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Record leap

A Bri­tish gym­nast has wowed the pub­lic by break­ing a world record Spi­der-Man would be proud of.

Ash­ley Wat­son, who won sil­ver on the par­al­lel bars at the 2016 Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships, earned his lat­est award by hurl­ing him­self nearly six me­tres through the air at Leeds Gym­nas­tics Club.

Wat­son, 26, posted a video of his achieve­ment to In­sta­gram with the cap­tion: “My of­fi­cial Guin­ness World Records at­tempt! ‘The far­thest back­flip be­tween hor­i­zon­tal bars’ 5.87m! #Of­fi­cial­lyA­maz­ing.”

Bell sale

AN an­cient bell dug up at a farm in the 1920s is set to fetch around £3,000 at auc­tion after it was es­ti­mated to be 1,500 years old.

The monas­tic or­na­ment, which is be­lieved to date back to the 5th or 6th cen­tury, had been kept in a box in the own­ers’ garage un­til they dis­cov­ered its value.

It is made of iron plate mixed with a cop­per al­loy and re­sem­bles the bell of St Pa­trick, which has been ex­hib­ited at mu­se­ums in Ire­land.

The bell was dis­cov­ered at a Glouces­ter­shire farm and had been used as an or­na­ment.

Tower de­fence

ITALY’S Lean­ing Tower Of Pisa is straight­en­ing it­self out – after more than two decades of ef­forts, engi­neers say the famed Tus­can bell tower has re­cov­ered four cen­time­tres more.

Nun­ziante Sabia, a con­sul­tant to the in­ter­na­tional com­mit­tee mon­i­tor­ing the tilt, said that while the pro­gres­sive re­cov­ery of tilt is good news, the over­all struc­tural health of the tower is more im­por­tant – and it is in bet­ter shape than pre­vi­ously pre­dicted.

The 12th-cen­tury tower re­opened to the pub­lic in 2001 after be­ing closed for more than a decade to let work­ers re­duce its slant. By us­ing hun­dreds of tons of lead coun­ter­weights at the base, engi­neers shaved 43cm off the lean.

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