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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.


Police detain sex offender after five-day manhunt

Munden is now in a mental health facility Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police say a convicted sex offender who's been on the run from a mental health facility near Hook has been detained after handing himself in.

Stephen Munden, aged 54, had not been seen since he climbed over a fence and left the Mildmay Oaks independent hospital at Winchfield on Tuesday 21st April.

The Hampshire force tweeted late last night that he's now been found and taken to a mental health facility.

They've since confirmed that Munden handed himself in to Thames Valley Police, but they haven't said where that was, or where he's been for the past five days.

Munden was given a hospital order in 2014 after being convicted of sexually assaulting a child and possessing indecent images of children.

Police responded to more than a hundred sightings of him, and have thanked the public for their help.

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