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Waterspout 'tornado' swept along West Sussex coast


Thank you to Dawn Kee for this photo of a waterspout taken in Selsey, West Sussex a short time ago.



Video surfaces of two Sussex brothers fighting in Syria

Abdullah Deghayes
Abdullah Deghayes,18, died while fighting in Syria earlier this year

Dramatic video has surfaced of two brothers from Sussex fighting in Syria. Their younger brother, eighteen-year-old Abdullah Deghayes, was shot dead six weeks ago in a street battle. It is believed he was fighting alongside a group linked to al-Qaeda.

The men's father says they went to Syria to fight a "dictator" and describes his youngest son as a "martyr". He is pleading with his surviving sons to come home. But if they do, they face the possibility of being arrested.

Police praise Stonehenge sunrise revellers

Wiltshire Police have praised the thousands of people who attended the Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge overnight. There were two dozen arrests for minor offences.

This year we estimate 36,000 people visited the stones throughout the night. There is always a small proportion of people who will try to break the law but I am satisfied that this was a successful policing operation and Wiltshire Police continue to facilitate a safe Solstice with our partners.

We are pleased that the Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge and Avebury have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending. There were 25 arrests at Stonehenge and two at Avebury which were mainly for drug related offences.

The road system worked well with minimum delays and many people used the public transport as we advised people to do. Every year there are new challenges for us at Solstice but it is always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the event.

– Wiltshire Police

Thousands celebrate at Stonehenge to welcome the longest day

Sunrise was welcomed by people from across the world at Stonehenge in Wiltshire Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Summer Solstice has a long tradition of attracting people to monuments such as Stonehenge, off the A303, where latter-day Druids gather to witness the sun rising on the longest day. Police estimate 36,000 people attended the sunrise this year.

The sun rises above the pre-historic monument where more than 30,000 people had gathered Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Those camping at the stones overnight were given an array of menu options Credit: Andrew Matthew/PA Wire
English Heritage and the National Trust allow sunrise crowds among the stones Credit: Andrew Matthew/PA Wire


Alert issued for Kent girls missing in Thailand during visit to their mother

Alina and Ananya Day who have gone missing in Thailand while visiting their mother Credit: South West News agency
Onwarat Gamlem, mother of the two girls, who police want to interview Credit: South West News Agency

An alert has been put out to try and find the girls, along with their half-brother, after they failed to return to Sevenoaks in Kent.

Alina and Ananya Day, aged 10 and 6 respectively, went missing on 1st June during a visit to their mother in Pattaya, Thailand.

The girls live with their father, Robert Day, at the family home in Kent.

He had been granted custody of the girls after he and their mother were divorced in 2010.

Appeals have been made by Thai Police for their mother to contact them.

Thanet MPs meet team who want to buy Manston

Manston airport
Manston Airport closed on 15 May Credit: ITV News

Thanet MPs, Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, have this week met with the CEO of RiverOak, Steve DeNardo, and fellow directors who wish to purchase Manston. They want re-open the airfield as an operating airport.

Manston Airport closed on 15 May after owner Ann Gloag rejected bids from RiverOak who offered the full asking price for the airfield. 144 people lost their jobs.

At the meeting at the House of Commons, RiverOak reaffirmed their desire to buy the airfield and reiterated their faith in its future as a significant cargo-handling and possible future passenger centre.

Following their discussions with Mr. DeNardo Thanet`s MPs have said in a joint statement:

“It is clear that RiverOak are committed in their determination to acquire and to operate Manston as an airport, with all the job-creating potential that will flow from that.

There are, of course, obstacles to be overcome and much will depend upon the ability of Thanet District Council to bring a Compulsory Purchase Order to a satisfactory conclusion but with cross-party political support that exists we believe that this can be achieved.

Literally and metaphorically we and RiverOak are in this for the long haul. The due processes may take a little time but we intend to realise our objective and to see planes flying from Manston once again.”

Further meetings will follow later this week. Owner Ann Gloag has said it's unlikely any decision about the future of the airport will be made in the next couple of months. She is due to meet with Thanet Council in July.

England fans get ready for the game against Uruguay

With England playing their second World Cup match tomorrow night, fans are getting into the spirit of things and showing their support for the team.

Jeff Rolls, who was told his flag supporting England in the Euro 2012 championships was too noisy, has gone bigger and better for the World Cup!

Jeff Rolls with his huge flag in Eastbourne Credit: Jeff Rolls
The big flag outside a pub in Eastbourne Credit: Jeff Rolls

The Prince of Wales pub in Fleet has also gone World Cup crazy and decked out the whole of the pub with flags and football shirts, as well as putting down green "turf".

The Prince of Wales pub in Fleet has gone World Cup crazy! Credit: Diane Branch

They've also managed to bring a bit of Rio to Hampshire and created Copacabana beach in the back garden with 60 tonnes of sand!

60 tonnes of sand helped to create a beach volleyball court in the pub's garden Credit: Diane Branch
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