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Champion runner admits attempted murder of British Athletics official

A former fell-running champion has admitted the attempted murder of a British Athletics official and assaults on two other men who stepped in to help him.

Former fell-running champion Lauren Jeska Credit: Facebook

Lauren Jeska pleaded guilty to attempting to kill former rugby player Ralph Knibbs, who was stabbed at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in March.

Jeska, 41, of Wesley Terrace in Machynlleth, Powys, also admitted two charges of having a knife in a public place, during a video-link appearance at Birmingham Crown Court.

The court heard the injuries of Jeska's other victims - accountant Timothy Begley and finance director Kevan Taylor - were "not of the most serious order".

Judge Philip Parker QC was told that the defendant had been the subject of psychiatric assessment but further reports would be necessary before she is sentenced on November 15.


Rally held in Swansea to show solidarity with refugees

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Hundreds of people rallied together in Swansea earlier today urging others to 'Stand as One' to show their solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers.

The event was organised by Oxfam with the main message asking Governments worldwide to do more to support them.

The rally in Swansea was just one of many protests being held across the UK, with the main event being held in London ahead of the UN refugees and migrants summit next week.

Almost 100,000 Refugees Welcome campaigners marched across London last year after the release of harrowing images of the body of Syrian child Aylan Kurdi.


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Mark Colbourne: Cuts to Rio Paralympics 'disappointing'

Paralympic cycling champion Mark Colbourne has lamented the major cuts to the Rio Paralympic Games as "disappointing", as he expressed concern for the impact on the paralympic movement .

Speaking to ITV News, Colbourne, who retired in 2013 after winning a gold and two silvers at London 2012, said: "We're trying to promote the paralympic movement here, we're trying to up-skill and upscale what we do as athletes.

"To go to Rio and not have a 100% of the ticket sales sold out, not have the staff that we had in London, like the Games makers, who almost made the paralympics for us, would be very, very disappointing."

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