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Controlled explosion of World War II mortar

Controlled explosion of World War II mortar shell at the River Thames in Windsor Credit: Thames Valley Police

A World War II mortar shell has been detonated in a controlled explosion in Windsor.

The mortar was discovered in the River Thames and was disposed of yesterday near the Victoria Bridge by King Edward the Seventh Avenue by the Royal Navy Bomb disposal team and members of Thames Valley Police Specialist Search and Recovery Team.

Roads and part of the River Thames were cordoned off and closed temporarily during the operation yesterday lunchtime

PC Rupert Jones of Thames Valley Police said: 'This was a successful operation and we are very pleased with the outcome which caused minimal disruption to the public.'

Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

Next year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Sealed at Runnymede Meadow near Windsor Castle in 1215, the ancient document provided the foundations on which British laws and principles are based.

A woman from Pirbright in Surrey has been tasked with designing and embroidering a 12-panel tapestry as part of a number of projects commissioned to celebrate the anniversary. Mel Bloor has been to see how she's getting on.

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Dog "too frightened to find new home"

Agoraphobic rescue dog Whisper is so terrified of people and the outside world that staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are finding it impossible to find her a new home.

Whilst most rescue dogs love nothing more than ‘walkies’, meeting people and other dogs, and running around the Home’s exercise paddocks with their balls, Whisper will only leave her kennel once all the other dogs are in bed for the night and the staff and visitors have gone home. Only when the grounds are deserted for the day does she feel it’s safe to venture outside.

Battersea staff have encountered all sorts of behaviours over the years but agoraphobic Whisper is one of the most extreme cases they have ever faced and they wonder how she will ever meet new owners.

Six-year-old Whisper was found cowering underneath a bush in Surrey back in January. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier had most likely been used as a breeding bitch before being brought to Battersea’s Old Windsor Home as a stray.

She was undernourished, and her teats were terribly stretched after giving birth to and feeding litter after litter. Whisper’s fear of the outdoors is probably a result of being kept in a shed or indoor cage. She was given her name as the slightest noise or movement would have her cowering in her bed, too scared to leave her kennel and petrified of people and other dogs.

If you can give Whisper the loving home she deserves, or are interested in adopting any of our incredible rescue dogs, you can call Battersea on 0843 509 4444 or visit www.battersea.org.uk.

“Whisper is a gentle, loving, kind-natured dog, and she is going to make the most amazing pet for someone who has the time and patience to slowly build her trust and confidence. We know that she’s going to need very understanding owners but more than anything we want her to enjoy a life outside kennels like any other dog. Whisper has had a terrible start to life and she really deserves a happy ending.”

– Battersea Senior Animal Welfare Assistant Karen Slavid

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Stars are in Windsor for polo & The Queen's Cup Final

Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery was among the celebrities at today's event

Cartier International Day is typically one of the most star-studded sporting events of the year. The event hosts the Queen's Cup Final in the sport of polo. The actress Michelle Dockery, who stars in Downton Abbey, was one of those attending the prestigious event in Windsor.

Sentence increase for woman who killed her baby son

A mum from Windsor who continually abused her baby ending in his death, had four years added to her prison sentence today by the Court of Appeal. The original sentence of 14 years was described as too lenient after she left her 11-month-old son with bruising and broken bones before he died.

Cary Johnston has this report.

Sentence increase for mum who killed her baby

The Court of Appeal has increased the minimum sentence of a Windsor mother who was convicted of murdering her own child.

Emma Wilson was jailed for life, and told she would serve a minimum of fourteen years after inflicting fatal injuries to her eleven month old baby, Callum.

However, the Attorney General referred the case, as being potentially unduly lenient.

She will now serve a minimum of seventeen years.

14-year jail sentence for killing baby son is "too lenient"

Emma Wilson was jailed for 14 years for the murder of her son Callum, who was just 11 months old.

Today, the Attorney General is appealing her sentence at the Court of Appeal in London, saying it was "too lenient."

Emma Wilson is to appeal against her 14 year jail sentence for killing her son

She was sentenced to life, serving a minimum of 14 years in jail in January this year.

Callum died of an "unsurvivable brain injury."

Baby Callum died of an "unsurvivable brain injury"

He had spent the first months of his life in foster care before being returned to his natural mother Emma.

A review into his death last month said more could have been done to save him.

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