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BMW workers take their strike to showrooms

BMW workers from Cowley, Oxfordshire will join others to stage a protest outside one of the car maker's prestige showrooms as part of a dispute over pensions.

Members of the Unite union will demonstrate at the site in London's Park Lane on Saturday ahead of a fresh wave of strikes in protest.

Workers have staged two days of walkouts and will take six more days of industrial action in the coming weeks.

Schools choose longer hours to get more holidays

Two schools in Hampshire have decided to extend their school days to increase the length of the half-term.

Fawley Infant and Blackfield Primary are part of the Inspire Learning Foundation, and are the first in the county to trial the new school day.

The change will take affect from September 2017 and will mean an extra week in October/November and additional days added to Christmas and the Summer holidays.

Before making a final decision, staff were consulted and parents were provided with an opportunity to respond to the proposals.

The school day will now begin at 0835 and finish at 1525 for Junior children and 1510 for Infant children.

“Based on the recommendations of the working party and parents, and working with staff to ensure that we are able to provide rich learning experiences and achieve the higher standards that are expected for all children.”

– Claire Lowe, Executive Principal


House sales hit in areas affected by Southern strike

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A recent report has suggested that house prices have dropped in areas where commuters have been affected by the Southern railway strikes.

Zoopla looked at property value growth rates in towns across the network over the past 12 months, since the strikes started, and compared them with the previous year.

Lewes has also seen a particularly marked slowdown in property price growth, with a 3.55% decrease over the last year following a 12.39% increase during the previous 12 months.

The research shows that homes in Tonbridge are taking longer to sell than the regional average of 46 days and are taking 62 days from going on the market to going under offer.

Zoopla found 91% of towns across the network have seen property value growth weaken over the last year.

Powered by daylight; two new buses take to the streets

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A Brighton bus company is the first in the UK to add solar-powered electric buses to its fleet.

They'll be charged overnight at The Big Lemon's depot - using light stored throughout the day.

The two new buses will run between Wooding Dean and the city centre - joining the existing fleet which runs on used cooking oil.

Norman Baker is the managing director of the company.

CCTV video released after burglary near Kidlington

Police have released CCTV after a burglary in Thrupp near Kidlington.

Cash was stolen from the home on Wednesday, March 29.

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to the man in the footage as they think he has 'vital information' about the incident.

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Police step up its handling of stalking and harassment

Recommendations have come in to place following the investigation into Michael Lane

Sussex Police have said it plans to improve the way it handles stalking and harassment.

It follows an IPCC report into an ongoing investigation into the interactions Sussex Police had with 19-year-old Shana Grice prior to her tragic death in Brighton in August 2016.

Michael Lane, 27, of Portslade was convicted of her murder last month. He was handed a life sentence to serve a minimum 25 years in custody.

Following the arrest, Sussex Police received a further 13 reports from women regarding Lane's behaviour, dating back to 2014 and one over the past 10 years. The reports were referred to in his sentencing.

Officers will now be trained in recognising cases involving stalking and harassment, and how to best safeguard victims.

They police will also focus on improvements to data storage and retrieval, better use of existing systems to ensure relevant information is accurately logged, considered and reviewed.

"Stalking and harassment are serious offences and in certain situations, such as those involving Shana, can have tragic consequences. At this stage of the investigation 12 members of staff with Sussex Police have been identified as subjects of the inquiry."

– Tom Milsom, IPCC

Woman involved in Bournemouth crash dies

A woman being treated for serious injuries following a collision in Bournemouth has sadly died.

Officers were called to a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Southbourne Road at 11.45am on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

The pedestrian, an 87-year-old Bournemouth woman, suffered serious injuries to her legs and head and was taken to hospital.

She has now sadly died as a result of her injuries.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the collision who have not already spoken to police to contact them.

Clearance of Didcot power station wreckage to resume

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Didcot Power Station owners RWE have announced it has hired a contractor to resume the task of clearing the wreckage next month after work stopped following the death of four men in the collapse.

Brown and Mason will take on the contract, six months after firm Coleman and Company had its terminated.

Coleman and Company had been preparing the boiler house in February 2016 when it collapsed, killing Michael Collings, 53, Chris Huxtable, 34, Ken Cresswell, 57 and John Shaw 61.

Brown and Mason will now conclude the removal of the wreckage, the company has previously worked on site during the recovery operation last year and have over 50 years of industrial demolition experience.

The team will begin work on site mid-May, the initial focus will be on clearing the remaining debris pile in addition to other demolition works at site.

The demolition of chimney and north cooling towers will be part of a separate contract and is not planned until summer next year.

An investigation into the cause of February's collapse is ongoing.

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