wonderful day for everyone in the Thames Valley.

– Sir John Madejski

Firefighters help guests forced to leave hotel after blaze

Firefighters have spent the day helping guests forced to leave the Randolph Hotel in Oxford due to a fire.

They say the blaze, which isn't being treated as suspicious, started in the kitchen and spread to the roof yesterday.

Today road closures in the area began to be lifted and the stability of the tower affected by the fire was being assessed.

Despite a lot of smoke, there's been no significant damage to the interior of the hotel. There were 80 guests staying at the time, including a wedding party.

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