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Man charged with manslaughter of homeless woman

A man from Brighton has been charged with the manslaughter of a homeless woman.

Her body was found in public toilets in Brighton on the 22nd November last year.

Timothy Smythe, who is 52-years-old, is in custody and will appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on the 15th May.

Faye Isaac, aged 39, was found dead by a cleaner in The Colonnade toilets in Maderia Drive just before 10.50am.

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Princess Anne attends youth sailing competition

HRH Princess Royal is in Weymouth today for the youth sailing championships Credit: ITV Meridian

Princess Anne is in Weymouth today to watch the country's best young sailors sail head-to-head.

The RYA Youth National Championships are taking place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and finish tomorrow.

The sailing event looks to annually attract more than 375 top racers from across the South and rest of the country.

Former soldier jailed over blackmail abuse

A Hampshire woman has been imprisoned for six years for blackmailing an animal testing company through explosive devices and desecration of graves.

Debbie Vincent, a former soldier who underwent a sex change, was found guilty of being involved in a conspiracy against Cambridge-based animal testing company.

The blackmail was launched by the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty group against Cambridge-based Huntingdon Life Services.

Michael Bowes QC, prosecuting, told the jury during her trial that the protests targeted HLS, by accusing staff of being paedophiles, sending hoax bombs and damaging people's homes and cars.

It is difficult for a judge to calculate the repugnance felt by society to such appalling acts. Nothing at all could justify such attacks. You express no shred of remorse or condemnation for the incidents of extreme terror and desecration which have been caused. There is not an inkling of understanding the distress those actions must have caused. You could not care less for the pain, distress and loss the conspiracy was causing others."

– Judge Keith Cutler, Winchester Crown Court

African insect snuck into family's suitcase

The praying mantis travelled home in the family's suitcase unbeknown to them Credit: Drusillas Park

A praying mantis that snuck into a family's suitcase and travelled from South Africa to the UK has now been re-homed in Sussex.

The tropical bug was discovered by the Menzies family when they washed their holiday clothes after returning from their fortnight away.

The Menzies family were shocked to find the insect among their holiday clothes Credit: Drusillas Park

After discovering the insect, Mum Pippa rang Drusillas Park who agreed to take the mantis in.

Drusillas' bug expert Angela Hale said: "Praying mantis are intriguing creatures that pose no threat to humans.

"They are not difficult to care for but you do need to know what you are doing in order to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Pippa did the right thing by getting in touch and we will provide the mantis with a good home.”

Praying mantis live in tropical climates around the world and they are named after their two prominent front legs, which are bent and held together as if they are praying.

Homeless dogs to enjoy Easter surprise

Jake is up for adoption at the rehoming centre in Reading Credit: Dogs' Trust

Homeless dogs in Berkshire are being treated to their very own Easter egg hunt - with no chocolate involved.

Staff at the Dogs Trust centre in Plumb Farm have hidden Easter toys for the dogs to sniff out and fetch.

Remy is one of the dogs taking part in the Easter fun Credit: Dogs' Trust

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Rehoming Centre Manger, says: “We have lots of sprightly dogs at the centre who need to burn off energy so we thought we’d create a fun Easter game for them to enjoy and help them practice their recall too.

"We would like to remind everyone about the dangers of leaving chocolate around for dogs to consume. It is extremely toxic to dogs because it contains the chemical theobromine which can cause poisoning."

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No flood warnings for first time in 4 months

The last of the flood warnings have been lifted following the recent flooding across our region.

It is the first time since the 16th December that there have been no Environment Agency warnings in the Meridian region.

Over the past few months, red strong stream warnings have been in place on the River Thames - advising all boats to stay away from the river.

More recently lower-level warnings advised manual boats against using the river have been in place.

However, today the agency announced there are 'no stream warnings' on the river, including Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Special Easter egg hunt for dogs in Reading

Whilst children across the South will be digging into their chocolate Easter eggs, the Newbury Dogs' Trust is warning families not to feed them to their dogs.

The Dogs' Trust in Newbury are hosting an Easter egg hunt especially for their homeless dogs this weekend.

The egg hunt will see dogs digging up Easter-themed toys in a sand area to keep them entertained over the long weekend.

Chocolate is deadly for pet dogs, as the cocoa in the food can kill the animals.

Man jailed for 9 years for injuring police officer

Luke Haywood has been sentenced to nine years in jail Credit: Thames Valley Police

A Reading man has been sentenced for nine years for causing serious injuries to a police officer.

Luke Haywood, who is 28, was sentenced yesterday at Reading Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to prevent arrest.

He was sentenced to eight years and nine months in jail, as well as three months' imprisonment for going equipped to burgle -making it nine years in prison.

On the 30th November last year PC Gareth Browning was attempting to stop a stolen vehicle driven by Haywood in Shinfield Road and PC Browning was hit by the vehicle.

PC Browning was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and he remains in a serious condition at hospital.

Senior investigating officer Det Supt Chris Ward said: “No sentence can ever reflect the injuries that PC Browning received as a result of Haywood's reckless actions. PC Browning was doing what thousands of Police Officers do every day - protecting the public from dangerous criminals."

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