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'Jobs at risk' if Goodwin Sands are not dredged

The Port of Dover says millions of pounds of investment and hundreds of jobs will be at risk if it can't dredge the material it wants from the Goodwin Sands.

The work will help expand the Western Docks and the port says getting sand from further away will massively increase the carbon footprint of the project.

Opponents of the scheme say they will ask for a judicial review if the Government does give the go-ahead later this year.

As Iain McBride reports.

Iain spoke to Neil Wiggins the Community Director at the Port of Dover, Bryony Chapman, a Marine Policy Officer from the Kent Wildlife Trust and Joanna Thomson from the Save Our Sands Campaign.

VIDEO REPORT: major improvements promised

South West Trains will be taken over by its rival operator First Group later this year.

It is the second largest franchise in the country with 650,000 passengers using it every day.

Chinese company MTR will provide a £1.2 billion pound investment to the franchise.

750 new carriages and faster journey times are promised.

It's hoped this means good news for passengers.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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Mike spoke to Steve Montgomery from First Group, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Anthony Smith from Transport Focus.


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Hidden History: What a DNA test reveals about the past

Who exactly do you think you are? Many people are keen to answer that question, which is why there's a huge interest in genealogy and family history.

For those keen on learning more about their distant past there's lots of new ways of doing so, including kits that test your DNA.

Some scientists question the accuracy of the results. Others believe they can give you a broad idea of your genetic make-up.

Our reporter takes the plunge. He speaks to Professor Peter Donnelly from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. Also to Andrew Richardson from Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

Surrey teacher awarded for 'dedicated' work

Yolanda de la Fuente (second from left) with Roger Coupe partners James Britton (left) and Edward Norman (right) and Jigsaw pupils Credit: The Star Awards

A teacher from Surrey has been awarded for her 'dedicated' work supporting youngsters with autism.

Yolanda de la Fuente was recognised for her willingness to volunteer "for anything" and her "unfailing dedication" at Dunsfold-based specialist school Jigsaw.

Yolanda was put forward for the Roger Coupe Star Award by her colleagues.

The 41 year old has been teaching Year 1 pupils aged between 4-19 for 18 months.

Working with the pupils at Jigsaw is wonderful; to be with them, to understand and play with them and to work with them – that’s the world for us. It’s all about the pupils and how we can help them to make their way in society.”

– Yolanda, Award winner

Our Star Awards aim to recognise and celebrate all those working in and around Cranleigh who go above and beyond for their communities. Teachers do an extremely important job helping to mould, motivate and educate the next generation so we felt they deserved their time in the spotlight."

– Edward Norman, partner at Roger Coupe


Murder victim's photo released as appeal renewed

Credit: Family handout

The family of a man murdered in Winchester have released his photograph as police renew their appeal for witnesses.

Carl Scott's body was found at a house in Birch Court off Thurmond Crescent in Winchester on 22nd March.

Police are trying to establish the 37 year old's movements before his death.

A 58 year old man from Winchester was arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail.

Police are asking anyone who has information which is relevant to this murder investigation to get in touch via 101 quoting Operation Teasel.

Any information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sheep rescued from the water by firefighters

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A sheep has been rescued by firefighters after being found in the water along Rose Kiln Lane in Reading.

The sheep, temporarily named Minty, was taken to the fire station and is being kept in the drill tower temporarily until its owner is found.

Crews were called on the afternoon of Sunday 26th March.

Firefighters from Caversham, Whitley Wood and Wokingham Road Fire Station all attended.

Minty's ID numbers are UK 07/45274/02189.

If you are the owner or know who the sheep belongs to, please call 0118 938 4010 or 0118 938 4900.

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