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Three year old boy injured in explosion on private boat

A three-year-old boy was among those injured following an explosion on a private boat this afternoon.

Police were called to the boat - which was carrying a number of adults and children at the time of the explosion - at 12:40pm today.

The vessel, which is believed to be privately owned, had been sailing along the River Thames and reached Bray Lock in Taplow near Maidenhead, Berks, when it exploded.

A man and a woman aged in their forties and a teenage girl who were on the boat have been taken to St George's Hospital in London for treatment.

Another man aged in his forties, a woman aged in her thirties and a three-year-old boy, who were also thought to have been on the boat, have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment.

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Another man received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

A spokesman from Thames Valley police said the incident is not believed to be suspicious, but officers remained at the scene as investigations continued to establish the circumstances of the explosion.

Oxford researchers who studied Cecil the lion get £300,000 in donations

Researchers who studied Cecil the lion receive donations Credit: PA Images

Researchers who studied Cecil the lion - at Oxford University conservation unit WildCRU, have received more than £300,000 in donations since Cecil was killed by a hunter.

The Department of Zoology unit has studied the lion's whereabouts via satellite since 2008.

David Macdonald, Director of Oxford’s WildCRU said:

"I have wonderful news for all those following the story of Cecil, and our work for lion conservation in Zimbabwe and beyond. Overnight, thousands of donors worldwide brought the total of the Cecil Appeal to £300,000. This is stupendous my colleague Andy Loveridge and I are overwhelmed and inspired.

There is more. Minutes ago I spoke to American philanthropist Tom Kaplan and his wife Daphne who have been loyal supporters of the WildCRU’s work, and told them of my hope that the total appeal could reach £500,000. Tom and Daphna immediately pledged $100,000 to match, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, each donation that comes in from this minute as a stimulus to reaching that total.

We are grateful beyond measure for their generosity, and that of every single one of our donors, big or small."

– WildCRU


Pilot crash lands Spitfire at Biggin Hill Airport

Pilot crash lands Spitfire at Biggin Hill Airport Credit: PA Images

The pilot who crash landed a Spitfire at Biggin Hill Airport after it suffered engine trouble has been praised for his "textbook" emergency skills. Dan Griffith received shoulder and arm injuries when the Second World War fighter plane got in to difficulty soon after the 12.36pm take-off.

London Biggin Hill Airport said the pilot had reported a rough-running engine. A statement from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, supporters club, said:

"Spitfire MK912 this afternoon suffered a loss of power after take-off and forced landed back on the airfield. The aircraft is badly damaged but pilot Dan Griffith carried out a textbook forced landing and is OK.

He brought the single engine plane down safely in an emergency landing on a grass area within the airport grounds."

– Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd

Will Curtis, managing director of the airport company, said:

"Spitfires are very much a part of our heritage here at Biggin Hill and we must commend the pilot on his swift and decisive action in the circumstances. We look forward to seeing the aircraft flying again before too long."

– Will Curtis

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said:

"We treated one patient - a man in his 50s for shoulder and arm injuries. He was taken to King's College Hospital. His condition is not thought to be life threatening or changing."

– London Ambulance Service

Scotland Yard said that no-one else was on board when the single seater plane crash landed.

The Spitfire, which took part in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago, will be repaired and eventually returned to service. The airport is home base for the Heritage Hangar where a number of Hurricanes and Spitfires are restored and maintained. An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesman said: "AAIB is aware and will be investigating."

Bomb hoax - deliberately designed to disrupt Brighton Pride

Brighton Pride bomb hoax was deliberate Credit: ITV News Meridian

A bomb hoax which forced a major gay pride march to drop its new high profile route was deliberately designed to disrupt the event, Sussex Police said.

Specialist officers carried out a controlled explosion on the "suspect package", discovered on Brighton seafront shortly before the Brighton and Hove Pride parade was due to start.

Organisers had a planned a new "high profile" route for 2015 along the city's popular coastline but after a delay of more than an hour and a half were forced to resort to their former route.

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp said:

"We believe the item was placed there deliberately and made to look like a suspicious device to disrupt the parade. We have started a criminal investigation.

We were concerned enough to call in the bomb disposal unit, who after making a further assessment, carried out a controlled explosion. The area had been cordoned off and there was no risk to the public.

We want to apologise for any disruption this caused and thank the public and those taking part in the parade for their support and patience while we made the area safe and re-routed the parade. Their co-operation made dealing with this difficult incident easier.

Despite the delay, we hope everyone will enjoy the Pride events across the city."

– Sussex Police

Police appeal for witnesses after fatal crash in Kent

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision that occurred in Cheriton High Street at about 4pm yesterday.

Two vehicles were involved – a silver Vauxhall Firenza and a grey Proton Gen-2.

A 72-year-old man from the Folkestone area died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death while being uninsured and remains in custody.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are at the scene carrying out enquiries.

They would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw either car being driven immediately prior to the incident.

Please call 01622 798538 or email quoting reference 01-919.

Bomb scare delays the start of Brighton Pride

A bomb scare delayed the start of Brighton Pride by over an hour today. The opening parade had to be re-routed after the discovery of a suspect package on the seafront. It was safely blown up by army bomb disposal experts. Pride is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and organisers say there's a record turnout of around 200,000 people. Malcolm Shaw reports.


IDR closes in Reading after man falls from overhead bridge

German aviator forever linked with the town of Gravesend

Aviator became the first and only German prisoner of war to escape from Britain. Credit: ITV News Meridian

A town in Kent is honouring its links to a unique piece of wartime history. A plaque and information board in Gravesend will remember the exploits of the only German prisoner to have escaped from Britain in both world wars. Derek Johnson reports.

Sussex police confirm identity of a man who died in Dubai

Body of man who died in Dubai confirmed as Thomas Wynn Credit: Sussex Police

It's been confirmed that the body of a man who died in Dubai is that of missing forty-nine-year-old Thomas Wynn.

Detectives in Sussex had been searching for him after he failed to answer police bail.

He was wanted in connection with a five million pound conspiracy to supply heroin. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Migrants rush police cordon at Eurotunnel perimeter fence

Hundreds of migrants have continued to clash with the authorities in their bid to gain access to cross-channel terminals in Calais.

Migrants rushed at a police cordon by a truck route along the perimeter fence of the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Nine people have been killed attempting to cross the Channel in the last month. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Men, women and children, mainly from East African and Arab countries, have continued to attempt to evade authorities. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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