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'It's soul crushing' - gymnast paralysed after hotel balcony fall in Spain speaks from hospital bed

Gymnast Dina Amos-Larkin is in a Dorset hospital

A gymnast has been speaking - from her hospital bed - about the moment she was told she would not be able to walk again.

Twenty-year-old Dina Amos-Larkin from Dorset is a law student at the University of Surrey. She fell from a hotel balcony during a student sports tour in Spain.

She is now back in the UK receiving care at Poole Hospital, and says she is trying to remain positive about what lies ahead.

"It's soul crushing. This is real I know what's going on. I'm living it every day, but I don't quite think it'll ever sink in. It'll never be ok."

– Dina Amos-Larkin, gymnast


Hidden history of Maidstone's typhoid epidemic

Thousands of people were affected by a terrible epidemic Credit: ITV Meridian

When you reach for a cool glass of water this summer - you can be sure it is safe to drink - and one of the reasons for that is a typhoid outbreak in Maidstone more than 100 years ago.

The typhoid epidemic affected thousands - but it also led to some of the most significant break throughs in modern sanitation and public health.

Sarah Saunders reports.

Health experts spearhead new drive to tackle prostate cancer

Health experts in the South East are spearheading a new drive to tackle the most widespread cancer affecting men. Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in UK. Every day, 100 new cases are diagnosed. And by 2030, the disease is predicted to be the most common cancer overall. Now, special workshops are being held for men who are fighting prostate cancer - and those who've beaten it. From Sussex, Malcolm Shaw reports.


Cot warning after seven-week-old baby dies in Sussex

7-week-old Grace Roseman died in Bednest crib

A coroner has expressed concern over a bedside cot after a newborn baby from Haywards Heath was killed while she slept.

Seven-week-old Grace Roseman died while using a crib which could be joined onto her parents' bed.

She had manoeuvred herself over the edge of the Bednest - cutting off the supply of oxygen to her brain.

Grace Roseman was sleeping in a Bednest like this when she died. Credit: Bednest

‘We are greatly saddened and extend our heartfelt condolences to Grace’s parents.

We are doubly upset to hear this news, since the concept behind Bednest’s design is first and foremost about baby health and safety and came originally from highly experienced neo-natal nurses.

It is not the case that the coroner has called the cot “dangerous” and asked for it to be withdrawn.

The coroner has highlighted that all safety guidelines for the correct use of the crib are laid out in the instruction manual, but due to a growing second-hand market for our Bednest cribs, these instruction manuals may not be passed on. This may be, sadly, what happened with Grace’s crib.

We are now considering displaying basic instructions on the side of the crib itself.'

– Spokesperson for Bednest

Funeral for Progeria campaigner with condition

The funeral of Progeria campaigner Hayley Okines - who died last week - has taken place near her home in Bexhill. Hayley was 17 when she died - her condition meant she aged 8 times faster than normal.

Her life might have been short but while she was alive Hayley touched so many people with her inspirational courage and infectious personality. Malcolm Shaw joined mourners - as they came together to remember her and celebrate this special young lady.

Police search for men who stole £3,000 from 81 year-old

Police search for suspects after £3,000 from 81 year-old Credit: Hampshire Police

Police in Winchester are releasing an image of two men that they would like to speak to after an 81 year-old woman had nearly £3,000 stolen from her bank account.

At around 11am on Friday, April 10 the victim went to Barclays on Jewry Street to withdraw cash. She used the cash machone outside and reported that her cash card was swapped by somebody while she was distracted.

The card was then used to withdraw £2,200 from two cash machines at the bank. A transaction of £634 was then made at the nearby Jack Wills store. A further transaction at Moss Bros was declined.

Police have released an image of two men they would like to speak to, who were seen in the bank at the time,

The first man is described as:

  • Aged in his late 30's or early 40's.
  • He was tall and slim and was wearing thick framed glasses.
  • He was wearing a grey suit with a light blue shirt with no tie.
  • He was carrying a tan leather briefcase.

The second man is being described as:

  • Aged in his late 30's or early 40's.
  • He was tall and slim.
  • He was wearing a navy jacket, dark trousers, and white trainers.

The two men were seen in the area around the bank with another man of a similar age who was carrying a black rucksack, and a woman who had dark hair pulled into a ponytail.

Anyome with information should contact PC Dominic Doyle on 101 by quoting 44150119985.

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