News Round Up

NEW coins are on the way in the UK and they will feature some of Beatrix Potter's favourite fictional characters, reports the BBC.

The four 50p coins will feature Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tittlemouse and Flopsy Bunny and will enter general circulation for a limited time later this year.

They will be added to the Beatrix Potter collection, launched in 2016 to commemorate 150 years since her birth.

Anne Jessop, acting CEO at the Royal Mint, said: “This year we are delighted to present another group of Beatrix's characters, giving them a new lease of life on our specially-designed coloured commemorative coins.”

The Daily Express salutes Snipe, a 16 month old cocker spaniel dog which has become the first in the country trained to detect water leaks.

Snipe underwent weeks of training by ex-military personnel to detect problems by sniffing out tiny amounts of chlorine in tap water and has now been recruited by United Utilities which supplies around three million homes in the North-west.

Owner Ross Stephenson said: “All I did was start off with normal tap water, and then put in extra chlorine levels to make it stronger.

“We would have eight glass pots. One of them would have the chlorine in and every time the dog sniffed that pot he would get rewarded with a tennis ball.”

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's Labour Party, is among those campaigning for pardons for women who were jailed while fighting for the right to vote.

The BBC also says that Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has joined with the Fawcett Society campaign group and relatives of the suffragettes in calling for convictions to be overturned.

It comes on the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote in the UK.

London's V&A Museum is to feature a diamond and pearl tiara which was saved from the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, reports The Guardian.

It will be one of the star objects in the first major exhibition on the classic age of the great ocean liners.

The tiara was commissioned from Cartier in 1909 by the Canadian banker and shipping magnate Sir Hugh Allan, as a gift for his wife Marguerite who was a passenger on the Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat within sight of the Irish coast on its journey from New York to Liverpool.

Although she was rescued, both her daughters were among the 1,198 casualties (the body of one daughter was never found).

The exhibition will include posters, film, furnishings, parts of original ship fittings – including some ornate carving from the Titanic – and glamorous clothing worn by wealthy passengers on voyages.

SIXTY two year old Val Marks is very attached to her gas cooker.

The Daily Express explains that Val, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, owns one of Britain's oldest gas cookers ...because it is the last surviving memento of her late mother Grace.

Val took possession of the New World 42 appliance when Grace died in 1999 aged 79, and has since cooked more than 20,000 meals with it.

Grace apparently bought it for £38 in 1959 and Val commented: “It’s the only thing I’ve got left of my mum’s belongings.

“People say I should get a new one but I say ‘No, it’s my memories of my mum’. It was my mum’s pride and joy; she was always cleaning it.”