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Hundreds of places unfilled at new Thames Valley schools

Hundreds of places remain unfilled at three brand new schools in the Thames Valley that are at the forefront of a pioneering government education policy. A special investigation by ITV Meridian has discovered that University Technical Colleges in Aylesbury, Reading and at Heathrow have more then 250 empty spaces between them - one is only just over half full. Those in charge of running UTCs - which have strong links with employers and aim to fill the skills gap - say the idea is new and they're confident numbers will continue to rise. Christine Alsford talked to Bev Flanagan, Principal, UTC Buckinghamshire; Paddy Marshall, National Union of Teachers, South Region; and Joanne Harper, Principal, UTC Reading.

Mother and children rescued from burning house

Firefighters saved a woman and her two young children after they became trapped by a house fire in Gosport.

A smoke alarm alerted the family to the blaze - and also woke up their next-door neighbour, who helped with the rescue.

The fire is being treated as unexplained.

Sam Holder spoke to the heroic neighbour, Tom, and Tim Spencer-Peet, Gosport Fire Station Commander.


It's too dangerous for some children to go outdoors

As the temperature cools down, people who suffer skin allergies will see them get worse - a survey by the charity Allergy UK says cold weather is the biggest trigger for eczema followed by house dust mites and pets. Eczema affects 10% of adults and 30% of school children....

But staying indoors is not the answer says the organisation Stacey Foster has been to visit one family who say leaving the house can be too dangerous.

Return to prison - robber raided the same post office twice

An armed robber held up a post office in Kent just two weeks after being released from prison for a previous robbery on the same premises. Billy Williams was jailed for seven years for robbing the post office in St Mary's Bay, Dymchurch, in July 2010, and committed the second offence after being released on licence at the beginning of this year, Kent Police said.

The 22-year-old and his brother-in-law, Harry Powell, also 22, threatened the cashier with a handgun and left with £10,780 in cash and £2,565 of stamps on the morning of February 15, a police spokesman said.

The cashier, who was in her 50s, pushed the counter's panic button but the men left the scene in a black Ford Escort which police later found partially burnt out nearby.

Terrifying moment car crashes into lorry at 50mph and was shunted along M25 motorway for 100 yards

This is the terrifying moment a family hatchback crashes into a lorry at 50mph and is shunted along the carriageway for 100 yards.

A dashboard camera mounted in the truck captures the Honda Civic as it attempts to pull onto the M25 between two lorries.

Credit: Smart Witness

But the driver badly misjudged the space between them and the clips front wing of the rear lorry - causing it to flip sideways and parallel to the front grille.

Despite the perilous situation, the lorry driver remains composed and calmly brings his vehicle and the Honda safely to a standstill on the hard shoulder.

Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the dramatic collision which was recorded on the lorry's dashboard camera.

Credit: Smart Witness
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