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Balloon prank victim glad to have room back

A Southampton student who arrived back to his room to find his friends had filled it with 5000 balloons says he has just about cleared up.

Max Rennie's flatmates decided to teach him not to make the rookie mistake of leaving his room open when he goes home for the weekend.

They filmed the prank and posted it online. Max says he's glad to have his room back:

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Men jailed for multi-million pound drugs ring

The ringleader behind plots to import and supply vast quantities of drugs has been jailed along with five associates.

Four of six men jailed for huge drugs ring Credit: Kent Police

Langton (top left) paid a transport company £50,000 for an HGV to transport 75 kilos of cannabis from Greece to the United Kingdom in July 2012. Two of his associates were responsible for logistics and communicating with suppliers in Albania and Greece.

Working closely with the Hellenic Police in Greece, National Crime Agency investigators were able to conduct operational activity in Greece and monitor the transportation of the drugs.

During the ensuing investigation, officers from Kent Police also seized 415 cannabis plants during a raid at a rented unit on the Darent Industrial Park in Erith, near Dartford. A Vauxhall Astra van was also recovered which had a concealed compartment containing packs of amphetamine, blocks of cannabis resin, four bags of cocaine and 7,824 ecstasy tablets.

Two more vans, which had left the unit earlier that day, were stopped on the northbound M6. Officers found 81 packages of skunk cannabis in a Vauxhall Vivaro, plus 18 packages of cocaine and 14 packages of cannabis resin in a Ford Transit.

The group were sentenced to a total of 59 years on 25 November at Maidstone Crown Court.

The joint investigations have resulted in the recovery of 50 kilos of class A drugs and 200 kilos of class B drugs, with a total value of approximately £8 million, as well as £275,000 cash.

Ascot to host Red Bull air race again

Ascot Race course in Berkshire will once again host the Red Bull air race.

Air race at Ascot, August 2014

50,000 people watched the event in August this year where pilots navigate an obstacle course at speeds of over 200mph.

2014 champion Nigel Lamb from Oxfordshire will return to defend his title next summer.

We’re always making efforts to bring the sport to our fans and we’re delighted that we can now officially announce that Red Bull Air Race will visit 2015 two new countries. We will race in Japan and Russia, countries full of enthusiastic motorsport and aviation fans and once again Hungary, where the Red Bull Air Race has a great fan base.

– Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race

Six men jailed for multi-million pound drug ring

The ringleader behind plots to import and supply vast quantities of drugs has been jailed along with five criminal associates.

Stephen Langton, aged 40, of Gews Corner, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, received 16 years at Maidstone Crown Court on 25 November after pleading guilty to conspiracy to import cannabis and conspiracies to supply cocaine, MDMA, cannabis and amphetamine.

Stephen Langton has been jailed for sixteen years Credit: Kent Police

Langton paid a transport company £50,000 for an HGV to transport 75 kilos of cannabis from Greece to the United Kingdom in July 2012. Two of his criminal associates, Paul Oliver, aged 36, of Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, and Arjan Lamaj, aged 32, of Bolbeck Park, Milton Keynes, were responsible for logistics and communicating with suppliers in Albania and Greece.

Working closely with the Hellenic Police in Greece, National Crime Agency investigators were able to conduct operational activity in Greece and monitor the transportation of the drugs.

Unaware the NCA had them under surveillance, Lamaj, who is currently serving 22 years for previous heroin offences, arranged for the cannabis to be taken to a safe house in Northamptonshire. The police searched the premises and recovered the cannabis, six kilos of heroin, a cannabis cultivation unit and over £50,000 in cash.

Analysis of telephone call data proved Langton was in communication with Oliver and Lamaj during the relevant times.

Further analysis of the call data also evidenced Langton's involvement in the supply of cannabis, cocaine, MDMA and amphetamine. This was investigated by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate with support from the NCA.

