A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest into two people killed in a mudslide in a Dorset tunnel.
125 children a year die from brain tumours because of the UK's slow diagnosis rates. One mother is hoping to reverse that trend.
The storms may mean chaos but they've had an unexpected outcome - the discovery of a 200 million-year-old ichthyosaur off the Dorset coast
Sacha Langton-Gilkes, whose 16-year-old son David died from a brain tumour, says most parents don't realise that brain tumours are the biggest disease killer of young people. She says parents need to be clearer on how to spot the key signs. Here is the NHS list of symptoms:
- Epilepsy or fits, which can be either major seizures or twitching in one area of the body
- Severe, persistent headache
- Irritability, drowsiness, apathy or forgetfulness
- Vomiting, which is sometimes sudden and for no apparent reason
- Partial loss of vision or hearing
- Personality changes, including abnormal and uncharacteristic behaviour
– Sacha Langton-Gilkes, mother of brain tumour victim
I had no idea, like everybody else, that it was the biggest killer of young people, from 2 years-old to 24. I haven't met anyone, not a politician, yet who's gone, "Yeah, I knew that." I just want everyone to go, "Yeah, I knew that."
125 children a year are dying from brain tumours because the UK is 50% slower at diagnosing children's brain tumours than similar countries worldwide.
Statistics show the UK has the highest number of child deaths compared to other Western European countries.
Sacha Langton-Gilks, from North Dorset, whose own son David died as a result of a brain tumour in 2012 has joined the HeadSmart project to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.
Today she is meeting with the Department of Health in a bid to further the cause.
An amateur fossil-hunter from Chippenham in Wiltshire has found an ichthyosaur on the Dorset coast.
The almost complete skeleton was revealed by storms at Black Ven near Charmouth on Boxing Day. It was removed in an 8 hour operation, just before another storm was due to hit.
The finder, Alan Saxon, says he hopes it will end up on display.
Condor Ferries has cancelled all high-speed sailings today (Saturday 21 December) between Weymouth and Guernsey, and Weymouth and Jersey, due to bad weather.
Ian Johnson of the National Farmers' Union told ITV West Country's Ian Axton why his organisation is so against vaccination of badgers.