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Airports and airlines warn of flight delays

Flybe
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.

Sixty firefighters tackle Ferndown factory fire

Explosions were heard coming from the factory in Ferndown Credit: Simon Rowley
Fifty firefighters from across Dorset were called to bring the fire under control Credit: Simon Rowley

The fire started in a property in Haviland Road, Ferndown. Shortly after Dorset Fire crews arrived they requested more for help. Aappliances from Ferndown, Wimborne, Redhill and Poole were mobilised and eight crews were sent to the scene.

Additional crews from Westbourne, Springbourne, Verwood and Christchurch were also mobilised, together with a high rise and support appliance The electricity board also attended as the building was under high voltage lines.

The building is a semi-detached industrial unit used as a metal finishing factory. An hour after the first call further assistance was requested and 12 crews attended in all - involving 60 fire fighters. Crews from Hamworthy, Ferndown, Wareham, and Blandford helped fight the blaze.

It is now under control.

Sussex people 'concerned' about fracking

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Anti-fracking demonstrators Credit: Meridian

A strong majority of Sussex residents say they are concerned about fracking coming to the area, according to Greenpeace. They say people want local leaders to put planning decisions on hold until more evidence of the impacts of shale drilling is available and a proper debate has taken place,

It comes just weeks before planning authorities in Sussex are set to become the first in years to decide on whether to grant planning permission to fracking firms. Greenpeace say people are concerned water contamination, tremors, heavy lorry traffic and landscape damage.

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Sun shines on 'best in show'

It's shaping up as a challenging year for the region's farmers - a year that started with hundreds of acres of farmland swamped by floods.

But the sun shone today for the start of the South of England Show and the message to consumers from farmers was simple - buy local.

Andy Dickenson was there and spoke to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP, Minette Batters of the NFU, and Michael Lambert of the South of England Society.

Kent MP: "Britain is no longer Eldorado for migrants"

by Nashreen Issa @NashITV

Police in Calais moved in at first light to dismantle a makeshift camp where would-be immigrants to Britain have been gathering.

For months, it's been home to hundreds of men, women and children hoping to cross the Channel illegally. French authorities say police had to destroy the site and evict people because of diseases, such as the skin condition scabies, were spreading.

The Dover MP told us it's high time that people in the camp, and those intent on entering the country, realised that Britain was - in his words - "no longer Eldorado".

Our Reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to Charlie Elphicke and Fraser Paterson Samphire Migrant Support.

Manston Airport: why did Ann Gloag refuse to sell?

A Meridian investigation has discovered that after private meetings with senior officers from Thanet District Council, Manston Airport owner Ann Gloag believed there was the potential for large-scale house-building on the site.

Was that why she rejected a £7m buyout offer that would have kept the airport operational and saved 140 jobs? John Ryall has this exclusive report.

Manston campaigners march through Margate

Protesters marched through Margate this afternoon calling on Thanet Council to act over the closure of Manston Airport. 144 people lost their jobs when it closed last Thursday.

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale has joined calls to force the owner, Anne Gloag, to sell to the council - in order to safeguard the areas aviation history.

Fred Dinenage spoke to Keith Churcher from the 'Save Manston Airport Group' and started by asking why they are continuing their campaign.

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