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Fundraiser to cycle 320 miles for Prostate Cancer charity

Charity fundraiser in training for major cycling challenge Credit: Ian Gregory

A man from the Isle of Wight is raising money for prostate cancer research by taking on three difficult cycling challenges.

47-year-old Ian Gregory has registered disabilities, but is set on raising money to help increase awareness of prostate cancer and fund research efforts to find a cure for the disease.

Ian was inspired to take action after his relative Don Exell died in 2010, following a case of undetected prostate cancer that he battled for 4 years.

The ‘3 ton challenge’ includes a 117 mile ride in France, the 100 mile Prudential Ride through London and Surrey in July, and the 104 mile Plymouth Gran Fondo.

The money he raises from sponsorship will go to Prostate Cancer UK.

Wiltshire Police: Stonehenge solstice - 2 arrests, largely a "... positive, friendly atmosphere"

Two arrests at summer solstice events in Wiltshire Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police have said that Summer Solstice celebrations at both Stonehenge near Salisbury and Avebury have been peaceful on the whole.

About 12,000 people were at Stonehenge to see the sunrise on the longest day of the year. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and taken to Melksham Custody; a woman aged 33 was arrested on suspicion of of drink driving; and a man was given a fixed penalty notice for a drug offence.

Around 400 people gathered at Avebury - there were no arrests.

“The policing operation this year focused on protecting the monument and environment by maintaining the integrity of the road network, minimising any impact on local communities and ultimately supporting English Heritage to ensure a safe and peaceful event for all.

"With an event of this size and nature a large amount of traffic is inevitable but our forward planning with Wiltshire Council, security staff and stewards, the Highways Agency and English Heritage meant that any issues were dealt with effectively.

"These changes for Solstice 2016 have proved a great success, with people celebrating at Stonehenge in a positive, friendly atmosphere as they waited for the sunrise."

– Supt Mark Sellers, Wiltshire Police


Flying squad called to rescue buzzard from van grille

The buzzard spent hours, trapped in the grille Credit: Barry Branigan
The buzzard is now beinmg cared for at a wildlife rescue centre Credit: Barry Branigan

A buzzard has endured a journey stuck in the grille of a van - from Cardiff to Swindon!

The bird of prey suffered a broken wing and dislocated leg. It is being cared for by Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre.

The van belongs to Swindon Car and Van Rental.

Barry Branigan, General Manager of Oak and Furrows, said: " From a situation that looked very serious for the bird, we now have high hopes that it has a fighting chance."

423 Kitesurfers break world record on Hayling Island

Parade of kitesurfers as they break the world record

Four hundred and twenty-three kitesurfers out on the water in Hampshire today have broken the world record for the Largest Parade of Kitesurfers.

They beat the previous record of 416 kitesurfers set in Cape Town, South Africa.

Today's successful record breaking attempt took place at Hayling Island, and was organised by the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada. The new title was verified by Guinness World Records.

"Huge congratulations to everyone for 3.5 hours of determined kitesurfing. With 423 kitesurfers completing the course Virgin Kitesurfing Armada you are officially amazing and are all GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ holders."

– Sophia Greenacre, Official Adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™
Kitesurfers in action off Hayling Island

"A huge thank you to everyone who has come down and supported the festival this weekend. It's been an amazing experience. 423 kitesurfers is a fantastic total and everyone should be really proud.

We couldn't have done it without all the brilliant volunteers, industry support and the sponsors which include Virgin, WOO Sports, North Kiteboarding and Volvo Car UK. It's been an awesome weekend."

– Dan Charlish, Event Organiser

Invite for more kitesurfers to help break world record

Hayling Island will play home to the world record breaking attempt

The team behind an attempt to break the world record for the largest parade of kitesurfers over a one-mile course are appealing for more people to take part at the event on Hayling Island on Sunday 19th June. The record to beat is the South African Virgin Kitesurfing Armada, with a total of 415 kiters, which was set in Cape Town earlier this year.

Kitesurfer in action

The attempt is one of several activities taking part at the kitesurfing festival in Hampshire this weekend. The organisers are hoping to attract as many as 500 kitesurfers to the beach on Hayling Island at noon on Sunday. Here's their video invitation:

The people featuring in the video invite are Dan Charlish, Event Director, Virgin Kitesurfing Armada; Sam Light - British Champion and Triple S Champion; Steph Bridge - five-time Kite World Champion and current European Race titleholder; and Lewis Crathern - the 4 times British Champion.


Crowds attend Portsmouth Pride show and parade

The event started at the Guildhall in Portsmouth

Victims of the Orlando shooting have been remembered at events across the South. Last night, people on the Isle of Wight held a candlelit vigil and today, at the second annual Portsmouth Pride parade and show crowds gathered to pay their respects.

The interviewees in this report from Richard Jones are: Stephen Coote from Portsmouth Pride; Councillor Robert New, Portsmouth City Council, Conservative; and Linda Webb-Bowman from Fratton Fever, the LGBT Supporters' Club.

Postcard took 83 years to reach its destination

How's this for snail mail? A postcard's been delivered to a house in Bournemouth 83 years after it was posted.

Sally Shorey and her husband Julian found it with the usual delivery of bills and junk mail. The faint postmark says the 6th of August 1933.

Sally's discovered that it was intended for a Mrs Ruby Bunker who lived in the house in the 1930's. It says - Sunday morning will be OK, love from M.

Getting their skates on at Goodwood!

Centerstage Productions Youth Theatre race around Goodwood for charity Credit: ITV

Ever fancied racing around Goodwood race track? This weekend's annual South Coast Roll saw 800 people making their way round the 2.367mile course on skates and scooters.

Among them were 65 members of Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre from Chandler's Ford who raised £2000 towards their summer show - 'Starlight Express'. The skaters and scooters were able to access the course for 5 hours in the bank holiday sunshine.

Motorhome cinema, tape room and woolly fish star in Open Houses art festival

Throughout the month, art lovers - and snoopers alike - have been taking the chance to visit peoples' homes transformed into galleries.

But it's not just two-up-two-downs starring in Brighton's biggest ever Open Houses art trail.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Tasha McDonnell of the Dreamliner Arts Club, Judy Stevens of Artists Open Houses and Kate Jenkins from Kate's Pantry.

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