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Schools' climate strike: Young people protest across England

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Young people who have skipped school to join climate change protests across England have told the BBC there is no point in learning when their future is at risk.

Thousands of schoolchildren have flooded into city and town centres across the country as classrooms around the world were abandoned for a day of demonstration.

In Bradford, primary school children led around 100 people with loud chanting outside City Hall.

Despite the windy weather, there was a clear feeling of excitement.

Danny, 14, said: “What’s the point in learning if it’s not going to do anything because your future is going to be ruined by climate change?”

His sentiments were shared by Hannah, 18, who joined a crowd in Quarry Park Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

She said: “I believe there’s no point of us getting an education and planning for the future if there is going to be no future.”

Thousands of young people marched through Brighton chanting loudly and holding a variety of banners.

One of the city’s Labour MPs Lloyd Russell-Moyle joined in the march saying “students will learn more today than they will in the classroom.”

Manchester’s demonstration was accompanied by the sound of drums, tambourines and a trumpet.

One banner read “Make peace not pollution” and another “Like oceans we rise”.

Toni, 15, from Stockport, said: “I tried to come to the last protest but my school said no.

“My head of year said no this time but I think it is more important to come.

“I think I’m going to get into trouble though.”

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Birmingham.

Arjun, 16, said: “We are at the point that in 12 to 20 years the effects of climate change are going to be irreversible.

“The only way to change it is through the younger generation because the older generation don’t really care.”

What started out as a gathering outside Plymouth’s Civic Centre turned into a protest through the streets when more than 100 students were told they were on private property.

Students briefly stopped traffic at a pedestrian crossing chanting “System change, not climate change” and “Climate, change it back”, before marching through a shopping centre.

After being diverted back out by the centre’s security guards, they descended on the offices of local MP, Luke Pollard who addressed the crowd.

Dylan was leading the chants as the students marched through the streets, and said it was time the government was given “a wake-up call” after “missing emissions targets in the Paris Climate agreement”.

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County Championship: Chris Jordan and Ben Brown revive Sussex at Northants

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Ben Brown (left) and Chris Jordan

Specsavers County Championship Division Two, County Ground, Northampton (day one):
Sussex 370-6: Jordan 158*, Brown 153*; Sanderson 3-71
Northamptonshire: Yet to bat
Northamptonshire 2 pts, Sussex 4 pts
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Chris Jordan and Ben Brown put together an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 302 runs as Sussex turned things around in style against Northants on day one.

Sussex were 68-6 but they each passed 150 to go within 43 of the all-time English record seventh-wicket stand.

England all-rounder Jordan closed on a career-best 158, with Brown on 153 as Sussex reached 370-6 at Wantage Road.

Ben Sanderson took 3-9 in a dominant first session for Northants, dismissing both openers Phil Salt and Ben Haines.

No one in the Sussex top five scored more than 20 runs on a morning which saw bowlers well on top across the County Championship.

Jordan reached his ton minutes before wicket-keeper Brown as they broke Sussex’s previous seventh-wicket record partnership of 108 against Northants, set in 1921 by Maurice Tate and Herbert Wilson.

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Chessington surprise: Pupils go to theme park instead of exam

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Primary school pupils who thought they were due to sit an exam turned over their papers to discover they would be going on a surprise theme park trip.

Staff at the school in Horsham, West Sussex, secretly organised the visit to Chessington World of Adventures.

The exam paper said they had been “tricked” into thinking they had a “science test” but would actually be spending the day on roller-coasters.

Their teacher said it was a “treat to say well done” for their hard work.

The year 6 class at St Andrews School in Nuthurst had spent the week sitting SATs exams.

Deputy head teacher Sam Bacon, who planned the surprise, said: “I felt like I wanted to do something slightly more for them as they had been working so hard and it came to me that we could surprise them.”

He emailed parents to get permission and swore them to secrecy.

“They kept the secret brilliantly,” he said.

The mock exam paper told children to not to make any noise, allowing their classmates time to read the question.

“Once I knew that everyone had read the question, I confirmed it and there were quite a few tears of joy and more disbelief,” he said.

Mr Bacon, 31, said the school’s approach was to avoid “stressing children out” about SATs.

“We tell them that it is important to try their best, but the result does nothing more than to tell them what they can do in those specific subjects, and there is far more to education than that.”

Details of the trip posted on the school’s Facebook page prompted a flurry of supportive messages.

A former pupil wrote on Facebook: “What a beautiful thing to do. I went to this school a billion years ago and I am so pleased to read it’s still very special. Fantastic.”

Another said: “That’s made me cry. Fantastic.”

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County lines: The fight against the illegal drug trade

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Police in Sussex say London drug gangs are increasingly using guest houses and Airbnb rentals to target provincial towns.

The “county lines” drug trade sees young or vulnerable people used to traffic drugs.

This footage was filmed by an officer during an operation in Hastings.

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