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Wanda gets her wheels - dog story with a happy ending

Wanda, the cocker spaniel, when she was a younger puppy

A dog who was born with twisted front legs has been given a specially designed wheelchair to help her get around.

Wanda, the cocker spaniel, is 10 months old. She found it hard to exercise because of her wonky legs.

However after she was handed in to an animal rescue home in Kent, the staff there decided to find a way to make her life easier and more active. Sarah Saunders reports on the dog who has been lovingly nicknamed Wonky Wanda.

The interviewees are Kerri Eilertsen-Feeney a rescue co-ordinator at Cinque Ports Rescue in Deal; and Eileen Mellis, founder of Cinque Ports Rescue.


Family appeal for information about backpacker's death

Christian Sloan's sister wants to know more about his trip to Vietnam

The family of a man from Deal in Kent who died after an accident in Vietnam are appealing for information about the circumstances leading up to his death.

Twenty-five-year-old Christian Sloan was backpacking with two others at the Datanla Waterfall last month when he died. His sister would like to hear from anyone who may have information about what happened that day.

Former Royal Navy sailor Christian "lived for life'

The family of a former Royal Navy sailor from Deal in Kent who died while climbing waterfalls in Vietnam said he "lived for life".

Christian Sloan, 25, and two women aged 19 and 25 and named in reports as Izzy Squire and Beth Anderson, died after taking a tour with an unauthorised guide at the Datanla waterfalls in Lam Dong province - a popular tourist spot.

It remains unclear exactly how the three holidaymakers died, but it has been claimed that they were not with an official guide and did not use proper safety equipment.

Christian Sloan was one of three Brits who died at the popular tourist spot Credit: Family handout

Friend James McGlashan, who was travelling with Mr Sloan at the time, wrote on Facebook: "Thank you for all the messages flooding in, have just stopped in the ambulances for a toilet break so only have wifi for 10 minutes but will try and get back to everyone once I get to Ho Chi Minh City. Thank you for all your support. Devastated RIP Sloan"

The Foreign Office has confirmed three British people had died and said it is contact with the authorities in Vietnam.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are providing support to the families of three British nationals following their deaths near Da Lat, Vietnam. Our sympathies are with their families and friends at this difficult time. We are in close contact with local authorities in Vietnam on their behalf."

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Sloan family pay tribute to son who 'lived for life'

Christian Sloan was one of three Brits who died at the popular tourist spot. Credit: Family handout

The family of Vietnam waterfall victim Christian Sloan have said he "lived for life".

The 25-year-old from Deal in Kent was one of three British tourists who died at the popular Datanla Waterfalls in the Lam Dong province.

A statement from the Sloan family said: "Christian's death is a very sad loss to us.

"He was a very popular young man, formerly in the Royal Navy, who had many, many friends not just locally but around the world. He lived for life."


Flooding hits Dover as rains continue to fall

Parts of Dover and Deal have been hit by flooding after a deluge of rain in the last few days.

This was the scene on the Alkham Valley Road where the waters rose high enough to stop traffic.

Alkham Valley closed by flooding Credit: Scott Janaway

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning for the area. It says a further band of heavy showers will continue to affect parts of Kent and East Sussex for the rest of Tuesday and into the first part of tomorrow.

The showers are expected to give up to 10 mm of rain in an hour.

It says a further 10-20 mm is likely in places through the whole period with perhaps as much as 40 mm locally in the east.

It's warning of local surface water flooding affecting road travel at times.

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Have you seen missing Paul River from Deal in Kent?

Paul River has gone missing from Deal Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are appealing for help to find a man who has gone missing from Deal. Paul River, aged 59, was last seen in Mill Road in the town at 8.30am on Tuesday 15th December.

He was wearing black shoes, black trousers, a white polo shirt and a navy blue V neck jumper beneath a coat. The coat was light & dark grey with orange flashes on its sleeves and on its front.

Mr River is believed to have visited Canterbury on Tuesday, and is known to visit Margate. He has a bus pass and may be using public transport.

Anyone with information about Mr River's location can contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 15-1166. In an emergency call 999.

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