Weird world - Rugby fan takes to waterways on tin bath

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A rugby fan is taking to the waterways on a tin bath next month to raise money for charity.

Rob Knapp, 36, from Syston in Leicestershire, will paddle 110 miles in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation - and in a boat he bought from eBay for £20. Most participants taking part in the fundraiser in May will make the journey from Rugby to London using canal towpaths, but not the former Sileby Vikings RFC player.

The foundation was set up by former Leicester Tigers player Matt Hampson after he was paralysed from the neck down while training with England Under-21s in 2005.


A woman on horseback struck a man round the head with her riding crop as he watched a “prestigious” hunt, police said.

The 63-year-old victim was at the Portman Hunt near Sturminster Newton in Dorset when he was approached by the rider. In what police are calling an “unprovoked attack”, the woman used her whip to hit the man round the head.

North Dorset Police released a picture of a woman they would like to speak to about the incident on December 19 last year and appealed to anyone with information to come forward.


The quality of cars that should be made available to British officials in Palestine was discussed at length just months before the First Arab-Israeli War in 1948, according to previously secret papers just released.

The documents show that Sir Alan Cunningham, the outgoing High Commissioner, wanted to keep his “big fast” Rolls Royce to use back in the UK, while modern armoured cars were sought for the future British representative in Palestine. The files were released at the National Archives in Kew.

MH Dorman, an official in Palestine, wrote to the Colonial Office in London in February 1948 stating that all but one of their cars could be taken over by Sir Hugh Dow, the incoming British consul-general in Jerusalem. He noted: “Rolls Royce 1938... This is a big fast car but His Excellency intends to bring it home with him for use in the United Kingdom.”