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Oxfordshire engineer's 'Jetbike' prepares for 400mph land speed record

It can reach speeds of more than 400 miles per hour, covering a distance of 586 feet, the length of a football pitch, every second.

It's all part of preparations to beat the world record later this year on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, America.

Jetbike will be tested in West Wales on Saturday Credit: World Reach Comms

In 1999, Richard Brown rode his rocket powered creation Mach 3 Challenger to an officially recorded speed of 332.887mph, the fasted speed at that time.

Richard with his Mach 3 Challenger, similar to Jet Reaction in 1999 Credit: World Reach Comms

Since then the record has been set at over 370mph, and he's now attempting to win it back.

The speed tests will be taking place at Pendine Sands on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Families cheer their loved ones as HMS Kent and Dauntless sail into port

HMS Kent (Foreground) and HMS Dauntless Sail home Credit: Kate Taylor
Twins Aaron and Luke Walker wait for their dad Leading Chef Benjamin Walker on board HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor
Families wait on the Quayside for HMS Kent to return home Credit: Kate Taylor
Cheering families welcome home HMS Dauntless Credit: Kate Taylor
Band of the Royal Marines welcome home HMS Dauntless and HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor
HMS Dauntless returns to Portsmouth Credit: Kate Taylor
Evie and Lacey Moore fly the flag for dad Petty Officer Joseph Moore aboard HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor

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Families of poorly children get new place to stay

Former Southampton FC footballer Francis Benali has opened a new accommodation facility for families of children in hospital.

The new Ronald McDonald House Southampton is a "home away from home" for families who need to stay near their children while they are being treated at Southampton Children's Hospital and nearby Princess Anne Hospital.

Francis Benali has lent his support to Southampton facility for families Credit: PA Images

Benali was joined by Fiona Dalton, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Simon Fradd, trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities, for a ceremony to mark the opening of the house, which has 53 en-suite bedrooms as well as communal kitchens, lounges and playrooms.

The full-back said: "It's an honour and a privilege to be here to open such an incredible facility. I want to do alI I can to encourage people to support the house and spread the word about how much it helps families in their time of need."

During the opening ceremony, guests heard from Sandra Brown, a mother from Jersey, who is among the first to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while her son Jack, 15, is being treated for bleeding on the brain.

She said: "The Ronald McDonald House has brought normality back into our life. It's been a godsend. I have been able to stay near Jack while he is being treated in hospital and not worry about the expense of travel to and from Jersey or paying for accommodation. It will always have a special place in my heart".

There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK that in 2014 provided a place to more than 6,000 families who had children in hospital.

Sewing 'could help soldiers' mental health issues'

Sewing requires skill and attention

A soldier from Salisbury enjoys sewing so much that he is now determined to encourage others to take up the pass time.

Lieutenant Colonel Neil State believes it could help veterans with mental health problems overcome their issues. His belief centres around the fact that creating something can give people a boost, and a sense of fulfillment.

"I've done everything from modifying ammo pouches to carry mortar bombs, sniper suits and then making curtains for soldiers' accommodation and of course as you heard in Bosnia I actually started making my driver's wedding dress and then in Afghanistan was helping the female engagement teams with the US Marine Corps to teach Afghan ladies how to sew."

– Lieutenant Colonel Neil State
Col Lt State has been spreading the word about sewing's therapeutic benefits

The Royal Windsor Horse Show beings

'Windsor Wednesday' has marked the opening day of the international horse show that is attended by the Queen every year.

The colourful event where riders compete in events such as show jumping, dressage and carriage driving has been taking place since 1943.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is the only time of the year that the private grounds of the castle are open to the public. Penny Silvester reports.

First performance for Brighton's new Open Air Theatre

The first performance at the new Brighton Open Air Theatre is taking place today in Sussex.

The grass stage carved out of a former bowling green was the brainchild of local playwright Adrian Bunting. Sadly he died of cancer two years ago before his dream could be fulfilled, but his friends and the local community got together to make sure his idea came to fruition. Andy Dickenson reports.

Adrian Bunting hoped the 'Brighton Open Air Theatre' would become his legacy Credit: Brighton Open Air Theatre

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