EX-JOCKEY Richard Dunwoody yesterday became the first person to reach the south pole using the route which thwarted explorer Ernest Shackleton in 1914. Richard, who reached the pole on his 44th birthday, made the gruelling 680-mile trip with American explorer Doug Stoup. He said: "This has been the hardest thing I've ever done. To arrive at the pole is indescribable and my greatest achievement. I'm exhausted." The pair have carried their own equipment - using skis and pulling sledges that weighed 17st when they left. Each man has lost 2st on the trek, burning up 5,500 calories a day. They also had to brave temperatures of -45C 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.