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Large rockfall at West Bay on Jurassic Coast

A popular stretch of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset has been hit by a large rock fall. It happened at the East Cliff side of West Bay, near Bridport, at about 7.40pm on Tuesday. Police, coastguards, the fire service and local authorities are investigating.

Sally King, visitor manager for the Jurassic Coast World heritage site, said: “We have geologists making an assessment of the situation and then we will have a better idea of just how big this was and what caused it – but certainly it was a very large fall.

It is thought that about 300 to 400 tons of rock fell during the landslip.

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  • August 15, 2016
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Driver missing after car plunges into reservoir in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire police said that the driver was believed to have been the only person in the car that entered the Booth Wood reservoir at about 8:20PM.

“It is believed that the driver was the sole occupant of the red car which was travelling westbound along Oldham Road towards Rishworth before it left the carriageway, ” a police spokesman said.

Road closures are in place from junction 22 of the M62 to the turning circle at Rishworth school.

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  • July 30, 2016
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Drivers told to avoid Dover travel on ‘Black Saturday’

To avoid the traffic chaos, motorists have been told to avoid travelling through Dover on Black Saturday.

The port is expected to be busy again this weekend as holidaymakers arrive to cross the Channel and they have been asked to delay their journeys until Sunday.

French authorities have warned of heavy congestion on the country’s roads on Saturday as some holidaymakers headed home and others began their breaks. More delays are expected on 6 August.

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  • July 25, 2016
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Congratulations to Chris Froome and ITV4 for Tour de France success

Cycling, for too long a neglected sport, is finally receiving the media attention it deserves.

Congratulations to Chris Froome and all of the cyclists who have provided us with such fine entertainment over the past three weeks of the Tour de France.

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  • July 24, 2016
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Two British pupils remain in hospital after France coach accident

When a coach full of pupils crashed in France, two British schoolchildren remain in the hospital.

The two students, one described as in a life-threatening condition and the other in a serious condition, were airlifted to hospital from the crash site on the A39 motorway at Lons-le-Saunier.

The coach had 42 students aged between 14 and 17, six staff and two drivers on board at the time of the crash. The French police are investigating whether the coach driver fell asleep.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing support to a group of British nationals following a coach crash in France. We are in contact with the relevant local authorities.”

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  • June 30, 2016
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Death of 11-year-old boy highlights danger of rivers, coroner says

Cameron James Comey, 11, fell into the river Towy near his home in Carmarthen, west Wales, during half-term in February last year.

Pembrokeshire corner’r court heard that the boy had been out playing near the river with his younger brother when he fell in and despite a major search operation, his body was never found.

At about 3:30PM, nine-year-old Anythony ran back home saying that Cameron had fallen into the river.

A large-scale search and rescue mission was then scrambled and featured mountain rescue crews, police divers, a helicopter and scores of volunteers. Thompson added: “The search went on for months. Unfortunately, Cameron was never found.”

After concluding that Cameron Comey died as a result of an accident, the coroner added: “A loving family has been completely devastated by this incident. It is very sad.”

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  • June 15, 2016
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Teenager who died in police chase was drug dealer, inquest hears

An 18-year-old man who died in a scooter crash following a police chase in North London was a drug dealer who was carrying multiple bags of cannabis when he died, the inquest into his death has been told.

On December 19, 2014, Henry Hicks died after crashing into a vehicle in Islington while being followed by to unmarked police cars.

DS Arvinder Marwaha told St Pancras coroner’s court that he had recovered seven bags of skunk cannabis from a carrier bag found in Hicks’s clothing, with a street value of £70-£140. In addition, messages retrieved from Hick’s iPhone and two Samsung mobile phones he had been carrying showed he had sent a message to 67 people saying he had skunk available. He also received messages asking if he had drugs.

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  • June 9, 2016
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Pedestrianisation of Oxford Street: pledges, trade and trade-offs

Sadiq Khan may not be the first London mayor to pledge to transform Oxford Street to a green avenue of retail walking therapy, but he just might be the last. That is because he just might fo it – or, atleast provide the political drive to help others to take big strides in that direction.

Conversion to a far more pedestrian-friendly environment raises large questions, not only about Oxford Street itself but many neighbouring ones too, affecting residents and traders in the West End as whole. The panel explored some of these. For example: Where will the buses go? What do the retailers want? What about the cabbies? and, What happens next?

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  • May 30, 2016
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Lukewarm reception greets Chris Evans’ revamped Top Gear

Programme insiders said in the aftermath of the Sunday night’s debut of the relaunched show that the comparisons between Chris Evans’ and Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear are inappropriate.

Sources said that it was unfair to make judgements based on the first episode’s ratings (BBC2 programme attracted 4.4 million viewers – below the 5 million Evans hoped for) because that did not take into account the impact of the bank holiday and the numbers catching up online.

There have been numerous reports that Evans and LeBlanc do not get on, but the former Friends star has dismissed the claims as a “big load of bullshit”, adding that he “didn’t anticipate the ruthlessness of the British press”.

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  • May 27, 2016
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Driver who paralysed sisters in crash is jailed for four and a half years

A driving instructor has been jailed for four and a half years after he smashed his company 4×4 into the family car of the 2 children; Katrina Raiba and Karlina, whom he left paralysed.

Andrew Nay admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving said: “Never did I intend to cause the accident, to cause so much pain and upset. It upsets me greatly knowing that I have. I wake up knowing what I have done and hate myself. I wish I could change things. I know these words do nothing to help but I am truly sorry for everything.”

Representing the family, Richard Langton, a serious injury specialist at law firm Slater and Gordon Lawyers, said: “The footage is shocking to watch, but it sends a powerful message. Road rage destroys lives.”

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