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Huge crowds as 'Black Friday' hits the South

Crowds fighting their way through the Tesco store in Havant Credit: Charlotte Negus

And the rush for Christmas shopping gets underway in earnest today as people take advantage of the US-Inspired sales bonanza that follows Thanksgiving.

Many retailers are introducing heavy discounts. Last year a quarter of shoppers bought an item in the so-called 'Black Friday' sales.

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Berkshire school welcomes royal visitors

School prepares to welcome Royal visitors Credit: ITV news

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are visiting Berkshire today. They're due to take a tour of Holyport College near Windsor where they'll meet staff and pupils. The Royal Party will visit classrooms, a science laboratory, a boarding house and the dining area. The Royal Party will then move to the College sports hall, where The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the visit and the official opening of the school.

Holyport College is a co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11 to 19 years. It is a state-funded 'free school,' which opened in September 2014. The first pupils entered the school in Years 7 and 9, and the school will include a Sixth Form. Nearby Eton College is the school's academic sponsor, bringing educational experience and pastoral expertise to Holyport College. Pupils from Holyport College are able to use some of Eton's facilities, notably for sport. A number of pupils and staff from Eton College will be present during the visit.

Do you recognise this chalice

Police want to reunite the chalice with its owner Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police are trying to find the owners of a valuable chalice, which they believe might have been taken from a church or similar establishment, The yellow metal chalice, which has purple beaded jewels on it in a cross shape, was found in a car when officers stopped it in Dyke Road, Brighton, on 13th September.

PC Kathryn Waterman said; "If you know who this chalice belongs to, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call us on 101"

A 63-year old Horsham man was arrested on suspicion of dishonest handling and possession of an offensive weapon. He is on police bail until l7 December while enquiries continue.

Work to remove toll booths starts at Dartford Crossing

Work begins today to remove toll booths at the Dartford Crossing in preparation for the launch of its new payment scheme. "Dart Charge" will see the end of cash payments and aims to reduce traffic.

It means the barriers will be scrapped and drivers will pay the charge by phone, post or online.

The roadworks will continue until spring 2015 when drivers will feel the full benefit of the changes through quicker journey times.

Until then drivers can expect some delays but all work is being planned to minimise disruption. During construction temporary speed limits and road layouts will be in use so drivers should follow instructions on road signs.

Work is underway to remove the toll booths at the Dartford Crossing Credit: Highways Agency

"The payment booths have been part of the Dartford landscape since 1963 but they contribute to congestion and cause delays. That's why they are being removed and we are introducing a new payment system called Dart Charge. From 30 November drivers will no longer pay at the booths. Instead they will pay in advance or by midnight the day after crossing, helping to speed up journeys."

– Highways Agency project director Nigel Gray

"Initially, we'll work to demolish the southbound booths and drivers should see the benefits travelling over the QEII Bridge after the first weekend of demolition. On the northbound side, the works will take longer to complete because we need to construct a new tunnel safety system. During this time, road users will still need to travel through the existing barriers, but they won't be able to stop and pay here anymore. The reason we need to keep the barriers at this stage is to stop over-sized or non-compliant vehicles from using the tunnel."

– Erwan Huerre, Connect Plus Services Transition Manager

Bournemouth named UK's best coastal resort

Top award for Bournemouth Credit: ITV news

Bournemouth has been named the UK's best coastal resort for the second year running. The British Travel Awards - the Oscars of the industry - saw over a million votes cast by members of the public. Bournemouth had to see off tough competition to win Gold, with Tenby in Silver and Bude in Bronze position. Other nominees included Blackpool, Brighton, Newquay, Scarborough, St Ives, Weymouth and Whitby.

5-million people visited Bournemouth for the day last year, with another million staying overnight. Tourism is worth £495 million to the local economy

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Pedestrian suffers serious head injuries from falling into river

The incident took place at the junction of Bridport Road and Whitcombe Road Credit: ITV Meridian

A pedestrian has suffered serious head injuries after falling into a river in Dorset.

Police say a small light coloured car driving towards the Bridport area caused two people walking nearby to move out the way- one of them fell through railings and into the River Brit.

It happened on Bridport Road close to the junction with Whitcombe Road at 11pm on Thursday night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

New accommodation opens in Southampton for families of children in hospital

New building opens on Monday Credit: ITV news

A new accommodation block opens at Southampton General on Monday to house relatives of children in the hospital. The 53 bedroom house cost 7 million pounds to build and will cost half a million a year to run. Famillies who've used the so called Ronald McDonald houses elsewhere say they're invaluable.

"Home from home" for relatives Credit: ITV news
One of the 53 bedrooms Credit: ITV news

Many families travel long distances to get medical help for their children at Southampton General. The new accommodation aims to take away some of the stresses for relatives. All rooms have a direct line to the children's ward in case of emergency.

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