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Injured biker wins award after using rehab experience to help others

A man who thought his life was over after a terrifying motorbike accident left him with life changing injuries, has won a national award after picking himself up, with the aim of helping others in a similar situation.

Joe Harman from Aston Clinton near Aylesbury - has set up an inspirational rehab centre, to treat people from Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey - with long term disabilities - to help them come to terms with their lives in a positive light. Cary Johnston reports.

Somewhere around the rainbow - rare sight caught on camera

An amazing video of circular rainbow has been caught on camera.

The rare sight was filmed by Bernie Welch, who is the Technical Manager at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

When sunlight and raindrops combine to make a rainbow, they can make a whole circle of light in the sky.

The bottom part of a full-circle rainbow is usually blocked by your horizon. and this is why we see rainbows not as circles, but as arcs across our sky.

However, if you are viewing from up high and look at the horizon at a certain angle you can see the whole circle.

And with the tower being at a height of 170 metres above sea level, Bernie was in the right place at the right time!

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Sussex kitesurfer breaks UK record for highest jump - months after near fatal crash

A kite surfer from Sussex was back on the waves today - ten months after the stunt that nearly killed him.

Lewis Crathern was placed in a medically induced coma when his kite stalled in competition in South Africa. But he's since recovered to come second in the world tour, level on points with the winner!

And, as Andy Dickenson reports, he's hoping to end the year on another high.

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Donald Trump takes centre stage at Lewes bonfire celebrations

Around forty thousand people have celebrated bonfire night in Lewes. Sussex Police say spectator numbers were down on previous years because of a strike on Southern Rail. But the event still attracted huge crowds with American presidential candidate Donald Trump making not one but three appearances, as Tom Savvides explains.

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Edenbridge burn Trump and Clinton

Trump and Clinton on the bonfire Credit: Edenbridge Bonfire Society

Edenbridge Bonfire Society has been setting fire to celebrity effigies for over 20 years. This year the small town in Kent lit an 11 metre high effigy of Donald Trump – complete with Hillary Clinton in a headlock.

Jeni Fox, spokesperson for Edenbridge Bonfire Society, commented: “The tradition of exploding celebrity effigies at our charity fundraiser bonfire event has spanned two decades, and was created as light-hearted mockery of a famous person who’s recently done something outrageous. The US presidential candidate was the obvious option for 2016"

“It took just a week for our artists to make the effigy, complete with Trump’s trademark bouffant and a pair of Mexican shorts. It was then stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers and fireworks and set alight, alongside an 11 metre effigy of Guy Fawkes.”

Around 5,000 people packed the town’s Recreation Ground to see the effigies set alight, followed by a spectacular firework display. The event raises money for charity.

Effigy burns Credit: Edenbridge Bonfire Society

Up to 40,000 people attend Lewes bonfire event

Sussex Police said between 30,000 and 40,000 people attended the Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

Crowds were believed to be small for a Saturday. Numbers are usually counted through the train station, however the strike meant there were no trains into Lewes after midday.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor said: "This event takes months of preparation, planning and working with our fellow emergency services and partners, as well as the bonfire societies. Our aim is always to provide a safe environment for both participants and spectators.

"Lewes was busy as it always is for bonfire night and I am very grateful to all those who worked hard during the evening to ensure that everyone had a safe and enjoyable evening.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance treated around 81 people for injuries, most relatively minor.

By 1.30am police had made a total of two arrests for possession of a knife and affray. A number of people given tickets for throwing fireworks.

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