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Stacey feels at home on the Isle of Wight...

When you're planning a grand design - location is everything. So a town centre location in the middle of Ryde on the Isle of Wight may not be the obvious choice. But a unique home has been created in this very urban setting that shows sometimes you have to keep an open mind. It's been nominated as one of the finalists in this years RIBA competition - the oscars of architecture - but does it have what it takes to win? Stacey Poole has been along to find out

Hannah plans voyage to raise funds for RNLI

Many who take to the water rely on the RNLI lifeboats to come to their aid if they get into trouble - including professional sailors. Now one of them, Hannah White, is hoping to help the RNLI by rowing from the West of the country to the East - ending in Gravesend. And she's doing it in a kayak. Hannah joined Fred from our London studio.

Region to celebrate 'Days of Fear and Wonder...'

It's the biggest celebration the British Film Institute has ever held with talks and classic science-fiction movies from War of the Worlds to 2001: A Space Odyssey being performed everywhere from in pubs to planetariums.

The BFI's Days of Fear and Wonder season begins across the region this weekend and, as Andy Dickenson found out, two of the world's greatest sci-fi authors were inspired by a small village in the heart of Sussex.

He speaks to Michael Sherborne, H.G. Wells' biographer; Dr Benjamin Noys, from the University of Chichester; and Ellen Cheshire, of Film Hub South East.

Clips from War of the Worlds, courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Village of the Damned, courtesy of Warner Bros, and The Invisible Man, courtesy of Universal Studios.


Policeman parks in disabled bay while buying McDonalds

This police car parked in a disabled bay Credit: Phillip Skeates

A policeman has been caught parking in a disabled bay in Swindon while he collected a McDonalds.

He was caught on camera in Swindon by disabled driver Phillip Skeates while he was waiting for a space.

The officer left his car in a no parking zone and emerged ten minutes later with a bag from McDonalds.

Wiltshire Police said: "This officer was on a designated break and had stopped off to buy some food.

"Clearly, he has not parked his patrol vehicle in the most sensible manner and we can only apologise to other motorists who were hindered by this. Wiltshire Police are now looking into this issue."

World War artefacts and munitions seized in Bicester

As a result of information following warrants executed in St Albans, Hertfordshire yesterday to target the theft of heritage artefacts and munitions, Thames Valley Police has arrested a 35-year-old man from Bicester this morning on suspicion of theft.

A quantity of First and Second World War munitions were located, as a result of the arrest, at a residential address in Buckingham Crescent in Bicester. The man was arrested on suspicion of theft from heritage and protected sites and is currently in police custody.

It is suspected that the arrested man obtained these artefacts through illegal metal detecting, which is a heritage crime. It is a criminal offence to retrieve artefacts from the ground through using a metal detector if the land is a protected site or without permission of the landowner.

An exact list of all the items has yet to be established by investigating officers at the address. Controlled explosions are planned to take place in order to safely remove artefacts and munitions found at the address.

“These controlled explosions pose no threat to the general public. As a precaution we have evacuated a few properties in close proximity. The seizure will take some time to process all the items recovered. We have experts in place to deal safely with the items recovered.”

– Ch Supt Amanda Pearson, leading the operation

"The practice of illegal metal detecting or stealing artefacts from the ground, particularly from conflict sites relating to the First and Second World Wars, is an issue that English Heritage takes very seriously. We recognise that the majority of the metal detecting community comply with the laws and regulations relating to the discovery and recovery of objects from the land. We are prepared to take action and do what is necessary including, working alongside the police, to bring those responsible to justice."

– Mark Harrison, National Policing and Crime Advisor for English Heritage

Kent woman jailed for making false allegation

Emily Checksfield has been sentenced to four years in prison Credit: Kent Police

A Kent woman has been sent to prison for making a false allegation that her partner threatened to kill her in Rye, East Sussex.

Emily Checksfield, 41, of Owen Square, Deal, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday and was sentenced to four years imprisonment, having been convicted on 12 September of perverting the course of justice after a trial.

She was found not guilty of a separate alleged offence of burglary.

In April 2012 Checksfield alleged that a now ex-partner had threatened to kill her with a Samurai sword at an address they then shared in Rye, East Sussex. He was arrested and after an investigation was charged on the authority of the CPS.

However within weeks he had recorded a conversation with her in which she acknowledged that the allegation was false. She then hurriedly contacted police to try to withdraw the allegation.

"Checksfield had put this man through the ordeal of a convincing allegation, arrest, charge, initial court appearance and, for a while, a remand in custody until he secured bail. We will always take all allegations of violent offences very seriously, and this one was thoroughly investigated, but it became clear that Checksfield had made the allegation out of personal spite and that it had no foundation. It is equally important that false allegations are considered for prosecution and we worked closely with the CPS to help ensure that she was eventually brought to justice."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ling
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