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Campaigner paddle boards solo across Channel

Credit: Lizzie Carr

The first female to stand up paddle board solo across the English Channel has begun her 24 mile journey.

Lizzie Carr will paddle from Dungeness to Boulogne for nine hours solid.

She's working with Plymouth University to raise awareness of the millions of tonnes of plastic that enters the oceans annually as part of the Plastic Patrol campaign.

She's encouraging the public to get involved with a series of stand up paddle boarding clean-up events at 14 locations in the UK, including Oxford and Bray in Berkshire.

Lizzie's journey can be tracked live here.

Credit: Lizzie Carr

I am nervous about the challenge. I’ve been training hard but crossing will be unpredictable and although you can plan as best possible some things will be out of our hands. It's so important to get the message out there about plastic pollution, and although this will be tough knowing I have so much support and goodwill will really help push me.”

– Lizzie Carr, Environmentalist
Credit: Lizzie Carr

Rolf Harris is released from prison

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86 year old entertainer Rolf Harris, from Bray in Berkshire, has been released from Stafford Prison, prison staff have confirmed.

The Australian-born TV personality has been appearing at his indecent assault trial at Southwark Crown Court via video link from the prison.

But Judge Deborah Taylor told the jury that the 87-year-old would be able to appear in person for the remainder of the trial.

He is facing trial on four sex offence charges, involving the indecent assault of three teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

One of the counts centres on allegations that he touched a 13-year-old girl's breast after filming a children's TV programme and asked her: "Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?"

He is also accused of twice groping a third girl, aged 16, after being paid £100 to appear on ITV celebrity show Star Games - telling her she was "a little bit irresistible", the court heard.

The jury has previously been told that Harris had already been convicted and sentenced for other offences in 2014.

He denies all four charges of indecent assault. The trial continues.

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