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Power station to take delivery of huge transformer

Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire which will take delivery of a 226 tonne electrical transformer tonight Credit: PA

A huge electrical transformer the size of a house will be delivered to Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power station in Nottinghamshire tonight.

The piece of kit is 261 tonnes and 66 metres long and has been shipped 5,500 miles from South Korea.

The A453 into Nottingham will be closed overnight so the massive load can be delivered. It's taken months of planning for the transformer to be delivered by road from Goole in East Yorkshire.

Pylons coming from the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station where the huge transformer will arrive between 3am and 5am on Sunday Credit: PA

Twitter boss makes personal apology to troll victims

The head of Twitter UK, Tony Wang, has made a personal apology to the women who have experienced abuse and sexual threats on the social media platform.


I personally apologize to the women who have experienced abuse on Twitter and for what they have gone through.


The abuse they've received is simply not acceptable. It's not acceptable in the real world, and it's not acceptable on Twitter.


There is more we can and will be doing to protect our users against abuse. That is our commitment.



Troll victim 'pleased' Twitter taking abuse seriously

Caroline Criado-Perez, who came under sustained attack on Twitter after running a successful campaign to have a woman's picture placed on a new bank note, has welcomed Twitter's pledge to do more to tackle trolling and abuse on the platform, but said they could have acted quicker.

While I'm pleased they're listening, it's taken Twitter a week to come up with this.

Twitter's 'report abuse' button on the iPhone application goes through to the old reporting form - what we're looking for is an overhaul of the system which sits behind the button.

The current process is lengthy, complicated and impossible to use if you're under sustained attack like I have been.

Right now, all the emphasis is on the victim, often under intense pressure, to report rather than for Twitter to track down the perpetrator and stop them.

I am, of course, pleased that they are taking on new staff. The hard facts are that this will take time, investment and properly trained and paid staff - but it's crucial they get this right.

Read: New Twitter abuse arrest

More: Equality campaigner Criado-Perez targeted on Twitter


Female journalists receive Twitter bomb threat

Several female journalists have received a threatening tweet telling them that a bomb has been placed outside their homes.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they have received a complaint relating to threats made on Twitter and that enquiries are continuing but have not yet made any arrests.

The Guardian claims the journalists targeted include Hadley Freeman from the paper, Grace Dent, a columnist for the Independent and Catherine Mayer, Europe editor of Time magazine.


The Flying Pig returns to the Severn Valley Railway

One of the longest-running steam engines at the Severn Valley Railway has made its return after a seven-month overhaul.

The Flying Pig has been at the popular Worcestershire tourist attraction since the official end of steam on British Railways in 1968.

The Flying Pig, pictured here between Highley and Arley in Worcestershire, returns to the Severn Valley Railway.
The Flying Pig, pictured here between Highley and Arley in Worcestershire, returns to the Severn Valley Railway. Credit: Keith Wilkinson

The locomotive, numbered 43106, made its first run of the tracks as the 11.10 service between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.

After a lick of paint in the coming days, it is due to be back in full service soon.

Former gang members enrol on 3D printing course in Wolverhampton

Students being introduced to 3D technology Credit: Heath Town Project

A new scheme which introduces former gang members to the future of technology is being rolled out in Wolverhampton.

The social enterprise workshops, run by Black Country Atelier, users 3D printing and scanning tools to teach students how to use the latest technology and develop their creative skills.

The programme is based in a tower block in Heath Town.


Big investment for classic sports car component company

Vitesse Global make component parts for iconic names like Morgan, Westfield and Caterham cars

A firm specialising in components for classic sports cars, has secured a six figure investment in its company.

Vitesse Global make component parts for iconic names like Morgan, Westfield and Caterham cars.

In just over a year they have gone from renting a small unit, to moving into a £600,000 purpose built premises at Tungsten Park in Hinckley.

Engineering breakthroughs celebrated in Lincoln Cathedral

Displays highlight the cities engineering successes. Credit: City of Lincoln Council

Today is the third day of a three-day celebration in Lincoln Cathedral, where the city's engineering history is on show to the public.

The event is being organised by members of the Lincoln Engineering Breakfast Group with support from a number of organisations including the University of Lincoln, Lincoln College, Cathedral and the City of Lincoln Council.

The exhibitions are giving people the chance to learn many interesting facts about engineering in Lincoln.

West Midlands Police launch crime fighting phone 'app'

New phone 'app' allows members of the public to view CCTV while out and about Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police have launched a new 'app', which features the faces of crime suspects.

The Facewatch application allows smart-phone and tablet users to view CCTV of people wanted by West Midlands Police whilst on the move.

They can then anonymously submit names of people they believe may be involved or other information about the crime.

Almost 200 images have been uploaded to Facewatch during a pilot stage, resulting in nine arrests.

The mobile application is expected to be populated with a growing number of wanted faces as more regional businesses embrace the system.

WW2 airfield turned into UK's biggest solar farm

Lark Energy was given planning permission for the project in November last year Credit: PA

A former Second World War airfield in Leicestershire has now been turned into the UK's biggest solar farm.

The solar project at Wymeswold Airfield, north-east of Loughborough, has around a 130,000 panels positioned on land between two runways. The £35million scheme covers 150 acres and was built in less than eight weeks.

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