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Business leaders to protest over Southern rail row

Industrial action to take place again this week

Business leaders in the Sussex town of Eastbourne are expected to hold a protest today over the disruption being caused to the area's transport network by the ongoing dispute between Southern Railways and the unions over changes to the role of train guards.

Members of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and the south coast chambers claim that problems on Southern Railways have cost the local economy more than three hundred million pounds.

The business leaders say the rail operator, the RMT and ASLEF unions, and the Transport minister all bear responsibility for the continuing row.

On Friday rail passengers protested against the ongoing dispute

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Can you help find missing mum and baby from Kent?

Friends and family of a mother from Kent say they're increasingly concerned about her welfare, after she went missing with her baby.

Friends say Joanne Green, from Westgate On Sea, and her son Oliver were last seen on Friday evening.

Joanne and baby Oliver were last seen on Friday

Kent Police say they were called on Saturday to a report of concern for the welfare of a woman reported missing from an area in Westgate on Sea.

Their investigations are ongoing.

In a Facebook appeal, one friend asked for anyone with information to contact her or police.

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Grieving Kurds pay tribute to Sussex man who died fighting Islamic extremists

Dozens of Kurdish mourners have gathered at Heathrow Airport as the body of Sussex chef Ryan Lock arrived back in the UK.

Mr Lock, 20, from Chichester went to Syria to fight against so-called Islamic State.

He died on 21 December while fighting with the Kurdish forces.

It's believed he turned the gun on himself rather than risk being taken hostage.

Dozens of people, including members of the Kurdish community, held roses and framed pictures of him, as his coffin arrived at Heathrow Airport.

Man rescued after plunging into sea from Eastbourne pier

A man is lucky to be alive after being rescued from the English Channel, after he jumped off Eastbourne pier.

RNLI volunteers scrambled to help rescue the 27-year-old who went into cold water shock after jumping from the Grade II listed structure on Saturday night.

Witnesses saw the man struggle in the cold sea conditions, before he clambered up the pier supports screaming for help.

Several 999 calls were made to the Coastguard before the Eastbourne RNLI inshore lifeboat launched.

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An RNLI spokesman said its crew arrived quickly, hoisted the man on board its lifeboat and transferred him to the beach where police and ambulance crews were waiting.

Oxford's new multi-million pound shopping centre begins to take shape

It's been almost two years since the main shopping centre in Oxford closed - to make way for the multi million pound Westgate development. The project will officially open on the 24th October. The redevelopment - covering around a quarter of the city centre - is costing five hundred million pounds. It will include 100 shops and 25 restaurants and cafes. Mary Stanley has had an exclusive look around.

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