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Two-week strike by British Airways cabin crew

The dispute over pay is continuing Credit: ITV

British Airways cabin crew are to stage a two-week strike as their long-running dispute over pay continues.

Members of Unite in the so-called mixed fleet will walk out from July 1 to 16, just days ahead of the school holidays.

A four-day strike was suspended to allow fresh talks with BA bosses.

It is understood that Unite is taking legal cases on behalf of 1,400 members who say their travel benefits have been taken away because of taking part in previous strikes.

The union says the so-called mixed fleet cabin crew, who joined BA since 2010, are on lower pay than other staff.

BA says mixed fleet cabin crew's pay and rewards are in line with cabin crew at competitor airlines.

New cabin crew in their first year working full time at British Airways will receive more than £21,000 based on pay, allowances, incentives and bonus, said the airline.

Busiest ever May for Gatwick

May was a record month for Gatwick Credit: ITV

Gatwick Airport has had its busiest ever May. The airport in Sussex says four million passengers passed through last month - six point seven per cent up on last year. The most popular destinations were Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.


Thousands attend Lexicon development job fair

The Lexicon development in Bracknell is one of the Thames Valley's biggest ever regenerations and thousands of people went along to the job fair to see if they could be part of it.

It is hoped it will create a new heart in the previously run down town centre.

It will include new shops, restaurants and a 12 screen cinema and is set to open to the public in September.

Construction on the £240 million project began in March 2015.

The firm behind the development have promised the creation of thousands of new positions.

Our reporter Mel Bloor went along to meet some of the jobseekers.

Mel spoke to Simon Russian from the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.

Rural life celebrated as South of England Show opens

The Duchess of Cornwall was the guest of honour

The Duchess of Cornwall was the guest of honour today at the South of England Show at Ardingly in Sussex.

The royal even took time out of her schedule to 'knight' one of the visitors - the actor Callum Arnott. In the absence of a sword, a Sussex-grown leek was used to mark the occasion.

Actor 'knighted with a leek' - a moment of fun during the tour of Ardingly's South of England Show

The three-day event is celebrating its 50th year at the Ardingly showground and though the skies were heavy and grey, the rain held off, and the crowds turned up. Derek Johnson reports

Residents say new development is a mixed blessing

It's one of the biggest town centre regenerations currently taking place in the UK and aims to make Bracknell a destination of choice.

Two hundred and forty million pounds has been spent on transforming the area into a state of the art shopping and leisure hub to rival the likes of nearby Reading and Basingstoke. But for some residents, the past two years have been blighted with dust and noise pollution whilst the work has been carried out just yards from their front doors.

They told ITV News Meridian that it's had a serious impact on their quality of life and worse still - their health has suffered as a consequence. However, when complete, the development promises to revive the area, and bring thousands of jobs. Mel Bloor has the story.

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