News Briony McRoberts as Sam Hagen in 'Take the High Road'

The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.

Live alligator

COLOGNE - Police hunting Sammy the fugitive alligator roaming a German lake, decided yesterday to bow to public pressure and stop trying to shoot it. The three-foot long cayman has gained a fan club since it slipped its leash on Sunday and dived into the lake at an open-air bathing resort near Neuss. Reuter

Sports Listings: This Weekend / Fly fishing: English National final, Bristol

This year's Benson and Hedges Fly Fishing Championship for teams, inaugurated in 1982, began in April with the first of the qualifying heats and an entry of more than 30,000 competitors. The English National final, which continues today and tomorrow at Chew Valley Lake, south of Bristol, is the last stop before the grand finale, the International final at Rutland Water in September. Six places at Rutland make up the prize at Chew Valley and the 27 competing teams include Russell Owen and Dave Grove, the world and European champions respectively.

Plane sinks

A pilot and his passenger escaped with slight injuries when their Kitfox light aircraft crashed into Stewartby Lake, near Bedford, and sank.

Contractors on British Library face legal action

THE BUILDERS of the controversial new British Library at St Pancras, in London, are likely to be sued by the Government, it emerged yesterday, by Chris Blackhurst.

MUSIC / On Music

Being commissioned to write a new piece for a fireworks concert is a little like being forced to compose with the shades of Handel and Tchaikovsky peering over your shoulder: it's hard not to see your music as being in direct competition with all those pyrotechnic performances of the 1812. No wonder the working title Howard Blake first gave his new work for this Saturday's Kenwood open-air concert was 'Playing with Fire'.

Aid workers bury thousands of Rwanda's bloated corpses

BODIES from the massacres in Rwanda are flowing into Lake Victoria, as emergency teams work against the clock to avert outbreaks of diseases in villages near the lake. About 3,500 decomposing corpses have been taken from the Ugandan shore of the lake and buried during the past week. Aid workers say the clear-up operation could take at least 10 days.

Windermere is focus of fight for tranquillity

WINDERMERE, one of the most popular stretches of water in Britain, will tomorrow become the focal point for a fierce debate about how people spend their leisure time.

Whale moves on

A minke whale which spent six months in a loch on the isle of Lewis, off Scotland, has returned to the sea. There were doubts about the loch having enough food for Molly and attempts had been made to drive her out using small boats.

Bodies found in lake

Police divers recovered the bodies of two men from Lake Savay at Denham, Buckinghamshire, in a search launched after a punt capsized. Two other men thought to have been on board swam to safety.

Curator's Choice: The Loch Ness Centre

The first of the exhibits I have chosen is the vessel called The Sir John Murray, named after the first man to plumb the depths of Loch Ness using piano-wire and a very strange machine on a rowing-boat. It is made up of two of the largest inflatables in the world. It was devised by Adrian Shine, the leader of the Loch Ness Project, and was capable of silent drift patrol, which means they could take it out onto Loch Ness with sonar machines at night and just let it drift quietly. During the 1980s it was used quite a lot and in that time they managed to make 40 strong sonar contacts with something larger than your average fish.

Monster mission

A new tourist attraction opened at Loch Ness in the Highlands - submarine trips to the bottom of the 750ft-deep loch. The charge per passenger is pounds 68.

'Bodies' found on bed of Lake Constance

STUTTGART (Reuter) - German officials investigating the ditching of a light aircraft thought to have been carrying radioactive material said they believed they had found the bodies of two missing passengers.

'Caesium plane' found in Swiss lake

RORSCHACH (Reuter) - Swiss police said yesterday they had found the wreck of a plane, suspected of having carried radioactive material, at the bottom of a lake.

Appeals: The John Muir Trust

The John Muir Trust, which was founded 10 years ago, takes its name from a Scotsman who pioneered the need to conserve wild places in the 19th century. At the age of 11, he and his family emigrated to the American mid-west, where he explored the High Sierras and Alaska; later he campaigned for the creation of the Yosemite National Park. The trust is now pursuing Muir's ideals in Scotland: it believes that ownership, followed by good stewardship, is the best way to protect wild land and has bought three such places at Li and Coire Dhorcaill at Knoydart, at Torrin on the Isle of Skye, and at Sandwood, in Sutherland. The first is on the shores of Loch Hourn, reaching the summit of Ladhar Bheinn (1,020m), the second is a crofting estate on the eastern side of the island, and the third has a remote bay with dunes and cliffs, wild heaths and several islands. The total of 20,000 acres of land is managed sensitively for both nature and mankind. The trust is keen to welcome new members so that it can continue and expand its work.

Body found by loch

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