Train robbery police commended

Police officers who investigated the Great Train Robbery have been commended for their part in solving the "crime of the century"

Train robbery police to be praised

The police investigation into the Great Train Robbery will be commemorated tonight, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the crime.

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Amber weather warning: Heavy rain expected

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the south of England over the expected level of rain.

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Heavy rainfall is expected in the Meridian region Credit: Met Office

Several areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop across the south on Friday night before moving northwards on Saturday.

People should expect thunderstorms and torrential rain with lightning, large hail and strong winds.

The bad weather also means the possibility of flooding is possible because of surface water.

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Vets urge people to keep dogs safe

Vets are reissuing their warning that pets can struggle as the temperature rises. To keep your animal happy in the sunshine, they're advising us to:

  • Make sure they always have adequate water to drink.
  • Don’t leave dogs in vehicles.
  • Provide adequate ventilation at all times.
  • Avoid exercising dogs in the heat of the day.
  • Provide shade from the sun in the hottest part of the day.
  • Watch out for early signs of heatstroke, such as heavy panting.
  • Contact a vet immediately if the animal does not respond to efforts to cool it down.
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Two dogs walking in a field Credit: Press Association

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Drowning prevention charity issues warning as hot start to summer holidays is forecasted.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as the six weeks summer holidays kick off to a sizzling start. It has appealed to people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies when many people lost their lives cooling off in open water, not suitable for swimming.

Figures released from the National Water Safety Forum - a partner of the RLSS UK, has revealed that the peak summer months of July and August witnessed the most deaths in 2013, with106 during the heat wave period.

Last year saw a tragic amount of preventable deaths as people flocked to open water sites not suitable for swimming. These sites included rivers, quarries, lakes and reservoirs – all of which have many dangers including very cold water, currents, obstacles and uneven depths. They look so inviting but can be deadly. Being aware of the basic principles of open water safety can increase enjoyment and significantly reduce the number deaths each year

– Adrian Lole, RLSS UK’s Director of Lifesaving

Warnings amid heatwave in the South

The Met Office has today forecast potential heatwave conditions for parts of the South East and declared a Level 2 Heat-health alert.

This warning is triggered when the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60% or higher chance of temperatures being high enough to have a significant effect on health.

The hot and humid air moving up from the continent will see temperatures rise through to the weekend and the humidity will make it feel close, muggy and uncomfortable for many in the heat.

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The Met Office have issued warnings amid the possibility of a heatwave Credit: ITV Meridian

During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the older people, feel the acute effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in the early stages of heatwaves.

The Heatwave Plan also points out that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too especially at night. Because this heatwave period is expected to start on Thursday evening and go into Friday daytime and through until Saturday daytime PHE is stressing the importance of keeping homes cool.

– Steve Ramsdale, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office
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The rays of sunshine could cause a health risk Credit: ITV Meridian

While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

The Heatwave Plan, which we published earlier this year, is an important component of overall emergency planning and sets out a series of clear actions that can be taken by healthcare organisations, local authorities, professionals working with vulnerable people, and individuals to help keep people safe during extreme heat.

To prepare for any type of hot weather this summer, we strongly encourage each locality to consider the actions in this plan and adapt them to their local situation, as a component of wider resilience planning and long-term climate change adaptation arrangements. Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks. Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.

– Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at Public Health England (PHE)
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The predicted heatwave will see many flocking to the seaside Credit: PA

Here's some top advice to keep safe in the sun

  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
  • wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyeswear
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
  • drink lots of cool drinks
  • look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Police make 34 arrests in Thames Valley paedophile investigation

A national operation targeting suspected paedophiles has resulted in 34 arrests across the Thames Valley.

More than 10 children have been safeguarded as a result of this operation.

ACC John Campbell said: “This operation has seen a great deal of work being done, both in the Thames Valley and nationally, as all the Forces involved came together to tackle those who would seek to sexually exploit children.

“As part of the operation, we were provided with intelligence from the NCA that allowed us to focus our investigations over the past six months, identifying both suspects and victims.

“I hope that this operation sends out a clear message to anyone who seeks to sexually exploit and abuse children and young people using the internet as a medium, that the internet is no longer a faceless void that allows those to prey on the most vulnerable members of our society.

Driving charity supports point increase for phone use

A road safety charity has welcomed reports that the government is considering doubling penalty points for those caught using their phone while driving.

Brake is backing the proposed point increase that was recommended by the Metropolitan Police Chief.

This is a welcome proposal, and we hope the government will implement it.

Brake has long campaigned for tougher penalties for mobile phone use at the wheel because of the suffering we see the bereaved and injured victims of road crashes put through as the result of such a senseless and unnecessary risk.

An increase in penalty points is a step in the right direction, but it could provide a more effective deterrent if combined with a increase in the fixed penalty fine to £500-1,000, as well as heightened traffic enforcement, so risky law-breaking drivers know they will not get away with it."

– Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake
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