Officers from Kent Police seized 415 cannabis plants during a raid at a rented unit on the Darent Industrial Park in Erith, near Dartford, on 30 April 2013. A Vauxhall Astra van was also recovered which had a concealed compartment containing packs of amphetamine, blocks of cannabis resin, four bags of cocaine and 7,824 ecstasy tablets.

Two more vans, which had left the unit earlier that day, were stopped on the northbound M6. Officers found 81 packages of skunk cannabis in a Vauxhall Vivaro, plus 18 packages of cocaine and 14 packages of cannabis resin in a Ford Transit.

Officers arrested three of Langton's criminal associates - Michael Russell aged 39, of Widgeon Road, Erith, Billy Mills aged 34, of Oakdene Avenue, Chislehurst, and Scott Baker, aged 25, of Betsham Road, Erith. Langton himself was arrested in Malaga on a European Arrest Warrant and extradited back to the UK.

Scott Baker has been sentenced to nine years in prison Credit: Kent Police
Billy Mills has been jailed for twelve years Credit: Kent Police
Michael Russell has been sentenced to eight years in jail Credit: Kent Police

"These men thought they could work under the radar of law enforcement agencies, to conduct their criminal activity - they were wrong. 'Drugs destroy communities and the NCA will continue to work in partnership with police forces and international law enforcement agencies to ensure organised criminals are always held to account."

– Brendan Foreman, the NCA's Regional Head of Investigations

"This was a significant drugs supply operation dealing in vast quantities of illegal substances and money. 'Both the Kent investigation and the joint national and international investigation have made significant seizures and have undoubtedly had a disruptive impact on the drugs supply network. The key here is a large amount of illegal drugs destined for the streets of Kent and further afield have been taken away and destroyed."

– Detective Inspector Rob Haines

All five of Langton's criminal associates were also sentenced on 25 November at Maidstone Crown Court.

Oliver and Lamaj received eight years and six years respectively after pleading guilty to conspiracy to import cannabis.

Mills was jailed for 12 years, Baker was sentenced to nine years and Russell received eight years. The trio had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracies to supply class A and class B drugs. Baker also pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis.

The joint investigations, which also involved officers from the Hellenic Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Northamptonshire Police and Police Scotland, have resulted in the recovery of 50 kilos of class A drugs and 200 kilos of class B drugs, with a total value of approximately £8 million, as well as £275,000 cash.

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Teachers take on canoe race in memory of yachstman

The lecturers of yachtsman James Male, who was lost at sea when the Cheeki Rafiki went missing in the Atlantic, are about to take on a new challenge in his memory.

James Male, from Southampton

James was a student at Sparsholt College near Winchester. His teachers are training for the Devizes to Westminster race.

The Cheeki Rafiki yacht went missing on its way home from Antigua and the crew were all lost at sea.

James' Outdoor Education lecturers are currently in training for the gruelling canoe race in order to raise funds for the RNLI Forever by the Seas Fund, which was set up in memory of the Cheeki Rafiki crew.

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'Remarkable talent Phil Hughes was loved by everyone'

Tributes have flooded in for Australian batsman Phil Hughes, who has been described as a "remarkable talent" who was "loved by everyone".

Loved by everyone, Phillip was a really terrific person and a remarkable talent.

He had many friends and teammates here and interstate that will need support, and it is important we offer them our love and care as we all come to terms with this tragic event.

– South Australian Cricket Association Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw

Phillip is fondly remembered as a bright and cheeky young man with an infectious smile who emerged as an outstanding junior more than a decade ago.

It is unspeakably sad he cannot now achieve his potential in the game.

– Cricket New South Wales Chief Executive Andrew Jones
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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies aged 25

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes has died, days after being hit on the head with a ball.

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died aged 25. Credit: Cricket Australia

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said the 25-year-old "never regained consciousness" following his injury on Tuesday.

Hughes, who would have turned 26 on Sunday, was "not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends", Bruckner added.

Hughes collapsed after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia in a match against New South Wales in Sydney.

He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the pitch before being rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

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