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Mother's life-saving work born out of son's tragic death

Five years ago, Darran Saunders lost her son Connor when he was fatally injured in an unprovoked attack.

But Darran, from Woodingdean in Sussex, vowed that something positive must come out of the tragedy.

Her tireless fundraising has provided life-saving equipment and training for more than sixty schools and sports clubs.

Now, Darran has been nominated for a Pride of Britain regional award, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


Why is the sun red & why is the sky a strange colour?

A red sun at Mudeford Dorset Credit: Emma Duguid

According to the Met Office, the red sun is caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust.

This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving a red appearance to the sky. This dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through much as at sunrise or sunset.

Some areas have been forced to turn on street lights in the middle of the day as the dust partially blocked out the sun.

Wilton Windmill, Just South Of Hungerford. Credit: Ken Rayner

Smoke from wildfires occurring over northern Iberia has also been pulled up high up into the atmosphere by ex hurricane Ophelia.

Some aircraft flying at altitude have reported a smell of burning in the cabin which reinforces this theory.

The sun over the New Forest Credit: Greg Parker

Storm Ophelia has a nasty sting

Storm Ophelia is blowing thousands of poisonous Portuguese-man-of-War jellyfish, which can be fatal, on to beaches across the south from Dorset to Worthing, Shoreham and Chichester, and the Isle of Wight.

The jellyfish are known as floating terrors because their sting is so painful. UK Coastguard are warning beachgoers and dog walkers not to touch the them because they can in rare cases, cause a fatal allergic reaction in animals and humans.

Portuguese-man-of-war are about 20 cm long Credit: NOS

We are aware of these sightings after receiving multiple reports from members of the public yesterday and today. Until an accurate identification is made, members of the public are advised to keep away from these jellyfish and report any sighting to their local council.

– Aimee Rampton UK Coastguard
Portuguese-man-of-war Credit: @shorehamport

First aid advice would be to remove the sting by scraping it away with a credit card or stick then soak any affected area in warm sea water and seek medical advice if symptoms become concerning by calling 111

Do not use urine to treat a jellyfish sting. Do not use vinegar to treat a Portuguese man of war sting as it will make the pain worse. Use paracetamol or Ibuprofen to numb the pain. If the sting is to the eyes or ingested you must go to your nearest A&E immediately. Pets should be taken to an emergency vet practice.

– RNLI spokesman


Recovering from the Great Storm in Kent and Sussex

Nothing has compared since. The Great Storm of 1987 claimed lives and destoyed homes.

More than 15 million trees were uprooted - many of them in areas of ancient woodland.

The massive clear-up lasted several years - and it's taken even longer - to restore large areas of forest. Work that's still going on today in places such as Emmetts Garden in Kent and Wakehurst in Sussex, run by the National Trust.

We speak to: Gardener Alan Comb and Head Gardener Matthew Scott from Emmetts. And Wakehurst Conservation and Woodland manager Ian Parkinson and Clare Trevidi from Kew Science Directorate.

Recovering from the Great Storm at Wakehurst

30 years ago today we saw the worst storm in living memory - in the UK - the most devastating in 300 years.

The storm stetched across the South East coast - striking at midnight and lasting several hours. In the process millions of trees were uprooted.

The massive clear-up lasted several years - and it's taken even longer - to restore large areas of forest. Work that's still going on today at places like Wakehurst in Sussex.

We speak to Conservation and Woodland manager Ian Parkinson and Clare Trevidi from the Kent Science Directorate.

'My son asks about him every day'- Amazing support for Gemma Conway's cat crash petition

Losing a much loved pet can be heart breaking - especially when you have no idea what happened to it but suspect it was run over on the roads.

This is often the case for cat owners because there is no legal obligation for drivers to report the incident.

Now one woman from Dorset is campaigning to change the law and force drivers to report any collision involving a cat. Richard Slee reports

Richard spoke to cat owner and campaigner Gemma Conway.

To sign the petition click here

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