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In for a treat: You don't need to wrap up today!

We're in for a treat today .... and the warmest Hallowe'en on record. Temperatures are expected to reach twenty one degrees today - eight degrees higher than average.

Hallowe'en Credit: PA Images

The Met Office says the last time the temperature was this high - at this time of year - was in Dartford, in Kent, in 1968. That was 20 degrees then.

Touchdown! American Football comes to Canterbury

English football - soccer as they call it in the States - is now part of the American sports scene. The World Cup's been held in the USA, and interest is growing all the time. It seems only fair then, that American football's made the return journey, and landed on the green and pleasant playing fields of England. With more than 14 million fans over here, the game's proving so popular that former NFL stars from the US are now coming over here to coach British youngsters. Andrea Thomas has been to their first American Football camp, being held this week in Canterbury.


Buzzard released back to its home

A buzzard has been released back into the wild along the Broyle at Ringmer after being treated by a Sussex wildlife charity.

The Buzzard, one the county’s biggest birds of prey, was found at the side of the B2192 between Ringmer and Halland by a passing motorist.

A buzzard is released back into the wild Credit: WRAS wildlife centre

At the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) Casualty Care Centre, the bird was give emergency medication and its injuries were cleaned.

Trevor Weeks, MBE, founder of the centre, said: “We have dealt with nine Buzzards in the past five years and all of them have had fractures and internal injuries.

"We have even transported them to other rescue centres elsewhere in the country for specialist veterinary advice and support, but they have all had to be put to sleep. This has been quite disheartening”.

“The Buzzard stayed very concussed and dazed most of the week, but then he came round and was much more lively. He was moved to one of our indoor pens so he could spread his wings and fly. Everyone has been working in our centre with a big smile on their faces and are just so happy that he has recovered well” said Casualty Centre Manager Lindsay Redfern.

Red panda cubs venture out the nest box

Mya has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park’s beautiful red panda twins have finally started to venture outside the nest box.

The twins, who are a boy and a girl, have evaded the outside world since their birth on 16 June. However, over the last couple of weeks they have been spotted out and about several times as mum, Mulan leads the way.

Anmar has ventured out of the nest box for the first time Credit: Drusillas Park

“It’s the minute we’ve all been waiting for and they are certainly worth the wait. They have grown a lot and are nearly as big as the adults. However you can still tell them easily apart due to their fluffy coats and cheeky characters. Red pandas are very playful by nature and our two are no exception. Interestingly our young female, Mya has taken on the slightly darker colouration of her mother, Mulan. On the other hand, Anmar has a comparatively lighter coat, much like his father, Tibao. They are still finding their feet and are not as confident on the climbing frames as their parents but they are making steady progress. Hopefully, now they have taken these initial steps they will start to spend more and more time exploring out of the box so our visitors get the opportunity to really enjoy them.”

– Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate

Oxfordshire's Slow Mo Guys clock up 420m views

The Slow Mo Guys, who film stunts in slow-motion have now notched up more than 420 million views on Youtube.

Explosion in slow motion Credit: Slow Mo Guys

Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, who grew up in Thame, use a high-speed camera to show everything from exploding water balloons to bullets through watermelons, one hundred times slower than the human eye can see.

The pair have quickly become internet sensations, even appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in the United States.

To watch the videos, visit their Youtube channel.


Incredible footage of 115m sheer cliff climb competition

Ten of the world’s best ice climbers took on the 115m sheer, mostly overhanging, chalk cliff at Scratchell’s Bay on the Isle of Wight yesterday.

Competitors had to climb against the clock in the first Red Bull White Cliffs competition.

The location allowed the climbers to use their ice axes and crampons at sea level, in one of the only places in the world where chalk climbing is possible.

Russia’s Aleksei Tomilov took the title, reaching the top in just 16 minutes and 46 seconds:

Lucky escape for puppy after Dorset cliff fall

There's a myth that cats are supposed to have nine lives - but this puppy in Swanage was certainly looking to challenge that.

Molly the dog escaped unscathed despite falling nearly 100ft over Old Harry Rocks in Dorset.

Swanage Coastguard rescue team, Ian and Brian, with Molly Credit: MCA

The Coastguard was called to rescue the Norfolk terrier after her owners reported she had fallen from the cliffs.

On arrival, crews found the owner and about 100 people looking over the cliffs.

Brian, from Swanage Coastguard, keeping an eye on Molly until lifeboat crews arrived Credit: MCA

Crews say she luckily landed softly from the fall - where Poole RNLI safely recovered the dog to the boat. Last night the owners of Molly wrote to thank everyone involved in Molly's rescue.

They say they are fully aware they should have had Molly on the lead and they have joined a growing number of owners who have forgotten the rule.

Molly safely back on solid ground - much to her owner's relief Credit: MCA

Dumped boyfriend auctions holiday romance on eBay

Unlucky-in-love Jake Dodridge is selling his ex-girlfriend's place on a romantic getaway to Venice on eBay after he was dumped just weeks before the trip.

Jilted Jake Dodridge does not want the holiday to go to waste. Credit: Facebook

The 21-year-old IT technician says he does not want the £650 getaway to go to waste, and he is looking for another young woman - aged between 18 and 30 - to take to the four-star resort.

"This isn't something I would normally do, but when life gives you lemons you have to make lemonade," Dodridge said.

"I was upset when my girlfriend dumped me, but looking back it was the right thing to do. It just wasn't meant to be.

"But what is the point of wasting a perfectly good holiday? I want someone fun to come with me, who is up for a laugh."

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