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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.
Two dogs walking in a field Credit: Press Association

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


The big storm: Kent Highways gear up for a busy night

Emergency crews have begun making plans to respond to the predicted storms, due to hit the region tomorrow.

Staff at Kent Highways Agency have been called in to man the control centre, based in Aylesford, throughout the night on Sunday.

They'll be co-ordinating crews to clear debris, put up warning signs and get information out to the public.

Toby Howe, from Kent County Council, outlines the plans.

Three children rescued from sinking car

The family are rescued from the sinking car. Credit: ITV Meridian

A man has paid tribute to rescuers who saved him and three young children from a sinking car after it became trapped in flood water. Dramatic video captured the scene as the youngsters were pulled from the windows of the 4x4 vehicle after getting stuck under a railway bridge in Hockley yesterday.

Scott Swinford from Southend was with his eight-year-old son Reece, his six year old niece Jessica, and four-year-old nephew Alfie, when they became trapped. Friends Hannah King, Emma Burles, from Hockley, waded into the deep water to rescue the group along with three young men .

Mr Swinford said: "I've never seen anything like that before. As I put the car into reverse the current of the flood water just lifted us further in. I just want to say to everyone who helped us - a big thank you."

Essex flooded after month's rainfall

Roads are flooded after torrential rain in Rochford Essex Credit: Andy Dickenson

The Bank holiday has been a washout for many but in Essex people spent the first day of the long weekend up to their knees in water.

Drains burst on the beach front at Southend-on-Sea after a month's worth of rain fell in just a few hours.

Cars struggling to make it through the floods in Rochford Essex Credit: Andy Dickenson

The Met Met Office issued weather warnings across the east of England.

At one stage in the day, 20mm of rain fell across Essex in an hour, and entire streets had to be evacuated in the town of Billericay after floods caused landslips that dragged down a wall.

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