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Ice rink at Winchester will open on Friday

The ice rink will open on Friday Credit: ITV

This Friday will see skaters welcomed to Winchester Cathedral's Ice Rink. The attraction officially opens to the public as it celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. It forms the central part of the Cathedral's Christmas market.

Honour today for Francis Benali

An honour today for Francis Benali Credit: ITV

Saints legend Francis Benali is to receive the honorary Freedom of Southampton today in recognition of his fundraising for charity. The former footballer's most recent challenge saw him running and cycling to every Premier League and Championship stadium in just two weeks.

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British sailor aims for Vendee victory

Alex Thomson aiming high. Credit: Lloyd Images

Alex Thomson today began his bid to become the first British sailor ever to win one of the most gruelling sporting challenges on the planet, the Vendée Globe.

The Vendée Globe is a single-handed, non-stop, unassisted race around the world.

Thomson, who's from Gosport, departed from the race start line in France, today alongside 28 other sailors.

After successfully completing the 2012-2013 Vendee Globe and crossing the finishing line in third place, Thomson will this year seek to make history and become the first British sailor ever to win the iconic race. He will do so on-board his new £4.5m IMOCA 60 race boat.

So extreme is the 26,000 nautical mile Vendée Globe, that just 71 of the 138 sailors who have ever attempted to complete the race have successfully made the finish line.

Setting off from France Credit: Lloyd Images
Flying the flag for Britain Credit: Lloyd Images

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Village football club at 'breaking point' over persistent vandalism

Vandals have been persistently damaging the club's property Credit: ITV News Meridian

A village football club that's endured a decade of vandalism has hit breaking point with the escalation of the crimes.

Kidlington FC have had their goals ripped, offensive graffiti sprayed and holes burned in seats.

Now arsonists have torched part of its new stand.

David Platt, Kidlington FC's Secretary, says it's "soul destroying":

We've been constantly troubled with people smashing the place up or vandalising whatever they can. It's expensive and a bit soul destroying."

– David Platt, Secretary, Kidlington FC
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Match preview: Southampton vs Inter Milan

Saints host Inter Milan in the Europa League on Thursday evening sitting in second place in Group K, with just three points separating Sparta Prague, who top the group, and Inter Milan who are currently bottom.

Claude Puel’s men were left scratching their heads following Inter’s 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture in October, as Saints’ lack of conviction in front of goal was punished by Antonio Candreva’s 67th minute winner, Inter’s only shot on target that night.

Saints recovered well in the Premier League following last month’s draw with the Serie A side, but fell to another side with Italian influence on Sunday, as Antonio Conte’s Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at St. Mary’s.

Southampton will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat at home since February on Thursday, against an Inter side without a manager.

The Italian side sacked boss Frank de Boer after just 85 days in charge, following a fourth league defeat in five games.

Inter’s youth team coach Stefano Vecchi will take charge of the side on Thursday evening, but will be without summer signing’s Gabriel Barbosa, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Joao Mario and Stevan Jovetic, all of whom are missing due to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

Saints meanwhile will be without Shane Long, after the striker picked up a thigh injury in the reverse fixture, Matt Targett (thigh), Cedric Soares (ankle) and Jake Hesketh who also has an ankle problem.

Southampton have only lost one of their last 15 games at home in all European competitions, winning eight and drawing six, while Inter have won just one of their last five European ties in England.

Kick Off: 20:05, Thursday 3rd November, St. Mary’s Stadium.

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