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July 21, 2018 8:00 AM Three peaks challenge helps hospice

A TECHNOLOGY company has raised £13,000 for Havens Hospice after taking on the national Three Peaks Challenge. 16 staff members from Utilize Plc climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in less than 24 hours, in support of the hospice which has been named as their charity partner for the next three years. Guy Hocking, group managing director for the company 7

July 20, 2018 11:08 AM Gas leak fixed at University of Kent Canterbury campus

A gas leak at the University of Kent that caused a building to be evacuated has now been fixed. The leak took place at the University's Park Wood building, within its Canterbury campus, which is still under construction. People were evacuated from the neighbouring administration building and shop for safety, and the University advised those not living 7

July 20, 2018 10:00 AM Still time to nominate your own Southend Hospital star

THERE is still time to get your nominations in for this year’s Hospital Heroes Patients’ Choice awards. Southend Hospital has once again joined forces with the Echo and Southend Standard to help find three shortlisted nominees deserving of the coveted patients’ choice award. The awards are a great opportunity for patients and their friends and family 7

July 20, 2018 7:51 AM Porsche turns heads at bosses donate £500 to appeal

A SPORTS car worth more than £44,000 cut an unusual sight outside Great Western Hospital’s front doors. Staff from the Porsche Centre Swindon parked the speedy red 718 Boxster outside the Marlborough Road hospital as they presented a £500 cheque for the Brighter Futures Special Care Baby Unit appeal. The cash will go towards new state-of-the-art incubators 8

July 20, 2018 3:56 AM 'Human shield' baby rescued from bank robber by police

The woman appeared to be using the child to stop officers shooting at her as she fled from the bank. Evelyn Misumi, 36, poured gasoline in the lobby of a Bank of America in Murphy, Texas, threatening to set the building on fire in an attempted robbery. Staff managed to call the police and as officers arrived, Misumi ran outside and pulled the child from her car, using 7

July 19, 2018 11:58 AM Richard Bacon leaves hospital after being in medically induced coma

The 42-year-old fell ill while flying to Britain from the US and was taken off the plane in a wheelchair before being admitted to hospital two weeks ago. He was placed in a medically induced coma and, last week, his spokesman said he was “improving all the time”. Before leaving the ward, Bacon tweeted that he was “cleared for take off”, along with a picture 5

July 19, 2018 9:20 AM Richard Bacon Twitter: BBC star gives major health update after coma and 'nearly dying'

RICHARD BACON updated his Twitter followers with good news on his health after the BBC favourite was put in a medically induced coma and “nearly dying”. The former Blue Peter presenter told his 1.32 million Twitter followers he had been cleared to leave hospital two weeks after he was admitted. “Cleared for take off,” he said, sharing a picture of his hospital 6

July 16, 2018 11:20 PM I was not a Darth Vader bully insists police chief

ONE of Britain’s most senior police officers has stressed his force was with him after a hearing was told staff branded him “Darth Vader”. Simon Byrne – suspended as Cheshire Chief Constable last year – is accused of being “volatile” and a “bully”. It is claimed he “displayed a short temper and engaged in angry outbursts and aggressive attacks upon subordinate 6

July 16, 2018 5:19 PM Walderslade Girls' School in Chatham shuts in hot weather

A secondary school in Medway has closed early today due to the hot weather. Parents and guardians of pupils at Walderslade Girls' School in Chatham were sent a message bearing the news just before midday. The text said the centre would be shutting at 12.30pm, just 45 minutes after the messages were received. One parent, who said she spoke to school staff 15

July 16, 2018 9:18 AM Summer attraction closes one day after grand opening

A new family attraction at Bluewater had to be closed one day after its grand opening because the pool was contaminated. The Beach held its grand opening on Friday, July, 13 at the site in Greenhithe when hundreds of excited children and their parents went along to enjoy the attraction. The attraction is opened during the summer months and features lots of rides 13