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UK's biggest cruise ship to arrive in Southampton

The structure of the biggest cruise ship ever built for the UK has been completed and ITV Meridian has been given exclusive access to its progress.

Southampton-based Britannia is being built at a cost of £450 million and will be able to carry 3,600 passengers and 1,400 crew. She will have 15 passenger decks and is over 1,000 feet long - taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been given exclusive access to the ship being built.

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'Innovative ideas' are bringing people back to high streets

Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP and newly appointed High Streets Minister, has told ITV News Meridian how high streets in Britain are undergoing a revival as they remain a 'social hub'.

It comes after a report by Southampton University found that high streets are becoming more popular due to a change in our culture, where shops in our high streets are the convenient option.

High streets will see revival as convenience is key

A new report issued by Southampton University has found that our British high streets will undergo a revival as we transform the way we shop.

The research has found 'convenience culture' will bring new business into our towns as people want to shop easily and sometimes that means their nearest shop.

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Winchester High Street is among those seeing an improvement Credit: PA

The study claims the rising trend will continue over the next five years - with convenience stores making up one quarter of the entire grocery market by 2019.

The resurgence has especially been seen for artisanal bakers, butchers and tea and coffee merchants.

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Fuel prices slashed as petrol is cheapest since 2011

Driving will cost less for thousands across the south as supermarkets cut their fuel prices.

Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco are today 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.

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The impact of the shale oil extraction in the US is also causing global oil prices to fall Credit: PA Wire

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.

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.

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