FORMER jockey Richard Dunwoody yesterday became the first person to reach the South Pole using the route which thwarted explorer Ernest Shackleton in 1914. Richard arrived on his 44th birthday after trekking 680 miles with US adventurer Doug Stoup. He said: "It's the hardest thing I've done. To arrive at the Pole is indescribable and my greatest achievement. I'm exhausted." The pair carried their own equipment using skis and pulling sledges. Each man lost 2st on the trip, burning 8,000 calories a day and braving -45C temperatures and altitude sickness.
POLICE STAFF TAKE 2.5% DEAL
MORE than 70,000 police staff and community support officers have accepted a 2.5 per cent pay offer. The deal is backdated to September. Police officers are still in dispute about their 2.5 per cent deal because the Government won't backdate the rise, cutting its value to 1.9 per cent.