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Southend's promotion hopes at Wembley

Southend United kick off at Wembley on Saturday evening with all eyes on promotion to League One. They face Wycombe Wanders who so nearly were relegated form the Football League 12 months ago.

Both teams finished the season on equal points so the players are expecting a tough match.

Southend boss Phil Brown guided Hull to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2008 so is no stranger to big games at Wembley.

Brown, who next weekend will turn 56, is keen to play that down though and instead concentrate on the job in hand.

The stakes are high and may the best team win.

We enjoyed some great scenes after the game against Stevenage the other night but I didn't celebrate because the job is only half done.

There is still one more very tough game for us to come against a very good Wycombe side and I'll only start to celebrate if we win that one. Saturday's game, nothing else, is the focus.

– Phil Brown, Southend United Manager

Appeal after Aylesbury attack

Police in Aylesbury are investigating an incident of grievous bodily harm in the town in the early hours of Saturday morning. The victim, is an 18-year-old man was in Mediterranean Kebab House in Cambridge Street at about 1.25am.

He was approached by three men who then assaulted him. The victim suffered puncture wounds to his legs and was treated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He has since been discharged.

I would especially appeal to anyone who saw the incident itself or witnessed the offenders enter or exit the kebab shop to contact the police immediately. Anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant should call 101

– Det Insp Brendan Murray

Operation Dynamo anniversary service to be held

A service will take place today at the Allied Beach Memorial inDunkirk to mark the historic mission to rescue thousands of troops during the Second World War.

Veterans of Operation Dynamo - the code name for the mass evacuation of British, French and Belgian troops - will gather near the beach at Dunkirk to remember the harrowing events of 1940.

Later today the veterans will be joined by servicemen and women for a parade of military vehicles and bands through the streets of the French port town.

The commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuations - one of the pivotal moments in the war - began in earnest on Thursday when around 50 "little ships", the small vessels responsible for saving so many men from the beaches, recreated their famous journey across the English Channel.

Veterans return to Dunkirk 75 years on Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Yesterday a handful of veterans gathered at the British Memorial at the Dunkirk Military Cemetery for a service of remembrance.

Leading the service, Royal Navy chaplain Gordon Warren said: "This Dunkirk war grave cemetery is designated by the French authorities as British soil, its silent stones witnessing to the thousands who were unable to be evacuated by the little ships."

The commemorations will continue tomorrow when a memorial plaque will be unveiled at the site of the MV Crested Eagle, a paddle steamer which was attacked and sank with 300 soldiers on board.

There will also be a commemorative service for the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships on the quayside in Dunkirk next to the little ships themselves.

In late May and early June of 1940, between 300,000 and 400,000 British, French and Belgian troops were evacuated from the beaches as they fled the relentless German advance towards the coast.

The daring rescue was an overwhelming success but there were also around 90,000 left dead, wounded or taken prisoner.


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