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Vauxhall agree to investigate Zafira fire claims

Two women whose family cars burst into flames have managed to get Vauxhall to agree to investigate their 2007 Zafira model.

Zafira after it caught alight
The 2007 model under investigation

On one occasion the car burst into flames moments after a family got out. Afterwards the owner, Sue Freemantle, went online to see if anyone else with the same car had had a similar experience. Other drivers came forward to say the same thing had happened to them. Vauxhall say:

"We are aware of reports concerning vehicle fire, involving right hand drive versions and have begun an internal investigation to determined the route causes of these fires. The safety of our customers in our number one priority"

– Vauxhall
Fire damage to the car

Have your say on the future of Southampton's Bargate Shopping Centre

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A consultation begins today on plans to knock down the Bargate Shopping Centre in Southampton and build new homes and businesses on the city centre site. The developers say the proposals are at an early stage, but they want to gauge public opinion.

The Bargate Centre opened in Southampton 27 years ago but has been been empty for several years. It struggled after the opening of West Quay Shopping Centre and was boarded up when the last shops moved out more than 2 years ago. The new development could also create hundreds of new jobs.

The consultation event takes place from 3-8pm on October 21 at the centre, where residents can give their views and ask questions.

Wind farm firm will not appeal

Campaigners fighting plans to build a wind farm off the south coast are celebrating after developers announced they WON'T appeal against the government's decision to reject it. The £3.5 billion Navitus Bay project would have seen up to 121 turbines off Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Andrew Pate has more,


EasyJet creates more than 1,000 new jobs

Easyjet today announced they are creating over 1,100 new jobs - many of which will be based at Gatwick

There will be 830 cabin crew roles and 310 pilots. The airline is also trying to encourage more women to be pilots by offering loans for training.

The jobs announcement was made at the launch of EasyJet's new European training centre at Gatwick, from where our transport correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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