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Strike ballot called for Windsor Castle staff

Staff at Windsor Castle are to be balloted on industrial action over pay.

The Public and Commercial Services union said if its members vote in favour, non-strike action would start at the end of April.

The dispute affects around 120 union members who work at the castle's visitor services, including guides and kitchen staff.

Honda investment secures thousands of jobs in Swindon

Honda employs over 3,000 people in Swindon Credit: Tim Ireland/Press Association

Honda is investing over £200 million in a new Civic model - which will be made at the car manufacturer's plant in Swindon.

Over 3,000 people are employed at the factory, which will produce an estimated 120,000 cars a year.

The investment will secure thousands of jobs at the Swindon plant, which saw hundreds of job losses last year.

Warning after crash causes serious delays in Kent


Looking for love at the aquarium

Jackson chameleon Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

Staff at the Rock-a-Nore Road wildlife attraction are hoping a pair of Jackson’s chameleons will hit it off after moving in to their new home at the aquarium earlier this month.

The pair, named Samuel L and Glenda, are both still relatively young and only measure round 10cms in length. Fully grown males have been known to grow up to 38cms long but 25cms is more common.

Named after a former Governor of Kenya where they were first identified, The Jackson’s are also known as the three-horned chameleon due to the males having three horns; one on the end of their nose and one above each eye.

Most chameleons lay eggs, however Jackson's chameleons give birth to live offspring; up to 30 live babies are born after a six-month pregnancy. Samuel and Glenda are the latest additions to the aquarium’s jungle room which is home to a number of exotic reptiles; including snakes, lizards and iguanas as well as scorpions and spiders.

Getting a feel for university life

View of the Radcliffe Camera, Oxford University Credit: Andrew Matthews/Press Association

Nearly 60 young sleuths from Oxfordshire, will be investigating a ‘Murder in the Cloisters’ at Oxford University over the Easter holiday (7-9 April) in a programme that gives students a chance to learn what university is like – socially and academically.

The twelve to fifteen year olds are taking part in a free spring residential activity at the University, but the peace of the college quad will be shattered when a student is found dead and everyone becomes a suspect in his murder.

The students will be staying in accommodation at Pembroke College and visiting the University’s libraries, lecture theatres and museums. There will be tasters of subjects they are unlikely to study at school, like learning Ancient Greek with the Faculty of Classics, and a chemistry lab will be turned into a forensic science facility as the students explore samples from suspects’ clothing.

The new skills and knowledge they will pick up will prove invaluable in their bid to find the killer. The students will have to remain vigilant throughout the three-day course, as they see the suspects around college and at a formal dinner.

The aim is to give students a taste of university life, including both the academic and social side of life at Oxford.

Husband appeals for information on wife missing for 3 years

Husband appeals for information 3 years after woman goes missing Credit: Dorset Police

The husband and family of a woman who went missing from a cross channel ferry have made a public appeal – three years after she disappeared.

Sarah Fenton, of Fishponds in Bristol, was last seen by her husband Andrew at around 4.30pm on Sunday 1 April 2012 as they travelled on a Condor Rapide high-speed car ferry from Guernsey to Poole.

It was feared Sarah may have gone overboard and her disappearance sparked a major sea search involving the coastguard helicopter, RNLI lifeboats from Weymouth and Alderney and the air search aircraft from the island.Nothing was found.

Appeals were made in the days following Sarah’s disappearance urging anyone who was on the ferry at the time to come forward. Sarah still remains missing and her family and friends are keen to establish exactly what happened that afternoon.

It has been three years since Sarah disappeared and we all miss her greatly. If anyone has any information about what happened that afternoon or Sarah’s whereabouts, please call Dorset Police. Please contact us or the charity Missing People at any time.

– Sarah Fenton's husband
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