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Archaelogists begin another dig at "one of Britain's most important prehistoric monuments"

New dig to begin at one of the country's most important monuments Credit: ITV News Meridian

Archaelogists from the University of Reading are beginning another dig at the site of what they say is one of Britain's most important - but little explored - prehistoric monuments.

Marden Henge between Stonehenge and Avebury was built around 2400 twenty four hundred BC. It's the second year of a three year project. Researchers hope to find out more about life during the Stone Age.


Environment Agency warns of potential flooding in South East overnight

People in South East advised to check their local flood risk with Environment Agency

People living across the South East are being warned about possible flooding tonight because of predictions of thunder storms across Kent and Sussex. Heavy rain is predicted to fall overnight on Wednesday into Thursday. The Met Office has warned of the potential of localised flooding in areas in the south east of England, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

The Environment Agency will have an incident room open. The organisation also has teams out working on the ground.

“Thunderstorms are expected to bring heavy rain at times across the south east overnight (Wednesday) into Thursday morning, and intermittently through to Friday morning, which may lead to surface water flooding in some communities, and significant disruption to travel, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. There is also a risk of flooding from smaller, faster responding rivers in built-up areas.

‘’People are advised to check their flood risk at or sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188. Also, people should stay safe by not going near or trying to drive through fast moving water. Just 30cm of floodwater is enough to move a car.’’

– Ian Nunn, Environment Agency Manager

Amber alert: Heavy rain warning for Kent & Sussex

Weather map showing the area where rain and heavy downpours are expected Credit: MetOffice

The Met Office has issued a warning of heavy rain tonight, with severe thundery downpours expected in the Kent and Sussex areas on Wednesday night, and overnight into Thursday.

Be prepared for heavy thundery downpours in parts of the South East

Thousands of spider crabs born at aquarium

A spider crab is dwarfed by a coin Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium.

Thousands of tiny spiny spider crabs have been born at Portsmouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

It’s highly unusual for crabs to be raised in captivity and this is only the second time they have bred at the Southsea wildlife attraction.

Blue Reef Aquarium’s Martyn Chandler said: “The crabs begin life as minuscule, free swimming larvae and this is the most risky stage in their development. They are so small it is difficult to get them to feed and they are also vulnerable to predators and other spider crabs."

The spider crab is found throughout European waters from the Mediterranean to the English Channel.


Anti-nuclear weapons demonstrators plan month of protests

Police will use social media to alert the public about disruption to transport links

A month of demonstrations are due to begin at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire today.

Peace group Trident Ploughshares along with other demonstrators will attempt to disrupt operations at AWE's Burghfield site. Thames Valley Police have set up a special Twitter account to provide the public with information about the protests and any disruptions to roads or transport links. in the area.

A previous protest near the site in Burghfield

'Stop irresponsible fishing' - Charity's plea after swan caught up in hook

The swan was tangled in a fishing hook Credit: WRAS

A warning has been issued to people out fishing after a swan had to have a fishing hook removed from its tongue.

The bird was rescued from Ditchling Common Country Park in East Sussex. The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue is urging anglers to discard lines and hooks properly.

“We hope that people are shocked by this footage and that it discourages irresponsible fishing not just at Ditchling Common but elsewhere in East Sussex too. These types of incidents are way more common than they should be. We know the swan has not flown in with the hook on as she has been present looking after the cygnets for several weeks. The amount of line and hooks in the water, caught in bushes and in trees is horrendous...

"In the past twelve months we have responded to more than 25 incidents, of which the majority of them have been related to fishing line and tackle. There have also been numerous incidents relating to dogs attacking and injuring swans too.”

– Trevor Weeks MBE, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Sean tackles Europe's largest glacier

Two years ago, Sean Rose attempted to be the first disabled person to snowkite across Europe's largest glacier - in Iceland.

Sadly he fell ill and had to come home, but he promised he would return to do the full 200 kilometre crossing.

Sean and his team went back last month - and this time he made it. He's been speaking to Stuart Leithes.

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