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Walkies! Giant iguana is out enjoying sunshine

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Keith enjoying his walk Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

Keith, the giant iguana, is making the most of the recent spell of hot weather by going for walks on Hastings beach. The exotic one-and-a-half-metre-long reptile was re-homed at Blue Reef Aquarium after its owner could no longer look after him.

Just like humans, iguanas need vitamin D to keep them fit and healthy. The walks not only allow Keith to enjoy a spot of sunbathing but also ensure his claws do not grow too long.

Five behind bars for beach murder

Four men and a teenage boy have been jailed for a total of 83 years for luring a former friend to a secluded Sheppey beach before launching a fatal attack with baseball bats.

Mark Terry, 44, and son Matthew Terry, 21, Christopher Bones, 21, and Ritchie Zborowski, 16, were found guilty following a 10-week trial by a jury of the murder of Gary Pocock.

All four were sentenced to life in prison when they appeared at Maidstone Crown Court.

A fifth person, Jamie West, 19, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years, with half of the sentence to be served on licence.

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Beachwatch clean up team effort

The Marine Conservation Society volunteers combat beach litter across the UK.

Thousands of volunteers annually join the Beachwatch Big Weekend in the fight against marine litter both at home and abroad.

Lauren Eyles, MCS Beachwater officer, said: “Beach litter has steadily risen over the two decades we’ve been recording it on UK beaches."

Beachwatch is the most respected and long standing beach litter survey in the UK, but we need more people to join us as volunteer beach cleaners to help make this 20th anniversary event the most comprehensive collection of data yet.”

Euro Beach Tennis competition comes to Brighton

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Two men involved in game of beach tennis on Brighton sands Credit: Fast Track

The European Beach Tennis Championships will be held in Britain for the first time this summer, on Brighton seafront.

20 countries will take part in the beach event and the nominations have attracted some of the best players in the sport.

The championships will see the men's joint world number one players, Alessandro Calbucci and Marco Garavini and the third and fourth ranked Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carliflour from Italy.

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Players practising playing beach tennis on Brighton seafront Credit: Fast Track

Teams and selections have also been made for Great Britain, who have entered nine teams - three in men's, women's and mixed events.

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10 year old girl sexually assaulted on a Dorset beach

Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl on Studland beach in Dorset.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “The girl was playing in the sand dunes when she was approached by the suspect, who sexually assaulted her.”

Police have issued a description of the attacker. He was aged 50 to 70, with brown hair and a hair lip.

He wore a green jacket and sunglasses and carried a back pack.

The attack was reported at 6pm on Friday

Anyone with information should contact Bournemouth CID on 101 and ask for Det Sgt Wright regarding incident 551/10.

Woman dies after swimming group are rescued in Sussex

The 31 year old was rescued near this beach at Camber near Rye Credit: ITV Meridian

A 31-year-old woman who got into difficulties while bathing in the sea at Camber, near Rye, yesterday has died in hospital.

Tanzeela Ajmal of Tisbury Road, Norbury, was in a group of four people who were on the beach last weekend. Paramedics were joined by police and members of Rother District Council's Coastal Control Officer's beach patrol in treating the group.

Mrs Ajmal was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital at Brighton, where she died.

Three others, also from the Croydon area, were taken to the Conquest Hospital at Hastings, two of them in a critical condition with suspected lung problems from water ingestion and hypothermia.

They have all recovered and have been discharged from hospital

PCSO Dan Bevan, who was on duty on the beach said: "This is desperately sad news. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time."

Public meeting follows sewage leak

A public meeting will be held later to investigate why untreated sewage leaked from a water treatment facility, contaminating 16 miles of the Kent coastline.

Thanet District Council was forced to close 22 beaches after the leak from Southern Water's Foreness Point pumping station.

It's believed that the plant discharged the sewage into the sea after it failed to cope with heavy rainfall.

The Environment Agency and Southern Water will both be represented at the meeting, with business leaders calling on the company to provide compensation following the beach closures.

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