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Priceless pups - hair-raising bids for world's rarest Ridgebacks

A dog-owner from Sussex has Europe's first-ever litter of the world's rarest breed of dog.

Catherine Lane from Brighton is not only the first owner of Phu Quoc Ridgebacks in Europe, but also the first to successfully breed a litter of puppies.

Catherine travelled all the way to Vietnam to buy the parent dogs, which are so rare there are only 800 registered in the world.

She's been offered up to £10,000 for each of the four puppies.

A colourful calendar of Black History Month events

St George's schoolboys at Black History Month launch Credit: Unity 101 Community Radio

Event organisers in Southampton are looking forward to opening their doors for a month long celebration of Black history.

It's the 11th year Black History Month has been celebrated in the city and community organisations and businesses are getting ready to host activities.

With exhibitions, screenings and musical performances planned, people of all ages and ethnicities can be entertained while learning about the positive contributions that Black people, over the years, have made in the south.

Events include:

  • An exhibition exploring the role of Black women in society by Radian Housing, from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 3rd October, at the Newtown YMCA, Graham Road.
  • A presentation of a ‘Black Plaque’ to the Red Cross, in honour of Red Cross volunteer, Mae Street-Kidd (1904–1999). From 11am, Thursday 15th October, at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Mary Seacole Wing at the Healthy Bites Cafeteria.
  • First showing of the short film BLACK, which stars Black men from Southampton. From 8pm to 9pm, Friday 16th October at The Stage Door, 78 West Marlands Road.
  • The One World Fair, showcasing Southampton's cultural diversity through food, interactive stalls and workshops. From 2pm to 5pm, Friday 30th October, at Southampton Solent University, Sir James Matthews Building.
  • Godfrey Brandt's Chords and Lyrics 2, an evening of spoken word poetry and jazz, from 7.30pm on Friday 30th October at Mettricks Tea & Coffee House, 117 High Street.

For a full calendar of events visit, Discover Southampton.


Cat rescue centre in urgent appeal for new premises

A cat rescue centre in Sussex has launched an urgent appeal to help find new premises.

Ron Ayres has run the shelter from his rented home in Brighton for fifteen years. Lost Cats Brighton cares for and re-homes around two hundred cats each year.

But Mr Ayres, 77, has now been diagnosed with lung cancer, and he fears for the future of the animals unless a more permanent location can be found.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Ron, and volunteer Fiona Pearce.

lIf you think you can help, you will find more details here.

Chatham extremist mocks PM after being put on UN sanction list

Sally-Anne Jones Credit: ITV News

A woman from Chatham who is believed to have joined Islamic State appears to have taken to Twitter to mock being placed on a UN sanctions list.

A post from an account believed to belong to Sally-Anne Jones was published on the social media site earlier today.

Sally-Ann Jones, from Chatham, is one of four individuals that have been put on the list that targets al-Qaeda and Islamic State operatives. Credit: Twitter

The 45-year-old former punk rocker was married to IS fighter Junaid Hussein, who was killed in US-led coalition air strikes in August.

ITV News cannot independently verify the account.

Local musicians band together to help twin town recover

Credit: Hastings Borough Council

The World renowned locally based jazz singer, Liane Carroll and popular local band, The Kytes are getting together to back the campaign to help twin town, Hastings in Sierra Leone.

The town is still recovering from the devastating Ebola outbreak and from the recent floods which have hit the area.

They will be playing at the Friendship Link's Charity Ball at The Montgomerie Suite, Bannatynes Hotel on Saturday 31st October.

Credit: Hastings Borough Council


Greener graves - eco friendly burial ground opens

An eco friendly cemetery has been created by Brighton and Hove City Council. The site in Woodingdean overlooks the sea and the South Downs.

Only biodegradable coffins and caskets can be used and, instead of headstones, wooden memorial plaques can be added. Mourners can plant wildflowers on graves at Woodland Valley Natural Burial Ground.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Cllr Maggie Barradell of Brighton and Hove City Council, and Andy Holter, President of the Sussex County Association of Funeral Directors.

Wokingham mum lends support to Syrian refugees

Refugees and migrants are continuing to try to make their way across Europe.

Many are Syrians fleeing the civil war, with more than 40,000 claiming asylum between April and June this year.

It's become a big political talking point in Europe, with questions being asked over who really is a refugee. Now thousands are being held in makeshift camps between borders.

But a mother from Wokingham has been inspired to help after a chance meeting with Syrian refugees while on holiday in Greece.

And she's managed to get hundreds of her neighbours involved. Sam Holder reports.

To help the campaign click here

Sussex and Thames Valley police trial new stop and search techniques

Hundreds of police officers from six forces - including Sussex and Thames Valley - are taking part in a pilot exercise to improve stop-and-search techniques.

It follows the death of 15-year-old Alan Cartwright, who was stabbed to death. His family are calling for more police stop and searches to curb knife crime.

Police stop and search Credit: PA Images

The initiative by the College of Policing involves more than 1,300 officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, Cleveland, Sussex, Thames Valley and Greater Manchester forces, and the British Transport Police.

About 220 officers from each were chosen to take part in the pilot, which was designed with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (ERHRC).

The impact of the training will be analysed by the college and independent researchers to establish if the training changes the way officers approach stop and search.

"We know the public supports the police use of stop and search powers especially where the powers are used to keep people safe. The challenge now is to make stop and searches more effective because high numbers of negative searches can help to create a view that they are unfair and constitute a disproportionate response from police.
"The training will help officers to recognise unconscious bias and monitor how they make decisions about the use of stop and search powers."

– Richard Bennett, College of Policing
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