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Appeal for dog thieves to return autistic teenager's 'best friend'

An autistic teenager from Kent has been left heartbroken after the dog he formed a unique relationship with disappeared without a trace.

Sam's family think Spider, their beloved rescue dog, was stolen from Bedgebury Park woods - along with another dog they were walking - and they've issued a desperate plea for the safe return of both animals.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Sam and Cheri Hornshaw.

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Appeal to help Bulgarian bears

They've been trapped in delapidated pits in the ground since they were born but your help could rescue two bears from a hellish existence in Bulgaria.

The animals are being fed by volunteers but time is running out. Now a wildlife centre in East Kent is trying to save them.

David Johns reports, speaking to bear expert Victor Watkins and conservationist Peter Smith.

To donate to the appeal, please visit


Eastleigh mum to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity

Following the death of her husband in a motorcycle accident, a 42-year-old mother of four from Eastleigh in Hampshire, is looking to raise a significant amount of money for a charity that has given vital support to her autistic son.

Michelle Barfoot, is determined that something positive should come out of her personal tragedy. So to honour the memory of her late husband Tim - who died just months after the couple were married - she’s announced that she intends to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

If she completes the challenge she’s set to raise much needed funds for Caudwell Children.

The treatment that Caudwell Children funded has had a profound effect on Harry. He’s been transformed from a child who struggled to understand, to one that is extremely receptive. He’s now able to read, write, and distinguish colours and shapes. The thought that, through my fundraising efforts, Tim’s death could have a positive effect on the lives of disabled children, gives me hope for the future

– Michelle Barfoot, Mother

Falconio killer withdraws an appeal against his conviction

Bradley Murdoch was convicted of the murder of Peter Falconio Credit: ITV Meridian

The man convicted of murdering a Brighton backpacker in Australia - has withdrawn an appeal against his conviction.

Bradley Murdoch is serving a life sentence for killing Peter Falconio in the outback in 2001.

Peter Falconio disappeared in Australia in 2001 Credit: ITV Meridian

Peter was traveling with his girlfriend - who's from the Sussex city - when he disappeared. His body has never been found. Murdoch wanted his conviction quashed due to what his lawyers called a 'miscarriage of justice'.

Elderly man threatened with knife in his own home

Officers are appealing for information after an elderly man was threatened with a knife in Kent.

Two men tried to force their way into the home of the 86-year-old man in Lympne near Hythe.

They ran off after he pushed them away. It's thought they were driven off by a blonde haired woman in a silver Mini.

The two men are 16 to 17, one had dark, gelled hair and was wearing a dark, zip-up jacket. The other had ginger hair and had a grey or blue jacket.


Love a duck! Teenager's appeal to track down favourite pet

A teenager from Kent is desperately trying to track down her pet duck after it was sold by mistake. The Carter family, from Upstreet, near Canterbury, decided to sell some of their ducks.

But when the buyer came to collect he accidentally picked up Jemima's favourite pet, Bob, without the family realising. They think the buyer came from Chartham.

Click below to see Jemima with her beloved Bob and friends.

Missing man: new information about clothing

Byron Cottee Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are continuing to appeal for information as to the whereabouts of Byron Cottee who is missing from his home in Petersfield.

The 27-year-old was last seen at about 5pm on Monday, September 10, in Grange Road, Petersfield. He has not been seen since.

Officers now have new information about the clothing he was wearing when he was last seen. He was wearing a dark blue waterproof Henry Lloyd jacket and white Kswiss trainers.

He was possibly also wearing a white polo neck top with short sleeves, jeans, and carrying a red rucksack

He has links to the Portsmouth area.

Police appeal after man's jaw broken in assault

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Fareham on Sunday, September 9.

The incident happened between 3am and 3.45am near to the Esso garage on Gosport Road.

A 19-year-old man was walking along Gosport Road with two others when they were approached by a group of at least three men.

The victim was then assaulted resulting in a broken jaw.

This is not a common occurrence in the area. The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning and I’d like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything.

“It is believed that a party was taking place nearby. If you were leaving the party in the early hours of Sunday morning and have any information then you should contact the police.

– Detective Constable Sarah Ridler, Hampshire Police

Missing man's disappearance 'totally out of character'

Twenty seven year old Byron Cottee was last seen on Monday Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of Byron Cottee who is missing from his home in Petersfield.

The 27-year-old was last seen at about 5pm on Monday, September 10, in Grange Road, Petersfield. He has not been seen since.

He has links to the Portsmouth area.

Acting Inspector Nick Tucker said: “This is out of character for Byron and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare. We would urge anyone who knows where he is to contact police immediately.

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