Canoeist dies as rivers flood
HEAVY rain and melting snow brought floods to Britain last night, as a canoeist died after being pulled from a fast-flowing swollen river by firefighters and mountain rescue volunteers.
The man got into difficulties in the River Arkle, near Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales, yesterday afternoon, prompting a major rescue operation.
Firefighters, using boats, pulled him out of the water but the Great North Air Ambulance Service confirmed tonight that the man, who was in his 30s, had now died.
The Environment Agency had around 80 flood warnings and more than 320 flood alerts in place, with river levels expected to swell further as successive bands of rain sweep the country.
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Fatal hit and run
TWO cyclists were killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Bristol yesterday.
A male and female cyclist were involved in a collision with the driver of a Citroen shortly before 4pm.
The motorist sped off with both cyclists dying at the scene as a result of their injuries.
Officers from Avon and Somerset Police said they knew who the driver was and appealed for witnesses to come forward.
PREHISTORIC bones discovered more than a century ago have been revealed as a new species of ocean predator distantly related to modern-day crocodiles, according to scientists.
The partial skeleton, including a jawbone and teeth, has been identified as belonging to a group of crocodiles that were similar to dolphins.
An amateur palaeontologist found the specimen in a clay pit near Peterborough in the early 1900s, and it has since been held by The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow.
STATE schools are holding back some of the country's brightest pupils from reaching their full potential, the chief inspector of schools has warned.
Sir Michael Wilshaw has raised concerns that children who leave primary school with top grades are left to coast by some teachers when they reach secondary school.
POOR sleep may be linked to declining memory in older people, research suggests.
Brain differences relating to sleep and memory were found by scientists who compared young and old volunteers.
Lack of slow-wave, or "deep" sleep, in older people was predictive of memory loss.