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500 jobs to go at Virgin Atlantic

The jobs will be lost over the next few months Credit: ITV

Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic is to lose around 500 support and managerial roles, which will be achieved through a combination of employees leaving, redeployment and redundancies.

Virgin say: "This programme will be handled in a way that provides the best possible support to all those that are impacted.These changes will take place over the next few months, with a target of completing the programme by the end of the year.

"Virgin Atlantic is aiming to reduce its non-fuel costs through focusing on driving efficiency and simplicity throughout all areas of the business whilst delivering an even better customer experience.

"This reduction will make the airline more competitive, ultimately ensuring it can continue to invest in the overall Virgin Atlantic experience, loved by its customers."

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South-east wine & strawberries for Wimbledon!

Whether you're a sporting fan or not, you can't have failed to notice Wimbledon fortnight has just begun. And once again suppliers in the south east are making hay while the sun shines by sending their wares to the world-famous tournament.

But for the first time in Wimbledon's history, there'll be an English wine on the menu - and it's from Bolney in Sussex.

David Johns reports, speaking to wine maker Sam Linter and strawberry grower Marion Regan.


Meerkats cool off as temperatures soar

Meerkats cool off with a water melon treat Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Animals at an Oxfordshire wildlife park have been given a treat to cool off in the heat.

Chris Kibbe, Primate Section Head at Cotswold Wildlife Park, said:

"With a heat wave forecast for this week, it seemed the perfect time to give our Meerkat clan some of their favourite summer treats – water melon and ice lollies.

"Alpha male Marley particularly enjoyed the water melon, and the whole group took the opportunity to cool off with some pear and melon flavoured iced treats."


MP's shock after constituent killed in Tunisia

An MP has spoken of his shock after one of his constituents was killed in the Tunisia terror attacks.

David Thompson, 80, of Tadley, was killed on Friday.

Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire, said: “I am horrified at the truly shocking news of the shootings in Tunisia, and to hear that one of the victims is David Thompson, one of my constituents from Tadley.

"His family, indeed every family and loved one going through this terrible time, are in my thoughts.

"They have my deepest sympathies. We must now do everything we can to assist those in need.

"Families need to receive information and support and the deceased and injured need to be brought home as quickly as possible and I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister in the House yesterday confirming the enormous effort underway to help everyone affected.”

Heatwave is shot in arm for South's tourist trade

With the heatwave continuing tomorrow - and temperatures set to rise further - health experts say there is a serious side to the sun.

The Met Office has issued a Level Two Heatwave warning.

That means temperatures over the next 48 hours can pose a health risk for some people - especially the elderly and the very young.

But the sunshine is good news for the South's tourist trade.

And there's no doubt it's been a glorious day. As Richard Slee reports.

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