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Day 1 of free entry at Margate's Dreamland attraction

Crowd gathers at gate for entry to Dreamland in Margate

Margate's Dreamland attraction has opens its gates for the first day of free-admission for visitors.

The vintage amusement park, which re-opened a year ago, hopes the move will rescue it from financial problems by boosting the site's disappointing visitor numbers.

Instead of paying an entry fee visitors will now pay for individual rides.

Commuters stage protest over Southern dispute

It's a bitter rail dispute that's causing travel misery for thousands of the South's commuters. Services on Southern Trains have been crippled for weeks due to an industrial dispute over the planned role of conductors.

Southern has revealed an average of almost 250 trains every day are being cancelled. Ahead of a third day of strike action next Tuesday, union leaders claimed that Southern bosses are deliberately cancelling trains.

But the company's chief executive denied that, saying it will now impose the changes. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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Portsmouth marks 40 years of ferry operations

The ferry operations have been operating for 40 years Credit: ITV

t's been 40 years since commercial ferry operations began in Portsmouth. The port has handled more than 90 million passengers, with nearly 26 million vehicles travelling via the Hampshire city to Europe. An extensive programme of land reclamation took place and the site opened in 1976

Cars of the future unveiled in our region

The latest cars can drive themselves Credit: Rolls Royce/BMW

The region's cars of the future have been unveiled today. These images were released by Rolls Royce based at Goodwood and Mini based at Oxford.The cars can drive themselves and will have the latest technology.The concepts were revealed by parent group BMW, based at Farnborough.​The company has been looking forward to the future as it celebrates 100 years.

The Mini of the future Credit: Rolls Royce/BMW

Rolls Royce say it is the first time it has produced a concept car - and the vehicle will be the ultimate in luxury. But if you are a chauffeur it could prove to be bad news. The company say the car will drive itself.

But remember this is a concept car for the next 100 years, and not expected to be on our roads until 2040 - so don't worry too much just yet.

More than £1 million lost by businesses in Dorset to online crime

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With online crime becoming an increasing threat for businesses, new figures from Get Safe Online and Action Fraud show that from March 2015 - March 2016, a total of £1,427,521 was reported lost by businesses in Dorset to online crime.

This comes as across the country, Action Fraud saw a 22% increase from 30,475 in 2014 - 2015, to 37,070 crimes reported in the last year.

New moves to change the face of Aldershot

There are plans to regenerate Aldershot town centre Credit: ITV

A new task group of councillors is being set up to drive forward plans to regenerate Aldershot town cente. The former Marks and Specer store is one of four areas which has been earmarked for development. The new group will try to encourage investment in the area.

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Commuters protest in Brighton as new rail strikes announced

Credit: Andy Dickenson
Credit: Andy Dickenson

A demonstration has been held at Brighton railway station by passengers calling for an end to ongoing disruption.

Southern wants to increase the number of driver only-operated services but the RMT union claim safety and jobs would be at risk. Southern say jobs and safety are not at issue.

A new strike has now been announced for Tuesday next week after talks broke down at ACAS.

Huge improvement scheme opens at Gatwick

Gatwick has opened its biggest ever improvement scheme. Around £186 million has been spent on its Pier 1 development that provides new bigger departure gates and a complete new baggage system for the South terminal.

The airport say it should cut delays and comes as new figures reveal a 5.8 per cent rise in passengers last month, and an all time record for an airport for a single runway. Gatwck saw over 41 million people come through the airport on the last year.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Peace talks expected in Southern rail dispute

Peace talks are likely next week Credit: ITV

Both sides in the Southern rail dispute are expected to hold peace talks next week.

The dispute is over changes to the role of the guard which has led to two strikes, affecting thousands of passengers.

Southern say they want to make guards more visible on trains. The union say it will mean guards losing duties that will put passenger safety at risk.

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