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Young dancers limber up for a life changing opportunity

More than a hundred young ballet dancers are waiting in the wings this week, for the opportunity of a lifetime. After nerve wracking audtions, they've been hand picked to perform alongside profesional dancers at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend. They'll be performing Coppelia with the English Youth Ballet. Andrea Thomas has been watching them rehearse. She spoke to Janet Lewis MBE, English Youth Ballet's Director and Lisa Kawa-Akembo from Southend University Hospital.

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Plot to burgle Cilla Black's home foiled, says son

Cilla Black Credit: ITV News

A plot to burgle the Buckinghamshire home of late entertainer Cilla Black has been foiled.

Her eldest son Robert Willis said: "I cannot believe someone would stoop so low at a time like this. It's inconceivable. Thankfully it was discovered in time."

A statement released by Cilla's former publicist Nick Fiveash added: "A plot to burgle the Buckinghamshire home of the late Cilla Black has been foiled today.

"A professionally-cut circular hole was discovered in the perimeter fence of her Denham home ahead of her funeral on Thursday August 20.

"The police were immediately informed, 24-hour security has been increased on the property and all valuable assets including art, jewellery and her personal items have been removed and taken to a secured unit at an unknown location.

"Police are now carrying out further investigations."


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Coroner: Cilla Black died from accidental head injury

TV presenter and singer Cilla Black died accidentally from a traumatic head injury after a fall at her home in Spain, Coroner Andre Rebello ruled at her inquest in Liverpool today.

Cilla Black died at the age of 72 at her home in Spain on August 2. Credit: PA

Recording an official verdict of accidental death, Mr Rebello called Cilla a "daughter of Liverpool."

Addressing her sons Ben, Robert and Jack, who attended the hearing, Mr Rebello added: "She was your mum and her death is a private personal matter and we have all got one mum. It is right that you grieve and remember her."

"Far more important is that you celebrate her life, but your mum was far more than just your mum.

"She was a daughter of Liverpool and she was a celebrity and loved by all in Liverpool and that will be part of her abiding memory and memorial. But you will have personal, private memories of her as mum.

"It is those memories of the ordinary things she did, normal family events, the love shared and the love given, that must be her abiding memory, not just for this generation, but for each born in the future."

Wilderness is 'the new breed of festival'

It's that time of year again - the festival season is upon us. And if you picture muddy fields, shabby tents and the great unwashed, you might be surprised to find a new breed of festivals catering to the more genteel side of things.

This weekend marks the fifth Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire. And if you fancy sherry tasting, feasts, and clean toilets along with the music, this one's for you. Sam Holder has been along to see the preparations.

Arthur Daley fans in mourning after George Cole dies in Berkshire hospital

George Cole was best known for playing used car salesman Arthur Daley Credit: PA

Actor George Cole, best known for playing used car salesman Arthur Daley in ITV drama Minder, has died aged 90. He lived at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

Cole, whose showbusiness career spanned 70 years, starred as small-time wheeler dealer and crook Daley alongside his bodyguard Terry McCann, played by Dennis Waterman.

Cole died in hospital in Reading on Wednesday with his family at his side, according to agent Derek Webster.

Mr Webster said: "It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad death of one of our most loved and respected actors.

"George Cole passed away at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading after a short illness."

His wife Penny, daughter Tara and son Toby were with him at his bedside.

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