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Sussex artist creating statue for Sefton

Sefton Credit: PA

A life-size bronze statue will be unveiled next year of a horse who became a symbol of the struggle against the IRA after surviving the deadly 1982 Hyde Park bomb atrocity.

The sculpture of Sefton, who survived the blast which left seven of his stablemates and four soldiers dead, was commissioned by the Royal Veterinary College.

The college's artist in residence, Camilla Le May, was tasked with sculpting the black gelding two years ago and has spent six months creating the three quarters of a ton sculpture, which shows him walking briskly.

Ms Le May, 39, from Wadhurst, East Sussex, said: "I had never done a life-size horse before so the opportunity for me was awesome.

"It was quite a challenge and actually quite nerve-racking, but the response has been overwhelming. It's not the same as sculpting a famous racehorse because there is so much sadness behind it.

"All the time I spent on it I got quite attached and I feel closer to the story now."

IRA connections to the Isle of Wight

Two home made bombs thought to be connected to the IRA have been found alongside guns and ammunition at woodland on the Isle of Wight.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating after the explosives were found by a dog walker close to Parkhurst Prison last month.

Officers think they could be related to IRA prisoners who were being held on the island in the 1970s and 80s. Martin Dowse explains.

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Incendiary devices discovered on the Isle of Wight

Hampshire police have confirmed that they have discovered two guns, ammunition and two home made incendiary devices in a forest on the Isle of Wight.

The items were found by a dog walker in Parkhurst Forest on Friday 24th August.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating the finds which were hidden in the forest for several years.

Officers say one line of enquiry is that the weapons are related to IRA prisoners who were held in the Island's jails during the 1970s and 80s.

The police say they don't believe the finds relate to any current criminal activity.