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May Day celebrations in Kent

May Day celebrations have been taking place across the south east. In Kent, an age old tradition was revived by youngsters from a local school.

In this report, Nashreen Issa spoke to children from Churchill School, Westerham's Town Crier John Scholey, local historian Bill Curtis and Gordon Rodgers from the Westerham Society.


UPDATE: Family pays tribute to Hampshire stabbing victim

Michael Freshwater was 49 Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of a father of four who died from a stab wound at a house in Southampton, have paid tribute to him.

Police today named him as 49 year old Michael Freshwater, found dead at an address on Westridge Road in Southampton.

Two men from Southampton, aged 26 and 35, arrested in connection with this incident are still in police custody

Michael Freshwater was a father of four from Swaythling Credit: Hampshire Police

Michael's family have paid tribute to him, with his partner Jenny Downey saying life will never be the same again.

"We had a special kind of love. Not only was he my partner, he was my best friend, my rock and the absolute love of my life. I’m left with the biggest black hole in my heart.

“Micky was a wonderful soul, a happy-go-lucky person with a beautiful heart made of gold. He would help anyone out.

“He was one of a kind, a truly amazing soul. He was a friend to many, a brother, a son and a wonderful father.

“Micky was my world and I'm absolutely heartbroken. Goodnight my Micky, I will always love you.”

– Jenny Downey, Michael's partner

Police told us that they still have a cordon at the scene in Westridge Road but it has been reduced in size.

Following a post mortem examination officers confirmed that Mr Freshwater died as a result of a stab wound.

UPDATE: Police confirm body pulled from sea was teenage girl

Police are still at the scene in Ramsgate Credit: Mike Pett

Kent Police have confirmed that the body they recovered from the sea off the coast of Broadstairs is that of a teenage girl.

They say she was from Ramsgate, and that her next of kin have been informed.

Formal identification is yet to take place so they are unable to give her exact age.

Forensic teams at the scene Credit: Mike Pett

Officers were called at 5am this morning ( Sunday 1 May) after concern was raised for the welfare of a person in the water at the Port of Ramsgate.

An air and sea search was carried out, and at 7.45am, her body was recovered from water off the coast of Broadstairs.

A 21 year old man is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.


VIDEO: Fabulous pictures of dawn breaking in Oxford- and the people who stayed up all night

A record 25 000 people were up in the early hours to celebrate the traditional May Day celebrations in Oxford.

They gathered outside Magdalen College to hear choristers sing from the top of the Great Tower, before continuing the celebrations through the streets of the city, and on to the Bodleian library.

Here's our montage of the best moments.

Man arrested after body pulled from sea at Broadstairs

Forensic teams in Ramsgate Credit: Mike Pett

A 21 year old man from Ramsgate has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was pulled from the sea at Broadstairs.

Officers were called at 5am this morning ( Sunday 1 May) after concern was raised for the welfare of a person in the water at the Port of Ramsgate.

An air and sea search was carried out, and at 7.45am, a body was recovered from water off the coast of Broadstairs.

Kent Police say that until next of kin have been informed, they won't be able to confirm the age or gender of the person found.

One arrest has been made as the investigation continues Credit: Mike Pett

‘We are currently carrying out enquiries into the circumstances behind the incident and have arrested a 21-year-old man from Ramsgate on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.’

– DCI Nick Gossett, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate
Kent Police are investigating Credit: Mike Pett

Extra two weeks in space for Major Tim

Major Tim Peake gets an extra 13 days on the ISS Credit: PA

It is already the trip of a lifetime - and now Major Tim Peake has been told he can stay in space for an extra couple of weeks.

The astronaut, from Sussex, travelled to the International Space Station (ISS) in December,

He and two colleagues were due to return to Earth on June 5 but will now come back on June 18, almost two weeks later than originally planned.

He tweeted his reaction yesterday.

Mission controllers are keeping them aboard the space station to keep it fully manned with six astronauts for as long as possible during the changeover of its crews.

Another three-strong crew will take off from Earth on June 21, three days after Major Peake's return.

Credit: PA

"Although I am looking forward to being back on Earth and seeing friends and family again, each day spent living in space is a huge privilege and there is much work to do on the station.

"This extension will keep the station at a full crew of six for several days longer, enabling us to accomplish more scientific research.

"And, of course, I get to enjoy the beautiful view of planet Earth for a little while longer."

– Major Tim Peake

Major Peake blasted into space five months ago and in January became the first British person to walk in space.

Since arriving on the ISS the former Army officer has sent a number of video messages back to Earth and last week ran the London Marathon using an on-board treadmill.

Labour councillor resigns because of 'spineless response' to antisemitism

Aiden Gray was a councillor for Cosham Credit: Porstmouth City Council

A Labour councillor in Portsmouth has resigned from the party because of the "spineless response" to antisemitism.

Deputy Group Leader Aiden Gray says antisemitism 'should not be tolerated' within the Labour party and that Jeremy Corbyn's slow response has been "appalling".

The councillor representing Cosham said that he could no longer be part of a party that is "alienating itself from the electorate".

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