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Supermarkets to cut fuel prices by 2p a litre

Driving will cost less for thousands across the south following supermarket fuel price cuts.

From tomorrow, Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco are all reducing the cost of their petrol and diesel by 2p a litre.

In Asda's case, the reduction means its customers will pay no more than 126.7p a litre for petrol, with diesel being 129.7p a litre - its lowest price since January 2011.

Asda said a strengthening pound against the dollar had been the key driver behind the cuts.

The AA said average UK petrol prices fell to 131.12p a litre, with diesel down to 135.38p this weekend.

The combination of the strengthening pound and the fact that tensions in both Ukraine and Iraq have not caused supply issues means wholesale prices have begun to ease again.

"The impact of the shale oil extraction in the US is also causing global oil prices to reduce due to more product becoming available in the market, which in turn reduces reliance on importing oil from the Middle East.

"But falling wholesale prices don't always lead to cheaper forecourt prices so it's good news for motorists that this reduction is being passed on so quickly at the pumps. Cheaper fuel is good for individual motorists, businesses and the economy.

– RAC spokesman Simon Williams

American firm steps in to help save Manston Airport

Airport closed in May 2014
Airport closed in May 2014 Credit: PA

It's been reported that American investment firm RiverOak has offered to help Thanet Council buy Manston Airport in Kent.

The offer is believed to have come to light in a letter from the CEO, offering the council support for a possible compulsory purchase order of the site. The airport closed in May with the loss of 150 jobs.


Woman's terror after she is confronted by burglar

The hot night's mean many homeowners are sleeping with windows open. But now police are warning that that could be an invitation to burlgars or intruders.

In Sussex, three women in the past few days have woken to find intruders in their bedroom. One woman, from Bexhill-on-Sea, has told Meridian she found the experience so terrifiying, she's now thinking of leaving her home.

Watch Nashreen Issa's reports. She spoke to Jane Howden and Detective Sergeant Paul Graham.

Law changes means more home workers

by Tom Savvides

More people could end up working from home after a change in the law. Any employee, who has been with a company for twenty six weeks, can now ask for flexible working not just parents or carers.

Certain companies already offer this to staff but smaller firms say the new regulations could prove difficult to implement.

Tom Savvides has been talking to Esther Fox from St Leonards, Simon Webster from Facts & Figures in Ashford and Jo James from Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

Vivienne Westwood unveils her designs for the Virgin Atlantic crew uniform

Vivienne Westwood with members of the Virgin Atlantic cabin crew in their new uniforms Credit: Rex Features
Blondie with lead singer, Debbie Harry sporting a Virgin Atlantic crew jacket, at the launch party Credit: Rex Features
Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie, at the Virgin Atlantic new uniform launch Credit: Rex Features


Airports and airlines warn of flight delays

Flybe is cancelling some flights Credit: Meridian

Flybe has been asked by the French aviation authorities to reduce its flying programme because of industrial action by air traffic controllers. The company is asking passengers to check its website for information.

Flybe says: "We been advised that French Unions have called for an official six-day strike scheduled to take place in France between 0400 (French local time) Tuesday 24th June and 0400 (French local time) on Monday 30th June, 2014.

The region's other airports, including Gatwick are also issuing advice.

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