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Apology over noisy police siren

Police have apologised to residents after sounding sirens - to settle a debate about whether "they go nee-nah or woo-woo".

The sirens were used during a talk given by police community support officers (PCSOs) to pupils at Haydonleigh Primary School in Swindon, Wiltshire.

"Apologies to anyone in the Haydonleigh area who may have been disturbed by our sirens yesterday morning - the PCSOs were at the Primary School having a very important debate with the new Reception Year children about whether they go nee-nah or woo-woo," North Swindon Police said in a post on Facebook.


More than 150 complaints after Bestival 'ticket fraud'

Many people were left without tickets for Bestival Credit: ITV

More than 150 complaints have been received by police investigating the alleged scamming of festival-goers looking to buy tickets to Bestival.

People complained about being left ticketless after paying to go to the festival on the Isle of Wight earlier this month to see acts including Duran Duran and Missy Elliot.

More than 900 people joined a Facebook page titled "Stresstival", with many posters claiming to have been left out of pocket.

Cathedral full of flowers for Magna Carta celebrations

Salisbury Cathedral is no stranger to beautiful blooms, but this week it's full to the rafters of flowers and visitors who've been coming to see them.

They are there as part of celebrations to mark 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.

It is particularly poignant at the Cathedral which owns one of the four original surviving documents.

Watch Kerry Swain's report:


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The picture that tells the story of the Battle of Britain

The famous photo shows eight pilots from 501 Squadron during the Battle of Britain Credit: Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge

The photograph above of several RAF pilots was taken at Hawkinge in Kent the height of the Battle of Britain.

In many ways it sums up the entire battle: Its drama and intensity but also the astonishing fighting spirt and camaraderie of the men who fought it.

The only one of the pilots still with us is Paul Farnes, who had already fought in the Battle of France and who went on to score eight confirmed kills in the Second World War.

The centre of attention though is Pilot Officer John Gibson.

Mr Farnes said: ‘’Gibby got shot up and decided he had bail out. Well once you decided that you bail out, you don’t sit around. He is reported to have suddenly decided he had new shoes on or something. He’s supposed to have thrown them out. Found by somebody with the visiting card or whatever it was in them, and sent back to Gibby.’’

It's fair to say Paul Farnes is fairly sceptical about the tale but John Gibson, who died in the year 2000, was a good friend of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, which now stands on the site of the old airfield, and confirmed the shoe story to volunteers there, including museum director Dave Brocklehurst.

Paul Farnes today. He became a Wing Commander and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal Credit: ITV News Meridian
Dave Brocklehurst being interviewed by ITV News Meridian Credit: Kent Battle of Britain Museum

It's certainly an anecdote that sums up the humour and spirit of The Few.

‘’We just describe them as a different breed, a different species,'' Mr Brocklehurst said. ''To deal with what they did on a daily basis, they are just different to modern day humans. All the famous D-Day, Dambusters, everything else, if we'd lost the Battle of Britain would never have happened. That's how important men like this were.''

Hawkinge was the closest operation airfield to occupied Europe, deemed to be so vulnerable to attack that it was only used as a temporary base during daytime hours - the squadrons were based elsewhere.

Just a day after the photograph was taken three of those pilots were shot down. One of them, George Stoney, was killed.

The Kent Battle of Britain Museum from the air Credit: ITV News Meridian

Our group also proves that Britain did not fight the battle alone - most airmen were British but two here were Polish, and one a New Zealander.

Also, they roughly represent the odds faced by The Few - three died in the war, five survived, including John Gibson, the man with the new shoes.

Mr Farnes said: ''We were all together, we were all doing the same job. It became not a sport, that’s belittling it. It became a duty we found far from objectionable. You were pitting yourself against somebody else and frequently getting the best of it. I think it’s something I did enjoy.’’

For more about the Kent Battle of Britain Museum visit the website.

Pretty flamingo chicks make first public appearance

One of the rare flamingo chicks at Drusillas Credit: Drusillas

Two rare Chilean flamingo chicks have hatched at Drusillas Park in East Sussex - and both mum and dad are producing milk to feed them!

First time parents, Freya and Silvestre, welcomed their cheeky chick on 1 August, followed closely by a second arrival at Marco and Ana’s nest two weeks later.

The babies are learning to stand on one leg.

A flower festival to mark the Magna Carta's 800th year

The Magna Carta holds a special place in British history

Around 500 flower arrangers will spend today decorating Salisbury Cathedral to mark 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.

Salisbury cathedral

The week-long Magna Flora Festival follows a parade and other special events earlier this year. The displays will be on show from Tuesday 15th September. The cathedral houses one of only four surviving original copiesof the medieval human rights document.

Trio of cyclists finish 1,500 mile challenge for charity

The cyclists, Hugo Bromell, Rory Mcmillan and Tom James with RNLI supporter Wendy Ellison

Three eighteen year olds from Dorset have finished a challenge to cycle 1,500 miles for charity.

Hugo Bromell, Tom James and Rory McMillian are former students from Sherborne School. They raised more than £2,000 for the RNLI. The challenge took them from Dorset up to Scotland. It took the trio 31 days to complete the feat.

"I decided to take part in the cycle challenge after a lecture from someone at school who told us he has cycled around the world, which I thought sounded very interesting. The three of us wanted to take part in the challenge to raise money for a charity, and because the school had been supporting the RNLI for the past few years it immediately came to mind."

– Hugo Bromell, cyclists
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